Monday, May 18, 2015

Smarter Than You Think and In the Kingdom of Ice PPLD's All Pikes Peak Reads 2015 picks

Posted By on Mon, May 18, 2015 at 3:06 PM

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The Pikes Peak Library District recently announced In the Kingdom of Ice and Smarter Than You Think as its selections for 2015’s All Pikes Peak Reads, with a theme of “Transformation @ Elevation.” “This year’s APPR selections all relate to characters that are transformed by extraordinary circumstances.”

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette — a best-selling tome from 2014 about the 1879-1881 Arctic journey by American Lt. Commander George De Long — is the fifth major book by author Hampton Sides, who currently serves as the head of Colorado College’s inaugural Journalist-in-Residence program, which brings speakers to town and finds Sides teaching classes on campus.
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Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better comes from Wired and New York Times Magazine contributor Clive Thompson, and since its release in 2013 has garnered sparkling reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, The New York Times Book Review and popular blog Brain Pickings.

PPLD’s APPR teen selection is Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel American Born Chinese and it’s children’s selections are Wonder by RJ Palacio and I’m Gonna Climb a Mountain in My Patent Leather Shoes by Marilyn Singer.

Start reading now (previews for all the books are available via the links to above), and watch for updates online with information about author events and workshops happening later this year.

Find the full release below:
Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 7, 2015) – Pikes Peak Library District’s annual community reads project, All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR), is celebrating its 14th year in 2015!

PPLD’s theme for 2015 is Transformation @ Elevation. This year’s APPR selections all relate to characters that are transformed by extraordinary circumstances.

The 2015 titles are: In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides and Smarter Than You Think by Clive Thompson.

Young adult readers will also be able to participate in APPR. The Teen selection for 2015 is the graphic novel American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang.

The Children’s selections are Wonder by RJ Palacio and, for very young readers, the picture book I’m Gonna Climb a Mountain in My Patent Leather Shoes by Marilyn Singer.

2015 APPR Programs & Activities
With the help of Pikes Peak Community College, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Colorado College, more than 30 other community partner organizations, 13 public school districts, and private school partners, All Pikes Peak Reads engages thousands of residents in El Paso County in historical, cultural, and literary exploration of a work of fiction that presents significant issues pertinent to our society. This year’s lineup of events includes an offering of theater, performances and exhibits, author presentations, and more. Author Hampton Sides will give presentations at both Pikes Peak Library District and Colorado College in the fall. Author Gene Luen Yang will be presenting lectures and graphic novel workshops at the library as well. Complete information will be available this summer at

About All Pikes Peak Reads
All Pikes Peak Reads is a community-wide effort to improve literacy and foster dialogue across social, cultural, and generational lines. The program begins in September and extends through the fall season. It includes free community events, author visits, children's programs, discussion guides, art exhibits, and much more. Past projects include The Invention of Wings (2014), The Cellist of Sarajevo (2013), The Year of the Flood (2012), The Hunger Games (2011), The Devil in the White City (2010), Rocket Boys (2009), The Worst Hard Time (2008), Zorro (2007), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2006), Tales from the Arabian Nights (2005), Treasure Island (2004), Frankenstein (2003), and To Kill a Mockingbird (2002).

History of APPR
All Pikes Peak Reads was one of Colorado’s first community-wide reading programs. The program is modeled after similar one-book projects in cities like Chicago. APPR debuted in 2002 and has quickly become a local institution.

The APPR selections are chosen based on the following criteria: the book must have broad appeal, be suitable for adaptation to the stage, written at a sixth- to ninth-grade reading level, a book in print, available in multiple formats, and contain issues relevant to residents of the Pikes Peak region.

Book selections in multiple formats will be available at PPLD libraries and through local bookstore partners. Book discussion materials and curriculum guides for elementary, middle, and high schools are also under development.

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