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Book Trailer of the Week– The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 10, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction, Science Fiction

Join Us for a TFIOS Book Discussion!

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As part of Teen Read Week™ and the Library’s Book Crossing program, teens can come to the Library and participate in a book discussion for the 2014 American Book Crossing title, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Snacks and refreshments will be served and chances to win small prizes.

In The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel Grace meets Augustus Waters in a weekly support group for teens with cancer. What follows is a love story that is capturing readers’ hearts both young and old. Though handkerchiefs may be needed to finish the novel, its inspirational message will be one you will never forget.

Click here to register for the discussion!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 9, 2014 Categories: Events, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Reviews by You!

Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
This book is a great book for people that enjoy action and adventure. It’s full of great details and has a wonderful storyline.
Review by David

TeashopGirlsThe Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer
YA SCHAEFER, L.
Overall, this book is really good! I would give it 8.5 out of 10 stars!
Review by Marissa

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
I liked how Roth used terms that had common meanings but not commonly used. I also liked how she had a person go from one thing to another but she didn’t really change the person’s personality.
Review by Micaela

MangoShapedSpaceA Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
YA MASS, W.
This book is about a girl named Mia and her beloved cat, Mango. Mia has synesthesia, a disorder where someone sees colors or shapes related to the sense. It is a journey Mia must take to discover herself and others while holding onto her past.
Review by Audrey

grimmlegacyThe Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
YA SHULMAN, P.
A great book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. There’s good vs evil, mystery and love, throughout the book. You discover magic is real and magic can do some really terrible things.
Review by Kyra

Red scarf girlRed Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang
YA 951.056 JIA
I really liked the book Red Scarf Girl. It was about what one girl experiences in the Chinese cultural revolution. It was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. The author goes into great detail about her experiences and how they impacted her. It was a really touching book.
Review by Rachel

eleanor and parkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
YA ROWELL, R.
This book is a marvelous, easy read. Park and Eleanor’s romance blooms and so will your love for this book. Must-read for those who love a heartwarming story. Highly recommend to all!
Review by Sarah

ChampionChampion by Marie Lu
YA SF LU, M.
This book was amazing with a lot of action and suspense. I would rate it a 10 out of 10. This book was amazing because of the climax building up.
Review by Gabby

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
Great story! Leaves the reader feeling emotions like sadness and laughter all in one epic romance. I enjoyed it and recommend it to almost anyone that hasn’t read it yet. This story definitely deserves its popularity. 5 stars.
Review by Erin

eliteThe Elite by Kiera Cass
YA CASS, K.
The Elite, the second book in The Selection series, was just as interesting and intricate as the first book. It was a perfect continuation of the first book and kept me reading. I couldn’t put it down and was impatient for the next one.
Review by Cassidy

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 7, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Guys Reads, Multicultural, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Science Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week– Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 3, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Funny, Supernatural/Paranormal

15 Great Teen Novels for Music Lovers

UnsignedHypeUnsigned Hype by Booker T. Mattison

YA MATTISON, B.

Fifteen-year-old Tory Tyson dreams of producing hip hop records, and as he rapidly begins to experience success doing just that, he finds that he must make choices between the way he has been raised by his single, God-fearing mother and the folks he meets in the music world.

This song will save your lifeThis Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

YA SALES, L.

Nearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey.

AmplifiedAmplified by Tara Kelly

YA KELLY, T.

When privileged seventeen-year-old Jasmine Kiss gets kicked out of her house by her father, she takes what is left of her meager savings and flees to Santa Cruz, California, to pursue her dream of becoming a rock musician.

SisterMischiefSister Mischief by Laura Goode

YA GOODE, L.

As members of teen hip-hop band Sister Mischief, Esme Rockett, also known as MC Ferocious, rocks her suburban Minnesota Christian high school with more than the hip-hop music she makes with best friends Marcy (DJ SheStorm) and Tess (The ConTessa) when she develops feelings for her co-MC, Rowie (MC Rohini).

HeavyMetalYouHeavy Metal and You by Christopher Krovatin

YA KROVATIN, C.

High schooler Sam begins losing himself when he falls for a preppy girl who wants him to give up getting wasted with his best friends and even his passion for heavy metal music in order to become a better person.

DebbieHarryDebbie Harry Sings in French by Meagan Brothers

YA BROTHERS, B.

When Johnny completes an alcohol rehabilitation program and his mother sends him to live with his uncle in North Carolina, he meets Maria, who seems to understand his fascination with the new wave band Blondie, and he learns about his deceased father’s youthful forays into “glam rock,” which gives him perspective on himself, his past, and his current life.

Fat kidFat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

YA GOING, K.

Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.

VinylPrincessThe Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz

YA PRINZ, Y.

Allie, a sixteen-year-old who is obsessed with LPs, works at the used record store on Telegraph Ave. and deals with crushes–her own and her mother’s–her increasingly popular blog and zine, and generally grows up over the course of one summer in her hometown of Berkeley, California.

DJ RisingDJ Rising by Love Maia

YA LOVE, M.

Sixteen-year-old Marley Diego-Dylan’s career as ‘DJ Ice’ is skyrocketing, but his mother’s heroin addiction keeps dragging him back to earth.

scarboysThe Scar Boys by Len Vlahos

YA VLAHOS, L.

Written as a college admission essay, eighteen-year-old Harry Jones recounts a childhood defined by the hideous scars he hid behind, and how forming a band brought self-confidence, friendship, and his first kiss.

OpenRoadSummerOpen Road Summer by Emery Lord

YA LORD, E.

Follows seventeen-year-old Reagan as she tries to escape heartbreak and a bad reputation by going on tour with her country superstar best friend–only to find more trouble as she falls for the surprisingly sweet guy hired to pose as the singer’s boyfriend.

GirlWhoBecameBeetleThe Girl Who Became a Beatle by Greg Taylor

YA TAYLOR, G.

Regina Bloomsbury, a sixteen-year-old, Beatles-obsessed rocker, takes a trip to an alternate reality where the Beatles never existed and her band, the Caverns, are the rock-and-roll superstars.

StrutsFretsStruts & Frets by Jon Skovron

YA SKOVRON, J.

Sammy wants to be a musician, as was his grandfather, but while the band he is in is self-destructing, Sammy is too distracted by his grandfather’s decline and confused feelings about his best friend to fix it–and his mother stays too busy to help.

5flavorsFive Flavors of Dumb by Anthony John

YA JOHN, A.

Eighteen-year-old Piper becomes the manager for her classmates’ popular rock band, called Dumb, giving her the chance to prove her capabilities to her parents and others, if only she can get the band members to get along.

I am not the walrusI Am (not) the Walrus by Ed Briant

YA BRIANT, E.

As the singer and bass player for a Beatles cover band, Toby embarks on a quest to increase his sex appeal, a plan that derails when he finds a mysterious note inside his old bass guitar.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 30, 2014 Categories: Fiction, Music, Realistic Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week– The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson.  Set in the near future, The Adoration of Jenna Fox tells the story of Jenna who, at 17-years-old, has just woken up from a coma that has left her devoid of any memories of or capabilities to be the girl she was before her accident.  What follows is Jenna’s rediscovering of not only how to be a normal teen again, but what happened to her memories and why does everything just feel like it is not what it is supposed to be.  Click here to find The Adoration of Jenna Fox in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 26, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction

Reviews by You!

TwilightTwilight by Stephenie Meyer
YA MEYER, S.
I found that this book was just amazing. I loved all of the descriptions of Edward’s appearance and his emotions. My favorite part in the book was when Edward showed Bella the meadow and how he attracted animals to himself. 5 stars.
Review by Julia

Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
For roughly 3 years, I’d been planning on reading The Maze Runner. People told me that it was an awful book. I have to disagree! I was impressed by Dashner’s ability to create such a complicated plot-line! The book felt like I was sprinting through the maze and discovering the mysteries “myself”, it was that good.
Review by Gabrielle

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
It was amazing! It was the perfect blend of romance and action, so that I was interested the whole time.
Review by Mary

six months laterSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
YA RICHARDS, N.
I found it an interesting book! I love the mystery concept and the whole idea!
Review by Cora

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
I absolutely loved this book! It was about these two teens, Hazel and Augustus, who both had cancer and how they helped each other through it and fell in love. This book is a MUST READ!
Review by Clarke

EvermoreEvermore by Alyson Noel
YA NOEL, A.
This is another great series by Alyson Noel. This is about Ever. She has powers that cause her head to hurt. But everything changes when she meets Damen. She doesn’t know what he is but she is drawn to him.
Review by Emily

saywhatyouwillSay What You Will by Cammie McGovern
YA MCGOVERN, C.
Amy has been dealing with cerebral palsy her whole life. She is tired of having a teacher helping her. Her mother comes up with a plan; peer helpers. That’s when she meets Matthew. From that point on, it’s a whirlwind of events. Surprises are on their way.
Review by Julia

Wednesday WarsThe Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
YA SCHMIDT, G.
An amazing book about a kid that spends Wednesday afternoons with his teacher. The student believes that his teacher, Mrs. Baker, hates his guts. He learns that both of them have things in common. They both soon enjoy each others company. I definitely recommend.
Review by Lester

allegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
This is a very good book, but sad in some parts. It is the third book in the Divergent series. At the beginning, everybody is trying to figure out how to live in a factionless society. Then some members of a rebel group venture outside the city to the Bureau of Genetic Welfare. There they learn that their city is an experiment to correct bad genes. Can they convince everyone that even if your genes are “damaged”, you are still a whole and complete person without destroying life as they know it? Read Allegiant and find out! Secrets will be revealed, and lives will be changed.
Review by Theresa

Lightning ThiefThe Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
Percy Jackson finds out that he is a demigod. His mother is also kidnapped by Hades. He goes on a quest to rescue her. This series is great. Make sure you read the book before you watch the movie.
Review by Emily

Book Trailer of the Week– The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset. Selkie Stewart lives a seemingly normal life.  Other than being raised by two eccentric aunts, her life is pretty average.  However, when Selkie goes searching for the mother who abandoned her as a baby, she ends up finding out that she is anything but normal.  In fact, the search for her mother turns her whole world upside-down, and suddenly she is fighting to survive in a new world where everything is not what it seems.  Click here to find The Girl Who Never Was in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 19, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Romance

Reviews by You!

Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner
YA SF DASHNER, J.
Thomas, a 16-year-old boy, finds himself in a box. He was surrounded by a bunch of boys outside the box. They’re trying to find a way out of what they call The Glade. They’ll do anything, even take their own lives, to get out of there.
Review by Brigitte

alispllAli’s Pretty Little Lies by Sara Shepard
YA SHEPARD, S.
Sibling rivalry. You would think is just hitting or spitting harsh words at each other…but when two twins, Alison and Courtney, fight, they really fight. Courtney practically chokes her sister. That’s when their parents decide to send Courtney away but Courtney doesn’t want to go so she switches their lives.
Review by Elizabeth

killyoulastKill You Last by Todd Strasser
YA STRASSER, T.
Shelby thinks she is living in one of the safest towns, but then, three girls who all used her father’s photography go missing and are soon discovered dead. With the media all blaming her father, who Shelby believes is innocent, she is determined to find the person responsible and get the truth at all costs.
Review by Paige

GiverThe Giver by Lois Lowry
YA SF LOWRY, L.
A great book. A story of a “perfect” town that’s not so perfect. So when Jonas discovers some big secrets about his town, he realizes that his town is a lot more than meets the eye.
Review by Kyra

warlockThe Warlock by Michael Scott
YA SCOTT, M.
Part of an awesome series. For magic and adventure lovers. Full of excitement, twists and turns, betrayal, and alliances. An eternal battle between good and evil.
Review by Natalie

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
I absolutely loved this book! It was about these two teens, Hazel and Augustus, who both had cancer and how they helped each other through it and fell in love. This book is a MUST READ!
Review by Clarke

Me and EarlMe and Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
YA ANDREWS, J.
This book was funny and entertaining from page one. It was impossible to put down and made the grim reality of life and death a little more bearable, all the while portraying it extremely accurately.
Review by Cassidy

eastEast by Edith Pattou
YA PATTOU, E.
This was a five star book! I love the way that the author, Edith Pattou, describes the feelings and weather in this book. I would recommend this book to any middle school student who enjoys reading books about never giving up. I loved this book!
Review by Julia

nowandzenNow and Zen by Linda C. Gerber
YA GERBER, L.
Nori Tanaka travels to Japan where everyone thinks she is native there, even though she isn’t. Overall, this book is 3.5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
Review by Marissa

smallstepsNFSmall Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret
YA 362.1968 KEH
This is an autobiography. Kehret tells us about her journey against polio. The whole time you’re reading this you are just rooting for her to get better. I won’t spoil it but you should read it to find out what eventually happens to her.
Review by Emily

Book Trailer of the Week– Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn.  If you are not quite ready to give up on summer yet, then you should definitely pick up this novel.  It’s about Gemma, who has recently been dumped by her boyfriend and is forced to live with her father this summer in the Hamptons.  Most would love to spend a summer at the Hamptons, but not Gemma.  Five years ago she made a bad decision that resulted in the breakup of her good friendship with Hallie.  In order to make the best of the summer, Gemma gets a makeover and inadvertently takes on a different persona in the Hamptons.  Will her former best friend recognize her?  Can she be someone else this summer?  Click here to find Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend in the Library and find out!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 12, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Drama, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance