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navigatingearlyNavigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
YA VANDERPOOL, C.
This book was great, stupendous, wonderful, thumbs up. At least, that’s how Early Auden, the strangest of boys, would describe it. Join Jack Baker and his new friend, Early, as he takes an unexpected turn in his life and tries to find his way back home.
Review by Genevieve

BattleLabyrinthThe Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
Percy and his team have to go through a labyrinth. Their goal is to find the evil army.
Review by Om

sizzleSizzle by Lee McClain
YA MCCLAIN, L.
Amazing! The author did a great job of telling how you do things for your family. To help others who are hurt or ill. Trying to make something yours even when you’re having trouble.
Review by Jacqueline

InsurgentInsurgent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth was an amazing book! I couldn’t put it down and the suspense after every page kept me reading! If you haven’t read this book, you really should.
Review by Brayden

six months laterSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
YA RICHARDS, D.
I thought that Six Months Later was a really cool book. It didn’t turn out the way I expected, and I liked that. It was an interesting sci-fi read and I would recommend it to sci-fi and mystery lovers.
Review by Abby

CodeSilenceCode of Silence by Tim Shoemaker
YA SHOEMAKER, T.
5 stars!! This is a great book about friendship, loyalty, honesty, and trust. A group of friends witnesses a robbery but they are too scared and threatened to report it.
Review by Natalie

SlamSlam! by Walter Dean Myers
YA MYERS, W.
This book was basically about a basketball athelete (Slam) trying to overcome life. He has to move his grades up to stay on the basketball team while dealing with his best friends and his family. School is tough (for Slam).
Review by Stephanie

HowToLeadLifeCrimeHow to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller
YA MILLER, K.
I liked this book because I think it can appeal to both kids and adults. It was a fast-paced book with an interesting plot and intriguing characters.
Review by Molly

FindingDaddyFinding Daddy by Louise Plummer
YA PLUMMER, L.
An awesome book! I love this book – it has a little humor, suspense, romance, and action. I think that this book would be good for teens like me.
Review by Khaulana

FoodGirlsAndOtherFood, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff
YA ZADOFF, A.
Andy is the fat kid that stands in the back of the class because he can’t fit into a desk. Then when he developes a crush on a girl he finds himself trying out for football. He makes the team, but his life is kinda out of hand, so he is trying to piece back his life.
Review by Bennie

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

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

YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Nominees Announced today!

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!

nightmare affairof tritonsiege and stormlove in the time of global warming

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Of Triton by Anna Banks

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Love In The Time Of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

TestingEye of Mindsearth girlclockwork scarab

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Maybe I WillGirl who was supopsed to dieSplinteredTeardrop

Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

Splintered by A.G. Howard

Teardrop by Lauren Kate

openly straightsky on firesix months latereleanor and park

 Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

 Monument 14: Sky On Fire by Emmy Laybourne

Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This song will save your lifeSteelheartRithmatistThis is What Happy Looks Like

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

WingerMidsummer night screamBetween the devil and the deep blue seaIn the Shadow of Blackbirds5th Wave

Winger by Andrew Smith

A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Tucholke

In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Book Trailer of the Week– You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin

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!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 11, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, High School, Mystery

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

Book Trailer of the Week– Fat Angie by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Fat Angie by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo.  Angie’s life sucks.  Her sister, the only person who seems to understand her, has been captured as a soldier in Iraq.  Then there is the family that she has left, after a father that abandoned her family, there is her mother who is too busy to care and her adopted brother who is always getting into trouble.  At school Angie is subject to relentless bullying, especially from the mean girls, and has even attempted (but failed) suicide. Things begin to change for Angie, however, when new girl KC Romance shows up at school.  KC takes an interest in Angie and what begins as a good friendship blossoms into more as Angie finds the confidence she needs to start turning her life around.  Click here to find Fat Angie in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 14, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, GLBTQ, High School, Issues, Realistic Fiction, Romance

Book Trailer of the Week– Paper Towns by John Green

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Paper Towns by John GreenPaper Towns is not a new novel by John Green, it was published in 2008, but Bloomsbury Publishing just released a pretty cool trailer for the novel.  So, if you really liked The Fault in Our Stars, then you should definitely check out Paper Towns.  It centers on Quinten or Q, who has been in love with his next store neighbor, Margo, since they were kids.  So when she disappears, Q is determined to follow the clues she has left to find out whether or not she has just run away or if she has actually committed suicide.  Click here to find Paper Towns in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 10, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, High School, Issues, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Romance

Book Trailer of the Week– Muckers by Sandra Neil Wallace

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Muckers by Sandra Neil Wallace.  This novel is based on true events and is set in the small town of Hatley, Arizona, in 1950.  Red O’Sullivan is the high school quarterback that is desperately trying to make something of his football team.  Since the town numbers are dwindling, due to the nearby mine closing, he’s losing teammates left and right.  His team also doesn’t have that many resources, and racial tensions are also making it hard on the team.  Can Red and the team be the rallying underdog that the town needs?  Click here to find Muckers in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 25, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Guys Reads, High School, Historical Fiction