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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Zombie Survival Guide is one’s key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking thestreets right now.
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.
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.
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?
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Half Bad by Sally Green. In Nathan’ world good and evil are clearly defined: either you are a black witch or a white witch. What happens when someone is both black and white? That is the case for Nathan. He was born as an illegitimate son of a white witch mother and a black witch father. His punishment? He is sentenced to live in a cage and beaten regularly. Nathan is constantly looking for a way to escape, as his captors are waiting until he turns 17 and will receive his gifts. However, no one is sure whether Nathan will be a good witch or a bad witch, but both sides want him! What happens when Nathan escapes his cage, a month before he turns 17..? Click here to find Half Bad 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.
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.
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Ink by Amanda Sun. Katie’s still messed up from the sudden death of her mother when she is sent to live with her aunt in Japan. A native New Yorker, Katie feels very out of place in her new school and she is attracting a lot of attention, especially from the guys. Katie doesn’t waste her time with any of them, until she sees the artwork of Tomohiro. Not only is he a talented artist, but his works of art come alive before her eyes! Katie knows something is not quite right and she is determined to find out more about Tomohiro’s gift, but soon finds herself wrapped in a dangerous struggle involving the Japanese mafia and the ancient gods of Japan. Click here to find Ink in the Library!
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:
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 Titan! Click here to find the first book in the series at the Library!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Teardrop by Lauren Kate. Eureka’s world changed when she and her mother were involved in a freak accident that left her mother dead. Left to try and make sense of her new life living with her stepmother and father, Eureka is both physically and emotionally scarred. As she tries to heal, Eureka finds solace in two different guys. One, her childhood best friend, Brooks, has always been there for her. Another, is the mysterious new guy, Ander, who Eureka can’t help feeling connected to. Ander also leads Eureka to a discovery about her family’s history that will change her life forever. Click here to find Teardrop in the Library today!