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The vote is in and the winner is Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult.
It is time to vote for the next book for the Dayton-area Big Read. Voting will take place from Sunday, August 3, through Saturday, August 9th, so when you come to the Library, pick up a ballot (located in the front reading rooms and on the display across from the check out desk) or you can cast your ballot online. Paper ballots should be turned into the check out desk.
The books are...
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
In this novel, Peter Houghton is an alienated teen who has been bullied since his very first day of school. One day he brings four guns to his high school, opens fire and kills 10 people. Flashbacks reveal how his parents and teachers failed him and how constant bullying caused Peter to retreat into a world of violent computer games. The judge assigned to Peter's case tries to maintain her objectivity as she struggles to understand her daughter, who was once Peter's best friend and who is now one of the surviving witnesses of the shooting.
The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Why would a Muslim risk his life to save the Sarajevo Haggadah, one of the earliest illuminated Jewish books in existence? And what secrets do the hidden clues — an insect wing, wine stains and white hair — mean when rare book expert Hanna Heath discovers them while analyzing and conserving the famed book? Pulitzer prize winner Geraldine Brooks takes readers on a fictionalized adventure based on a true story through time, from Muslim-ruled Spain and inquisition era Venice to the present, as the book is rescued from war and destruction several times. This novel is history, mystery and an ode to the power of the book.
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