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Perfect ChemistryPerfect Chemistry  by Simone Elkeles
YA ELKELES, S.
Perfect Chemistry, was such a good book. It had twists and turns but it was also a book
with romance and people believing in themselves. I loved that about it. I would recommend it to girls and guys ages 14 and up so that they can relate to it.

Review submitted by Lily.

OneThe One by Kiera Cass
YA CASS, K.
I read the book, The One, and I loved the book. It was the third book from The Selection series and the last one. I finally found out who Prince Maxon chose as his wife! I liked it because it was romantic and it had lots of cute moments. I would recommend this to teens and young adults.

Review submitted by Khwaish.

BlackDuckBlack Duck  by Janet Taylor Lisle
YA LISLE, J.
The book is about David Peterson on a mystery to find out who shot the man on the shore and killed him. I like this book because it’s a good mystery book. I would recommend it to those who like mystery books too.

Review submitted by Kasper.

 

FreedomWalkersFreedom Walkers by Russell Freedman
YA 323.1196 FRE
I read a book called Freedom Walkers. It is a non-fiction book and it is about the Bus Boycott. It was interesting to find out about what happened to African Americans before I was born. I would recommend it to anyone trying to find out more about what happened during the Bus Boycott.

Review submitted by Danielle.

markofathenaThe Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
The Mark of Athena is a great book. It is a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting to read more. I would recommend it to people who are looking for an adventure, mysteries, and myths to come to life.

Review submitted by Antonios.

 

lightLight by Michael Grant
YA GRANT, M.
The last book is the end game for the children in the Fayz. The whole series is just great for the people who like supernatural and dystopias.

Review submitted by Elizabeth.

 

Roll of ThunderRoll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
YA TAYLOR, M.
I just finished the book Roll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry. This book was a challenging book to read but overall taught me a lot. The language in this book was very southern and took place around the 1930’s. I would recommend this book to 7th – 9th graders looking for a challenge.

Review submitted by Paige.

 

RebelRebel by Amy Tintera
YA SF TINTERA, A.
Rebel by Amy Tintera is the sequel to Reboot. The human kids when they die, come back to life and the longer they’re dead the more powerful they become. Wren and Callum take Reboots to a camp but the leader is crazy so they leave with other reboots. They go and rescue reboots out of HARC (the people who control the reboots) and get rid of HARC officials.

Review submitted by Colin.

 

LostHeroThe Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan is mainly about these three friends who didn’t know that they were demigods (half human, half god) and trying to survive from monster attacks. I liked this book because there are a lot of adventures. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the Percy Jackson series because this series goes after that series.

Review submitted by Leslie.

 

MockingjayMockingjay by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
Mockingjay is another great book by Suzanne Collins and reminds me of what it takes to win a battle nevertheless a war. It reminds me of what the patriots had to do for America.

Review submitted by James.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 22, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Science Fiction

Book Playlist for Allegiant by Veronica Roth

allegiantAllegiant  by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.

 

 

 

 

 

 
1. “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay
2. “Grenade” by Bruno Mars
3. “Boys Like You” by 360
4. “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons
5. “Demons” by Imagine Dragons
6. “We R Who We R” Ke$ha
7. “The Warrior” by Scandal
8. “Part of Me” by Katy Perry
9. “Sober” by Childish Gambino
10. “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash

Listen to the Playlist:

 

Playlist submitted by Megan.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 21, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Music, Playlist

Reviews by You!

Running DreamThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
YA VAN DRAANEN, W.
The reason why I liked The Running Dream is because it showed you that even though you might be different, you can still make a good friend. Also, it shows children and adults to never give up even if it’s hard. The book is about a girl that gets in a bad accident and has her leg cut off. She overcame the struggles in her everyday life. I would recommend this to people in grades 5th-8th.

Review submitted by Claire.

LikeItNeverHappenedLike It Never Happened by Emily Adrian
YA ADRIAN, E.
The book, Like It Never Happened, is about Rebecca and her four besties, including her boyfriend. She takes a ride home after acting class with her acting teacher and someone tells on her for riding home with her acting teacher a few times.

Review submitted by Chryssa.

Scorch TrialsThe Scorch Trials by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
I read the book The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. It is the second book in the Maze Runner series.  The book is mostly about the Glaciers getting across a giant desert to get a cure for the flare. I liked it because it was really suspenseful and exciting. I would recommend it to my friends because they would enjoy a fast-paced book too.

Review submitted by Theresa.

CatchingFireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
Catching Fire is like a fire getting bigger and noticeable. But the only thing that is different is that you are wanting to go on to continue the adventure.

Review submitted by James.

Serpent_ShadowThe Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
The Serpent’s Shadow is about two siblings who have to fight a giant snake named Apophis. I liked it because it was about mythology. I would recommend it to people who like mythology.

Review submitted by Manisha.

 

Death CloudDeath Cloud by Andy Lane
YA MY LANE, A.
The book that I read was called Death Cloud. It is about young Sherlock Holmes solving a mystery about a cloud of death. I liked it because it was exciting and a fun mystery. I would recommend this to anyone who likes adventure, mystery, and action.

Review submitted by Panagiotis.

 

BiggieBiggie by Derek E. Sullivan
YA SULLIVAN, D.
Biggie is a book about an obese teenager who throws a perfect wiffle ball game to get a girl. So he starts working out and losing weight. I like this book because it is a comeback story. I would recommend this to someone who likes a little bit of love and who understands obesity.

Review submitted by Colin.

 

smallstepsNFSmall Steps: The Year I got Polio by Peg Kehret
YA 362.1968 KEH
The book Small Steps: The Year I got Polio is a great book because from the first page you get hooked on the suspense. You learn about how treatments for polio were found and you can also see pictures of what treatments looked like. I like this book because it was interesting to learn about polio and read about it from a different point of view.  I would recommend this to people who are interested in learning about polio.

Review submitted by Cydaney.

 

fault in our starsThe Fault In Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
I read The Fault In Our Stars. I really enjoyed reading it and I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 10. The book is really sad because Hazel has thyroid cancer.

Review submitted by Thorri.

 

downsidersDownsiders by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.
The book I read was called Downsiders. It was an awesome book because it had a girl and a boy as the main characters. The book uses interesting language and I would recommend it to tweens like me.

Review submitted by Whitney.

Reviews by You!

OneHandedCatchOne-Handed Catch by Mary Jane Auch
YA AUCH, M.
I would read One-Handed Catch because it shows inspiration. No matter what you are going through there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Review submitted by Riley.

 

MilesFromNowhereMiles From Nowhere by Amy Clipston
YA CLIPSTON, A.
Miles from Nowhere is about a girl who gets too much into partying but has her
acting class assignment to sew costumes for the play. I liked this book because
I could not stop reading it.

Review submitted by Chryssa.

 

Running DreamThe Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
YA VAN DRAANEN, W.
I liked the book The Running Dream. I liked it because it was interesting.
I would recommend it to whoever likes sad and dramatic book.

Review submitted by Anna.

 

PlaguePlague by Michael Grant
YA GRANT, M.
After all the adults have disappeared, the food runs out, and the
kids become deceived. The horrors of Perdido Beach continue
with the kids trying to survive a contagious illness. Plague is a good book
for readers who enjoy dystopian books.

Review submitted by Lizzy.

 

QuakeQuake by Patrick Carman
YA SF CARMAN, P.
It’s a very interesting book and I liked it because there’s a lot of action and the reader
never gets bored. If you like dystopian novels with psychic abilities, then this book is
for you. In fact, I recommend the entire series for you.

Review submitted by Emmanuel.

 

TwistedTwisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
YA ANDERSON, L.
This book is about a boy trying to get with the prettiest girl in the school but her dad is
the boss of his dad. Tyler’s dad becomes really mean from the pressure of his job.
I liked it because it was fast-paced and there was never a part I wanted to put the book down. I would recommend this to someone who likes a little romance and danger.

Review submitted by Colin.

 

5th WaveThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
YA SF YANCEY, R.
The 5th Wave was such a good read, it was action filled and a very good read.

Review submitted by Steven.

 

FalsePrinceThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
YA NIELSEN, J.
The False Prince is about a kid who has to pretend to be a prince. I liked it because
it had action, humor, and other topics that I like. I would recommend it to kids aged
10-16 but most ages can read it.

Review submitted by Manisha.

 

LeviathanLeviathan by Scott Westerfeld
YA SF WESTERFELD, S.
Leviathan is a fiction book that is an alternate version of the War of 1812. I like the book because of the concepts of animals vs. machinery. I would recommend it to people who like history and sci-fi.

Review submitted by Pax.

 

TempestRisingTempest Rising by Tracy Deebs
YA DEEBS, T.
Tempest Rising is a story about a girl whose mother is a mermaid and eventually she turns into one herself. I like it because it was exciting and filled with exciting twists and turns. I would recommend it to people who like fantasy and adventure.

Review submitted by Alexandra.

 

Book Playlist for The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

HungerGamesThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

YA COLLINS, S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. “Safe And Sound” by Taylor Swift feat. The Civil Wars

2. “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry

3. “Keep Holding On” by Avril Lavigne

4. “Fences” by Paramore

5. “This Is War” by 30 Seconds to Mars

6. “Uprising” by Muse

7. “Fly” by Nicki Minaj feat. Rihanna

8. “Eyes Open” by Taylor Swift

9. “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys

10. “Without You” by David Guetta feat. Usher

 

Listen to the playlist:

Playlist submitted by Thorri.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 29, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Music, Playlist

Book Playlist for Hit by Delilah S. Dawson

hitHit
by Delilah S. Dawson
YA DAWSON, D.

1. “School”  by Nirvana
2. “Aneurysm” by Nirvana
3. “Silver”  by Nirvana
4. “Love Story” by Taylor Swift
5. “One” by Metallica
6. “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen
7. “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People
8. “Jenny Was a Friend of Mine” by The Killers
9. “Man Down” by Rihanna
10. “Price Tag” by Jessie J

Listen to the Playlist:

Playlist submitted by Colin.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 23, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Music, Playlist

Summary of Catching Fire submitted by Dan

Check out this excellent summary of Catching Fire, submitted by teen patron Dan, as part of the Teen Summer Reading program! (Some spoilers ahead if you haven’t read the books yet!)

CatchingFireCatching Fire

by Suzanne Collins

YA COLLINS, S.

It has been 6 months since Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the seventy fourth Hunger Games. After the victory Katniss is home hunting in the woods. Katniss has to go to each district to celebrate her victory.  Snow, or President Snow, and Panem have to be convinced she is in love with Peeta. Snow was furious that Katniss’s act started a rebellion. Now Katniss’s family and friends have become targets by the capitol. It is up to Katniss to save her friends and family.  Katniss is in danger and she must act fast. There are secrets to be found and Katniss must find those secrets. Katniss hates President Snow for putting her in such a bad position, and for looking bad in front of everyone. Now because of Snow’s hatred of Katniss, she faces difficult tasks. Katniss was told by her friend Gale that there is no longer a District 12.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 17, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Reviews By You, Science Fiction

Summer Book Talk Read-a-Likes!

Hearing some interesting book talks at your school?  Check out these read-a-likes for all the titles we are talking about this year. Chances are these hot books will all be checked out so you have even more options with these read-a-likes!

 

FatBoyvCheerleadersFat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders by Geoff Herbach

YA HERBACH, G.

AuRevoirFat kidStupid Fast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read-a-Likes

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

YA SCHREIBER, J.

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

YA GOING, K.

Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

YA HERBACH, G.

 

ConspiracyofUsThe Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

YA HALL, M.

SecretSocietyBookBloodShdadowchangeling

Read-a-Likes

Secret Society by Tom Dolby

YA DOLBY, T.

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman

YA WASSERMAN, R.

Changeling by Philippa Gregory

YA GREGORY, P.

 

 

SoundLettingGoThe Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe

YA KEHOE, S.

LivvieOwenThis song will save your lifeDJ Rising

Read-a-Likes

Livvie Owen Lived Here by Sarah Dooley

YA DOOLEY, S.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

YA SALES, L.

DJ Rising by Love Maia

YA MAIA, L.

 

OutNowhereOut of Nowhere by Maria Padian

YA PADIAN, M.

NowTimeRunningGoodBraiderKick

Read-a-Likes

Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams

YA WILLIAMS, M.

The Good Braider by Terry Farish

YA FARISH, T.

Kick by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman

YA MYERS, W.

 

KidneyHypotheticalThe Kidney Hypothetical, or, How to Ruin Your Life in Seven Days by Lisa Yee

YA YEE, L.

CurveballPersonalEffectsAfterEli

Read-a-Likes

Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

YA SONNENBLICK, J.

Personal Effects by E.M. Kokie

YA KOKIE, E.

After Eli by Rebecca Rupp

YA RUPP, R.

 

BlackDoveBlack Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

YA WEIN, E.

Code NameCallMeByNameSummerofKings

Read-a-Likes

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

YA WEIN, E.

Call Me by My Name by John Ed Bradley

YA BRADLEY, J.

A Summer of Kings by Han Nolan

YA NOLAN, H.

 

ZeroboxerZeroboxer by Fonda Lee

YA SF LEE, F.

Blood Red RoadWhyIFightSoulbound

Read-a-Likes

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

YA YOUNG, M.

Why I Fight by J. Adams Oaks

YA OAKS, J.

Soulbound by Heather Brewer

YA BREWER, H.

 

ChallengerDeepChallenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

YA SHUSTERMAN, N.

NightIDisappearedMeMyselfIkeKingPygmies

Read-a-Likes

The Night I Disappeared by Julie Reece Deaver

YA DEAVER, J.

Me, Myself and Ike by K.L. Denman

YA DENMAN, K.

King of the Pygmies by Jonathon Scott Fuqua

YA FUQUA, S.

 

EndangeredEndangered by Lamar Giles

YA MY GILES, L.

Wish you were deadMorgue and MePicturePerfect

Read-a-Likes

Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser

YA STRASSER, T.

The Morgue and Me by John C. Ford

YA MY FORD, J.

Picture Perfect by Elaine Marie Alphin

YA ALPHIN, E.

 

EmberAshesAn Ember in Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

YA TAHIR, S.

ThroneGlassOrphanQueenFalsePrince

Read-a-Likes

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

YA MAAS, S.

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

YA MEADOWS, J.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

YA NIELSEN, J.

 

GameLoveDeathThe Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

YA BROCKENBROUGH, M.

 

OtherSideDarkRiverBetweenUsRuined

Read-a-Likes

The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith

YA SMITH, S.

The River Between Us by Richard Peck

YA PECK, R.

Ruined by Paula Morris

YA MORRIS, P.

 

UndertowUndertow by Michael Buckley

YA BUCKLEY, M.

 

ViciousDeepTempestRisingTeam Human

Read-a-Likes

The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova

YA CORDOVA, Z.

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs

YA DEEBS, T.

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier

YA LARBALESTIER, J.

 

KillerEnemiesKiller of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac

YA SF BRUCHAC, J.

RotRuinenclaveEveryOtherDay

Read-a-Likes

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

YA MABERRY, J.

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

YA AGUIRRE, A.

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

YA BARNES, J.

 

Eye of MindsThe Eye of Minds by James Dashner

YA SF DASHNER, J.

InsigniaFor the Winz

Read-a-Likes

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

YA SF KINCAID, S.

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

YA SF DOCTOROW, C.

Z by Michael Thomas Ford

YA SF FORD, M.

 

ShelterShelter by Harlan Coben

YA MY COBEN, H.

BodyWoodsWhereverNinaLiesRealityCheck

Read-a-Likes

The Body in the Woods by April Henry

YA MY HENRY, A.

Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten

YA WEINGARTEN, L.

Reality Check by Peter Abrahams

YA ABRAHAMS, P.

 

FinisherFinisher by David Baldacci

YA BALDACCI, D.

SabrielRecklessHalfWorld

Read-a-Likes

Sabriel by Garth Nix

YA NIX, G.

Reckless by Cornelia Funke

YA FUNKE, C.

Half World by Hiromi Goto

YA GOTO, H.

 

WhiteSpaceWhite Space by Isla Bick

YA BICK, I.

SecretHourGatheringDarkDaughterSmokeBone

Read-a-Likes

The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

YA SF WESTERFELD, S.

The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson

YA JOHNSON, C.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

YA TAYLOR, L.

 

falconerThe Falconer by Elizabeth May

YA MAY, E.

clockwork scarabgreatterriblebeautygirlsteelcorset

Read-a-Likes

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

YA MY GLEASON, C.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

YA BRAY, L.

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

YA CROSS, K.

 

AfterworldsAfterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

YA WESTERFELD, S.

FangirlOtherNormalsSerendiptyMarket

Read-a-Likes

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

YA ROWELL, R.

The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini

YA VIZZINI, N.

Serendipity Market by Penny Blubaugh

YA BLUBAUGH, P.

 

MadmansDaughterThe Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

YA SF SHEPHERD, M.

ThisDarkEndeavorOriginDrFranklin

Read-a-Likes

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

YA OPPEL, K.

Origin by Jessica Khoury

YA KHOURY, J.

Dr. Franklin’s Island by Ann Halam

YA SF HALAM, A.

 

WildflowerWildflower by Alicia Whitaker

YA WHITAKER, A.

SomebodyEverybodyOpenRoadSummerRockStarSuperstar

Read-a-Likes

Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supplee

YA SUPPLEE, S.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

YA LORD, E.

Rock Star Superstar by Blake Nelson

YA NELSON, B.

 

GoodSisterThe Good Sister by Jaime Kain

YA KAIN, J.

13 Reasons WhyPleaseIgnoreSummerLettingGo

Read-a-Likes

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

YA ASHER, J.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

YA KING, A.

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner

YA POLISNER, G.

 

StoryofOwenThe Story of Owen, Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston

YA JOHNSTON, E.

SlayersLastDragonslayerFirstKill

Read-a-Likes

Slayers by C.J. Hill

YA HILL, C.

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

YA FFORDE, J.

First Kill by Heather Brewer

YA BREWER, H.

 

DontTouchDon’t Touch by Rachel Wilson

YA WILSON, R.

saywhatyouwillUnlikelyHeroWaitingForYou

Read-a-Likes

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

YA MCGOVERN, C.

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13 B by Teresa Toten

YA TOTEN, T.

Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti

YA COLASANTI, S.

 

IllusionsFateIllusions of Fate by Keirsten White

YA WHITE, K.

EvernightLegacyDeadBeautiful

Read-a-Likes

Evernight by Claudia Gray

YA GRAY, C.

Legacy by Molly Cochran

YA COCHRAN, M.

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

YA WOON, Y.

 

IllGiveYouSunI’ll Give You the Sun by Allison Jandy

YA JANDY, A.

WillGraysonNoParkingBeatleMeets

Read-a-Likes

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

YA GREEN, J.

No Parking At the End Times by Bryan Bliss

YA BLISS, B.

Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams

YA WILLIAMS, G.

 

WhatsLeftWhat’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

YA SF ZHANG, K.

HostStartersSoulprint

Read-a-Likes

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

YA MEYER, S.

Starters by Lissa Price

YA SF PRICE, L.

Soulprint by Megan Miranda

YA SF MIRANDA, M.

 

PreyThe Prey by Tom Isbell

YA ISBELL, T.

AshesPulse5th Wave

Read-a-Likes

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

YA BICK, I.

Pulse by Patrick Carman

YA SF CARMAN, P.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

YA SF YANCEY, R.

 

Book Trailer of the Week– Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Click here to find Red Queen in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 24, 2015 Categories: Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance

YALSA Announces Teens’ Top Ten Nominees!

Check out the video below to see the nominees and then click on a title to find it in our collection.  The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Teens will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week for their favorites and the winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.