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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

Book Trailer of the Week– Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.  This trailer is really amazing, and captures the essence of this equally amazing novel.  Set in 1943, it tells the story of two young women.  Both girls are breaking the boundaries of their gender during the war.  Queenie is an expert wireless operator, and Maddie’s talent for flying planes finds her on some dangerous runs.  At the beginning of the novel, we find that Queenie has been captured by the Nazis and accused of being a spy.  She is forced to write about how she came to be captured, as a confession for the Nazis.  What Queenie reveals, however, is the friendship that developed between her and Maddie, in some of the most difficult and trying times of the war.  Later in the novel, perspectives change and Maddie tells the rest of the story and reveals what really happened when Queenie was captured.  Click here to find Code Name Verity in the Library!

http://youtu.be/3kLMupsGhJk

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 11, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Award Winning, Book Trailer, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week– Venom by Fiona Paul

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Venom by Fiona Paul.  Cassandra is a young noblewoman who feels the constraints of her Renaissance Venetian life.  This changes, however, when Cass finds the body of a murdered woman in the tomb of her recently deceased friend.  Now Cass is determined to find the killer of this young woman, as Venom unravels into a fast paced mystery.  Click here to find Venom in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 28, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery

Book Trailer of the Week– The Diviners by Libba Bray

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Diviners by Libba BrayThe Diviners is set in Manhattan during the 1920′s.  Evie has the unique ability to uncover details about someone by holding any object that belongs to them.  When she uses her power to embarrass an important man in her Ohio hometown, she is exiled to her uncle’s car in Manhattan.  Her uncle is a curator for the museum of the occult, so when a demon spirit is on a killing spree, Evie’s uncle taps her special skills to solve the mystery.  Click here to find The Diviners in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 5, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– Dodger by Terry Pratchett

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Dodger by Terry Pratchett.  From popular author Terry Pratchett, comes a Dickensian novel where Charles Dickens is a prominent character.  When a young thief named Dodger comes to the aid of a woman in distress, his life will change forever as he comes of age and enters a world of affluence and the mystery of who wanted this woman dead unravels.   Click here to find Dodger in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 26, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week– Interrupted by Rachel Coker

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Interrupted by Rachel CokerInterrupted is a historical romance set during World War II.  After Allie’s mother passes away she has to move from Tennessee to Maine when she is adopted by Miss Beatrice.  Allie is depressed, not only because she lost her mother, but because Miss Beatrice is a prim and proper woman who Allie cannot accept as her new family.  When Sam, a boy Allie knew growing up in Tennessee, reenters her life she does not know how to feel or even how she can ever try to love again.  Click here to find Interrupted in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 5, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy

by Robin LaFevers

Ismae Rienne is born with a horrible scar running down her body, that marks her as the daughter of Death. She is feared and ridiculed by the local villagers and abused by her father. When her cruel father sells her to an even crueler husband, Ismae must escape or be killed.  She finds refuge at the convent of St. Mortain, where she is trained to be an assassin. The sisters of St. Mortain have long trained to assist the god of death in his pursuits. During her convent training, Ismae finds that she has many special gifts that help her excel as a handmaiden of death. The abbess assigns Ismae to the court of the Duchess of Brittany to protect the young Duchess and discover the traitors within the court. Of course, this means killing anyone with the the mark of Mortain. Trapped within the social confines of court life, Ismae must determine who she can trust and who she cannot. The smallest mistake, will lead to death. To make matters worse, Ismae has fallen for Duval, a man who may be marked by Mortain.

Grave Mercy is set in 15th Century France where danger, mystery, and death lurk around every corner. There is plenty of court intrigue, along with several memorable characters. The relationship between Ismae and Duval is intense and filled with many difficult choices for both characters. This is a great read for anyone who likes either historical fiction, fantasy, or mystery mixed with a good romance.

Watch and enjoy the book trailer.

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on July 31, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, Staff Pics

Book Trailer of the Week– Changeling by Philippa Gregory

This week’s book trailer is for Changeling by Philippa Gregory.  Changeling is the first book in Philipa Gregory’s new series for teens.  Click here to find Changeling in the Library today!  

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 22, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

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by Jack Gantos

Dead End in Norvelt is a semi-autobiographical novel by the author Jack Gantos.  So, it is not a true autobiography, rather it is a work of fiction based on real events and things from Jack Gantos’ life.  At the beginning of the book, we meet Jack who is twelve-years-old in the summer of 1962.  He lives with his parents in the small town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania.  Jack’s summer is not off to a good start, though.  He accidentally shot off his father’s Japanese rifle in the backyard and has been grounded for the entire summer.  Jack is not allowed to leave his house at all for the whole summer, but there is a stipulation.  He can leave to help out his elderly, arthritic neighbor Miss Volker.  Due to Miss Volker’s arthritis, she has a hard time using her hands so she needs Jack to help her out around the house and also with her duties as town coroner.  As the coroner, Miss Volker needs Jack to drive her to wherever there is a dead body in town and he also helps her by typing up the town’s obituaries.  Jack expects that his summer is going to be a boring one.  Let’s face it, how many people are going to wind up dead in one summer?  But Jack’s summer is anything but boring!  First, the old ladies of Norvelt are dropping dead one after another and this leads to a murder mystery investigation.  Jack’s father also decides to restore an old plane, Jack has a run in with the Hell’s Angels, and there are house fires and nosebleeds galore!  And that’s not even half the story!

Dead End in Norvelt is a great read for summer.  It’s an easy read that is laugh out loud hilarious.  If you love to laugh and enjoy weird stories, then click here to find Dead End in Norvelt at the Library!

Also, check out this interview with Jack Gantos where he describes more about writing Dead End in Norvelt and how it is based on some real things from Jack’s life and why he wanted to write this story.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on Categories: Fiction, Guys Reads, Historical Fiction, Interview, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Staff Pics

Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

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by Andrew Lane

I admit my only exposure to Sherlock Holmes has been the action-packed Robert Downey Jr. movies and the super awesome BBC adaptation.  No, I have not read the original novels.  However, I do enjoy the character of Sherlock and his abundance of knowledge that always seems to come in handy at just the right moment.  The mysteries and the way Sherlock uses his superb sleuthing skills are always interesting and surprising.  So, I was excited to find out that Andrew Lane is writing a series that introduces us to the fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes.  As an added bonus, this series is the first teen series endorsed by the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Literary Estate.

In the first book of the series, Death Cloud, it is 1868 and Sherlock has just been sent to live with his aunt and uncle in their large estate in Hampshire.  This arrangement is only supposed to be for Sherlock’s holidays from boarding school, but with his father stationed in India and his mother unwell, Sherlock is not sure what his future holds.  His brother, Mycroft, has arranged for Sherlock to be kept busy with an American tutor named Amyus Crowe.  Crowe is a Texan from America with a mysterious past, but a great knowledge of many different things.  Sherlock is still bored, though, living in the country.  Luckily, he makes friends with a local boy named Matty.  Of course, through their boredom, the two boys stumble upon a mysterious black cloud that leaves its victims dead with plague-like symptoms.  Together, Matty and Sherlock risk their own lives to solve the mystery of the cloud of death.

Death Cloud is filled with tons of action and adventure.  And, of course, there is a great mystery that kept me guessing throughout the entire novel.  One of the best parts about this book are the things I learned while reading the book.  Each aspect of the mystery and how Sherlock comes to his conclusions are explained in depth in the novel, and most of the explanations are logical scientific ones!  This is definitely a great read for all teens of all ages who enjoy a good mystery with lots of action and adventure.

Once you’re finished with Death Cloud, be sure to check out the next book in the series, Rebel Fire.  In this next book of the series, Sherlock and his friends intercept a plot to resurrect the Southern Cause in America with the supposedly dead John Wilkes Booth!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 8, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Guys Reads, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Staff Pics