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Book Trailer of the Week– What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

This week’s book trailer of the week is for the book What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang.  Set in an alternate America, in a dystopian society, people are born with two souls in one body.  As they age, one soul settles allowing for there to be one dominant and one dormant soul.  Narrated by fifteen year old Eva, she was pronounced “settled” and her sister Addie was determined to be the dominant soul.  But Addie and Eva know that this is not true.  Both of their souls exist in one body.  Eva and Addie are hybrids and must keep their secret, even from their family, or they will be sent to an institution.  But  how long can they keep this secret?  Click here to find What’s Left of Me in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 28, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction

Join us at the Teen Knitting/Crocheting club tomorrow!

Are you an expert with knitting or crochet needles, just learning, or want to learn?  Then join us on Friday, September 28, from 4 – 6 p.m. for the first ever Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club meeting at the Library.  We have yarn, needles, and the know-how to teach the basics of knitting and crocheting. You can also bring your own supplies – and your friends – for an afternoon of sharing ideas and conversation. Refreshments will be served.

Click here to register for the Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 27, 2012 Categories: Crafts, Events

Book Trailer of the Week– The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie trailer

This week’s book trailer of the week is not a book trailer, but a trailer for a movie based on a book.  In theaters today is The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  The book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, was written by Stephen Chbosky and published in 1999.  Set in 1991, the story centers on Charlie as he begins his freshmen year in high school.  Charlie is naive, but also very intelligent and reflective.  Struggling with needing to be accepted, but also knowing that he is not like everyone else, Charlie finds friends in the unlikely pair of seniors, Sam and Charlie.  From there Charlie begins to unravel who he is and who he wants to be.  Click here to find the book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower in the Library and enjoy the movie trailer below:

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 21, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, High School, Movies, Realistic Fiction

Safekeeping by Karen Hesse


by Karen Hesse

Safekeeping is a new dystopia novel that is so realistic, you will feel like it is something that could happen tomorrow.  Set in the near future, the world is much like our world today.  However, the President of the United States is assassinated at the beginning of the novel.  This prompts the American People’s Party to take control of the government and institute martial law.  The narrator, Radley, is in Haiti volunteering at an orphanage when the President is assassinated.  She sets out to return home to her parents, because she is so worried about them, despite the warnings that it would be safer to stay in Haiti.  When Radley returns to her home in Vermont, she finds the house abandoned and does not know what to do.  Her home is not safe, and Radley is not safe since she has none of the new official documents or adults to take care of her.  Radley does the only thing she can think to do: she sets off on foot to walk to Canada with the hope that she will find her parents there.

Along the way Radley has to survive on discarded food that she often finds in dumpsters, steal to survive, and get out of more than one threatening situation with dangerous people.  The roads are not safe, so Radley sticks to the wilderness.  It is there that she meets Celia and her dog.  Though Radley is being cautious, she can’t help but stick to Celia.  Eventually they begin to survive together.  Will they make it to Canada?  Will they both survive in the wilderness?  Will Radley ever see her parents again?  Pick up Safekeeping for a dystopian that is unlike many of the ones being published today.  It is quiet but exciting, poetic and cerebral.  Safekeeping is a novel that will keep you thinking about it long after you have put it down.  Also included are photos taken by the author that make the story even that much more moving.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 19, 2012 Categories: Dystopian, Fiction, Staff Pics

Astonishing X-Men: Gifted by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday

Astonishing X-Men: Gifted

by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday

If you’re like me, then you can’t get enough of X-Men.  Instead of going back and watching all the movies again, I suggest picking up Astonishing X-Men: Gifted by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday.  Yes, Joss Whedon is the guy that brought you The Avengers movie earlier this year, and is most famous for his TV show Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.  

The story of the first volume, Gifted, is this:  Professor X is on sabbatical and Jean Grey is dead.  Cyclops and Emma Frost are acting as heads of Xavier’s School.  Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, and Beast are joining the faculty and make up the new X-Men team.  Most of the story in Gifted is told through Kitty Pryde’s point of view.  News breaks of a possible cure for the mutant strain, while at the same time the X-Men encounter a new enemy–Ord.  But, the new cure and new enemy may be one in the same…

Before reading Gifted, I had not known much about Kitty Pryde (only that she was from Deerfield, IL!).  As soon as I got into the story, though, she definitely became my new favorite X-Men character!  The way that Whedon and Cassaday portrayed her made her a really relatable character.  I also really got into the storyline that developed with her and Colossus (Peter Rasputin) .  Also, there’s Lockheed, Kitty Pryde’s pet X-Dragon, and for that alone you’ll want to pick this book up!

The story had me hooked from the beginning but Cassaday’s artwork in this comic is also really well done.  It conveys the emotion of the action.  A lot of strips are done in single colored tones that fits the mood of what’s happening on the page.  One of the best examples of this is where Kitty sees Colossus (Peter Rasputin) for the first time after she believes him dead. All the strips are done in all red tones and are interlaced with black and white memories. It is really visually appealing.  Check it out:


By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 17, 2012 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Guys Reads, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– Every Day by David Levithan

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Every Day by David Levithan.  Each day at midnight “A” takes over the body of a new person.  On A’s 6000th day on earth, he meets Rhiannon, the girlfriend of Justin who A is inhabiting that day.  A falls is love with Rhiannon that day and tries to pursue her with each body change.  Can love transcend the physical exterior?  Click here to find Evey Day in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 15, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Romance, 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 September 14, 2012 Categories: Events

The Pricesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes

The Princesses of Iowa

by M. Molly Backes

Paige Sheridan had it all.  She was beautiful, popular, and in line for Homecoming Princess.  Her friends and boyfriend were perfect, and she thought her life was perfect.  Paige’s world fell apart, though.  At the end of her junior year, Paige is in a drunk driving accident.  Only her friend Lacey is seriously hurt, but Lacey is able to heal.  The relationship between Lacey and Paige, however, seems like it will never heal.  Not only is there blame about the accident but Lacey is mad at Paige for abandoning her after the accident.   Paige’s mom sent her to Paris for the summer after the accident.  Paige was miserable there, having to babysit for a dysfunctional family, but all her friends thought she was off on the perfect summer vacation in Paris.

The Princesses of Iowa is about how Paige recovers and heals after a life changing event.  Paige’s friends and boyfriend treat her differently when she returns from Paris.  Nothing is the same and Paige is no longer sure what she wants out of life.  Paige starts to heal, however, through writing.  She is enrolled in Creative Writing and her new teacher, Mr. Tremont, is able to guide Paige into unlocking a talent for writing that she never knew she had.  The Princesses of Iowa is a great read for someone who is looking for a good realistic fiction book with not a lot of drama.  Basically, this is a story of a girl trying to figure out who she is.  Paige’s transformation from shallow and boring to thoughtful and interesting is a great one to read.  This is also a great book for anyone who is interested in writing and how it can be used as a creative outlet.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 11, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Staff Pics

Book Trailer of the Week– Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Carnival of Souls by Melissa MarrCarnival of Souls is the first book in a new series by Melissa Marr.  In this fantasy novel, there exists two worlds–our human world and The City, a world filled with supernatural creatures like beasts, shapeshifters, and witches.  Mallory’s father, a witch, escaped the city to raise Mallory as a human in the human world.  However, her father trained her to fight the supernatural knowing that one day Mallory would be in danger.  The City is coming for her…  Click here to find Carnival of Souls in the Library

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 7, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Enclave by Ann Aguirre


by Ann Aguirre

War and a plague have destroyed New York City.  Many generations ago, people went underground in order to survive and escape the Freaks (flesh eating monsters).  However, the Freaks have been growing down below and the people underground are in trouble.  Deuce lives in one of the last safe enclaves.  At the beginning of the novel, we meet Deuce as she gets her new name and is given her role as one of the huntresses in her enclave.  Unfortunately, Deuce’s hunting partner turns out to be Fade, a guy who came from topside but who has proven to be valuable to the enclave as a hunter.  Since he was not born in the enclave, not many people trust Fade.  When Deuce first hunts with Fade she learns why.  Fade doesn’t like to follow the rules.

Deuce, however, has trained and worked hard all her life to be a huntress and always follows the rules.  As Deuce continues to hunt with Fade outside the enclave she soon learns how desperate their situation is.  Freaks are everywhere and they are getting smarter.  After Deuce and Fade disobey direct orders, they are sentenced to a mission to travel to the nearest enclave.  When they arrive and find it decimated and overrun by Freaks, they return with warnings to their leaders.  But they are ignored and Deuce begins to see the flaw in her enclave’s leadership.  As Deuce begins to challenge authority, her home in the enclave is threatened.  When she and Fade are both accused of hoarding (an illegal practice) they are banished to the topside.

Without giving away too much more, the plot of Enclave really starts to unfold as Deuce and Fade go topside.  Their fight to survive in the post apocalyptic New York City is a hard one.  They encounter Freaks, gangs of savages who call themselves wolves, the sun (which Deuce has never seen before), injury, and finding safe food and water.  This is a survival story as much as it is an action and adventure read.  Be sure to check out Enclave if you want a fast paced, exciting read!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 6, 2012 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Science Fiction, Staff Pics