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.
It’s spring break, but it is not exactly spring-like weather right now. If you are looking for a good read to keep you busy during this week of mild temperatures, check out some spring break themed books– from teens involved in a mystery while on spring break or teens playing baseball (Opening Day is March 31, after all!):
YA KASISCHKE, L.
While on spring break in Cancun, Mexico, high-school seniors and best friends Anne and Michelle accept the wrong ride and Michelle is lost–seemingly forever.
YA SF ANDERSON, M.
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble while taking a trip to the moon for spring break.
YA PENA, M.
Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.
YA PALMER, R.
Sixteen-year-old Sophie’s dream of meeting her soul mate during spring break in Florida seems to have come true, but she must determine if Jack is really the romantic hero he seems to be, or if ex-boyfriend Michael could be.
YA LIPSYTE, R.
Mike lives for baseball and hopes to follow his idol into the major leagues one day, but he is distracted by a new player who might take his place in center field, an ankle injury, problems at home, and a growing awareness that something sinister is happening at school.
Also, take a look at some of the new titles we’ve just added to the Teen collection:
NEW YA VAUGHT, S.
This novel intertwines the stories of four teenagers who find themselves haunted beyond imagining in the depths of a Kentucky mental institution.
NEW YA LONG, C.
When homeless teenager Marvin realizes his dream of working for the Core, an elite squad of costumed heroes, he discovers that the superstars he’s idolized for so long aren’t the people he thought they were.
NEW YA 362.1969 EAR
A memoir told through the journals, letters, and stories of young cancer patient Esther Earl–the inspiration for John Green’s latest novel The Fault in Our Stars.
NEW YA GREEN, S.
In modern-day England, where witches live alongside humans, Nathan, son of a White witch and the most powerful Black witch, must escape captivity before his seventeenth birthday and receive the gifts that will determine his future.
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick. Midwinterblood is the 2014 winner of the Printz Award, the award for excellence in teen literature from the American Library Association. An interesting, yet hard to explain novel, Midwinterblood tells the interconnected stories of two main characters Eric and Merle. Set in different time periods, all the stories have similarities but not one story is the same as the others. In the end you may end up with more questions than answers, but this book gets you thinking about reincarnation and what is the common thread between us all? Click here to find Midwinterblood in the Library!
In honor of the release of the awesome movie trailer for The Maze Runner, here are a few books to pick up if you liked The Maze Runner by James Dashner.
YA FISHER, C.
Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a 17-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl who claims to live on the Outside.
YA SF SMITH, A.
When fourteen-year-old Alex is framed for murder, he becomes an inmate in the Furnace Penitentiary, where brutal inmates and sadistic guards reign, boys who disappear in the middle of the night sometimes return weirdly altered, and escape might just be possible.
YA SF NESS, P.
Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony’s true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.
YA BODEEN, S.
After his parents, two sisters, and he have spent six years in a vast underground compound built by his wealthy father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, fifteen-year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them all.
YA AGUIRRE, A.
In a post-apocalyptic future, fifteen-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong–and dangerous.