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Archive for December, 2011

Book Trailer of the Week–The Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking

This week’s book trailer is for the Trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking.  Hocking’s trilogy (Switched, Torn, and Ascend) first began when the author, Amanda Hocking, self published her work on Amazon.  Her trilogy became hugely popular and now it is being reissued by St. Martin’s.  Click here to find the first book in the Trylle trilogy, Switched, at the Library.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 31, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Listen to This–Sharzad’s Playlist for Singer of All Songs

Check out Sharzad’s playlist for The Singer of All Songs by Kate Constable, by clicking the pop-out player button below.

Click here to find The Singer of All Songs in the Library and find out why Sharzad selected these songs for her playlist.

 
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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 28, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Music

Listen to This–Taylor Swift’s New Song for the Hunger Games Soundtrack

According to Teen.com, Taylor Swift with the duo Civil War released their song for the Hunger Games soundtrack via Twitter.  The song is entitled “Safe & Sound”.  Listen to it below:

https://youtu.be/w2v1N2q0sxs 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 23, 2011 Categories: Dystopian, Music, Trending

Book Trailer of the Week–Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

This week’s book trailer is for Cathing Jordan by Miranda Kenneally.  Click here to find Catching Jordan in the Library!

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

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

At first look at the novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, you can’t help but being drawn in to reading the book.  I’ve seen the cover a ton of times, but it wasn’t until I picked it up to read it that I realized that the the creepy cover photo of the young girl actually shows her levitating!  When you flip through the book you see more creepy photos, like these:

 

 

 

All of which are real vintage photos that the author collected to tell his story.  The story of Miss Peregrine’s Home of Peculiar Children centers on sixteen year old Jacob.  At the beginning of the novel he finds his grandfather dead.  Jacob was close to his grandfather; he grew up with his grandfather’s fantastic stories of the orphanage where he grew up as an orphan of the war.  The orphanage was a place for children with special abilities like invisibility, super strength, and the ability to defy gravity.  The trauma of finding his grandfather dead causes Jacob to have vivid nightmares and for his parents to question his mental state.  Jacob desperately wants to know the truth about his grandfather, especially his childhood.  He suggests a trip to Wales with his father to the small island where Jacob’s grandfather grew up living at the orphanage.  It is on this island that Jacob discovers the truth about his grandfather and much more.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a good read, especially for someone who wants a to read a fantasy with a touch of horror.  Reading along with the creepy vintage photos makes every turn of the page a surprise.  This novel would be great for anyone who is a fan of X-Men, Harry Potter, The Magicians, and even Alice in Wonderland.

It is interesting to note that Tim Burton is in talks with 20th Century Fox to create the movie based on the book, for Miss Peregrine’s Home to Peculiar Children.  (Click here for the article on Deadline.)  Also, check out the really well-done book trailer below:

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 22, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal

Look here! Artistics Creations by You

Not only do do we post reviews by you, but we also enthusiastically accept any art that you create and we will post it to the Teen Blog.  Whether it’s drawings, photography, or even instructions for creating a cool craft or a recipe (click here for an example of a craft Haley previously submitted).  You can turn in your work to the Fiction/AV/Teen desk on the second floor.  Once you turn in the work, though, we cannot guarantee it’s return.  Please make a copy of your work, if necessary, and turn in the copy to us.  Also, we can not guarantee all work will be posted.  Check out our most recent submission below:

Drawings by Shivani:


By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 21, 2011 Categories: Art, Crafts

Best Books of 2011

What was your favorite book of 2011?  Click here to visit Teenreads.com and vote for your favorite books of 2011 in their annual Teen Choice Book of the Year vote, and click here to check out their long list of titles to choose from.

There have also been a ton of other “Best of 2011″ lists put out this month.  Check some of them out below:

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 20, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Trending

Book Trailer of the Week– The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff

This week’s book trailer is for The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff.  Click here to find The Space Between in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 16, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Unreliable Narrators

Previously, I posted my review of the book The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.  (Click here to read it.)  I really loved this book and looking back over what I read this year, it is one of my favorite books of the year!  One think I really liked was that the narrator, Mara, is unreliable.  We, as readers, don’t really know if what Mara tells us is the truth, or even reality, because of her post traumatic distress syndrome.  That got me interested in what other books have unreliable narrators.  Click here to find a list in our catalog and check out a few highlighted titles below:

Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob’s (a.k.a. Mad Cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.
Micah freely admits that she’s a compulsive liar. Over the years she’s duped her classmates, her teachers, and her parents. But when her boyfriend dies under brutal circumstances, the shock might be enough to set her straight. Or maybe not.
Doug and Andy are unlikely best friends–one a loner obsessed by his model trains, the other a popular student involved in football and theater–who grew up together and share a bond that nothing can sever.
By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on Categories: Fiction

Listen to This — Emily’s Playlist for Hoot

Check out Emily’s playlist for Hoot by Carl Hiassen, by clicking the pop-out player button below.

Click here to find Hoot in the Library and find out why Emily selected these songs for her playlist.

 
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By MPPL on December 15, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Music