Archive for October, 2011
Check out Katie’s playlist for Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris, by clicking the pop-out player below.
Click here to find Once Upon a Marigold in the Library and find out why Katie selected these songs for her playlist.
by Georgia Bragg
If you want to read some “toe-curling” nastiness this October then make sure to check out How They Croaked asap! This book is filled with all the stomach turning grossness involved with a selection of famous historical figures and how they kicked the bucket. There’s poisoning, explosions, autopsies, and all kinds of other gory tidbits. So if you have taste for some history mixed with repulsive deaths then pick up this book today!
by Michelle Hodkin
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer caught my interest after I heard the author describe the book,
Mara Dyer is an unreliable narrator that can’t be trusted–a PTSD sufferer whose hallucinations keep her from remembering the truth about the night that her boyfriend, friend, and best friend died.
However, when I picked it up to read, I was completely taken over. This novel was amazing and it deserves all the buzz it is generating. Here’s the shocker: I read it, all 464 pages, in one day. For me, this is an amazing feat, and it means I thought this book was really, really good!
Essentially, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a mystery, the reader left with the task to figure out what happened the night that Mara’s friends died and what is it about that night that is causing her to have post traumatic stress disorder. The novel begins with Mara’s life before, when she lived in Rhode Island and was dealing with normal teenage problems: a new girl moving in on her territory with her best friend Rachel, and a crush on a boy who seemed perfect. However, this all changed when Mara wakes up in a hospital room surrounded by her family and learns that there was an accident. No, not a car accident, but a building collapsed and Mara was the only survivor. Her best friend Rachel, the new girl Claire, and her boyfriend Jude are all dead and Mara can’t remember anything about that night. Traumatized and left with hallucinations thanks to PTSD, Mara does anything she can to try to hide her anguish. However, when you hallucinate seeing the dead, it is hard to try and hide it. And I am going to stop summarizing there, because this book is definitely better read when you know very little about what to expect.
What I think made me love this book so much was that Mara was so unreliable. Her mind is broken, so you don’t know what is true. This book has an amazing mystery, a tortured romance, and is just a very compelling read. I really don’t know how to put into words what it was like reading this book– I was completely drawn in and felt at times that I was Mara. If you read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and love it as much as I do, you’re in luck (well maybe, that depends on your patience)! The second book in the series will be out in Fall 2012.
Click here to find The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer at the Library. Also, be sure to check out this awesome book trailer:
This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Click here to find The Scorpio Races at the Library!
by Susan Kuklin
In 2005 the United States Supreme Court ruled that the death sentence for juveniles (under the age 18) was unconstitutional- until that time teenagers like yourself (in some states) weren’t sitting in class they were sitting on death row instead. Author Susan Kuklin gave these prisoners or their families a chance to share their stories with the world in her book, No Choirboy.
In these eye opening accounts, you may question whether the teen deserved their sentence. Like Roy, who was involved in a murder with 3 other guys who all got off, while he received the death penalty. Or there are others like Mark and Nanon, who openly admit their crimes. There are teens who didn’t make it off death row who’s stories are shared by their family members
Check out Sharzad’s playlist for the character of Cammie from Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter, by clicking on the Pop-Out Player button below.
Click here to find the book Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy at the Library and find out why Sharzad selected these songs for the character of Cammie for her playlist. And here’s her playlist for Cammie.
- Read one of the Teen Top Ten winners or nominees. Find the lists by clicking here.
- Or just pick up any book at the Library and read!
- Vote on the 2012 Teen Read Week theme, by clicking here.
- Join us tomorrow, October 18, at the Caribou Coffee on Northwest Highway to discuss The Adoration of Jenna Fox. We can accommodate up to 20 teens, so be sure to reserve your spot by registering online. First round of drinks are on us! This book is part of Book Crossing, the Library’s cross-cultural book program with Mount Prospect’s Sister City, Sèvres, France.
The Adoration of Jenna Fox takes place in the near future when 17-year-old Jenna Fox wakes up to find that she has been in a coma for over a year. In this novel, that centers on the ethics of biomedical engineering, Jenna questions why she cannot regain her memories but has no problem reciting things an average high schooler learns in class and why her family is acting so strangely towards her.
Check out the book trailer for the book: