This week’s book trailer of the week is for Free to Fall by Lauren Miller. Rory lives in a future society where technology has invaded every facet of life. Everyone relies on an app called “Lux” to basically run their lives, as it makes every decision for them. Rory has just been accepted to a prestigious academy, where her mother also went to school. Secretly, Rory struggles with having “Doubt” or the second guessing of decisions made for her by Lux. As she starts her new school, she finds herself learning more about her mother who died years ago. The more that is revealed to Rory about her mother, the more she begins question everything she thought she knew about her mother and how she died. Click here to find Free to Fall in the Library!
Did you know that May is Zombie Awareness Month? It serves as a good reminder to brush up on your zombie reads, just in case the world is ever overrun by the undead! Check out a recommended reading list below, and you will be fully prepared to run, fight, or barricade yourself in your protective fortress.
YA SHAN, D.
When the news starts reporting a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B’s father thinks it’s a hoax-but even if it isn’t, the two of them joke, it’s only the Irish, right? That is, until zombies actually attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers. But when they come face-to-face with the ravenous, oozing corpses, all bets are off. There are no friends. No allies. Just whatever it takes to survive.
YA MABERRY, J.
In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother’s footsteps and become a bounty hunter.
YA HABEL, L.
In the year 2195 when society is technologically advanced but follows the social mores of Victorian England, recently orphaned Nora Dearly is left at the mercy of her domineering, social-climbing aunt, until she is nearly kidnapped by zombies and falls in with a group of mysterious, black-clad commandos.
YA BEAUDOIN, S.
Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. These kids have seen zombie movies. They know the rules. Unfortunately, knowing the rules isn’t going to be enough.
YA BICK, I.
Alex, a resourceful 17-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world’s population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.
YA HIGSON, C
After a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers leave their shelter and set out of a harrowing journey across London to the safe haven of Buckingham Palace.
YA MCKAY, K.
On a school trip to snowbound Scotland, several students become infected and turn into hungry zombies, leaving a small band of survivors to take refuge in the school bus.
YA SF FORD, M.
In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is invited to join an underground gaming society, where the gamers hunt zombies and the action is more dangerous than it seems.
YA HART, J.
New Jersey teens Jake Stephenson and Amanda Blake are turning into zombies and, having devoured half of their senior class, they are on the run, pursued by teen psychic Cass, a member of a government unit charged with killing zombies and keeping their existence secret.
The Zombie Survival Guide is one’s key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking thestreets right now.
Could zombies actually walk the earth? Join science punk Frank Swain as he digs into the science of body and mind control, from Haitian Vodou potions to military interrogation techniques. He recounts true zombie tales from the archives, including resurrected dog heads, secret agent drugs, and remote-controlled bulls and rats. He even investigates how psychologists are shaping our thoughts in the design of city streets.
The Zombie Handbook‘ explains how to identify a zombie, survive an attack, and ultimately, defeat the undead hordes. Packed with sound, practical advice, true-life encounters, and a world history of these drooling brain munchers.
In the myths, legends, and folklore of many peoples, the returning, physical dead play a significant role, whether they are the zombies of Haiti or the draugr of Scandinavia. But what are the origins of an actual bodily return from the grave? Does it come from something deep within our psyche, or is there some truth to it?
This week’s book trailer of the week is for William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher. If you like Star Wars or if you like Shakespeare or if you like Star Wars and Shakespeare, then this book is perfect for you! It retells the fourth episode completely in Shakespeare’s language. It is laugh out-loud funny and it is definitely a new spin on the classic movie. And there are more on the way! William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back was just published in March. Click here to find William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope in the Library today!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Half Bad by Sally Green. In Nathan’ world good and evil are clearly defined: either you are a black witch or a white witch. What happens when someone is both black and white? That is the case for Nathan. He was born as an illegitimate son of a white witch mother and a black witch father. His punishment? He is sentenced to live in a cage and beaten regularly. Nathan is constantly looking for a way to escape, as his captors are waiting until he turns 17 and will receive his gifts. However, no one is sure whether Nathan will be a good witch or a bad witch, but both sides want him! What happens when Nathan escapes his cage, a month before he turns 17..? Click here to find Half Bad in the Library!
Today is Celebrate Teen Literature Day! In honor of this awesome day the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released the nominees for Teens’ Top Ten. To learn more about what goes into selecting the Teens’ Top Ten titles, click here. The Top Ten will be announced the week after Teen Read Week (October 12-18, 2014). If you want to try and read all 25 nominees before the Top Ten are announced, check out the list below!
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray
A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine
Are you one of those people that loves to think up hilariously creative pranks for April Fools day? If you are, or if you are someone who enjoys a read that makes you laugh, checkout some of the novels below at the Library!
YA CRAWFORD, B.
Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible.
YA LIEB, J.
Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he is extremely stupid and lazy, but he is actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way.
YA EKELES, S.
When sixteen-year-old Amy, a spoiled American, goes to Israel for a three-month summer vacation with a father she barely knows, she is not prepared for his Jewish family and the changes they bring about in her life.
YA BRAY, L.
When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.
YA MY JINKS, C.
Fifteen-year-old vampire Nina has been stuck for fifty-one years in a boring support group for vampires, and nothing exciting has ever happened to them–until one of them is murdered and the others must try to solve the crime.
YA PIERSON, D.
Tenth-grader Tom Parking’s dream of being swept away to a fantasy land where he becomes a hero nearly comes true when he finds himself the Chosen One of a nameless world, the most annoying, least “cool” place in the universe.
YA SF DOESCHER, I.
In this exciting and hilarious novel you will find a retelling of Star wars in the style of Shakespeare, in which a wise Jedi knight, an evil Sith lord, a beautiful captive princess, and a young hero coming of age reflect the valor and villainy of the Bard’s greatest plays.
YA LARBALASTIER, J.
Residing in New Whitby, Maine, a town founded by vampires trying to escape persecution, Mel finds her negative attitudes challenged when her best friend falls in love with one, another friend’s father runs off with one, and she herself is attracted to someone who tries to pass himself off as one.
YA SCHREIBER, J.
Perry’s parents insist that he take Gobi, their quiet, Lithuanian exchange student, to senior prom but after an incident at the dance he learns that Gobi is actually a trained assassin who needs him as a henchman, behind the wheel of his father’s precious Jaguar, on a mission in Manhattan.
YA SMITH, A.
Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong.
It’s spring break, but it is not exactly spring-like weather right now. If you are looking for a good read to keep you busy during this week of mild temperatures, check out some spring break themed books– from teens involved in a mystery while on spring break or teens playing baseball (Opening Day is March 31, after all!):
YA KASISCHKE, L.
While on spring break in Cancun, Mexico, high-school seniors and best friends Anne and Michelle accept the wrong ride and Michelle is lost–seemingly forever.
YA SF ANDERSON, M.
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble while taking a trip to the moon for spring break.
YA PENA, M.
Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.
YA PALMER, R.
Sixteen-year-old Sophie’s dream of meeting her soul mate during spring break in Florida seems to have come true, but she must determine if Jack is really the romantic hero he seems to be, or if ex-boyfriend Michael could be.
YA LIPSYTE, R.
Mike lives for baseball and hopes to follow his idol into the major leagues one day, but he is distracted by a new player who might take his place in center field, an ankle injury, problems at home, and a growing awareness that something sinister is happening at school.
Also, take a look at some of the new titles we’ve just added to the Teen collection:
NEW YA VAUGHT, S.
This novel intertwines the stories of four teenagers who find themselves haunted beyond imagining in the depths of a Kentucky mental institution.
NEW YA LONG, C.
When homeless teenager Marvin realizes his dream of working for the Core, an elite squad of costumed heroes, he discovers that the superstars he’s idolized for so long aren’t the people he thought they were.
NEW YA 362.1969 EAR
A memoir told through the journals, letters, and stories of young cancer patient Esther Earl–the inspiration for John Green’s latest novel The Fault in Our Stars.
NEW YA GREEN, S.
In modern-day England, where witches live alongside humans, Nathan, son of a White witch and the most powerful Black witch, must escape captivity before his seventeenth birthday and receive the gifts that will determine his future.
In honor of the release of the awesome movie trailer for The Maze Runner, here are a few books to pick up if you liked The Maze Runner by James Dashner.
YA FISHER, C.
Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a 17-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl who claims to live on the Outside.
YA SF SMITH, A.
When fourteen-year-old Alex is framed for murder, he becomes an inmate in the Furnace Penitentiary, where brutal inmates and sadistic guards reign, boys who disappear in the middle of the night sometimes return weirdly altered, and escape might just be possible.
YA SF NESS, P.
Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony’s true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.
YA BODEEN, S.
After his parents, two sisters, and he have spent six years in a vast underground compound built by his wealthy father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, fifteen-year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them all.
YA AGUIRRE, A.
In a post-apocalyptic future, fifteen-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong–and dangerous.
The Maze Runner movie trailer was released on YouTube yesterday. Check it out!:
What do you think!? It looks intense! Click here to find The Maze Runner, the book by James Dashner, in the Library if you want to read or re-read it before September when the movie hits the theaters!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Grasshopper Jungle: a history by Andrew Smith. This novel, narrated by sixteen-year-old Austin, is pretty much about every weird thing you can imagine. Austin is chronicling the end of the world, after he and his friend Robby accidentally released a plague of six-foot-tall praying mantises. As he is relaying the account of the end, you also learn about his growing love for both his girlfriend Shann and also his best friend Robby. He is confused, and so in the midst of all the destruction Austin is also just trying to figure out life. Click here to find Grasshopper Jungle: a history in the Library!