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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Zombie Survival Guide is one’s key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking thestreets right now.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray
A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine
This week’s book trailer of the week is for You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin. This novel, written in the classic noir style, has all the classic characters to make it a good read. Dalton Rev, the main character, is a traditional hard-boiled detective and at seventeen-years-old is trying to solve the mystery in his high school of who killed Wesley Payne. Found hanging from the school’s goal post, Payne was involved in something that led to his murder. Suspects are abound, including the jocks, the rockers, and the nerds. Can Dalton solve the murder? Click here to find You Killed Wesley Payne in the Library!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman. This thrilling mystery centers on twin sisters, Alice and Rachel, and their seemingly psychic bond. This bond allows each other to feel what the other feels. When Alice goes missing, Rachel is sure that something is wrong and can feel that her twin is in pain. Fighting to find Alice before it is too late, Rachel worries about her own mental state. Twists and turns are abound in this novel, and it won’t be until the very last page that reader’s learn the truth about Alice’s disappearance. Click here to find Beautiful Lies in the Library!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.