Readers Always Know Where to Find the AWESOME!

Grey Havens YA is very lucky that Mead High School hosted our Awesome Box for a month. We are lucky that the librarians and students there have patiently waited for their awesome book recommendations to appear while we were busy with even more geeky pursuits than usual and we are especially lucky that they sent us photos of the blue box’s time at their school. Of course, if you think those things are special, just wait until you get a look at some of their books recommendations!

MHS Awesome Box

At last, Mead High School, here are some of the books you thought were AWESOME! The Doctor checked them all out of the library, but it’s okay. He can just hop in the TARDIS and return them before you even know they were gone.


The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen is described as ” a warm and sweet read” and is recommended for “anyone who wants a short, feel-good book.” The reviewer adds that the book “can be a little simplistic in places but this serves a purpose.”

Level Up by Gene Luen Yang is recommended for “anyone who is struggling with meeting expectations.” Sounds like a great read for the kinds of tough times we all face.

Yellowcake by Margo Lanagan is strongly recommended. In fact, the reviewer writes that “anything by Margo Lanagan is awesome. She is so soulful in her writing.” The reviewer adds the caution that some of the stories in this collection “are so obscure they are difficult to understand” but concludes by saying that Yellowcake is a great choice for “anyone who likes to have their minds blown, wants some food for thought, or is a fan of Neil Gaiman.”

Did you know that Neil Gaiman also wrote a couple of stories about a certain traveler in a certain blue box? Coincidence? We think not! Lanagan sounds like just the kind of author Gaiman (and the Doctor) would love–evoking both thoughtfulness and emotion in the reader.

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Another book suggestion that is very close to our heart(s) is The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is recommended for “adventurists.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. Grey Havens YA grew out of a Tolkien discussion society that was founded in 2010. The Hobbit was the first book GHYA members read and discussed together. On April 25 and 26, we will be hosting Real Myth and Mithril: Delving into Fantasy Literature, a symposium and celebration of Tolkien and the writing and culture he has inspired. As a thank you to all of the St. Vrain Valley School District librarians who have hosted our Awesome Box and in recognition of the ways our local librarians and teachers have sparked the imaginations of their students, we have decided that admission to Real Myth will be FREE for all SVVSD librarians and teachers! Just register online then show your school i.d. at the door. We hope to see you there. Why? Because you are AWESOME!!

MHS Awesome Box librarian

Thank you, Mead High School! There are more book recommendations to come from your library, along with recommendations from Frederick High School, Longmont High School and Trailridge Middle School. We will even be traveling back in time for more recommendations from other middle schools in town AND there might be a surprise or two! We love working with the libraries of SVVSD. They are full of adventurists!

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Send us an owl! What is the best adventure you ever found in a book?


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