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Archive for August, 2012

Book Trailer of the Week– Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin.  Avery knows that she witnessed her parents brutal murder in the woods by her house, but she doesn’t remember what happened.  When she is forced to live with her grandmother that she barely knows, Avery feels lost and doesn’t know if she wants to remember.  When she meets Ben, the new guy in school, she feels a strong connection.  Ben may hold the keys to Avery remembering what happened the night her parents died.  Click here to find Low Red Moon in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 31, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races

by Maggie Stiefvater

On the island of Thisby, deadly water horses rise from the sea every year.  These carnivorous beasts have claimed the lives of many–some have been taken while too close to the water and some have been taken during the Scorpio Races.  The Scorpio Races are held every year and draw in tons of tourists from the mainland.  During the races, men try to tame water horses to race down the beach.  It is a deadly spectacle, but one that is tradition on Thisby.

For Sean, his father was lost when competing in the races when he was a young boy.  Since then, Sean has dedicated his life to the races and to his tamed water horse, Corr.  Corr is the only family Sean has left, but for Sean there is always a threat that he will lose Corr.  Sean is only allowed to race Corr because he works for the Malverns, and the Malverns own Corr.  Sean is the water horse whisperer of Thisby.  He seems to hold some magical secret of how to tame the wild beasts.  These abilities have helped in the races, where he has won for the last four years in a row.  But for Sean, winning freedom for himself and for Corr is his ultimate goal.

For Puck, both her parents were taken by the water horses while on the beach.  That left her with her two brothers, one older and one younger.  Puck’s older brother is leaving Thisby and without him they will lose their parents’ house.  The only way Puck can think to keep her house and her brother is to compete in the Scorpio Races.  Winning the races will provide Puck with the money to insure that she can take care of herself and her younger brother, as well as keep the house.  It will also keep Puck’s brother on the island until the races are over.  Due to a loop hole in the rules of the Scorpio Races, Puck is not only the first female to race but she is also the first to race a normal horse, her beloved horse Dove.

The Scorpio Races is told in alternating chapters from Sean and Puck’s point of views and it is a captivating read.  At first you get to know Puck and Sean as individuals and the hardships that life has thrust upon them.  Then, as they become connected from participating in the Scorpio Races, you see their relationship develop.  Maggie Stiefvater weaves a wonderful tale that incorporates action and adventure, monstrous beasts, and the love that blossoms between two warriors.  Definitely pick this up if you want a good fantasy read.  It is fast paced, interesting, and very well-written.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 30, 2012 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Staff Pics

Book Trailer of the Week– Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

This week’s book trailer is for Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.   This fantasy novel is being compared to Graceling and The Hunger Games. Celaena is considered the best assassin in the land and as punishment for her crimes she has been sentenced to the salt mines.  Celaena has a chance to win her freedom, however, when the Crown Prince Dorian calls her to be his champion in a deadly competition to find the a new King’s Assassin.  Click here to find Throne of Glass in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 24, 2012 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fantasy

Mortal Instruments Movie Coming August 2013

In exactly one year from today, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will be hitting the big screen.

Are you already a fan?  Then check out the official website where you can see who has been cast:

You can also Like the Facebook page for the movie to get updates:

If you want to read the series before the movie comes out, then you should start now!  Below is the series list for the five of The Mortal Instruments books that are on bookshelves now and the prequel series, The Infernal Devices.  Just click on the cover or the title to find them in the Library today!

The Mortal Instruments

1.  City of Bones

2.  City of Ashes

3.  City of Glass

4.  City of Fallen Angels


5.  City of Lost Souls

The Infernal Devices

1.  Clockwork Angel


2.  Clockwork Prince

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Movies, Supernatural/Paranormal, Trending

Where is your favorite place to eat in Mount Prospect?

This year’s Teen Summer Reading program theme was “Reading is So Delicious!”.  When you completed a teen log you got to cast your vote for your favorite place to eat in Mount Propect.  We tallied all the votes and the place where teens like to eat the most in Mount Prospect is…


Subway Buffalo Chicken
(Image courtesy of flickr user theimpulsivebuy)

What do you think!?  Is this one of your favoite places?  Below is the complete list of the remaining favorites in order of the preferences of the teens who participated and cast their vote.  Remember even though we did have 479 teens register for the Teen Summer Reading program, this is only a small sampling of what teens like you think of the best places to eat in Mount Prospect.

Five Guys Burger and Fries
Dunkin Donuts
Mrs. P and Me
Jimmy John’s
Buffalo Wild Wings
Le Peep
Pizza Hut
Submarine Express
Pei Wei
Central Continental Bakery
Photos Hotdogs
Tony Saccos Coal Oven Pizza
Bar Louie
Blues Bar
House of Schezwan
Little Caesers
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Panda Express
Black Cow Kitchen and Bar
Canta Napoli
Crave Pizza
El Sombrero
Olympus Gyros
Steak and Shake
Billy Goat Tavern and Grill
Bogies Ale House
Boston Market
Burger King
Cuisine of India
Emerson’s Ale House
Frankies Fast Food
Jersey Mike’s Subs
Moretti’s Ristorante & Pizzeria
Mr. Beef & Pizza
Pad Thai Restaurant
Papa John’s
Salerno’s Pizzaria
Sunrise Restaurant
Tommy’s Italian Beef


By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 22, 2012 Categories: Trending

Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip

by Jordan Sonnenblick

The summer before Peter’s Freshmen year, he suffers a serious arm injury while pitching in his little league championship game.  The game was a critical one, because it would have shown his soon to be high school baseball coaches that he was a gifted pitcher that could easily make the JV team.  Now, however, Peter’s pitching days are over.  The injury to his arm required surgery and Peter seems to has lost any idea of what to do with himself now that he can’t play baseball.

Peter’s only other passion in life has been photography.  His interest has been cultivated through years of spending time with his grandfather, who is a professional photographer.  Peter has learned all the ins and outs of a camera, both old school and digital.  When he walks into his first day of Introducton to Photography, he is clearly ahead of the class.  Both Peter and another student, Angelika, are sent to the Advanced Photogtraphy class.  Being the only two Freshmen in a class of upperclassmen instantly creates a friendship between Peter and Angelika. 

Peter and Angelika’s friendship becomes something more, however, when they begin working together taking photos for the yearbook.  Things seem to be changing for Peter as he begins to find out who he is when he can no longer be the star pitcher.  However, as Peter begins to find himself, his grandfather seems to be losing himself.  Can Peter get his family to recognize that their grandfather needs help before it is too late?

Curveball has a lot going on in its pages.  At first this novel seems pretty simple: a guy has to figure out who he is when he can no longer be a sports star.  However, with the addition of a possible new girlfriend, a best friend who truly believes Peter will pitch again, and a grandfather whose mind is slipping, Peter’s life is complicated.  When you’re reading Curveball, though, you never feel like you are overwhelmed with Peter’s problems.  It is a really good read that never feels like there is too much drama.  I also really liked Peter.  He was relatable and is a character who had flaws that he was able to overcome. 

You should definitely pick this book up if you are looking for a good, realistic read that has a cast of characters that feel like your own friends and family.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 20, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Guys Reads, High School, Realistic Fiction, Staff Pics

Book Trailer of the Week– Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

This week’s book trailer is for Insignia by S.J. Kincaid.  Tom’s only been good at one thing in his life: video games.  So, when he gets recruited by an elite military power to use his gaming skills to fight for America in World War III, Tom jumps at the chance to do something important with his life.  But Tom doesn’t know what’s at risk.  Click here to find Insignia in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 16, 2012 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Guys Reads, Science Fiction

Come to the Library to Discuss Things Not Seen!

What would you do if you were invisible? One day fifteen-year-old Bobby wakes up and discovers that no one can see him. Doing his best to adapt, he ventures out of the house to the library, where he befriends Alicia, a blind girl. Together they try to figure out how to make Bobby visible again. Join this lively book discussion of Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements, sponsored by the Teen Advisory Board. Refreshments will be served.

Copies of the book will be available to registered teens at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk one month prior to the discussion.

Click here to register for the Teen book discussion.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 12, 2012 Categories: Events, Fantasy, Fiction, Guys Reads, Supernatural/Paranormal

Join us for Chess for All Ages on Sunday, August 12

Come to the Library for a special afternoon of open play chess. You supply the moves; we’ll supply the chessboards. While a basic knowledge of the game is required, all ages and skill levels are invited. You might just learn a new move or two. Children under age 9 must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver.  Click here to register for the program!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 11, 2012 Categories: Events

Book Trailer of the Week– 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

This week’s book trailer of the week is for 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody.  This book trailer is actually really well done.  52 Reasons to Hate My Father is about Lexi, who is a spoiled rich girl who has pushed her millionaire father too far.  Lexi is cut off from her trusts fund until she proves herself to her dad.  To do this, Lexi must complete 52 jobs, one for each week in the year.   Click here to find 52 Reasons to Hate My Father in the Library and check out the awesome book trailer below: 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 10, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Funny, Realistic Fiction