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Archive for July, 2011

Book Trailer of the Week–Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Check out this week’s book trailer for Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly.  Click here to find Revolution at the Library!


By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 30, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Romance

Movie and TV News– Updates on Teen Books in Pop Culture

Promotional posters for the CW’s new fall TV program, The Secret Circle, have been released.  Click here to get to the original article and take a look at the other posters.  Also, if you haven’t read L.J. Smith’s The Secret Circle series, the book series this new CW TV series is based on, click here to find it in the Library.
Andrea Cremer’s second book in her Nightshade series, Wolfsbane, was just released on Tuesday.  Click here to find Wolfsbane at the Library.  If you’ve already finished the sequel, or just want to read ahead, EW’s Shelf Life has the exclusive look at the first chapter in the third book of the series BloodroseBloodrose won’t be released until February 2012, so click here and take an exclusive look!
Scott Westerfeld announced on his blog on Monday that Uglies trilogy will be made into a movie!  Click here to find Uglies at the Library.

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

First Look at Peeta and Gale

Previously, we posted Entertainment Weekly’s first look at Jennifer Lawrence at Katniss, in The Hunger Games movie. 

Well, now Entertainment Weekly has the first look at Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as Peeta and Gale, respectively:


I have to admit, they look a lot like how I pictured the characters in my head.  If you haven’t read The Hunger Games, yet, click here to check it out at the Library and read it before the movie comes out!  Also, check out the July 29th issue of Entertainment Weekly that features this cover and more inside about the filming of The Hunger Games movie.  Did you know that you can find current issues of Entertainment Weekly in the Library and also check out the older issues?

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 27, 2011 Categories: Dystopian, Movies

Meridian by Amber Kizer

Meridian Meridian

by Amber Kizer

Meridian is a half human, half-angel.  Otherwise known as a fenestra, Meridian’s life has been nothing but sickness and death.  This is because Meridian helps souls travel to the other side, however, when a soul tries to use her to transition it causes her to have a violent reaction leaving her sick for days.  On her 16th birthday, her parents finally reveal to Meridian her true nature.  On the day that she learns this truth, her parents hastily send her to her Aunt’s home in Revelation, CO.  Meridian not only needs to learn how to properly transition souls from her Aunt who is also a fenestra, but she needs to leave her loved ones in order to keep them safe.  Someone, or something, is on the hunt for fenestras and will not stop until it can destroy or turn a fenestra to the dark side.  Can Meridian learn how to properly transition souls, and gain her strength to fight this dark force, before it is too late?

This book was a great read.  It was quick paced, and the angel/fenestra mythology presented was easy to follow.  Even though she has a supernatural power, Meridian is a character that is easy to relate to.  There was a romance sub-plot that felt like it was just thrown into the larger plot, but it worked in the end.  I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of supernatural reads, or someone who is looking for something quick and exciting to read.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on Categories: Fantasy

Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto by Eric Luper

Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto book coverSeth Baumgartner’s summer is off to a great start.  First his girlfriend dumps him at Applebee’s and then as he’s leaving the restaurant feeling dejected he sees his dad eating lunch with a woman who’s definitely not his radio talk show host  mom. To top it all, off he arrives at work late and gets fired- his forth firing in a year.  So, maybe his summer isn’t off to best start after all.

Luckily, his best friend Dimitri  is there to hook Seth up with a new summer job at the local country club, where Dimitri works too.  But, Dimitri’s not the only one in his family who works there.  His younger sister Audrey, who turned long and lean sophmore year, does too.  Audrey recommends that Seth make a list of all the reasons he wants to get back with his ex, Veronica, which inspires him to start a anonymous podcast, the Love Manifesto.   Thinking there’s no way his friends or classmates will ever find his podcast, Seth uses it to not only to pine over Veronica but to ponder  love , vent about his dad’s escapades, and all the other adventures he encounters over the summer. Except, the podcast doesn’t  stay undiscovered.   Suddenly Seth is in way over his head.  Can he set things right with not just Veronica but Dimitri and all the other people he managed to anger  with his podcast ? And of course he still is trying to get to the bottom of what’s going on with his dad and that other woman.  So tune in and see if Seth’s summer ends with disaster like it began or if he’s able to clean up the messes he managed to get himself into.

By MPPL on July 25, 2011 Categories: Fiction, High School, Realistic Fiction

Movie Recommendation from Emily–Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

HP7P1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the best Harry Potter movie yet! Everyone that has seen or read any of the books should definitely see this movie.  With Part 2 that just came out, watching the first movie will be a great refresher before you see the second part.  Although the end seemed kind of sudden, it was a great cliffhanger for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Click here to find Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in the Library.

submitted by Emily

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 22, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Movies

Book Trailer of the Week–Eona

This week’s book trailer is for Eona by Alison Goodman.  It’s the follow up to her first book Eon.  Check out the trailer below and then click here to find Eon in the Library and click here to find Eona!

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

Desires of the Dead reviewed by Lina

DesiresDead Desires of the Dead

by Kimberly Derting

Desires of The Dead is a follow up of another book called The Body Finder. In this book Violet has the ability to hear echoes of the dead who aren’t buried or “put to rest”. She can also see matching imprints of killers. I love the plot of this book because at times it can get pretty spooky and mysterious! It’s a very thrilling book. It’s filled with people who are hiding secrets from their past, murderers, and the dead. Filled with romance, secrets, mystery, and all that exciting stuff you would LOVE to read, I would recommend this book to anyone.

review submitted by Lina

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 20, 2011 Categories: Mystery

10 Reviews by You

SomeoneLikeYou  Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Halley and Scarlett are the best of friends.  Junior year, Scarlett’s boyfriend gets killed in an accident and Scarlett gets pregnant with their baby.  It’s up to Halley to help Scarlett as much as possible and be supportive when everyone else is not.  Meanwhile, Halley has to deal with problems of her own…

review submitted by Katie

The Chicken Dance  The Chicken Dance by Jacques Couvillion

The Chicken Danceis about a boy named Don.  Don lives on a farm and enters a chicken judging contest.  He wins first place and gets invited to the international chicken judging contest.  He stumbles upon a birth certificate saying his name is Stanley.  He starts to learn about his family and who his real mother is.

review submitted by Clara

Breadwinner  The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

The Breadwinner is a brilliantly-paced book about a young girl, Parvana, living in Afghanistan.  When her father gets arrested by the Taliban, she pretends to be a boy in order to support her family.  Great for all ages, this book will bring suspense, thrills, and some knowledge of Afghanistan through Parvana’s life in Kabul.

review submitted by Brian

Snail Mail  Snail Mail No More by Paula Danzinger and Ann M. Martin

Snail Mail No More is about two girls who email each other.  They are best friends, but one of them moved away so they contacted each other by letters (a.k.a. snail mail) and then by email.  Each girl contacts one another to help resolve a problem, and for advice.  I would recommend this book because it is an easy read and relates to real life.

review submitted by Natalia

Everlost  Everlost by Neal Shusterman

Everlost is about two kids, Allie and Nick, who got killed in a car crash.  Now, they’re in a place between heaven and earth: Everlost.  They feel lost there and miss their families.  They have to learn to accept that they are no longer alive and face their fears, along with many challenges.

review submitted by Jenny

Powerless  Powerless by Matthew Cody

This book was about a regular 12-year-old boy in a not-so-regular town.  He finds himself surrounded by other kids who apparently have super powers.  They ask him to help save them from an unknown being who robs them of their powers once they’re 13.  This book was heroic and fun to read.  I would recommend it to almost anyone.

review submitted by Michael

ThingsNotSeen  Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements

Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements is a thrilling tale.  It’s about a boy named Bobby Phillips who wakes up one morning and is invisible.  Bobby struggles at first but then gets used to being invisible.  Can Bobby find a cure?  This tale has romance and action.

review submitted by Shanna

HungerGames  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I give The Hunger Games a 5 out of 5 stars.  It’s about a capital, Panem, that is surrounded by twelve outlying districts.  The capital is harsh and cruel.  They (the Capital) send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12–18 to participate in the Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.  This book is a very good read.  It has action and violence and you must read it.

review submitted by Jake

Fablehaven  Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Kendra and Seth go to stay with their grandparents.  It turns out that their grandparent’s house has a forest full of endangered mythical creatures.  Their grandpa is the caretaker of the place (Fablehaven).  Then something bad happens, an evil witch is released and she tries to release a demon.  Will Seth and Kendra be able to stop her?

review submitted by Zack

Goonies  The Goonies directed by Richard Donner

The Goonies was a great movie about an adventure with a purpose.  A band of kids (the Goonies) are on a quest to find treasure to help save their homes from foreclosure.  I loved the scary monsters and the classic shoot ’em up bad guys!  I also loved the past vs. present duel between an ancient pirate stronghold and a clever, adventurous boy.  I recommend this movie for any and all over 13 years old.

review submitted by John

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 19, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

The Replacement book coverGentry appears to be a nice, small town in the United States filled with loving families, friends, and community.  Not quite, though.  Gentry has something horrible dwelling underneath it, full of mayhem and misery. 

Two feuding sisters lurk just beneath the nicely cut lawns.  One sister, who wants nothing more than to be loved, rules the House of Mayhem.  The other sister, who thrives on cruelty, torture, and blood, rules over House of Misery. The sisters rule a mash up of people, if you can even call them that, which live in between dead and undead–some with mouths full of maggots and others with horrible scars.  

An unspoken agreement between Gentry and these two houses exists: every seven years one child of Gentry is taken and replaced with a child of the House of Misery.  The Gentry child is sacrificed to please the House of Misery.  If all goes as planned then both Gentry and the House of Misery live happy and content.  These “replacement” children usually don’t live long in Gentry. The families they’re stuck with just can’t bring themselves to love the replacement children. Except for one: Mackie. Mackie  is a replacement that has lived longer than almost any other, but now he finds himself in a weakening state.  He’s dying, and after his sister strikes a deal with the House of Mayhem to get Mackie a cure for what ails him, Mackie must reunite with his real family in the depths of the House of Mayhem.  As Mackie gets more and more involved with the House of Mayhem he begins to uncover secrets about his family, the town of Gentry, and how the houses of Mayhem and Misery really began.  This very twisted and disturbing tale is reminiscent of a good horror movie and will keep you on edge as Mackie digs deeper and deeper in the creepiness of Gentry, Misery, and Mayhem.

By MPPL on July 18, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, High School