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Archive for September, 2011

Book Trailer of the Week– Fateful by Claudia Gray

This week’s book trailer is for Fateful by Claudia GrayClick here to find Fateful at the Library!


By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 29, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction

Prism by Aliza Kellerman and Faye Kellerman

Prism Prism

by Aliza Kellerman and Faye Kellerman

Adult mystery writer Faye Kellerman teamed up with her daughter Aliza Kellerman to write an action packed, science fiction thriller that takes a look at what life would be like if there was no modern health care–no doctors, no medicine, and knowing anything about illness or injury can get you thrown in prison.  It is a quick read, that has everything: action, mystery, science fiction, and even a love story thrown in to the mix.

Prism centers on three teens Kaida, Zeke, and Joy.  On a school trip to the Carlsbad Caverns, their school van is in a horrific accident.  Barely escaping the accident alive, the three teens take cover in a nearby cave.  After getting lost and falling deeper into the cave with no way out.  After blacking out, Kaida awakens the next morning safe and sound in her bed.  Odd.  It isn’t until she goes to school, that she begins to feel that things are not right.  After witnessing a man get hit by a car and no one coming to his aid except men in white who just throw the dying man into the back of a white van, Kaida really begins to realize that something is not right in this world.  Zeke and Joy are experiencing the same thing as Kaida and share the same memories of the accident.  The three of them display an uncanny knowledge of medicine, illness, and injury in this world, and this knowledge is dangerous.  Can Kaida, Zeke, and Joy figure out what happened to them the night of the accident, can they get back home to their world, and can they survive this world long enough to do so?

Checkout this video below, where the Aliza and Faye Kellerman talk about writing the Prism:

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 28, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Science Fiction

Listen to this–Emily's playlist for the book Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl As part of the summer reading program this year, we asked teens to create playlists for books they read.  A book playlist is just a list of songs that either the main character would listen to, or that just fit with the different aspects of the book.  This is the first time we’re posting one of the playlists, and it’s Emily’s playlist for the book Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.  Click here to find Stargirl in the Library to see why Emily chose these songs for her playlist.  To listen to Emily’s playlist, just click on the pop-out player below:

 Standalone player

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 27, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Music

Celebrate Banned Books Week

This week is Banned Books Week.  Click here to visit the official Banned Books Week webpage, and celebrate your freedom to read!  Something really cool that is happening this week is ALA’s Virtual Read-Out.  There’s a Youtube Channel where you can view celebrities and people like you reading out loud from their favorite banned books.  Click here to find the channel on Youtube.  Some videos even include authors discussing  their own works that have been banned or reading from their favorite banned books.  Check out a few of the videos below:

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 26, 2011 Categories: Uncategorized

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

Page by Paige Book Cover If you ever had to move, start at a new school, or if you’re just trying to figure out who you want to be then pick up Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge.  This graphic novel is full of amazing illustrations and an amazing relatable story. Paige has just moved to New York from a small town in Virginia. She feels alone in the big city and she doesn’t know a soul yet.  Paige decides to focus on her art and through her sketchbook, which is worked into the book’s illustrations she finds the courage to meet new people, take risks like sharing her art with others- which is like bearing her soul.  This causes all kinds of awesomeness to happen in her life.  So try something new and pick up this great insightful graphic novel today! Page by Paige Excerpt

By MPPL on September 22, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week– A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Check out this week’s book trailer for A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.  There’s an interesting story behind this book, it is inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd.  Dowd (author of Bog Child, Solace of the Road, A Swift Pure Cry, and The London Eye Mystery) passed away in 2007 of breast cancer, and left behind an unfinished manuscript.  Patrick Ness (author of the Chaos Walking series) was asked by Dowd’s publisher to try and finish the story.  Though he had never met Dowd before, he took on the task.  Click here to find A Monster Calls at the Library!

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

10 Reviews by You

 Airborn Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Airborn is a terrific book with a take on the past with a fantasy twist.  This book pulls the reader in with tales of pirates, airships, and mysterious creatures known to the main characters as “cloud cats”.

review submitted by Marie

 Ttfn ttfn by Lauren Myracle

This book has a lot of drama.  It also is the sequel to ttyl.  Maddie, Angela, and Zoe all just turned 16 and have been having a fun time.  Until one day Angela gets very bad family news.  Also, Zoe has a big secret she told Maddie but never Angela, and Zoe just can’t tell her.

review submitted by Carrie

 My sisters keeper My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

This was a sad but touching novel.  It showed how important family is in a crisis, and how not many things can break the bond made from parents to their child.  This book made me very emotional and it was very well written.

review submitted by Pooja

 Leviathan    Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Leviathan takes place during WWI.  Alek is on the run, trying to escape the Germans alive.  Deryn, disguised as a boy, joins the British air force.  Together they try to escape both of their pasts.

review submitted by Ariel

 Bone Handbook Bone Handbook by Jeff Smith

This book was cool because you get to learn the stories behind everything in the Bone series.

review submitted by Keandrea

Shug Shug by Jenny Han

I liked this book because it was well written with emotion and I could really relate to the 12 year old girl.  The girl is discovering the changes in middle school and in life.  She starts to learn the true meaning of friendship and to always be yourself.

review submitted by Clara

 Listen Listen by Rene Gutteridge

Listen is a book about what happens in a small town when people’s conversations they had were recorded and posted on a website.  It shows how the little things one says in private can turn friends against each other and also how harmful words can be.

reviews submitted by Joshua

 Iqbal Iqbal by Francesco D’Adamo

Fatima works in a carpet factory and then a boy Iqbal comes along.  Iqbal shows Fatima the truth about her life to come, and teaches her many things.  This interesting book is based on a true story and is a must read this summer.

review submitted by Madden

 HungerGames The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games, part of a series, is an amazing book.  It is thrilling, romantic, and adventurous.  This book would satisfy even the most picky readers with it’s great plot.

review submitted by Jimmy

 Bad Girls dont Die Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

This book is great for readers who love haunted-ness.  I know I was scared to go into our basement alone for days, but I didn’t regret reading this book.  You’re sister is possessed and wants to kill you–not only you but your mom, too. There’s also at least 20 more girls and women she wants to kill.  Why?  You know you have to find out why, to save your life, your mom’s life, the other girls’ lives, and your sister’s life.

review submitted by Pooja

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 21, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction

Veronica Roth’s Insurgent cover revealed

Entertainment Weekly’s blog Shelf Life has released the cover art for Veronica Roth’s second book Insurgent, the follow up to Divergent.   Insurgent won’t be published until May 2012, but check out the cool cover below:


The blog post also includes an interview with Roth about her plans for the trilogy.  Click here to read it!  Also, click here to read Renee’s (the Teen Outreach Librarian) excellent review of the book.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 20, 2011 Categories: Dystopian, Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week– The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

This week’s book trailer is for The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson.  The Name of the Star will not be published until the end of this month, on September 29th, but click here to find it in our catalog

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 17, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery

The sequel to Ally Condie’s Matched

Are you anticipating the sequel to Ally Condie’s MatchedCrossed will be published on November 1st, 2011, and in anticipation of the release the publisher, Penguin Young Readers, is letting readers get a sneak preview of the book.  Check the preview of Crossed out below, just click on the link:

CROSSED by Ally Condie (Chapters 1 & 2) 

If you haven’t already read Matched yet, be sure to click here to find it in the Library.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 16, 2011 Categories: Dystopian, Fiction