This week’s book trailer of the week is for After the Snow by S.D. Crockett. The United States has plunged into a new Ice Age, and Willo has never known a world that hasn’t been covered in snow and ice and cold. After returning from a hunt, Willo finds that his family is missing and can only assume that they have been taken away. He sets out to find them, but he instead finds a girl about his age who has also lost her family. Willo can’t just leave her in the cold to die, so he commits to helping her just until she can get to a safe place. What Willo doesn’t know, however, is that fate will tie him to her as they discover the world is not at all what they thought it is. This is definitely a great winter read, if you’re OK with embracing the cold weather! Click here to find After the Snow in the Library!
Looking for ways to spend your days relaxing this winter break? Check out this Mental Floss post about 11 Classic Video Games You Can Play Online. Personally, we can never get tired of Pacman! Also, be sure to check in at the Library, where we have an extensive video game collection for teens. Click on some of the images below to see if some of these staff favorites are checked in today!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Blood Red Road by Moira Young. Fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent will enjoy this post-apocalyptic novel that centers on Saba, whose father has just been murdered and brother kidnapped. Saba sets off (tailed by her younger sister) to retrieve her twin brother and to do so she has to cross a brutal desert. She and her sister survive the trek, only to be captured themselves, and Saba is forced to become a female gladiator, fighting for her life in an arena for the entertainment of others. Can Saba escape and save her family? Click here to find Blood Red Road in the Library!
Are you an expert with knitting or crochet needles, just learning, or want to learn? Then join us on Friday, December 6, from 4 – 6 p.m. for the monthly Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club meeting at the Library. We have yarn, needles, and the know-how to teach the basics of knitting and crocheting. You can also bring your own supplies – and your friends – for an afternoon of sharing ideas and conversation. Refreshments will be served.
This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas. Iolanthe and Titus have a great destiny. The two mages will overthrow the evil Bane. Titus has been searching and waiting to find the mage that is the key in helping him overthrow the tyrant. When he finally finds her (seeing the sign of a powerful lightning bolt) he discovers Iolanthe, who is woefully unprepared for her destiny. To keep her safe until she is ready, Titus hides her in disguise at a London school for boys, until they are both ready to do whatever it takes to fulfill their destinies. Click here to find The Burning Sky in the Library!
by Joelle Charbonneau
The Testing is not your average dystopian– I have been reading plenty of dystopian novels lately and when I came across The Testing, I knew I had to check it out. Yes, there is a strict and some may say corrupt government in place which puts its young people through trials, however this is where this dystopian differs from the rest. In order to attend college, those who live in the United Commonwealth must participate in the Testing. For Cia, who desperately wants to attend college, her chances of qualifying for the Testing are very limited, since there have been no candidates from her colony selected to take part in the Testing for years. This year, however, there are four and Cia is one of them. Cia knows she will never see her family again, but she hopes that it is because she has passed the Testing and enters college and not because she failed. Cia knows that if someone fails they are never seen again. Cia’s father participated and passed the Testing. Before she leaves he warns her to not trust anyone. It is then that Cia knows the Testing is more dangerous than she ever could have imagined.
This novel really picks up when Cia enters Tosu City to participate in the series of exams to determine her fate. At first they just seem rigorous, but as Cia continues to advance, the tests become more and more intense and soon it is not a fight to attend college, but a fight to stay alive. As Cia progresses, she also begins to make allies and enemies. Her strongest ally is Tomas, who is from her colony but who she barely knew while growing up. As they get closer and rely on each other more, a romance forms, and when they enter the last test– a physical show of force as students fight to survive a trek through dangerous territories riddle with traps and deadly competition–Cia and Tomas will do everything they can to be sure each survives.
I would definitely recommend The Testing to anyone that likes dystopian fiction, especially fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. It’s also a good read for those who like a lot of action and adventure, but be warned: there are some gruesome scenes in this novel! Also be sure to look out for the sequel to The Testing, Independent Study, which hits bookshelves in January!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth. Set in the early 90′s, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, tells the emotionally packed coming of age story of Cam. The day before Cam’s parents died in a car accident, Cam shared a life change kiss with her best friend Irene. Cam’s conservative aunt moves her to Minnesota and chooses to raise Cam in a very strict and structured way. As Cam grows up she definitely identifies herself as a lesbian and eventually falls in love with a bisexual girl named Corey. When Cam’s aunt discovers their relationship she sends Cam to a religious conversion school. Ironically, it is through the friendships she makes there, and not the teachings, that allow Cam to come to terms with her true identity and feel comfortable in her own skin. Click here to find The Miseducation of Cameron Post in the Library!
|We’ll Always Have Summer
by Jenny Han
Belly has always loved Conrad, but dated his brother Jeremiah. When Jeremiah proposes she expects although she doesn’t love him like she should. The wedding gets closer and Belly keeps waiting for Conrad’s love. Will she ever be loved by him?
Review submitted by Paige.
|A Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole
This book is hilarious, one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. The characters are so well developed.
Review submitted by Jake.
|The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
I thought this book was amazing! I’ve read it many times before and I just couldn’t put it down!
Review submitted by Josephine.
by Dan Brown
This book follows NSA employee Susan Fletcher and fiancé David Becher as the agency struggles to crack a seemingly unbreakable code. I enjoyed this book because it has plenty of twists and action and makes you keep reading.
Review submitted by Ellen.
|Crossing the Wire
by Will Hobbs
This book is packed with adventure as a boy tries to cross the border into the U.S. to work and support his family in his hometown in Mexico. I would highly recommend this book for anyone entering 8th grade or higher.
Review submitted by Michael.
|The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen
A book that proves you can do what others think impossible. 5 stars!
Review submitted by Sydney.
|I, Emma Freke
by Elizabeth Atkinson
This book was about a girl named Emma. She never really fit in and only had one friend. She doesn’t know who her dad is or that side of the family. She was invited to a reunion from her dad’s side. When Emma comes back she is a new person. I thought this was a great book.
Review submitted by Kendall.
|The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
This book is amazing! It’s romantic, gross, a cliff hanger, adventurous, and more! I loved it!
Review submitted by Julia.
|It Happened to Nancy
When Nancy is raped, her attacker leaves something behind that Nancy will never be able to forget, the HIV virus. As the virus rages through her body, Nancy must come to terms with herself before it is too late.
Review submitted by Paige.
|Flowers for Algernon
by Daniel Keyes
Imagine a dream of yours. Imagine that you have it but then it is taken away from you. This is what happened to the main character in Flowers for Algernon. His dream was to be smart, and he was smart until it was taken away from him. This book would be best for 8th graders and older.
Review submitted by Michael
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by Arne Bellstorf
If you are a fan of the Beatles, then you will definitely want to pick up the graphic novel, Baby’s In Black. Through black and white drawings, Arne Bellstorf tells the story of the “Lost Beatle” Stuart Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe was the original bass player for The Beatles when they were starting out, playing seedy clubs in Germany in 1960. Sutcliffe is a fascinating part of The Beatles history, as he was also an accomplished artist and writer who chose to leave The Bealtes right before they made it big. While playing with The Beatles in a dive bar in Germany, Sutcliffe met Astrid Kirchhherr, a local photographer. Astrid also plays an important role in The Beatles history: she shot some of the most famous early portraits of The Beatles when they were in Germany, and are also some of the only photos that include Sutcliffe in the mix. Shortly after meeting, Stuart and Astrid fell in love. It was then that Sutcliffe decided that The Beatles were not for him. He wanted to stay in Germany with Astrid and focus on his painting. Tragically, though, Sutcliffe’s life was cut short when he died from a brain hemorrhage in 1962. He never had the chance to marry Astrid or to see how successful The Beatles would become.
This graphical novel really does justice to the story of Sutcliffe’s time with The Beatles and his romance with Astrid. The author, Arne Bellstorf, worked closely with Astrid to get details right and put the emotional punch in this story that only Astrid could provide. It is also a really great snapshot of the short time that The Beatles spent in Germany, playing wherever they could, right before they became uber-famous. Finally, the art in this book is pretty simple, but also really expressive. I think the style of drawing was my most favorite things about this graphic novel, and I am a huge fan of The Beatles so I loved getting a new insight to a story I know well. Here are a couple of examples of the art in Baby’s In Black:
This week’s book traile of the week is for The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe. Kaelyn lives with her family on a small remote island in Canada. A disease has broken out on the island and though it starts like an ordinary flu, it turns someone crazy before it ends up killing them. Kaelyn is watching everyone around her get sick and is chronicling what happens in letters to her good friend Leo, who has gone away to attend school on the mainland. Soon the island is quarantined and as people die around her, Kaelyn has to fight to survive. Click here to find The Way We Fall in the Library!