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Holes Holes
by Louis Sachar
Holes is about Stanley Yelnats who is accused of stealing a famous baseball player’s shoes and goes to Camp Green Lake, a desert where they dig holes. The Warden is looking for something, that Kate Barlow (a criminal) stole.
Review submitted by Michael.
Shards and Ashes Shards & Ashes
edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong
I would definitely recommend this book to people who like sci-fi. I liked the fact that it was different short stories all in one book. I would give it 4/5 stars.
Review submitted by Izabella.
If You Find Me If You Find Me
by Emily Murdoch
In If You Find Me, the main character Carey lives within a national forest questioning and blocking the fact if she is real or not. Then Carey and Jenessa (her sister) find out that their mom disappears, but then is found by her father. In this book, Carey tries to figure out why her mother left her and to keep her own secrets to her as well.
Review submitted by Rahul.
Harry Potter Goblet of Fire Harry Potter Year and the Goblet of Fire
by J.K. Rowling
This book is my favorite book from the series so far. It had many different twists and turns that keep me reading really late at night. This was an awesome book and I’d recommend to anyone reading Harry Potter books that they should read the whole series.
Review submitted by Nicole.
So Punk Rock So Punk Rock
by Micol Ostow
I think this book was great. Ari does something different and does something other than get good grades. Ari’s story was great. 4.5/5 stars!
Review submitted by Peter.
Peanut Peanut
by Ayun Halliday & Paul Hoppe
This book is a graphic novel where a girl moves and lies that she has a very serious peanut allergy. Her friend from her old school doesn’t talk to her anymore. Read the book to find out what happens!
Review submitted by Rebecca.
Drums Girls Dangerous Pie Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie
by Jordan Sonnenblick
This is a great book about a boy who is troubled about his brother having cancer. Funny, serious, and romantic book all in one! Don’t let the title fool you. It’s a great book!
Review submitted by Lea.
Schwa The Schwa was Here
by Neal Shusterman
I found this book very interesting. All the characters have unique personalities. The Schwa, also known as Calvin, faces many challenges. This story mixes a mystery with adventure. I would definitely recommend it.
Review submitted by Brianna.
homecoming Homecoming
by Cynthia Voigt
I really like this book! It is an adventurous story about four children: Dicey, James, Maybeth, and Sammy Tillerman. Their parents both ran off, and the book is about the children trying to find their Aunt Cilia’s house so that they can live there.
Review submitted by Rachel.
Roll of Thunder Roll of Thunder, Here My Cry
by Mildred D. Taylor
I thought the book was ok. It showed how you should stand up for yourself and what you believe in.
Review submitted by Mary.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 17, 2013 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Science Fiction

This Week’s Book Trailer of the Week– The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde.  Jennifer Strange, only sixteen years old, has taken over Kazam Magical Arts Management after the disappearance of her boss The Great Zambini.  Jennifer becomes uber-famous, though, when it is prophesied that she is the Last Dragonslayer.  Hilarity ensues as Jennifer learns just what it means to be the Last Dragonslayer and tries to fulfill her destiny without really knowing what is really going on.  Click here to find The Last Dragonslayer in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 28, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny

Reviews By You!

Titans Curse The Titan’s Curse
by Rick Riordan
An amazing book. The Titan’s Curse is emotional with sadness, surprise, and sacrifice. A few hunters die. Bianca, for just a gift for her little brother, and Zoe, to fight with her friends against her father even though she knows she will die.
Review submitted by Kaeley.
Legend3 Legend
by Marie Lu
Legend was a captivating story about love, trust, and deception. This book left me wanting more, and I recommend it for anyone! It was amazing!
Review submitted by Kate.
Swindle Swindle
by Gordon Korman
It’s a really good book. It’s about the Babe Ruth baseball card. This guy named Griffin finds the card and sells it for $120.00 and realizes it’s real and tries to steal it back without getting caught.
Review submitted by Devraj.
Day of the Djinn Warrior The Day of the Djinn Warriors
by P.B. Kerr
This book was fun to read because it was funny, and I was able to understand what was going on.
Review submitted by Jill.
Insurgent Insurgent
by Veronica Roth
Insurgent is an amazing book filled with tons of action and romance. I strongly recommend this book.
Review submitted by Julia.
Serpent_Shadow The Serpent’s Shadow
by Rick Riordan
This book is a great fictional story about Egyptian mythology. It is a great adventure book and it is written perfectly by Rick Riordan.
Review submitted by Rithin.
Tales-Dork Diaries Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker
by Rachel Renee Russell
I loved this book! After I started reading it, I couldn’t stop! It was a very suspenseful book. My favorite part is when Nikki goes to her kid sister’s fake salon.
Review submitted by Cora.
Out of the Dust Out of the Dust
by Karen Hesse
Out of the Dust is a sad, yet heart warming story of Billie Jo, a 15 year old girl. She and her family are trying survive the depression and the Dust Bowl years.
Review submitted by Cici.
Cabin Fever Cabin Fever
by Jeff Kinney
Cabin Fever is about Greg Heffley having a wimpy life and gets stuck in his house in a huge blizzard and it actually turns out that Manny, his little brother, turned off the circuit breaker for every room except his.
Review submitted by Michael.
Hoop Hotshot Hoop Hotshot
by Jake Maddox
The book is about a boy who got cut from his middle school team and what he does to improve. A+ book!
Review submitted by Benjamin.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 25, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Historical Fiction, Reviews By You

Reviews by You!

I Hunt Killers I Hunt Killers
by Barry Lyga
I really liked the book. It was full of action and kept me on the edge of my seat.
Review submitted by Steven.
Elements The Elements
by Theodore Gray
The Elements is a book with 2-4 pages about every element known to the human race. It teaches you a lot of different fact about elements. Each 2-4 pages has 3-10 paragraphs, 7 on average. It goes from Hydrogen to Ununoctium.
Review submitted by Michael.
BigNateFlips Big Nate Flips Out
by Lincoln Peirce
The book named above was really funny and is creative, just like all of the other Big Nates. I enjoyed it a lot. This particular book was about Francis and Nate getting into a colossal fight over how Nate was so messy. So, Nate gets hypnotised to be neater, but it doesn’t work out too well.
Review submitted by Anthony.
The List The List
by Siobhan Vivian
This was such a good book! It’s the start of the new school year when the list is put out–one pretty girl and one ugly girl in each grade–drama unfolds and friendships shatter. This book does show the reality of high school beauty pressures.
Review submitted by Kendall.
The call The Magnificent 12: The Call
by Michael Grant
4/5 stars. The book has a great plot line. It starts with a person gathering twelve kids to defeat an evil queen. The twists and turns will leave you hanging.
Review submitted by Tyler.
Enchantress The Enchantress
by Michael Scott
5 stars. A great ending to a great series. Everything is nothing that you would expect for the ending.
Review submitted by Allison.
Just Listen Just Listen
by Sarah Dessen
This book has an amazing story. I could not put this book down. Sarah Dessen truly takes you to another world with her amazing books.
Review submitted by Emily.
Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
by J.K. Rowling
This book was the sequel to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. In this book, someone has been opening up the chamber of secrets again. I thought it was good.
Review submitted by Nicole.
Ninth ward Ninth Ward
by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Lenesha’s mother died right after she gave birth to her. Mama Ya-Ya took care of her forever! Hurricane Katrina hit and Lanesha experienced many hardships, including one of her friend’s deaths.
Review submitted by Paula.
One for the Murphy's One for the Murphy’s
by Linda Hunt
It’s a book about when Carley Conners goes into a foster home with the Murphy’s after her mom lands in a coma. She grows close to the Murphy’s until her surprise of going back to her mom.
Review submitted by Aleks.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 17, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You

Book Trailer of the Week– Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger.  In this Finishing School Book the First, Sophronia has been enrolled in finishing school.  Set in an alternate steampunk England in 1851, Sophronia’s finishing school is like no other.  It teaches the art of poisoning, eye lash fluttering, self defense, and other skills to make one an expert in espionage.  Being no ordinary girl, Sophronia is thriving at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy, and she tests the limits of her new training as she tries to solve the mystery of the missing prototype.  Click here to find Etiquette & Espionage in the Library today!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 25, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Funny, Mystery, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Teen Boat by Dave Roman and John Green

Teen Boat: the angst of being a teen–the thrill of being a boat!

by Dave Roman and John Green

Teen Boat is a collection of comics that follows a boy named Teen Boat, who is seemingly your average teen guy, but who has the unique ability to transform into a boat.  As you can imagine, this comic collection is filled with hilarious adventures where Teen Boat gets into trouble because of his unique ability.  One of the funniest escapades chronicles Teen Boat trying to get his driver’s license.  Teen Boat is not comfortable in cars (because, duh, he’s a boat), so he puts off getting his license.  However, he wants to impress a girl at school who is really into cars, so he decides to try and get his license.  He has to wear floaties when he starts to learn how to drive, though, because he is so scared.  Then, when he takes the test, he spills his instructors coffee.  The coffee spills into Teen Boat’s ear, which holds his nerve center for turning into the boat.  Since liquid has hit his Teen Boat nerve, he turns into a boat inside the car!  Teen Boat is now a boat with a car underneath him.  He looses control and crashes into a semi carrying a tanker of gas.  Is this the end of Teen Boat!?  You’ll have to pick up this laugh out loud comic to find out.

Writer, Dave Roman, and cartoonist, John Green, have created a very interesting and easy to read collection of comics that, I have to admit, I have not seen or heard anything like this before.  The style of the art of Teen Boat reminds me of Archie comics.  It is a traditional comic, thankfully in color, but Green adds to Roman’s sidesplitting, humorous writing by adding his own funny imagery.  Check out some of the art style of Teen Boat below.  Included at the end of this book is the description of the creation process between Roman and Green.  They both worked very closely on Teen Boat, and there was a lot of back and forth between the author and the cartoonist.  You can really tell how much they were both in sync when creating this comic.  Teen Boat is definitely a great read for those who like out there comics that are filled with humor and ridiculousness.  Click here to find Teen Boat in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 20, 2012 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fiction, Funny, Graphic Novel, Staff Pics

Book Trailer of the Week– 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody

This week’s book trailer of the week is for 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody.  This book trailer is actually really well done.  52 Reasons to Hate My Father is about Lexi, who is a spoiled rich girl who has pushed her millionaire father too far.  Lexi is cut off from her trusts fund until she proves herself to her dad.  To do this, Lexi must complete 52 jobs, one for each week in the year.   Click here to find 52 Reasons to Hate My Father in the Library and check out the awesome book trailer below: 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 10, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Funny, Realistic Fiction

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick

by Joe Schreiber

With a title like Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick I had no idea what I was in for when I picked up this book by Joe Schreiber.  I definitely did not expect a book that has so much action that it puts some of the latest action movies to shame!  I also did not expect that the character that is the cause of all the danger, violence, and excitement is a female foreign exchange student.  Finally, I didn’t expect that I would love this book and that by the end of the book it was not even close to the story I thought I was reading when I first started.

When I first picked up Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick, I thought it would be a mix of a romance with a weird storyline that involved a foreign exchange student.  While some of that is true, the story is so much more!  Perry is your normal teenage guy, he is a little bit on the geeky side, but deals with the normal pressures that a high school senior deals with– choosing the right college, working at his dad’s work, and dealing with the pressure his parents put on him to achieve the best.  However, there is one thing in Perry’s life that isn’t that normal, his family’s Lithuanian exchange student named Gobi.  A majority of this novel takes place on one night, a night that will change Perry’s life forever, the night that Perry takes Gobi to the prom and learns that Gobi is actually a 24-year-old trained assassin who has commandeered Perry to be her driver for the night while she hunts down those she has been assigned to kill.

The characters of both Perry and Gobi are so much fun to read.  Gobi appears to be this weak girl at first, but is actually a kick butt assassin who is both scary and awesome.  Perry grows a lot in this story and at first you think there’s no one that he will survive this night as Gobi’s chauffer.  I won’t give the ending away, so you will need to read the book to find out if Perry does make it out alive.  This novel has everything action, a little romance, a mystery, and drama.  However, there is strong language and a lot of violence, so if that is not something you like to read then this is not the book for you.  If you do like an awesome story that keeps you guessing and is filled with nonstop action, then pick up Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick at the Library today!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 26, 2012 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fiction, Funny, Staff Pics

Notes From a Totally Lame Vampire by Tim Collins

Notes From a Totally Lame Vampire book coverNotes From a Totally Lame Vampire

by Tim Collins

If you’re a fan of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, then you’re in luck there’s another great series out like it, Notes From a Totally Lame Vampire by Tim Collins. Nigel, is the totally lame vampire, and like Diary of Wimpy Kid, this book is journal and is complete with pictures and some pretty terrible poems too. The big difference between Nigel and Greg Heffley is that Nigel is a vampire, and while he’s stuck living as a teen he’s really been around for 100 years. Now most people think being a vampire involves super human strength, being speedy, picking up the ladies with your irresistible looks, and more, but if you’re completely lame like Nigel, it means being pimply, angsty, awkward, wussy, and not so smooth with the ladies. Nigel vents about his frustration about lacking all the typical vampire skills and also the trials of dealing with school and his oh-so-embarrassing family. Filled with humorous reflections on living as a teen for 100 years, the social pains of school, wooing his new classmate Chloe, and some great twists Notes From a Totally Lame Vampire is a great quick and laugh out loud read.

By MPPL on November 30, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal