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Book Trailer of the Week– Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Spellcaster by Claudia Gray.  Nadia’s mother has gone away and her father has moved her family to a small Rhode Island town called Captive Sound.  Nadia is not like most teen girls, she knows she’s a witch just like her mother, but her mother left her before her training was complete.  In her new home, Nadia senses that something isn’t quite right.  Along with some new friends (one of which is a potential love interest, but also cursed), Nadia sets out to use her novice powers to stop an evil that is bent on destroying the town.  Click here to find Spellcaster in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 13, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

An Evening with Holly Black recap

Words cannot describe how awesome our visit with Holly Black was last night!  As expected, Holly Black was fabulous, interesting, hilarious, and so cool!  If you were lucky enough to be in attendance, you heard some really great stories about Holly Black‘s writing process, the YA author community, and her inspiration for her newest book The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.  Many thanks go out to Holly Black for visiting our Library, and especially The Book Stall at Chestnut Court who made this author event possible!

Scroll through the photos below to see some of the highlights from last night!  And don’t forget to checkout The Coldest Girl in Coldtown at the Library!

Be sure to check out our Display that is still up at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk

Be sure to check out our Display that is still up at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk

Small display case

The signs were everywhere!

The signs were everywhere!

Glow Sticks compliments of Little Brown Books

Fangs compliments of the Mount Prospect Public Library!

Fangs compliments of the Mount Prospect Public Library!

Books were for sale from The Book Stall!

Books were for sale from The Book Stall!

Holly Black started out the night asking the audience what was their first encounter with Vampires?

Holly Black started out the night asking the audience what was their first encounter with Vampires?

One interesting fact thta Holly Black shared: she actually rode around in a friend's car truck to do research for her Curseworkers series.  She recalled the memory with a lot of humor, though!

One interesting fact that Holly Black shared: she actually rode around in a friend’s car trunk to do research for her Curseworkers series. She recalled the memory with a lot of humor, though!

Holly Black read an excerpt from her book "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" which hit book shelves on 9/3/13.

Holly Black read an excerpt from her book “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” which hit book shelves on 9/3/13.

It was from the from the beginning of the book when we learn how Tana's mom got infected (a very intense scene!).

It was from the from the beginning of the book when we learn how Tana’s mom got infected (a very intense scene!).

Holly Black then had a signing where all attendees got a chance to talk with her one on one, many with questions about being a writer.  She gave out a lot of great advice!

All attendees got a chance to talk with Holly Black one on one, many with questions about being a writer. She gave out a lot of great advice!

MPPL staffer Janine is a huge fan of Holly Black! She did not pass up the chance to chat with the author.

MPPL staffer Janine is a huge fan of Holly Black! She did not pass up the chance to chat with the author.

Teen Librarians, Barbara and Colleen, had a fang-tastic time with Holly Black! Thanks Holly!!!

Teen Librarians, Barbara and Colleen, had a fang-tastic time with Holly Black! Thanks Holly!!!

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 11, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Events, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Holly Black Introduces her new book, “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown”

See Holly Black LIVE tonight at MPPL at 7 p.m. Click here to register!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 10, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Events, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.  Nobody Owens’ entire family was murder when he was just a young boy.  He escaped, unharmed, into a nearby graveyard.  He is discovered by the ghosts of Mr. and Mrs. Owens, so they raise him as their own.  The lost souls of the graveyard become Bod’s family, and they protect him from the killer that still hunts him despite the years that have passed.  Click here to find The Graveyard Book in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 6, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (reviewed by Colleen, Teen Services Librarian)

Coldest Girl in ColdtownThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown

by Holly Black

A girl.  A vampire.  A disease, and a quarantined city.  Trust me this is nothing like Twilight–it is so much better!  I have to admit, I was a little skeptical when I heard that one of my favorite authors was going to write a vampire novel.   However, I was sure that if anyone could give a new spin to the vampire genre, it was Holly Black. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown starts with a grisly scene.  We meet Tana as she wakes up in a bathtub.  She must have fallen asleep the night before at the party, or passed out…  Either way, as she makes her way through the house, she uncovers horror after horror as most of the partygoers have all been killed.  Tana knows that only one thing could have created this gory scene: vampires.  In Tana’s world, vampirism is a disease that has been spread like any epidemic.  Once bitten by a vampire, a person has 88 days to sweat out the disease.  As long as they don’t submit to the craving of human blood, the infection will clear up.  Very few, however, can resist the craving.  Once infected, a human must enter a Coldtown, or quarantined areas of cities that were created to contain the spread of the disease.  Coldtowns are seen by some as very glamorous.  There are a ton of feeds and videos coming out of the Coldtowns, on different social networking sites, that show all the fabulous parties, fashion, and different trends in these strange cities.

As Tana tries to escape the gruesome aftermath of the party, she unknowingly comes upon her ex-boyfriend who was bitten and survived.  She also finds the vampire Gavriel.  Without giving too much away, Gavriel was at the house against his will.  Tana, also possibly infected, can only come up with one plan: to take Gavriel and Aidan to the nearest Coldtown.  What follows is Tana and Aidan’s fight against infection, the unraveling mystery of the eccentric Gavriel and his dedication to Tana, their fight to survive life in the Coldtown, and a ton of other colorful characters and action and adventure.

As I said before, I was not disappointed by the awesomeness of this book!  However, knowing how much I love Holly Black’s character development and plot turns in her past novels, I don’t know why I doubted her.  Like her previous books the Curseworkers series, Tithe, and Valiant, Black brings you into this novel with an attention-grabbing beginning that just keeps getting better as you keep reading.  The pace is fast and engrossing, and I love all the characters that Black created.  Tana is a kick-butt, but damaged girl, whose attraction to danger gets her into a lot of trouble.  She was very interesting to read, and you never really knew what Tana would do next, but she was also very much a sympathetic character because she cared so much for those around her.  Her ex-boyfriend Aidan provided a lot of comic relief, but also some uncertainty because he was infected.  And finally, there was Gavriel, who by no means is an Edward Cullen clone.  Gavriel was mad, literally, which made him so unpredictable that you honestly don’t know if he is in love with Tana or if he wants to kill her.   The mystery of how Gavriel was driven mad is unraveled slowly, which makes the reader read that much faster.  Additionally, supporting characters that pop up along the way to and in Coldtown are colorful and crazy and add so much to the story.

Definitely pick this book up if you are a fan of the supernatural and/or vampires.  Also pick this book up if you want a fast-paced, exciting read that you can’t put down.  Click here to find The Coldest Girl in Coldtown in the Library!

This book is recomended for readers in high school and older.

The author, Holly Black, will be visiting the Mount Prospect Public Library on Tuesday, September 10, at 7 p.m.  She will be talking about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and signing books.  Click here to register for the event!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 4, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Events, Fantasy, Fiction, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong.   The Gathering is the first book in Armstrong’s Darkness Rising series.  Maya has always had a paw shaped birthmark on her thigh, but now that she has discovered that she can communicate with animals, she thinks there is a reason she has this mark.  However, with strange events and mysterious deaths occuring in her small Vancouver Island town, Maya quickly realizes her secret may be a dangerous one.  Click here to find The Gathering in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 30, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Unbreakable by Kami GarciUnbreakable doesn’t hit bookshelves until October, but this trailer was so good that we had to post it now.  Kami Garcia is one of the authors that wrote the Beautiful Creatures series.  Unbreakable is Garcia’s first book in a new series that centers on ghost hunters.  Check out the trailer and then click here to place a hold on Unbreakable at the Library

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 23, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Reviews by You!

IdTellYouILoveYou I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You
by Ally Carter
This was a really nice book. I love that Cammie is a spy and that there is a whole school for spies. It’s a great book that makes you want to read it over and over.
Review submitted by Tania.
night of the purple moon Night of the Purple Moon
by Scott Cramer
This book was really nice to read. It was so interesting that I finished it in one day!
Review submitted by Jill.
oogy Oogy
by Larry Levin
Oogy is a book about a dog disfigured but so passionately loved by just one family. The bond between the dog and humans show just how hard you can love something/someone.
Review submitted by Kate.
Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
Kids are stranded on an island and must survive. They have chosen a chief but many people disagree and drift off to make another team. Also a “beast” exists. Find out about it by reading it.
Review submitted by Atit.
Girl who threw butterflies The Girl Who Threw Butterflies
Mick Cochrane
I liked this book because I can really relate to books that are realistic fiction. It’s as if I know the person and understand what they’re going through.
Review submitted by Allison.
New Moon New Moon
by Stephenie Meyer
Bella has learned about the vampire world, but it all is gone when Edward leaves her. She is depressed until that world comes back. Her best friend is a werewolf and some old enemies come out looking for a bite.
Review submitted by Stephanie.
Parvanas Journey Parvana’s Journey
by Deborah Ellis
In this book, Parvana goes on a journey to find her family. On this journey, Parvana comes across many struggles, but manages to keep moving on.
Review submitted by Janae.
Crushed Crushed
by Sara Shepard
This is the newest edition to the Pretty Little Liars series. Hanna, Spencer, Emily, and Aria are back with thrilling adventures from “A” at their senior prom. Relationships will be tested and trust will play a big role throughout the book.
Review submitted by Kendall.
CatchingFire Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins
This book was better than the first one, and the first one was one of my favorite books of all time. It was very exciting and has a huge surprise in it. It is a 10 out of 10.
Review submitted by Ravi.
Code The Code
by Mawi Adgedom
In my opinion, I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to everybody because this book talks about life. That is why I think everyone should read it at least once.
Review submitted by Angelica.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 21, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Reviews by You!

 

Tale Dark and Grimm A Tale Dark & Grimm
by Adam Gidwitz
A Tale Dark and Grimm is about the REAL story of Hansel and Gretel and he puts them back together and makes a gruesome book with a lot of stories put together.
Review submitted by Michael.
hugoCabret The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick
This book was so easy to read but yet fun to read. This book is good for people who don’t like to read a lot of words.
Review submitted by Jill.
Rithmatist The Rithmatist
by Brandon Sanderson
This is a creative book about lines and ability to make them come alive. The book takes you through Joel’s life showing you his gift. This story has many changing characters with a huge twist at the end. Hope you like the book.
Review submitted by Jordan.
Aquamarine Aquamarine
by Alice Hoffman
When Hailey and Claire spend their last summer together, they find a beautiful mermaid named Aquamarine in a pool after a big storm. Aquamarine left her six sister to find love on land. She then falls in love with a boy named Raymond. Raymond then falls in love with her after they had a date. Aquamarine began to dry up, and Hailey and Claire quickly bring her back to the sea. Aquamarine makes it. At the end of summer, Raymond goes off to college and Claire move to Florida. Claire then sees Raymond at the beach in Florida and she also sees Aquamarine. Hailey and Claire know Aquamarine is still swimming out there.
Review submitted by Amanda.
Dana's Valley Dana’s Valley
by Janette Oke
This dramatic book is about a normal girl: Erin. When suddenly her best friend and sister becomes seriously ill. How will Erin handle it? And will Dana be ok?
Review submitted by Lea.
House Rules House Rules
by Jodi Picoult
Jacob has Asperger’s Syndrome, which makes it hard for him to show emotion and to loook others in the eye. When his tutor, Jess, goes missing and is found dead, Jacob is blamed and although he may act guilty, did he really kill Jess?
Review submitted by Paige.
Independence Hall Independence Hall
by Roland Smith
This series is one of my all-time favorites. It is action packed and never boring. Roland Smith knows about everything he writes about, and this book is no exception.
Review submitted by Noah.
lastolymppian The Last Olympian
by Rick Riordan
This book was entertaining and fun to read. I have read this book many times before.
Review submitted by Matt.
hatchet Hatchet
by Gary Paulsen
This book is about Brian on a plane, and the plane crash in wildness. He is alone and he only has a hatchet that his mom gave him.
Review submitted by Chintal.
clockwork prince Clockwork Prince
by Cassandra Clare
The second novel in the Infernal Devices series is action packed. More battles unfold as the search for Mortaman continues. Overall, a fantastic read.
Review submitted by Ariel.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 31, 2013 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– Between by Jessica Warman

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Between by Jessica Warman.  Liz is a senior in high school and has lived a good life.  Some would call her spoiled, popular, and perfect.  However, this good life comes to an end when she wakes up and knows she’s dead.  Life finds out that she drowned at her birthday party, and now she is a ghost.  She knows she’s a ghost because she finds herself in the company of another ghost, Alex, who was previously killed in a hit and run accident.  Both girls have to solve the mystery of their death, and Liz realizes her life was not as perfect as she thought.  Click here to find Between in the Library!

 http://youtu.be/FmefAafDlRE

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 19, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal