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Angel Experiment Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
by James Patterson
A very good book. There were many surprises along the way. It is well written and keeps you interested.
Review submitted by Emma.
Black Duck
by Janet Taylor Lisle
I thought that the book Black Duck was an OK book. It is about a boy who finds a buddy on the beach and then a series of events happens leading him into the drug smuggling world.
Review submitted by Sam.
Unwanteds The Unwanteds
by Lisa McMann
I liked this book because it is full of adventure. I recommend it to anyone who likes adventures in 6th grade and older.
Review submitted by Alexa.
Running Dream The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen
This book was inspiring and one I could not put down. I recommend this book for a lot of people to show them that they do have it easy. I loved this book.
Review submitted by Emily.
Long Way Gone A Long Way Gone
by Ishmael Beah
This book is about the lost boys in Africa. It is an action packed and violent true story about Ishmael’s journey. I would recommend this to those in grades 6-12.
Review submitted by Sara.
Put Your Best Foot Forward Put Your Best Foot Forward: A Young Dancer’s Guide to Life
by Suki Schorer
I found this book very interesting and helpful for being a young ballerina. Do not read if you do not take ballet, it would be very confusing.
Review submitted by Cora.
Number4 I am Number 4
by Pittacus Lore
I am Number 4 by Pittacus Lore is a superb science-fiction book. It’s about a boy who is from another planet that was destroyed/taken over. He has powers like super speed and strength. He has to save Earth from Mogadorians.
Review submitted by Abby.
Strong Right Arm A Strong Right Arm
by Michelle Y. Green
I loved this book. It showed racism back then and how Peanut Johnson overcame it. I recommend to everybody.
Review submitted by Tony.
The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank is the personal diary of Anne, who grew into adulthood while in hiding from the Nazis in the attic of a work building. It takes you day to day in her life and shows a great example of the Nazi’s oppression against the Jews during WWII.
Review submitted by Merrily.
Project 17 Project 17
by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Project 17 is a great book about teens coming from all backgrounds and school groups to create a movie about a mental institution that is about to be destroyed. It’s a great, suspense-filled novel that all will enjoy.
Review submitted by Rachel.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 2, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Science Fiction

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

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

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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

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (reviewed by Colleen, Teen Services Librarian)

Coldest Girl in ColdtownThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown

by Holly Black

A girl.  A vampire.  A disease, and a quarantined city.  Trust me this is nothing like Twilight–it is so much better!  I have to admit, I was a little skeptical when I heard that one of my favorite authors was going to write a vampire novel.   However, I was sure that if anyone could give a new spin to the vampire genre, it was Holly Black. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown starts with a grisly scene.  We meet Tana as she wakes up in a bathtub.  She must have fallen asleep the night before at the party, or passed out…  Either way, as she makes her way through the house, she uncovers horror after horror as most of the partygoers have all been killed.  Tana knows that only one thing could have created this gory scene: vampires.  In Tana’s world, vampirism is a disease that has been spread like any epidemic.  Once bitten by a vampire, a person has 88 days to sweat out the disease.  As long as they don’t submit to the craving of human blood, the infection will clear up.  Very few, however, can resist the craving.  Once infected, a human must enter a Coldtown, or quarantined areas of cities that were created to contain the spread of the disease.  Coldtowns are seen by some as very glamorous.  There are a ton of feeds and videos coming out of the Coldtowns, on different social networking sites, that show all the fabulous parties, fashion, and different trends in these strange cities.

As Tana tries to escape the gruesome aftermath of the party, she unknowingly comes upon her ex-boyfriend who was bitten and survived.  She also finds the vampire Gavriel.  Without giving too much away, Gavriel was at the house against his will.  Tana, also possibly infected, can only come up with one plan: to take Gavriel and Aidan to the nearest Coldtown.  What follows is Tana and Aidan’s fight against infection, the unraveling mystery of the eccentric Gavriel and his dedication to Tana, their fight to survive life in the Coldtown, and a ton of other colorful characters and action and adventure.

As I said before, I was not disappointed by the awesomeness of this book!  However, knowing how much I love Holly Black’s character development and plot turns in her past novels, I don’t know why I doubted her.  Like her previous books the Curseworkers series, Tithe, and Valiant, Black brings you into this novel with an attention-grabbing beginning that just keeps getting better as you keep reading.  The pace is fast and engrossing, and I love all the characters that Black created.  Tana is a kick-butt, but damaged girl, whose attraction to danger gets her into a lot of trouble.  She was very interesting to read, and you never really knew what Tana would do next, but she was also very much a sympathetic character because she cared so much for those around her.  Her ex-boyfriend Aidan provided a lot of comic relief, but also some uncertainty because he was infected.  And finally, there was Gavriel, who by no means is an Edward Cullen clone.  Gavriel was mad, literally, which made him so unpredictable that you honestly don’t know if he is in love with Tana or if he wants to kill her.   The mystery of how Gavriel was driven mad is unraveled slowly, which makes the reader read that much faster.  Additionally, supporting characters that pop up along the way to and in Coldtown are colorful and crazy and add so much to the story.

Definitely pick this book up if you are a fan of the supernatural and/or vampires.  Also pick this book up if you want a fast-paced, exciting read that you can’t put down.  Click here to find The Coldest Girl in Coldtown in the Library!

This book is recomended for readers in high school and older.

The author, Holly Black, will be visiting the Mount Prospect Public Library on Tuesday, September 10, at 7 p.m.  She will be talking about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and signing books.  Click here to register for the event!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 4, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Events, Fantasy, Fiction, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal

Reviews by You!

Delirium Delirium
by Lauren Oliver
The USA has been full of lies. Lies that love is a terrible disease that can lead to death. Wilds and Invalids from outside the borders will kill. Later on in the story, one group of kids makes it across to the Wilds.
Review submitted by Sofia.
Tenth Circle The Tenth Circle
by Jodi Picoult
Trixie lives in a small twon in New Hampshire, but when she gets date raped by the hockey star of her school, most people don’t believe hr story, especially when big holes are found in it. So is Trixie telling the truth or lying to get back at her ex?
Review submitted by Paige.
Found Found
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Found is this really great book that involves time travel and is kind of complicated with a spectacular cliff hanger of an ending. I think there is a whole seris so read them all!
Review submitted by Lia.
Lions of Little Rock The Lions of Little Rock
by Kristine Levine
The Lions of Little Rock was a great book. Many of the plots happened unexpectedly, making you want to keep reading. This is a book I would recommend to people who like historical fiction and realistic fiction.
Review submitted by Jenna.
Al Capone Shine Shoes Al Capone Shines My Shoes
by Gennifer Choldenko
I really enjoyed the book Al Capone Shines My Shoes. It had a lot of action and suspense in the right places. It was also cool to see Alcatraz from the view of Moose who is my age. The ending had some twists I loved and I think you would enjoy, including a stolen baby.
Review submitted by Mia.
Speak Speak
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Very good book.  It is interesting about how the point is getting to explain what happened.
Review submitted by Emma.
HungerGames The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
It’s about 12 districts tht fight to the death for a final winner. Katniss gets inolved in a love triangle with Peeta and Gale.
Review submitted by Becca.
Breaking Through Breaking Through
by Fransisco Jimenez
It is about a boy who is an immigrant and comes to America. He has many struggles but finds his way.
Review submitted by Samantha.
Pharohs secret The Pharaoh’s Secret
by Marissa Moss
Talibah and Adom accompany her father to Egypt. Someone has tried to erase King Hatchesput from history. Adom and Talibah go through an adventure to stop this person from taking King Hatchesput from history.
Review submitted by Sofia.
Behemoth Behemoth
by Scott Westerfeld
I think you should read this book and the book before this one because this book is action packed and suspenceful at every turn. I can’t wait to read the next book and hope you pick up this one.
Review submitted by Cameron.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 28, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You

Book Trailer of the Week– Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Unbreakable by Kami GarciUnbreakable doesn’t hit bookshelves until October, but this trailer was so good that we had to post it now.  Kami Garcia is one of the authors that wrote the Beautiful Creatures series.  Unbreakable is Garcia’s first book in a new series that centers on ghost hunters.  Check out the trailer and then click here to place a hold on Unbreakable at the Library

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 23, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Reviews by You!

IdTellYouILoveYou I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You
by Ally Carter
This was a really nice book. I love that Cammie is a spy and that there is a whole school for spies. It’s a great book that makes you want to read it over and over.
Review submitted by Tania.
night of the purple moon Night of the Purple Moon
by Scott Cramer
This book was really nice to read. It was so interesting that I finished it in one day!
Review submitted by Jill.
oogy Oogy
by Larry Levin
Oogy is a book about a dog disfigured but so passionately loved by just one family. The bond between the dog and humans show just how hard you can love something/someone.
Review submitted by Kate.
Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
Kids are stranded on an island and must survive. They have chosen a chief but many people disagree and drift off to make another team. Also a “beast” exists. Find out about it by reading it.
Review submitted by Atit.
Girl who threw butterflies The Girl Who Threw Butterflies
Mick Cochrane
I liked this book because I can really relate to books that are realistic fiction. It’s as if I know the person and understand what they’re going through.
Review submitted by Allison.
New Moon New Moon
by Stephenie Meyer
Bella has learned about the vampire world, but it all is gone when Edward leaves her. She is depressed until that world comes back. Her best friend is a werewolf and some old enemies come out looking for a bite.
Review submitted by Stephanie.
Parvanas Journey Parvana’s Journey
by Deborah Ellis
In this book, Parvana goes on a journey to find her family. On this journey, Parvana comes across many struggles, but manages to keep moving on.
Review submitted by Janae.
Crushed Crushed
by Sara Shepard
This is the newest edition to the Pretty Little Liars series. Hanna, Spencer, Emily, and Aria are back with thrilling adventures from “A” at their senior prom. Relationships will be tested and trust will play a big role throughout the book.
Review submitted by Kendall.
CatchingFire Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins
This book was better than the first one, and the first one was one of my favorite books of all time. It was very exciting and has a huge surprise in it. It is a 10 out of 10.
Review submitted by Ravi.
Code The Code
by Mawi Adgedom
In my opinion, I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to everybody because this book talks about life. That is why I think everyone should read it at least once.
Review submitted by Angelica.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 21, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal