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

Cleopatra's Moon

Friday, January 13, 2012
Vicky Alvear Shecter
Cleopatra's Moon

Cleopatra’s Moon was an interesting historical fiction book geared for teens.   The book followed Cleopatra’s daughter, Cleopatra Selene while she was a teen.  I enjoyed reading about the era, customs, and people of that period in time.  I recommend for teens who do not normally enjoy historical fiction as it was fast-paced and very interesting.   Check our catalog.

Janice, Youth Services

Soul Surfer (DVD)

Friday, January 6, 2012
Soul Surfer (DVD)

A VERY nice family movie, actually based on a true story, so well done. The Soul Surfer is about a young girl that had her arm bitten off by a shark--a great portrait of family life in Hawaii and how the family coped with the devastating accident and over came everything.

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Marilyn S., Circulation

Shadow Children series

Friday, December 2, 2011
Margaret Paterson Haddix
Among the Hidden

The Shadow Children series is extremely thought provoking.  You'll want to read this with someone so you can discuss it.  Droughts have come and as a solution the government has forbidden more than two children per family.  Each book is narrated by a different third child so you gain perspective and viewpoints from their experience.  Resisting government, questioning policies, quality of life, trust, being submissive, food distribution and allocation, the discussion topics are endless.  Check our catalog for the series  or Check our catalog for Among the Hidden, the first book

Cindy A., Circ

Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean

Monday, October 31, 2011
Justin Somper
Demons of the Ocean

This is a fun read! Twins are lost at sea after the death of their lightkeeper father.  They are each rescued by different ships.  Conner, by pirates that take him in and make him one of their own.  Grace, by the pirate ship that is crewed by vampires.  She is befirended and protected by the Captain and the midshipman.  Throughout the story is the sea shanty their father sang to them as a lullaby-all about the vampirates.  I can't wait to read about the adventures these twins will have in the rest of the series.  Very addictive.  Check our catalog

Cindy A., Circulation

The Skin I'm In

Sunday, August 7, 2011
Sharron G. Flake

This book is a must read for anyone of any age (well, 5th grade and up). All of us have been teased for being "different" at one point in our lives. This book brings home the message of struggle with security and self- assurance. The story takes place in an inner city school. Seventh-grader Maleeka Madison is constantly being teased by her classmates for being "too black" , "too smart" and her unstylish clothes. She is forced into friendships with a clique of troubled girls who use her for completing homework for them. They "accept" her into their group but Maleeka is forced to do things she does not want to do, like skipping class and smoking. A new teach named Miss Saunders who appears to be rich and self-assured, comes in to Maleeka's school and gives a lot of attention to Maleeka. Attention Maleeka does not want. Miss Saunders has a white birthmark across her black skin, and is prone to getting into kids' faces about both their behavior and their academic potential. This different looking teacher tries to convey a message to Maleeka that she should be proud of who she is and encourages her in her school work. This story examines the importance being true to who you are and difficulties a person has to endure to accomplish this. The reality is that social standing is the most important thing to many young people. When you do not have it, your life can be very difficult. Anyone who reads this book will appreciate the honesty of Maleeka's situation. The message is so powerful and in the end, uplifting.

Barb C, Youth Services

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