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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 Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

ravenboysThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
YA STIEFVATER, M.

 

 

 

 

 

 
1. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by The Beach Boys
2. “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas
3. “I’m A Believer” by The Monkees
4. “A Well Respected Man” by The Kinks
5. “Blizzard” by Kavinsky
6. “Drive It Like You Stole It” by The Glitch Mob
7. “One” by Metallica
8. “Mad Man” by Amp Live
9. “The Infinites” by Bomb the Bass
10. “Flowers For A Ghost” by Thriving Ivory

Listen to the Playlist:

Playlist submitted by Tania.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 6, 2015 Categories: Fiction, Music, Mystery, Playlist, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

Click here to find Tiny Pretty Things in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 3, 2015 Categories: Book Trailer, Drama, Fiction

New Teen Reads Perfect for the Beach!

StitchingSnowStitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

YA NEW SF LEWIS, R.

A futuristic retelling of Snow White in which seventeen-year-old Essie, a master at repairing robots and drones on the frozen mining planet Thanda, is pulled into a war by handsome and mysterious Dane after his shuttle crash-lands near her home.

DeadToMeDead to Me by Mary McCoy

YA NEW MY MCCOY, M.

In 1948 Hollywood, a treacherous world of tough-talking private eyes, psychopathic movie stars, and troubled starlets, sixteen-year-old Alice tries to find a young runaway who is the sole witness to a beating that put her sister, Annie, in a coma.

ElenaVanishingElana Vanishing: a memoir by Elena and Clare B. Dunkle

NEW YA 362.1968 DUN

Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. Every day means renewed determination, so every day means fewer calories. This is the story of a girl whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both sides of a lose-lose war in a struggle with anorexia.

RockinTheBoatRockin’ the Boat: 50 Iconic Rebels and Revolutionaries by Jeff Fleischer

YA NEW YA 920.02 FLE

We love to root for the underdog, and that’s part of why we’re drawn to the stories of revolutionaries. Whether they fail, succeed, or succeed only to become what they once fought against, people who can rally others to their cause and shake up the status quo tend to be inherently interesting. Rockin’ the Boat tells the stories of 50 such legends throughout the world, from people fed up with the Roman Empire, to the revolutionaries who helped create America.

GirlDefectiveGirl Defective by Simmone Howell

YA NEW HOWELL, S.

Friendship, love, and a mystery fill the life-changing summer of fifteen-year-old Sky, who lives with her unconventional family in a run-down record store in St. Kilda, a seaside suburb of Melbourne, Australia.

redqueenRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard

YA NEW AVEYARD, V.

In a world divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities–seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. But Mare risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard –a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.

NoParkingNo Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss

YA BLISS, B.

Abigail’s parents, believing the end of the world is near, sell their house, give the money to an end-of-times preacher, and drive from North Carolina to San Francisco where they remain homeless and destitute, as Abigail fights to keep her parents, her twin brother, and herself united against all odds.

UtopiaIowaUtopia, Iowa by Brian Yansky

YA NEW YANSKY, B.

For the most part, aspiring screenwriter Jack Bell is just your typical Midwestern kid. He’s got a crush on his hot best friend, Ash. He’s coping with a sudden frostiness between his once crazy-in-love parents. He’s debating where to go to college next year – or whether to go at all. But then there’s his gift (or curse): Jack can see dead people, just like the kid in The Sixth Sense. Lately, the ghosts are more distracting than usual, demanding that Jack get to the bottom of their mysterious deaths — all while avoiding the straitlaced Detective Bloodsmith, who doesn’t believe in gifts or curses and can’t help wondering why Jack keeps turning up at crime scenes. Is there a happily-ever-after in Jack’s future, or is that only the stuff of movies?

DaughterDeepSilenceDaughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

YA NEW RYAN, C.

At fourteen, Frances survived a slaughter that claimed the lives of her parents and best friend, Libby, but she took on Libby’s identity and wealth while plotting revenge against the powerful Wells family and now, at age eighteen, is ready to destroy them, including her first love, Grey.

GothamAcademyGotham Academy, Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy written by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher ; art by Karl Kerschl

YA GRAPH CLOONAN, B.

Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by…like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange as the students! Like, what’s up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what’s the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman Maps is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?!

NimonaNimona by Noelle Stevenson

YA GRAPH STEVENSON, N.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

TAB Picks!

Books

Maze RunnerAngel Experimentfault in our starsMrMercedesDeathnoteAttackonTitanKingdomKeepers

Theresa: The Maze Runner series by James Dashner

Morgan: Maximum Ride series by James Patterson

Ashley: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Flynn: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Morgan: Deathnote by  Tsugumi Ōba and Attack On Titan by Hajime Asayama

Isabella: The Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson

 

Movies/TV

jurassicworldILoveLucyInsideOutBookThiefMovie

Morgan: Jurassic World

Isabella: I Love Lucy

Flynn: Inside Out

Isabella: The Book Thief

 

Music

JackUAmerican Beauty PsychoBlackVeilBrides

Janelle: Where Are You Now by Skrillex and Diplo featuring Justin Bieber

Flynn: Fall Out Boy

Morgan: Black Veil Brides

 

Videogames

Ocotdad

Flynn: Octodad: Dadliest Catch

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 30, 2015 Categories: Fiction, Gaming, Movies, Music, TAB Picks

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