This week’s book trailer of the week is for Free to Fall by Lauren Miller. Rory lives in a future society where technology has invaded every facet of life. Everyone relies on an app called “Lux” to basically run their lives, as it makes every decision for them. Rory has just been accepted to a prestigious academy, where her mother also went to school. Secretly, Rory struggles with having “Doubt” or the second guessing of decisions made for her by Lux. As she starts her new school, she finds herself learning more about her mother who died years ago. The more that is revealed to Rory about her mother, the more she begins question everything she thought she knew about her mother and how she died. Click here to find Free to Fall in the Library!
Did you just graduate high school this past Sunday? If you did, and you are looking for something to read this summer, check out this list of novels and graphic novels about the summer before college or the first year of college. There’s also some great nonfiction titles that can help you prep for your first year in college.
YA GREEN, J.
Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.
YA ROWELL, R.
Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words and worrying about her fragile father.
YA HALPERN, J.
Recent high school graduates Lil and Josh leave Illinois for Oregon seeking Lil’s sort-of friend Penny, who faked her own kidnapping to escape problems at home and an abusive boyfriend, but Lil also wants to find out if she and Josh are meant to be more than friends.
YA ZULKEY, C.
Upon arriving at her dorm room, eighteen-year-old Cecily decides to postpone her freshman year of college and return to her Chicago home, where she spends a year pondering what went wrong while forging new relationships with family and friends.
YA CLEMENT-MOORE, R.
While working undercover on a series of stories for her campus newspaper, college freshman Maggie reluctantly endures mixers, rites, and peculiar rules, but soon learns that members of the sorority to which she has pledged have strange powers and a terrible secret.
YA GRAPH NOURIGAT, N.
This honest, autobiographical account of a college senior’s life will transport you to the land of Jell-O shots, term papers, job interviews, road trips, and sanguine optimism in the face of uncertainty and change.
YA GRAPH BEYER, R.
Told through real-life journals, collages, lists, and drawings, this coming-of-age story illustrates the transformation of an 18-year-old girl from a small-town teenager into an independent city-dwelling college student.
YA 815.008 TAK
Bark compiles the 40 most powerful, affecting graduation speeches delivered in the last ten years by popular speakers such as Toni Morrison, Judy Blume, Mister Rogers, Al Franken, Gloria Steinem, Jon Stewart, and many others.
YA 378.013 COP
Ten tools for maximizing your college years and planning for post-graduation success.
YA 378.198 JAC
Over 600 essential tips and tricks for current and future students.
YA 331.702 CHR
New chapters on social media and sustainable jobs update the classic title that provides all the big-picture advice you need to set you up to land the job that’s perfect for who you are– and who you want to be.
YA 641.5 CAR
The Carle sisters (authors of Teens Cook) are off to college, where they serve up an array of tasty dishes with their usual know-how and attitude, presented in a richly photographed package.
YA 378.1987 DEV
Comprehensive, humorous, and practical, this handbook to dorm living covers everything from roommates to hot plates to the Freshman 15.
This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Ring & the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz. This novel is set in an alternate 1920’s where magic is real and the Franco-British Empire rules all. Focusing on the five different stories and points of view of the young socialites and royalty, The Ring & the Crown is filled with drama, romance, mystery, and scandal. Click here to find The Ring & the Crown in the Library today!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Crewel by Gennifer Albin. Adelice has been gifted with the talents of a Spinster. However, her parents train her to hide her gift, fearing what it means for Adelice’s future. When her true talents are discovered, Adelice is violently taken away from her family and whisked off to a glamorous new life as a Spinster. The only problem is Adelice can see the injustice and tyranny of this ruling class. Little does Adelice know that she can make a difference… Click here to find Crewel in the Library!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. Ava is seemingly an ordinary girl, except for the fact that she was born with wings. Ava narrates her search to try and figure out her life by looking back at the generations of her family–most of whom failed miserably in love. Part coming of age, part supernatural, and part historical fiction this novel unfolds until the very last page to tell the story of how Ava discovers the truth about her life. Click here to find The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender in the Library!
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!
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray
A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine
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!):
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
March is Women’s History Month. If you’re looking to celebrate by reading a teen novel with a strong female lead, then check out this list!
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.
YA BLOCK, F.
After a devastating earthquake destroys the West Coast, causing seventeen-year-old Penelope to lose her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother, she navigates a dark world, holding hope and love in her hands and refusing to be defeated.
YA CARRIGER, G.
In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.
YA CASHORE, K.
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.
YA DANFORTH, L.
In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.
YA JORDAN, S.
When sixteen-year-old Jacinda, who can change into a dragon, is forced to move away from her community of shapeshifters and start a more normal life, she falls in love with a boy who proves to be her most dangerous enemy.
YA LAFEVERS, R.
In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts–and a violent destiny.
YA LO, M.
Seventeen-year-olds Kaede and Taisin are called to go on a dangerous and unprecedented journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen, in an effort to restore the balance of nature in the human world.
YA MEAD, R.
Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots.
YA MOULTON, C.
A seventeen-year-old girl discovers she has the reincarnated soul of an ancient warrior destined to battle the reapers–monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell.
YA ROTH, V.
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
YA ST. CROW, L.
Sixteen-year-old Dru’s psychic abilities helped her father battle zombies and other creatures of the “Real World,” but now she must rely on herself, a “werwulf”-bitten friend, and a half-human vampire hunter to learn who murdered her parents, and why.
YA SCHREIBER, J.
Perry’s parents insist that he take Gobi, their quiet, Lithuanian exchange student, to senior prom but after an incident at the dance he learns that Gobi is actually a trained assassin who needs him as a henchman, behind the wheel of his father’s precious Jaguar, on a mission in Manhattan.
YA SEPETYS, R.
Josie, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a French Quarter prostitute, is striving to escape 1950 New Orleans and enroll at prestigious Smith College when she becomes entangled in a murder investigation.
YA STIEFVATER, M.
Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
YA TAYLOR, L.
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.
YA WEIN, E.
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.
YA ZEVIN, G.
In a future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband, teenage cellphone use is illegal, and water and paper are carefully rationed, sixteen-year-old Anya Balanchine finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight as heir apparent to an important New York City crime family.
YA SF DE LA CRUZ, M.
More than a century after a catastrophic disaster wiped out most of humanity and covered much of the earth with ice, fifteen-year-old Cass yields to the voice in her head urging her to embark on a dangerous journey across a poisoned sea to the mythical land, Blue.
YA SF LU, M.
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.
YA SF MEYER, M.
As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.
Pfeffer YA SF PFEFFER, S.
Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family’s struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
YA GRAPH CASTELLUCCI
When transfer student Jane is forced to move from the confines of Metro City to Suburbia, she thinks her life is over. But there she finds her tribe: three other girls named Jane. The four girls form a secret art gang, but can art really save the hell that is high school? Young adult.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.