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Rev. Stanley Francis Rother Media Center

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After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.The 5th Wave is the first book in a trilogy written by Rick Yancey. This book has won several awards including winner of the 2014 Red House Children’s Book Award and the Oklahoma 2015 Sequoyah Book Award.

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Rev. Stanley Francis Rother Media Center

Rev. Stanley Francis Rother Media Center

We are dedicated to the promotion of literature and research in a Catholic Christian environment.

The library at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School is named in honor of Rev. Stanley F. Rother. Father Rother who was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 1963. Fr. Rother began his missionary work in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, in June, 1968 where he worked until he was martyred in July 1981. Fr. Rother was presented to Pope John Paul II for consideration of sainthood in 1996.

Painting by Jim Effler

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday from 7:15 am – 4:15 pm

The Rother Media Center is the heart of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School. The library supports and encourages reading in all areas and provides the basis for research throughout the curriculum. The Rother Media Center offers many forms of information to meet the diverse learning styles of students. The space has recently been redesigned to meet the changing needs of our student body. We have a quiet study room that provides a space for students who need silence to help focus. We have a computer lab that supports student research, as well as traditional table seating and comfortable sofa and arm chair seating to support group study.

  • Our collection contains over 9,000 items including newspapers and magazines, print, audio and eBooks through OverDrive, CD’s DVD’s, and videos.
  • The library houses a 33-computer lab which is available to students during the school day.
  • The Rother Media Center also has iPads that students can check out for a period time if their iPad is in need of repair.

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Pez’s Picks



Who:  Willowdean (Will), Ellen, Bo

What:  Will wants to prove to herself that she has what it takes to be pageant material- despite being the opposite of what the normal Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant looks like

Where:  South Texas

When:  Present Day

How:  With a soundtrack of Dolly Parton

Why You Should Read It:  It’s funny, it’s realistic, and the narrator says all of the things you wish you would have said (although sometimes she knows it’s more polite just to keep your mouth shut).  You won’t want to finish it because then you won’t have Willowdean to keep you company anymore.

Quote:  “Beautiful, he says.  Fat, I think.  But can’t I be both at the same time?” (318)

Bone Gap


Who:  Finn, Sean, Roza, Petey

What:  A modern and magical retelling of a Greek myth

Where:  Bone Gap, Illinois

When:  Present Day

How:  mythic influences with magical realism and, of course, a love story (some on page romance) the story switches between characters so you see the story from multiple viewpoints

Why You Should Read It:  Excellent storytelling with attention to detail as well as big picture, this is how it relates to my life kind of stuff.  Enough fantasy to make it interesting, but mostly just a story of coincidences

Quote:  “We have gaps in the world.  In the space of things.  So many places to lose yourself, if you believe that they’re there.  You can slip into the gap and never find your way out.  Or maybe you don’t want to find your way out” (283).

Walk on Earth a Stranger


Who:  Leah Westfall/Lee McAuley, Jeff

What:  Leah is able to “feel” gold, which is a handy skill in 1849, especially if you want to go West

Where:  Georgia to California

When:  1849-1850

How:  no phone, no light, no automobile, not a single luxury

Why You Should Read It:  The magical aspect of this story is not what drives it, if you don’t like fantasy.  This is the fun of the Oregon Trail but with the added fun of a girl in drag!  But the next book doesn’t come out until September 2016, so be warned if you read this one quickly- you’ll have to wait for the next.

Quote:  “His bushy eyebrows knit together as he looks at me, straight on.  ‘This nugget is nothing, Lee.  Even your magic is nothing.  You’re a good girl and the best daughter.  And that?  That’s something’” (17).

Ms. PezalskiMs. Pezalski

Genieve Pezalski, the Bishop McGuinness Reading Specialist, is an avid reader whose goal is to match every student with a book that will create another lifelong reader.  She has been teaching at McGuinness for ten years and loves the opportunity to be a part of a vibrant Catholic community.