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Archive for January, 2012

Aliens and UFO’s, and did you know Ender’s Game is finally going to be a movie?

If you are a fan of the classic sci-fi book Ender’s Game, then you probably know that it has taken years for a movie to be made based on the book.  In the last few months, however, not only has a release date been announced for the movie (March 2013) but according to The Hollywood Reporter a number of actors have been cast in the film.  This list includes Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin, Hailey Steinfeld, and Asa Butterfield takes the main lead as Ender.  If you have not read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, then click here to find it in the Library.  If you are looking for a list of good reads like Ender’s Game then click here to check out a list of Alien and UFO fiction for Teens and check out a few highlighted titles below:

Space Cowboy by Justin Stanchfield 

Teenage cowboy Travis McClure is desperate for adventure. He’s bored with life on the remote planet of Aletha Three where he herds cattle all day. But everything changes when he comes face-to-face with a creature that should only exist in nightmares.

First Day on Earth by Cecil Castelucci

Believing he was abducted by aliens several years earlier during a mysterious three-day disappearance he cannot remember, pensive misfit Mal meets Hooper at an abductee support group and learns otherworldly secrets that reveal profound possibilities for his future.

Stuck on Earth by David Klass

On a secret mission to evaluate whether the human race should be annihilated, a space alien inhabits the body of a bullied fourteen-year-old boy. 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 4, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Science Fiction

2011 Debut Author Interviews

2011 saw some great authors debut their first novels for teens.  This includes Cris Beam’s I Am J, Hannah Harrington’s Saving June, Veronica Roth’s Divergent, and Michelle Hodkin’s The Unbecoming of Mara DyerPublisher’s Weekly has interviewed four authors who write for teens who had their debut novel published in 2011.  Check out the interviews by clicking the links below:

Click here to read Wendy Wunder’s interview, author of The Probability of MiraclesClick here to find The Probability of Miracles in the Library.

Click here to read Robison Wells’ interview, author of VariantClick here to find Variant in the Library.

Click here to read Rae Carson’s interview, author of The Girl of Fire and ThornsClick here to find The Girl of Fire and Thorns in the Library.

Click here to read Marie Lu’s interview, author of LegendClick here to find Legend in the Library.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 3, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Interview

Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur

Love AubreyLove, Aubrey

by Suzanne La Fleur

Love, Aubrey focuses on  Aubrey, who lost her father and younger sister, Savannah, in a car accident earlier in the year. Aubrey’s mom unable to function or deal with her grief left Aubrey. Aubrey is left to fend for herself until her grandma shows up at the door one day.  Love, Aubrey is about getting unstuck from the terrible moments in your life and moving forward even if it’s really really hard and painful.  Even though Aubrey is resistant to leave her home in Virginia and move up to Vermont with her grandma, it’s that move that helps Aubrey begin her journey of getting unstuck and dealing with not just the loss of her father and sister, but with the absence of her mother.  There are of course happy moments of the book filled with the friends Aubrey meets, her new school and more. 

Love, Aubrey is a good pick for readers who like books with the same sort of tone, but it’s also a great pick for people who are going through a hard time too. You may not be going through the same thing as Aubrey, but her feelings and experiences are something most people can relate to at one point or another in their life. So reading the book is kind of comforting, like you and Aubrey are working through getting unstuck together.

By MPPL on January 2, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Staff Pics