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Archive for September, 2013

Join us for “Magic: The Gathering” Club for Teens!

Magic the gatheringHas Magic: The Gathering cast a spell on you? Join other planeswalkers for this role-playing card game at the Library on the last Friday of each month.  On Friday, September 27 we will be hosting our next meeting of Magic: The Gathering Club for teens.  It is from 4 – 5 p.m. in the Library’s Meeting Room B.  Bring your friends, or just stop by and and see what the game is all about. Snacks and refreshments will be supplied, but teens must provide their own deck to play.

Click here to register in advance for the program!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 26, 2013 Categories: Events

Reviews by You!

life as we knew it Life As We Knew It
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Miranda’s life changes forever when a meteor collides with the moon, knocking it closer to Earth. Miranda’s family must do all they can to survive the catastrophic events that follow.
Review submitted by Emma.
Downriver Downriver
by Will Hobbs
This book is about a girl named Jessie and her friends going to an outdoor survivor school to the Grand Canyon with Al, their leader. Along the way, the teens run away to go rafting on their own. I would give this book five stars.
Review submitted by Siddharth.
Boys Without Names Boys Without Names
by Kashmira Sheth
Boys Without Names is about 11-year-old Gopal who gets captured and is forced to make picture frames with 5 other boys. The boys aren’t allowed to use their names or ever talk. After the boss leaves, they tell the stories of how they learned to trust each other and became friends. Will Gopal and the boys escape? Find out in Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth!
Review submitted by Angie.
Breaking Through Breaking Through
by Francisco Jimenez
Breaking Through was about a kid named Francisco trying to be a teacher and learn not to be like his parents.
Review submitted by Daisy.
Lightning Thief The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan
This is a very good book that had some Greek mythology in it. All the gods and goddesses are found in the real world. I would give it 7/10.
Review submitted by Ravi.
Mud City Mud City
by Deborah Ellis
This book, the final book in the Breadwinner Trilogy, focuses on Parvana’s best friend Shauzia, as she tries to go to France. Overall very interesting, but some parts just seemed like filler.
Review submitted by Flynn.
Catching Jordan Catching Jordan
by Miranda Kenneally
Catching Jordan is such a great book! I couldn’t put it down. Kenneally really switches the roles around and has a girl be the football star, which is a nice twist and fun to read from a different view on things.
Review submitted by Samantha.
Lessons from a dead girl Lessons from a Dead Girl
by Jo Knowles
Laine and Leah were supposed to be friends forever and keep the secret of the closet a secret to the grave, but when they drift apart, Leah constantly reappears in Laine’s life with threats of telling.
Review submitted by Paige.
Schwa The Schwa Was Here
Neal Shusterman
I liked this book a lot. It was about a boy who was partially invisible. My favorite part was when Antsy and the Schwa (the invisible boy) break into Crawky apartment. I would recommend it to anyone who wants an easy read.
Review submitted by Ben.
Dragon Slippers Dragon Slippers
by Jessica Day George
Creel gets to pick a pair of shoes from a dragon’s hoard in exchange for leaving him alone. But she doesn’t know the slippers can control dragons and when Princess Amelia gets ahold of them that can only mean trouble.
Review submitted by Michaela.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 25, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance

Book Trailer of the Week– Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff.  If you are a fan of the Jason Bourne books/movies, then you should definitely pick up Boy Nobody!  The main character, Boy Nobody, is a deadly teenage assassin.  He gets his assignments from an organization called, “The Program”.  Usually, Boy Nobody’s assignments are low profile, but that is not the case for his latest target: the mayor of New York City.  Boy Nobody is told to use the mayor’s daughter, Sam, to get close to him, but the one thing Boy Nobody didn’t train for happens when he develops feelings for Sam.  Now, Boy Nobody is questioning all his training and beliefs about “The Program”.  Click here to find Boy Nobody in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 20, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction

Reviews by You!

Running Dream The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen
The Running Dream is an amazing book. One reason I like this book is because I can relate to the main character, Jessica. Jessica loves to run and so do I. Another reason I love this book is because there is always an interesting climax going on. It is not one of those books that you have to break into. I would rate this book 5/5 stars.
Review submitted by Jenna.
Troy High Troy High
by Shana Norris
A book about two friends who go to rivaling schools. They work together to try to save their friendship while being loyal to their school.
Review submitted by Karina.
Marked Marked
by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Although it is a book about vampires, it was very enjoyable to read and almost seemed realistic. This book begins with Zoey’s unusual marking as a vampire and continues through her change from a fledgling to a full adult vampire.
Review submitted by Sonia.
January Conspiracy 365: January
by Gabrielle Lord
This is the first of twelve books in the Conspiracy 365 series. It’s an action packed story of a 15-year-old fugitive accused of attempted murder. A family heritage causes all this chaos along the way.
Review submitted by Emma.
Ugly Truth The Ugly Truth
by Jeff Kinney
I enjoyed The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney very much. My favorite part was when the senior citizens came to the Valentine’s Day dance and ruined it. I liked how the story was very suspenseful.
Review submitted by Irene.
Mad About Super Heroes Mad About Super Heroes
Edited by Nick Meglin & John Ficarra
This book was really fun and made fun of Batman a lot. The small strips were the best or the classic art with the super heroes added.
Review submitted by Kathleen.
lastolymppian The Last Olympian
by Rick Riordian
I think this book was really great because it was full of action and suspense. This book kept me wanting to read more… one of my favorites!
Review submitted by Grace.
Emblaze Emblaze
by Jessica Shirvington
Violet is an angel and she is in love with an exile Phoenix and another angel Lincoln. Phoenix betrayed her and she can’t be with Lincoln. Phoenix is trying to get the scriptures from her and is threatening her family and friends to get it.
Review submitted by Stephanie.
Belle Epoque Belle Epoque
by Elizabeth Ross
Just as a foil is placed under a jewel to make it shine, a Repoussoir is a companion to a beautiful girl just to make her stand out more. In France, Maude desperately needs a job to survive, so she becomes a Repoussoir. She is a “hideous” girl who is hired by an aristocratic family to accompany their daughter for her season. But is the feeling of rejection and ignorance worth the thousands of dollars and glamor?
Review submitted by Nida.
Enemy The Enemy
by Charlie Higson
All the zombies (grown ups) have been diseased 16 years ago and their offsprings were not harmed. So now only kids rule the world and it’s up to the kids to survive and not get eaten by the zombies.
Review submitted by Atit.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 17, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Spellcaster by Claudia Gray.  Nadia’s mother has gone away and her father has moved her family to a small Rhode Island town called Captive Sound.  Nadia is not like most teen girls, she knows she’s a witch just like her mother, but her mother left her before her training was complete.  In her new home, Nadia senses that something isn’t quite right.  Along with some new friends (one of which is a potential love interest, but also cursed), Nadia sets out to use her novice powers to stop an evil that is bent on destroying the town.  Click here to find Spellcaster in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 13, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Join us for Duct Tape Creations on Saturday!

Roll into a new school year and roll out your artistic talents to create clever duct tape inventions. Bags, wallets, flowers…you are only limited by your imagination. Bring your friends and your creativity; we’ll provide the tools, nearly limitless rolls of colorful duct tape, and instructions. Snacks will be provided.  Please click here to register in advance–space is limited!

For teens in grades 6 – 12.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 12, 2013 Categories: Crafts, Events

An Evening with Holly Black recap

Words cannot describe how awesome our visit with Holly Black was last night!  As expected, Holly Black was fabulous, interesting, hilarious, and so cool!  If you were lucky enough to be in attendance, you heard some really great stories about Holly Black‘s writing process, the YA author community, and her inspiration for her newest book The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.  Many thanks go out to Holly Black for visiting our Library, and especially The Book Stall at Chestnut Court who made this author event possible!

Scroll through the photos below to see some of the highlights from last night!  And don’t forget to checkout The Coldest Girl in Coldtown at the Library!

Be sure to check out our Display that is still up at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk

Be sure to check out our Display that is still up at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk

Small display case

The signs were everywhere!

The signs were everywhere!

Glow Sticks compliments of Little Brown Books

Fangs compliments of the Mount Prospect Public Library!

Fangs compliments of the Mount Prospect Public Library!

Books were for sale from The Book Stall!

Books were for sale from The Book Stall!

Holly Black started out the night asking the audience what was their first encounter with Vampires?

Holly Black started out the night asking the audience what was their first encounter with Vampires?

One interesting fact thta Holly Black shared: she actually rode around in a friend's car truck to do research for her Curseworkers series.  She recalled the memory with a lot of humor, though!

One interesting fact that Holly Black shared: she actually rode around in a friend’s car trunk to do research for her Curseworkers series. She recalled the memory with a lot of humor, though!

Holly Black read an excerpt from her book "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" which hit book shelves on 9/3/13.

Holly Black read an excerpt from her book “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” which hit book shelves on 9/3/13.

It was from the from the beginning of the book when we learn how Tana's mom got infected (a very intense scene!).

It was from the from the beginning of the book when we learn how Tana’s mom got infected (a very intense scene!).

Holly Black then had a signing where all attendees got a chance to talk with her one on one, many with questions about being a writer.  She gave out a lot of great advice!

All attendees got a chance to talk with Holly Black one on one, many with questions about being a writer. She gave out a lot of great advice!

MPPL staffer Janine is a huge fan of Holly Black! She did not pass up the chance to chat with the author.

MPPL staffer Janine is a huge fan of Holly Black! She did not pass up the chance to chat with the author.

Teen Librarians, Barbara and Colleen, had a fang-tastic time with Holly Black! Thanks Holly!!!

Teen Librarians, Barbara and Colleen, had a fang-tastic time with Holly Black! Thanks Holly!!!

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 11, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Events, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Holly Black Introduces her new book, “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown”

See Holly Black LIVE tonight at MPPL at 7 p.m. Click here to register!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 10, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Events, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.  Nobody Owens’ entire family was murder when he was just a young boy.  He escaped, unharmed, into a nearby graveyard.  He is discovered by the ghosts of Mr. and Mrs. Owens, so they raise him as their own.  The lost souls of the graveyard become Bod’s family, and they protect him from the killer that still hunts him despite the years that have passed.  Click here to find The Graveyard Book in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 6, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal

Join us for the Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club!

Are you an expert with knitting or crochet needles, just learning, or want to learn?  Then join us on Friday, September 6, from 4 – 6 p.m. for the monthly 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 5, 2013 Categories: Crafts, Events