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Teen Book Cover Art: Papercuts

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

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 book coverUnwind, 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.



Monument 14 book coverAccording to Deadline.com, 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!

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

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

5.  City of Lost Souls

The Infernal Devices

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