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Download 2 free audio books per week for keeps through SYNC this summer. Click here to download this week's teen audio books.
Interested in more audio book titles? Borrow them through your Online Library.
Teen Gaming Nights
Tuesday, June 24, 6 pm
Teens, enjoy gaming? Come join us and get your game on with Wii with mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Wii Sports, and Wii Sports Resort ! Upcoming games will include the new WII U System. Refreshments free!
When Mila and her mother move to a new town, Mila just wants to make friends and fit in. But those hopes are shattered when an accident reveals the shocking truth: she's actually a military android with an invented past. Her mother, one of the scientists who created her, stole Mila when she developed human emotions. With ruthless forces already on their trail, Mila will need her human abilities as well as her combat programming to protect herself and her mother. Want even more of Mila 2.0's relentless, high-tech action? You're in luck -- it's the 1st in a trilogy, and a TV show is already in the works.
Far into the future, the world is devastated by pollution, and the single walled city that remains is controlled entirely by the corrupt ChaoSonic corporation. The only hope for the downtrodden populace is the Deck, a secret organization that's sworn to take down ChaoSonic -- and whose best operative is Agent Six of Hearts, a clone created in ChaoSonic's lab. But Agent Six has just been captured. Readers fond of the high-octane action and suspense in James Patterson's Maximum Ride books or Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series will be glued to this "rock-'em, sock-'em thrill ride" (Kirkus Reviews).
Raised in a secret laboratory hidden in the Amazon rain forest, 16-year-old Pia was genetically engineered to be perfect, and she's being trained to lead a new immortal race. But Pia is curious, and since the scientists refuse to indulge her questions about the outside world, she escapes from the only home she's ever known. Wandering through the jungle, Pia meets a boy from a nearby village and begins to learn some startling truths about her captors...and about love. With a dystopian edge and lots of action, Origin is a good pick for fans of other blends of romance and SF, such as Gennifer Albin's Crewel.
There are four teenage boys locked up in the lab beneath Anna's house, and none of them remember how they got there. As test subjects of the mysterious Branch organization, Sam, Trev, Cas, and Nick had their genes modified and their memories erased. While Anna's scientist dad has been studying them, Anna has become friends with them -- especially Sam. So after the arrival of Branch agents prompts the boys' violent escape, Anna feels compelled to join them in their search for answers about their past. If you're into fast-moving science fiction with plenty of surprising twists and romantic tension, you don't want to miss Altered and its sequel, Erased.
Partials were engineered by humans to fight on their behalf, but instead the Partials unleashed a viral weapon that killed most of humanity. Now, even with mandatory pregnancy for surviving human females, no babies have been born who can resist the virus. Sixteen-year-old medic Kira is convinced that the key to immunity lies with Partials themselves, and her rogue mission to capture a Partial for study kicks off an adventure filled with medical intrigue, dirty politics, and paramilitary battles. Those who prefer dark, post-apocalyptic thrillers like Lauren De Stefano's Wither or Paolo Bacigalupi's The Drowned Cities will be fascinated by this gritty trilogy-starter.
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Make a Difference at Your Library -- Join a Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
What is T.A.B.?
A Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a group of teens who are interested in making a difference in their library. They volunteer to work together to make the library a better place for teens by putting together programs, talking about books, music and movies, or suggesting what they would like to see in the collection, for example.
You can join if you:
are 13-18 years old
are able to attend regular meetings
believe the library can be a cool place and you want to show us how.
Contact your local branch for details!
The end of school and the beginning of summer vacation are just around the corner. This probably means that you either have lots of assignments coming up or are already working on them. This seems a good time to remind you of our databases which can help you when you are looking for sources of information. They are available from any Internet-enabled computer with your library card number, even when it's late at night and you have that paper due tomorrow.
History Reference Center
This database allows you to search for information on US history or world history.
Biography in Context
If you need information about a specific person's life, the odds are good that you will find it in this source. It contains lots of good information about persons both living and dead, historical and contemporary.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
This database overs today’s hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration, includes more than 14,000 pro/con viewpoint essays.
Click here to access these databases and more like them.
Celebrate National Library Week from April 14-20. This year theme is "Communities Matter @ Your Library". Here is our vision statement which sums up why your library matters to your community.
Enrich your life...
Engage your community...
Illuminate your world...
...Visit Your Prince George's County Library....
Take a little time to watch this short PSA featuring Caroline Kennedy, the Honorary Chair of National Library Week.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," is the first of a trilogy of films from Academy-Award Winning Director Peter Jackson adapting the popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. For all of those who haven't read the Hobbit, this is set in Middle-earth 60 years before "The Lord of the Rings" starts. This is the story of Bilbo's adventure.
We got Gollum (aka Smeagol), Bilbo Baggins (young version), Gandalf the Grey, hobbits, lots of dwarfs and more hobbits all packed in one almost 3-hour long movie. You just can't resist the awesomeness of Gollum and his absolute obsession with his "precious". Start reading the book before heading out to see the movie.
Read the other three books in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy...
Do you want to know which books were hot among teens this year? Want to make sure you're up on what's popular? Check these titles out, some are sequels, some are fantasy, some are about love and life. There is something for everyone.
Ten Hot Titles
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Legend by Marie Lu
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
Ar student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is--and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it. In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Tilt by Ellen Hopkins
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Insurgent by Vernoica Roth
Throne of Glass by Sarah Mass
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Check out these bone-chilling, action-packed books that will give you shivers.
Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey
Switched by Amanda Hocking
UnWholly (Unwind Trilogy #2) by Neal Shusterman
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Hispanic Heritage Month- September 15 to October 15
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The month-long celebration began on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Hispanic countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico achieved independence on September 16 while Chile gained independence on September 18.
Great Books For You (Teens)! This is just a smidgen of what's available.
Mexican Whiteboy by Matt De La Pena
Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half- Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.
The Fortune of Carmen Navarro by Jen Bryant
In this modern-day resetting of the story on which the opera, Carmen, was based, four teens tell of half-gypsy Carmen, who believes she will become a famous singer, military cadet Ryan's passion for her, and their best friends' efforts to protect them both.
Sweet 15 by Emily Adler and Alex Echevarria
Shortly before her fifteenth birthday, Destiny Lozada's traditional Puerto Rican mother and feminist older sister hijack her quinceañera, each pushing her own agenda and ignoring the possibility that Destiny, a skateboarding tomboy, might have her own ideas about the coming-of-age ritual she is about to participate in.
Addicted to Her by Janet Nichols Lynch
After falling obsessively in love, high school wrestler Rafael Montoya must choose between a reckless young woman and responsibilities to his family and future.
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
Seventeen-year-old Pancho is bent on avenging the senseless death of his sister, but after he meets D.Q, who is dying of cancer, and Marisol, one of D.Q.'s caregivers, both boys find their lives changed by their interactions.
What Can't Wait by Ashley Hope Perez
Marooned in a broken-down Houston neighborhood--and in a Mexican immigrant family where making ends meet matters much more than making it to college--smart, talented Marissa seeks comfort elsewhere when her home life becomes unbearable.
Are you prepared? Do you know how to survive if zombies start to attack? The Center for Disease Control has created a page detailing what to do if there is a Zombie Apocalypse. In the meantime, while you wait for the zombies to attack, perhaps you would like to read about zombie behavior, death and destruction in books available at your local library. For instance, have you read:
The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses
When the living dead invade Philadelphia, Will Ritter and a group of teenage resistance fighters, known as the Undertakers, are the only
How to Draw Zombies
Need I say more...
by Seth Grahame-Smith
A mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton--and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.
This is simply a sampling of the wonderful, juicy brrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaainnnnnnnn.......oh, I mean, zombies that we have available at your local library.
It's that time of year again... back to school time!
Want something to get your mind back into the "schoo" mode? Check these out!
Sleeping Freshman Never Lie by David Lubar
Ah the life of a freshman. The stuck combination locks. The upper classmen bullies. The homework. The girls who don't look at you. This is the life of Scott Hudson our faithful narrator. Join him as he navigates the hallways, joins the school play and tries to find his place in the brand new world of high school.
Airball: My Life in Briefs by Lisa Harkrader
Uncoordinated Kansas seventh-grader Kirby Nickel braves his coach's ire and becomes captain of the basketball team in order to help him prove that NBA star Brett McGrew is the father he has never known.
Schooled by Gordon Korman
Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television, tasted a pizza, or even heard of a wedgie. But when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and attend the local middle school. While Cap knows a lot about tie-dyeing and Zen Buddhism, no education could prepare him for the politics of public school.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Miles has never had much luck with other teens his own age. When he has the chance to start over at boarding school he has new adventures, new crushes, new best friends and even a new nickname for his extremely skinny self: Pudge.
Happyface by Stephen Emond
Happyface is starting over because he needs to leave his past behind. So with his drawings and his journey to help him, he's doing his best not to look back. But what happens if the things he wants to forget just won't leave him alone? Don't call Happyface a Wimpy-Kid read-alike.
Did you enjoy the Olympics? We did and were inspired to create a list of sports themed teen books that are available at your library. The books are grouped by type of sport.
Playing the Field by Phil Bildner
When seventeen-year-old Darcy Miller pretends to be a lesbian in order to play on the boys' baseball team, she must learn to battle discrimination on every playing field.
Samurai Shortstop by Alan Gratz
While obtaining a Western education at a prestigious Japanese boarding school in 1890, sixteen-year-old Toyo also receives traditional samurai training which has profound effects on both his baseball game and his relationship with his father.
Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña
Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.
Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen
High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.
Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy with the nickname of "Squirrel Nut" to a powerful athlete, leading to new friends, his first love, and the courage to confront his family's past and current problems.
Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
Future physician Kate Grable is horrified when her high school's football coach gives team members steroids, but the drugs turn players into zombies and Kate must find an antidote before the flesh-eating monsters get to her or her friends.
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.
Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school's less popular students.
Swim the Fly by Don Calame
Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year's? To see a real-live naked girl for the first time--quite a challenge, given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt's other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly (the hardest stroke known to God or man) as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team
Soccerland by Beth Choat
Two years after her mother's death of cancer, fourteen-year-old Flora leaves the family's Maine farm for Colorado's International Sports Academy, where fierce competition could end their dream of Flora playing for U.S. Soccer.
Weregirls by Petru Popescu
When sixteen-year-old Lily and her friends Nikki, Arielle, and Grazia start up a girl's soccer club at their South Pasadena high school and name their team The Weregirls, they soon discover some unusual things about themselves as they become drawn into the age-old struggle between good and evil.
Fighting Ruben Wolfe by Markus Zusak
Partly because of their family's poor finances and partly to prove themselves, brothers Ruben and Cameron take jobs as fighters and find themselves reacting very differently in the boxing ring.
The Contender by Robert Lipsyte
A Harlem high school dropout escapes from a gang of punks into a boxing gym, where he learns that being a contender is hard and often discouraging work, but that you don't know anything until you try.
Runner by Carl Deuker
Living with his alcoholic father on a broken-down sailboat on Puget Sound has been hard on seventeen-year-old Chance Taylor, but when his love of running leads to a high-paying job, he quickly learns that the money is not worth the risk.
Crossing Jordan by Adrian Fogelin
Twelve-year-old Cass meets her new African-American neighbor, Jemmie, and despite their families' prejudices, they build a strong friendship around their mutual talent for running and a pact to read Jane Eyre.
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.
Pulling Princes by Tyne O'Connell
Hoping to become more popular at her English boarding school, fifteen-year-old Californian Calypso Kelly invents a fake boyfriend, until she realizes that her wit and skill at fencing may be enough to attract the attention of a real-life prince.
Steel by Carrie Vaughn
When Jill, a competitive high school fencer, goes with her family on vacation to the Bahamas, she's magically transported to an early-eighteenth-century pirate ship in the middle of the ocean.
Tiger threat by Sigmund Brouwer
Hockey is Ray Hockaday's life. He has dreams of the NHL - serious dreams. Known for playing smart, he's the center for the Medicine Hat Tigers. Unfortunately his new coach seems to know his secret. Ray is scared. The brutal, physical side of hockey terrifies him, but according to the coach it's all part of the game and he better show he can handle it.
Cracking the Ice by Dave Hendrickson
In 1968, when fourteen-year-old Jessie Stackhouse wins a hockey scholarship to an elite New Hampshire boarding school, it seems the only thing standing between him and his dream of one day being the second African American to play in the National Hockey League is the bigotry of the coach, some students, and townspeople.
Pinned by Alfred C. Martino.
Dealing with family problems, girls, and their own competitive natures, high school seniors Ivan Korske and Bobby Zane face each other in the final match of the New Jersey State Wrestling Championship.
Addicted to Her by Janet Nichols Lynch.
After falling obsessively in love, high school wrestler Rafael Montoya must choose between a reckless young woman and responsibilities to his family and future.
Have you logged in your minutes or hours for an entry in the last Summer Reading Program drawing? We still have more awesome prizes left to give out to several lucky readers. Summer Reading ends August 31, 2012. The last Teen Only drawing will be August 31. All you need is at least ONE ENTRY (240 minutes) EARNED.
Oh by the way, here are two winners of the June Prize Drawings winners from the Spauldings Branch. Congratulations to Monica Garvin and Leira Ford! As we get more pictures of other winners, they will be posted soon. Again, Kudos!
Family Four Pack to the Newseum of Virginia
International Spy Museum- 2 Tickets
Congratulations to all the lucky winners! Don't stop now, there's still more prizes to win!
Summer Reading Program 2012 is here! Starts June 1, 2012.
For every 240 minutes (4 hours) spent reading, you'll be entered to win one of our awesome prizes!!!!
*Sign up online here or at your library and get a FREE Gift!
*Read and attend some exciting library programs!
*Log your time under your username or turn in your reading log at your local library.
*Read More! Don't forget after reading the first 240 minutes (4 hours), pick up your Own the Night Sportspack.
Stop by your Library and get these mini giveaways:
Free Book Coupon, Free California Tortilla Bookmark coupon, Pencils, Own the Night Sportspack and Bookmarks!
Prizes Available also include:
Own the Night T-Shirts, $15 Amazon Gift Cards, Amazon Kindles and more!!!!!!!
More than one in five Americans experiences some form of mental illness every year, from depression to schizophrenia.
Teen books that deal with mental health issues:
Med Head: my knock-down, drag-out, drugged-up battle with my brain by James Patterson & Hail Friedman
Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford
The Death of Jayson Porter by Jamie Adoff
Skim by Mariko Tamaki
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper
You by Charles Benoit
It's that special party time of the year-PROM!!!!
It's Our Prom (so deal with it) by Julie Anne Peters
Ditched: a love story by Robin Mellom
Prom: a novel based on the major motion picture by Ellie O'Ryan
The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald
Zombie queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby
April is National Poetry Month
The Rose that Grew from Concrete
Poem taken from The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur TEEN 811.54 SHAKUR
Here are some other books to help inspire the poet within:
Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem by Marilyn Nelson TEEN 811.54 NELSON
Take the Mic: The Art of Performance Poetry, Slam, and the Spoken Word by Marc Kelly Smith Teen 811.5408 SMI
Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem by Jack Prelutsky J 811.54 PRE
Books with a Kiss!
Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer Hubbard
The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
Played by Dana Davidson
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Middle Schoolers! Join Read Across Maryland: 30 for 30 Program
Prince George's County Memorial Library System in partnership with area Title 1 middle schools, launches the Read Across Maryland Program in which students read at least 30 minutes for 30 days. Beginning March 2 through March 31 celebrate Read Across Maryland month by reading with family, friends or by yourself. Participating students in the middle school with the most reading minutes will be eligible for prizes like a Kindle Fire or gift card. Read 30 minutes for 30 days and make reading a habit that will last a lifetime.
This year Maryland State Educators Association (MSEA) has chosen Andrew Jackson Academy and Walker Mill Middle School in Prince George's County as pilot locations to see what happens when an entire school competes to read 30 minutes for 30 days. How many will keep the pace? How many will stay the course? How many will start to see reading in a different way? What kind of readers will we see at Andrew Jackson Academy and Walker Mill Middle School at the end of thirty days?
A Kick-off event was held at the Spauldings Branch Library featuring Prince George’s County author, hip-hop musician and actor Tray Chaney, best known as “Poot” from HBO’s The Wire. Tray was joined by 93.9 WKYS radio personality, Angie Ange and County Executive, Rushern L. Baker who together challenged students from each of the schools to read, read, read!
For more details about Read Across Maryland, visit www.readacrossmaryland.org.
Check out Tray Chaney, aka "Poot" from HBO's The Wire- Radical Readers video, which was shot at Andrew Jackson Academy in Forestville, MD.
February is Black History Month!
Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheatley
A fictionalized biography of the eighteenth-century African woman who, as a child, was brought to New England to be a slave, and after publishing her first poem when a teenager, gained renown throughout the colonies as an important black American poet.
Warriors Don't Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High
Originally published more than a decade ago, this searing account of the 1957 integration of Central High School in Little Rock--an ALA Nonfiction Book of the Year--is written by one of the black teenagers chosen to become warriors on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement.
The lives of Leticia, Dominique, and Trina are irrevocably intertwined through the course of one day in an urban high school after Leticia overhears Dominique's plans to beat up Trina and must decide whether or not to get involved. An acclaimed Coretta Scott King Honor author delivers a fast-paced, gritty narrative about the intertwined lives of three girls during one violent day in an urban high school. Told with refreshing honesty, this is an insightful look at high school dynamics and a revealing portrait of bullying.
Teenage Reese, serving time at a juvenile detention facility, gets a lesson in making it through hard times from an unlikely friend with a harrowing past.
Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952. A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood," and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.
Hip Hop World
In Hip Hop World, Dalton Higgins comprehensively examines the hip hop scene as it exists throughout the world. The book reveals the form's musical inspirations from Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, African American sex satirists, comedians, civil rights-fuelled funk musicians, spoken word luminaries, and dub and Nuyorican poetry.
The Rose That Grew from Concrete
His talent was unbounded, a raw force that commanded attention and respect. His death was tragic -- a violent homage to the power of his voice. His legacy is indomitable -- remaining vibrant and alive. Here now, newly discovered, are Tupac's most honest and intimate thoughts conveyed through the pure art of poetry -- a mirror into his enigmatic life and its many contradictions. Written in his own hand at the age of nineteen, they embrace his spirit, his energy... and his ultimate message of hope.
Read Sherri L. Smith's posts on the Penguin Blog Ida Mae Jones dreams of flight. Her daddy was a pilot and being black didn't stop him from fulfilling his dreams. But her daddy's gone now, and being a woman, and being black, are two strikes against her. When America enters the war with Germany and Japan, the Army creates the WASP, the Women's Airforce Service Pilots-and Ida suddenly sees a way to fly as well as do something significant to help her brother stationed in the Pacific. But even the WASP won't accept her as a black woman, forcing Ida Mae to make a difficult choice of "passing," of pretending to be white to be accepted into the program. Hiding one's racial heritage, denying one's family, denying one's self is a heavy burden. And while Ida Mae chases her dream, she must also decide who it is she really wants to be.
Tyrell's got a lot going on. His father just got out of jail. His little brother is stuck in foster care. The dealers he's living with are taking bigger and bigger risks. And girls--they only seem to be adding to his problems. Everybody wants something from Tyrell. His father wants him to go back to being a child. His little brother wants his help. The guys he's staying with are pushing him to start dealing. And the girls he's talking to want his time, his money, his attention, and his love. Tyrell's got too much pressure, too many choices. He's got to figure out fast what he's going to do next--before he gets in so deep he can't get back out again"--Jacket cover.
Yummy: the Last days of a Southside Shorty
Eleven-year old Roger is trying to make sense of his classmate Robert "Yummy" Sandifer's death, but first he has to make sense of Yummy's life. Yummy could be as tough as a pit bull sometimes. Other times he was as sweet as the sugary treats he loved to eat. Was Yummy some sort of monster, or just another kid? As Roger searches for the truth, he finds more and more questions. How did Yummy end up in so much trouble? Did he really kill someone? And why do all the answers seem to lead back to a gang-the same gang to which Roger's older brother belongs? Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty is a compelling graphic dramatization based on events that occurred in Chicago in 1994. This gritty exploration of youth gang life will force readers to question their own understandings of good and bad, right and wrong.
The William C. Morris YA Debut Award
Started in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.
It is a cool, but honorable way to bring attention to writers who are relatively new to the YA lit world. Of course, we have to spotlight has be cast upon the 2012 winner and the 2012 finalists. Be sure to check them out in your spare.
Where Things Come Back
The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Paper Covers Rock
Under the Mesquite
Between Shades of Gray
Have you thought about living in Panem? What would it be like? What would you eat?
If you have, your local library will soon have plenty of books for you to devour:
The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook
Create your very own delicious recipes from the
humble fare from District 12 to the extravagant Capital feasts.
The Hunger Games Tributes Guide
Follow the Tributes' journey from the Reaping to the Games,
with a look at all the highlights along the way-the Tribute Parade,
the stations of the Training Center, the interviews, and more.
The Hunger Games Companion
The Hunger Games Companion includes fascinating background facts about the action in all three books, a revealing biography of the author, and amazing insights into the series' major themes and features -from the nature of evil, to weaponry and rebellions, to surviving the end of the world. It's everything fans have been hungering for since the very first book!
Are you fascinated by the fashions of the Capitol and the Tributes, check out the recently launched Capitol Couture.
Today is a big day in the world of Libraries. It's the day of the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards. The ALA Youth Media Awards honor children's and young adult authors and illustrators, as well as producers of children's audio and video materials. They'll be announcing the winners in the big categories like Caldecott, Newberry Award, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, Alex Awards, Margaret A. Edwards Award and of course, Printz.
The Printz Award is awarded every year to a book that "exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature." It's definitely like the Grammy or Oscars for the young adult lit world. The ALA Youth Media Awards are selected under a cloak of secrecy. This year, the announcements were made at 7:45 a. m. CT in Dallas and librarians, book sellers and authors across the world tuned in to their computers to see who was awarded the grand prize.
Follow the link to see who the winners are... http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/ala/american-library-association-announces-2012-youth-media-award-winners.
It's the new year! Time to get a jump on new books for 2012. Need some ideas of new books to place on your holds list? What books you are chomping at the bit to read?
Here are some titles help you get started:
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Regretting her decision to forfeit her life on Earth to become an immortal on Everneath, a world between Earth and Hell, teenaged Nikki is given the chance to return to "the Surface" for six months, in this story loosely based on the "Hades and Persephone" myth.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Hallowed: An Unearthly Novel by Cynthia Hand
For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn't prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought. Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning. In this compelling sequel to Unearthly , Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are.
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
I'm telling you why we broke up, Ed. I'm writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened. Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.
Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate
What makes your heart race a little faster? Just in time for Valentine's Day, it's FALLEN IN LOVE, four wholly original new stories collected in a new novel set in the Middle Ages. FALLEN IN LOVE gives fans the much-talked about but never-revealed stories of FALLEN characters as they intertwine with the epic love story of Luce and Daniel. The stories include: Love Where You Least Expect It: The Valentine of Shelby and Miles, Love Lessons: The Valentine of Roland; Burning Love: The Valentine of Arriane; and Endless Love: The Valentine of Daniel and Lucinda.
Pandemonium by Laura Oliver
After falling in love, Lena and Alex flee their oppressive society where love is outlawed and everyone must receive "the cure"--an operation that makes them immune to the delirium of love--but Lena alone manages to find her way to a community of resistance fighters, and although she is bereft without the boy she loves, her struggles seem to be leading her toward a new love.
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Best known for The Wolves of Mercy Falls series and her new bestselling novel The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater is definitely a writer to discover! She writes about homicidal fairies. She writes about werewolf love. Some are about neither. She's an avid reader, an award-winning colored pencil artist, and plays several musical instruments, including the Celtic harp, the piano, and the bagpipes. She also makes great cocktail party conversation.
In her latest book The Scorpio Races, nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. As she did in her bestselling The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, author Maggie Stiefvater takes us to the breaking point, where both love and life meet their greatest obstacles, and only the strong of heart can survive.
To get the latest news on Maggie Stiefvater's novels, travel dates, and more, follow her blog.
Other Books to Read By Maggie Stiefvater:
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)
Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)
Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)
Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception ( Book of Faerie, #1)
Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie (Book of Faerie, #2)
These books will hopefully keep you reading in the wee hours of the night. We have a mix of new teen fiction books packed with action, romance, and suspense. But don't blame us if you are late for school!
Are you a writer? Here's a challenge that is fairly easy to take on during the month of November. November is National Novel Writing Month. During the entire month, you can attempt to write the first draft of your novel. Check out the National Novel Write Month web site for more information on how to get started. Maybe some day we might see your novel listed on the New York Times Best Sellers List.
If you decided to take on the National Novel Writing Month Challenge, let us know, how is it going. Give us an update on our PGCMLS Teen Facebook page!
You might already have your tickets purchased for the final installment of the Twilight saga, Breaking Dawn: Part 1 which hits theaters next Friday. In the meantime, check out this hilarious SNL digital short spoof of what the movie might have looked like if it had been about a different gothic character who doesn't exactly sparkle.
If you totally dig vampire sagas be sure to check these books with a bite to the jugular.
Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz
Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
The Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith
Guess what teens? The YALSA TEEN TOP TEN has been decided by you (teens from all over the country) and posted. Check out the results right here!
1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
4. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
6. Matched by Ally Condie
7. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson
8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Who doesn't like a good undead story? We do! Here are some good zombie stories that will make you run and scream in terror.
Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby
Undead Much? by Stacey Jay
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
I Love Him to Pieces: or my date is dead weight or he only loves me for my brains by Evonne Tsang
The cover art is priceless! The title, on the other hand, makes you scratch your head and wonder is Mr. Darcy a flesh eating zombie or is Elizabeth Bennett out to kill him despite her attraction to him? Not really!
It’s a new literary mash-up called quirk classics, which humorously fuses old classic favorites like Jane Austen’s, Pride and Prejudice with flesh eating, brain consuming zombies or Louisa May Alcotts’ Little Women with werewolves.
Check out Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: the graphic novel and see Miss Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy kick some zombie butts. Here are more quirky classic series titles with more zombies, sea monsters, killer androids, and werewolves.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: the graphic novel by Seth Grahame-Smith
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls: a prequel by Steve Hockensmith
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After by Steven Hockensmith
Little Women and Werewolves by Porter Grand
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Ben H. Winters
Android Karenia by Ben H. Winters
If you're looking for a book recommended for teens by teens, look no further than the Teen Summer Reading Book Reviews booklet.
All summer long, we asked the teens coming into the library to write a review of their favorite books that they read during the summer. We received many book reviews and in honor of Teen Read Week, we have compiled our second Annual Teen Summer Reading Book Reviews booklet.
Reviews include Celia Thomson's The Fallen, Sarah Dessen's Dreamland and R.L. Stine's Fear Street.
What girl doesn’t like a hot and hunky vampire, zombie, fairy, or monster as a boyfriend? Well these girls in this new teen graphic novel series just can't resist those irresistibly, sometimes quirky good looks and charm. If you like humor, drama and monsters, then check out the My Boyfriend is a Monster series. These new teen graphic novels are mixed with humor, lots of horror and quirky romance-- proving that sometimes you just can’t control who you are attracted to.
You can sneak-peak web comics of Graphic Universe’s new My Boyfriend is a Monster series on their website. New pages will be uploaded on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Also, meet the other boyfriends in the series, a faerie and vampire.
If you dig zombie apocalypses, read I Love Him to Pieces, the first book in My Boyfriend is a Monster series, followed by Made for Each Other which will have you in stitches.
October is here! There's a crisp, cool chill in the air. What better way to start off the month with some books that will give you goose bumps and hopefully bring your core temperature down a few degrees. Get ready for teeth-chattering thrills that will leave you shaking.
Flip by Martyn Bedford
Nightspell by Leah Cypress
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
I Don’t Want to Kill You by Dan Wells
Celebrate the Freedom to Read!
Banned Books Week
Nickel and Dimed. . . Crank . . . Brave New World. . . Twilight... The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian... And Tango Makes Three...
You might have read or heard of the books listed above. I have read mostly all of them and enjoyed reading them but there are others who didn't find much pleasure in reading them and challenged to have them removed from schools and libraries. The books listed are included in the list for the Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010.
What's your favorite book? Chances are good that someone has tried to ban it. Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from schools and libraries. Every year libraries across the country put together displays to remind everyone that libraries are a place where people are free to make their own decisions about what they read. Celebrate YOUR freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 25 to October 2, 2011. For more information, visit American Library Association website.
Check out or re-read a favorite banned book.
Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15 to October 15
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
Great Books For You (Teens)!
Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy by Carlos M. Eire
Following the National-Book-Award-winning Waiting for Snow in Havana, comes the story of a stranger in a strange land, Eire (Waiting for Snow in Havana), one of 14,000 children airlifted out of Cuba in Operation Peter Pan in 1962, describes the classic American immigrant experience in Miami, Fla., with a mix of insightful observation, humor, and heartfelt emotion.
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
Living on the University of Colorado-Boulder campus with his older brother Alex, a college student and ex-gang member, high school senior Carlos is not ready to give up his wild ways until he meets a shy classmate named Kiara and becomes unwillingly involved in a drug ring.
Messed Up by Janet Nichols Lynch
With his father out of the picture and his mom in prison, Mexican American fifteen-year-old R. D. has been living with his grandmother and her boyfriend, Earl. RD is repeating the eighth grade and planning to have an easy year. But after his grandmother takes off with a new boyfriend and Earl, unexpectedly dies heartbroken but determined to stay out trouble and a group home, R.D. is left to fend for himself while avoiding being caught. But how long can R. D. keep up the front?
Carmen: An Urban Adaptation of the Opera by Walter Dean Myers
Intense and gritty, the latest young adult novel from award-winning, critically acclaimed author Myers updates Bizet's opera with a hot, urban beat. A policeman's obsessive love for a tempestuous wig factory worker ends in tragedy in this updated version of Bizet's Carmen, set in Spanish Harlem, and told in screenplay format.
Look out for these ...
♦ The Fortune of Carmen Navarro by Jen Bryant
♦ You Don't Have a Clue: Latino mystery stories for teens: credited by Sarah Cortez
♦ Sweet 15 by Emily Adler and Alex Echevarria
♦ Addicted to Her by Janet Nichols Lynch
♦ What Can (t) Wait by Ashley Hope Perez
♦ The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
♦ The Fortune of Carmen Navarro by Jen Bryant
♦ He Forgot to Say Goodbye by Benjamin Alire Sá enz
♦ Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña
♦ Cuba 15: a novel by Nancy Osa
♦ Estrella’s Quinceañera by Malín Alegría
Modelland by Tyra Banks
Supermodel and Harvard business student Tyra Banks makes her YA debut with a warped take on the world of modeling inspired by Banks' real-life experiences and her creative imagination, comes a a three-book series that centers on an awkward teenage girl who's selected to attend the exclusive Modelland academy, where magical Intoxibellas, the world's best models, are trained. Do you want to be on top? Modelland is waiting for you...
Wolfsbane: a Nightshade Novel by Andrea R. Cremer
This thrilling sequel to the much-talked-about Nightshade begins just where it ended Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemy, and she's certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack and the man she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.
Witchlanders by Lena Coakley
Ryder’s mother was once a great prophet and powerful witch, but she is slowly losing her mind to grief--and maiden’s woe, an addictive flower drug found in the Witchlands. Deadly monsters made out of dirt and sticks and stones are coming, she warns. There is an assassin in the mountains, she cautions the coven. But none believe her. Then the monsters come. In the wake of his village’s destruction, Ryder heads into the mountains on a quest to find the assassin and destroy the creator of the ghastly monsters. When he finds his twin--a spirit twin who is not the assassin, but is a sworn enemy of the Witchlanders--Ryder and Falpian awaken a long dormant magic and become entangled in the stirrings of new war between their peoples.
The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
They caught Number One in Malaysia.
I am Number Seven. One of six still alive. And I'm ready to fight.
In a Spanish convent, seventeen-year-old Marina longs to join forces with her fellow Loriens to prepare for battle with the Mogadorians who destroyed their home planet, while in the United States, John, Six, and Sam elude authorities who think John is a terrorist.
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
When their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out as teens, they are invited to stay with Sophia Kelly at her sweet shop. Life seems idyllic--until Gretchen meets handsome local outcast Samuel, and learns that girls have been vanishing at Sophia's annual chocolate festival, taken by the insatiable witch of Gretchen's nightmares. The cover art is wickedly sweet treat.
School Supply List
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September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Let your parents know that this is one of the most important school supply you should have in your wallet. It's FREE! All you have to do is bring mom, dad or your legal guardian over 18, of course, fill out an application and have proper identification (Photo I.D. and Proof of Address). That's it!
The library has lots of ways to learn more about something that you're interested in - on your own time! For instance, want to learn how to prepare a meal in under 30 minutes? What about how to make a wallet out of duct tape? Or maybe you want to learn how to draw Anime characters.
We have FREE music and books that you can download to your iPod or laptop with your library card. Need help with homework? No problem, we have Brainfuse (online tutoring), BYKI (online language learning), AskUsNow (24/7 live reference service) and tons of academic databases to help you complete those research papers and writing assignments.
Get the card that gives you access to a wealth of information and keep it in your wallet.
It's that time of year again ... Back to School!
Yep! (I can sense the many groans and sob sounds from readers.)
But seriously, it's time to hit the books again!
And just in time for all those back-to-school essays, assignments, and tests, the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System has a new homework help tool available for you called Brainfuse. It's really cool!
You can get live help from expert tutors on a tough homework problem, writing assistance, study for a test, get help with a foreign language class and MORE. It's a great place to get the help you need when you need it most. All you need is your library card.
I hate to be bitter grapes, but summer is slowly reaching an end. School just started and Maryland tax free week is over, we thought this would be a safe way to present you with a *super* short list of books for heading back to school. Here are some suggestions of books for those of you starting out somewhere new this school year.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Before, Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole life has been one big non-event. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into a new life, and steals his heart. Nothing is ever the same.
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Who is the real McLean? Following her parents' bitter divorce as she and her father move from town to town, seventeen-year-old Mclean reinvents herself at each school she attends until she is no longer sure she knows who she is or where she belongs.
Happy Face by Stephen Emond
Just put on a happy face! After going through traumatic times, a troubled, socially awkward teenager moves to a new school where he tries to reinvent himself.
The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman
June is starting at her sixth school in four years when she meets Wes, who has just broken up with a girlfriend, and although they do not share an instant or intense connection, attraction turns to love and they wonder where it will lead.
I like TV a lot. Seriously like a ridiculously embarrassing amount. Two of my favorite shows, So You Think You Can Dance has ended and MTV’s Teen Wolf is coming to the end of its season. And I'm definitely not ready to let go of Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef just yet, either. After their summer runs I will be left with major t. v. withdrawal. At least I still have my cooking shows. I figured now would be a good time to take a look at some books that may help the werewolf and dance voids in my life.
MTV's Teen Wolf is loosely based on the 1985 film starring Michael J. Fox. It is nothing like the Twilight series, with the exception of the werewolves all have rock hard abs and a six-pack like Twilight's Jacob, but the show has those typical teen clichés. It tells the story of Scott as he tries to walk the fine line between embracing his newfound powers after being bitten by an alpha werewolf or wanting to be with Allison, a girl he can’t get enough of. Warning: Most of the werewolves in these books don't have rock hard abs to visualize.
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
Nightshade by Andrea R. Cremer
So You Think You Can Dance is like American Idol except no singing, all out dancing. And it’s awesome! Dancers from the show have started popping up everywhere like Dancing With Stars’ Lacy Schwimmer and Chelsie Hightower and several are featured in the Step Up 3D movie. Hopefully these books will spark the inner dancer within you.
Raven by Allison Van Diepen
Entwined by Heather Dixon
Attitude! : eight young dancers come of age at the Ailey School by Katherine Davis Fishman
Heading Off to College...
No more admissions applications to worry about or SAT booklets to fill in the circles, the acceptance letters are finalized and the financial aid has been dealt with for the first year, so far. Now you will be faced with sitting in a lecture hall with 100 plus students with a TA (teacher's assistance) as the instructor, dorm life or sharing a house with 7 total strangers. No need to freak out! We got you covered with books on everything from picking a major, balancing your class schedule, finances, safe sex or none (whatever suits your lifestyle), Greek life to doing laundry and dealing with your roommate(s).
Here's a short list of books that offer college life assistance. There's plenty more at a branch near you!
The Naked Roommate : And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into In College by Harlan Cohen
The #1 selling college survival book in the country. It is the behind-the-scenes look at everything students need to know about college (but never knew they needed to know). Completely revised and updated, this essential guide used by hundreds of thousands of students is packed with expert advice on everything from managing money to managing stress-plus hilarious, outrageous, and telling stories from students on over 100 college campuses. From sharing a bathroom with 40 strangers to sharing lecture notes, there's something for everyone.
The Everything College Survival Book by Michael S. Malone
Readers learn to:
Panicked Student's Guide to Choosing a College Major : How to Confidently Pick Your Ideal Path by Laurence Shatkin
Need to declare a major right now? Don't panic. Dr. Laurence Shatkin guides you step-by-step through a self-evaluation and research process that helps you confidently make the right college major decision. First, you'' learn about the key parts of a college major decision. Then you'll quickly and systematically pinpoint the best majors for your interests and skills. Next you'll narrow your choices into a personal "hot list." Finally, you'll review college majors of interest along with their related careers to make your best choice. This book introduces and links 120 majors to approximately 250 careers. It includes college major descriptions and specializations, course sequences, and related career snapshots with pay and growth information.
The Big-Ass Book of Home Decor by Mark Montano
Got a new place and need to decorate on a seriously low budget? Or maybe you bought all your furniture at a big box store, but it irritates you that it all looks like you bought it there. You have a solution--or, rather, a whole house full of solutions. In this newest Big-Ass Book, do-it-yourself guru Mark Montano presents 105 practical, simple, and decidedly boring projects for every space in your home. Montano's wizardry--accomplished with masking tape, spray paint, and glue--transforms everything from accessories, to walls and windows, to lighting, to major pieces like headboards, tables, dressers, and chairs. (And there's even a chapter on turning the anonymous items you got at IKEA into one-of-a-kind treasures.)
Eat Fresh Food : Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs by Rozanne Gold
Want to avoid the infamous Freshman 15? Step-by-step instructions and cooking tips are compiled in this cookbook for teens that features more than eighty recipes for healthy, tasty meals, treats, and desserts.
If you need something to distract you from the intense heat wave, hopefully this will help. These are a couple of trending websites for teen readers and pop culture enthusiasts we thought you should stay inside and check out.
Snakkle, a totally cool name for a website. Its a hot, new pop culture trending website with amazing pictures of stars before they became famous. Take a look at Jay-Z as a kid in the Before They Were Stars- celebrity baby and kid photos or the 90s Nickelodeon kid stars like Saturday Night Live cast member, Kenan Thompson or Wild 'N Out host and Mariah Carey's hubby, Nick Cannon.
GotYa has a cool collection of international teen cover art and cover revamps plus interesting tidbits on newly published teen novels from an eclectic group of writers.
Omnivoracious is a blog by Amazon.com books featuring delicious news, reviews, interviews and guest author blogs. It has something for every genre reader, including teens and graphic novel readers.
Shark Week starts this Sunday, July 31st. We've got plenty of great books on sharks, surviving a shark attack, surfing, mermaids and shipwrecks and movies too, at the library -- come check them out!
Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton
The Mermaid's Mirror by L.K. Madigan
Boyfriends, Burritos & an Ocean of Trouble by Nancy Rue
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
Fool's Gold: Color Me Consumed by Melody Carlson
Wave Warrior by Lesley Choyce
Ben is determined to learn to surf. In the rough North Atlantic waters near his home, only the tough can make it on the water. His first attempt is a disaster. Then he meets Ray, a surfing veteran from California. Ray promises to teach him to surf--and to face his inner demons. As Ben becomes more comfortable on his board he learns to face his fears and prove that he has what it takes to become a Wave Warrior.
Movies: (You will need an adult library card to check out the movies, if you are under 18.)
What does Lena, identical twins- Melody and Harmony, Cassia, and Amy all have in common? Its being a teenage girl and dealing with the drama in trying to live in these grim, futuristic societies. Katniss Everdeen got the ball rolling as the leading lady in Suzanne Collin's bestseller, the Hunger Games. Now here are a few other ladies who face the challenges of living in these futuristic worlds of bias societies, destruction and crazy government control. If you can't get your hands on these books, some are available as free ebooks and audio books thru Overdrive.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Can love make you delirious? Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.
Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Matched by Allyson Condie
All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, who to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn't be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky's face show up on her match disk as well? Like, seriously awkward?
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end 50 years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone - one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship - tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next. Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.
Suzanne Collin's bestselling Hunger Games trilogy has sparked a frenzy in well-crafted dystopian fiction. Here are some spellbinding teen novels that explore the grim, richly imagined futuristic worlds. Look for the next blog on girls in dystopian worlds and the ultra classics... hint Bradbury, Orwell and Huxley.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade--a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up--the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota--and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life. . . .
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. When a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Her beloved twin brother Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.
Gone by Michael Grant
It's a scenario that every kid has dreamed about: adults suddenly disappear, and kids have free reign (Booklist).In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible. And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside - she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don't realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye, and escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know. Because Incarceron is alive.
Enclave by Ann Aguirre
New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters ”or Freaks ”who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight, in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs. As the two are guided by Fade’s long-ago memories, they face dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.
Sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled... well, you know, blog posts to pass along these trailers that caught our eye.
First up is Hugo based on the book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. It's a thick book so you might want to do a read-it then see-it combo or vice versa.
Next, a flash back to comic books from your childhood, The Adventures of Tintin: the Secret of the Unicorn (based on the comic by Hergé).
Finally, return to the scene of the crime with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes character starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, as Watson, his brainy partner in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. This is a mystery that can't wait to be solved.
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Anya could really use a friend. But her new Bff isn't kidding about the "Forever" part... Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who's been dead for a century. Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya's normal life might actually be worse. She's embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she's pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend even a ghost is just what she needs. Or so she thinks.
Level Up by Gene Luen Yang
What do you get when you pair four pesky little angels and a video game obsessed teen who is undecided of his future? Meet Dennis, the son of Chinese immigrants, yearns to play video games like his friends and, upon his strict father's death, becomes obsessed with them but later, realizing how his father sacrificed for him. He chooses a nobler path with the help of four adorable and bossy angels straight out of a sappy greeting card and take charge of his life.
The Maltese Mummy by Tina Robbins
As the founders of the Chicagoland Detective Agency, a haiku-writing girl and a boy with a talking dog have more than enough cases on their hands (and paws) when a friend vanishes, a mummy's amulet disappears, and an evil scientist stalks human brains and hearts. This is the second volume in the Chicagoland Detective Agency graphic-novel series with teen sleuths Megan and Raf and their talking-dog partner, Bradley. Don't forget to read the first volume in the Chicagoland Detective Agency graphic-novel series, The Drained Brains Caper.
Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
Paige Turner has just moved to New York with her family, and she's having some trouble adjusting to the big city. In the pages of her sketchbook, she tries to make sense of her new life, including trying out her secret identity: artist. As she makes friends and starts to explore the city, she slowly brings her secret identity out into the open, a process that is equal parts terrifying and rewarding.
The 2011 Miss USA Pageant came down to a battle between two best friends. Now imagine, teen beauty queens, a LOST- like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to email. No spray tans, Vaseline, exfoliating creams or curling irons. Oh, the horror, the torture! OMG! Oh, how funny!
From best-selling, Printz Award-winning author, Libba Bray comes the story of a planeload of teen beauty queens who crash on a mysterious island, struggle to survive and get along with one another, combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.
Get your copy of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Libba Bray conducted an interview with herself (interesting enough) talking about her latest book, Beauty Queens. Enjoy!
Have you purchased your card or polo shirt for dad yet? Father's Day is fast approaching and here are some recommendations for books that are a good (though weird) match for the day. None of these fathers are in the running for a Father of the Year award, but the relationships they have with their children will keep you reading and wanting more.
Split by Swati Avashti A teenaged boy thrown out of his house by his abusive father goes to live with his older brother, who ran away from home years ago to escape the abuse.
Girl, Stolen by April Henry When an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, than with his greedy father.
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.
Motorcycles, Sushi & One Strange Book: [real life] by Nancy Rue Fifteen-year-old Jessie Hatcher, forced to go to Florida with the father she thought was dead, finds that his faith, a book that seems to speak to her heart, and new friends help her get control of her ADHD and her life.
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer--a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon's birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.