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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!

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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

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The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

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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

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 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

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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

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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

If you like The Maze Runner…

Maze RunnerIn 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.

 

IncarceronIncarceron by Catherine Fisher

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.

 

lockdownLockdown: Escape from the Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith

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.

 

KnifeThe Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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.

 

compoundThe Compound by S.A. Bodeen

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.

 

enclaveEnclave by Ann Aguirre

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.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 20, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Guys Reads, Horror, Mystery, 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

Book Trailer of the Week– The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

This week’s book traile of the week is for The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe.  Kaelyn lives with her family on a small remote island in Canada.  A disease has broken out on the island and though it starts like an ordinary flu, it turns someone crazy before it ends up killing them.  Kaelyn is watching everyone around her get sick and is chronicling what happens in letters to her good friend Leo, who has gone away to attend school on the mainland.  Soon the island is quarantined and as people die around her, Kaelyn has to fight to survive.  Click here to find The Way We Fall in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 15, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction

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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Book Trailer of the Week– I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

This week’s book trailer of the week is for I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga.  I Hunt Killers is a great book to read this time of year!  It is filled with creepy horror and a great mystery that will keep you turning every page.  I Hunt Killers centers on Jazz whose father is a notorious serial killer that is locked up in jail.  Before Jazz’s dad was found out, he taught Jazz everything he knew about killing.  Now a teen, Jazz struggles with his identity, worrying that he will turn out just like his father.  So, when the copycat murders of his father’s begin, Jazz is determined to solve the mystery to prevent others from suspecting him.  Click here to find I Hunt Killers in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 18, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Horror, Mystery

Reviews By You!

Angel Experiment Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
by James Patterson
A very good book. There were many surprises along the way. It is well written and keeps you interested.
Review submitted by Emma.
Black Duck
by Janet Taylor Lisle
I thought that the book Black Duck was an OK book. It is about a boy who finds a buddy on the beach and then a series of events happens leading him into the drug smuggling world.
Review submitted by Sam.
Unwanteds The Unwanteds
by Lisa McMann
I liked this book because it is full of adventure. I recommend it to anyone who likes adventures in 6th grade and older.
Review submitted by Alexa.
Running Dream The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen
This book was inspiring and one I could not put down. I recommend this book for a lot of people to show them that they do have it easy. I loved this book.
Review submitted by Emily.
Long Way Gone A Long Way Gone
by Ishmael Beah
This book is about the lost boys in Africa. It is an action packed and violent true story about Ishmael’s journey. I would recommend this to those in grades 6-12.
Review submitted by Sara.
Put Your Best Foot Forward Put Your Best Foot Forward: A Young Dancer’s Guide to Life
by Suki Schorer
I found this book very interesting and helpful for being a young ballerina. Do not read if you do not take ballet, it would be very confusing.
Review submitted by Cora.
Number4 I am Number 4
by Pittacus Lore
I am Number 4 by Pittacus Lore is a superb science-fiction book. It’s about a boy who is from another planet that was destroyed/taken over. He has powers like super speed and strength. He has to save Earth from Mogadorians.
Review submitted by Abby.
Strong Right Arm A Strong Right Arm
by Michelle Y. Green
I loved this book. It showed racism back then and how Peanut Johnson overcame it. I recommend to everybody.
Review submitted by Tony.
The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank is the personal diary of Anne, who grew into adulthood while in hiding from the Nazis in the attic of a work building. It takes you day to day in her life and shows a great example of the Nazi’s oppression against the Jews during WWII.
Review submitted by Merrily.
Project 17 Project 17
by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Project 17 is a great book about teens coming from all backgrounds and school groups to create a movie about a mental institution that is about to be destroyed. It’s a great, suspense-filled novel that all will enjoy.
Review submitted by Rachel.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 2, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Science Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week– The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.  Nobody Owens’ entire family was murder when he was just a young boy.  He escaped, unharmed, into a nearby graveyard.  He is discovered by the ghosts of Mr. and Mrs. Owens, so they raise him as their own.  The lost souls of the graveyard become Bod’s family, and they protect him from the killer that still hunts him despite the years that have passed.  Click here to find The Graveyard Book in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 6, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal

Reviews by You!

 

Tale Dark and Grimm A Tale Dark & Grimm
by Adam Gidwitz
A Tale Dark and Grimm is about the REAL story of Hansel and Gretel and he puts them back together and makes a gruesome book with a lot of stories put together.
Review submitted by Michael.
hugoCabret The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick
This book was so easy to read but yet fun to read. This book is good for people who don’t like to read a lot of words.
Review submitted by Jill.
Rithmatist The Rithmatist
by Brandon Sanderson
This is a creative book about lines and ability to make them come alive. The book takes you through Joel’s life showing you his gift. This story has many changing characters with a huge twist at the end. Hope you like the book.
Review submitted by Jordan.
Aquamarine Aquamarine
by Alice Hoffman
When Hailey and Claire spend their last summer together, they find a beautiful mermaid named Aquamarine in a pool after a big storm. Aquamarine left her six sister to find love on land. She then falls in love with a boy named Raymond. Raymond then falls in love with her after they had a date. Aquamarine began to dry up, and Hailey and Claire quickly bring her back to the sea. Aquamarine makes it. At the end of summer, Raymond goes off to college and Claire move to Florida. Claire then sees Raymond at the beach in Florida and she also sees Aquamarine. Hailey and Claire know Aquamarine is still swimming out there.
Review submitted by Amanda.
Dana's Valley Dana’s Valley
by Janette Oke
This dramatic book is about a normal girl: Erin. When suddenly her best friend and sister becomes seriously ill. How will Erin handle it? And will Dana be ok?
Review submitted by Lea.
House Rules House Rules
by Jodi Picoult
Jacob has Asperger’s Syndrome, which makes it hard for him to show emotion and to loook others in the eye. When his tutor, Jess, goes missing and is found dead, Jacob is blamed and although he may act guilty, did he really kill Jess?
Review submitted by Paige.
Independence Hall Independence Hall
by Roland Smith
This series is one of my all-time favorites. It is action packed and never boring. Roland Smith knows about everything he writes about, and this book is no exception.
Review submitted by Noah.
lastolymppian The Last Olympian
by Rick Riordan
This book was entertaining and fun to read. I have read this book many times before.
Review submitted by Matt.
hatchet Hatchet
by Gary Paulsen
This book is about Brian on a plane, and the plane crash in wildness. He is alone and he only has a hatchet that his mom gave him.
Review submitted by Chintal.
clockwork prince Clockwork Prince
by Cassandra Clare
The second novel in the Infernal Devices series is action packed. More battles unfold as the search for Mortaman continues. Overall, a fantastic read.
Review submitted by Ariel.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 31, 2013 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Supernatural/Paranormal

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