Teen

Shiver

Saturday, November 24, 2012
Maggie Stiefvater
Shiver

I listened to Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater on audio. It’s a teen fiction book in the paranormal  genre about werewolves. The author tells the story from alternating points of view.  Sam is the male werewolf who lives in the woods behind Grace’s home. Grace has been fascinated with Sam as a wolf ever since she was attacked by the wolf pack when she was younger and saved by Sam in his wolf form. When Grace finds Sam as a human on her back porch after he was shot, she realized that he is “her” wolf.  It is a paranormal teen romance that sets the story up for the sequel. As a parent myself, I found the role that the parents were relegated to in the book irritating…either completely absent and uninvolved or abusive. I didn’t like it as well as others that I have read but it was enjoyable.

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Laura G., Youth Services 

Divergent

Monday, June 11, 2012
Veronica Roth
Divergent

Divergent is another book in the YA dystopian genre. Tris is a 16 year old girl living in a society where people are segregated according to their “faction”.  People choose their factions at 16.  Factions are based to personality profiles: the Erudite (intelligent), Abnegation (selfless), Dauntless (courageous), Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest).  If they choose a faction different from the one their family is a part of, as Tris does, they leave their family behind and begin initiation with the new faction.  It was well written and an exciting read.  There is lots of excitement and some romance and I am looking forward to reading the next in the series. Check our catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

Glow

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Amy Ryan
Glow by Amy Ryan

“Part of the first generation to be conceived in deep space, fifteen-year-old Waverly is expected to marry young and have children to populate a new planet, but a violent betrayal by the dogmatic leader of their sister ship could have devastating consequences.”

I found myself thinking a lot about this book after I had read it – which to me is a sign of a great book.  For me this book explored the “doing the ‘right’ thing” theme in-depth… which characters really did the right thing and what would I have done?  What sacrifices were necessary for the greater good?  Where are these lines drawn? 

Older teens and adults would enjoy as well as fans of science fiction, survival, dystopia, and action adventure.  While not overly similar to the Hunger Games, I think fans would enjoy this book as well due to similar themes and struggles. 
(This is the first book in the "Sky Chasers" series, second book "Spark" scheduled to be published July 17, 2012.)
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Janice, Youth Services

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

The author pored through collections of peculiar, vintage photographs and incorporated them into a most unique story.  Jacob's grandfather told him fantastical stories of a girl who could fly, a boy that was home to bees, siblings that could lift boulders over their heads.  He told Jacob of fighting monsters.  As Jacob grew older he doubted the veracity of the stories, until his grandfather is killed.  He makes his way to the Welsh island where is grandfather grew up after escaping the monster Nazis.  Jacob discovers the peculiar children in the photographs that he heard about are real and alive. As are the monsters.  A haunting book in large part due to the blending of incredible photographs that tell the story.  Check our catalog

Cindy A. Circ. 

Delirium

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Lauren Oliver
Delirium

This is a YA book that takes place in a futuristic dystopian world.    If you enjoy books like The Hunger Games or Life as We Knew It, you’ll enjoy this one.  Lena is an almost 18 year old girl who lives in a society that has tried to eradicate the disease of  “love” a.k.a. “deliria” with a medical procedure at the age of 18.  Lena is content with this world until she finds out more information about her mother’s death and begins a romance with a mysterious young man.  It’s a fast paced read that leaves you looking forward to the sequel.  Check our catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery

Monday, April 2, 2012
John Feinstein
Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery

Unabridged Audio, Read by the Author

Grades 6-10 - This action-packed mystery is set at the NCAA Final Four men's basketball tournament. Eighth-graders Steven Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson are aspiring journalists and winners of the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association 14-and-under writing contest. Their prize is a trip, with press credentials and reporting responsibilities, to the Final Four in New Orleans. While exploring the Superdome, they overhear a blackmail threat leveled at Minnesota State University's star player. Threatened with a falsified transcript that would disqualify him and his team, Chip Graber is pressured to deliberately lose the final game against Duke. Stevie and Susan Carol become resourceful sleuths determined to save Chip and to expose the scandal. Throughout the story, famous basketball personalities make memorable guest appearances, including spirited sports analyst Tony Kornheiser and irrepressible commentator Dick Vitale. References to real players and coaches mingle, almost eerily, with the fictitious characters. Feinstein shares his extensive sports expertise, smoothly weaving into the tale a wealth of background information about NCAA regulations, tournament traditions, recruitment and eligibility issues, and gambling. Although the action on the court is vividly described, this story also breaks new ground for teens, focusing primarily on the influential role of media in promoting college basketball. Readers will enjoy the rivalry and chemistry between outspoken but insecure Stevie and savvy-beyond-her-years Susan Carol, and their spunky determination to get the scoop. Mystery fans will find enough suspense in this fast-paced narrative to keep them hooked.

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Diane M., Administration

 

A Northern Light

Friday, February 3, 2012
Jennifer Donnelly
A Northern Light

This is a book to savor,  Narrated by a young girl in 1906, set in the north woods. It tells the story of yearnings for more.  Sixteen year old Mattie wants to read and write, wants to go to school than college.  Her life dictates that she work the farm with her father then marry the local boy and have babies..  She is blessed with a wonderful teacher that helps expand her possibilities and a dear friend that stands up for himself against his constraints.  If you've heard stories from your grandparents about the early 1900's you will feel like you're at their feet hearing the stories again as you read Mattie's story.  Mattie chooses a new word from the dictionary everyday to expand her vocabulary, the story is made all the richer for it.  Check our catalog

Cindy A. Circ.

This is also available as a Book on CD and is a great listen.  Check our catalog for the audio.

Saving Zoe

Friday, January 27, 2012
Alyson Noel

Although this novel is aimed more towards teenagers, it is such a captivating story.  Echo, a coming of age teen’s low key life is sent into a downward spiral when the police show up at her doorstep to inform her and her parents that her older sister, Zoe, has been brutally murdered.  Now, in the face of this crisis, she has to learn to balance high school drama, boys, and getting over the death of a sister she barely knew, even though she was always just down the hall.  If that’s not enough for one girl to handle, Zoe’s boyfriend comes back to town with a ‘present’ for Echo—Zoe’s diary.  The story then begins to unfold for Echo as well as the readers as we get to find out who Zoe really was and what secrets she may have been hiding all along.  I highly recommend the novel.  You do not have to be a teenager to read this book, because Alyson Noel makes it very easy to relate to her characters. Check our catalog

-Rebekah, Circulation

 

Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
James L. Swanson
Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis

 

A great read!  This book is highly recommended for young people.  History is not dull in this chronicle of events that occurred as the civil war was drawing to a close.   Bloody Times is an adaptation of  James Swanson’s  bestselling book Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer.    It is full of unique and not commonly seen photographs, a who’s who of the civil war, a glossary, recommendations for further reading, and places to visit.  If you would like to introduce a reader to a great book in this time of the civil war sesquicentennial, this is it!  Check our catalog

Margaret, Reference

For the Win

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Cory Doctorow
For the Win

I pulled this audio off the shelf for something different to listen to and found myself learning a lot about the world of online gaming and real life issues.  An international group of young people begin a fight for real world rights via online games.  Youth from all over Asia and the U.S come together to support each other.  This is not an easy read but is worth the effort.  It will make you think about the way you shop and play by giving you a picture of the people who produce so many of the items we use.  This was published in 2010 but it show how the internet can be used to rally people to a cause…as during the Arab spring.  Check our catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

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