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Good Listens for This Summer–Teen Audiobooks Everyone Will Love!

Whether you are going on a long road trip, hanging out in your own cool air conditioned space, or laying beach-side or by the pool– check out some of these audiobooks that are a sure bet to be a good listen no matter if you are an avid audiobook listener, new to the listening scene, or need an audio that will appeal to teens and adults to listen to together.

LifeAsWeKnewItAudioLife As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

YA BOOK CD SF PFEFFER, S.

When a meteor hits the moon, Miranda must learn to survive the unimaginable. Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all–hope–in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world. 7 CDs.

angelexperimentaudioThe Angel Experiment by James Patterson

YA BOOK CD PATTERSON, J.

After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the “birdkids,” who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose. 8 CDs.

WhiteCatAudioWhite Cat by Holly Black

YA BOOK CD BLACK, H.

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. But not Cassel. He has carefully built up a facade of normalcy. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat. 6 CDs.

HeistSocietyAudioHeist Society by Ally Carter

YA BOOK CD CARTER, A.

Born into a family of con artists and thieves, 15-year-old Katarina Bishop plans a con of her own–scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected. 5 CDs.

CinderAudioCinder by Marissa Meyer

YA BOOK CD 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. 8 CDs.

ScorpioRacesAudioThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

YA BOOK CD 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. 10 CDs.

WatchAudioThe Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf

YA BOOK CD WOLF, A.

Recreates the 1912 sinking of the Titanic as observed by millionaire John Jacob Astor, a beautiful young Lebanese refugee finding first love, “Unsinkable” Molly Brown, Captain Smith, and others including the iceberg itself. 9 CDs.

FalsePrinceThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

YA BOOK CD NIELSEN, J.

Sage was just a young orphan in the kingdom, until a nobleman by the name of Conner chose him to be part of a devious plan. With the kingdom on the brink of civil war, Conner needed something to unite the people, and he found that something in Sage. By making the boy pose as the long-lost son of the king, Conner hopes to use him as a way to avert war. But Sage begins to suspect that Conner’s plans may involve more than he is letting on. 7 CDs.

dodgerDodger by Terry Pratchett

YA BOOK CD PRATCHETT, T.

History and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking tale of adventure and mystery, unexpected coming-of-age, and one remarkable boy’s rise in a complex and fascinating world. 9CDs.

ConfessionsAudioConfessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson

YA BOOK CD PATTERSON, J.

Tandy Angel is, along with her brothers, a suspect in their parents’ murder but having grown up under Malcolm and Maud Angel’s perfectionist demands, Tandy decides she must clear the family name no matter what. 5 CDs.

codenameaudioCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

YA BOOK CD 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. 9 CDs.

BombAudioBomb: the race to build and steal the world’s most dangerous weapon by Steve Sheinkin

YA BOOK CD 623.4511 SHE

Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos. 6 CDs.

teamhumanaudioTeam Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

YA BOOK CD LARBALESTIER, J.

Residing in New Whitby, Maine, a town founded by vampires trying to escape persecution, Mel finds her negative attitudes challenged when her best friend falls in love with one, another friend’s father runs off with one, and she herself is attracted to someone who tries to pass himself off as one. 7 CDs.

crap kingdomCrap Kingdom by D. C. Pierson

YA BOOK CD PIERSON, D.

Tenth-grader Tom Parking’s dream of being swept away to a fantasy land where he becomes a hero nearly comes true when he finds himself the Chosen One of a nameless world, the most annoying, least “cool” place in the universe. 7 CDs.

WARPAudioThe Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

YA BOOK CD SF 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. 8 CDs.

 etiquette espionage ausioEtiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

YA BOOK CD 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. 8 CDs.

 

Don’t forget we also have downloadable audiobooks available to check out from MyMediaMall.  Just click on the icon below to start browsing the downloadable audiobook collection!

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Books to Read the Summer After You Graduate High School

Did you just graduate high school this past Sunday?  If you did, and you are looking for something to read this summer, check out this list of novels and graphic novels about the summer before college or the first year of college.  There’s also some great nonfiction titles that can help you prep for your first year in college.

Fiction

AbundanceKatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines by John Green

YA GREEN, J.

Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

fangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

YA ROWELL, R.

Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words and worrying about her fragile father.

DontStopNowDon’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern

YA HALPERN, J.

Recent high school graduates Lil and Josh leave Illinois for Oregon seeking Lil’s sort-of friend Penny, who faked her own kidnapping to escape problems at home and an abusive boyfriend, but Lil also wants to find out if she and Josh are meant to be more than friends.

off yearAn Off Year by Claire Zulkey

YA ZULKEY, C.

Upon arriving at her dorm room, eighteen-year-old Cecily decides to postpone her freshman year of college and return to her Chicago home, where she spends a year pondering what went wrong while forging new relationships with family and friends.

hellweekHell Week by Rosemary Clement-Moore

YA CLEMENT-MOORE, R.

While working undercover on a series of stories for her campus newspaper, college freshman Maggie reluctantly endures mixers, rites, and peculiar rules, but soon learns that members of the sorority to which she has pledged have strange powers and a terrible secret.

Graphic Novels

Between GearsBetween Gears by Natalie Nourigat

YA GRAPH NOURIGAT, N.

This honest, autobiographical account of a college senior’s life will transport you to the land of Jell-O shots, term papers, job interviews, road trips, and sanguine optimism in the face of uncertainty and change.

little fishLittle Fish: a memoir from a different kind of year by Ramsey Beyer

YA GRAPH BEYER, R.

Told through real-life journals, collages, lists, and drawings, this coming-of-age story illustrates the transformation of an 18-year-old girl from a small-town teenager into an independent city-dwelling college student.

Nonfiction

TakeThisAdviceTake This Advice: the most nakedly honest graduation speeches ever given edited by Sandra Bark

YA 815.008 TAK

Bark compiles the 40 most powerful, affecting graduation speeches delivered in the last ten years by popular speakers such as Toni Morrison, Judy Blume, Mister Rogers, Al Franken, Gloria Steinem, Jon Stewart, and many others.

 

Ten Tools10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College: the know-how you need to succeed by Bill Coplin

YA 378.013 COP

Ten tools for maximizing your college years and planning for post-graduation success.

Secrets College SuccessThe Secrets of College Success by Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman

YA 378.198 JAC

Over 600 essential tips and tricks for current and future students.

What Color is Your ParachuteWhat Color is Your Parachute? for Teens: discovering yourself, defining your future by Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles with Jean M. Blomquist

YA 331.702 CHR

New chapters on social media and sustainable jobs update the classic title that provides all the big-picture advice you need to set you up to land the job that’s perfect for who you are– and who you want to be.

collegecookingCollege Cooking: feed yourself and your friends by Megan & Jill Carle

YA 641.5 CAR

The Carle sisters (authors of Teens Cook) are off to college, where they serve up an array of tasty dishes with their usual know-how and attitude, presented in a richly photographed package.

college dorm survival guideThe College Dorm Survival Guide: how to survive and thrive in your new home away from home by Julia DeVillers

YA 378.1987 DEV

Comprehensive, humorous, and practical, this handbook to dorm living covers everything from roommates to hot plates to the Freshman 15.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 5, 2014 Categories: College, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Graphic Novel, High School, Issues, Mystery, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– The Ring & the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Ring & the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz.  This novel is set in an alternate 1920′s where magic is real and the Franco-British Empire rules all.  Focusing on the five different stories and points of view of the young socialites and royalty, The Ring & the Crown is filled with drama, romance, mystery, and scandal.  Click here to find The Ring & the Crown in the Library today!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 31, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– Crewel by Gennifer Albin

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Crewel by Gennifer Albin.  Adelice has been gifted with the talents of a Spinster.  However, her parents train her to hide her gift, fearing what it means for Adelice’s future. When her true talents are discovered, Adelice is violently taken away from her family and whisked off to a glamorous new life as a Spinster.  The only problem is Adelice can see the injustice and tyranny of this ruling class.  Little does Adelice know that she can make a difference…  Click here to find Crewel in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 16, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance

Book Trailer of the Week– Half Bad by Sally Green

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Half Bad by Sally Green.  In Nathan’ world good and evil are clearly defined: either you are a black witch or a white witch.  What happens when someone is both black and white?  That is the case for Nathan.  He was born as an illegitimate son of a white witch mother and a black witch father.  His punishment?  He is sentenced to live in a cage and beaten regularly.  Nathan is constantly looking for a way to escape, as his captors are waiting until he turns 17 and will receive his gifts.  However, no one is sure whether Nathan will be a good witch or a bad witch, but both sides want him!  What happens when Nathan escapes his cage, a month before he turns 17..?  Click here to find Half Bad in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 2, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.  Ava is seemingly an ordinary girl, except for the fact that she was born with wings.  Ava narrates her search to try and figure out her life by looking back at the generations of her family–most of whom failed miserably in love.  Part coming of age, part supernatural, and part historical fiction this novel unfolds until the very last page to tell the story of how Ava discovers the truth about her life.  Click here to find The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 25, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

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!

nightmare affairof tritonsiege and stormlove in the time of global warming

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

TestingEye of Mindsearth girlclockwork scarab

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Maybe I WillGirl who was supopsed to dieSplinteredTeardrop

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

openly straightsky on firesix months latereleanor and park

 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

This song will save your lifeSteelheartRithmatistThis is What Happy Looks Like

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

WingerMidsummer night screamBetween the devil and the deep blue seaIn the Shadow of Blackbirds5th Wave

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

April Fools! Check out some humorous teen reads :D

Are you one of those people that loves  to think up hilariously creative pranks for April Fools day?  If you are, or if you are someone who enjoys a read that makes you laugh, checkout some of the novels below at the Library!

Carter Finally Gets ItCarter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

YA CRAWFORD, B.

Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible.

I am a Genius of Unspeakable EvilI  am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

YA LIEB, J.

Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he is extremely stupid and lazy, but he is actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way.

how to ruin a summer vacationHow to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles

YA EKELES, S.

When sixteen-year-old Amy, a spoiled American, goes to Israel for a three-month summer vacation with a father she barely knows, she is not prepared for his Jewish family and the changes they bring about in her life.

Beauty QueensBeauty Queens by Libba Bray

YA BRAY, L.

When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

Reformed Vampire Support GroupThe Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

YA MY JINKS, C.

Fifteen-year-old vampire Nina has been stuck for fifty-one years in a boring support group for vampires, and nothing exciting has ever happened to them–until one of them is murdered and the others must try to solve the crime.

crap kingdomCrap Kingdom by D.C. Pierson

YA PIERSON, D.

Tenth-grader Tom Parking’s dream of being swept away to a fantasy land where he becomes a hero nearly comes true when he finds himself the Chosen One of a nameless world, the most annoying, least “cool” place in the universe.

william shakespeare's star warsWilliam Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher

YA SF DOESCHER, I.

In this exciting and hilarious novel you will find a retelling of Star wars in the style of Shakespeare, in which a wise Jedi knight, an evil Sith lord, a beautiful captive princess, and a young hero coming of age reflect the valor and villainy of the Bard’s greatest plays.

Team HumanTeam Human by Justine Larbalastier

YA LARBALASTIER, J.

Residing in New Whitby, Maine, a town founded by vampires trying to escape persecution, Mel finds her negative attitudes challenged when her best friend falls in love with one, another friend’s father runs off with one, and she herself is attracted to someone who tries to pass himself off as one.

AuRevoirAu 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.

grasshopper jungleGrasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

YA SMITH, A.

Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 1, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Science Fiction

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.

center fieldCenter Field by Robert Lipsyte

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

Book Trailer of the Week– Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Midwinterblood by Marcus SedgwickMidwinterblood is the 2014 winner of the Printz Award, the award for excellence in teen literature from the American Library Association. An interesting, yet hard to explain novel, Midwinterblood tells the interconnected stories of two main characters Eric and Merle.  Set in different time periods, all the stories have similarities but not one story is the same as the others.  In the end you may end up with more questions than answers, but this book gets you thinking about reincarnation and what is the common thread between us all?  Click here to find Midwinterblood in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 21, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction