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Archive for June, 2012

Book Trailer of the Week– Rise of the Wolf by Curtis Jobling

This week’s book trailer is for Rise of the Wolf by Curtis JoblingRise of the Wolf is the first book in Jobling’s new Wereworld series. In this book werecreatrues exist and Drew finds out he is one of them.  Click here to find Rise of the Wolf in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 29, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Guys Reads, Supernatural/Paranormal

There is no Long Distance Now by Naomi Shihab Nye

There is no Long Distance Now

By Naomi Shihab Nye

 This is a book of 40 short stories set in the current moment and told by teen narrators from around the world. The stories are all less than 1,000 words and give a flash of insight into the characters’ lives. Each protagonist is different, many have quirky personalities, and all are memorable. The book includes topics like loss, friendship, enemies, accepting responsibility, and siblings. The one factor that each story shares, is their character’s desire to connect with the world. These connections are made mainly through relationships, but sometimes through actions. 

This book is a great summer read for those who want a fast read, with meaning. The stories are really short on words, but leave you thinking about the characters and their lives. You wonder how Amel deals with being made fun of because of her heritage, how Jack comes to terms with his body image, and if Lily will forgive Brianna for judging her when they first meet. With titles that include, We Like you for Your Flaws, Killer Chili,and Will You Hold My Bullet, Please?, you can read one story or the whole book.

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on June 28, 2012 Categories: Issues, Nonfiction, Staff Pics

Beautiful Creatures reviewed by Paige

Beautiful Creatures

by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Hi, I’m Paige, and I just recently read the book Beautiful Creatures written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. This book is about a boy named Ethan Wate. In the start of the book, he has a dream about a girl he has no clue who she is. This is strange seeing someone in a dream he doesn’t know because he lives in a small town in South Carolina. Eventually, a new girl moves to the town, Lena Duchannes. She happens to be the niece of the town creep and locked up. The girl is shunned by the school, so Ethan decides to befriend her. One day in class they bump into each other and the light above them breaks. Also, when Lena went to sharpen her pencil, the window next to her shattered. Ethan starts falling for her and realizes why Lena is so different and how they have a connection. Read Beautiful Creatures to find out why Lena Duchannes is different from EVERY other girl Ethan has ever known.

review submitted by Paige

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 27, 2012 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Reviews By You, Supernatural/Paranormal

Dearly Departed by Lia Habel

Dearly Departed

by Lia Habel

If you are a fan of steampunk and zombies then Dearly Departed is the book for you!  Set in a future South America in 2195, this world has been rebuilt after a series of catastrophes.  There are two different classes in this new society.  One is the high society that has been rebuilt heavily influenced by the Victorian era in England and also has access to all the latest technology. The lower class has been nicknamed the Punks, and are viewed as hostile and violent people who want to take down the upper class. 

Dearly Departed centers on Nora, part of the upper class and who has just lost her father who was a famed scientist.  Nora is in danger but she doesn’t know it, and so she is kidnapped and taken to a military base for her own protection.  Bram, her captor, is not a normal soldier.   He is infected with the Lazarus virus, a new virus that turns the average person into a zombie.  Bram and his fellow soldiers, however, react differently to the Lazarus virus.  They still turn into zombies, but they also keep their human nature.  The Lazarus virus is sweeping the nation and Nora’s father held the key to its containment. 

This novel is action packed, and the world building in Dearly Departed is really well done.  Also, this novel is narrated by different characters in alternating chapters.  So, you get to read from the point of view of Nora, Bram, Pamela (Nora’s best friend), Victor Dearly (Nora’s father who may not be dead after all), and Wolfe (the commander of Bram’s unit).  This is a cool way to read a book.  Each character’s story lines come together, and it is interesting to read from the different points of view.  Dearly Departed is long read, at 470 pages, but if you like action-packed adventures with zombies and steampunk themes, then this is the book for you!  Click here to find Dearly Departed in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 25, 2012 Categories: Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– Transcendence by C.J. Omololu

This week’s book trailer is for Transcendence by C.J. OmololuTranscendence follows Cole and Griffon as they fall in love and learn more about their abilities as an Akhet, or people who can remember past lives.  Click here to find Transcendence in the Library!

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 22, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Handmade Chic by Laura Bennett

Handmade Chic

by Laura Bennett

Project Runway star, Laura Bennett, shares tips and techniques on how to make 35 high-fashion projects. The beginning of the book explains a variety of techniques from finishing leather to dyeing feathers.  Bennett gives the reader helpful information on where to buy different materials, using faux fur, and even sewing terminology. The projects are divided into four sections, Small Luxuries, Fashionably Organized, Stylish Carryalls, and Evening Extravagances. Each project comes with great instructions, a lot of pictures and even patterns. Plus, helpful tips to encourage you along the way.

This is a great book for anyone interested in creating designer quality belts, bags, bracelets, and even a beaded dress.  The author stresses the point that “handmade” does not have to look “homemade” and her quality projects show this.  Another benefit of the book is that there are different project levels.  You can start with a simple key ring tassle and work your way up to a feathered evening clutch. Whatever your skill level, you can find fun, fashion projects to work on this summer, that will look great. 

If you like fashion and creating your own clothes or accessories, just click one of the book covers below to find it in our catalog.

 

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on June 20, 2012 Categories: Crafts, Nonfiction, Staff Pics

Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher

Almost Perfect

by Brian Katcher

Logan has been dumped.  And it was not the kind of dumping that just takes a few weeks to get over.  It was an epic dump.  It was a “Logan is completely in love and then out of nowhere his girlfriend cheats on him and calls things off, after three years together” breakup.  The last thing Logan is thinking about is moving on.  Until, that is, the new girl comes to his high school.  Logan lives in a small Missouri town called Boyer and no one new ever comes to town.  So, when Sage shows up in his Biology class he is surprised to find how much he likes her.  He is not just attracted to her, he also just likes being around her.  Logan, however, is cautious since he is still reeling from his bad breakup, so he is hesitant to tell Sage how he feels about her.  Sage is also more interested in just being friends with Logan.  But that is because Sage has a secret.  Sage was born a boy, but is in the process of transitioning to a girl, and that is why she has come to Boyer.  Sage knows that the girl she is today is who she has always been and just wants the chance to be herself.  However, will Logan be able to accept her when he learns her secret?  And will he be able to get over the fact that Sage lied to him?

Almost Perfect is a fantastic read!  It is such an emotion filled book.  Logan is dealing with a gut wrenching break up and as he starts to get close to Sage, he finds out that she has been lying to him about who she really is.   You really want Logan and Sage to be together since they are so perfect for one another, but it is so hard to believe that Logan will get over learning about Sage’s transitioning.  Once Sage reveals her secret, you follow both Sage and Logan as they experience a whole range of emotions.  This book definitely makes you feel and it is for anyone who is a fan of realistic fiction.  Also, there are not many books being published right now that deal with a teen who is transgendered or transitioning.  Almost Perfect is an excellent example of one!   Here are some others that are equally as good (just click on them to find them in the Library!):

Crossing Linesby Paul Volponi

I am J by Chris Beam

Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger

Luna by Julie Ann Peters

Click here to find Almost Perfect in the Library today!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 18, 2012 Categories: Fiction, GLBTQ, High School, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Staff Pics

Book trailer of the Week– Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

This week’s book trailer is for Bloodlines by Richelle MeadBloodlines is the first book in Mead’s Vampire Academy spin off series.  It follows Sydney, an alchemist, who was first introduced in Mead’s Blood PromiseClick here to find Bloodlines in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 16, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Game On at the Library!

Join us this Saturday, at the Library, for two full hours of open gaming!  A Wii, an Xbox 360, a big screen, your friends, and food — can you think of a better way to spend a hot summer afternoon? Come to the Library for an afternoon of video games, snacks, and friendly challenges. All games are rated T for teens or E for everyone.

Click here to register for this program!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 15, 2012 Categories: Events

Get in SYNC this summer

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Starting today, SYNC will be offering 2 FREE audiobooks to download.  One will be a current teen title and the other will be its classic counterpart.  This week it is Jeff Hirsch’s Eleventh Plague paired with John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.

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Click here to visit SYNC’s website and start downloading.

You can also text synca to 25827 to get alerts about the FREE titles.

Also, don’t forget that you can download audiobooks and ebooks for free using the Library’s free downloading service, MyMedia Mall.  Click here or on the icon below to check out MyMedia Mall!

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 14, 2012 Categories: Events, Fiction, Nonfiction