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Welcome to Ocean County Library's
2014 Summer Reading Program!


Literary Elements is the Summer Reading Program for adults ages 18 and up.

Registration Begins: June 2
Begin entering your books - June 16

Read or listen at least 5 books

Log your books into the Summer Reading website and add a review for other readers. Ask for help at your local branch, if you need assistance.

The program ends on Friday, September 5th.

Happy Reading!
Reviews
Title
Purple Heart
Author
Patricia McCormick
Review
This young adult book about a kid at war touches on some interesting topics, while telling a very quick story. Nothing is given a lot of emphasis though, so it could just be an enjoyable read. The issue given the most attention is that the main character is too young to deal with being at war, while his girlfriend is struggling with a biology class. He mentions that he'll be a vet unable to drink legally. He and his buddies spend their free time playing war games, Halo and with silly string. The other take away is how fast they wanted him to get back out in the field, it's mentioned a few times and it's clear to the reader he was not ready.

Not given enough attention is the personal reason this kid is at war. He is doing it to have money for his little sister to go to college. It could have been a completely different book if they had focused more on the lack of serious investigation into the kid's death.

With all these issues just mentioned I don't think kids should read the book on their own, they need an adult to talk to about it.
Rating
3
Title
Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
Author
Julie Lamana
Review
Wow what a powerful book. I feel certain this will win an award. Hurricane Katrina - it was like you didn't want to know what was going to happen but at the same time I couldn't stop reading.
Rating
5
Title
The All Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
Author
Fannie Flagg
Review
Story of a family of girls and how they keep their dad's filling station going while all the men are off to WWII. Included a history lesson of the women who flew for the air force but were not given their proper due.
Rating
5