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YA Tales for Halloween

There’s nothing better to get you in the mood for Halloween than curling up on a chilly night with a scary book. Stop by the library to pick up one of these spooky reads.

The Name of the Star book coverThe Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him–the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target.

The Beast Is an AnimalThe Beast Is an Animal book ocver by Peternelle Van Arsdale

Alys was seven the first time she saw the soul eaters, twin sisters who slowly grew into something not quite human– and feed off of human souls. When her village was attacked, Alys came to a strict world where fear of the soul eaters– and of the Beast they believe guides them– rules village life. Alys longs for the freedom of the forest while hiding a talent that would brand her a witch. When disaster strikes, Alys begins a journey through the darkest parts of the forest, where danger threatens her from the outside– and from within her own heart and soul.

Labyrinth LostLabyrith Lost book cover by Zoraida Cordova

Alex is a bruja and the most powerful witch in her family. But she’s hated magic ever since it made her father disappear into thin air. When a curse she performs to rid herself of magic backfires and her family vanishes, she must travel to Los Lagos, a land in-between as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland, to get her family back.

The Stranger GameThe Stranger Game book cover by Cylin Busby

When Nico Morris’s older sister mysteriously disappears, her parents, family, and friends are devastated. But Nico can never admit what she herself feels: relief at finally being free of Sarah’s daily cruelties. Then the best and worst thing happens: four years later, after dozens of false leads, Sarah is found. But this girl is much changed from the one Nico knew. She’s sweet and kind, when she had once been mean and abusive. Despite the happy ending, the dark details of that day continue to haunt Nico, and it becomes clear that more than one person knows the true story of what happened to Sarah.

Camp So-and-So book coverCamp So-and-So by Mary McCoy

Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week at Camp So-and-So, high in the Starveling Mountains. Each letter came with a glossy brochure with photographs of young women climbing rocks, performing Shakespeare, and spiking volleyballs. Each letter was signed in ink by the famed and reclusive Inge F. Yancey IV. By the end of the month, twenty-five applications had been completed. Had any of these girls tried to visit the camp for themselves on that day in February, they would have discovered that there was no such town and no such mountain and that no one within a fifty-mile radius had ever heard of Camp So-and-So.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage month is celebrated from September 15th through October 15th. Explore this list of engaging books by Latino authors:

Jazz Owls book coverJazz Owls
by Margarita Engle
Mexican-Americans Marisela and Lorena work in canneries all day, then jitterbug with sailors all night, until the night racial violence leads to murder.
I Will Save You book coverI Will Save You
by Matt de la Peña
Seventeen-year-old Kidd Ellison runs away to work for the summer at a beach campsite in California.
Esperanza Rising book ocverEsperanza Rising
by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California.
Under the Never Sky
by Veronica Rossi
When her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim. Then she meets Perry. If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers.
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life book coverThe Inexplicable Logic of My Life
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican-American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But now he questions all of it.
They Both Die at the End book coverThey Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera
In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo and Rufus meet and try to live a lifetime in their last day.
Labyrith Lost book coverLabyrinth Lost
by Zoraida Córdova
Alex is a bruja and the most powerful witch in her family.
North of Happy Book Cover

North of Happy
by Adi Alsaid
A wealthy dual citizen of Mexico and the United States rebels against his family’s strict plans for his future.

All the Wind in the World book coverAll the Wind in the World
by Samantha Mabry
Sarah Jac Crow and James Holt have fallen in love working in the endless fields that span a bone-dry Southwest in the near-future–a land that’s a little bit magical, deeply dangerous, and bursting with secrets.

Friday Funday

Everybody loves Fridays! School’s out and the whole weekend is ahead of you. It’s time for some fun!

Join us in the Teen Space on Friday Funday each month for a fun activity. Technology, crafts, gaming — we’ll explore something different every time. The main ingredient is you!

Friday, September 21, 4:30-6 p.m.      Robot Dance Party

Friday, October 12, 4:30-6 p.m.           Stitch Lab: Sewing

Friday, November 30, 4:30-6 p.m.       Incredible Giftables

Friday, December 7, 4:30-6 p.m.         Perler Bead-a-Palooza

No registration needed. Just drop in!

If You Like…

The best and worst part of any great book is the end. If it’s a good ending, you get that satisfied feeling… that lasts until you realize that it’s OVER. Now what are you supposed to read?

Never fear, your trusty Teen Services Librarians are here with some great books to pair with that last one you loved!

Cover image: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

 

If you liked An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir…

 

…try Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk.

 

 

We Were Liars book cover

 

If you liked We Were Liars by E. Lockhart…

 

…try When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn.

 

 

For more great pairings, come see us at the Fiction / AV / Teen desk!

Play Ball

Baseball season is here! Check out these books about the old ball game….

A Season of Daring Greatly book coverA Season of Daring Greatly by Ellen Emerson White

Eighteen-year-old Jill Cafferty just made history. Her high school’s star pitcher, she is now the first woman drafted by a major league baseball team. Only days after her high school graduation, she’ll join the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Class A Short Season team . . . but not everyone is happy to have her there. On top of the pressure heaped on every pitcher, Jill must deal with defying conventions and living up to impossible expectations, all while living away from home for the first time.

Tagged Out by Joyce Grant

The inner-city Toronto Blues baseball team is having a lousy year. Shortstop Nash and the Blues can’t seem to win. They especially hate losing to their archrivals, the rich kids of the Parkhill Pirates. When all-star player Jock joins the team, it looks like the Blues might be able to turn the season around. The only problem? When the Pirates find out that Jock is gay, they ambush Nash and Jock, and Nash has to decide if he wants to stand by his teammate.

The Bat Boy by Mike Lupica

Brian is living every baseball kid’s dream: he is a batboy for his hometown Major League team. Brian believes that it’s the perfect thing to bring him and his big-leaguer dad closer together. And if that weren’t enough, this is the season that Hank Bishop, Brian’s baseball hero, returns to the Tigers for the comeback of a lifetime. The summer couldn’t get much better! Until Hank Bishop starts to show his true colors, and Brian learns that sometimes life throws you a curveball.

the Prospect book coverThe Prospect by Jason Glaser

Nick Cosimo eats, breathes, and lives baseball. He’s a place-hitting catcher with a cannon for an arm and a calculator for a brain. Thanks to his keen eye, Nick is able to pick apart his opponents, taking advantage of their weaknesses. His teammates and coaches rely on his good instincts between the white lines. But when Nick spots a scout in the stands, everything changes. Will Nick alter his game plan to impress the scout enough to get drafted? Or will Nick put the team before himself?

Biggie by Derek E. Sullivan

Henry “Biggie” Abbott is the son of one of Finch, Iowa ’s most famous athletes. His father was a baseball legend and his step-dad is a close second. At an obese 300+ pounds though, Biggie himself prefers classroom success to sports. As a perfectionist, he doesn’t understand why someone would be happy getting two hits in five trips to the plate. “Forty percent, that’s an F in any class,” he would say. As Biggie’s junior year begins, the girl of his dreams, Annabelle Rivers, starts to flirt with him. Hundreds of people have told him to follow in his dad’s footsteps and play ball, but Annabelle might be the one to actually convince him to try.

Game Seven by Paul Volponi

Since he was ten, Julio has lived in the shadow of his famous father. Not just because Julio Senior is a pitcher for the Miami Marlins, but because he fled Cuba to play professional baseball, leaving his Julio and his mother and sister branded as the family of a traitor.

Now sixteen, Julio dreams of playing for Cuba’s national team—until he finds out his father’s defection may destroy his chances. When he’s given the opportunity to flee Cuba, he has to make the toughest choice of his life. Can he abandon his family, just like his Papi did? Will freedom be worth the perilous journey and risking prison if he’s caught? Will his Papi be waiting for him on the other shore—or, with the Marlins in the World Series against the Yankees, has Julio Senior forgotten about his son?

More Great Books – The Printz Award

In our last post we profiled the American Library Association’s 2018 Best Nonfiction Books for Teens. Today we’re looking at another category of Best Young Adult books – the Michael L.Printz Awards.

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.  The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

Be sure to stop by the library to get a copy of these award winners!

WINNER

we are okay book coverWe Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

HONOR BOOKS

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
You can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he? The whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.

 

 

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

 

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around–and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old, he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the form of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? And who is the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams?

 

 

 

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothersvincent and theo the van gogh brothers book cover by Deborah Heiligman
The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers’ lives. Confidant, champion, sympathizer, friend―Theo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions. Meticulously researched, drawing on the 658 letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, Deborah Heiligman weaves a tale of two lives intertwined and the extraordinary love of the Van Gogh brothers.

It’s True – These Books Are The Best

Today the American Library Association awarded the top young adult books published last year. Have you read these nonfiction winners? If not, be sure to check them out!

The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction was awarded to Deborah Heiligman for her book Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers.

The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers’ lives. Confidant, champion, sympathizer, friend―Theo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions. Meticulously researched, drawing on the 658 letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, Deborah Heiligman weaves a tale of two lives intertwined and the extraordinary love of the Van Gogh brothers.

 

Be sure to read these finalists too!

 

#NotYourPrincess edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale.

Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming in Indian, #NotYourPrincess presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman. Stories of abuse, humiliation, and stereotyping are countered by the voices of passionate women making themselves heard and demanding change. Sometimes angry, often reflective, but always strong, the women in this book will give teen readers insight into the lives of women who, for so long, have been virtually invisible.

 

Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos.

Robert Capa and Gerda Taro were young Jewish refugees, idealistic and in love. As photographers in the 1930s, they set off to capture their generation’s most important struggle―the fight against fascism. Among the first to depict modern warfare, Capa, Taro, and their friend Chim took powerful photographs of the Spanish Civil War that went straight from the action to news magazines. They brought a human face to war with their iconic shots of a loving couple resting, a wary orphan, and, always, more and more refugees―people driven from their homes by bombs, guns, and planes.

 

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changes Their Lives by Dashka Slater

One teenager in a skirt.
One teenager with a lighter.
One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

 

The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked and Found by Martin W. Sandler

The 1650s to the 1730s marked the golden age of piracy, when fearsome pirates like Blackbeard ruled the waves, seeking not only treasure but also large and fast ships to carry it. The Whydah was just such a ship, built to ply the Triangular Trade route, which it did until one of the greediest pirates of all, Black Sam Bellamy, commandeered it. Filling the ship to capacity with treasure, Bellamy hoped to retire with his bounty — but in 1717 the ship sank in a storm off Cape Cod. For more than two hundred years, the wreck of the Whydah (and the riches that went down with it) eluded treasure seekers, until the ship was finally found in 1984 by marine archaeologists. The artifacts brought up from the ocean floor are priceless, both in value and in the picture they reveal of life in that much-mythologized era, changing much of what we know about pirates.

Road Trip!

Whether you’re taking a road trip this summer or just wishing you were, find inspiration from these novels, and check out our display next to the Teen Space on the second floor…

 

Perfect Escape
by Jennifer BrownKendra thinks a road trip with her brother might be the perfect cure for his OCD and her disastrous mistake at school. At the very least she intends to reunite with their best friend Zoe, if she can find her. But will the journey free them, or make everything worse?
Paper Towns
by Susan Luccipaper towns book coverIn the humid heat of Florida, 17 year old Quentin Jacobsen takes a roadtrip with his next door neighbor, Margo, who is also the girl he has an enormous crush on. But when she runs away it’s up to Quentin to follow the clues, revealing a reality that is much different than the fantasy he’s created in his mind.

 

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
by Kathy GriffinThe last thing Amy wants to do after the death of her father in a car accident is drive her mother’s car across the country to help her move. And worse than that is the fact that her driving companion is a old family friend named Roger, who she definitely does not want to spend the next several days with. But after reconnecting with Roger, Amy finds she just might enjoy this road trip more than she was expecting – a lot more!
Open Road Summer
by Ross MathewsReagan decides the best way to heal her broken heart is to go on the road with her best friend, country rock superstar, Lilah. Lilah’s moving on from a bad relationship too, and both girls decide to keep the summer boy free and drama free. There may be a slight glitch in the plans however, when Reagan finds herself falling for the sweet and cute singer from the opening act.
Road Trip
by Jim and Gary PaulsenBen’s dad hopes their family road trip to pick up a rescue dog will bring them closer, because it seems they’ve grown apart from each other. But Ben doesn’t want to take a boring car ride with his dad, so he invites his mischievous and troublesome buddy to come with and spice things up. But none of them know what’s really in store on the open road, as they encounter a series of misadventures, additional passengers they weren’t planning on and the possibility that they are being pursued along they way. As an added bonus, every other chapter is told from the perspective of the family dog, Atticus.

May Is Mystery Month…

We’ve had a lot of dark and stormy nights recently, which is the perfect atmosphere for Mystery Month! Why not curl up by that rain-spattered, lightening-illuminated window with a great mystery inspired by the master detective Sherlock Holmes?

a Study In Charlotte book coverWhen their classmate dies and the circumstances seem too suspicious to be causally dismissed, the descendants of Sherlock Holmes and and John Watson join together to solve the mystery. Step into their Connecticut boarding school and let Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes take you on a suspenseful, hair-raising, and at times amusing adventure in Brittany Cavallaro’s A Study in Charlotte.

 

 

 

Down the Rabbit Hole book coverA typical small town teen finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of crime and detective work in Peter Abrahams modern day caper Down the Rabbit Hole. Between soccer, play practice, middle school and family life, Ingrid Levin-Hill must channel the cunning and quick-witted problem solving skills of her hero, Sherlock Holmes.

 

 

 

Lock and Mori book coverWhat happens when you combine teens, mysteries, secrets and passions? Well if you’re the competitive and brilliant English teens Lock and Mori, you make a shaky pact to see who can solve the crime first, promise to share all the clues with each other, and end up not knowing who you can trust.

 

 

 

 

death cloud book coverIn 1868 Sherlock Holmes wasn’t a famous detective, in fact he was just an ordinary teenage boy spending a summer with his aunt and uncle. But when an ordinary boy with an extraordinary intellect and a tendency for finding clues finds a dead body and some sinister people, the hero of 221b Baker Street must solve the mystery or risk losing his own life. Meet the young Holmes in Andy Lane’s Death Cloud.

 

 

 

Jackaby book coverTake a detective named R. F. Jackaby who has all the brains and analytical powers of Sherlock Holmes, add a female sidekick named Abigail Rook who has all the wit and wisdom of Dr. Watson, throw in a solid dose of the paranormal, and you’ll get a strong resemblance to the original super sleuthing duo in William Ritter’s Jackaby. Check out this page turner as Jackaby and Rook hunt for a serial killer on the loose in 1892 New England.

TAB Picks!

Books

hive legend  alex rider Stormbreaker book cover  eye-of-minds  enders-game  5th Wave

H.I.V.E. series by Mark Walden

Legend series by Marie Lu

Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

Mortality Doctrine series by James Dashner

Ender Saga series by Orson Scott Card

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

 

Movies/TV

pacificrim interstellar  timeless  babydaddy  younghungry   malcolmmiddle

Pacific Rim

Interstellar

Timeless

Baby Daddy

Young and Hungry

Malcolm in the Middle

 

Gaming

minecraft

Minecraft

uncharted3

Uncharted 3

runescape

Runescape

slither-io

.iogames.space

 

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