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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 Trailer of the Week– Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 26, 2015 Categories: Book Trailer, Drama, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance

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

Book Playlist for Lies by Michael Grant

LiesLies

by Michael Grant

YA GRANT, M.

 

 

 

 

 

1. “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons

2. “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk The Moon

3. “Know Yourself” by Drake

4. “Thousand Years” Christina Perri

5. “Titanium” by Sia

6. “Break the Rules” by Charli XCX

7. “Wait” by M83

8. “Sail” by AWOLNATION

9. “Geronimo” by Sheppard

10. “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

 

Listen to the playlist:

 

Playlist submitted by Lizzy.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 22, 2015 Categories: Drama, Fiction, Music, Playlist, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 19, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Realistic Fiction for Teen Readers

Looking for a good read that deals with real world problems?  Check out this list below for some excellent realistic fiction novels for teen readers!

impossibleknifeThe Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

YA ANDERSON, L.

Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a “normal” life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives.

eleanor and parkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

YA ROWELL, R.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

13 Reasons WhyThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

YA ASHER, J.

When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

fault in our starsThe Fault In Our Stars by John Green

YA GREEN, J.

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

absolutelytruestoryThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

YA ALEXIE, S.

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

monsterMonster by Walter Dean Myers

YA MYERS, W.

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

okay for nowOkay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt

YA SCHMIDT, G.

As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer–a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon’s birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.

AskPassengersAsk the Passengers by A.S. King

YA KING, A.

Imagining that she is sending love to passengers in airplanes flying overhead, Astrid Jones, a teen from a small town torn by gossip and narrow-mindedness, struggles with her family’s dysfunction and hides her love for another girl.

PerksThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

YA CHBOSKY, S.

A coming of age novel about Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. He deals with the usual teen problems, but also with the suicide of his best friend.

HateListHate List by Jennifer Brown

YA BROWN, J.

Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

TruthAbtForeverThe Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

YA DESSEN, S.

The summer following her father’s death, Macy plans to work at the library and wait for her brainy boyfriend to return from camp, but instead she goes to work at a catering business where she makes new friends and finally faces her grief.

LoveLettersDeadLove Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

YA DELLAIRA, A.

When Laurel starts writing letters to dead people for a school assignment, she begins to spill about her sister’s mysterious death, her mother’s departure from the family, her new friends, and her first love.

WhatWeSawAtNightWhat We Saw at Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard

YA MITCHARD, J.

After glimpsing an older man in a room with a dead girl, sixteen-year-old Allie, who has a life-threatening allergy to sunlight, discovers she is the lone key to stopping a serial killer.

Somebody PleaseSomebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer

YA MAZER, H.

Wounded in Iraq while his Army unit is on convoy and treated for many months for traumatic brain injury, the first person Ben remembers from his earlier life is his autistic brother.

When I Was The GreatestWhen I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

YA REYNOLDS, J.

Ali lives in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, but he and his sister, Jazz, and their neighbors, Needles and Noodles, stay out of trouble until they go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back.

CurveballCurveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

YA SONNENBLICK, J.

After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman’s athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he’s becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.

Swim the FlySwim the Fly by Don Calame

YA CALAME, D.

Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year’s goal is to see a real-live naked girl for the first time. Given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date this is quite a challenge. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt’s other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team.

WingerWinger by Andrew Smith

YA SMITH, A.

Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.

jkt_9780545334747.inddTake a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

YA EULBERG, E.

Emme, Sophie, Ethan, and Carter are seniors at a performing arts high school in New York City, preparing for the senior recital and feeling the pressure to perform well and take the next step in their careers and their lives–whether they want to or not.

ThirteenLittleBlueEnvelopes13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

YA JOHNSON, M.

When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 18, 2015 Categories: Bullying, Drama, Fiction, Funny, GLBTQ, Guys Reads, High School, Inspirational, Issues, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Staff Pics

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

Book Trailer of the Week– The Girl Who Became a Beatle by Greg Taylor

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 12, 2015 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Music

High Fantasy Reads for Teens

High Fantasy fiction is a sub-genre of fantasy fiction and is usually defined as stories that have an epic quality about them, have tons of action and adventure, and are set in a made up world that may also have fantastical creatures.  If this sounds like your kind of book, then check out some of our suggestions below!

 

AmuletSamarkandThe Amulet of Samarkand by Brian Stroud

YA STROUD, J.

Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.

 

SabrielSabriel by Garth Nix

YA NIX, G.

Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.

GracelingGraceling 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.

EragonEragon by Christopher Paolini

YA PAOLINI, C.

In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves and monsters.

GirlofFireThornsThe Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

YA CARSON, R.

A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.

ThroneGlassThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

YA MAAS, S.

After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

SeraphinaSeraphina by Rachel Hartman

YA HARTMAN, R.

In a world of the kingdom of Goredd, where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.

FinnikinFinnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

YA MARCHETTA, M.

Now on the cusp of manhood, Finnikin, who was a child when the royal family of Lumatere was brutally murdered and replaced by an imposter, reluctantly joins forces with an enigmatic young novice and fellow-exile, who claims that her dark dreams will lead them to a surviving royal child and a way to regain the throne of Lumatere.

shadowandboneShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

YA BARDUGO, L.

Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

DemonKingThe Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

YA CHIMA, C.

Relates the intertwining fates of former street gang leader Han Alister and headstrong Princess Raisa, as Han takes possession of an amulet that once belonged to an evil wizard and Raisa uncovers a conspiracy in the Grey Wolf Court.

TerrierTerrier by Tamora Pierce

YA PIERCE, T.

When sixteen-year-old Beka becomes “Puppy” to a pair of “Dogs,” as the Provost’s Guards are called, she uses her police training, natural abilities, and a touch of magic to help them solve the case of a murdered baby in Tortall’s Lower City.

FalsePrinceThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

YA NIELSEN, J.

In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king’s long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

FallingKingdomsFalling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

YA RHODES, M.

After centuries of peace, the three kingdoms of Mytica stand on the brink of war. As rulers struggle for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed and four key players find their fates forever intertwined amidst betrayal, murder, secret alliances, and even unforseen love.

Grave mercyGrave Mercy by Robin LeFevers

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.

EonEon: Dragoneye Reborn by Allison Goodman

YA GOODMAN, A.

Sixteen-year-old Eon hopes to become an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune and learn to be its main interpreter, but to do so will require much, including keeping secret that she is a girl.

EmberAshesAn Ember in Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

YA TAHIR, S.

Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

WeeFreeMenThe Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

YA PRATCHETT, T.

A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.

ThiefThe Thief by Megan Whelan Turner

YA TURNER, M.

Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.

NamingThe Naming by Alison Croggon

YA CROGGON, A.

A manuscript from the lost civilization of Edil-Amarandah chronicles the experiences of sixteen-year-old Maerad, an orphan gifted in the magic and power of the Bards, as she escapes from slavery and begins to learn how to use her Gift to stave off the evil Darkness that threatens to consume her world.

LastDragonslayerThe Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

YA FFORDE, J.

Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs an agency for underemployed magicians in a world where magic is fading away, but when visions of the death of the world’s last dragon begin, all signs point to Jennifer–and Big Magic.

 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 10, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Staff Pics

Book Trailer of the Week– The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 5, 2015 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance