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Celebrate Women’s History Month with Strong Female Characters in Teen Lit!

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!

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Enclave by Ann Aguirre

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.

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

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.

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

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.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth

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.

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

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.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

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.

Huntress by Malinda Lo

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.

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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.

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

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.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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.

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

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.

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Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

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.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

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.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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.

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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.

All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin

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.

Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

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.

Legend by Marie Lu

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.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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.

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth

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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.

Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci

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.

Book Trailer of the Week– Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Uninvited by Sophie JordanUninvited takes place in an alternate, modern-day world where scientists have discovered the gene that gives a person the predisposition to violence.  In other words, they found the gene that causes “Homicidal Tendency Syndrome” and those who have it are supposed to be unpredictable and dangerous.  Davy seems to have it all– the perfect boyfriend, a loving family, and a prestigious place in a private school where she has accepted a scholarship to Juilliard.  This all disappears when she is diagnosed as a carrier of the Homicidal Tendency Syndrome.  Now Davy must attend a special school with others who have HTS, but this school may be more dangerous that the students in attendance… Click here to find Uninvited in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 7, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Science Fiction

Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama

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by Hajime Isayama, translated and adapted by Sheldon Drzka, lettered by Steve Wands

Attack on Titan is a relatively new manga and anime series.  The manga was first published in Japan in 2010, it hit stateside in 2012 and the series currently is in its eleventh volume, published this month.  It is much better known as an anime series, apparently the art is better, but I have yet to figure out how to watch it (apparently you can stream it online) so I decided to start out by reading the manga.  I have been hearing a lot of good things about it and I was not disappointed!

The basic storyline of Attack on Titan (summarized from my reading of volumes 1 and 2) is that world has been overrun by Titans.  They are scary, ugly, creepy, and destructive giants.  They eat humans, though they don’t seem to need to eat humans to stay alive, and the only way to kill them is to attack the back of the base of their neck–hacking away until you have killed them.  Trying to kill them any other way only leads to the titan’s regeneration.  To survive, the remaining humans have built a large structure of different levels of walls.  Think of it like a bullseye–each wall protecting different classes of citizens, and a military force to protect the walls with a lot of high tech gear.  In the first volume, we meet Eren, Armin, and Mikasa three teens who have never seen outside the wall.  Eren longs to explore the outside world, however, as he is on the verge of leaving the city the three teens are almost killed when a colossus titan destroys the first wall and allows the smaller titans to invade and eat the humans. Narrowly escaping, the teens end up training for military service and the series continues to follow the three as they battle the titans.

I have read the first two volumes in this series, and I can’t wait to read the rest!  It is really a fascinating story, and I think the most appealing thing is learning more and more about the Titans, their history, and what the humans can do to try and survive and destroy the titans.  Yes, some of the art of this manga is pretty basic, and I have seen some stills from the anime so I can understand why it is the better of the two when it comes to the art.  But some of the manga art really makes the titans seem even more creepy.  Check out a couple below:

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Here’s a look at the Colossus Titan.

 

 

 

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Here’s a Titan about to eat Eren’s mother

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, if you like manga with high action, some sci-fi and fantasy, some scary elements, and a really good story, then you should definitely check out Attack on TitanClick here to find the first book in the series at the Library!

 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 8, 2014 Categories: Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– After the Snow by S.D. Crockett

This week’s book trailer of the week is for After the Snow by S.D. Crockett.  The United States has plunged into a new Ice Age, and Willo has never known a world that hasn’t been covered in snow and ice and cold.  After returning from a hunt, Willo finds that his family is missing and can only assume that they have been taken away.  He sets out to find them, but he instead finds a girl about his age who has also lost her family.  Willo can’t just leave her in the cold to die, so he commits to helping her just until she can get to a safe place.  What Willo doesn’t know, however, is that fate will tie him to her as they discover the world is not at all what they thought it is.  This is definitely a great winter read, if you’re OK with embracing the cold weather! Click here to find After the Snow in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 13, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Science Fiction

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

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by Joelle Charbonneau

The Testing is not your average dystopian– I have been reading plenty of dystopian novels lately and when  I came across The Testing, I knew I had to check it out.  Yes, there is a strict and some may say corrupt government in place which puts its young people through trials, however this is where this dystopian differs from the rest.  In order to attend college, those who live in the United Commonwealth must participate in the Testing.  For Cia, who desperately wants to attend college, her chances of qualifying for the Testing are very limited, since there have been no candidates from her colony selected to take part in the Testing for years. This year, however, there are four and Cia is one of them.  Cia knows she will never see her family again, but she hopes that it is because she has passed the Testing and enters college and not because she failed.  Cia knows that if someone fails they are never seen again.  Cia’s father participated and passed the Testing.  Before she leaves he warns her to not trust anyone.  It is then that Cia knows the Testing is more dangerous than she ever could have imagined.

This novel really picks up when Cia enters Tosu City to participate in the series of exams to determine her fate.  At first they just seem rigorous, but as Cia continues to advance, the tests become more and more intense and soon it is not a fight to attend college, but a fight to stay alive.  As Cia progresses, she also begins to make allies and enemies.  Her strongest ally is Tomas, who is from her colony but who she barely knew while growing up.  As they get closer and rely on each other more, a romance forms, and when they enter the last test– a physical show of force as students fight to survive a trek through dangerous territories riddle with traps and deadly competition–Cia and Tomas will do everything they can to be sure each survives. 

I would definitely recommend The Testing to anyone that likes dystopian fiction, especially fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.  It’s also a good read for those who like a lot of action and adventure, but be warned: there are some gruesome scenes in this novel!  Also be sure to look out for the sequel to The Testing, Independent Study, which hits bookshelves in January!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 25, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Staff Pics

Book Trailer of the Week– The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

This week’s book traile of the week is for The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe.  Kaelyn lives with her family on a small remote island in Canada.  A disease has broken out on the island and though it starts like an ordinary flu, it turns someone crazy before it ends up killing them.  Kaelyn is watching everyone around her get sick and is chronicling what happens in letters to her good friend Leo, who has gone away to attend school on the mainland.  Soon the island is quarantined and as people die around her, Kaelyn has to fight to survive.  Click here to find The Way We Fall in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 15, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction

Reviews by You!

CatchingFire Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins
Katniss Everdeen gets put back into the Hunger Games with the victors from the last 25 years. All of the victors then have to fight to the death.
Review submitted by Anthony.
CupcakeQueen The Cupcake Queen
by Heather Hepler
It’s a great book for middle grade students. Very interesting. Great book for passing time.
Review submitted by Veronika.
BlackDuck Black Duck
by Janet Lisle
This is a book when an ordinary 14-year-old boy is surrounded by the Prohibition. He must decide between following or breaking the law.
Review submitted by Emma.
Ghosts Grave The Ghost’s Grave
by Peg Kehret
He is haunted by a ghost telling him to dig up his body because his location of burial is not where he wanted.
Review submitted by Atit.
Angel Experiment The Angel Experiment
by James Patterson
I loved the book, it is action packed with adventure and humor. Join Max and the gang for an epic journey and possibly saving the world.
Review submitted by Ariel.
Wolf Brother Wolf Brother
by Michelle Paver
Wolf Brother is about a boy named Tomak, and how he saves the world 6,000 years ago. The threat to the world is a bear with a demon stuck inside of it.
Review submitted by Kurt.
Smile Smile
by Raina Telgemeier
This book is about a girl who can never get her smile right. When she comes back from Girl Scouts and she races her friends back home, she trips and falls and breaks her 2 front teeth. It took 3.5 years to repair! Read the book to find out!!!
Review submitted by Jacob.
persepolis Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi
It was great. It was also fun to read since it was a comic. Funny and it tells about Iran war.
Review submitted by Linda.
lion witch wardrobe The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis
Lucy goes into a magic wardrobe and meets a fawn. She goes again with her brothers and sister, and they become kings and queens of the land inside the wardrobe. Lucy and her family have many adventures together.
Review submitted by Brandi.
Stargirl Stargirl
by Jerry Spinelli
I really liked the book Stargirl. This book was full of suspense and difficult decisions. The book is about a mysterious girl who is new at public school, and expresses her true original self.
Review submitted by MaryKate.

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Book Trailer of the Week– The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Eye of Minds by James Dashner.  In Michael’s word people live for the Virtnet.  Reality doesn’t compare to all that you can do and experience in the Virtnet.  While his body is protected in a coffin like structure, Michael and his friends rule the Virtnet world because they have some of the best hacking skills.  However, Michael’s skills are so good that he is targeted by the government organization, the VNS.  They want him to track down a hacker who is killing people off both in the Virtnet world and the real world.  The only problem is that Michael turns into the next target of the evil Kaine.  Click here to find The Eye of Minds in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 8, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Science Fiction

Reviews by You!

13 Reasons Why 13 Reasons Why
by Jay Asher
This book tells the sad story of why Hannah Baker killed herself. It’s a marvelous read and the suspense makes you want to know what happened to Hannah. Although sad, this book is a great read. Read it now to learn the 13 reasons why.
Review submitted by Sarah.
Downriver Downriver
by Will Hobbs
After reading this book I really wanted to go white water rafting. I’ve done it before but nothing as extreme as the characters in Downriver were doing. They did the big stuff when they weren’t supposed to.
Review submitted by Abi.
HP3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
by J.K. Rowling
This was such a great book! There was a lot of action and some secrets were revealed. I loved the early Christmas present Fred and George gave Harry (The Marauder’s Map). Overall this book was amazing!
Review submitted by Tania.
HIVE H.I.V.E.
by Mark Walden
This book is a must have! It has action on every turn. From a martial arts expert to a computer genius, this book has it all. I give it a 9.5/10.
Review submitted by Rasheed.
13Gifts 13 Gifts
by Wendy Mass
12 Finally was a spectacular book. I enjoyed it very much and I couldn’t put it down. 13 Gifts is a funny story about friendship and everyone should read it.
Review submitted by Patricia.
Room Room
by Emma Donghue
I really liked it but it was very sad. It made me question whether I really need all the luxuries I take for granted. It was horrifying to know the little boy Jack went through all of this and didn’t know how bad it was.
Review submitted by Kathleen.
Divergent Divergent
by Veronica Roth
A book very similar to The Hunger Games, in which the narrator (Tris) is to choose between the different factions: Dauntless, Abnegation, Candor, Amity, and Erudite. In which, she chooses Dauntless and she had to work really hard. And it is her story to fit in to her new society and, finally, of her fighting to survive and keep her friends and family safe.
Review submitted by Feba.
100 Things Cubs Fans Should Know 100 Things Cubs Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die
by Jimmy Greenfield
I loved this book because I am a die-hard Cubs fan and it told me so many cool facts I didn’t know.
Review submitted by Steven.
Ruins of Gorlan The Ruins of Gorlan
by John Flanagan
If you love fantasy, adventure, and the medieval times, you will read this book and imagine the details without any thought. Read it already! 5/5 stars!
Review submitted by Dev.
light Light
by Michael Grant
An amazing conclusion to the Gone series! The enthralling events kept the pages turning until the end. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who enjoys sci-fi and suspense.
Review submitted by Marie.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 6, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Science Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week– Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Curtsies  & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger.  This is the sequel to Carriger’s first book in the Finishing School series, Etiquette & Espionage.  In this second book Sophronia is thriving at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy.  However, Sophronia’s inquisitive nature takes over once again as she tries to get to the bottom of why the school is travelling to London.  Of course, her digging and spying get her in a lot of trouble when she uncovers a big conspiracy.  Click here to find Curtsies and Conspiracies in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 1, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal