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Click here for the buzz surrounding Holly Black’s latest book, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown!

Coldest Girl in ColdtownOn Tuesday, September 10, the Mount Prospect Public Library is very happy to be lucky enough to host the New York Times Bestselling author, Holly Black.  She will talk about her latest book, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, which hit bookshelves today!  There will also be a Q&A session and the opportunity to have your copy of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown signed by the amazing author herself.  Below you’ll find some links to the latest buzz about the book and the fabulous reviews it has been receiving:

First, check out Holly Black’s Tumblr.  It has all the latest news and cool stuff from the author.  You’ll find news, interviews, giveaways, fandom, and other really cool posts that Holly Black writes herself!

Take a look at Holly Black’s interview with the website, Bookish.  In this interview she talks about why she wrote a vampire novel, and more specifics about decisions she made for her characters while writing.  (Why does Black use a ticking clock style of vampire infection in her world?  What are some of the main character Gavriel’s manic spoutings really based on?)

Read this interview with Holly Black by The Huffington Post.  Find out why Holly Black incorporated social media into her vampire tale, as well as her favorite reality TV shows.

Check out MTV’s Hollywood Crush interview with Holly Black!  Find out why Black thinks vampires are so appealing to us humans, and what vampire books she has read that inspire her.

Finally, be sure to register for our Evening with Holly Black at MPPL by clicking here.  Also, this event could not have happened without The Book Stall in Winnetka, THEY ROCK!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 3, 2013 Categories: Events, Fantasy, Fiction, Interview

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

DeadEndNorvelt2Dead End in Norvelt

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 May 22, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Guys Reads, Historical Fiction, Interview, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Staff Pics

Fan of Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy?

Then click here to head over to EW’s Shelf Life blog to read an interview where Ally Condie answers questions about the trilogy, including an update on a movie adaptation!  Also, they reveal the cover for book 3:










By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 6, 2012 Categories: Dystopian, Fiction, Interview, Trending

All Things John Green

If you’re a fan of John Green and are excited about the recent release of his book The Fault in Our Stars, but haven’t been able to get your hands on copy yet, here are few things to tide you over until you do!

First here’s the book trailer for The Fault in Our Stars:

Here’s John Green reading the first and second chapters of the book:

and finally an interview with John Green and Ilene Cooper, who wrote the introduction for The Fault in Our Stars:

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 12, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Interview, Realistic Fiction, Trending

2011 Debut Author Interviews

2011 saw some great authors debut their first novels for teens.  This includes Cris Beam’s I Am J, Hannah Harrington’s Saving June, Veronica Roth’s Divergent, and Michelle Hodkin’s The Unbecoming of Mara DyerPublisher’s Weekly has interviewed four authors who write for teens who had their debut novel published in 2011.  Check out the interviews by clicking the links below:

Click here to read Wendy Wunder’s interview, author of The Probability of MiraclesClick here to find The Probability of Miracles in the Library.

Click here to read Robison Wells’ interview, author of VariantClick here to find Variant in the Library.

Click here to read Rae Carson’s interview, author of The Girl of Fire and ThornsClick here to find The Girl of Fire and Thorns in the Library.

Click here to read Marie Lu’s interview, author of LegendClick here to find Legend in the Library.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 3, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Interview

Marie Lu Talks About Legend

Legend is the latest hot dystopian novel to hit the shelves.  It was published in November and even before it appeared on bookshelves it had a movie deal.  The author, Marie Lu, has a pretty interesting background as a director for a video game company and says that the idea for Legend came to her while she was watching Les Miserables.

To read more about Lu’s background in video games, click here to read her interview with EW’s Shelf Life.

To read more about the her inspiration for Legend, click here to read her interview with MTV’s Hollywood Crush blog.

Click here to find Legend in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 6, 2011 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Interview

Fan of Lauren Oliver’s Delirium?

The blogs Hollwood Crush and The FABlife (both part of the MTV network) have declared this week Dystopian Week. This week they will have interviews, reviews, and guest blogs celebrating all things dystopia.

Today both Hollywood Crush and The FABlife each have interviews with Lauren Oliver, author of Delirium.

Click here to get to the Hollywood Crush interview, where Oliver talks about the upcoming sequel to Delirium, entitled Pandemonium.  Also check out the cover!:

 Pandemonium book cover

Click here to get to The FABlife interview where Oliver talks about translating here book, Delirium, to the big screen.

Click here to find Delirium in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 29, 2011 Categories: Dystopian, Fiction, Interview, Trending

2 Author Interviews

Do you enjoy reading about your favorite authors and what inspired them to write?  Then check out two really interesting author interviews below:

Click here to read PW’s Interview with Colleen Houck, author of the Tiger’s Curse series.  The first book in the series in Tiger’s Curse, and you can click here to find it in the Library.

Click here to read EW’s Shelf Life interview with Tahereh Mafi, author of Shatter MeClick here to find Shatter Me in the Library.



By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 22, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Interview, Supernatural/Paranormal

An Interview With Ally Condie, Author of Matched

Have you read Matched? Are you waiting for it’s sequel Crossed to come out next month? Well, to tide you over click here to read a recent interview with Ally Condie– you’ll learn some inside information about Crossed and some interesting info on Ally herself!


By MPPL on October 9, 2011 Categories: Dystopian, Interview