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Best Teen Books of the Year

Happy New Year 2012!

Image by Flickr user Creativity103

It has already started!  Amazon’s blog, Omnivoracious, has been the first site that I have seen to post its picks for the best teen books of 2012.  Click here to read the original post.  Check out the list below, and click on the title to find the book in the Library to judge for yourself if it is truly one of the best books written for teens in 2012.

Best Teen Books of the Year, according to Amazon’s Omnivoracious blog:

  1.     The Fault in Our Stars  by John Green
  2.     Every Day by David Levithan
  3.     Son by Lois Lowry
  4.     Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
  5.     Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  6.     The Diviners by Libba Bray
  7.     Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman
  8.     Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  9.     Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  10.     Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin, Book I by R. L. LaFevers
  11.     Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  12.     The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  13.     Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  14.     The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth
  15.     Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  16.     The Kill Order by James Dashner
  17.     Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  18.     Reached by Ally Condie
  19.     Dodger by Terry Pratchett
  20.     For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 28, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Trending

Mortal Instruments Movie Coming August 2013

In exactly one year from today, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will be hitting the big screen.

Are you already a fan?  Then check out the official website where you can see who has been cast:

http://themortalinstrumentsmovie.com/

You can also Like the Facebook page for the movie to get updates:

http://www.facebook.com/TheMortalInstruments

If you want to read the series before the movie comes out, then you should start now!  Below is the series list for the five of The Mortal Instruments books that are on bookshelves now and the prequel series, The Infernal Devices.  Just click on the cover or the title to find them in the Library today!

The Mortal Instruments

1.  City of Bones

2.  City of Ashes

3.  City of Glass

4.  City of Fallen Angels

 

5.  City of Lost Souls

The Infernal Devices

1.  Clockwork Angel

 

2.  Clockwork Prince

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 24, 2012 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Movies, Supernatural/Paranormal, Trending

Where is your favorite place to eat in Mount Prospect?

This year’s Teen Summer Reading program theme was “Reading is So Delicious!”.  When you completed a teen log you got to cast your vote for your favorite place to eat in Mount Propect.  We tallied all the votes and the place where teens like to eat the most in Mount Prospect is…

Subway

Subway Buffalo Chicken
(Image courtesy of flickr user theimpulsivebuy)

What do you think!?  Is this one of your favoite places?  Below is the complete list of the remaining favorites in order of the preferences of the teens who participated and cast their vote.  Remember even though we did have 479 teens register for the Teen Summer Reading program, this is only a small sampling of what teens like you think of the best places to eat in Mount Prospect.

Capannari
McDonalds
Home
Culver’s
Chipotle
Five Guys Burger and Fries
Dunkin Donuts
Menchies
Mrs. P and Me
Oberweis
Jimmy John’s
Buffalo Wild Wings
Le Peep
Pizza Hut
Rosati’s
Submarine Express
Pei Wei
Central Continental Bakery
Photos Hotdogs
Tony Saccos Coal Oven Pizza
Bar Louie
Blues Bar
House of Schezwan
Little Caesers
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Panda Express
Black Cow Kitchen and Bar
Canta Napoli
Crave Pizza
El Sombrero
Olympus Gyros
Panera
Steak and Shake
Billy Goat Tavern and Grill
Bogies Ale House
Boston Market
Burger King
Cuisine of India
Emerson’s Ale House
Frankies Fast Food
Jersey Mike’s Subs
Moretti’s Ristorante & Pizzeria
Mr. Beef & Pizza
Pad Thai Restaurant
Papa John’s
Salerno’s Pizzaria
Sunrise Restaurant
Tommy’s Italian Beef
Wendys

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 22, 2012 Categories: Trending

NPR’s Top 100 Teen Novels

Yesterday, NPR announced the results from their summer poll of the Best-Ever Teen Fiction.  From more than 1,200 nominations, NPR’s panel of judges narrowed down the list to the top 100.

Click here for more information and the Top 100 list.

Click here to view the judges’ information.

Click here for the printable Top 100 list.

Click here for the 235 Finalists.

Below is the list of NPR’s Top 10o Teen Novels.  Click on the title to find the book in the Library.  How many of the Top 100 have you read?

1. Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling

2. The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins

3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

5. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

6. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

7. The Lord of the Rings (series) by J.R.R. Tolkien

8. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

9. Looking for Alaska by John Green

10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

11. The Giver (series) by Lois Lowry

12. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series) by Douglas Adams

13. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

14. Anne of Green Gables (series) by Lucy Maud Montgomery

15. His Dark Materials (series) by Philip Pullman

16. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

17. The Princess Bride by William Golding

18. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

19. Divergent (series) by Veronica Roth

20. Paper Towns by John Green

21. The Mortal Instruments (series) by Cassandra Clare

22. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

23. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

24. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

25. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

26. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

27. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer

28. Uglies (series) by Scott Westerfeld

29. The Infernal Devices (series) by Cassandra Clare

30. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

31. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

32. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (series) by Anne Brashares

33. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

34. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green, David Levithan

35. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

36. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

37. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

38. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

39. Vampire Academy (series) by Richelle Mead

40. Abhorsen Trilogy / Old Kingdom Trilogy (series) by Garth Nix

41. Dune by Frank Herbert

42. Discworld / Tiffany Aching (series) by Terry Pratchett

43. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

44. The Dark is Rising (series) by Susan Cooper

45. Graceling (series) Kristin Cashore

46. Forever… by Judy Blume

47. Earthsea (series) by Ursula K. Le Guin

48. Inheritance Cycle (series) by Christopher Paolini

49. The Princess Diaries (series) by Meg Cabot

50. The Song of the Lioness (series) by Tamora Pierce

51. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

52. Delirium (series) by Lauren Oliver

53. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

54. Hush, Hush Saga (series) by Becca Fitzpatrick

55. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

56. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

57. The Gemma Doyle Trilogy (series) by Libba Bray

58. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

59. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

60. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

61. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

62. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

63. A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle

64. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

65. The Bartimaeus Trilogy (series) by Jonathan Stroud

66. Bloodlines (series) by Richelle Mead

67. Fallen (series) by Lauren Kate

68. House of Night (series) by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

69. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

70. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

71. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

72. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

73. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

74. The Maze Runner Trilogy (series) by James Dashner

75. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

76. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

77. Crank (series) by Ellen Hopkins

78. Matched (series) by Allie Condie

79. Gallagher Girls (series) by Ally Carter

80. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

81. Daughter of the Lioness / Tricksters (series) by Tamora Pierce

82. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

83. The Immortals (series) by Tamora Pierce

84. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (series) by Patricia C. Wrede

85. Chaos Walking (series) by Patrick Ness

86. Circle of Magic (series) by Tamora Pierce

87. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

88. Feed by M.T. Anderson

89. Weetzie Bat (series) by Francesca Lia Block

90. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

91. Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (series) by Louise Rennison

92. Leviathan (series) by Scott Westerfeld

93. The House of the Scorpion by Scott Westerfeld

94. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci (series) by Diana Wynne Jones

95. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

96. Gone (series) by Michael Grant

97. The Shiver Trilogy (series) by Maggie Stiefvater

98. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

99. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

100. Betsy-Tacy Books (series) by Maud Hart Lovelace

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 8, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Trending

Sneak Peeks!

Here’s another round up of some sneak peeks inside upcoming Teen fiction books:

Garth Nix’s A Confusion of Princes just hit bookshelves this month.  If you are still waiting to get your hands on a copy of Nix’s latest book, a pure sci-fi read with space wars and  dangerous aliens, then click here to read the first few chapters of the book!

If you’re a fan of James Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy, click here for a preview of the final book  The Kill Order The Kill Order won’t hit bookshelves until August 14, 2012, so check the preview out now to read the first five chapters of the book!

Click here to download the first five chapters of the new book Shadow and Bone by Leigh BardugoShadow and Bone won’t hit bookshelves until June 5, and it sounds like a pretty interesting read: In a Russian fantasy setting a young woman in the army, Alina, discovers that she has a rare magical power and is taken into The Grishna, an order of magic users where she may  be the only one that can save the nation.

If you want a sampler of some really good reads for the summer, then click here to check out Harper Teen’s Story Crush Teen Sampler.  In it you will find a sample of six different stories: The Carrie Diaries, Before I Fall, Kiss, Crush, Collide, Slide, Ruthless, and The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers.  This is really a great way to test out a book before you commit to reading the entire thing!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 29, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Trending

Recap of Divergent

If you are anxiously awaiting, or have already started reading Veronica Roth’s Insurgent, the second book in the Divergent trilogy that hit bookshelves yesterday, then you may want to head over to Roth’s blog by clicking here, or following the link below:

http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/2012/04/but-i-read-divergent-year-ago-your.html

Last week, Veronica Roth posted that she made an “artistic decision” to not do a lot of recapping in Insurgent.  So if you are like me and you read Divergent a year ago, you’ll want to read Roth’s post where she recaps all the important things you need to know from Divergent when reading Insurgent.

Also, click on the book covers below to find Divergent and Insurgent at the Library!

DivergentInsurgent

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 1, 2012 Categories: Dystopian, Fiction, Trending

Read the first chapter of The City of Lost Souls!

Anticipating the release of Cassandra Clare’s fifth book in the Immortal Instruments series?  If you can’t wait until May 8, then click here to read the first chapter!  On her website (and on other websites) Cassandra Clare is releasing six parts of her new book, The City of Lost Souls.  Get started by reading the first chapter:

Click here to read the first chapter of The City of Lost Souls.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 4, 2012 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal, Trending

Cover Appeal

YA Highway, a fun blog to check out that is written by a bunch of YA authors, just recently posted about teen novels whose covers look like celebrities.  Here are a couple examples:


Vampire Academy

by Richelle Mead

Look-a-like: Angelina Jolie

 
Wither

by Lauren DeStefano

Look-a-like: Mandy Moore

 
The Name of the Starby Maureen Johnson

Look-a-like: Ashton Kutcher

Click here to visit the original blog post by YA Highway, and you can click on the titles above to find them in the Library!  Also, you can browse the Teen fiction shelves in the Teen Zone to see if you can find your own celebrity look-a-like covers!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 30, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Trending

Fan of Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy?

Then click here to head over to EW’s Shelf Life blog to read an interview where Ally Condie answers questions about the trilogy, including an update on a movie adaptation!  Also, they reveal the cover for book 3:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 6, 2012 Categories: Dystopian, Fiction, Interview, Trending

All Things John Green

If you’re a fan of John Green and are excited about the recent release of his book The Fault in Our Stars, but haven’t been able to get your hands on copy yet, here are few things to tide you over until you do!

First here’s the book trailer for The Fault in Our Stars:

Here’s John Green reading the first and second chapters of the book:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_vFvbfn9Fs

and finally an interview with John Green and Ilene Cooper, who wrote the introduction for The Fault in Our Stars:

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 12, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Interview, Realistic Fiction, Trending