Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Marcelo, diagnosed as having Asperger’s syndrome is happy in his comfortable life, guided by his organized and familiar routine. He hears music in his mind that noone else can hear, he has a deep desire to learn about religion and he loves his school, Paterson, where he works as a stable hand tending to the ponies. However Marcelo’s father Arturo does not believe that anything is really wrong with his son. He feels that Marcelo ‘s mother and doctors are being over indulgent and protective and that Marcelo needs to grow up, attend the public high school in Oak Hills and learn to get along in the “real world”.
In order to prove that he is right about his son, Arturo makes a deal…instead of spending his summer working at Paterson with the ponies, Marcelo will come to work in the mailroom of his lawfirm, where if he learns to interact with “normal” people and completes his tasks satisfactorily, then he will be allowed to choose which school he will attend in the fall. If he fails, he will automatically have to go to Oak Hills High School. After careful consideration, Marcelo realizes that if he wants to stay at his beloved school, then he must accept his father’s deal. Besides, three months isn’t that long, is it?
And so begins Marcelo’s journey into the “real world”. He befriends his beautiful mail room co-worker Jasmine and learns more than he cares to know about life from Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm. He learns not only about anger, jealousy and beauty, but also that life is not always black and white, that it is full of moral ambiguities of which not even his father is immune.
Stork has created a wonderful story for older teens, told from a unique perspective it shows the different ways of interpreting what what the “real world” is really like and it means to grow up.
Wednesday, April 15th, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Students in grades 7 and up are invited to create recycled magazine bags. Do something good for the planet and give all those old magazines a new life. Snacks will be served, registration preferred but not required.
Thursday, April 16th, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Students in grades 7 and up are invited to the Domino and Marshmallow Building Extravaganza. Show your creativity with edible structures and domino mazes. Snacks will be served, registration preferred but not required.
April is National Poetry Month…and before you brush off poetry as boring, check out these titles in more in the “Writing Without Rules…Novels in Letters, Verse and Diary Form” display at the Peace Dale Library.
Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham
After a shark attack causes the amputation of her right arm, fifteen-year-old Jane, an aspiring artist, struggles to come to terms with her loss and the changes it imposes on her day-to-day life and her plans for the future.
Sold by Patricia McCormick
Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi, though poor, enjoys her life until the Himalayan monsoons wash away her family’s crops and she is sold to a brothel in India by her stepfather. She remembers her mother’s wisdom, “Simply to endure is to triumph,” until the day comes that she can reclaim her life.
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.
Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge
When a fourteen-year-old baseball player catches mononucleosis, he discovers that keeping a journal and experimenting with poetry not only helps fill the time, it also helps him deal with life, love, and loss.
Check out a full list of titles on the Teen Booklist Page of the South Kingstown Library website.
The First Woman To….
1. First African-American woman to win a Best Actress Oscar:
- Halle Berry (in 2001 for Monster’s Ball)
2. First woman to serve on the Supreme Court:
- Sandra Day O’Connor (served from 1981-2006)
3. First American woman in space:
- Sally Ride (1983 on the space shuttle Challenger)
4. First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean:
- Amelia Airhart (completed in May 1932)
5. First woman to receive a medical degree:
- Elizabeth Blackwell (from Geneva College in New York in 1849)
6. First woman to publish a cookbook:
- Fannie Farmer (1896 cookbook, The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book; it was the first to use standard measurement units)
7. First woman athlete to be paid over $100,000 in a single year:
- Billie Jean King (in 1971 for playing tennis)
8. First woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby:
9. First woman to win a Nobel Prize:
- Marie Curie (in 1903 she won the Nobel Prize for Physics)
10. First woman to work as a baseball umpire:
- Bernice Gera (June 24, 1972, at a game between the Auburn Phillies and Geneva Rangers in the New York-Pennsylvania League)
Congratulations to our March winner, Laura C.! Don’t forget to enter our April Contest, “It’s Good To Be Green”!
Just a reminder….on Thursday, April 2nd, from 4-4:45pm, the 7th-9th grade book club will be meeting to discuss Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller.
Copies of the book will be available in advance at the Peace Dale Library. Snacks will be served, no registration is required. New members always welcome.
Next meeting: May 7th
Book: Turnabout by Margaret Peterson Haddix