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Archive for September, 2011

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

Need a Good Laugh?

Then pick up one of these hilarious reads :

Band Beat the Band by Don Calame 

Paired with the infamous “Hot Dog” Helen for a health class presentation on safe sex, tenth-grader Coop tries to regain his “cool” by entering his musically challenged rock group in the “Battle of the Bands” competition.



Howto How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Ekeles

When sixteen-year-old Amy, a spoiled American, goes to Israel for a three-month summer vacation with a father she barely knows, she is not prepared for his Jewish family and the changes they bring about in her life.





I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

In Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he is extremely stupid and lazy, but he is actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way.


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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 15, 2011 Categories: Fiction

The Gray Wolf Throne

If you’re a fan of Cinda Williams Chima’s Seven Realms series, be sure to checkout The Gray Wolf Throne, the lastest installment of the series.  If you can’t get your hands on a copy, click here to read the first chapter.  Also checkout the music video that was made for the novel below:

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 14, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Music

10 Reviews by You

 Secretariat Secretariat

I saw the movie Secretariat, which was really good. It is a true story about a horse named Secretariat who competes in horse races all over and tries to win. I would definitely recommend this movie to everyone no matter the age… It is rated PG and is a really good true story about the life of owning horses. It just came out on DVD recently and I just saw it for the first time.

review submitted by Haley

 Misscongenialitydvdcover Miss Congeniality

Miss Congeniality is a hilarious Sandra Bullock movie.  It has action, violence, humor, fashion, and a girly touch.  I’d recommend this movie to a group of girls that want to laugh out loud.  That’s a wrap!

review submitted by Sara

 Keys to the Demon Prison Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison by Brandon Mull

Keys to the Demon Prison is the fifth book in the Fablehaven series
This book was about an adventure that two teenagers went on that get them mixed into a magical world with evil demons lurking about.  They team uo with magical creatures to stop the opening of Zzyzx, the demon prison.  I really like this book because it was practically overflowing with action, adventure, humor, heroism, and fun.

review submitted by Michael

 LongWay Gone  A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

In this amazing autobiography of the author’s unfortunate childhood in Sierra Leone, he finds himself in the middle of a civil war.  When his family perishes by the rebels, he is forced to become a boy soldier in order to survive.  This book will make you want to keep reading until the very end.

review submitted by Brian

 Swim the Fly Swim the Fly by Don Calame

Swim the Fly is about three friends who want to get better at swimming so they can impress a girl.  It was a good story and a quick read.

review submitted by Eric

 PromKings DramaQueens Prom Kings and Drama Queens by Dorian Cirrone

I thought the book Prom Kings and Drama Queens was very good.  Once I started, it was hard to stop, and it made me feel good at the end.  At the beginning, the main character almost gets arrested.  The way she deals with this surprised me.  Also, she has to make a hard decision towards the end of the book, that I wasn’t expecting.

review submitted by Ivanka

 Answer Book Answer Book: fast facts about our world by the National Geographic Society

If you dream about learning more, like me, the Answer Book is perfect for you.  Whether you want to read about maps, space, human history, or life on earth, the Answer Book has it all.  I think it is unique because not only does it talk about earth in the past and today, but it also has an atlas in the back and tells you how to get more information about what you’re reading online.  I would recommend this for fifth graders to adults who want to know more about the world around them.

review submitted by Matthew

 Shade Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shade is the story of a girl who lives in a world where everyone sees ghosts, everyone, that is, who were born after the Shift.  After her boyfriend dies, Aura has a hard time letting his ghost go, while she starts having feelings for the new student at her school.  Shade is an exciting story that’s hard to put down, especially when the secret of the Shift is revealed.

review submitted by Natalie

 Origins Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s diaries: v. 1: Origins by L.J. Smith

Stefan Salvatore lived in Mystic Falls with his father and his brother, Damon.  When he meets Katherine, his life turns upside down and he betrays his family.  While there is mysterious killings, Stefan finds out Katherine’s big secret.  What does he do?

review submitted by Stephanie

 Forgotten Garden The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

This suspenseful mystery surprised me with twists and turns at every corner.  The main character is trying to finish discovering her grandmother Nell’s past, that leads her from Australia to the Cornish coast.  This novel was a thrilling read, but was often hard to follow as it changed perspective every chapter.  Four Stars.

review submitted by Elizabeth

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 13, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies, Nonfiction

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Anya's Ghost book cover Wouldn’t it be nice to have the answers to the pop quiz whispered in your ear? Or have someone to fill you in on your crush’s every move?  That would make high school so much easier. 

One day while storming home from another crappy day at school Anya stumbles into a well, where she finds a skeleton and ghost, too.   After being rescued from the well, Anya realizes that she didn’t leave the ghost in the well and it’s now following her around.  It goes by the name of Emily Reilly.  Emily ends up being really helpful for Anya, she looks at other students’ answers on tests and fills Anya in.   Suddenly, Anya is acing all of classes instead of almost failing.  Emily’s been really handy with helping Anya connect with her crush Sean, and she even got invited to a party and scored a ride with Sean.  Anya suddenly feels almost popular instead of a nobody.  

 But after the party Anya begins to realize that perhaps Emily has ulterior motives and maybe she’s not the friendly ghost that she seems…  Perhaps, she’s causing more harm than good in Anya’s life.  If you’re looking for a ghost story with much more than a good scare, Anya’s Ghost is a funny, relatable, yet creepy tale and is a sure pick.

By MPPL on September 12, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week–This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Check out this week’s book trailer for This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel.  Click here to find This Dark Endeavor at the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 10, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction

Are You a Fan of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod?

Then get excited for Heather Brewer’s new spin off series– The Slayer Chronicles!

Heather promotes the new series on her website saying:

“Are you a fan of Joss? Curious about the Slayer Society and their secretive ways? Want to know what transpired during the summers between Vlad’s school years? Get ready for a spin-off series of epic preportions, all about Joss and featuring some of your favorite vampires from The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod. (Don’t forget your stake!)”

Here’s preview of what’s to come:

Go check out Heather Brewer’s website to read more on the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, what else she’s working on and more!

Never heard of The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod then click here to find the first book in the series at the Library.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 9, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction

Remembering September 11th

This Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of September 11th.  If you want to reflect and remember 9-11, check out some of the materials below at the Library.  Just click on the cover image or the title to find it at the Library and read more about it:

9-11  9-11: the world’s finest comic book writers and artists tell stories to remember 


9-11 er relief 9-11 Emergency Relief 


With Thier Eyes  With Their Eyes: September 11th the view from a high school at Ground Zero 

YA 812.045 WIT

Ask me no questions  Ask Me No Questions

by Marina Budhos


Usual Rules  The Usual Rules

by Joyce Maynard


Cinnamon Girl  Cinnamon Girl: letters found inside a cereal box 

by Juan Felipe Herrera


Love is the Higher Law  Love is the Higher Law 

by David Levithan


9-11 Report  The 9-11 Report: a graphic adaptation 

GRAPH 973.931 JAC

Extremely Loud  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 

by Jonathan Safran Foer


By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 8, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction