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Archive for June, 2011

Don’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern

DontStopNow Don’t Stop Now

by Julie Halpern

Just out of school for the summer, the last thing that Lillian expects is to have a cryptic message from her friend Penny waiting for her on her phone. “I did it”, is all that the message says.  It turns out that Penny has faked her own kidnapping.  The only thing Lillian can think to do is hop in the car with her best friend Josh (who she also has had a huge crush on forever) and try and track down Penny on a road trip across the country.  Complete with random stops at places like the Mars Cheese Palace, the Mitchell Corn Palace, and the Enchanted World Doll museum, Lily hopes this road trip will finally determine once and for all if she and Josh can be more than just friends.

Halpern does a great job of presenting serious issues with a humorous twist; this novel is laugh out loud funny.  One interesting aspect of Don’t Stop Now is that Penny has a very hard home life and is in an abusive relationship, issues that prompt her to stage her kidnapping.  You get Penny’s point of view in alternating diary entries that balance the lighter road trip narration provided by Lillian.  The road trip, some drama, and a maybe romance all combine to make this a great summer read!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 30, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Travel

The Throne of Fire reviewed by Merrily

Throne of Fire The Throne of Fire, book 2 in the Kane Chronicles

by Rick Riordan

Hello! I would like to tell you all about the second book in the series the Kane Chronicles; The Throne of Fire. I literally finished it about five minutes ago and I couldn’t wait to write a review! This book is thriving with adventure and even a little romance. I’d probably suggest it for ages 11-15, since there is A LOT about Egyptian history! The story is: Carter and Sadie Kane, brother and sister, have recovered from the battle of the Red Pyramid and are searching for the three sections of the Book of Ra (the sun god that went to sleep thousands of years ago who is also the god of Ma’at or Order). An evil Russian magician named Vladmir Menshikov, who is a part of the first Nome in Egypt, plots to awaken Apophis the snake god of chaos, and destroy the world. On the journey to completing the Book of Ra, Carter and Sadie meet an old friend of the cat goddess, Bast, who becomes an unlikely friend to the both of them, and teaches them things they would never have figured out on their own. All in all this book is worth reading, and has a lot of history in it; not to mention hieroglyphs, and a lovable baboon name Khufu!  

review submitted by Merrily

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 28, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction

After Ever After reviewed by Gurkamal

After ever after After Ever After

by Jordan Sonnenblick

After Ever After was a good book about leukemia survivor Jeffery Apler. Now he is all grown up and going to middle school and has a friend named Tad (leukemia survivor) and a girlfriend named Lindsey. Overall the book was good.

review submitted by Gurkamal

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 27, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week–The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Check out this week’s book trailer for The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.  Click here to find The Prince of Mist at the Library.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 24, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction

Get in SYNC this summer

Starting today, each week SYNC will be offering 2 FREE audiobooks to download.  One will be a current teen title and the other will be its classic counterpart.  This week it is Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver paired with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Shiver Romeo and Juliet

Click here to visit SYNC’s website and start downloading.

You can also text synca to 258237 to get alerts about the FREE titles.

Click here to find out more specifics on how to download the FREE audiobooks!

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 23, 2011 Categories: Uncategorized

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie reviewed by Lexi

Sleeping Freshmen Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie

by David Lubar

In Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, a boy named Scott is entering his first year at Zenger High School. While Scott is faced with troubling classes and drifting friends, he balances writing weekly sports reviews for the school paper along with a couple of other extra activities. One day, he gets news that nobody ever expected-he’s going to be a big brother! So, with knowing this, Scott writes daily entries to his microscopic brother about how to survive the beginning of high school. No experience at high school is ever complete without a little bit of drama. Scott has had his eye on a girl for a while now and tries many times to get her attention. But a freaky girl with to metal all over face, vomit green hair, and shirts that are indescribable transfers to Zenger, and Scott found her interesting. And who knows, the two people from different worlds that face the same judgmental people five times a week just might be perfect for each other.

review submitted by Lexi

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 22, 2011 Categories: Fiction, High School, Realistic Fiction

It Gets Better Project

It September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage and his partner Terry made a YouTube video for LGBT teens and youth as a reaction to the number of young people who took their lives the past year because of being bullied.

Following this posting, they began the It Gets Better Project, which accepts YouTube videos with inspiring messages for those who need it.   Click here to check out the site.  Celebrities and everyday people have posted more than 10,000 videos.  In March 2011 they were also able to publish a book that contains inspiring essays and other materials, and all the proceeds from the book are being donated to LGBT youth charities.  It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living can be found on our shelves in the Library.

Recently, the band Rise Against has collaborated with the It Gets Better Project to use clips from the video submissions in their newest music video for their song Make It Stop (September’s Children), and the video was released this week. The song draws its inspiration from the rash of suicides of bullied teens.  Make It Stop (September’s Children) is on their latest album Endgame, which you can find in the Library’s collection.  Also, an interesting note, the band filmed the music video at lead singer Tim McIlrath’s former high school, Rolling Meadows High School.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on Categories: Music, Nonfiction

Candor by Pam Bachorz

Candor book cover “Always be courteous.”

“Academics are the key to success.”

“Studying is your top priority.”

“Healthy breakfasts make for smart minds”

What if messages like this ran through your head all day? What if while you were listening to your favorite CD you were being brainwashed at the same time?  Well, then you’d be living in Candor, otherwise known as every parent’s dream.  No one really knows about the messages, but what they do know is teenagers in Candor love to do chores, they get straight A’s, and no one is ever an outsider. 

Meet Oscar, the founder of Candor’s son. He’s handsome, smart, popular, and seemingly perfect, except he’s found a way to fight the messages: to shut his brain off to them.  He’s also found a way to make some money on the side byhelping free kids from Candor before they get sucked in by the messages, because once that happens you’ll be walking around like a programmed drone the rest of your life. 

Oscar’s latest target for business is Nia, except that Oscar finds himself completely smitten by her.  He must a make a decision to save Nia from the messages and never see her again, or keep her close and risk everything exposing everything.

By MPPL on June 20, 2011 Categories: Dystopian, Fiction, High School, Science Fiction

Head Games reviewed by Emily

Head games Head Games

by Christopher Golden

I read the book Head Games by Christopher Golden.  It is a mystery about a series of murders that have been going on.  However, these aren’t just normal killings.  The victims are college students who spontaneously go on to kill their whole families.  When they wake up in the morning, they can’t remember a thing. Jenna Blake is suspicious from the start and investigates the coincidences of each crime.  This is a great thriller that will always keep you interested.

review submitted by Emily

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on Categories: Fiction, Mystery

Book Trailer of the Week–Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Check out this week’s book trailer for Across the Universe by Beth Revis.  Click here to find Across the Universe at the Library.

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