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Music Recommendations for Teens by Teens

Looking for some music recommendations?  Check out what some of our teen patrons are listening to below:

"The music I have discovered is country.  My friend was telling me about Taylor Swift, and I looked her up.  Now I know and lover her songs…"
Find Taylor Swift's latest CD, Speak Now, at the Library by clicking here.

"I have discovered Now That's What I Call Music.  I like it because it has a mix of all different songs."
Find Now That's What I Call Music 37, the most recent CD in the series, at the Library by clicking here.

"I have discovered music by Usher.  I love his song 'OMG'.  That is one of my favorite songs now."
Find Usher's CD R v R with the song "OMG", at the Library by clicking here.

"'Rock That Body'.  It is by the Black Eyed Peas.  I really like it."
Find The Black Eyed Peas' CD The E.N.D. with "Rock That Body", at the Library by clicking here.

"I enjoy listening to Daughtry.  He has many good songs…My favorite songs off his 2 albums would be 'Home' and 'Feels Like Tonight'.  He has a fantastic voice."
Find Daughtry's CD Daughtry with the songs "Home" and "Feels Like Tonight", at the Library by clicking here.

"One day I was on iTunes.  I was typing random things.  Then I found a band called OK Go.  I listened to a few of their songs, and now they're my favorite band."

Find OK Go's latest CD Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, at the Library by clicking here.

What are you listening to that you would recommend? 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 29, 2011 Categories: Music

The Hunger Games movie news

Hunger Games is reporting that Liam Hemsworth has read for a part in The Hunger Games movie.  The big question is, though, who would he play–Peeta or Gale???

The Hunger Games Trilogy has become the latest must read series, especially with the news that a movie will be made.

Here’s what two teen reviewers have to say about The Hunger Games:

Hunger Games is one of the best books i have ever read. It tells the story of Katniss, a girl in district 12 who is to compete in the Hunger games, a fight ’til death for food, wealth, and fame. With tons of action and a little bit of romance this book kept me turning the pages and I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next…Reviewed by Samantha

I really enjoyed the book Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins…Hunger Games was great  and would extremely recommend it to everyone…Reviewed by Haley

If you have already read The Hunger Games and want to read books like it, just click on the titles below to find them in the Library’s catalog:

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Feed by M.T. Anderson
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Dr. Franklin’s Island by Ann Halam
The Declaration by Gemma Malley
Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve
The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn
Girl in the Arena by Lisa Haines
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
The Line by Teri Hall
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Rash by Pete Hautman
Salt by Maurice Gee
Winter’s End by Jean-Claud Mourtlevat

And, of course, if you haven’t read The Hunger Games yet–be sure to check it out at the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 25, 2011 Categories: Dystopian, Fiction, Movies

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Going Bovine Going Bovine

by Libba Bray

When I read the summary of Going Bovine:

Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob’s (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.

I thought to myself, “self, this is one crazy sounding book.  Why do I want to read this?”  Well, sometimes you just have to take a chance on a book, and that’s what I did, especially because it is a whopping 480 pages and I am a not known as a speedy reader. 

So, this book was hilarious and moving.  It tells a great story about a young guy who never really lived his life until he got sick.  His trip to find the cure for his disease is so completely random, but in the most satisfying way.  Cameron is a character that I think everyone can relate to, at least I did, because he is the everyday man.  He takes his parents and sister for granted, he is not popular in school, and he doesn’t really live his life.  After being diagnosed with Mad Cow disease, which btw one of the symptoms is hallucinations, Cameron will do whatever it takes to get better–including listening to a punk angel named Dulcie, rescuing a garden gnome who is really a Norse god, and driving across the country to track down a scientist that may have his cure but who also may have opened up a black hole.  Bray sets up the whole trip so well, with allusions that it may be one big hallucination, but all along I found myself hoping that it was real.  I will not give away the ending to this strange trip, but I will say it is very satisfying.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 21, 2011 Categories: Award Winning, Fiction

Jars of Glass by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler

JarsofGlass This review is taken from a MPPL Teen Summer Reading Program log:

I read Jars of Glass by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler.  This was the second book I read by this duo and it was a refreshing change.  The book had very good character development, it wasn’t just a story for plot.





By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 19, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Zombies vs. Unicorns

Zombies-vs-unicorns Apparently it is an age-old question: Which is better, the zombie or the unicorn?

Not only is there a website devoted to this dilemma, but there is also a book.  Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier have edited a book of short stories together on this exact issue.  The premise is simple, Zombies vs. Unicorns has short stories arguing for either zombies or unicorns from some well-known teen authors: Garth Nix, Carrie Ryan, Maureen Johnson, Scott Westerfeld, Meg Cabot, Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, and others.  The argument of zombies vs. unicorns all began when the two authors/editors, Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier, began arguing for their respective preferences in blog posts.  Black favors unicorns, while Larbalestier cheers for zombies.  I have to say I think I am more interested zombies, but they do have the gross factor.  Unicorns are nice and safe, but being a fan of Holly Black’s writing I am sure there is some dark side to unicorns…

Pick this book up at the Library today, and choose your side!

Also check out the awesome book trailer for Zombies vs. Unicorns below:

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 18, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction

Rain by Kieryn Nicolas

Rain Rain by Kieryn Nicolas, is an amazing book by a girl who is very young, about a spy girl named Mel aka Amber. Who is made to show a young boy around her age the training school they attend and keep him safe, when he finds out some one close to him passes away she tries to make him feel better. So she nicknamed him rain- Ray for short, and he nicknamed her Melon- Mel for short. That’s all I’ll say! READ THE BOOK AS SOON AS YOU CAN!!!!!!!!!

Reviewed submitted by Merrily

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 17, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Fallen Fallen is about seventeen-year-old Luce, who is starting reform school after she survives a suspicious fire that kills her boyfriend.  Immediately she is drawn to Daniel, a fellow student who hates her for no reason.  Luce can’t shake the feeling that she has known him all her life, but his mysterious nature makes it almost impossible for her to learn the truth about their connection.  Daniel isn’t the only boy at the reform school with a connection to Luce, though.  There is also the open and forward Cam, who will stop at nothing to win Luce’s heart.  The more Cam pursues Luce, the more she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Daniel.  The sense that they have known each other all their lives is the key to the truth about Daniel.

Lauren Kate creates an interesting mythology here, and the setting of a reform school allows her supernatural elements to be more believable.  Another appealing factor to Fallen is the strong supporting characters.  The other students at the reform school are relatable and interesting, and they also provide Luce’s character with more emotion and strength.  However, there were a few times when I did question Luce’s ability to see the obvious (especially when it came to Daniel).  On the downside, Kate wrote Fallen as the first book in a series and it is so obvious: most of the book is the back and forth between Luce and Daniel, while last few pages seem to set up the sequel by revealing just enough about Daniel and Luce’s connection to explain what came in the chapters before.  But the good news is the second book, Torment, was published in September 2010.  You can also click here to get to the Fallen website where you can view the newly released cover art for the third book in the series, Passion.  Check out Fallen’s book trailer below:

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 14, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Romance

The Karma Club by Jessica Brody

KarmaClub I read the book The Karma Club by Jessica Brody. It tells the story of a group of friends, having a bunch of bad things, decide to form the Karma Club. As life tells us, never mess with Karma because it will get you back. This story was a fun read and I really recommend it to anyone who reads books by Sarah Dessen or who just want a fun read.

Reviewed submitted by Samantha

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 13, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Realistic Fiction