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Archive for November, 2011

Twilight Extravaganza Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow at the Library for the Twilight Extravaganza, from 4 – 6 p.m. Your invitation to the wedding of the century has arrived! The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 film is in theaters at midnight, and we are celebrating. Volturi, Vampires, Werewolves, and Humans are invited to get dressed in their finest and join us for food, crafts, trivia, and fun. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume and several other categories.  Click here to find the Twilight Extravaganza on our events calendar and register for the program!


By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 17, 2011 Categories: Events, Movies

The Hunger Games Trailer

It’s here and it looks awesome!  I don’t want to wait until March…

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 14, 2011 Categories: Dystopian, Fiction, Movies, Trending

Book Trailer of the Week–Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

This week’s book trailer is for Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.  Click here to find Shatter Me in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 11, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction

Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles

Leaving Paradise

by Simone Elkeles

Maggie Armstrong had a crush on her best friend’s twin brother, Caleb Becker.  That is until one night,  at a party, Caleb hit Maggie with his car and left her broken in the street.  It’s a year later and Caleb is being released from juvenile detention, convicted of a hit and run while driving drunk.  Maggie has spent the past year in recovery from a devastating leg injury that has left her scarred, with a severe limp, and an outcast.  Caleb is returning home, hoping to find that nothing has changed.  His family, however, is falling apart at the seams.  His girlfriend has moved on to his best friend, and  one moment his friends treat him like he’s the same old Caleb and the next like he’s trash.  Both Maggie and Caleb have lost everything.  Their friends and families have changed because of the accident and no one will ever look at the two of them as they did before.

Maggie and Caleb are keeping secrets about that night, however, secrets that could change everything.  Told in alternating chapters, Leaving Paradise, is a fast and emotion filled read.  It’s not a cry out loud book, but there is a strong undertone of emotion that takes you on a ride.  You feel the anger in both Maggie and Caleb, but you also feel the hopelessness and frustration of each situation.  Yes, there is a romance here, but it’s not the center of the book and it is added in at just the right places.  Though the ending was not what I expected, I was definitely left satisfied.  You’ll love the characters of Maggie and Caleb and feel empowered by how each overcame other peoples’ perceptions of them and in turn became stronger in their own selves.


By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 10, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Staff Pics

Mid-Season Finale?

If you are a fan of the shows The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle, then you know as well as I do that this week is their “mid-season finale”.  Never heard of  a mid-season finale?  Neither have I!  Apparently, after this week there will not be any new shows airing for The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle until January 2012.

So, what do we do in the meantime?  Well, you can catch up on past seasons of The Vampire Diaries by checking them out at the Library.  Or you can also pick up the books that the two shows were based on.  That is my plan!  I am such a fan of the TV shows, but I have not yet read any of the original L.J. Smith novels.  I am dying to know how they differ from the show, and I am also curious if there is anything in the book that the TV shows haven’t covered yet–this may not be true for The Vampire Diaries, but I think I can get some kind of preview if I read The Secret Circle series.  Click here to find the first book in The Vampire Diaries series and click here to find the first book in The Secret Circle series.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 9, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal, Trending

Books for the Foodie in You

Since November contains the most celebrated holiday for eating, we have compiled a list of novels for the foodies in all of us.  Click here for the complete list and check below for a few highlighted titles:



Flavor of the Week by Tucker Shaw

Cyril, an overweight boy who is good friends with Rose but wishes he could be more, helps his best friend Nick woo her with culinary masterpieces which Cyril himself secretly creates. Includes recipes from the story.

  Hot Lunch by Alex BradleyWhen Molly and Cassie are assigned to work in the kitchen as a punishment for their food fight, they realize that the only way they are going to be released from the duty is to cooperate and learn to cook. Includes some recipes.
  Burger Wuss by M. T. AndersonHoping to lose his loser image, Anthony plans revenge on a bully which results in a war between two competing fast food restaurants, Burger Queen and O’Dermott’s.
  Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich SmithWhen multiple murders in Austin, Texas, threaten the grand re-opening of her family’s vampire-themed restaurant, seventeen-year-old, orphaned Quincie worries that her best friend-turned-love interest, Keiren, a werewolf-in-training, may be the prime suspect.
Squashed by Joan BauerAs a sixteen-year-old pursues her two goals–growing the biggest pumpkin in Iowa and losing twenty pounds herself–she strengthens her relationship with her father and meets a young man with interests similar to her own.
By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 7, 2011 Categories: Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week– The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

This week’s book trailer is for The Apothecary by Maile Meloy.  Click here to find The Apothecary at the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 3, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction

10 Reviews by You

  The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games is a story that is packed with adventure and excitement.  I couldn’t even put the book down.  It’s also frightening and a loving book.  I think that whoever picks up this book will truly love it and won’t want to put it down.

review submitted by Alexandra

  Catching Fire by Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins surprised me by being an amazing sequel to The Hunger Games. I had high expectations for this book and they were achieved. Katniss and all her friends are back when the government decides to do a special edition hunger games, a challenge for the champions. With the government in more chaos than ever, will Katniss survive?

reviewed submitted by Samantha

  Once Upon a Marigold by Jean FerrisThis story was exciting and a good read.  It’s about a princess named Marigold forming a friendship with commoner Christian.  Christian lives in a cave with his friend Ed.  He finds work in the castle, reveals his identity to Marigold, and uncovers the plot Mother Olympia is planning (she is evil).

review submitted by Katie

  The Red Pyramid by Rick RiordanThis book tells the story of Sadie and Carter Kane, siblings who, after their mother’s death, were separated.  Now, on Christmas Day, one of two days they can meet, they witness their father’s capture by Set, and Egyptian God.  This sets off a journey to find out who they really are and to learn to master their powers, all while trying to save their dad.  I really liked this book because it combines Egyptian mythology with adventure and excitement.  I recommend this book for anyone interested in mythology.

review submitted by Ellen

ttyl by Lauren Myraclettyl is a book that teen girls would like.  It has some problems that girls might understand.  It was in a cool format like AIM.  If I was to rate this book, I would rate it 5 stars.  It’s got a lot of things happening and it makes you feel like you’re really IMing someone.

review submitted by Isabella

Pretty Little Liars by Sara ShepardPretty Little Liars is a story of five girls entering 7th grade.  Then one goes missing.  Four years later they find her, well, her body.  Could Ali’s death bring Spencer, Aria, Hannah, and Emily closer to the fact that Ali is haunting them, or does someone know their deepest secrets?

review submitted by Emma

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 cover Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2To start the conclusion of the epic Harry Potter series, we find our heroes at a beach house with a goblin named Griphook.  They find out where one of the last horcruxes is and set off to find it.  Meanwhile, everyone is preparing for the battle between Harry and Voldemort.  This movie is a definite must see because of the action and amazing battles.This movie is rated PG-13.

review submitted by Flynn

 Jinx book cover Jinx by Meg CabotI thought this was a really good book for people who enjoy magic, and somewhat romance novels.  A girl nicknamed Jinx, for her bad luck, moved in with her aunt and uncle to escape a stalker.  Her cousin Tory is determined to ruin Jinx’s life only because Jinx has magical powers and Tory doesn’t.  All I’m going to say is, did Jinx really escape horror by coming to New York, or did she walk right into it?

review submitted by Pooja

  Monte Carlo (2011)I saw the movie Monte Carlo! It was about a girl who wanted to go on a trip to Monte Carlo. She finally goes with some of her work friends. It was a great movie and any age can see it.This movie is rated PG.

review submitted by Haley

  The Sword Thief by Peter Larangis (The 39 Clues, book 3)The third 39 Clues book was a thrilling, action-packed clue-hunting book.  I’d recommend this series to anyone who loves quick books with a ton of suspense.

review submitted by Sara

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 1, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies, Reviews By You