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Check out the latest Divergent trailer!

It looks so good!  What do you think of the movie’s interpretation of the dystopian Chicago setting?  We think it’s pretty cool that to see what a possible future Chicago could look like!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 5, 2014 Categories: Dystopian, Movies, Trending

If you like The Fault in Our Stars

fault in our starsWere you as impressed as we were by the release of the first movie trailer for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green?  Are you looking for something to read that is similar to TFIOS?   Of course, you can go on and read Green’s other fabulous works–and you should–but if you want to read a novel similar to TFIOS that deals themes like young people struggling with terminal illness, check out these titles:

Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon

Somebody Up There

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl

Before I Die by Jenny Downham

Before I Die

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

Probabilty of Mirackes

The F-It List by Julie Halpern

F It List

First Love by James Patterson and Emily Raymond

First Love

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

deadline

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

second chance summer

Poster Boy by Dede Crane

poster boy

You may also want to check out Eleanor & Park and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.  Both were published this year and John Green had a lot of great things to say about both her novels.

fangirleleanor and park

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 30, 2014 Categories: Fiction, Issues, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Trending

Have you seen it yet!? TFIOS First Movie Trailer!!!

Watch it over and over again! This is going to be good, but you’ll definitely need a box of tissues to get through it.  Okay? Okay.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 29, 2014 Categories: Fiction, Movies, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Trending

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:

how they corakedlonebomb

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

Teens–If you like Downton Abbey, check out these books!

Season 4 of Downton Abbey just premiered a couple of weeks ago.  If you are looking for a good Downton-esque read to pass your time while you eagerly await next week’s episode, check out some of the books listed below.  Just click on the cover and find them in the Library!

Fateful by Claudia Gray

Fateful

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

private peaceful

The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick

Foreshadowing

The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf

Watch that ends the night

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

Luxe

Wither by Lauren Destefano

Wither

Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore

Manor of Secrets

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 16, 2014 Categories: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Trending

Best Teen Books of the Year

Today is the last day of 2013!  What was your favorite teen book published this year?  Can’t decide?  Take a look at what some of the book, news, and media outlets thought were the best books from 2013:

School Library Journal

Winding down a list of hundreds of books, here’s a few highlighted titles that the editors of School Library Journal selected as best fiction from 2013.  Click on the covers to find them in the Library!

All the truth that's in meReality BoyYaquiMore Than This

Also checkout SLJ’s list of best 2013 nonfiction and adult books for teens!

Goodreads

Goodreads has their Choice Awards every year, where users get to vote for their favorite titles of the year.

The winner for best Young Adult Fiction of 2013: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell!

eleanor and park

The winner for best Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy: Allegiant by Veronica Roth!

allegiant

The winner for best Graphic Novels & Comics: Beautiful Creatures: the Manga by Kami Garcia , Maragaret Stohl, and Cassandra Jean!

Beautiful Creatures manga

The winner for best Middle Grade and Children’s: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan!

House of Hades

Publishers Weekly

Publisher’s Weekly’s list highlight their editor’s picks of the yearThey also have a nonfiction list.  Below are a few highlights from PW’s picks.  Click on the cover to find the titles in the Library!

Bad MachineryMaggot MoonInfinite Moment of Us

Amazon

Amazon’s pick for the best teen book of 2013 is Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, but they also put out a list of what their editors pick as the top 20 books of the year for teens.  Click here to see that list and click on the cover below to find Eleanor & Park at the Library!

eleanor and park

Mashable

Mashable is an online news source for the Connected Generation.  Earlier this month they posted their top 11 books for teens of 2013.  Click on the cover to find the highlighted titles from Mashable’s list in the Library!

Forgive Me Leaonard Peacockwhen you were hereBeing Henry DavidDr. Bird's Advice

The Horn Book

The Horn Book’s staff and reviewers put out their Fanfare list every year.  Click on the covers below to find some of the teen books that made The Horn Book’s 2013 Fanfare list:

Far Far AwayCorner of WhiteBoxersSaints

NPR

NPR puts out a guide to the best books every year, click on the covers below to find some of their picks for the best teen books of 2013:

summer princegorgeousColdest Girl in ColdtownRose Under Fire

Buzzfeed

Buzzfeed is a great site for all things pop culture!  A week ago they posted their picks for the top 21 YA books of 2013.  Click on the covers below to find some of the highlighted suggestions at the Library:

This song will save your lifeJust One Day5th WaveOut of the Easy

I hope some of your favorites of this year made a list!  These lists are also a great way to find a really good book to read next!!!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 31, 2013 Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Trending

Winter Break is coming up– check out some of our gaming suggestions for teens!

Looking for ways to spend your days relaxing this winter break?  Check out this Mental Floss post about 11 Classic Video Games You Can Play Online.  Personally, we can never get tired of Pacman! Also, be sure to check in at the Library, where we have an extensive video game collection for teens.  Click on some of the images below to see if some of these staff favorites are checked in today!

WWE-Smackdown-vs-Raw-2010SuperSmashBrosBrawlBeatles Rock BandLegend of Zelda

batman arkham originsMortal Kombat vs DC UniverseInjusticeSuper Street Fighter Arcade edNeed For Speed Most Wanted

Sims3Dragon ball zJust Dance 2014

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 12, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Staff Pics, Trending

Join us for a Divergent Book Discussion on Monday!

allegiantSo, there has been a lot of buzz about Veronica Roth’s final book in the Divergent trilogy, Allegiant.  It hits book shelves at the end of the month and everyone is being very tight lipped about what happens to Tris and Four, despite an accidental early shipping of the novel to some very lucky people.  Just today, Amazon announced that Allegiant is outselling The Hunger Games in its first month of preorders.  It seems that we may be seeing the next blockbuster series, and one has to wonder if the story will really end with AllegiantClick here for a really great interview on Vulture.com with Veronica Roth, where she talks about the series ender and what has changed in her life since publishing Divergent three years ago.

 

 

DivergentBe sure to also join us at the Library for a discussion of Divergent, the first book in the trilogy, on Monday, October 14, from 3 – 4 p.m.   You will have a chance to talk to other teens about the book and get new ideas and perspectives. It’s also a great way to celebrate Teen Read Week (10/13-10/19) and the Library’s Book Crossing program, since Divergent is the 2013 American Book Crossing title. Click here to register in advance for the discussion.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 10, 2013 Categories: Dystopian, Events, Trending

Teen Book Cover Art: Papercuts

Figment’s Tumblr recently posted about about a new trend of papercuts on teen book covers: http://figmentdotcom.tumblr.com/post/50037988275/ya-cover-trend-paper-cuts.

These covers are actually pretty cool looking and got me wondering– how does someone actually make papercuts?  I checked out some of the books we have in the Library on paper cutting and let me tell you, you need some serious scissor skills.  However, they aren’t as complicated as you might think.  Part of the trick of papercutting is folding the paper to make more than one cut at a time.  There are also different cutting tools you can use to create more detailed cuts.

Here are some of the most recent Teen novels that feature papercuts on their covers, click on the cover or the title link to find more information about the book:

shadowandbone

Shadow and Bone

by Leigh Bardugo

PaperValentine

Paper Valentine

by Brenna Yovanoff

 Infects

The Infects

by Sean Beaudoin

PrettyMonsters

Pretty Monsters

by Kelly Link

ShiverLingerForever

Shiver, Linger, Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Fall trilogy)

by Maggie Stiefvater

If you want to find out more about how to create papercuts, check out this books at the Library!  (just click on the cover or title link to find it in the Library):

paper cutsPaper Cuts: 35 Inventive Projects

by Taylor Hagerty

736.98 HAG

 

 

 

Paper Cutting TechniquesPapercutting Techniques for Scrapbooks and Cards

by Sharyn Sowell

736.98 SOW

 

 

 

Paper CutoutsPaper Cutouts

by Helene Leroux-Hugon and Julierre Vicart

736.98 LER

 

 

 

Art of Paper CuttingThe Art of Paper Cutting

by Henya Melichson

736.98 MEL

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 23, 2013 Categories: Crafts, Fiction, Nonfiction, Trending

Teen books are being adapted to the big screen like crazy!

Check out all the most recent news about teen books that are being made into movies:

Unwind, a compelling and issue heavy novel by Neal Shusterman, has been optioned by Constantin Films to be adapted into a movie, according to the “Hollywood Crush” blog on MTV.comUnwind is a dystopian, sci-fi novel set in a future where teens can be unwound, or be taken apart and have their organs harvested, if they don’t fit into society’s norms.

 

 

 

 

 

Over a year ago, Universal announced that it was going to make Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone into a movie.  Last month, the studio announced that they were going to push forward and now have a producer for the movie, according to Deadline.comDaughter of Smoke and Bone is a fantasy novel that centers on Karou, a seemingly normal teen except that she was raised by a family of Chimaera.  With questions about how she came to be a human raised by demons, Karou gets swept up in a world where a dangerous war is being waged between angels and demons.

 

 

 

If you are a huge fan of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy, then you should be happy with the news that writer Daniel Water’s has finished the script for the movie!   (according to Hollywood Crush)  I am definitely looking forward to seeing who is cast in the movie, as I am a huge fan of the book series.  The first book in the series, Vampire Academy, introduces us to Rose and Lissa.  Lissa is a vampire of royal blood and Rose is the dhampir (part human, part vampire) who is bonded to protect her.  Together they attend St. Vladimir’s Academy, where they have recently returned after running away, and where they will both be trained for life outside the school’s walls.

 

 

According to Deadline.com, Monument 14 will be adapted to the big screen.  The rights have recently been acquired and there is a writer and director already attached to the project.  Monument 14 is an amazing novel about what it would be like to be trapped with fourteen other kids and teens inside a Walmart-like store at the end of the world.  It is action packed and there is a thrilling suspense with every turn of the page.  Click here to check out my earlier review of the book.

 

 

 

 

There is a Facebook page up for the movie adaptation of Beautiful Creatures.  If you like it, you’ll get updates about the production and be able to see the newest trailers as soon as they come online.  Like this one:

I cannot wait for this movie!  If you have not read Beautiful Creatures yet, click here to find it in the LibraryI highly recommend it!

I have also decided to jump on the band wagon and get excited about the first Mortal Instruments movie.  It happened after I just recently watched the movie trailer:

Click here to find the first book in The Mortal Instruments series, The City of Bones, if you’re like me and want to read the book right now after watching that trailer!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 16, 2013 Categories: Movies, Trending