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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.

 

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Book Trailer of the Week– Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Free to Fall by Lauren Miller.  Rory lives in a future society where technology has invaded every facet of life.  Everyone relies on an app called “Lux” to basically run their lives, as it makes every decision for them.  Rory has just been accepted to a prestigious academy, where her mother also went to school.  Secretly, Rory struggles with having “Doubt” or the second guessing of decisions made for her by Lux.  As she starts her new school, she finds herself learning more about her mother who died years ago.  The more that is revealed to Rory about her mother, the more she begins question everything she thought she knew about her mother and how she died.  Click here to find Free to Fall in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 6, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction

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

Prom Reads

‘Tis the season for prom!  Whether you are attending the prom this week or just love all things prom, check out some of the books below!

prom

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson

YA ANDERSON, L.

Eighteen-year-old Ash wants nothing to do with senior prom, but when disaster strikes and her desperate friend, Nat, needs her help to get it back on track, Ash’s involvement transforms her life.

PromandPrejudice

Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

YA EULBERG, E.

For Lizzie Bennett, a music scholarship student at Connecticut’s exclusive, girls-only Longbourn Academy, the furor over prom is senseless, but even more puzzling is her attraction to the pompous Will Darcy, best friend of her roommate’s boyfriend.

Prom Etiquette

Emily Post’s Prom and Party Etiquette by Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post

YA 395.123 SEN

Relax and let Emily Post, the most trusted name in etiquette, be your guide. Prom and Party Etiquette will help you navigate your social life and be more confident at the parties you attend. Knowing what to do makes it easier to enjoy all your celebrations to the fullest and having fun is what a party is really about!

Its Our Prom

It’s Our Prom (so deal with it) by Julie Anne Peters

YA PETERS, A.

Told in separate voices, Azure, who is a lesbian, and Luke, who is bisexual, help plan an inclusive senior prom while Luke is writing and producing a musical about his life, both are working through the crush they have on their friend Radhika, and all three are dealing with problems at home.

Seventeen Beauty
Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty by Ann Shoket & the editors of Seventeen

YA 646.72 SHO

Advice on how to make the most of your natural features, with tips on hair styling, skin care, and makeup; insider secrets from celebrity experts; and recommendations for special occasions.

prom dates from hell

Prom Dates From Hell

YA SS PROM

In this exciting collection, bestselling authors take bad prom nights to a whole new level–a paranormally bad level. Wardrobe malfunctions and two left feet don’t hold a candle to discovering your date is the Grim Reaper–and he isn’t here to tell you how hot you look. From angels fighting demons to a creepy take on getting what you wish for, these five stories will entertain better than any DJ in a bad tux. No corsage or limo rental necessary. Just good, scary fun.

Tessa

Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin

YA FRANKLIN, E.

Feeling humiliated and confused when his best friend Tessa rejects his love and reveals a long-held secret, high school senior Luke must decide if he should stand by Tessa when she invites a female date to the prom, sparking a firestorm of controversy in their small Indiana town.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 28, 2014 Categories: Fiction, High School, Nonfiction

Book Trailer of the Week– Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina.  Piddy just changed schools and, only a few weeks into the new school year, she is told that Yaqui Delgado is going to kick her ass.  Piddy has no idea why Yaqui has a grudge against her; she doesn’t even know the girl.  As the bullying increases Piddy does not know what to do to make it stop or even why it started.  All she knows is that she has to avoid Yaqui Delagado at all costs, because no one is going to help her out.  Click here to find Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 23, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Bullying, Fiction, High School, Realistic Fiction

May is Zombie Awareness Month!

Did you know that May is Zombie Awareness Month?  It serves as a good reminder to brush up on your zombie reads, just in case the world is ever overrun by the undead!  Check out a recommended reading list below, and you will be fully prepared to run, fight, or barricade yourself in your protective fortress.

zombZom-B by Darren Shan

YA SHAN, D.

When the news starts reporting a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B’s father thinks it’s a hoax-but even if it isn’t, the two of them joke, it’s only the Irish, right? That is, until zombies actually attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers. But when they come face-to-face with the ravenous, oozing corpses, all bets are off. There are no friends. No allies. Just whatever it takes to survive.

RotRuinRot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

YA MABERRY, J.

In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother’s footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

 

 

Dearly DepartedDearly Departed by Lia Habel

YA HABEL, L.

In the year 2195 when society is technologically advanced but follows the social mores of Victorian England, recently orphaned Nora Dearly is left at the mercy of her domineering, social-climbing aunt, until she is nearly kidnapped by zombies and falls in with a group of mysterious, black-clad commandos.

 

InfectsThe Infects by Sean Beaudoin

YA BEAUDOIN, S.

Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. These kids have seen zombie movies. They know the rules. Unfortunately, knowing the rules isn’t going to be enough.

 

ashesAshes by Isla Bick

YA BICK, I.

Alex, a resourceful 17-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world’s population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.

 

EnemyThe Enemy by Charlie Higson

YA HIGSON, C

After a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers leave their shelter and set out of a harrowing journey across London to the safe haven of Buckingham Palace.

 

 

UndeadUndead by Kirsty McKay

YA MCKAY, K.

On a school trip to snowbound Scotland, several students become infected and turn into hungry zombies, leaving a small band of survivors to take refuge in the school bus.

 

 

 

zZ by Michael Thomas Ford

YA SF FORD, M.

In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is invited to join an underground gaming society, where the gamers hunt zombies and the action is more dangerous than it seems.

 

 

 

Eat brains loveEat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart

YA HART, J.

New Jersey teens Jake Stephenson and Amanda Blake are turning into zombies and, having devoured half of their senior class, they are on the run, pursued by teen psychic Cass, a member of a government unit charged with killing zombies and keeping their existence secret.

 

 

zombie survival guideThe Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

818.602 BRO

The Zombie Survival Guide is one’s key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking thestreets right now.

 

 

 

how to make a zombieHow to Make a Zombie by Frank Swain

398.45 SWA

Could zombies actually walk the earth? Join science punk Frank Swain as he digs into the science of body and mind control, from Haitian Vodou potions to military interrogation techniques. He recounts true zombie tales from the archives, including resurrected dog heads, secret agent drugs, and remote-controlled bulls and rats. He even investigates how psychologists are shaping our thoughts in the design of city streets.

 

zombie handbookThe Zombie Handbook by Robert Curran

398.21 CUR

The Zombie Handbook‘ explains how to identify a zombie, survive an attack, and ultimately, defeat the undead hordes. Packed with sound, practical advice, true-life encounters, and a world history of these drooling brain munchers.

 

 

Zombies a field guideZombies: a field guide to the walking dead by Robert Curran

398.21 CUR

In the myths, legends, and folklore of many peoples, the returning, physical dead play a significant role, whether they are the zombies of Haiti or the draugr of Scandinavia. But what are the origins of an actual bodily return from the grave? Does it come from something deep within our psyche, or is there some truth to it?

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 21, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Horror, Nonfiction, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal, Zombies

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– William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher

This week’s book trailer of the week is for William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher.  If you like Star Wars or if you like Shakespeare or if you like Star Wars and Shakespeare, then this book is perfect for you!  It retells the fourth episode completely in Shakespeare’s language.  It is laugh out-loud funny and it is definitely a new spin on the classic movie.  And there are more on the way!  William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back was just published in March.  Click here to find William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope in the Library today!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 9, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Movies, Science Fiction

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