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YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Nominees Announced today!

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!

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The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Of Triton by Anna Banks

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Love In The Time Of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

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The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

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Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

Splintered by A.G. Howard

Teardrop by Lauren Kate

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 Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

 Monument 14: Sky On Fire by Emmy Laybourne

Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

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Winger by Andrew Smith

A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Tucholke

In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Spring Break Reads for Teens

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!):

FeatheredFeathered by Laura Kasischke

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.

feedFeed by M.T. Anderson

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.

Mexican White BoyMexican White Boy by Matt de la Peña

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.

Little Miss RedLittle Miss Red by Robin Palmer

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.

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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:

InsanityInsanity by Susan Vaught

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.

Hero WorshipHero Worship by Christopher E. Long

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.

This Star Wont Go OutThis Star Won’t Go Out: the life and words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl with Lori and Wayne Earl

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.

 

Half BadHalf Bad by Sally Green

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.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 26, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Guys Reads, Mystery, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

If you like The Maze Runner…

Maze RunnerIn 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.

 

IncarceronIncarceron by Catherine Fisher

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.

 

lockdownLockdown: Escape from the Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith

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.

 

KnifeThe Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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.

 

compoundThe Compound by S.A. Bodeen

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.

 

enclaveEnclave by Ann Aguirre

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.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 20, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Guys Reads, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Strong Female Characters in Teen Lit!

March is Women’s History Month. If you’re looking to celebrate by reading a teen novel with a strong female lead, then check out this list!

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Enclave by Ann Aguirre

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.

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

YA BLOCK, F.

After a devastating earthquake destroys the West Coast, causing seventeen-year-old Penelope to lose her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother, she navigates a dark world, holding hope and love in her hands and refusing to be defeated.

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

YA CARRIGER, G.

In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

YA CASHORE, K.

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth

YA DANFORTH, L.

In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

YA JORDAN, S.

When sixteen-year-old Jacinda, who can change into a dragon, is forced to move away from her community of shapeshifters and start a more normal life, she falls in love with a boy who proves to be her most dangerous enemy.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

YA LAFEVERS, R.

In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts–and a violent destiny.

Huntress by Malinda Lo

YA LO, M.

Seventeen-year-olds Kaede and Taisin are called to go on a dangerous and unprecedented journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen, in an effort to restore the balance of nature in the human world.

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

YA MEAD, R.

Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots.

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

YA MOULTON, C.

A seventeen-year-old girl discovers she has the reincarnated soul of an ancient warrior destined to battle the reapers–monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

YA ROTH, V.

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

YA ST. CROW, L.

Sixteen-year-old Dru’s psychic abilities helped her father battle zombies and other creatures of the “Real World,” but now she must rely on herself, a “werwulf”-bitten friend, and a half-human vampire hunter to learn who murdered her parents, and why.

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Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

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.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

YA SEPETYS, R.

Josie, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a French Quarter prostitute, is striving to escape 1950 New Orleans and enroll at prestigious Smith College when she becomes entangled in a murder investigation.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

YA STIEFVATER, M.

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

YA TAYLOR, L.

Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

YA WEIN, E.

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin

YA ZEVIN, G.

In a future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband, teenage cellphone use is illegal, and water and paper are carefully rationed, sixteen-year-old Anya Balanchine finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight as heir apparent to an important New York City crime family.

Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

YA SF DE LA CRUZ, M.

More than a century after a catastrophic disaster wiped out most of humanity and covered much of the earth with ice, fifteen-year-old Cass yields to the voice in her head urging her to embark on a dangerous journey across a poisoned sea to the mythical land, Blue.

Legend by Marie Lu

YA SF LU, M.

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

YA SF MEYER, M.

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth

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Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family’s struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci

YA GRAPH CASTELLUCCI

When transfer student Jane is forced to move from the confines of Metro City to Suburbia, she thinks her life is over. But there she finds her tribe: three other girls named Jane. The four girls form a secret art gang, but can art really save the hell that is high school? Young adult.

Check out the latest Divergent trailer!

It looks so good!  What do you think of the movie’s interpretation of the dystopian Chicago setting?  We think it’s pretty cool that to see what a possible future Chicago could look like!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 5, 2014 Categories: Dystopian, Movies, Trending

Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama

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by Hajime Isayama, translated and adapted by Sheldon Drzka, lettered by Steve Wands

Attack on Titan is a relatively new manga and anime series.  The manga was first published in Japan in 2010, it hit stateside in 2012 and the series currently is in its eleventh volume, published this month.  It is much better known as an anime series, apparently the art is better, but I have yet to figure out how to watch it (apparently you can stream it online) so I decided to start out by reading the manga.  I have been hearing a lot of good things about it and I was not disappointed!

The basic storyline of Attack on Titan (summarized from my reading of volumes 1 and 2) is that world has been overrun by Titans.  They are scary, ugly, creepy, and destructive giants.  They eat humans, though they don’t seem to need to eat humans to stay alive, and the only way to kill them is to attack the back of the base of their neck–hacking away until you have killed them.  Trying to kill them any other way only leads to the titan’s regeneration.  To survive, the remaining humans have built a large structure of different levels of walls.  Think of it like a bullseye–each wall protecting different classes of citizens, and a military force to protect the walls with a lot of high tech gear.  In the first volume, we meet Eren, Armin, and Mikasa three teens who have never seen outside the wall.  Eren longs to explore the outside world, however, as he is on the verge of leaving the city the three teens are almost killed when a colossus titan destroys the first wall and allows the smaller titans to invade and eat the humans. Narrowly escaping, the teens end up training for military service and the series continues to follow the three as they battle the titans.

I have read the first two volumes in this series, and I can’t wait to read the rest!  It is really a fascinating story, and I think the most appealing thing is learning more and more about the Titans, their history, and what the humans can do to try and survive and destroy the titans.  Yes, some of the art of this manga is pretty basic, and I have seen some stills from the anime so I can understand why it is the better of the two when it comes to the art.  But some of the manga art really makes the titans seem even more creepy.  Check out a couple below:

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Here’s a look at the Colossus Titan.

 

 

 

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Here’s a Titan about to eat Eren’s mother

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, if you like manga with high action, some sci-fi and fantasy, some scary elements, and a really good story, then you should definitely check out Attack on TitanClick here to find the first book in the series at the Library!

 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 8, 2014 Categories: Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– the first clip released from Divergent the movie!

Interesting choice for the first official clip from the upcoming Divergent movie, since it is a quiet and emotional moment between Tris and four.  But it is a great look at what to expect from the two actors who will portray the two main characters.  Here it is:

What did you think!?  Divergent will hit movie theaters in March 2014.  If you haven’t read any of the books in the trilogy or you want to re-read them, follow the links below to find them in the Library!

Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

  1. Divergent
  2. Insurgent
  3. Allegiant

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 27, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction, Movies

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

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by Joelle Charbonneau

The Testing is not your average dystopian– I have been reading plenty of dystopian novels lately and when  I came across The Testing, I knew I had to check it out.  Yes, there is a strict and some may say corrupt government in place which puts its young people through trials, however this is where this dystopian differs from the rest.  In order to attend college, those who live in the United Commonwealth must participate in the Testing.  For Cia, who desperately wants to attend college, her chances of qualifying for the Testing are very limited, since there have been no candidates from her colony selected to take part in the Testing for years. This year, however, there are four and Cia is one of them.  Cia knows she will never see her family again, but she hopes that it is because she has passed the Testing and enters college and not because she failed.  Cia knows that if someone fails they are never seen again.  Cia’s father participated and passed the Testing.  Before she leaves he warns her to not trust anyone.  It is then that Cia knows the Testing is more dangerous than she ever could have imagined.

This novel really picks up when Cia enters Tosu City to participate in the series of exams to determine her fate.  At first they just seem rigorous, but as Cia continues to advance, the tests become more and more intense and soon it is not a fight to attend college, but a fight to stay alive.  As Cia progresses, she also begins to make allies and enemies.  Her strongest ally is Tomas, who is from her colony but who she barely knew while growing up.  As they get closer and rely on each other more, a romance forms, and when they enter the last test– a physical show of force as students fight to survive a trek through dangerous territories riddle with traps and deadly competition–Cia and Tomas will do everything they can to be sure each survives. 

I would definitely recommend The Testing to anyone that likes dystopian fiction, especially fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.  It’s also a good read for those who like a lot of action and adventure, but be warned: there are some gruesome scenes in this novel!  Also be sure to look out for the sequel to The Testing, Independent Study, which hits bookshelves in January!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 25, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Staff Pics

Reviews by You!

We'll Always Have summer We’ll Always Have Summer
by Jenny Han
Belly has always loved Conrad, but dated his brother Jeremiah. When Jeremiah proposes she expects although she doesn’t love him like she should. The wedding gets closer and Belly keeps waiting for Conrad’s love. Will she ever be loved by him?
Review submitted by Paige.
Confederacy of Dunces A Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole
This book is hilarious, one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. The characters are so well developed.
Review submitted by Jake.
HungerGames The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
I thought this book was amazing! I’ve read it many times before and I just couldn’t put it down!
Review submitted by Josephine.
Digital Fortress Digital Fortress
by Dan Brown
This book follows NSA employee Susan Fletcher and fiancé David Becher as the agency struggles to crack a seemingly unbreakable code. I enjoyed this book because it has plenty of twists and action and makes you keep reading.
Review submitted by Ellen.
Crossing the Wire Crossing the Wire
by Will Hobbs
This book is packed with adventure as a boy tries to cross the border into the U.S. to work and support his family in his hometown in Mexico. I would highly recommend this book for anyone entering 8th grade or higher.
Review submitted by Michael.
Running Dream The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen
A book that proves you can do what others think impossible. 5 stars!
Review submitted by Sydney.
I Emma Freke I, Emma Freke
by Elizabeth Atkinson
This book was about a girl named Emma. She never really fit in and only had one friend. She doesn’t know who her dad is or that side of the family. She was invited to a reunion from her dad’s side. When Emma comes back she is a new person. I thought this was a great book.
Review submitted by Kendall.
HungerGames The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
This book is amazing! It’s romantic, gross, a cliff hanger, adventurous, and more! I loved it!
Review submitted by Julia.
It Happened to Nancy It Happened to Nancy
by Anonymous
When Nancy is raped, her attacker leaves something behind that Nancy will never be able to forget, the HIV virus. As the virus rages through her body, Nancy must come to terms with herself before it is too late.
Review submitted by Paige.
flowers for algernon Flowers for Algernon
by Daniel Keyes
Imagine a dream of yours. Imagine that you have it but then it is taken away from you. This is what happened to the main character in Flowers for Algernon. His dream was to be smart, and he was smart until it was taken away from him. This book would be best for 8th graders and older.
Review submitted by Michael

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 21, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Historical Fiction, Issues, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance

Join us to celebrate the release of Catching Fire!

On Sunday, November 17 celebrate the movie release of Catching Fire (11./22), the second in the Hunger Games trilogy. Learn how to make yourself over with our own Cinna, create a craft, and test your knowledge of Suzanne Collins’ series. You might even win a prize! Dress up like your favorite character from the series and enjoy snacks and refreshments.  For teens in grades 6 – 12.  Click here to register in advance!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 14, 2013 Categories: Dystopian, Events, Fiction