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Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez

Dead OK, the title alone, Dead is the New Black, should make you want to pick up this book!
I know that’s why I read it.

Everyone in Daisy’s family has psychic powers– except for Daisy.  Daisy is used to being the “norm”, and she is OK with being an average high schooler.  All she needs is her best friend Ryan, who she also happens to have a huge crush on.  However, when head cheerleader Samantha shows up at the start of the new school year clad in black and carrying a coffin around, strange things begin to happen at Nightshade High School.  Teenage girls are attacked and killed and Daisy’s family joins forces with the local police to help solve the murders, using their psychic gifts.  Daisy, though, is determined to find the killer with Ryan’s help.  Daisy doesn’t know it, but trying to track down this killer will put her in danger and have scary consequences–- like having to join the cheerleading squad!

This novel is a quick read, and it is hilarious because Marlene Perez has such a funny and sarcastic style of writing.  Dead is the New Black has a unique and interesting plot, that has been continued in a series. So far there are four books total in the series and the fifth book will be on bookshelves in May 2011.  Here’s the series order so far:

1) Dead is the New Black
2) Dead is a State of Mind
3) Dead is so Last Year
4) Dead is Just a Rumor
5) Dead is Not an Option

I recommend this book, especially if you want a fast read that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 22, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Mystery

If you like I am Number Four…

Did you see the movie, I am Number Four, and love it?  Have you read the book and are eagerly awaiting the sequel?  Then check out these books and movie today at the Library:

Daniel X The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

As a young boy with unexplained abilities, Daniel witnesses the death of his parents at the hands of an evil alien.  Now 15, alien hunter Daniel X is closer than ever to avenging his parents’ deaths. 

Stuck on Earth Stuck on Earth  by David Klass

A small snail like alien has taken over the body of a 14 year old bully.  The alien’s goal: to determine if there is any reason why mankind should be saved from the planned obliteration of the earth.

Ender's Game Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender Wiggin, six-years-old and seemingly a genius, is beginning his education at battle school in space.  The novel follows him through the age of twelve, where he has earned respect and is being counted on to battle invading aliens.

The Host The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Melanie is a human who has just been taken over by an alien.  However, Melanie is a strong soul and fights against her alien invader.  As a human, Melanie was obsessed with finding her human friends and fighting against the alien invaders.  The alien is unsure of her role in taking over a human body, and does not truly know if she wants to be in a human body.  This leads to a complicated coexistence that intensifies when the two entities in one body are captured by a group of humans in hiding.

Gone Gone by Michael Grant

Everyone over the age of 13 has disappeared within the 20 mile radius of Perdido Beach, CA.  Those left have to figure out how to survive, why those remaining disappear at age 14, their developing superpowers, and why there is an invisible wall that prevents them from escaping the 20 mile radius.

Jumper Jumper
David has the power to jump, which allows him to teleport himself anywhere in the world.  What David doesn’t know, though, is that there has been a war raging for centuries between the jumpers and those bent on killing them.
Rated PG-13

Transformers Transformers

The autobots verus the decepticons.  A war between these two alien races comes to earth and stuck in the middle are two teens, one who possesses the map to a magical talisman hidden on earth that could mean victory for whichever alien race finds it first.
Rated PG-13

Race2WitchMtn Race to Witch Mountain

Two teens enlist the help of cab driver and ex-con, Jack Bruno, to drive them to a remote location outside of Las Vegas.  What Jack doesn’t know is that the teens are really aliens who have been collecting data in order to try and save the earth from destruction–something that the military on their home planet are willing to kill the two aliens to accomplish.
Rated PG
Serenity Serenity

Serenity is the name of a space ship run by a crew of renegades in the future that resembles a spaced aged wild west.  Recently, the crew has taken on a troubled young girl, River, and her brother, a doctor.  River, who has extraordinary powers, knows something that the Alliance, the ruling body of power, will do whatever it takes to keep quiet.  
Rated PG-13

Tron-legacy2d Tron Legacy

Sam is the son of the man who was once the world’s greatest video game creator.  But Sam’s father has disappeared, and when Sam tries to track down his father he is pulled into the alternate reality where his father and now Sam are trapped.  Together they must fight to escape.
Rated PG

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 21, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies

More Teen Novels Being Made into Movies!

Carrie Diaries The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
According to, studios are looking to make the teen novel The Carrie Diaries, about the teen version of the Sex and the City character Carrie Bradshaw, into a movie.  But if you’ve read the book you know that it was set in the 80’s, so to keep this movie hip and appealing it is rumored that it will not be younger versions of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte.  Instead they will be introducing a new set of young women who are just as interesting and stylish.  Who would be the first choice to play the lead Carrie Bradshaw-ish role, Blake Lively of course!  Click here to find The Carrie Diaries at the Library.



Ender's Game Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card has interviewed Roberto Oci who is working on writing the screen adaptation for Ender’s Game alongside Alex Kurtzman and with director Gavin Hood.  Ender’s Game is a classic science fiction novel where the main character Ender Wiggin, who is six-years-old and seemingly a genius, is beginning his education at battle school in space.  The novel follows him through the age of twelve, where he has earned respect and is being counted on to battle invading aliens.  The series, Ender’s Saga, has 10 books in total.  Click here to find Ender’s Game at the Library.




The Host The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Variety is reporting that the big screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host now has a director, Susanna White.  While technically not a novel written for teens, The Host is Meyer’s only other book outside of the Twilight Saga.  It centers on an earth much like the one that we know today, but where aliens have invaded and taken over the human race.  These aliens use human bodies as their hosts.  They invade the body and take over as the human “soul” withers away.  There are humans who fight against the aliens and who have been forced into a guerrilla nomadic existence.  Melanie is a human who has just been taken over by an alien.  However, Melanie is a strong soul and fights against her alien invader.  As a human Melanie was obsessed with finding her human friends and fighting against the alien invaders.  The alien is unsure of her role in taking over a human body, and does not truly know if she wants to be in a human body.  This leads to a complicated coexistence that intensifies when the two entities in one body are captured by a group of humans in hiding.  Click here to find The Host at the Library.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 18, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If-i-stay If I Stay

by Gayle Forman

What if you no longer had to choose whether or not to move across the country to attend a college and leave your boyfriend behind?  Or if you are going to that party on Saturday night?  Or even what you were going to eat for breakfast?
What if all of life’s seemingly big decisions became nothing because you had to decide whether you want to live or die?  That is what happened to Mia when a seemingly normal car trip with her family ends in a devastating crash that kills her parents instantly and leaves Mia and her little brother critically injured.  Mia, in a state that seems like limbo, is forced to watch the surgeries that keep her alive and the reactions of her friends and family members as they wait in the hospital and visit her as her body is in a comatose state.  All the while she is remembering her life and what made it worth living.  This tearjerker has its happier moments, however, as Mia recalls the best memories of her life as she decides if she should stay.  Pick this book up if you want to feel, because it will take you on an emotional rollercoaster, but will leave you uplifted with a new perspective on the gift that is life and what makes it worth living.  Also, look for the sequel to If I Stay, entitled Where She Went, to hit bookshelves in April 2011.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 17, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium book cover “It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure.” 

In 95 days seventeen-year-old Lena is scheduled to have the procedure, which ensures she will never become infected with amor deliria nervosa, or love, the deadliest of all diseases. After her procedure she’ll be paired with a boy whom the evaluators have chosen for her.  She won’t have to worry about love affecting her mind so she cannot think clearly, or rationally.  After the procedure she will be safe and free from any pain that love might have brought her.  However, one day when Lena and her best friend Hana are up for their evaluations, Lena sees a boy.  Their eyes meet for a moment and then everything changes.  A whole other version of the world she lives in is revealed to her because of this boy and her best friend Hana. Lena finds herself making choices that may seem irrational and she’s definitely not thinking clearly.  Where do Lena’s choices lead her? Delirium by Lauren Oliver will infect you once you start reading it and you will find it very hard to put down.  Your stomach will flutter with anticipation of what’s coming next and you might even find yourself falling in love with it.  It’s  quite contagious. 

Keep up to date with author Lauren Oliver here.

By MPPL on February 16, 2011 Categories: Dystopian, Fiction, High School, Science Fiction

Cybil Awards Announced Yesterday

What are the Cybil awards? Every year book bloggers award the year’s best children’s and teen books. Any book can be nominated by anyone (one nomination per person) and then they are voted upon by a group volunteer book bloggers who must be active bloggers and who must blog about children’s or teen books. For more information visit the webpage by clicking here. To view the entire list of winners click here. Here are the 2010 winners for Teen books, click on the title to find them at the Library!

Origami Yoda Middle Grade Fiction
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
by Tom Angleberger
Tommy’s classmate Dwight shows up to school one day with a green paper Yoda on his finger.  The paper Yoda starts giving Tommy and his classmates advice and when the advice works, Tommy sets out to determine if the paper Yoda is really Dwight or if it has power of its own. 

YellowDeath Teen Nonfiction
The Secret of the Yellow Death: a true story of medical sleuthing
by Suzanne Jurmain
The Secret of the Yellow Death is the true account of a team of US Army doctors, headed by Walter Reed, which went to Cuba in 1900 to study yellow fever and try to figure out how the disease spread.

Yummy Teen Graphic Novel
Yummy: the last days of a Southside shorty
by G. Neri
This graphic novel retells the story of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer, an eleven year old gang member from Chicago whose stray bullet killed a fourteen year old girl named Shavon in 1994.  After the shooting, Yummy went into hiding with the help of his gang, but then they turned on him and executed him.

RotRuin Teen Fantasy and Science Fiction
Rot & Ruin
by Jonathan Maberry
In the future, zombies are an infestation.  At 15, Benny begins an apprenticeship with his older brother as a bounty hunter.  Benny must leave the confines of the safe area and go out into the wilderness and hunt down zombies.  Out in the wilderness, Benny’s perceptions of the world that he thought he knew drastically change.

SPLIT Teen Fiction
by Swati Avasthi
Jace is kicked out of his father’s house after he tries to stop his father from physically abusing his mother.  The only place where he knows he can go is his 22-year-old brother’s house.  When Jace arrives, both brothers are combative and suspicious, but slowly they rebuild their relationship while Jace works through his fears of his father and his guilt over leaving his mother behind.

I am going to pick up Rot & Ruin, because I love a good zombie novel!  What do you think about the Cybil winners?

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 15, 2011 Categories: Award Winning, Fiction, Nonfiction

A ton of teen novels are being turned into movies!

 Next weekend (February 18) the movie I am Number Four hits theaters.  I am sure you have seen trailers for the movie.  If not, here’s the latest one:

Click here and you can also find the book I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore at the Library.

On March 18, the movie Beastly will be released.  Beastly by Alex Flinn is a really great read.  Flinn’s retelling is of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale is really authentic and I enjoyed how she updated the classic tale to fit in modern times.  Click here to find Beastly by Alex Flinn at the Library!

Of course there’s also Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 out on July 15, 2011 and the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn part 1 on November 18, 2011.

Here are a bunch of Teen novels that are either rumored to be in production or are definitely in pre-production:

Incarceron by Catherine Fischer
According to Deadline, Taylor Lautner will play the character of Finn in the movie production. It is also rumored that Emma Watson is being considered for the female lead as Claudia.  The book’s setting is in one giant prison, Incarceron, a technologically advanced structure with a mind of its own.  Finn is inside the prison, and cannot remember his past but feels that he does not belong in Incarceron.  Claudia, is on the outside of the prison and the warden’s daughter.  She is longing to escape her arranged marriage.  Both Finn and Claudia try to help each other escape their respective prisons.  Look for Incarceron, the movie, in 2013, but find the book in the Library by clicking here!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
According to this report, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman are already on board to play Sam and Charlie, respectively.  The exciting news is something that usually doesn’t happen when a book gets turned into a movie–Stephen Chbosky, the author, will be writing and directing the movie.  Click here to find The Perks of Being a Wallflower in the Library’s catalog and read this classic teen novel today!

The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Deadline is also reporting that Lily Collins will star in the movie production of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series.  Collins will play the character Clary Fray.  The movie, which looks to be coming out in 2012, will be based on the first book in the series The City of Bones.  In the first book of the series, we meet Clary who is dragged into the world of the Shadowhunters when she and her mother are both targeted by the demons.  Click here to find City of Bones in the Library!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
According to this article, Selena Gomez has just recently been added to the film and she will play Hannah Baker.  It should be interesting to see how this movie develops because in the book, Hannah Baker has committed suicide and before she died she recorded 13 reasons onto cassette tapes about why she killed herself.  Clay, the main character in the novel, receives these tapes and has to figure out why he is connected to Hannah’s suicide.  Will we only hear Selena’s voice in the movie?  Click here to find Thirteen Reasons Why at the Library.

RUMORED: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
IMDB is reporting that Vince Vaughn is going to produce this movie in 2012.

Of course there’s also the Hunger Games movie which I previously posted about.  No update yet on who will be starring in the film.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 11, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies

Feed by M.T. Anderson

Feed book cover All the new technology, electronics and gadgets are great right? All the information you need right at your finger tips! What if you could be connected to the internet, your friends, family, and the information you need -24/7? That would even better– right?

Feed by M.T. Anderson zooms right in on that issue and our possible future. In this future, people living in the United States, including Anderson’s main character Titus, now have transmitters in their brains.  Transmitters broadcast a constant barrage of banner ads, news, and trends into your mind, that’s known as the “feed.”  In school there’s no need for reading, research or writing things down because the “feed” will get you all the information you’re looking for.  You don’t even need to open your mouth to talk to your friends you can hear them using the M-chat feature of the “feed.” Nice huh?

Titus and his friends decide to go up to the moon to party and that’s where he meets Violet.  Violet is homeschooled and her transmitter is older and she’s not a big fan of the “feed.”   Not to mention her transmitter is always malfunctioning and the government refuses fix it, which means eventually Violet will completely shut down.  Violet challenges Titus’ view of the “feed” and the society they live in, but Titus has a hard time coming to terms with the truth.  Are those lesions sprouting up on everyone’s face really supposed to help you get a date? Is the news from the government broadcasted on the “feed” even real? What’s the true purpose of the “feed” and who really controls it?  After reading Feed you’re guaranteed to give the direction technology is headed in a second thought. 

By MPPL on February 9, 2011 Categories: High School, Science Fiction

Bummed out that Vampire Academy is over?

Entertainment Weekly’s blog, Shelf Life, has an exclusive look at Richelle Mead’s new series’ cover, Bloodlines, due out this August.  There’s also an interview on the site with Mead, where she talks about her new series and what you can expect.  Apparently, it takes place in the same world as Vampire Academy, but with a main character who is the complete opposite of Rose Hathaway.  Hmmm…I’m not sure I would like that, but that’s because Rose Hathaway is my favorite book character right now!  I am currently reading the last book in Mead’s Vampire Academy series, Last Sacrifice.

The first book of the Vampire Academy series introduces us to Rose Hathaway who is a dhampir, half human–half vampire.  She is supposed to be attending St. Vladimir’s academy where she will be trained to protect the Moroi, vampires who are born as such.  Moroi are weak creatures, but they do not need protection from humans.  Most of the human population has no clue that vampires exist.  Instead, Moroi need protection from the Strigoi, which are Moroi who have killed when they feed.  When Moroi kill when they feed, they turn into super-powerful, bloodthirsty monsters that are determined to hunt down Moroi.  For two years, Rose and her best friend Lissa have been on the run.  There is only one Moroi that Rose is determined to protect– Lissa, who also should be at St. Vladimir’s, but to be trained in gift of magic that every Moroi has.  Lissa and Rose have had a special bond since they were children and involved in a car accident that killed Lissa’s family.  Eventually, the two girls are caught and forced to return to St. Vladimir’s where they are watched over closely.  Rose returns to her guardian training with a new trainer, Dimitri, a young and attractive Dhampir who Rose feels an instant attraction to.  Meanwhile, Lissa returns to learning how to use her Moroi gift of healing, a gift that is very rare and of which little is known.  But somebody already knows what Lissa’s power can really be used for and they will stop at nothing to get to her to use her magic for their own evil plans.

There series order is:
Vampire Academy
Shadow Kiss
Blood Promise
Spirit Bound
Last Sacrifice

I really have loved this series and I am sad it’s ended.  I do hope that the final book doesn’t disappoint.  I think the main reason that I am such a fan of Vampire Academy is because of the main character, Rose.  She is such a Buffy-esque character.  She kicks butt and she is not afraid to speak her mind.  Plus, I love the forbidden romance between Rose and Dimitri, especially as the series progresses.  Even though the books get thicker and thicker as the series goes on, I am always surprised at how I fly through them.  Also, the supporting characters are interesting and I like that Mead isn’t afraid to kill some of them off to heighten the drama.  Of course, I also love it because it’s a vampire novel and as much as I try to fight my love for vampires (most recently by turning to zombies) I do enjoy reading anything vampire.  I think what I like best about Mead’s vampire mythology is that being a vampire does not mean that you’re an attractive superhero.  The Moroi who are the good vampires are weak.  The Strigoi are evil because they do feed off of humans to kill them, and the Dhampirs are the heroes but not in the traditional way.  They have to be rigorously trained and are essentially slaves to the Moroi.

I guess what I am trying to say is READ VAMPIRE ACADEMY, because it’s awesome.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on Categories: Fiction

Glee Returns

All of you who were excited for Glee’s return last night, here are some books that you might be in to.  Just click on the link to find them in the Library’s catalog:

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castelucci
Authors Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best-selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature.

Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
Freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible.

Diva by Alex Flinn
Despite her mother’s objections, sixteen-year-old Caitlin determines to pursue her dream of becoming an opera singer by attending a performing arts school in Miami.

Deep In the Heart of High School by Veronica Goldbach
Three freshmen girls meet in band practice and become good friends.  Together they navigate through the ups and downs of their first year in high school.

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
When sophomore Jessie’s best friend transforms herself into a punk and goes after Jessie’s would-be boyfriend, Jessie finds true friends among classmates who play Dungeons and Dragons.

Dramarama by E. Lockhart
Theater-mad teens Sadye and her best friend Demi find their bond of friendship sorely tested when they encounter love, rivalry, and a vast array of unforgettable characters while spending the summer at drama camp.

Glee: the beginning by Sophia Lowell
Based on the TV series, this prequel novel that gives you a look at what life was like at McKinley high before glee club.

Election by Tom Perrotta
Tracy Flick wants to be President of Winwood High School. She’s one of those ambitious girls who finds time to do it all. But her teacher Mr. McAllister persuades Paul Warren—a good-hearted jock—to also run for the student council elections.

Queen Geek Social Clubby Laura Preble
It’s chic to be geek! Becca wants to shake things up at school and look for “others of our kind” so she decides to form the Queen Geek Social Club.

Fame, Glory, and Other Things On My To Do List by Janette Rallison
Jessica dreams of being a star, so when a new guy arrives at school whose father is a famous actor, Jessica plots a way to get the actor to attend the high school’s production of West Side Story.

The Four Dorothys by Paul Ruditis
The students at the Orion Academy put on a musical based on the Wizard of Oz. Due to their egotism, four of them have the part of Dorothy, but as opening night approaches, the Dorothys drop out of the show one-by-one.

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon
In her first year at a suburban New Jersey high school, Mary Elizabeth Cep, who now calls herself “Lola,” sets her sights on the lead in the annual drama production, and finds herself in conflict with the most popular girl in school.

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff
Fifteen-year-old Andrew, the second fattest student at his high school, joins the varsity football team to get the attention of a new girl on whom he has a crush.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 7, 2011 Categories: Fiction