Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.
Blessed 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 Blessed Reverend Stanley F. Rother. Stanley Rother, a native of Okarche, Oklahoma, was ordained to the priesthood in 1963 at the age of 28. In 1968, after serving various parishes in Oklahoma, Fr. Rother was assigned—at his own request—to the mission at Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. Fr. Rother faithfully continued this work until his martyrdom in 1981. Fr. Rother was beatified in 2017 at a Mass at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City; prayers and efforts for his canonization are ongoing.
Hours of Operation
7:30 am to 4:00 pm (Mondays through Thursdays)
7:30 am to 3:15 pm (Fridays)
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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The Hate U Give
Who: Starr, Khalil, the Police
What: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Where: Suburbia and the “Hood”
When: present day
Why you should read it: This is an amazing book filled with so many timely issues. You will laugh and cry with Starr Carter as she finds her voice through a horrific journey.
How: Listen to Tupac and understand the poetic justice of THUG LIFE.
Quote: “It’s dope to be black, until it’s hard to be black.”
Who: Vivian Carter
What: Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.
Where: A small town in Texas
When: Present day
Why you should read it: This book is chalk full of girl power! This book is for anyone who is tired of the status quo and wants to make a social change. Plus this book has the best dedication page I have ever read!
How: Turn up some Joan Jett and find out what Punk Rock is all about!
Quote: “it occurs to me that this is what it means to be a feminist. Not a humanist or an equalist or whatever. But a feminist. It’s not a bad word. After today it might be my favorite word. Because really all it is is girls supporting each other and wanting to be treated like human beings in a world that’s always finding ways to tell them they’re not.”
Who: Carver Briggs
What: One day Carver Briggs had it all—three best friends, a supportive family, and a reputation as a talented writer at his high school, Nashville Academy for the Arts. The next day he lost it all when he sent a simple text to his friend Mars, right before Mars, Eli, and Blake were killed in a car crash. Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident, and he’s not the only one. Eli’s twin sister is trying to freeze him out of school with her death-ray stare. And Mars’s father, a powerful judge, is pressuring the district attorney to open a criminal investigation into Carver’s actions.
Where: Nashville, TN
When: Present day
Why you should read it: This book is great and timely. You should read this book to see the impact that an untimely death can have on loved ones.
How: With a box of tissues. This book will give you the feels.
Quote: “Our memories of our loved ones are the pearl we form around the grain of grief that causes us pain.”
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.