New Items at the Library
The Boat People by Sharon Bala is a story about five hundred fellow refugees and a man named Mahindan from Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war that reaches Vancouver’s shores, The single father thinks he and his young son are finally free and can finally start a new life. Instead, the group is thrown into a detention processing center, with government officials and news headlines speculating that among the boat people are members of a terrorist group responsible for numerous suicide attacks. Mahindan fears that a frantic act taken in Sri Lanka to fund their escape may now jeopardize his and his son’s chance for freedom.
Omar El Akkad ’s book American War is a story about a second American Civil War from 2074 – 2095, a devastating outbreak, and one family caught deep in the middle of what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons against themselves.
Precious Cargo written by Craig Davidson is a book about a man who had hit a brick wall in his writing career and coincidentally came across a flyer in his mailbox that read “Bus Driver wanted”. Although driving a school bus full of special-needs kids wasn’t something he thought he would ever do, the year has been a life changing experience to say the least. The kids bring him so much joy and in turn beautiful relationships blossomed. It is also a universal story about how we see and treat people with special needs in our society.
Mark Sakamoto’s book Forgiveness takes place when the Second World War begins. Ralph MacLean decides to leave his troubled life and volunteer to serve his country overseas. Meanwhile, Mitsue Sakamoto watches her beautiful community get torn into shreds after the attack on Pearl Harbour. Ralph was captured shortly after by the Japanese army and was held prisoner. Back in Canada, Mitsue and her family were kicked out of their home by the government and forced to spend years hiding out and working for a dollar a day. By the end of the war, Ralph seemed broken but survived. Mitsue, worn down by years of hard labour, had to start all over again. A generation later, at a high school dance, Ralph’s and Mitsue’s children meet for the first time and coincidentally fall in love.
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline’s book is about an advanced world ravaged by global warming, people have lost the ability to dream, which has led to widespread madness. The only people still able to dream are North America’s Indigenous people, and it is their marrow that holds the cure for the rest of the world. But getting the marrow, and dreams, means death for the uncooperative donors. People are scared for their lives.
These 5 titles are part of this year’s Canada Reads! The library has a copy of each book at both our branches. The debates will take place March 26-29, 2018 and will air on CBC Radio One at 11:05 a.m. One book will be chosen as the winner of Canada Reads 2018!