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April Fools! Check out some humorous teen reads :D

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!

Carter Finally Gets ItCarter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

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.

I am a Genius of Unspeakable EvilI  am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

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.

how to ruin a summer vacationHow to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles

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.

Beauty QueensBeauty Queens by Libba Bray

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.

Reformed Vampire Support GroupThe Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

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.

crap kingdomCrap Kingdom by D.C. Pierson

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.

william shakespeare's star warsWilliam Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher

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.

Team HumanTeam Human by Justine Larbalastier

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.

AuRevoirAu Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

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.

grasshopper jungleGrasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

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.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 1, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Science Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week– Grasshopper Jungle: a history by Andrew Smith

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Grasshopper Jungle: a history by Andrew Smith.  This novel, narrated by sixteen-year-old Austin, is pretty much about every weird thing you can imagine.  Austin is chronicling the end of the world, after he and his friend Robby accidentally released a plague of six-foot-tall praying mantises.  As he is relaying the account of the end, you also learn about his growing love for both his girlfriend Shann and also his best friend Robby.  He is confused, and so in the midst of all the destruction Austin is also just trying to figure out life.  Click here to find Grasshopper Jungle: a history in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 14, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, GLBTQ, Guys Reads, High School, Horror, Romance, Science Fiction

Stop Motion Throwback

For Throwback Thursday check out one of the teen created stop motion videos from our program this past summer.  Enjoy!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 9, 2014 Categories: Art, Events, Funny, Movies

Reviews by You!

We'll Always Have summer We’ll Always Have Summer
by Jenny Han
Belly has always loved Conrad, but dated his brother Jeremiah. When Jeremiah proposes she expects although she doesn’t love him like she should. The wedding gets closer and Belly keeps waiting for Conrad’s love. Will she ever be loved by him?
Review submitted by Paige.
Confederacy of Dunces A Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole
This book is hilarious, one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. The characters are so well developed.
Review submitted by Jake.
HungerGames The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
I thought this book was amazing! I’ve read it many times before and I just couldn’t put it down!
Review submitted by Josephine.
Digital Fortress Digital Fortress
by Dan Brown
This book follows NSA employee Susan Fletcher and fiancé David Becher as the agency struggles to crack a seemingly unbreakable code. I enjoyed this book because it has plenty of twists and action and makes you keep reading.
Review submitted by Ellen.
Crossing the Wire Crossing the Wire
by Will Hobbs
This book is packed with adventure as a boy tries to cross the border into the U.S. to work and support his family in his hometown in Mexico. I would highly recommend this book for anyone entering 8th grade or higher.
Review submitted by Michael.
Running Dream The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen
A book that proves you can do what others think impossible. 5 stars!
Review submitted by Sydney.
I Emma Freke I, Emma Freke
by Elizabeth Atkinson
This book was about a girl named Emma. She never really fit in and only had one friend. She doesn’t know who her dad is or that side of the family. She was invited to a reunion from her dad’s side. When Emma comes back she is a new person. I thought this was a great book.
Review submitted by Kendall.
HungerGames The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
This book is amazing! It’s romantic, gross, a cliff hanger, adventurous, and more! I loved it!
Review submitted by Julia.
It Happened to Nancy It Happened to Nancy
by Anonymous
When Nancy is raped, her attacker leaves something behind that Nancy will never be able to forget, the HIV virus. As the virus rages through her body, Nancy must come to terms with herself before it is too late.
Review submitted by Paige.
flowers for algernon Flowers for Algernon
by Daniel Keyes
Imagine a dream of yours. Imagine that you have it but then it is taken away from you. This is what happened to the main character in Flowers for Algernon. His dream was to be smart, and he was smart until it was taken away from him. This book would be best for 8th graders and older.
Review submitted by Michael

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 21, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Historical Fiction, Issues, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance

Reviews by You!

CatchingFire Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins
Katniss Everdeen gets put back into the Hunger Games with the victors from the last 25 years. All of the victors then have to fight to the death.
Review submitted by Anthony.
CupcakeQueen The Cupcake Queen
by Heather Hepler
It’s a great book for middle grade students. Very interesting. Great book for passing time.
Review submitted by Veronika.
BlackDuck Black Duck
by Janet Lisle
This is a book when an ordinary 14-year-old boy is surrounded by the Prohibition. He must decide between following or breaking the law.
Review submitted by Emma.
Ghosts Grave The Ghost’s Grave
by Peg Kehret
He is haunted by a ghost telling him to dig up his body because his location of burial is not where he wanted.
Review submitted by Atit.
Angel Experiment The Angel Experiment
by James Patterson
I loved the book, it is action packed with adventure and humor. Join Max and the gang for an epic journey and possibly saving the world.
Review submitted by Ariel.
Wolf Brother Wolf Brother
by Michelle Paver
Wolf Brother is about a boy named Tomak, and how he saves the world 6,000 years ago. The threat to the world is a bear with a demon stuck inside of it.
Review submitted by Kurt.
Smile Smile
by Raina Telgemeier
This book is about a girl who can never get her smile right. When she comes back from Girl Scouts and she races her friends back home, she trips and falls and breaks her 2 front teeth. It took 3.5 years to repair! Read the book to find out!!!
Review submitted by Jacob.
persepolis Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi
It was great. It was also fun to read since it was a comic. Funny and it tells about Iran war.
Review submitted by Linda.
lion witch wardrobe The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis
Lucy goes into a magic wardrobe and meets a fawn. She goes again with her brothers and sister, and they become kings and queens of the land inside the wardrobe. Lucy and her family have many adventures together.
Review submitted by Brandi.
Stargirl Stargirl
by Jerry Spinelli
I really liked the book Stargirl. This book was full of suspense and difficult decisions. The book is about a mysterious girl who is new at public school, and expresses her true original self.
Review submitted by MaryKate.

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Prodigy Prodigy
by Marie Lu
I really like Lu’s idea of what the USA could be like in the future. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend this for people who like action and futuristic stuff.
Review submitted by Tim.
Tale Dark and Grimm A Tale Dark and Grimm
by Adam Gidwitz
This book was easy, yet really fun to read. It was easy to read because it was divided into small stories instead of a big one. This book is really great for people who like fantasy and adventure together!!!
Review submitted by Jill.
MissPeregrine Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
After witnessing his grandfather’s death, Jacob travels to a remote Welsh island hoping to find answers. As Jacob searches for answers, he meets a peculiar group of friends and finds the peculiar within him.
Review submitted by Emma.
finally Finally
by Wendy Mass
Rory has finally turned 12! She has made a long list of things she wants to do. One problem – everything keeps going wrong! I found this book exciting to read.
Review submitted by Caitlyn.
DeadEndNorvelt2 Dead End in Norvelt
by Jack Gantos
This book was very good because it has a good moral. The moral is that you have to learn from your mistakes so you don’t repeat your mistakes. 4.5/5 stars.
Review submitted by Jonny.
Whatever Happened Janie Whatever Happened to Janie
by Caroline B. Cooney
I really enjoyed this book. I think it had a great plot and it makes me want to read more of the series. I think it is very intriguing and it kept me very interested. Overall this book was great, and I would recommend this to other readers.
Review submitted by Katie.
perfect you Perfect You
by Elizabeth Scott
I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down. It was very interesting. The book was all about Kate, a girl in high school, who has to deal with trouble in school, with friends, and her family. The worst thing is her dad sells vitamins and humiliates her.
Review submitted by Victoria.
Lightning Thief The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan
I recently finished Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief. I LOVED IT! The ending is very thrilling. The Greek mythology concept made the book even more interesting. I LOVED this book!
Review submitted by Claire.
HP and the Half Blood Prince Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
by J.K. Rowling
I thought that this book was very good. The ending was very surprising and I couldn’t put it down. I really enjoyed this book from the series.
Review submitted by Nicole.
Wild Roses Wild Roses
by Deb Caletti
When Cassie’s parents divorce her mother quickly remarries the crazy violinist Dino Cavalli, but she and her father are the only people who see his craziness. Will Cassie keep his secret, or spill it?
Review submitted by Paige.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 23, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Reviews by You!

etiquette espionage Etiquette & Espionage
by Gail Carriger
Comical and adventure packed! You will fall in love with all of the characters and see yourself through Sophronia’s exciting adventure.
Review submitted by Ariel.
DiaryWimpyKid Diary of a Wimpy Kid
by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (the 1st book of the series) is about Greg Heffley dealing with a wimpy life and the cheese touch, but this diary is no “dear diary” this and “dear diary” that, just read to find out.
Review submitted by Michael.
Marley Me Marley & Me
by John Gragan
Marley & Me is a great book about the true story of a family and their crazy dog. I really enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to other teens.
Review submitted by Jackie.
Freak the Mighty Freak the Mighty
by Rodman Philbrick
Freak the Mighty is a really good book because it shows all about two different boys who do everything for each other for friendship.
Review submitted by Rosalva.
Lost Stories The Lost Stories
by John Flanagan
The Lost Stories was cool because it gave you answers to the questions you still might have about the Ranger’s Apprentice series. It was very detailed, especially in one about Tug, Will, and a wolf. It has very interesting facts about all the characters.
Review submitted by Mia.
Eye of the World The Eye of the World
by Robert Jordan
I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. For one, Jordan gets into immense detail on basically everything in the book. Also, the world Jordan created is extremely huge and filled with multiple races and cultures. The book reminded me a bit of Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings series.
Review submitted by Nick.
ABC Murders The ABC Murders
by Agatha Christie
Really exciting with a surprise ending! A must read for anyone!
Review submitted by Vanika.
Only the Good Spy Young Only the Good Spy Young
by Ally Carter
Such a great book! I loved it so much! The new character, Zach, was a nice touch and truly added more to the story. The new missions Cammie had and the funny encounters from the people from the first book were great. This was such a great book!
Review submitted by Tania.
Starclimber Starclimber
by Kenneth Oppel
A stunning and remarkable ending to an enchanting trilogy. My original assumption was that the story was tacky and other unoriginal. As it turned out, the conclusion took me into the unknown of space with great vigilance, though the romantic elements were more than I usually take to.
Review submitted by Marie.
Streams to the River Streams to River, River to the Sea
by Scott O’Dell
A novel about Sacagawea’s travel with Lewis and Clark on their way to the sea along the Mississippi River, the hardship, the tribes, and the adventures of Sacagawea.
Review submitted by Ghanika.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 16, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You

Reviews by You!

Running Dream The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen
The Running Dream is an amazing book. One reason I like this book is because I can relate to the main character, Jessica. Jessica loves to run and so do I. Another reason I love this book is because there is always an interesting climax going on. It is not one of those books that you have to break into. I would rate this book 5/5 stars.
Review submitted by Jenna.
Troy High Troy High
by Shana Norris
A book about two friends who go to rivaling schools. They work together to try to save their friendship while being loyal to their school.
Review submitted by Karina.
Marked Marked
by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Although it is a book about vampires, it was very enjoyable to read and almost seemed realistic. This book begins with Zoey’s unusual marking as a vampire and continues through her change from a fledgling to a full adult vampire.
Review submitted by Sonia.
January Conspiracy 365: January
by Gabrielle Lord
This is the first of twelve books in the Conspiracy 365 series. It’s an action packed story of a 15-year-old fugitive accused of attempted murder. A family heritage causes all this chaos along the way.
Review submitted by Emma.
Ugly Truth The Ugly Truth
by Jeff Kinney
I enjoyed The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney very much. My favorite part was when the senior citizens came to the Valentine’s Day dance and ruined it. I liked how the story was very suspenseful.
Review submitted by Irene.
Mad About Super Heroes Mad About Super Heroes
Edited by Nick Meglin & John Ficarra
This book was really fun and made fun of Batman a lot. The small strips were the best or the classic art with the super heroes added.
Review submitted by Kathleen.
lastolymppian The Last Olympian
by Rick Riordian
I think this book was really great because it was full of action and suspense. This book kept me wanting to read more… one of my favorites!
Review submitted by Grace.
Emblaze Emblaze
by Jessica Shirvington
Violet is an angel and she is in love with an exile Phoenix and another angel Lincoln. Phoenix betrayed her and she can’t be with Lincoln. Phoenix is trying to get the scriptures from her and is threatening her family and friends to get it.
Review submitted by Stephanie.
Belle Epoque Belle Epoque
by Elizabeth Ross
Just as a foil is placed under a jewel to make it shine, a Repoussoir is a companion to a beautiful girl just to make her stand out more. In France, Maude desperately needs a job to survive, so she becomes a Repoussoir. She is a “hideous” girl who is hired by an aristocratic family to accompany their daughter for her season. But is the feeling of rejection and ignorance worth the thousands of dollars and glamor?
Review submitted by Nida.
Enemy The Enemy
by Charlie Higson
All the zombies (grown ups) have been diseased 16 years ago and their offsprings were not harmed. So now only kids rule the world and it’s up to the kids to survive and not get eaten by the zombies.
Review submitted by Atit.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 17, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Reviews by You!

Incarceron Incarceron
by Catherine Fisher
Finn lives in a prison made of metal and wants to escape. Finding a key, it leads him to a girl, Claudia. She has another key. She believes Finn to be the lost prince Giles and is the rightful leader.
Review submitted by Stephanie.
small steps Small Steps
by Louis Sachar
Small Steps is a sequel to Holes and it tells the entire story of Ziz, Zag, Magnet, X-Ray, Armpit, and Squid and what happens once they live their own real lives.
Review submitted by Michael.
HungerGames The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games was basically about a girl named Katniss fighting for her country. She volunteered to fight. Along the way, she fell in love.
Review submitted by Chelsea.
Public Enemies Superman, Batman: Public Enemies
by Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuinness, Dexter Vines, Dave Stewart, and Richard Starkings
Great comic book/graphic novel that has amazing illustrations! Also, a very good story that compares Superman and Batman. They have different lives! 5/5 stars!
Review submitted by Dev.
Ugly Truth The Ugly Truth
by Jeff Kinney
This is a very funny book. It tells the life of a boy in middle school. It shows his life in a very funny manner that will make you want to keep reading.
Review submitted by Rithia.
Divergent Divergent
by Veronica Roth
Very, very good book! The main characters’ challenges and hardships were very detailed and it seems like you’re taking her place. Over all the book was awesome and I can’t wait until the third book comes out in October!
Review submitted by Tania
Scurvy Goonda Scurvy Goonda
by Chris McCoy
This book is about a pirate Scurvy and he is ruining Ted Merrit’s life.
Review submitted by Joshua.
Mississippi Trial, 1955 Mississippi Trial, 1955
by Chris Crowe
Hiram was so excited to be spending the summer of 1955 with his grandfather in Mississippi until the body of Emmett Till was discovered. Hiram’s views of Mississippi, his grandfather, and his father all change as he searches for answers of what happened to Emmett.
Review submitted by Emma.
Atlantis Complex The Atlantis Complex
by Eoin Colfer
The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer describers the adventure of a genius kid trying to save the world with the help of a few friends.
Review submitted by Lia.
Bloom Bloom
by Elizabeth Scott
Bloom is an intense story of how to not be scared of being yourself, that life is not perfect and does not have to be. Lauren will discover that as she learns to let go and open up to the world.
Review submitted by Diana.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 14, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Graphic Novel, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You

Reviews by You!

 

Running Dream The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen
I loved this book! It is a cross between emotional and exciting. I’d recommend this book to people who like realistic fiction stories. It is a book you will not want to put down!
Review submitted by Brianna.
DiaryWimpyKid Diary of a Wimpy Kid
by Jeff Kinney
I really liked the book Diary of a Wimpy Kid, because it is talking about a boy who is just about to start middle school. Greg had a bad day on his 1st day of school. I would rate this book 5/5 stars.
Review submitted by Vrund.
Lawn Boy Lawn Boy
by Gary Paulsen
A boy (the book does not tell the boy’s name) gets a lawn mower from his grandma and finds a boy named Arnold to be his stock person, so he has a big lawn mowing business. But will the business be too big for his family? Find out in Lawn Boy!
Review submitted by Michael.
Spellbinder Spellbinder
by Helen Stringer
Five stars! Wonderful theme! Amusing, entertaining. Those two words describe this book perfectly!
Review submitted by David.
Darth Vader Darth Vader and Son
by Jeffrey Brown
This is a great book! It is amazing and very humorous. The characters are Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker (as a young boy). If you love Star Wars, you’ll definitely love this quick-read. 5/5 stars!
Review submitted by Dev.
Angel Experiment The Angel Experiment
by James Patterson
6/5 stars! This series is amazing! If you love sci-fi, you should read this.
Review submitted by Morgan.
Tale Dark and Grimm A Tale Dark & Grimm
by Adam Gidwitz
This was a book that is seamlessly good, what can go wrong with Hansel and Gretal? A lot. This book is bloody and gruesome, not for the faint of heart, but it is a great read on a stormy day.
Review submitted by Kelsey.
HungerGames The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
It was a really great book with a main goal to survive the Hunger Games. An easy, fun to read book with little details that brighten up your day. Very adventurous but has a bit of romance in it as well.
Review submitted by Tania.
Insurgent Insurgent
by Veronica Roth
Insurgent was an exciting sequel to Divergent. The story always left you wanting more. Four and Tris struggled together, while still finding a way to show passion.
Review submitted by Kate.
Hobbit The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit is about Bilbo, a hobbit living in the shire. Bilbo goes on a long journey to help another hobbit take back his throne. Bilbo faces deadly challenges and finds a ring that can turn him invisible. The Hobbit is a book that I think most teens will love.
Review submitted by MacKenzie.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 23, 2013 Categories: Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Graphic Novel, Horror, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Science Fiction