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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness book coverA Monster Calls

by Patrick Ness

You might think from the title that this a creepy monster story. It’s not. There’s some creepy parts and the monster looks creepy in the amazing illustrations throughout the book, but that’s not what the story is about. It’s about Conor, the monster, and a nightmare. Conor is awoken one night to a monster who just happens to also be the yew tree in his backyard calling his name.  The monster informs him that he’s going to tell Conor three stories and then Conor must tell him a story, and this story must be the truth. The truth is the scary part of this story- the truth about what’s really going on with Conor’s mom, at school, with his family and friends. Can Conor face his real nightmare and tell the fourth story? Definitely worth reading to find out. Click here to find A Monster Calls at the Library.

By MPPL on November 30, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Staff Pics

Happyface by Stephen Emond

Happyface book coverHappyface

by Stephen Emond

On the surface it seems like another Diary of a Wimpy Kid read-alike, but there’s a lot more to Happyface than that.  There’s awesome doodles and pictures accompanying the story that help you really get to know the narrator and picture the other characters in the book. The story starts out typical enough, but the plot twists that come along the way are anything but typical and the book takes on some serious issues as it moves along.  It’s really great piece of realistic fiction for older teens and it’s a great quick read to pick up and get pulled in right away.

By MPPL on Categories: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Staff Pics

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Name of the Star book cover

The Name of the Star

by Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson has assembled all the ingredients needed for a great thriller in her latest book, The Name of the Star.  There’s  Rory the likeable, amusing, relatable narrator and protagonist, who arrives to spend a semester at Wexford Boarding School in London from rural Louisana.  There’s a dash of romance between Rory and one of the school’s prefects, Jerome.  Then Johnson mixes in some great new friends, including Rory’s new roommate Jazza. Think of the romance and relatable friendship elements as frosting on a cake of suspenseful, nail-biting thrills.   Now to those suspenseful parts- the semester starts off pretty well for Rory except for an incident where she choked on her dinner and need the Heimlich maneuver, but then a body is found gruesomely murdered and then another: on the same days, at the same locations, and with the same methods used in the Jack the Ripper murders more than 100 years ago.   The city of London is in the grips of “Rippermania” and Wexford is right in the middle of it.  As the action rises, Rory finds herself as  the only witness shortly before one of the murders was committed.  Even though Jazza was right next to her she didn’t see the man who stopped Rory. Rory starts to think she might be losing her mind a bit, especially when her and Jazza get a new roommate, Boo, who really turns Rory’s world upside down and she suddenly finds herself right in the middle of the Ripper’s plans.

By MPPL on Categories: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Staff Pics

Reel Life Starring Us by Lisa Greenwald

Reel Life Starring Us book cover

Reel Life Starring Us

by Lisa Greenwald

I really enjoyed Reel Life Starring Us and I think it had a lot of appeal. It’s narrated by two 8th graders, Dina and Chelsea. Dina has just moved from Berkshire, MA to Long Island, NY. At her old school she had lots of friends and never felt like an outcast, but at Rockford Hills Middle School it’s a different story, there are cliques, getting “chipped,” gossip, and more to deal with. Dina thinks she may have found a way to make new friends and be “popular” when she’s assigned to do a project with Chelsea the most popular girl in 8th grade. Through their video project together Chelsea and Dina find out about what’s really important in life when it comes to being a good friend and being true to yourself. It’s definitely not easy to do either all the time. The book touches on a lot of issues that a lot of people are going through now, like moving to a new school, having a parent who’s lost a job, making friends, crushes, and dealing with other the other things that come along with middle school.

Notes From a Totally Lame Vampire by Tim Collins

Notes From a Totally Lame Vampire book coverNotes From a Totally Lame Vampire

by Tim Collins

If you’re a fan of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, then you’re in luck there’s another great series out like it, Notes From a Totally Lame Vampire by Tim Collins. Nigel, is the totally lame vampire, and like Diary of Wimpy Kid, this book is journal and is complete with pictures and some pretty terrible poems too. The big difference between Nigel and Greg Heffley is that Nigel is a vampire, and while he’s stuck living as a teen he’s really been around for 100 years. Now most people think being a vampire involves super human strength, being speedy, picking up the ladies with your irresistible looks, and more, but if you’re completely lame like Nigel, it means being pimply, angsty, awkward, wussy, and not so smooth with the ladies. Nigel vents about his frustration about lacking all the typical vampire skills and also the trials of dealing with school and his oh-so-embarrassing family. Filled with humorous reflections on living as a teen for 100 years, the social pains of school, wooing his new classmate Chloe, and some great twists Notes From a Totally Lame Vampire is a great quick and laugh out loud read.

Fan of Lauren Oliver’s Delirium?

The blogs Hollwood Crush and The FABlife (both part of the MTV network) have declared this week Dystopian Week. This week they will have interviews, reviews, and guest blogs celebrating all things dystopia.

Today both Hollywood Crush and The FABlife each have interviews with Lauren Oliver, author of Delirium.

Click here to get to the Hollywood Crush interview, where Oliver talks about the upcoming sequel to Delirium, entitled Pandemonium.  Also check out the cover!:

 Pandemonium book cover

Click here to get to The FABlife interview where Oliver talks about translating here book, Delirium, to the big screen.

Click here to find Delirium in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 29, 2011 Categories: Dystopian, Fiction, Interview, Trending

Book Trailer of the Week– Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

This week’s book trailer is for Dark Eden by Patrick Carman.  One really cool thing about this book is that you can experience the book online at or if you have a smart phone you can download the app for the book.  The app has videos, journal entries, maps, and more.  It is a different way to experience the book.  Click here to find Dark Eden in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 25, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction

2 Author Interviews

Do you enjoy reading about your favorite authors and what inspired them to write?  Then check out two really interesting author interviews below:

Click here to read PW’s Interview with Colleen Houck, author of the Tiger’s Curse series.  The first book in the series in Tiger’s Curse, and you can click here to find it in the Library.

Click here to read EW’s Shelf Life interview with Tahereh Mafi, author of Shatter MeClick here to find Shatter Me in the Library.



By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 22, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Interview, Supernatural/Paranormal

Listen to This–Emily’s Playlist for The Lightning Thief

Check out Emily’s playlist for the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, by clicking on the pop-out player below.

Click here to find The Lightning Thief in the Library and find out why Emily selected these songs for her playlist:


  Standalone player
By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 21, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Music

Book Trailer of the Week–The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

This week’s book trailer is for The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, which will hit book shelves on Monday (11/21).  Click here to find The Future of Us in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 18, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction