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Archive for February, 2012

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Jasper Jones

Jasper Jones

by Craig Silvey

Charlie had never really spoken to Jasper Jones, the town “troublemaker”, before the night he came to Charlie’s window. He had been looking forward to a lazy summer with his best friend, Jeffrey, but now he is in the middle of a murder mystery. Someone hung the daughter of the shire’s president, and Jasper is sure he will be blamed unless he and Charlie can figure out who did it first. The boys deal with murder, prejudice, incest and first loves. They also get to know each other and themselves much better over the course of this summer. This book takes place in a small Australian town in the 1960s, and while a lot of very serious things happen in the story, it’s also a very funny story. This book had me laughing out loud, quoting it to my friends, on the edge of my seat, and thinking long after I put it down.

Reviewed by Claire, Youth Outreach Coordinator

By MPPL on February 27, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Staff Pics

Saturn Apartments Vol 1 by Hisae Iwaoka

Saturan Apartments Book Cover

Saturn Apartments

by Hisae Iwaoka

If you want to dip your toe into the vast pool of Manga out there, then a good place to start is Saturn Apartments.  Many years in the future, Mitsu has just joined the window’s washers guild, which takes care of cleaning the multilevel glass ring 35 kilometers above the earth that everyone now lives in.  Everyone lives in this glass enclosed world because Earth has been deemed environmentally protected.  This new world status isn’t measured by how big your house is, it’s how high up in the ring structure your apartment is located.  Now Mitsu has taken over the window washing position after his father tragically died on the job under questionable circumstances.  As he begins his new job, Mitsu gains a new view of his world, which begins to unlock secrets not just in his life, but in others’ too.

By MPPL on Categories: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Staff Pics

Book Trailer of the Week– Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

This week’s book trailer is for Death Cloud by Andrew Smith.  Click here to find Death Cloud in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 24, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Texas Gothic Book Cover

Texas Gothic

by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Texas Gothic revolves around Amy Goodnight, who is housesitting with her sister, Phin, for their aunt.  Now the Goodnights aren’t your average family, they have some added magical flair.  Some of them create magical things, like lotion that makes all your aches and pains go away, and others are psychic.  Amy wants nothing to do with her magic side whatever her skills might be, but she finds herself attracting ghosts and a whole lot of trouble instead. After a skeleton is discovered near her aunt’s ranch, Amy and Phin find themselves more involved than they ever expected, which puts the town’s folk in a tizzy when people start getting hurt and ghost rumors and Goodnight connections to the events start to fly. There’s a bit of romance (not pukey) between Amy and ranch neighbor, Ben, which is pretty amusing.  With a good dose of creepiness and intrigue, this is a guaranteed scary read.

By MPPL on February 21, 2012 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

This week’s book trailer is for The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour.  Click here to find The Disenchantments in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 17, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

2011 Cybils announced yesterday!

Yesterday, the 2011 Cybils were announced.  The Cybils are the children’s and young adult bloggers literary awards.  According to their website, “instead of telling kids what we think they should be reading, we take a look at what they already are reading (or likely will read) — and then pick out the best of them.”  Check out the teen titles that won below and click on the cover or the title link to find them in the Library!

 

Young Adult Fiction Winner

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy with the nickname of “Squirrel Nut” to a powerful athlete, leading to new friends, his first love, and the courage to confront his family’s problems.

 

 

 

 

Fantasy and Science Fiction Winner

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

In a distant future, eighteen-year-old Lugh is kidnapped, and while his twin sister Saba and nine-year-old Emmi are trailing him across bleak Sandsea they are captured, too, and taken to brutal Hopetown, where Saba is forced to be a cage fighter until new friends help plan an escape.

 

 

 

 

Graphic Novel Winner

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Anya, embarrassed by her Russian immigrant family and self-conscious about her body, has given up on fitting in at school but falling down a well and making friends with the ghost there just may be worse.

 

 

 

 

Poetry Winner

Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto by Paul B. Janeczko

Presents a collection of poetry inspired by the history of the people in the Terezín concentration camp during the holocaust.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 15, 2012 Categories: Award Winning, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt

Okay for Now

by Gary D. Schmidt

Doug Swieteck is a character you may have first come across in Gary Schmidt’s The Wednesday Wars. He wasn’t exactly lovable in that story, but you are left wondering what happened to him. Okay For Now focuses on just that – what happened to Doug and what’s his deal? First off I freakin’ loved this book. It definitely stands apart from the rest. It touches on a lot of issues that can be hard to read about, but it does it in subtle way.
The story starts off with Doug’s family having to move to “stupid” Marysville suddenly after his father loses his job. Doug’s father has “fast hands” that lash out at his family and fast mouth that runs his mostly negative opinions about everything. He is not someone Doug or you is going to be very fond of. Doug’s mother has the “most beautiful smile,” and is a beautiful person for everything she does for her family. Doug has two brothers, Chris and Lucas. Chris is still living at home and has reputation for trouble, which everyone also places on Doug after some suspicious incidents start occurring in Marysville once the Swieteck’s arrive. Lucas has been serving in Vietnam and when he finally comes home it creates major changes within Doug’s family, especially since Lucas doesn’t come home in condition he left in.
Back to Doug- Doug’s first encounter with someone in Marysville is Lil, who’s dad owns Spicer’s Deli. They’re relationship doesn’t get off the best start, but then Lil offers Doug a job delivering ice cream and groceries around the neighborhood on Saturdays for her dad. After that they become pretty good pals with some amusing banter.

 Now there’s one place Doug can escape from all the craziness in his life- the library. It’s at the library where he first encounters John Audubon’s Birds of America. Now you wouldn’t think a bird book could change someone’s life, but in this case a bird book does change Doug’s. It’s not just the book but also all the people and relationships that are created because of it. Whether it’s with Mr. Powell the librarian who spending Saturdays with Doug teaching his how to draw using the illustrations in the book, or the president of company that Doug’s dad works on, who happened to purchase one of the pages of the book or  the eccentric playwright Mrs. Windermere, the bird book pulls the story together. It’s all of these people and more from “stupid” Marysville who start to chip away at Doug’s hard outside shell and begin to see everything that Doug’s been covering up inside. With the help of fiery spirited Lil and a many other endearing characters Doug might just decide that things are more than just Okay For Now.

By MPPL on February 13, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Staff Pics

Book Trailer of the Week– Shelter by Harlan Coben

This week’s book trailer is for Shelter by Harlan Coben.  Click here to find Shelter in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 10, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Mystery

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures

by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Ethan lives in the small southern town of Gatlin, South Carolina.  Not much happens in Gatlin, the people who live in Gatlin have lived there all their life and can trace their families back to the Civil War.  As far back as Ethan can remember, no one new ever moves to Gatlin, until Lena Duchannes arrives.  When Ethan first sees Lena, he recognizes her from the dreams that have been haunting him at night.  He is drawn to her, despite his grandmother’s warnings.  Ethan and Lena are connected by history and also by something supernatural.  Lena comes from a long line of Casters, or witches that are cursed to become good or evil Casters on their sixteenth birthday.  As Lena’s sixteenth birthday approaches, Ethan and Lena become closer and find that not only can they communicate telepathically, but they also share visions of a supernatural event that took place during the Civil War.  Lena is not a common Caster, she has more power than most, and is terrified of going dark.  Ethan believes that Lena has a choice and as his feelings for her grow stronger, they both race against time to try and figure out some way to break the curse.

Beautiful Creatures is a beautiful read.  The setting of Gatlin, South Carolina is just as much a character in the book as Lena and Ethan.  This book is epic, though, at about 600 pages but if you stay with it you will experience a great love story, historical mystery, and a very interesting supernatural mythology created around the Casters.  Beautiful Creatures is part of a series, called the Caster Chronicles, and books 2 and 3 are available now.  There is also a movie adaptation in the works, and casting has just started for the movie.  According to the blog Hollywood Crush, the first character to be cast is Amma and she will be played by the Oscar nominated actress Viola Davis (The Help).

Click here to find Beautiful Creatures in the Library!  Also, click here to find the second book Beautiful Darkness and click here to find the third book Beautiful Chaos.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 7, 2012 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

What Happened to GoodbyeWhat Happened to Goodbye

by Sarah Dessen

So over the weekend I decided to try out reading a book on my Kindle so I settled on What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen. The story revolves around McLean - (great character name but it also reminds me of future name of a McDonald’s sandwich)- except McLean hasn’t gone by McLean in awhile. Instead she’s gone by Liz, Lizbet and more as her and father move from town to town. Each place and each new name allow McLean to recreate herself to leave her painful past shoved in a closet somewhere. She can be a theater chick, the cheerleader, the A student, the girl with a surfer boy on the side whatever suites her fancy. She does not want to be McLean, with divorced parents, a mom who left to marry someone else and pop out twins. But when they land in their latest town to fix up a failing local restaurant- things don’t go as McLean as planned she ends not going with her latest made up persona she finds herself telling people her real name, making friends and actually being herself, she even finds that she’s growing quite fond of her brainiac neighbor Dave. Is McLean ready to face her past or is she just going to shut the door and run away from it again?

By MPPL on February 6, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Staff Pics