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Book Trailer of the Week– Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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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.

Young Adult Fiction Universe: Great Site to find a Good Read!

yafu-logoVisit Young Adult Fiction Universe, a review site created by Chicago area teen – Anastasia. There are over sixty detailed reviews on the site with more added each month. The site focuses on lesser known titles and includes books from different genres. Another cool feature is the “star” rating system given to each book. Check out Anastasia’s site and come away with great  reading ideas!

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on April 16, 2015 Categories: Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal, Trending

Teen Novels in Verse

April is National Poetry Month! Check out the list below of some amazing novels in verse to get you started celebrating all things poetry!

AudaciousAudacious by Gabrielle Prendergast

YA PRENDERGAST, G.

Sixteen-year-old Raphaelle says the wrong thing, antagonizes the wrong people and has the wrong attitude. She can’t do anything right except draw, but she draws the wrong pictures. When her father moves the family to a small prairie city, Raphaelle wants to make a new start. Reborn as “Ella,” she tries to fit in at her new school. She’s drawn to Samir, a Muslim boy in her art class, and expresses her confused feelings in explicit art. When a classmate texts a photo of Ella’s art to a younger friend, the fallout spreads throughout Ella’s life, threatening to destroy her already-fragile family.

LiesKnivesLies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge

YA KOERTGE, R.

Free-verse reveals true stories behind well-known fairy tales, some reset in modern times, as a strung-out match girl sells CDs to drug users, Little Red Riding Hood admits that she wanted to know what it is like to be swallowed whole, and Cinderella’s stepsisters are duped.

TwoGirlsStaringCeilingTwo Girls Staring at the Ceiling by Lucy Frank

YA FRANK, L.

In this novel in verse, two very different girls bond while hospitalized for Crohn’s disease.

NixMinusOneNix Minus One by Jill MacLean

YA MACLEAN, J.

More skilled at woodworking than communicating, Nix Humbolt seeks the words to deal with high school expectations, his extroverted sister, and his neighbor’s neglected dog.

HiddenHidden by Helen Frost

YA FROST, H.

When fourteen-year-olds Wren and Darra meet at a Michigan summer camp, both are overwhelmed by memories from six years earlier when Darra’s father stole a car, unaware that Wren was hiding in the back.

tiltTilt by Ellen Hopkins

YA HOPKINS, E.

Three teens, connected by their parents’ bad choices, tell in their own voices of their lives and loves as Shane finds his first boyfriend, Mikayla discovers that love can be pushed too far, and Harley loses herself in her quest for new experiences.

KissBrokenGlassKiss of Broken Glass by by Madeleine Kuderick

YA KUDERICK, M.

A tale told through evocative verse chronicles a mandatory seventy-two-hour psychiatric evaluation of a teen who has been caught cutting herself in an effort to feel alive.

AndWeStayAnd We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

YA HUBBARD, J.

Sent to an Amherst, Massachusetts, boarding school after her ex-boyfriend shoots himself, seventeen-year-old Emily expresses herself through poetry as she relives their relationship, copes with her guilt, and begins to heal.

formerlysharkgirlFormerly Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

YA BINGHAM, K.

Surviving a shark attack that cost her an arm, Jane, an aspiring artist, reevaluates her ambitions and sense of identity while harboring a crush on her attractive tutor and considering a relationship with a boy from her science class.

LanguageInsideThe Language Inside by Holly Thompson

YA THOMPSON, H.

Raised in Japan, American-born tenth-grader Emma is disconcerted by a move to Massachusetts for her mother’s breast cancer treatment, because half of Emma’s heart remains with her friends recovering from the tsunami.

MyBookLifeMy Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt

YA LEAVITT, M.

16-year-old Angel struggles to free herself from the trap of prostitution in which she is caught.

GoodBraiderThe Good Braider by Terry Farish

YA FARISH, T.

Follows Viola as she survives brutality in war-torn Sudan, makes a perilous journey, lives as a refugee in Egypt, and finally reaches Portland, Maine, where her quest for freedom and security is hampered by memories of past horrors and the traditions her mother and other Sudanese adults hold dear. Includes historical facts and a map of Sudan.

SoundLettingGoThe Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe

YA KEHOE, S.

At seventeen, Daisy feels imprisoned by her brother Steven’s autism and its effects and her only escape is through her trumpet into the world of jazz, but when her parents decide to send Steven to an institution she is not ready to let him go.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 1, 2015 Categories: Drama, Fantasy, Issues, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Staff Pics

Book Trailer of the Week– The Finisher by David Baldacci

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 27, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery

Happy St. Patrick’s Day–Pick up an Irish-themed teen read!

artemisfowlArtemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

YA COLFER, E.

When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.

whyIletmyhairgrowoutWhy I Let My Hair Grow Out by Maryrose Wood

YA WOOD, M.

On a bike trip in Ireland trying to recover from a broken heart, sixteen-year-old Morgan is transformed, not only by the others on the tour, but by her visits to the past, where she is believed to be the legendary half-goddess Morganne, sent to help end a faery curse.

carrierofthemarkCarrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

YA FALLON, L.

Instantly drawn to a mysterious, alluring boy in her class, teenaged Megan, an American living in Ireland, discovers that they are linked by a supernatural destiny that gives them powers Megan never knew she possessed.

CreatureNightCreature of the Night by Kate Thompson

YA THOMPSON, K.

Bobby lives a reckless life smoking, drinking, and stealing cars in Dublin. So his mother moves the family to the country. But Bobby suspects their cottage might not be as quaint as it seems. And spooky details of the history of their little cottage gradually turn Bobby into a detective of night creatures real and imagined.

SwiftPureCryA Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd

YA DOWD, S.

Coolbar, Ireland, is a village of secrets and Shell, caretaker to her younger brother and sister after the death of their mother and with the absence of their father, is not about to reveal hers until suspicion falls on the wrong person.

New PolicemanThe New Policeman by Kate Thompson

YA THOMPSON, K.

Irish teenager JJ Liddy discovers that time is leaking from his world into Tir na nOg, the land of the fairies, and when he attempts to stop the leak he finds out a lot about his family history, the music that he loves, and a crime his great-grandfather may or may not have committed.

CarnivalAtBrayThe Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

YA FOLEY, J.

It’s 1993, and Generation X pulses to the beat of Kurt Cobain and the grunge movement. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Lynch is uprooted from big-city Chicago to a windswept town on the Irish Sea. Surviving on care packages of Spin magazine and Twizzlers from her rocker uncle Kevin, she wonders if she’ll ever find her place in this new world. When first love and sudden death simultaneously strike, a naive but determined Maggie embarks on a forbidden pilgrimage that will take her to a seedy part of Dublin and on to a life-altering night in Rome to fulfill a dying wish. Through it all, Maggie discovers an untapped inner strength to do the most difficult but rewarding thing of all– live.

WhenLoveComestoTownWhen Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon

YA LENNON, T.

Neil Byrne, a teenager in Dublin, Ireland, in the 1990s, comes to terms with the fact that he is gay and seeks acceptance from his friends and family.

HuntersMoonThe Hunter’s Moon by O.R. Melling

YA MELLING, O.

Two teenage cousins, one Irish, the other from the United States, set out to find a magic doorway to the Faraway Country, where humans must bow to the little people.

LighthouseLandThe Lighthouse Land by Adrian McKinty

YA SF MCKINTY, A.

Thirteen-year-old Jamie is overjoyed when a bequest sends him and his mother to live on an Irish island, where he and his newfound friend Ramsay travel back in time to help a young girl save her people from certain death.

GreyhoundGirlA Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle

YA DOYLE, R.

Mary O’Hara is a sharp and cheeky twelve-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Gran is dying. But Gran can’t let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary’s street with a message for her Gran, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure.

HushHush by Donna Jo Napoli

YA NAPOLI, D.

Fifteen-year-old Melkorka, an Irish princess, is kidnapped by Russian slave traders and not only learns how to survive but to challenge some of the brutality of her captors, who are fascinated by her apparent muteness and the possibility that she is enchanted.

intothegreyInto the Grey by Celine Kiernan

YA KIERNAN, C.
After their nan accidentally burns their home down, twin brothers Pat and Dom must move with their parents and baby sister to the seaside cottage they’ve summered in, now made desolate by the winter wind. Itʹs there that the ghost appears, a strange boy who cries black tears and fears a bad man, a soldier, who is chasing him. Soon Dom has become not Dom, and Pat can sense that his brother is going to die while their overwhelmed parents can’t even see whatʹs happening. Isolated and terrified, Pat needs to keep his brother’s cover while figuring out how to save him, drawing clues from his own dreams and Nan’s long ago memories, confronting a mystery that lies between this world and the next, within the Grey.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 17, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, GLBTQ, Horror, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Getting Revenge

In the mood to read about justice being served?  Check out these teens novels centered on characters getting revenge in some way or another.

Alice in ZombielandAlice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

YA SHOWALTER, G.

To avenge the death of her parents and sister Ali must learn to fight the undead, and to survive she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has his own secrets, which might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

tenTen by Gretchen McNeil

YA MCNEIL, G.

Ten teens head to a house party at a remote island mansion off the Washington coast . . . only for them to be picked off by a killer one by one.

sharptimeThe Sharp Time by Mary O’Connell

YA O’CONNELL, M.

In the week following her mother’s death in a freak accident, eighteen-year-old Sandanista Jones finds small measures of happiness even as she fantasizes about an act of revenge against an abusive teacher at her high school.

furyFury by Elizabeth Miles

YA MILES, E.

When high school junior Emily hooks up with her best friend’s boyfriend and football quarterback Chase’s life spirals out of control, three mysterious Furies–paranormal creatures that often assume the form of beautiful women–come to town to make sure that Emily and Chase get what they deserve.

falconerThe Falconer by Elizabeth May

YA MAY, E.

In 1844 Edinburgh eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron is neither an ordinary debutante, nor a murderess–she is a Falconer, a female warrior born with the gift for hunting and killing the faeries who prey on mankind and who killed her mother.

burn4burnBurn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

YA HAN, J.

Three teenaged girls living on Jar Island band together to enact revenge on the people that have hurt them.

whathappenedcassWhat Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles

YA GILES, G.

After his younger brother commits suicide, Kyle Kirby decides to exact revenge on the person he holds responsible.

SeasonoftheWitchSeason of the Witch by Mariah Fredericks

YA FREDERICK, M.

A girl who is bullied experiments with witchcraft in order to get revenge on her attackers.

KarmaClubThe Karma Club by Jessica Brody

YA BRODY, J.

When high school senior Maddy catches her boyfriend cheating on her, she devises a complicated plan to get revenge.

tempestuousTempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

YA ASKEW, K.

When a bad snow storm leaves workers stranded at the mall, former “it girl” Miranda decides it is the perfect time to seek revenge against the catty clique that abandoned her.

PoisonApplesThe Poison Apples by Lily Archer

YA ARCHER, L.

At an elite Massachusetts boarding school, three fifteen-year-old girls of very different backgrounds discover a common bond and form a club to plot revenge against their evil stepmothers.

ExtremitiesExtremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge by David Lubar

YA SS LUBAR, D.

“A group of high school girls takes revenge on their sadistic gym teacher in the most fitting way possible. Two stowaways find themselves on a ship for the dead. An ancient predator stalks the wrong victim. Here are thirteen tales of death, murder, and revenge.

mortaldangerMortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

YA AGUIRRE, A.

Agreeing to join the mysterious Kian’s magical faction to exact revenge on a group of bullies who have tormented her, Edie transforms into a beautiful girl and begins to sabotage the bullies’ inner circle only to discover dark truths about Kian’s world.

ThousandPiecesofYouA Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

YA SF GRAY, C.

When eighteen-year-old Marguerite Caine’s father is killed, she must leap into different dimensions and versions of herself to catch her father’s killer and avenge his murder.

truancyTruancy by Isamu Fukui

YA SF FUKUI, I.

In the City, where an iron-fisted Mayor’s goal is perfect control through education, fifteen-year-old Tack is torn between a growing sympathy for the Truancy, an underground movement determined to bring down the system at any cost, and the desire to avenge a death caused by a Truant.

Book Trailer of the Week– Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 27, 2015 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Supernatural/Paranormal

TAB Picks

Books

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Chloe: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Will: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

Katie: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

Matt: Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Chloe: Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton

Gabby: The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

Reese: Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth

 

Movies and TV

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Matt: Gotham

Katie: Repeat After Me, Jupiter Ascending, Sill Alice

Will: Brain Games, Cast Away

Reese: Duck Dynasty

Chloe: Earth to Echo

 

Music

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Chloe: Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson, featuring Bruno Mars

Will: Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

Katie: Like I Can by Sam Smith, Outside by Calvin Harris

 

Video Games

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Matt: Black Ops (XBOX 360)

Will: Oblivion (XBOX 360)

Reese: The Escapists (PC game)

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 24, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Gaming, Guys Reads, Movies, Music, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal, TAB Picks

Winter Blahs Got You Down?

Pick up one of this action-packed novels to get your heart racing again!

tomorrowwhenwarbeganTomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden

YA MARSDEN, J.

When Ellie and her friends go camping, they have no idea they’re leaving their old lives behind forever. Despite a less-than-tragic food shortage and a secret crush or two, everything goes as planned. But a week later, they return home to find their houses empty and their pets starving. Something has gone wrong–horribly wrong. Before long, they realize the country has been invaded, and the entire town has been captured–including their families and all their friends. Ellie and the other survivors face an impossible decision: They can flee for the mountains or surrender. Or they can fight.

ThereWillBBearsThere Will Be Bears by Ryan Gebhart

YA GEBHART, R.

Thirteen-year-old Tyson sneaks off with his roughneck, but ill, grandpa to go on his first elk hunt, amid reports of a stalking man-eating grizzly.

ScorpioRacesAudioThe 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.

Monument14Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

YA LAYBOURNE, E.

Trapped inside a chain superstore by an apocalyptic sequence of natural and human disasters, six high school kids from various popular and unpopular social groups struggle for survival while protecting a group of younger children.

Reluctant AssassinThe Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

YA COLFER, E.

In Victorian London, Albert Garrick, an assassin-for-hire, and his reluctant young apprentice, Riley, are transported via wormhole to modern London, where Riley teams up with a young FBI agent to stop Garrick from returning to his own time and using his newly acquired scientific knowledge and power to change the world forever.

Death CloudDeath Cloud by Andrew Lane

YA MY LANE, A.

In 1868, with his army officer father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously “unwell,” fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire, where he uncovers his first murder and a diabolical villain.

peakPeak by Roland Smith

YA SMITH, R.

A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.

I am Number FourI am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

YA SF LORE, P.

In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.

Angel ExperimentThe Angel Experiment by James Patterson

YA PATTERSON, J.

After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the “bird kids,” who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.

StormbreakerStormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

YA HOROWITZ, A.

After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle’s dangerous work for Britain’s intelligence agency, MI6.

RunnerRunner by Carl Deuker

YA DEUKER, C.

Living with his alcoholic father on a broken-down sailboat on Puget Sound has been hard on seventeen-year-old Chance Taylor, but when his love of running leads to a high-paying job, he quickly learns that the money is not worth the risk.

heistsocietyHeist Society by Ally Carter

YA CARTER, A.

A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop’s father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.

AshfallAshfall by Mike Mullin

YA SF MULLIN, M

After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.

readyplayeroneReady Player One by Ernest Cline

YA CLINE, E.

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the Oasis. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines – puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win – and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

jackabyJackaby by William Ritter

YA MY RITTER, W.

Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R.F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings, and she helps him delve into a case of serial murder which, Jackaby is convinced, is due to a nonhuman creature.

100The 100 by Kass Morgan

YA SF MORGAN, K.

When 100 juvenile delinquents are sent on a mission to recolonize Earth, they get a second chance at freedom, friendship, and love, as they fight to survive in a dangerous new world.

etiquette espionageEtiquette & 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 surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

SteelheartSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson

YA SF SANDERSON, B.

At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners–the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.

5th WaveThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

YA SF YANCEY, R.

Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.

TestingThe Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

YA SF CHARBONNEAU, J.

Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.

BZRKBZRK by Michael Grant 

YA SF GRANT, M.

In the near future, the conjoined Armstrong twins, under the guise of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation, plot to create their own version of utopia using nanobots, while a guerilla group known as BZRK develops a DNA-based biot that can stop bots, but at risk of the host’s brain.