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Looking for a good movie this weekend?

Sometimes all you need is a classic, so click on the links below to check out lists of  some classic teen movies at the Library!

80’s Movies for Teens

Classic Teen Films


By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 25, 2011 Categories: Movies

Evermore by Alyson Noel

Evermore Evermore
by Alyson Noël

Evermore is the first book in The Immortals series, by Noël.  It is also a popular series here at the Library.  Now I realize that there is a reason why so many people are checking this series out!  Evermore is really good, and it will especially appeal to all you Twilight fans out there. The main character, Ever, survived a car crash that left her entire family dead.  As the sole survivor, she has been forced to move in with her rich aunt in sunny California.  Ever is anything but ok.  She is not only left with physical scars from the accident, she can now hear thoughts, see auras, and can also see ghosts–including her dead little sister.  To keep herself sane, Ever, once a popular cheerleader, now dresses in baggy jeans with a hooded sweatshirt over her head and music blaring into her ears via her iPod.  She is tortured by her new abilities and also by the guilt of losing her family.  Cue the Edward clone!  Into her life comes Damen.  He is beautiful and mysterious and very interested in Ever.  Noël does a great job in creating the Edward and Bella chemistry, and I think even does it better because it is not as drawn out as in Twilight.  I won’t ruin it for you, but it is apparent that Damen is more than human, because Ever cannot hear his thoughts.  Is he vampire or something else?  Pick up Evermore to find out, then read the rest of The Immortals series–I know I will!

Here is the series order so far:
1. Evermore
2. Blue Moon
3. Shadowland
4. Dark Flame
5. Night Star

Noël has also writtin a companion book to The Immortals series, Radiance, about Ever’s younger sister Riley and her afterlife as a Soul Catcher.

Check out the book trailer for Evermore below:

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 24, 2011 Categories: Fiction

Movie News–updates on Teen books being made into movies

Is it old news already?  Last Thursday Lionsgate confirmed that Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) has been chosen to play Katniss Everdeen in the movie adaptation of The Hunger Games.  So, now that there’s a Katniss, who will play Prim, Haymitch, Rue, and Cinna???  And more importantly, who will play Peeta and Gale?  According to, Josh Hutcherson (The Kids are All Right) is one of the frontrunners for the role of Peeta.





Divergent This book already has a movie deal!  Divergent, by Veronica Roth, hasn’t even been published yet so check out Roth’s blog and take a look at the cool cover art and summary of the book.  Divergent will be on shelves in May 2011 and many are comparing it to The Hunger Games (which may be one of the reasons it already has a movie deal).  Set in a futuristic dystopian Chicago, the main character Beatrice has turned 16 and must decide which of the 5 society groupings she will spend the rest of her life with.  However, to join the group that she chooses she must survive the initiation…




Beautifulchaos With the unveiling of the third cover in the Caster Chronicles series by Kim Garcia and Margaret Stohl, came an update on the progress of the movie adaptationVariety reported back in 2009 that Warner Brothers had picked up Beautiful Creatures to make it into a movie, but there hasn’t been much updates until now.  Apparently the screenplay has been written, so now we’ll have to wait and see who gets cast as the leads of Ethan and Lena.





The lying game There’s some small screen news, too.  Just Jared, Jr. is reporting that Sara Shepard’s latest novel, The Lying Game, is being turned into a televisions series by ABC Family.  You may know Shepard as the author of the Pretty Little Liars series, which has experienced huge success as a TV show on ABC Family.  The Lying Game is also about secrets, but instead of a death it centers on a case of mistaken identity.  Emma, a foster kid, has found that she has an identical twin sister, Sutton, who was adopted by a wealthy family.  Sutton wants to track down their birth mother and in order to do so asks Emma to pretend to be her while she goes off to follow a lead.  However, Sutton never returns and Emma struggles with what to do–reveal her true identity in hopes of finding Sutton or try and figure out what happened to Sutton on her own.

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

All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab

All Unquiet Things All Unquiet Things
by Anna Jarab

Carly has been dead for a year.  Her ex-boyfriend Neily found her shot to death on the bridge where they often met.  Her uncle, Enzo Ribelli, was found guilty of her murder.  As an unfit father and an alcoholic, Enzo was quickly tried and convicted of Carly’s murder.  Though a year has gone by, Enzo’s daughter Audrey (Carly’s cousin and seemingly best friend), can’t move on.  Audrey is convinced that her father could not have killed Carly.  Audrey is determined to find the real killer and approaches Neily for help.
Since finding Carly’s body on the bridge, Neily’s life has been unwinding.  He no longer sleeps due to nightmares and he has allowed he perfect grades to fall.  Though Neily and Carly had a terrible breakup, Neily knew that Carly was different from other girls and he held onto the hope that one day Carly would come back to him.  Now that she’s dead, Neily can’t move on and is stuck dwelling on the death of Carly and what that means for him.

Told in alternating viewpoints of Audrey and Neily, this novel delves deep into each character and what connected them to Carly.  Jarzab weaves a great mystery here, told at just the right pace to keep you guessing until the killer is revealed.  Jarzab also tells the stories from different time periods.  You read about what is happening during the current day (Audrey and Neily’s senior year), but you also jump back in time to important moments–like to eighth grade when Neily and Carly first met.  Slowly these flashbacks reveal more and more about Carly and her murder.

I really enjoyed All Unquiet Things.  The mystery told here was very intriguing.  Sometimes books in alternating viewpoints are not appealing to me, but the way that Jarzab wrote All Unquiet Thingsmade it very easy to follow.  Even though everyone is a suspect in this novel, I also really liked the characters of Neily and Audrey and the way their non-romantic relationship develops.  The ending is very satisfying, as the truth about Carly’s murder is revealed in a way that is surprising but also plausible.  Pick this book up if you are looking for an excellent mystery to devour.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 17, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Mystery

2011 Caudill Award Winner Announced today!

Winner: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


The Caudill Award is an award given to a book that is voted as the favorite from a list of nominees by Illinois school students throughout the year.  It is for books that appeal to students in grades 4-8, but lately there have been more and more teen titles getting into the mix.

Here’s a list of the 2012 nominees that are teen titles:

All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg
The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen
Peak by Roland Smith
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Check them out on display in the Teen Zone today!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 11, 2011 Categories: Award Winning, Fiction

Movie News–updates on Teen books being made into movies

There’s been a bunch of updates recently on teen books that are being made into movies: is reporting that Lauren Oliver’s Delirium may be a movie.  Fox 2000 has purchased screen rights for the book.  It was reported last summer that Oliver’s other book Before I Fall was optioned by Fox 2000.  Click here to read Renee’s review of Delirium.  Also here’s the book trailer for Delirium:

–Fox 2000 has also planning for a followup for the movie Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, according to  This next movie would be The Sea of Monsters, the second book in the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan.  The original movie did not do that well, but I guess the fan base for the books series is what Fox is hoping will ensure the success of the second movie.

Variety is reporting that three actress are vying for the lead role of Katniss in The Hunger Games movie.  The front runner is Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), and the other two actresses are Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Abigail Breslin (Zombieland, Little Miss Sunshine).  Lawrence is 20 years old and Steinfeld and Breslin are both 14, so they are closer to Katniss’ age which has been said to be playing an important part is determining the lead.  Click herefor an interesting article on Movieline where they talk about how Katniss’ race and body type are not being well represented by those who are auditioning because the casting call was asking for young women who are Caucasian and “look underfed but strong”.  I would like to know how someone underfed can also look strong…?

–Finally, The Hollywood Reporterhas reported that Kristin Stewart is the favorite of movie makers to play the lead role of Snow White in the movie Snow White and the HuntsmenRed Riding Hood, also a edgy-ily redone fairy tale movie, comes out in theaters this weekend.  If Red Riding Hood does well, then Snow White and the Huntsmen may be the second movie in a trend of remaking fairy tale movies…

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 9, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies

Teen Tech Week March 6-12


This week is Teen Tech Week at the Library!  A week long celebration of teens and technology at the Library.  Stop in and checkout video games, movies, music, audiobooks, Playaways, and books about technology and then complete our Celebrity Photo Mix and Match puzzle and you could win a Cappanari’s gift card.  Gift card winners will be drawn at the end of Teen Tech Week.  Also, if you want to make your own Celebrity Photo Mix, we will display it in the Library.

Click here to download the puzzle or pick one up at the Library and turn it in to the Fiction/AV/Teen for your chance to win!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 7, 2011 Categories: Uncategorized

Red Riding Hood Read Alikes


Are you anticipating the release of Red Riding Hood on March 11?  Then check out these books at the Library today!

Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Bryn’s parents were killed by a rogue werewolf.  After their death Bryn was adopted by a pack of werewolves.  As one of the few humans in the pack, Bryn struggles with questions about her parent’s death and her place in the pack.

Red Riding Hoodby Sarah Blakely-Cartwright
The book adaptation of the movie.

The Frenzy by Francesca Lia Block
Something changed Liv on her 13th birthday.  Four years later, she is still struggling to understand what happened but she is close to figuring it all out.  Once Liv learns her secret, however, it threatens not only her family but also her boyfriend.

The Rose and the Beast by Francesca Lia Block
Francesca Lia Block retells fairy tales in a modern day setting.

Wounded by Stephen Cole
The first book in the Wereling series by Cole, centers on two teens. Kate comes from a family of werewolves and doesn’t want to become a wolf.  Tom is a wereling, a human who was turned wolf.  Together they try to find a way to prevent turning into werewolves.

Blue Wolfby Catherine Creedon
Since his mother’s death, Jaime has used running as his release.  However, when he goes to stay with his Aunt for a summer, Jaime learns that there is a reason he feels at home running through the forest.

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Calla is the alpha of the Nightshade pack and Ren is the alpha of the Bane pack.  They are set to be joined in order to unite the packs.  However, when a new guy comes to town he causes Calla to question every thing about her life.

Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis
Shelby is being forced to attend summer camp and hates it.  The only positive to camp is Shelby’s fellow camper Austin, who just happens to be a mysterious werewolf.

13 to Life by Shannon Delany
Jessica’s mother has just died in a car accident.  Her life is complicated, so when a new guy Pietr won’t leave her alone, she pushes him away.  But Jessica can’t deny that she is connected to Pietr.

Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
Avery’s parents have been murdered in the woods where they live.  Ivy remembers very little about what she witnessed that night, until she meets Ben and learns that he is a werewolf.

By These Ten Bones by Clare B. Dunkle
Taking place in Scotland, this novel centers on Paul who is attacked and turned werewolf.  Maddie learns his secret and is determined to find a way to undo the curse.

Wereling  by Steve Feasey
Trey is an orphan living in a group home.  When a long lost uncle comes for him, Trey learns that he is the last of the hereditary werewolves, that his supposed uncle is really a vampire, and that an evil vampire is trying to kill Trey because of a prophecy.

Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne
Kayla is working as a wilderness guide in a national forest for the summer, at the same forest where her parents were accidentally gunned down by hunters.  Will meeting the mysterious Lucas reveal the answers to the many questions Kayla has surrounding her parent’s deaths?

Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson
On her 16th birthday, Claire learns the family secret and it will change her life forever.

Need by Carrie Jones
Zara has come to a small town in Maine to stay with her grandmother.  Danger follows Zara to Bedford, Maine, in the form of a dangerous pixie king.  Her new friend, Nick, however seems to be there for her whenever she is in trouble.

Blood and Chocolateby Annette Curtis Klause
Vivian comes from a long line of werewolves, so when she falls in love with a human her family stops at nothing to keep them apart.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Two sisters, Scarlett and Rosie, hunt werewolves after one killed their grandmother and almost killed them.

Dead is a State of Mind by Marlene Perez
Daisy is a psychic amateur detective who lives in a town where supernatural beings are prevalent.  Daisy has yet another case when a local teacher turns up dead.

Once in a Full Moonby Ellen Schreiber
Celeste is a normal teenager who lives an ordinary life, until the new guy Brandon catches her eye. 

Tantalize  by Cynthia Leitich Smith
When someone has murdered the chef at her uncle’s vampire themed restaurant, Quincie worries that her best friend and crush Kieran is the prime suspect because he is a hybrid werewolf.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Grace is obsessed with a yellow-eyed wolf that lives in the woods behind her house. Sam is that wolf. He is a werewolf and is deeply connected to Grace as his last link to humanity. What follows is an amazing love story, told in the alternating voices of Grace and Sam, as they fight to keep Sam human.

A Wolf At the Door
A collection of fairy tales retold by well-known writers.

Also, check out this list in our catalog by clicking here.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 2, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction

Movie Recommendations for Teens by Teens

Looking for some movie recommendations?  Check out what some of our teen patrons are watching below:

"I saw the movie Eclipse.  It is the third movie in the Twilight series.  It was one of my favorite movie."
Find The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, at the Library by clicking here.

"The movie 2012 was good because it showed what the Mayans believe is going to happen to the world. I like the graphics they did to create this movie."
Find 2012, at the Library by clicking here.

"I like to watch The A-Team.  It has action but also humor.  I'd say it's the best movie."
Find The A-Team, at the Library by clicking here.

"I watched Transformers.  It was a good movie.  It had a lot of action."
Find Transformers, at the Library by clicking here.

"I watched Hannah Montana: the movie.  It was about her real life.  It was about her family and her experience.  It was a good movie."
Find Hannah Montana: the movie, at the Library by clicking here.

"I watched Invictus.  It was about rugby, a true story.  It was good."
Find Invictus, at the Library by clicking here.

"A movie I have watched is Tooth Fairy.  It was fun and exciting.  Derek Thompson is summoned to be a tooth fairy.  He turns out the be the worst tooth fairy but seems to figure it out."
Find Tooth Fairy, at the Library by clicking here.

What are you watching that you would recommend?

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 1, 2011 Categories: Movies