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 MisterMonday Mister Monday by Garth Nix

Arthur Penhaligon was a normal kid until one Monday when he was given a strange key.  The key helped him breath because he had asthma and the key led him to a place called the House.  In the House, Arthur’s adventure takes off with his friend Suzy.  I would recommend this book and it’s series to anyone.

review submitted by Madeline

 Soul-surfer-dvd Soul Surfer

Soul Surfer, the movie, was a really good. It was a true movie based on a girl who lost one of her arms while surfing. She was so determined to continue even with one arm and she did it. It was really good but sad because a shark bit her and made her arm bleed.  She has continued to surf even without an arm in competitions.

review submitted by Haley

 Switched Switched by Jessica Wollman

This was a very good book.  It was about a poor girl who wanted to go to college (but didn’t have the money) meeting a rich girl who didn’t like school.  They switched places to have what they each wanted.

review submitted by Katie

Exodus   Exodus by Julie Bertagna

Exodus is the story of what life could be like in the future.  The icecaps melted and most of the world was flooded.  This makes you wonder whether we are on the brink of a world like that.  It’s a very good story and is scary to think that we may have to deal with this in the future.

review submitted by Natalie

IndieGirl    Indie Girl by Kavita Daswani

An Indian girl wants to be a fashion reporter, so she babysits the famous reporter Aaralyn Taylor’s son, hoping that it will let her get into an internship.  The story is how she struggles to get Aaralyn to like her.

review submitted by Faba

Forest of Hands and Teeth    The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Mary lived all her life in feat of the Forest of Hands and Teeth behind the fence that protected her from it.  Now she must leave the security of the fence and search for a new life where she could escape the Unconsecrated.   The Forest of Hands and Teeth is a story of a dark and scary world where the dead walk alive, but also a place where hope can be found.  It is a book that is hard to put down, filled with action, love, and hope.

review submitted by Natalie

 AndThenThere And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

I think And Then There Were None was a great book, even though I don’t read mystery books that often.  And I love the twist at the end of the book.

review submitted by Cody

 TeashopGirls The Teashop Girls by Laura Schaefer

The Teashop Girls is a great book about Annie, Genna, and Zoe (the Teashop Girls) and how they have different lives.  But when the  Steeping Leaf is about to go out of business, they work together and do everything they can to save it–even if it means fighting with your best friend.

review submitted by Katie

 LostHero The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

This has to be one of the best books ever.  I loved all the action, adventure, and suspense put into it.  At times I felt like I was in the story.  The characters were awesome.  They had so much personality, I wished they were real.  I can’t wait until the next book. I loved it!

review submitted by Keandrea

KikiStrike  Kiki Strike and the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller

Kiki Strike is a fascinating book about a behind-kicking super-spy finding an underground city in Manhattan.  The action and comedy in it was so amazing.  I could not take my eyes off of it!  From skeletons to princesses, this book has it all.  I advise any teens from 10 years to 15 years to read this book.  It is mind blowing!

review submitted by Grace

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 9, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies

Book Trailer of the Week–I am Number Four and The Power of Six

Here’s another two for one deal book trailer of the week.  Most of you have probably heard of I Am Number Four, mostly because it was made into a movie earlier this year (see my previous post).  Click here to find I am Number Four at the Library.   Here’s the book’s trailer:

The latest book in the series, The Power of Six, will be out on bookshelves on August 23.  Click here to find The Power of Six at the Library.  Here’s the book  trailer that was released this past week:

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 4, 2011 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Movies, Science Fiction

Movie and TV News– Updates on Teen Books in Pop Culture

Promotional posters for the CW’s new fall TV program, The Secret Circle, have been released.  Click here to get to the original article and take a look at the other posters.  Also, if you haven’t read L.J. Smith’s The Secret Circle series, the book series this new CW TV series is based on, click here to find it in the Library.
Andrea Cremer’s second book in her Nightshade series, Wolfsbane, was just released on Tuesday.  Click here to find Wolfsbane at the Library.  If you’ve already finished the sequel, or just want to read ahead, EW’s Shelf Life has the exclusive look at the first chapter in the third book of the series BloodroseBloodrose won’t be released until February 2012, so click here and take an exclusive look!
Scott Westerfeld announced on his blog on Monday that Uglies trilogy will be made into a movie!  Click here to find Uglies at the Library.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 28, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Movies

First Look at Peeta and Gale

Previously, we posted Entertainment Weekly’s first look at Jennifer Lawrence at Katniss, in The Hunger Games movie. 

Well, now Entertainment Weekly has the first look at Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as Peeta and Gale, respectively:


I have to admit, they look a lot like how I pictured the characters in my head.  If you haven’t read The Hunger Games, yet, click here to check it out at the Library and read it before the movie comes out!  Also, check out the July 29th issue of Entertainment Weekly that features this cover and more inside about the filming of The Hunger Games movie.  Did you know that you can find current issues of Entertainment Weekly in the Library and also check out the older issues?

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 27, 2011 Categories: Dystopian, Movies

Movie Recommendation from Emily–Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

HP7P1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the best Harry Potter movie yet! Everyone that has seen or read any of the books should definitely see this movie.  With Part 2 that just came out, watching the first movie will be a great refresher before you see the second part.  Although the end seemed kind of sudden, it was a great cliffhanger for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Click here to find Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in the Library.

submitted by Emily

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 22, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Movies

10 Reviews by You

SomeoneLikeYou  Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Halley and Scarlett are the best of friends.  Junior year, Scarlett’s boyfriend gets killed in an accident and Scarlett gets pregnant with their baby.  It’s up to Halley to help Scarlett as much as possible and be supportive when everyone else is not.  Meanwhile, Halley has to deal with problems of her own…

review submitted by Katie

The Chicken Dance  The Chicken Dance by Jacques Couvillion

The Chicken Danceis about a boy named Don.  Don lives on a farm and enters a chicken judging contest.  He wins first place and gets invited to the international chicken judging contest.  He stumbles upon a birth certificate saying his name is Stanley.  He starts to learn about his family and who his real mother is.

review submitted by Clara

Breadwinner  The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

The Breadwinner is a brilliantly-paced book about a young girl, Parvana, living in Afghanistan.  When her father gets arrested by the Taliban, she pretends to be a boy in order to support her family.  Great for all ages, this book will bring suspense, thrills, and some knowledge of Afghanistan through Parvana’s life in Kabul.

review submitted by Brian

Snail Mail  Snail Mail No More by Paula Danzinger and Ann M. Martin

Snail Mail No More is about two girls who email each other.  They are best friends, but one of them moved away so they contacted each other by letters (a.k.a. snail mail) and then by email.  Each girl contacts one another to help resolve a problem, and for advice.  I would recommend this book because it is an easy read and relates to real life.

review submitted by Natalia

Everlost  Everlost by Neal Shusterman

Everlost is about two kids, Allie and Nick, who got killed in a car crash.  Now, they’re in a place between heaven and earth: Everlost.  They feel lost there and miss their families.  They have to learn to accept that they are no longer alive and face their fears, along with many challenges.

review submitted by Jenny

Powerless  Powerless by Matthew Cody

This book was about a regular 12-year-old boy in a not-so-regular town.  He finds himself surrounded by other kids who apparently have super powers.  They ask him to help save them from an unknown being who robs them of their powers once they’re 13.  This book was heroic and fun to read.  I would recommend it to almost anyone.

review submitted by Michael

ThingsNotSeen  Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements

Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements is a thrilling tale.  It’s about a boy named Bobby Phillips who wakes up one morning and is invisible.  Bobby struggles at first but then gets used to being invisible.  Can Bobby find a cure?  This tale has romance and action.

review submitted by Shanna

HungerGames  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I give The Hunger Games a 5 out of 5 stars.  It’s about a capital, Panem, that is surrounded by twelve outlying districts.  The capital is harsh and cruel.  They (the Capital) send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12–18 to participate in the Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.  This book is a very good read.  It has action and violence and you must read it.

review submitted by Jake

Fablehaven  Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Kendra and Seth go to stay with their grandparents.  It turns out that their grandparent’s house has a forest full of endangered mythical creatures.  Their grandpa is the caretaker of the place (Fablehaven).  Then something bad happens, an evil witch is released and she tries to release a demon.  Will Seth and Kendra be able to stop her?

review submitted by Zack

Goonies  The Goonies directed by Richard Donner

The Goonies was a great movie about an adventure with a purpose.  A band of kids (the Goonies) are on a quest to find treasure to help save their homes from foreclosure.  I loved the scary monsters and the classic shoot ‘em up bad guys!  I also loved the past vs. present duel between an ancient pirate stronghold and a clever, adventurous boy.  I recommend this movie for any and all over 13 years old.

review submitted by John

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 19, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies

Movie News–Updates on Teen Books in Pop Culture

Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going

Fat kidLast week K.L. Going posted on her blog that the movie for Fat Kid Rules the World has finally started filming. Click here to read the full post.  The independent film is shooting in Seattle, and will star two indie actors Jacob Wysocki and Matt O’Leary.  Fat Kid Rules the World is an older novel, but it is a really good read.  Also, the audiobook is excellent and is read by Matthew Lillard.  Click here to download it!  We first meet Troy, who is overweight and depressed, as he is contemplating suicide by throwing himself in front of a train.  However, right before he is about to jump onto the tracks, the legend that is Curt MacCrae stops him. Curt has a reputation as a genius guitar player, punk rocker, and a slightly homeless high school drop out.  In exchange for saving Troy’s life, Curt claims that Troy owes him lunch, and thus begins an interesting friendship.  Troy always wanted to be in a band and Curt just happens to need a drummer, nevermind that Troy can’t play the drums.  Together Curt and Troy set out to make an impact on the punk scene in New York.  However, how much can a homeless possibly drug addicted skinny kid and a 6’1″ 198 pound depressed guy do to change the world…?

 The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

Luxe The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the production team behind the TV show Gossip Girl is bringing Anna Godbersen’s Luxe series to the big screen.  Filming has not yet begun and the screenplay is currently being written, but it sounds like they want the stlye of the movie to be like that of Moulin Rouge, complete with musical numbers.  The Luxe series is a four book series, and the first book entitled The Luxe is set in Manhattan in 1899.  The novel opens on a funeral of a young heiress named Elizabeth.  We are then taken back through the events that have led to Elizabeth’s death.  Scandalous affairs, forced marriages, and high society definitely make this series an interesting spin on the traditional Gossip Girl drama.


Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Finally, look out for the book Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi later this year.  Not only is it in the ever popular dystopian genre, but is also reporting that it already has a movie deal.  The novel centers on Juliette who has the power to kill by touch.  After she accidently kills someone, “the Reestablishment” finds out what she can do and locks up for murder.  Meanwhile, outside her prison, the world is falling apart.  Look for Shatter Me to hit bookshelfs in November 2011.



posted by Colleen, Teen Services Librarian

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 15, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies

Movie and TV news–updates on Teen books in pop culture

The first official images of Edward and Bella’s wedding in the first part of Breaking Dawn have arrived.  They have surfaced on an ad for MTV’s Movie Awards.   

Jace has been cast in the movie adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s first Mortal Instruments book, The City of BonesDeadline is reporting that the role has gone to Jamie Campbell Bower, who you may recognize as the actor who portrays Caius from New Moon and the young Gellert Grindlewald from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


Finally, if your a fan of The Vampire Diaries, based on the book series by L.J. Smith, then prepare to have another favorite. has reported that the CW has picked up another of Smith’s series, the Secret Circle series, and plans to air it right after The Vampire Diaries.  The Secret Circle series centers on a coven of witches.  Check out the first book at the Library, The Initiation, now and finish reading the series in time for the fall!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 2, 2011 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Movies

First Look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen has the exclusive first look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, in the upcoming Hunger Games movie.  Click here to read the entire article.  I have to admit I really like the transformation!  


If you can’t get your hands on a copy of the May 20th issue of Entertainment Weekly, then come into the Library.  We keep current issues on our shelves and they can’t be checked out, so you’ll be sure to get a look at the article.  Then when they are no longer the newest issue, you can check the magazines out for 2 weeks.  Click here to find Entertainment Weekly in our catalog.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 19, 2011 Categories: Movies

Movie News–The Mortal Instruments

Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series is huge right now!  I haven’t seen a copy on the shelf at the Library in weeks!  So it should come as no surprise that there is a movie in pre-production right now.  The lead of Clary Fray has already been given to Lily Collins, most famous for her role in The Blind Side.


The first book in the series, The City of Bones, centers on Clary who is dragged into the world of the Shadowhunters when she and her mother are both targeted by the demons.  Clary is not supposed to see the world of the Shadowhunters, so when she unexplainably can she finds herself torn between what she used to think was the real world and this new world where all supernatural beings exist.  It is unclear right now if the movie will cover what happens in the entire Mortal Instruments series, or if it will focus on the first book.

Here are books in the series order.  (Click on the title to find it at the Library!)
1. City of Bones
2. City of Ashes
3. City of Glass
4. City of Fallen Angels
5. City of Lost Souls coming May 2012
6. City of Heavenly Fire coming September 2013

Infernal Devices (the companion series to The Mortal Instruments)
1. Clockwork Angel
2. Clockwork Prince

Much like the casting for Hunger Games, rumors are abound as to who star opposite of Collins as Jace, a Shadowhunter.  According to three stars are being considered right now:
1. Jamie Campbell Bower, most well known for his role as Caius in the Twilight movies.
2. Ed Speelers, who played Eragon.
3. Leebo Freeman, a newcomer.

 Jamie_campbell_bower  Ed speleers   Leebofreeman 

Who would you choose?

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 17, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Movies