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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 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!


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’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 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 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 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 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:

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:


Shadow and Bone

by Leigh Bardugo


Paper Valentine

by Brenna Yovanoff


The Infects

by Sean Beaudoin


Pretty Monsters

by Kelly Link


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, 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

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:

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

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 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.

Five Guys Burger and Fries
Dunkin Donuts
Mrs. P and Me
Jimmy John’s
Buffalo Wild Wings
Le Peep
Pizza Hut
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
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


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