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Get lost in one of these great mysteries!


The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk

When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.


Lulu Dark and the Summer of the Fox by Bennett Madison

When a mysterious person called the Fox begins to threaten young starlets, Lulu Dark investigates, even though she suspects that her own mother–an aging actress–might be behind it all.


Something Rotten by Alan Gratz

In a contemporary story based on Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, Horatio Wilkes seeks to solve the murder of his friend Hamilton Prince’s father in Denmark, Tennessee. Something is rotten in Denmark, Tennessee, and it is not just the polluted Copenhagen River. Hamilton Prince’s father has been murdered, according to a hidden video message. Horatio Wilkes, Hamilton’s best friend, is visiting the Prince mansion when the video turns up. The guys need to find the killer before he strikes again.

For the rest of the mysteries in this list click here.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 8, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Mystery

Book Trailer of the Week–I am Number Four and The Power of Six

Here’s another two for one deal book trailer of the week.  Most of you have probably heard of I Am Number Four, mostly because it was made into a movie earlier this year (see my previous post).  Click here to find I am Number Four at the Library.   Here’s the book’s trailer:

The latest book in the series, The Power of Six, will be out on bookshelves on August 23.  Click here to find The Power of Six at the Library.  Here’s the book  trailer that was released this past week:

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 4, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Movies, Science Fiction

10 Reviews by You

 CupcakeQueen The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler

When Penny’s mom decides to move to a small town in the middle of nowhere to open up a cupcake bakery, who knows what will happen?  Follow Penny and her mom in this interesting path they take and how it turns out.

review submitted by Kaitlyn

 IdTellYouILoveYou I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

I love this book, because it made me laugh.  It was also a love story and a spy book.  This book kept me turning pages and I want to read the sequel!  I would totally recommend this novel to any reader who wants a funny love story, and a fast read.  Plus, it’s full of adventure.  I loved the book, I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You.

review submitted by Ivanka

 SeaofMonsters The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

The Sea of Monsters was a very interesting sequel to The Lightning Thief.  It contained lots of action and adventure.  I felt that I got to know each character better than in the first book.  I enjoyed this book very much because there were surprises in almost every chapter, so I could not stop reading it.

review submitted by Emily

SharkGirl  Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

When Jane loses her arm in a shark attack all she can think is “why me?”.  It takes a lot of courage to go to school everyday because of her arm.  One time she even wished she had died after the attack.  All in all, after everything Jane finally accepts the truth and makes herself stronger.

review submitted by Lauren

Ugly Truth   Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney

I think this book has good information on a middle schooler’s life.  This book is good for both kids who like to read and who don’t like to read.  It is also funny.

review submitted by Samantha

CompleteHistory  The Complete History of Why I Hate Her by Jennifer Jacobson

Nola goes to work at a resort to get away from her normal life and find her true self.  On the bus she meets Carly who somehow ends up working with Nola…They become BFFs until Nola finds out how Carly came to work with her.

review submitted by Elizabeth

 DoubleIdentity Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix

I loved this book.  I love anything written by this author.  There are so many twists and turns.  You never knew what was coming next.  I couldn’t put the pieces together, so it made me want to keep reading.  I couldn’t put this book down.

review submitted by Carew

 ForeverPrincess Forever Princess by Meg Cabot

Mia is a senior now and for her project she wrote a book that got published.  But there is one problem, the boy she had loved before, but broke up with, returns from Japan as a multi-millionaire.  Can she choose between the sweet boy she was going to the prom with or the boy that suddenly came back into her life?

review submitted by Aleeta

 BadKitty Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe

Bad Kitty is a story about Jasmine.  It is told in the first person so it makes the story even more interesting.  Many things change the plot, so the book is never predictable.  5 stars.

review submitted by Mary

Wither  Wither by Lauren DeStefano

In a world where women die at the age of 20 and men at 25, Rhine Ellert is kidnapped to be sold into a marriage with two other girls who will become her sister wives.  It’s a book that is hard to put down as Rhine struggles to escape so she can enjoy the last few years she has left, while not arising suspicion from her dangerous father-in-law.

review submitted by Natalie

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 3, 2011 Categories: Fiction

Stitches by David Small

Stitches book cover Do you ever remember reading Imogene’s Antlers as a child? It’s about a girl who wakes up with an enormous pair of antlers on her head one morning?  Well David Small the author and illustrator of that book, woke up one morning when he was fourteen and found that instead of antlers on his head – he couldn’t speak.  Turns out that his parents had decided not to tell him he had cancer and could die, which is why he had to have surgery to remove one of his vocal cords. 

In his graphic novel memoir, Stitches, David Small reflects on his childhood and how his parents’ unhappiness in their own lives was transferred on to his own, from how they approached his cancer – with his dad,  who was a doctor, trying his very own treatments of radiation for David’s cancer, to his mother’s anger which was often released in rages at David.  What’s a boy to do in a family like this? David Small shows how he survived his family, overcame all the craziness life brought him, and how a little artistic expression can work wonders.

By MPPL on August 1, 2011 Categories: Fiction, High School, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction