Ellen Jennings

Ellen Jennings

 


Ellen Jennings works at Cook Library as a Readers’ Advisor and the Teen Services Coordinator. When she’s not working she can be found reading, researching her genealogy,  walking at Independence Grove or taking care of her family. Of the many  jobs she's had, working at Cook Library is definitely her favorite because every day she gets to learn something new.

 

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For adults who are interested in reading some great Young Adult books, I have put together a list of some of the best books by the best authors writing YA. I know that some people’s favorite books and authors may not be on this list, but I had to dra...
Recently, Slate columnist Ruth Graham suggested that we adults who read young adult literature ought to be embarrassed for doing so. She shamed us grown-ups who enjoyed John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars for stooping to read this simplistic, immatur...
Cady, Johnny, Mirren and Gat -- the Liars -- were four inseparable teens who spent every idyllic summer together since they were 8 on Grandpa Sinclair’s private island off Cape Cod. Each family had a separate home and dinners were served every evenin...
John Green with Heather Thompson, Heather Beverley and Ellen Jennings. Don’t be too jealous … last week two of my colleagues and I were lucky enough to snag tickets to hear John Green deliver the Zena Sutherland Lecture entitled “Does YA Mean A...
  Those of us who grew up during the Cold War learned of a dark and dangerous Soviet Empire led by power-hungry and slightly crazy rulers who had their fingers poised above the red button threatening to unleash nuclear missiles at the slighte...
I grew up reading and loving poems by Robert Louis Stevenson and knew he'd written the books Kidnapped and Treasure Island, but I knew nothing about the man himself or the source of his wild adventure stories. Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy ...
Born in 1800, brilliant and curious Alma Whittaker follows in her father’s footsteps into the field of botany, and along with her character, this reader was swept through Philadelphia, the Netherlands and Tahiti during a tumultuous period of history ...
After 8-year-old Vivian's Irish immigrant family died in the tenements of New York City in 1929, she is put on a trainload of other orphans by the Children's Aid Society and taken out West to Iowa, Minnesota and other western states. At various small...

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"Who was it that said coincidence was just God's way of remaining anonymous?" From the beginning of this book, when he survives a bombing in a New York art museum that kills his mother, Theo Decker is adrift in the world. He is anchored only b...

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I remember being a teen in love and being told dismissively by the adults in my life, that these feelings were just 'puppy love'. Rainbow Rowell has written a book that perfectly captures the intense, almost exquisitely painful feelings of a ...

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I read The Golem and the Jinni in large part because the author grew up in Libertyville and went to Carleton College, my own alma mater. I was also intrigued by the premise and have always enjoyed historical fiction and fantasy. Helene Wecker tells...

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In my two previous entries,  I’ve talked about two of Readers’ Advisor guru  Nancy Pearl’s Doorways into fiction,  Story and Character. Pearl believes that readers will often seek out books according to their preferre...

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  When someone comes to the FMM desk seeking out recommendations for a good book, we try to get an idea of what that reader is looking for by asking about other books he or she has enjoyed. With a few quick questions, we can get some clues ...

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  How to Find Your Next Favorite Book   Do you need a good book to read? What are you looking for in your next book? A fast paced book you just can’t put down? A book whose characters are so real that you feel as...