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Books to Read the Summer After You Graduate High School

Did you just graduate high school this past Sunday?  If you did, and you are looking for something to read this summer, check out this list of novels and graphic novels about the summer before college or the first year of college.  There’s also some great nonfiction titles that can help you prep for your first year in college.

Fiction

AbundanceKatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines by John Green

YA GREEN, J.

Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

fangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

YA ROWELL, R.

Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words and worrying about her fragile father.

DontStopNowDon’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern

YA HALPERN, J.

Recent high school graduates Lil and Josh leave Illinois for Oregon seeking Lil’s sort-of friend Penny, who faked her own kidnapping to escape problems at home and an abusive boyfriend, but Lil also wants to find out if she and Josh are meant to be more than friends.

off yearAn Off Year by Claire Zulkey

YA ZULKEY, C.

Upon arriving at her dorm room, eighteen-year-old Cecily decides to postpone her freshman year of college and return to her Chicago home, where she spends a year pondering what went wrong while forging new relationships with family and friends.

hellweekHell Week by Rosemary Clement-Moore

YA CLEMENT-MOORE, R.

While working undercover on a series of stories for her campus newspaper, college freshman Maggie reluctantly endures mixers, rites, and peculiar rules, but soon learns that members of the sorority to which she has pledged have strange powers and a terrible secret.

Graphic Novels

Between GearsBetween Gears by Natalie Nourigat

YA GRAPH NOURIGAT, N.

This honest, autobiographical account of a college senior’s life will transport you to the land of Jell-O shots, term papers, job interviews, road trips, and sanguine optimism in the face of uncertainty and change.

little fishLittle Fish: a memoir from a different kind of year by Ramsey Beyer

YA GRAPH BEYER, R.

Told through real-life journals, collages, lists, and drawings, this coming-of-age story illustrates the transformation of an 18-year-old girl from a small-town teenager into an independent city-dwelling college student.

Nonfiction

TakeThisAdviceTake This Advice: the most nakedly honest graduation speeches ever given edited by Sandra Bark

YA 815.008 TAK

Bark compiles the 40 most powerful, affecting graduation speeches delivered in the last ten years by popular speakers such as Toni Morrison, Judy Blume, Mister Rogers, Al Franken, Gloria Steinem, Jon Stewart, and many others.

 

Ten Tools10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College: the know-how you need to succeed by Bill Coplin

YA 378.013 COP

Ten tools for maximizing your college years and planning for post-graduation success.

Secrets College SuccessThe Secrets of College Success by Lynn F. Jacobs and Jeremy S. Hyman

YA 378.198 JAC

Over 600 essential tips and tricks for current and future students.

What Color is Your ParachuteWhat Color is Your Parachute? for Teens: discovering yourself, defining your future by Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles with Jean M. Blomquist

YA 331.702 CHR

New chapters on social media and sustainable jobs update the classic title that provides all the big-picture advice you need to set you up to land the job that’s perfect for who you are– and who you want to be.

collegecookingCollege Cooking: feed yourself and your friends by Megan & Jill Carle

YA 641.5 CAR

The Carle sisters (authors of Teens Cook) are off to college, where they serve up an array of tasty dishes with their usual know-how and attitude, presented in a richly photographed package.

college dorm survival guideThe College Dorm Survival Guide: how to survive and thrive in your new home away from home by Julia DeVillers

YA 378.1987 DEV

Comprehensive, humorous, and practical, this handbook to dorm living covers everything from roommates to hot plates to the Freshman 15.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 5, 2014 Categories: College, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Graphic Novel, High School, Issues, Mystery, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Join us for the Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club!

Are you an expert with knitting or crochet needles, just learning, or want to learn?  Then join us on Friday, June 6, from 4 – 6 p.m. for the monthly Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club meeting at the Library.  We have yarn, needles, and the know-how to teach the basics of knitting and crocheting. You can also bring your own supplies – and your friends – for an afternoon of sharing ideas and conversation. Refreshments will be served.

Click here to register for the Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on Categories: Uncategorized

Book Trailer of the Week– The Ring & the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz

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!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 31, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Prom Reads

‘Tis the season for prom!  Whether you are attending the prom this week or just love all things prom, check out some of the books below!

prom

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson

YA ANDERSON, L.

Eighteen-year-old Ash wants nothing to do with senior prom, but when disaster strikes and her desperate friend, Nat, needs her help to get it back on track, Ash’s involvement transforms her life.

PromandPrejudice

Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

YA EULBERG, E.

For Lizzie Bennett, a music scholarship student at Connecticut’s exclusive, girls-only Longbourn Academy, the furor over prom is senseless, but even more puzzling is her attraction to the pompous Will Darcy, best friend of her roommate’s boyfriend.

Prom Etiquette

Emily Post’s Prom and Party Etiquette by Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post

YA 395.123 SEN

Relax and let Emily Post, the most trusted name in etiquette, be your guide. Prom and Party Etiquette will help you navigate your social life and be more confident at the parties you attend. Knowing what to do makes it easier to enjoy all your celebrations to the fullest and having fun is what a party is really about!

Its Our Prom

It’s Our Prom (so deal with it) by Julie Anne Peters

YA PETERS, A.

Told in separate voices, Azure, who is a lesbian, and Luke, who is bisexual, help plan an inclusive senior prom while Luke is writing and producing a musical about his life, both are working through the crush they have on their friend Radhika, and all three are dealing with problems at home.

Seventeen Beauty
Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty by Ann Shoket & the editors of Seventeen

YA 646.72 SHO

Advice on how to make the most of your natural features, with tips on hair styling, skin care, and makeup; insider secrets from celebrity experts; and recommendations for special occasions.

prom dates from hell

Prom Dates From Hell

YA SS PROM

In this exciting collection, bestselling authors take bad prom nights to a whole new level–a paranormally bad level. Wardrobe malfunctions and two left feet don’t hold a candle to discovering your date is the Grim Reaper–and he isn’t here to tell you how hot you look. From angels fighting demons to a creepy take on getting what you wish for, these five stories will entertain better than any DJ in a bad tux. No corsage or limo rental necessary. Just good, scary fun.

Tessa

Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin

YA FRANKLIN, E.

Feeling humiliated and confused when his best friend Tessa rejects his love and reveals a long-held secret, high school senior Luke must decide if he should stand by Tessa when she invites a female date to the prom, sparking a firestorm of controversy in their small Indiana town.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 28, 2014 Categories: Fiction, High School, Nonfiction

Book Trailer of the Week– Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina.  Piddy just changed schools and, only a few weeks into the new school year, she is told that Yaqui Delgado is going to kick her ass.  Piddy has no idea why Yaqui has a grudge against her; she doesn’t even know the girl.  As the bullying increases Piddy does not know what to do to make it stop or even why it started.  All she knows is that she has to avoid Yaqui Delagado at all costs, because no one is going to help her out.  Click here to find Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 23, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Bullying, Fiction, High School, Realistic Fiction

May is Zombie Awareness Month!

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.

zombZom-B by Darren Shan

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.

RotRuinRot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

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.

 

 

Dearly DepartedDearly Departed by Lia Habel

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.

 

InfectsThe Infects by Sean Beaudoin

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.

 

ashesAshes by Isla Bick

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.

 

EnemyThe Enemy by Charlie Higson

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.

 

 

UndeadUndead by Kirsty McKay

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.

 

 

 

zZ by Michael Thomas Ford

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.

 

 

 

Eat brains loveEat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart

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.

 

 

zombie survival guideThe Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

818.602 BRO

The Zombie Survival Guide is one’s key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking thestreets right now.

 

 

 

how to make a zombieHow to Make a Zombie by Frank Swain

398.45 SWA

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.

 

zombie handbookThe Zombie Handbook by Robert Curran

398.21 CUR

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.

 

 

Zombies a field guideZombies: a field guide to the walking dead by Robert Curran

398.21 CUR

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?

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 21, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Horror, Nonfiction, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal, Zombies

Book Trailer of the Week– Crewel by Gennifer Albin

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Crewel by Gennifer Albin.  Adelice has been gifted with the talents of a Spinster.  However, her parents train her to hide her gift, fearing what it means for Adelice’s future. When her true talents are discovered, Adelice is violently taken away from her family and whisked off to a glamorous new life as a Spinster.  The only problem is Adelice can see the injustice and tyranny of this ruling class.  Little does Adelice know that she can make a difference…  Click here to find Crewel in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 16, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance

Get Real with Graphic Novels

Do you sometimes find is harder to read books about real people, places, or events?  Have you ever tried reading graphic novels that are about real life things?  Check out the list below of graphic novels that tell the story of real life people, places, things, or events in history:

Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor

Chronicles the rise of Hip Hop music as it grew from the streets of New York City in the 1970′s to the rise of the emcee into 1981. Additional volumes will follow.

hiphopfamilytree

The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown

The Dust Bowl is a desolate time in American history, where the earth was so ravaged that dust storms terrorized the land. What was worse about this time, was that it was caused by man. Brown describes the causes and the life of that terrible time, as well as what we can learn to prevent this from happening again.

great american dust bowl

Gandhi: My Life is My Message written by Jason Quinn and illustrated by Sachin Nagar

Renouncing wealth, ambition and comfort, Gandhi led by example, becoming one with the people he sought to free, facing imprisonment, hardship and humiliation while never raising his voice in anger. His strategy of nonviolent protest would become the model for the U.S. Civil Rights movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. and continues to change history throughout the world.

gandhi

The Gettysburg Address written by Jonathan Hennessey, art by Aaron McConnell, and lettering by Tom Orzechowski

A graphic adaptation of the Gettysburg Address explains the events of the War, drawing on first-hand accounts from soldiers, slaves, and key figures and providing an understanding of the speech that marked America’s new path.

gettysburg address

Vietnamerica by G.B. Tran

A memoir in graphic novel format about the author’s experiences as the son of Vietnamese immigrants who fled to America during the fall of Saigon describes how he learned his tragic ancestral history and the impact of the Vietnam War on his family while visiting their homeland years later.

vietnamerica

Primates: the Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks

This is the true story of three scientists who risked their lives for research that forever changed the way we think of primates- including ourselves.

Primates

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 14, 2014 Categories: Graphic Novel, Music, Nonfiction

Book Trailer of the Week– William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher

This week’s book trailer of the week is for William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher.  If you like Star Wars or if you like Shakespeare or if you like Star Wars and Shakespeare, then this book is perfect for you!  It retells the fourth episode completely in Shakespeare’s language.  It is laugh out-loud funny and it is definitely a new spin on the classic movie.  And there are more on the way!  William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back was just published in March.  Click here to find William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope in the Library today!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 9, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Movies, Science Fiction

Join us for the Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club!

Are you an expert with knitting or crochet needles, just learning, or want to learn?  Then join us on Friday, May 9, from 4 – 6 p.m. for the monthly Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club meeting at the Library.  We have yarn, needles, and the know-how to teach the basics of knitting and crocheting. You can also bring your own supplies – and your friends – for an afternoon of sharing ideas and conversation. Refreshments will be served.

Click here to register for the Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 8, 2014 Categories: Uncategorized