Month: November 2014

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TAB Picks of 2014

Here’s what our Teen Advisory Board picked as the best books, movies, and music that they have read, watched, and listened to this year!

Books

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Karolina: Among the Hidden series by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonneblick, Animal Farm by George Orwell, Diamonds in the Shadow by Caroline B. Cooney

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Theresa: The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Divergent series by Veronica Roth

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Kelsey: No Safety in Numbers series, The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensberger,  The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore

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Katie: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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Will: The Mortal Instruments series

Movies

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Kelsey: The Maze Runner and Mockingjay

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Karolina: The Fault In Our Stars, Heaven is For Real, The Book Thief, Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

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Theresa: The Fault In Our Stars, Divergent, The Hunger Games, Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

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Katie: If I Stay, Big Hero 6

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Gabby: How to Train Your Dragon 2

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Will: Guardians of the Galaxy

Music

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Karolina: Animals by Maroon 5, I’m Coming Home by Diddy and Sklyar Grey, The Heart Wants What it Wants by Selena Gomez

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Katie: Fancy by Iggy Azalea, Problem by Ariana Grande, Life of the Party and Show You by Shawn Mendes, Dear Future Husband by Megan Trainor

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Theresa: Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey, Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

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Kelsey: Our Song by Ron Pope, Green Day, Celtic Thunder

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Gabby: The Beatles

Teen How To: Fashion for the Holidays

Need some fashion-spiration for the holidays this year? Check out some of these titles from the Library to help you dress your best for any occasion!

BookofStylingThe Book of Styling: An Insider’s Guide to Creating Your Own Look by Somer Flaherty

YA 646.3083 FLA

Features information on style through the decades and tips for budget shopping in a guide that counsels readers on how to identify a personal image, tailor a look to a particular body type, and prepare for fashion emergencies.

17StyleGuideSeventeen Ultimate Guide to Style: How to Find Your Perfect Look by Ann Shoket

YA 646.34 SHO

Provides details on six different looks–girly, edgy, boho, classic, glam, and indie–and how to customize them; offers advice on accessories; and discusses finding jeans, swimsuits, bras, and underwear to fit one’s body type.

HandmadeChicHandmade Chic: Fashionable Projects That Look High-End, Not Homespun by Laura Bennett

YA 646.48 BEN

In Handmade Chic, Laura shares simple strategies for creating 40 small luxuries and high-fashion accessories, from a smart leather iPad portfolio to a feather-embellished evening bag. With sections organized in skill-building order and based on type of accessory—small leather goods, agendas and notepads, electronics, bags and wallets, and evening items—Laura offers patterns, easy-to-follow diagrams, and detailed instructions for fabricating each glamorous project, whether it involves sewing from scratch or embellishing a pre-purchased garment.

Learn to Speak FashionLearn to Speak Fashion: A Guide to Creating, Showcasing, and Promoting Your Style by Laura deCarufel

YA 746.92 DEC

By starting with the most basic formula (clothes + art = fashion), Learn To Speak Fashion strips away the anxiety and artifice to get to the heart of what makes clothing so much more than what we put on our bodies. The lessons within these pages range from understanding how to dress every part of the body and how to make your own pair of pants, to learning how to harness your design ideas with an inspiration board, or hold a fashion show in your backyard.

FashionBookThe Fashion Book by Alexandra Black

YA 391.009 BLA

A sassy style guide for teenage girls shares insight into the fashion world and how to personalize one’s appearance for best results, chronicling fashion trends throughout history while sharing practical tips from top designers and models.

 

LookBookThe Look Book: 50 iconic beauties and how to achieve their signature styles by Erika Stadler with Christopher Fulton and Cameron Cohen

YA 646.72 STA

Presents instructions for recreating the iconic hairstyles and makeup of fifty beauty icons, from Audrey Hepburn’s eyes to Veronica Lake’s curls and Marilyn Monroe’s lips.

Fashion101Fashion 101: a crash course in clothing by Erika Stalder, illustrations by Ariel Krietzman

YA 646.34 STA

300+ illustrated wardrobe items. What they look like and how to wear them — The eras that inspired them — The designers who made them — The celebs who made them hot!

SecondTimeCoolSecond-Time Cool: the art of chopping up a sweater by Anna-Stina Lindén Ivarsson, Katarina Brieditis, Katarina Evans, translated by Maria Lundin

YA 646.408 LIN

Create unique fashion styles using old sweaters! Here’s a book for anyone interested in designing a wardrobe that expresses individuality in fun and creative ways. Second-Time Cool shows how easy it can be to recycle knitted sweaters and strike a dazzling look.

Teen Reads for Veterans Day

warisWar is– : Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk About War edited by Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell

YA 810.8035 WAR

An anthology of fiction, speeches, poems, and essays about war.

ThingsBrotherKnowsThings a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt

YA REINHARDT, D.

Although they have never gotten along well, seventeen-year-old Levi follows his older brother Boaz, an ex-Marine, on a walking trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. in hopes of learning why Boaz is completely withdrawn.

IfYoureReadingThisIf You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy

YA REEDY, T.

For a responsible sixteen-year-old, Michael Wilson has a lot of problems–his father was killed in Afghanistan in 2005, his overworked and overprotective mother will not talk about their situation, and does not want him playing football, and he has suddenly started to receive letters that his father wrote before his death.

SoldiersHeartSoldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen

YA PAULSEN, G.

Eager to enlist, fifteen-year-old Charley has a change of heart after experiencing both the physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War combat.

PurpleHeartPurple Heart by Patricia McCormick

YA MCCORMICK, P.

While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend, Ali.

IPledgeAllegianceI Pledge Allegiance by Chris Lynch

YA LYNCH, C.

Four best friends serving in the Vietnam War make a pledge to one another that they will do all they can to return home safely together.

PersonalEffectsPersonal Effects by E.M. Kokie

YA KOKIE, E.

Matt has been sleepwalking through life while seeking answers about his brother T.J.’s death in Iraq, but after discovering that he may not have known his brother as well as he thought he did, Matt is able to stand up to his father, honor T.J.’s memory, and take charge of his own life.

TornTorn by David Massey

YA MASSEY, D.

Only eighteen when she is sent to Afghanistan, British army medic Elinor Nielson is continually at odds with her hard-nosed bunk-mate, Heidi Larson, but connects with a mysterious Afghan girl and local children, as well as an American lieutenant.

SoldierBoysSoldier Boys by Dean Hughes

YA HUGHES, D.

Two boys, one German and one American, are eager to join their respective armies during World War II, and their paths cross at the Battle of the Bulge.

mares warMare’s War by Tanita S. Davis

YA DAVIS, T.

Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women’s Army Corps.

HarlemHellfightersThe Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks, illustrated by Caanan White

YA GRAPH 940.5403 BRO

This is a graphic novel about the first African-American regiment to fight in World War One.

AboveDreamlessDeadAbove the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics edited by Chris Duffy

YA GRAPH 940.3 ABO

A collection of World War I poetry interpreted by cartoonists.

Somebody PleaseSomebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis

YA MAZER, H.

Wounded in Iraq while his Army unit is on convoy and treated for many months for traumatic brain injury, the first person Ben remembers from his earlier life is his autistic brother.

 

Reviews by You!

Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner

YA SF DASHNER, J.

This book is so exciting and really keeps you at the edge of your seat! I’m not done yet, but I’m excited to see what the ending brings!

Review by Grace

fourFour by Veronica Roth

YA SF ROTH, V.

The book Four was a good addition to the Divergent series . It gave you all of Tobias’ thoughts and helped you see what Dauntless was like before Tris gets there. Also, you get to see Tris jumping into the net from Tobias’ point of view.

Review by Mia

the fault in our stars book coverThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

YA GREEN, J.

A girl with cancer named Hazel finds a boy her age. They fall in love instantly. In this book you will find romance, comedy, and tragedy. I recommend this book for people in 7th grade and up.
Review by Seamus

ThingsNotSeenThings Not Seen by Andrew Clements

YA SF CLEMENTS, A.

The book is about a boy named Bobby who becomes invisible after he goes in the shower one morning. When he is invisible, he meets this girl that is blind. His parents tell him not to tell anybody but he told the girl anyway, so she told her parents, and they made a club to turn Bobby back to normal.

Review by Aidan

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YA SHUSTERMAN, N.

This book was awesome! I loved all twists and turns that made you want to read more. It is about a boy named Antsy and he meets someone named Schwa and there is something unique about him and it’s so cool to see that they become friends.

Review by Caitlin

Fahrenheit451Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

YA SF BRADBURY, R.

Fahrenheit 451 – the approximate temperature for books to burn in. Books cannot exist in this world. They are meant to be burned by firemen. “Why?”, you ask. Well, then read the story of our protagonist, Guy Montag. You’ll find out about a different world that may just exist.

Review by Dev

 

InsurgentInsurgent book cover by Veronica Roth

YA ROTH, V.

It was a really good book with lots of actions and sad scenes.

Review by Beetal