This week’s book trailer of the week is for Antigoddess by Kendare Blake. The Gods of Olympus are coming to an end. In alternating chapters, Athena narrates her fight to prevent the death of the old gods (including herself, where the end is coming from brown and white feathers overtaking her body’s organs). Cassandra, a somewhat normal human girl–she just has psychic visions–narrates the other chapters. Athena believes that Cassandra is the key to the Gods’ salvation, and she will stop at nothing to find Cassandra to determine how she will save them. Click here to find Antigoddess in the Library!
Today is Celebrate Teen Literature Day! In honor of this awesome day the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released the nominees for Teens’ Top Ten. To learn more about what goes into selecting the Teens’ Top Ten titles, click here. The Top Ten will be announced the week after Teen Read Week (October 12-18, 2014). If you want to try and read all 25 nominees before the Top Ten are announced, check out the list below!
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray
A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine
Stop by the Library and make something! In honor of Earth Day, this session focuses on recycling. We’ll provide supplies and instructional books for you to hack your toys, craft with paper, recycle a T-shirt, and upcycle everyday items. Feel free to bring your own projects to work on, too. As always, snacks and drinks will also be provided.
This teen program is part of our National Library Week celebration. Join us for events celebrating National Library Week from Sunday, April 13 through Saturday, April 19. Learn how Lives Change @ Your Library!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin. This novel, written in the classic noir style, has all the classic characters to make it a good read. Dalton Rev, the main character, is a traditional hard-boiled detective and at seventeen-years-old is trying to solve the mystery in his high school of who killed Wesley Payne. Found hanging from the school’s goal post, Payne was involved in something that led to his murder. Suspects are abound, including the jocks, the rockers, and the nerds. Can Dalton solve the murder? Click here to find You Killed Wesley Payne in the Library!
Do you like reading about cool people and the incredible things they have done. Check out this list of books about some really amazing people.
Holcombe chronicles how to transition from “the fat girl” to being a healthy, confident young woman.
The biography of Leon Leyson, the only memoir published by a former Schindler’s List child.
Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma, were deeply in love and very supportive of each other, but their opinions often clashed. Emma was extremely religious, and Charles questioned God’s very existence.
The as yet unpublished memoirs for young adults of the only female SOE agent to lead a French Resistance network during World War II.
An enterprising teenager in Malawi builds a windmill from scraps he finds around his village and brings electricity, and a future, to his family.
In 1978 Christiane F. testified against a man who had traded heroin for sex with teenage girls at Berlin’s notorious Zoo Station. In the course of that trial, Christiane F. became connected with two journalists who helped to turn her story, which begins with a dysfunctional but otherwise fairly normal childhood, into an acclaimed bestseller.
Aaron Hartzler grew up in a home where he was taught that at any moment the Rapture could happen — that Jesus might come down in the twinkling of an eye and scoop Aaron and his whole family up to Heaven. As a kid, he was thrilled by the idea that every moment of every day might be his last one on Earth. But as Aaron turns sixteen, he finds himself more attached to his earthly life and curious about all the things his family forsakes for the Lord.
Recounts how, sixteen years after the end of World War II, a team of undercover Israeli agents captured the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, in a remote area of Argentina and brought him to trial in Israel for crimes committed during the Holocaust.
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman. This thrilling mystery centers on twin sisters, Alice and Rachel, and their seemingly psychic bond. This bond allows each other to feel what the other feels. When Alice goes missing, Rachel is sure that something is wrong and can feel that her twin is in pain. Fighting to find Alice before it is too late, Rachel worries about her own mental state. Twists and turns are abound in this novel, and it won’t be until the very last page that reader’s learn the truth about Alice’s disappearance. Click here to find Beautiful Lies in the Library!
Are you an expert with knitting or crochet needles, just learning, or want to learn? Then join us on Friday, April 4, 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.
Are you one of those people that loves to think up hilariously creative pranks for April Fools day? If you are, or if you are someone who enjoys a read that makes you laugh, checkout some of the novels below at the Library!
YA CRAWFORD, B.
Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible.
YA LIEB, J.
Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he is extremely stupid and lazy, but he is actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way.
YA EKELES, S.
When sixteen-year-old Amy, a spoiled American, goes to Israel for a three-month summer vacation with a father she barely knows, she is not prepared for his Jewish family and the changes they bring about in her life.
YA BRAY, L.
When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.
YA MY JINKS, C.
Fifteen-year-old vampire Nina has been stuck for fifty-one years in a boring support group for vampires, and nothing exciting has ever happened to them–until one of them is murdered and the others must try to solve the crime.
YA PIERSON, D.
Tenth-grader Tom Parking’s dream of being swept away to a fantasy land where he becomes a hero nearly comes true when he finds himself the Chosen One of a nameless world, the most annoying, least “cool” place in the universe.
YA SF DOESCHER, I.
In this exciting and hilarious novel you will find a retelling of Star wars in the style of Shakespeare, in which a wise Jedi knight, an evil Sith lord, a beautiful captive princess, and a young hero coming of age reflect the valor and villainy of the Bard’s greatest plays.
YA LARBALASTIER, J.
Residing in New Whitby, Maine, a town founded by vampires trying to escape persecution, Mel finds her negative attitudes challenged when her best friend falls in love with one, another friend’s father runs off with one, and she herself is attracted to someone who tries to pass himself off as one.
YA SCHREIBER, J.
Perry’s parents insist that he take Gobi, their quiet, Lithuanian exchange student, to senior prom but after an incident at the dance he learns that Gobi is actually a trained assassin who needs him as a henchman, behind the wheel of his father’s precious Jaguar, on a mission in Manhattan.
YA SMITH, A.
Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong.
This week’s book trailer of the week is for This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl, Lori Earl, and Wayne Earl. This memoir collects journal entries, photos, and other writings from the life of Esther Earl, a young teen who suffered from terminal thyroid cancer and who became the inspiration for John Green’s latest novel, The Fault In Our Stars. Click here to find This Star Won’t Go Out in the Library!
It’s spring break, but it is not exactly spring-like weather right now. If you are looking for a good read to keep you busy during this week of mild temperatures, check out some spring break themed books– from teens involved in a mystery while on spring break or teens playing baseball (Opening Day is March 31, after all!):
YA KASISCHKE, L.
While on spring break in Cancun, Mexico, high-school seniors and best friends Anne and Michelle accept the wrong ride and Michelle is lost–seemingly forever.
YA SF ANDERSON, M.
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble while taking a trip to the moon for spring break.
YA PENA, M.
Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.
YA PALMER, R.
Sixteen-year-old Sophie’s dream of meeting her soul mate during spring break in Florida seems to have come true, but she must determine if Jack is really the romantic hero he seems to be, or if ex-boyfriend Michael could be.
YA LIPSYTE, R.
Mike lives for baseball and hopes to follow his idol into the major leagues one day, but he is distracted by a new player who might take his place in center field, an ankle injury, problems at home, and a growing awareness that something sinister is happening at school.
Also, take a look at some of the new titles we’ve just added to the Teen collection:
NEW YA VAUGHT, S.
This novel intertwines the stories of four teenagers who find themselves haunted beyond imagining in the depths of a Kentucky mental institution.
NEW YA LONG, C.
When homeless teenager Marvin realizes his dream of working for the Core, an elite squad of costumed heroes, he discovers that the superstars he’s idolized for so long aren’t the people he thought they were.
NEW YA 362.1969 EAR
A memoir told through the journals, letters, and stories of young cancer patient Esther Earl–the inspiration for John Green’s latest novel The Fault in Our Stars.
NEW YA GREEN, S.
In modern-day England, where witches live alongside humans, Nathan, son of a White witch and the most powerful Black witch, must escape captivity before his seventeenth birthday and receive the gifts that will determine his future.