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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

Celebrate African American History Month with Books!

February is African American History Month.  There are a ton of books, movies, and music that you can easily find to celebrate this month.  However, to help you with your search, here is a great list we put together of some teen titles that are perfect to read to celebrate African American History month.  They center on the African American experience both past and present and include books that are dramatic, sports-themed, realistic, have a touch of fantasy, and even moving nonfiction titles or memoirs.

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Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

YA GRIMES, N.

While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they’ve written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.

47 by Walter Mosley

YA MOSLEY, W.

Number 47, a fourteen-year-old slave boy growing up under the watchful eye of a brutal master in 1832, meets the mysterious Tall John, who introduces him to a magical science and also teaches him the meaning of freedom.

The Hoopster by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

YA SITOMER, A.

Andre Anderson, an African-American teenager who loves to play basketball, is happy about his summer internship at a magazine, but his life is unexpectedly changed by a random act of violence.

Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff

YA WOLFF, V.

In order to earn money for college, fourteen-year-old LaVaughn babysits for a teenage mother of two. Written in 66 chapters, with text lines that break at natural speaking phrases.

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The Rose That Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur

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A collection of verse by the late hip-hop star Tupac Shakur includes more than one hundred poems confronting such wide-ranging topics as poverty, motherhood, Van Gogh, and Mandela.

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

YA REYNOLDS, J.

Ali lives in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, but he and his sister, Jazz, and their neighbors, Needles and Noodles, stay out of trouble until they go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back.

He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander

YA ALEXANDER, K.

When a popular football ‘playa’ and ladies man and the smartest girl in school lead a school protest, sparks fly as their social media-aided revolution grows.

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

YA HALSE, L.

After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

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The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride

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A young African American man describes growing up as one of twelve children of a white mother and Black father, and discusses his mother’s contributions to his life and his confusion over his own identity.

Mare’s War by Tanita Davis

YA DAVIS, T.

Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women’s Army Corps.

A la Carte by Tanita Davis

YA DAVIS, T.

With such a shortage of cooking shows hosted by African-American female chefs, seventeen-year-old Lainey has high hopes that her dream will be fulfilled through her hard work and unique creations, but when her best friend and secret crush suddenly moves away, Lainey must find a way to deal with the painful loss in order to keep her focus.

Chameleon by Charles Smith

YA SMITH, C.

The summer before starting high school in inner-city Los Angeles, fourteen-year-old Shawn grapples with his first experience of love, the complicated bonds of friends and family, and the reality of street gang violence.

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Good Fortune by Noni Carter

YA CARTER, N.

Brutally kidnapped from her African village and shipped to America, a young girl struggles to come to terms with her new life as a slave, gradually rising from working in the fields to the master’s house, secretly learning to read and write, until, risking everything, she escapes to seek freedom in the North.

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

YA MAGOON, K.

In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father’s nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.

Standing against the Wind by Traci Jones

YA JONES, T.

As she tries to escape her poor Chicago neighborhood by winning a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, shy and studious eighth-grader Patrice discovers that she has more options in life than she previously realized.

After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

YA WOODSON, J.

In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur’s music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 13, 2014 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Guys Reads, Historical Fiction, Issues, Multicultural, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction

If you like The Fault in Our Stars

fault in our starsWere you as impressed as we were by the release of the first movie trailer for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green?  Are you looking for something to read that is similar to TFIOS?   Of course, you can go on and read Green’s other fabulous works–and you should–but if you want to read a novel similar to TFIOS that deals themes like young people struggling with terminal illness, check out these titles:

Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon

Somebody Up There

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl

Before I Die by Jenny Downham

Before I Die

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

Probabilty of Mirackes

The F-It List by Julie Halpern

F It List

First Love by James Patterson and Emily Raymond

First Love

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

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Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

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Poster Boy by Dede Crane

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You may also want to check out Eleanor & Park and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.  Both were published this year and John Green had a lot of great things to say about both her novels.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 30, 2014 Categories: Fiction, Issues, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Trending

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

Reviews by You!

We'll Always Have summer We’ll Always Have Summer
by Jenny Han
Belly has always loved Conrad, but dated his brother Jeremiah. When Jeremiah proposes she expects although she doesn’t love him like she should. The wedding gets closer and Belly keeps waiting for Conrad’s love. Will she ever be loved by him?
Review submitted by Paige.
Confederacy of Dunces A Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole
This book is hilarious, one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. The characters are so well developed.
Review submitted by Jake.
HungerGames The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
I thought this book was amazing! I’ve read it many times before and I just couldn’t put it down!
Review submitted by Josephine.
Digital Fortress Digital Fortress
by Dan Brown
This book follows NSA employee Susan Fletcher and fiancé David Becher as the agency struggles to crack a seemingly unbreakable code. I enjoyed this book because it has plenty of twists and action and makes you keep reading.
Review submitted by Ellen.
Crossing the Wire Crossing the Wire
by Will Hobbs
This book is packed with adventure as a boy tries to cross the border into the U.S. to work and support his family in his hometown in Mexico. I would highly recommend this book for anyone entering 8th grade or higher.
Review submitted by Michael.
Running Dream The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen
A book that proves you can do what others think impossible. 5 stars!
Review submitted by Sydney.
I Emma Freke I, Emma Freke
by Elizabeth Atkinson
This book was about a girl named Emma. She never really fit in and only had one friend. She doesn’t know who her dad is or that side of the family. She was invited to a reunion from her dad’s side. When Emma comes back she is a new person. I thought this was a great book.
Review submitted by Kendall.
HungerGames The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
This book is amazing! It’s romantic, gross, a cliff hanger, adventurous, and more! I loved it!
Review submitted by Julia.
It Happened to Nancy It Happened to Nancy
by Anonymous
When Nancy is raped, her attacker leaves something behind that Nancy will never be able to forget, the HIV virus. As the virus rages through her body, Nancy must come to terms with herself before it is too late.
Review submitted by Paige.
flowers for algernon Flowers for Algernon
by Daniel Keyes
Imagine a dream of yours. Imagine that you have it but then it is taken away from you. This is what happened to the main character in Flowers for Algernon. His dream was to be smart, and he was smart until it was taken away from him. This book would be best for 8th graders and older.
Review submitted by Michael

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 21, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Historical Fiction, Issues, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance

Reviews by You!

sky on fire Sky on Fire
by Emmy Laybourne
This is a fast-paced, action adventure novel with lively characters. If you like action movies this is a book for you.
Review submitted by Abi.
Red scarf girl Red Scarf Girl
by Ji-li Jiang
Red Scarf Girl is a great book about standing up for what you believe in and being strong. The book focuses on the communism in China. Overall, it’s an excellent book.
Review submitted by Amanda.
Keeping Faith Keeping Faith
by Jodi Picoult
After her parents’ divorce, Faith starts talking to imaginary friends and one call her “God” is helping her perform miracles and repeat Bible verses when she has no religious upbringing. When a reality TV show tries to debunk her claims, will they finally believe her?
Review submitted by Paige.
red_pyramid The Red Pyramid
by Rick Riordan
Riordan has yet again given readers a book that is a genuine page-turner. Carter and Sadie Kane are descendants of two ancient blood lines. Their lives are turned upside down when their father is trapped. This book is a mystifying tale that will please everyone.
Review submitted by Tania.
Diary of a Young Girl The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne and Otto Frank
This is the touching diary of a fourteen-year-old Jew in the Second World War. When her family goes into hiding in an attic, she records her brave life.
Review submitted by Lea.
Delirium Delirium
by Lauren Oliver
Delirium is set in a time when people in the USA believed that love was a disease. Thus they found a cure. Now, when anyone turns eighteen they have to get the cure. Lena always wanted the cure but when she meets a boy she finds true love. I would recommend this book to all of my friends.
Review submitted by Christina.
Alchemist The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist draws deep emotions and sparks and thoughts about what is destiny. Learn about your personal legend and Santiago on his journey.
Review submitted by Ariel.
Flawless Flawless
by Sara Shepard
Flawless was the sequel to Pretty Little Liars. The books are really different than the TV show. The end was also really surprising. I really liked this book.
Review submitted by Nicole.
Island of Blue Dolphins Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O’Dell
Karana’s tribe left her with her brother. Three were killed from a pack of wolves. Karana survives years on the island alone, until she finally gets found.
Review submitted by Sofia.
Insurgent Insurgent
by Veronica Roth
I love this book. Probably mostly because I loved Divergent and I was dying to know what happened next. And now I’m just waiting for the third book. (I hate cliffhangers) x(
Review submitted by Rhiannon.

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Book Trailer of the Week– Dead to You by Lisa McMann

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Dead to You by Lisa McMann.  Ethan was abducted when he was seven years old.  Now sixteen, he has finally returned to his family after being abandoned and spending years in foster care or homeless.  Returning home to his family is not as easy as he thought it would be, especially when his younger brother keeps claiming that he is not really Ethan.  Click here to find Close to You in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 12, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Issues, Mystery, Realistic Fiction

Reviews by You!

Macbeth Macbeth
by Shakespeare
Macbeth and his wife seek a great amount of power. They will do anything to get it, including murder and other horrified crimes, making them criminals. Do they achieve their goal? Find out!
Review submitted by Atit.
All Your Base All Your Base Are Belong to Us
by Harold Goldberg
If you grew up with video games or just like to play them, then this is definitely the book for you! It gives you the amazing history of many famous video games and systems that changed our lives forever! 5/5 stars!
Review submitted by Dev.
Change of heart Change of Heart
by Shari Maurer
Athletic Emmi learns horrible news: her heart is failing. Throughout the story Emmi meets Abe, who already had heart surgery, and they instantly bond. Emmi goes through many tough times in her high school years.
Review submitted by Brandi.
Shug Shug
by Jenny Han
This book was about a girl named Anne Marie, and she likes Mark. But Mark likes Celia. Celia is Anne Marie’s older sister. Also, Anne Marie told her mom about Mark so the mom said try it out.
Review submitted by Kimberly.
homecoming Homecoming
by Cynthia Voigt
In Homecoming, Dicey, James, Maybeth, and Sammy are abandoned by their mother. They go all over the country searching for a loving home. I love this book because it shows really good friendship, motivation, and kindness.
Review submitted by Alice.
Kimmie66 Kimmie66
by Aaron Alexovich
It’s about a girl named Telly and her friend committed suicide and she’s trying to figure out why she did this and what was the point of it. At the end, Kimmie was still her friend and Telly was not mad at her.
Review submitted by Kaitlyn.
Tale Dark and Grimm A Tale Dark and Grimm
by Adam Gidwitz
The book was suspenseful, adventurous, and creative. There are dragons and enchanted things. There are freaky parts, like when Hansel and Gretel hide in a closet when there is screaming in the kitchen and a devil in the house.
Review submitted by Anthony.
Wednesday Wars The Wednesday Wars
by Gary Schmidt
If you don’t like Shakespeare, you might want to take a look at this. Holling thinks his teacher hates him, especially when his teacher makes him read Shakespeare outside of school.
Review submitted by Jenefer.
Beware Beware!
by R.L. Stine
It’s really scary especially when you read it at night. The slightest creek or something falling will make you jump.
Review submitted by Gabriella.
Between Mom and Jo Between Mom and Jo
by Julie Anne Peters
This book was well written and about how the main character struggles to face the cruelty of kids while having two moms. This book was exciting and thrilling. I highly recommend it.
Review submitted by Emma.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 3, 2013 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, GLBTQ, Graphic Novel, Guys Reads, Horror, Issues, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You

Book Trailer of the Week– Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Tilt by Ellen HopkinsTilt is the young adult companion novel to Hopkins’ adult novel, Triangles, that centers on a group of teens whose lives change dramatically because of sex.  If you are a fan of Ellen Hopkins dramatic novels in verse, then you should definitely pick up this latest one.  Click here to find Tilt in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 1, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Issues, Realistic Fiction

There is no Long Distance Now by Naomi Shihab Nye

There is no Long Distance Now

By Naomi Shihab Nye

 This is a book of 40 short stories set in the current moment and told by teen narrators from around the world. The stories are all less than 1,000 words and give a flash of insight into the characters’ lives. Each protagonist is different, many have quirky personalities, and all are memorable. The book includes topics like loss, friendship, enemies, accepting responsibility, and siblings. The one factor that each story shares, is their character’s desire to connect with the world. These connections are made mainly through relationships, but sometimes through actions. 

This book is a great summer read for those who want a fast read, with meaning. The stories are really short on words, but leave you thinking about the characters and their lives. You wonder how Amel deals with being made fun of because of her heritage, how Jack comes to terms with his body image, and if Lily will forgive Brianna for judging her when they first meet. With titles that include, We Like you for Your Flaws, Killer Chili,and Will You Hold My Bullet, Please?, you can read one story or the whole book.

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on June 28, 2012 Categories: Issues, Nonfiction, Staff Pics