Teen

Gone

Sunday, November 22, 2009
Michael Grant
Everyone age 15 and older disappears one day - out of nowhere - they poof... leaving a new world filled with kids 14 and under to fend for themselves. But that's not the only strangeness going on... some of them have developed special powers. And everyone's taking sides. An adventure-filled page-turner.
 
"LOST" meets "Heroes" If you liked the Hunger Games, try this one. First book in a planned series of six.

Janice, Youth Services
 

The Lightning Thief

Sunday, November 22, 2009
Rick Riordan
This story grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let you go until the end. A fantasy page-turner filled with lots of action, sword fights, Greek Gods, and even a betrayal. The story of a boy who find out he's a "half-blood" (his mother was mortal but his father apparently wasn't) and the quest he goes on to save the world.

Not a "new" book or series but one I finally got around to starting and it was worth it!
Recommended for Teens, avid fantasy readers & Harry Potter fans.

Janice, Youth Services
 

The Maze of Bones (book #1 of “The 39 Clues”)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Rick Riordan
The Cahills are the most powerful family the world has ever known. Grace Cahill, the matriarch of the family, left a challenge in her will for her surviving relatives. They can either take one million dollars or the first in a series of Clues that will reveal the source of the family’s power. It’s Cahill vs. Cahill in a race to beat the competition and be the first to assemble all 39 Clues. Read The 39 Clues books to follow fourteen-year-old Amy Cahill and her eleven-year-old brother Dan as they travel the world to hunt for the Clues.” - Scholastic (www.the39clues.com)
I read the first book, The Maze of Bones and just loved it. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. It’s an action-packed scavenger hunt and full of lots of obstacles – bombs, poison, and lots of mind-bending puzzles.
Check out the website, and find out which Cahill branch you belong to: www.the39clues.com
And watch fan Whoopi Goldberg interview Gordon Korman, author of book #2 about “The 39 Clues” at:
 
Janice, Youth Services
 

Wicked Lovely

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Melissa Marr
I really enjoyed this story – I had a hard time putting it down. It features a teenage girl who has the gift of “Sight” which means she can see the other world of fairies. Her grandmother has always warned her to stay away from them and she has - she’s always ignored them (even when they’re right in front of her) but suddenly two fairies begin to pay more attention to just her and start following her around. She notices other fairies looking at her differently and hears their whispers of her being “the one”. She needs to figure out what’s going on & quick - before her Grandmother locks her in the house and never lets her out.
If you liked Twilight, I would definitely recommend Wicked Lovely – it has fantasy, romance, and a bit of fairy tale – for Teens and “young at heart” adults.

Janice, Youth Services

Check the catalog

Airborn (Book on CD)

Thursday, February 12, 2009
Kenneth Oppel

A creatively original Victorian era fantasy where airships are one of the major modes of transportation.The style has been compared to that of Jules Verne with adventures, storms, pirates, strange creatures and a bit of romance.The descriptions of the airships makes it possible to believe that they really existed.The last 1/3 of the book is a “page-turner’ with non-stop action.A very captivating fantasy written for upper elementary age readers, but also a “great read” for adults, too.

Kathleen Zaenger, Library Director

Check the catalog

Kira-Kira (Book on CD)

Thursday, February 12, 2009
Cynthia Kadohata

This 2005 Newbery Medal winner is written for a middle and high school audience, it will also appeal to adults.The Japanese-American Takeshima family moves from Iowa to Georgia in the 1950s when Katie, the narrator, is in kindergarten.The sense of time and place is vividly portrayed as Katie’s older sister, Lynn, teaches her to have a positive outlook on life no matter what is happening around them.Kira - Kira means shining or glittering in Japanese.Despite the hardships, grief and the prejudice the family experiences, they are able to support each other and maintain a loving and stable home.

Kathleen Z., Library Director

Check the catalog

 

Accidents of Nature (Audiobook)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Harriet McBryde Johnson
This is a funny, poignant coming of age story that gives one insight to the handicapped world. Seventeen-year-old Jean, who has cerebral palsy, goes away to a camp for the disabled for the first time. She has grown up in a small town where she is the only handicapped person she knows and she considers herself to be part of the normal world. She writes about her 10 days at camp where she gains new insight into the world of the “crips”, the “Mr.’s”, the “walkie-talkies”, the “norms and into herself. The book changed the way I will perceive handicapped people in the future.

Laura G., Youth Services
 

Hairspray (Music CD)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I love musicals and loved the 2007 version of the musical Hairspray. I was so happy when my hold came in for the soundtrack. I love listening to soundtracks for musicals; you get to revisit the whole play. So I checked out the library's copy and listened to it in my car for about a week straight (and I drive about 1 1/5 hours a day). It always put me in a great mood. So if you've seen the movie, be sure to check out the soundtrack.

Janice, Youth Services

Check the catalog

Forgotten Ellis Island: the Extraordinary Story of America's Immigrant Hospital

Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Lorie Conway

Most of us know something of Ellis Island and the amazing number of immigrants who entered the United States in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.We study the hows and whys that so many left their native countries and traveled here.We know of the terrible conditions that many traveled in on the long journeys.But, did you ever stop to think of the number of immigrants who arrived on the shore of Ellis Island ill or carrying a contagious disease?What happened to those people?

Enter America’s Immigrant Hospital.“The hospital was massive and modern- 22 state-of-the-art buildings crammed onto two small islands, which were man-made from rock and dirt excavated during the building of the New York subway system.” (page 5).Read about the controversy surrounding ill immigrants, the building of the hospital, the staff that provided amazing care, and the patients.This is a fascinating look at an extraordinary institution, filled with photos of both then and now.Lorie Conway produced a documentary about the hospital, and this is the companion book.I haven’t been able to find a copy of the documentary available for purchase, but I’ll keep looking.

Holly, Youth Services

Check the catalog

Black Duck (Book on CD)

Monday, April 14, 2008
Janet Taylor Lisle

It's the Spring of 1929 on the New England shore... Prohibition... Smuggling Liquor... and a dead body found on the beach.

So begins Black Duck the story of Ruben and Jeddy and their, along with most of those in the small community, involvement in rum-running. Black Duck is a wonderful piece of historical fiction that will have you on the edge of your seats at times. The author’s note at the end of the audio tells of the actual events that inspired the story.

Holly, Youth Services

Check the catalog

LIBRARY TWEETS

Follow Us on Twitter