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May is Zombie Awareness Month!

Did you know that May is Zombie Awareness Month?  It serves as a good reminder to brush up on your zombie reads, just in case the world is ever overrun by the undead!  Check out a recommended reading list below, and you will be fully prepared to run, fight, or barricade yourself in your protective fortress.

zombZom-B by Darren Shan

YA SHAN, D.

When the news starts reporting a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B’s father thinks it’s a hoax-but even if it isn’t, the two of them joke, it’s only the Irish, right? That is, until zombies actually attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers. But when they come face-to-face with the ravenous, oozing corpses, all bets are off. There are no friends. No allies. Just whatever it takes to survive.

RotRuinRot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

YA MABERRY, J.

In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother’s footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

 

 

Dearly DepartedDearly Departed by Lia Habel

YA HABEL, L.

In the year 2195 when society is technologically advanced but follows the social mores of Victorian England, recently orphaned Nora Dearly is left at the mercy of her domineering, social-climbing aunt, until she is nearly kidnapped by zombies and falls in with a group of mysterious, black-clad commandos.

 

InfectsThe Infects by Sean Beaudoin

YA BEAUDOIN, S.

Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. These kids have seen zombie movies. They know the rules. Unfortunately, knowing the rules isn’t going to be enough.

 

ashesAshes by Isla Bick

YA BICK, I.

Alex, a resourceful 17-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world’s population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.

 

EnemyThe Enemy by Charlie Higson

YA HIGSON, C

After a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers leave their shelter and set out of a harrowing journey across London to the safe haven of Buckingham Palace.

 

 

UndeadUndead by Kirsty McKay

YA MCKAY, K.

On a school trip to snowbound Scotland, several students become infected and turn into hungry zombies, leaving a small band of survivors to take refuge in the school bus.

 

 

 

zZ by Michael Thomas Ford

YA SF FORD, M.

In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is invited to join an underground gaming society, where the gamers hunt zombies and the action is more dangerous than it seems.

 

 

 

Eat brains loveEat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart

YA HART, J.

New Jersey teens Jake Stephenson and Amanda Blake are turning into zombies and, having devoured half of their senior class, they are on the run, pursued by teen psychic Cass, a member of a government unit charged with killing zombies and keeping their existence secret.

 

 

zombie survival guideThe Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

818.602 BRO

The Zombie Survival Guide is one’s key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking thestreets right now.

 

 

 

how to make a zombieHow to Make a Zombie by Frank Swain

398.45 SWA

Could zombies actually walk the earth? Join science punk Frank Swain as he digs into the science of body and mind control, from Haitian Vodou potions to military interrogation techniques. He recounts true zombie tales from the archives, including resurrected dog heads, secret agent drugs, and remote-controlled bulls and rats. He even investigates how psychologists are shaping our thoughts in the design of city streets.

 

zombie handbookThe Zombie Handbook by Robert Curran

398.21 CUR

The Zombie Handbook‘ explains how to identify a zombie, survive an attack, and ultimately, defeat the undead hordes. Packed with sound, practical advice, true-life encounters, and a world history of these drooling brain munchers.

 

 

Zombies a field guideZombies: a field guide to the walking dead by Robert Curran

398.21 CUR

In the myths, legends, and folklore of many peoples, the returning, physical dead play a significant role, whether they are the zombies of Haiti or the draugr of Scandinavia. But what are the origins of an actual bodily return from the grave? Does it come from something deep within our psyche, or is there some truth to it?

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 21, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Horror, Nonfiction, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal, Zombies

Get Real with Graphic Novels

Do you sometimes find is harder to read books about real people, places, or events?  Have you ever tried reading graphic novels that are about real life things?  Check out the list below of graphic novels that tell the story of real life people, places, things, or events in history:

Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor

Chronicles the rise of Hip Hop music as it grew from the streets of New York City in the 1970’s to the rise of the emcee into 1981. Additional volumes will follow.

hiphopfamilytree

The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown

The Dust Bowl is a desolate time in American history, where the earth was so ravaged that dust storms terrorized the land. What was worse about this time, was that it was caused by man. Brown describes the causes and the life of that terrible time, as well as what we can learn to prevent this from happening again.

great american dust bowl

Gandhi: My Life is My Message written by Jason Quinn and illustrated by Sachin Nagar

Renouncing wealth, ambition and comfort, Gandhi led by example, becoming one with the people he sought to free, facing imprisonment, hardship and humiliation while never raising his voice in anger. His strategy of nonviolent protest would become the model for the U.S. Civil Rights movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. and continues to change history throughout the world.

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The Gettysburg Address written by Jonathan Hennessey, art by Aaron McConnell, and lettering by Tom Orzechowski

A graphic adaptation of the Gettysburg Address explains the events of the War, drawing on first-hand accounts from soldiers, slaves, and key figures and providing an understanding of the speech that marked America’s new path.

gettysburg address

Vietnamerica by G.B. Tran

A memoir in graphic novel format about the author’s experiences as the son of Vietnamese immigrants who fled to America during the fall of Saigon describes how he learned his tragic ancestral history and the impact of the Vietnam War on his family while visiting their homeland years later.

vietnamerica

Primates: the Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks

This is the true story of three scientists who risked their lives for research that forever changed the way we think of primates- including ourselves.

Primates

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 14, 2014 Categories: Graphic Novel, Music, Nonfiction

Have you heard of Malala Yousafzai?

Malala Yousafzai is an amazing teen who has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize. She has survived both death threats and an assassination attempt by the Taliban.  Malala’s spirit transcends cultures and proves that, no matter what your age, your voice has power! The video link below is from an interview that aired on the Daily Show, October 8, 2013.

https://youtu.be/TsRkdbyKmSg

Another amazing video 0f Malala speaking to the UN on July 12, 2013.

If you would like to learn more about Malala Yousafzai you can also check out these books:

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By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on April 24, 2014 Categories: Nonfiction

Interesting People! Great Nonfiction Reads for Teens.

Do you like reading about cool people and the incredible things they have done.  Check out this list of books about some really amazing people.

1 year1 Year, 100 Pounds by Whitney Holcombe

Holcombe chronicles how to transition from “the fat girl” to being a healthy, confident young woman.

 

 

boy woodenBoy in the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

The biography of Leon Leyson, the only memoir published by a former Schindler’s List child.

 

 

charles and emmaCharles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman

Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma, were deeply in love and very supportive of each other, but their opinions often clashed. Emma was extremely religious, and Charles questioned God’s very existence.

 

 

code nameCode Name Pauline by  Pearl Cornioley

The as yet unpublished memoirs for young adults of the only female SOE agent to lead a French Resistance network during World War II.

 

 

boy who harnessedThe Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

An enterprising teenager in Malawi builds a windmill from scraps he finds around his village and brings electricity, and a future, to his family.

 

 

zoo stationZoo Station by Christiane F.

In 1978 Christiane F. testified against a man who had traded heroin for sex with teenage girls at Berlin’s notorious Zoo Station. In the course of that trial, Christiane F. became connected with two journalists who helped to turn her story, which begins with a dysfunctional but otherwise fairly normal childhood, into an acclaimed bestseller.

 

rapture practiceRapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler

Aaron Hartzler grew up in a home where he was taught that at any moment the Rapture could happen — that Jesus might come down in the twinkling of an eye and scoop Aaron and his whole family up to Heaven. As a kid, he was thrilled by the idea that every moment of every day might be his last one on Earth. But as Aaron turns sixteen, he finds himself more attached to his earthly life and curious about all the things his family forsakes for the Lord.

 

nazi hunters use thisThe Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascombe

Recounts how, sixteen years after the end of World War II, a team of undercover Israeli agents captured the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, in a remote area of Argentina and brought him to trial in Israel for crimes committed during the Holocaust.

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on April 10, 2014 Categories: Nonfiction

Book Trailer of the Week– This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl, Lori Earl, and Wayne Earl

This week’s book trailer of the week is for This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl, Lori Earl, and Wayne Earl.  This memoir collects journal entries, photos, and other writings from the life of Esther Earl, a young teen who suffered from terminal thyroid cancer and who became the inspiration for John Green’s latest novel, The Fault In Our StarsClick here to find This Star Won’t Go Out in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 28, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Nonfiction

Spring Break Reads for Teens

It’s spring break, but it is not exactly spring-like weather right now.  If you are looking for a good read to keep you busy during this week of mild temperatures, check out some spring break themed books– from teens involved in a mystery while on spring break or teens playing baseball (Opening Day is March 31, after all!):

FeatheredFeathered by Laura Kasischke

YA KASISCHKE, L.

While on spring break in Cancun, Mexico, high-school seniors and best friends Anne and Michelle accept the wrong ride and Michelle is lost–seemingly forever.

feedFeed by M.T. Anderson

YA SF ANDERSON, M.

In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble while taking a trip to the moon for spring break.

Mexican White BoyMexican White Boy by Matt de la Peña

YA PENA, M.

Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.

Little Miss RedLittle Miss Red by Robin Palmer

YA PALMER, R.

Sixteen-year-old Sophie’s dream of meeting her soul mate during spring break in Florida seems to have come true, but she must determine if Jack is really the romantic hero he seems to be, or if ex-boyfriend Michael could be.

center fieldCenter Field by Robert Lipsyte

YA LIPSYTE, R.

Mike lives for baseball and hopes to follow his idol into the major leagues one day, but he is distracted by a new player who might take his place in center field, an ankle injury, problems at home, and a growing awareness that something sinister is happening at school.

Also, take a look at some of the new titles we’ve just added to the Teen collection:

InsanityInsanity by Susan Vaught

NEW YA VAUGHT, S.

This novel intertwines the stories of four teenagers who find themselves haunted beyond imagining in the depths of a Kentucky mental institution.

Hero WorshipHero Worship by Christopher E. Long

NEW YA LONG, C.

When homeless teenager Marvin realizes his dream of working for the Core, an elite squad of costumed heroes, he discovers that the superstars he’s idolized for so long aren’t the people he thought they were.

This Star Wont Go OutThis Star Won’t Go Out: the life and words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl with Lori and Wayne Earl

NEW YA 362.1969 EAR

A memoir told through the journals, letters, and stories of young cancer patient Esther Earl–the inspiration for John Green’s latest novel The Fault in Our Stars.

 

Half BadHalf Bad by Sally Green

NEW YA GREEN, S.

In modern-day England, where witches live alongside humans, Nathan, son of a White witch and the most powerful Black witch, must escape captivity before his seventeenth birthday and receive the gifts that will determine his future.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 26, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Guys Reads, Mystery, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Find books to help you DIY!

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Sunday, March 9 – Saturday, March 15 is Teen Tech Week!!! Teen Tech week is the annual celebration of all things teens and technology at the Library. The 2014 theme is “DIY @ Your Library,” and we’re going to show you all the things you can do yourself when you visit us in person or online.  Check out the list below of some great nonfiction titles that can help you find things to DIY!

Stick It! : 99 DIY duct tape projects by T.L. Bonaddio

YA 745.5 BON

Stick It

It’s Your World–If You Don’t Like it, Change it: activism for teenagers by Mikki Halpin

YA 371.81 HAL

It's Your World

97 Things to Do Before You Finish High School by Steven Jenkins and Erika Stalder

YA 646.7008 JEN

97 Things

Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things : how to turn a penny into a radio, make a flood alarm with an aspirin, change milk into plastic, extract water and electricity from thin air, turn on a TV with your ring, and other amazing feats by Cy Tymony

YA 608 TYM

Sneaky Uses

Wonderbook : an illustrated guide to creating imaginative fiction by Jeff VanderMeer

YA 808.3 VAN

Wonderbook

Learn to Speak Fashion : a guide to creating, showcasing & promoting your style by Laura deCarufel

YA 746.92 DEC

Learn to Speak Fashion

Eat Fresh Food : awesome recipes for teen chefs by Rozanne Gold and her all-star team

YA 641.5 GOL

Eat Fresh Food

Show Off : how to do absolutely everything one step at a time by Sarah Hines Stephens and Bethany Mann 

YA 790.1922 HIN

ShowOff

World of Geekcraft : step-by-step instructions for 25 super-cool craft projects by Susan Beal

YA 745.5 BEA

World of Geekcraft

Punk Rock Etiquette : the ultimate how-to guide for punk, underground, DIY, and indie bands by Travis Nichols

YA 781.6602 NIC

Punk Rock Etiquette

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 12, 2014 Categories: Crafts, Nonfiction, Staff Pics

Enjoying the Olympics set in Sochi?

I love the Olympics!  I don’t know what it is, but I love watching top athletes compete in various sports that you usually can’t see on TV.  Another thing I like about the Olympics is that it usually introduces me to new information about the culture and customs of the host country.  While watching the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, I have really enjoyed learning more about modern-day Russia.  Though there is a checkered past to the country, the special looks by NBC have been pretty awesome.  (One of my favorites was the look at Siberia today.)

All of this got me thinking: there have to be some pretty good books for teens about Russia or that are set in Russia.  Check out the list I came up with below. Some are fiction and some are nonfiction.  Some are set in modern day and some are set in what was considered the darker times of Russia’s history.  Just click on the covers to find them in the Library!

boyonthebridgeThe Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford

YA STANDIFORD, N.

It is 1982 and nineteen-year-old Laura Reid is spending a semester in Leningrad studying Russian, but when she meets Alyosha she discovers the dissident Russia–a world of wild parties, underground books and music, love, and constant danger.

I want to liveI Want to Live: the Diary of a Young Girl in Stalin’s Russia by Nina Lugovskaya; translated by Andrew Bromfield

YA 947.0842 LUG

Recently unearthed in the archives of Stalin’s secret police, this diary offers rare insight into the life of a teenage girl in Stalin’s Russia, when fear of arrest was a fact of life. Nina’s diary offers today’s reader a fascinating perspective on the era in which she lived.

fetchThe Fetch by Laura Whitcomb

YA WHITCOMB, L.

After 350 years as a Fetch, or death escort, Calder breaks his vows and enters the body of Rasputin, whose spirit causes rebellion in the Land of Lost Souls while Calder struggles to convey Ana and Alexis, orphaned in the Russian Revolution, to Heaven.

LaikaLaika by Nick Abadzis

YA GRAPH ABADZIS, N.

This is the journey of Laika, the abandoned puppy destined to become Earth’s first space traveler. With the blending of fact and fiction, this story intertwines three compelling lives. Along with Laika, there is Korolev, a driven engineer at the top of the Soviet space program and Yelena, the lab technician responsible for Laika’s health and life.

shadowandboneShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

YA BARDUGO, L.

Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

out of lineOut of Line: Growing Up Soviet by Tina Grimberg

YA 947.7708 GRI

Although the Iron Curtain is gone, the memory of the high drama, tragedy, and comedy that was life in the Soviet Union remains. Tina Grimberg brings color and perception to a life we think of as gray, impersonal, and foreboding.

Between shades of grayBetween Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
YA SEPETYS, R.

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author’s family, includes a historical note.

Anastasias SecretAnastasia’s Secret by Susanne Dunlap

YA DUNLAP, S.

As world war and the looming Russian Revolution threaten all they hold dear, Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II, and her family are being held in captivity, where she falls in love with one of their captors, a young man who has espoused the ideals of Lenin.

 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 20, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Multicultural, Nonfiction, 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.

rose that grew from concreteWhen I Was The Greatesthe said she saidchains

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rose That Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur

YA 811.54 SHA

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

YA 305.8092 MCBRIDE

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

Popular Teen Reads in 2013

Hey, I know you’ve seen the lists and hype on the best books of 2013.  Here is a list with a twist!  These are the teen titles that were the most popular,  in Mount Prospect,  during 2013.  Wondering if you are up to date with these trending titles – check it out!

Ftction Books:

CatchingFireDivergentHungerGames

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graphic Novels:

justice legueearth onerapunzel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video Games:

batman arham cityjust danceplaystation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nonfiction:

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By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on January 22, 2014 Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Trending