The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (released Dec. 18, 2012)
This book had me intriqued from the beginning. Ten year old Ruby has changed, and it caused her parents to call the police and send her to a goverment rehab “camp” (more like a concentration camp). As it turns out something has happened to all the children in the world, but more have been affected in the US than other countries. If it doesn’t kill the child, they emerge with new mental abilities, some rather benign others frighteningly powerful. When they reach the camps they are sorted by abilities and Ruby quickly learns that not everything is as it seems. The guards are not afraid to use lethal force to keep the kids in check. The story moves along at a nice pace, and I found interesting that parents allowed their children to be removed with no further contact? It was understandable in the case of Ruby since they no longer remember her…..
Posted 1 year, 3 months ago at 7:32 pm. Add a comment
Yesterday by C.K. Kelly Martin (released Sept. 25, 2012)
Ahhhhh, time travel, the coming apocalypse, a love story, mystery, intrigue…I LOVED THIS BOOK! Is it 2063 or 1985? Missing memories and headaches, plague Freya as she tries to cope with the death of her father, and newly relocated half way across the planet. A strangely detached sister just adds to the mystery. That is, until she sees Garren on the street and knows him even though he insists they’ve never met. As Freya and Garren get closer, they only discover more questions, and very quickly are catapulted into a life on the run, where powerful forces are trying to keep them from the answers they so desparetly seek. This book takes so many turns and twists you will not be able to predict shere the story is going next. Hang on, it’s a crazy ride, and I loved every minute of it!
Posted 1 year, 10 months ago at 4:54 pm. Add a comment
We’re having a Tweet-a-thon! In honor of Teen Read week, let’s get tweeting! What’s on your YA reading list right now? On Wednesday, October 17th, people of all ages are being asked to tweet your YA reading lists, recommendations, quotes from your favorite YA book, thoughts and ideas with the hashtag #TRW12. YALSA be following and re-tweeting their favorites. We want to hear from everyone including teens, librarians, library workers, educators, authors, editors and more! Let’s see if we can get #TRW12 trending tomorrow!
Posted 1 year, 10 months ago at 4:30 pm. Add a comment
We’re showing the Hunger Games, Tuesday October 17th in the newly re-decorated Teen Room, at the North Dearborn Branch Library. Movie will start at 2:00, bring your pillows and blankets, and spend the afternoon with Katniss! Teens and Adults only please.
Posted 1 year, 10 months ago at 2:47 pm. Add a comment
It’s Teen Read Week and we have a list of winners!
2012 Teens’ Top Ten Winners
1). Roth, Veronica Divergent. Abnegation (selfless), Erudite (intelligence), Candor (honesty), Amity(peace), or Dauntless (brave): where would you fit? Beatrice lives in a society whereshe must choose either to remain with her family’s faction or set off towardsindependence and her beliefs. And what happens when the unity between thesefactions begins to fall apart?
2). Green, John The Fault in Our Stars. Hazel and Augustus meet and forge a relationship at a support group forkids battling cancer. As Hazel and Augustus struggle with the “side-effects of dying,”they come to learn the strength of wishes, the complexities of long human lives, and the wondrous ways of the universe.
3). Lu, Marie Legend. June, a fifteen-year-old military prodigy, is hunting Day, the outlaw she believes is responsible for her brother’s death. What will happen when the two meet and discover the government is corrupt?
4). Riggs, Ransom Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. When Jacob was little, his grandfather would tell him stories of the fantastical children’s home where he grew up and the seemingly magical kids who lived there with him. When his grandfather is killed, Jacob sets out to find the home where these children lived, unearthing a magical secret and uncovering his true heritage.
5). Dessen, Sarah What Happened to Goodbye. Ever since Mclean’s parents divorced, she has lived in four towns in two years – each time taking on a new persona. Mclean expects to leave Lakeview in six months, but soon finds that she doesn’t want to – she just wants to be herself.
6). Revis, Beth Across the Universe. Cryogenically frozen centuries ago, Amy and her parents are on their way to a new planet aboard the spaceship, Godspeed. Unplugged from her cryo chamber, Amy discovers she has been awoken 50 years early, in a failed murder attempt. With Elder, the future leader of the ship, by her side they are on an adventure filled with murder, lies, dreams, and stars.
7). Meyer, Marissa Cinder. A futuristic retelling of the classic Cinderella, Cinder, a cyborg and talented mechanic, lives with her cruel stepmother and two stepsisters in the plague-ridden New Beijing. Soon after meeting Prince Kai, Cinder must find the truths of her past, which may help to save the future.
8). Stiefvater, Maggie The Scorpio Races. Every November, the beaches of Thisby come alive with the Scorpio Races. The water horses are vicious, the terrain is treacherous, and death is likely, but the reward can be beyond anything you could imagine. Puck Connolly is racing for her family, Sean Kendrick for his passion—but only one can win The Scorpio Races.
9). Forman, Gayle Where She Went. This sequel to Gayle Forman’s If I Stay is narrated by Adam, Mia’s ex-boyfriend. Shortly after the devastating accident that killed Mia’s family, the talented cellist moves to New York, where an accidental meeting brings them back together.
10). Cabot, Meg Abandon. Pierce has experienced death before and barely escaped. When she moves from her old town to a town called Isla Huesos – Island of Bones – for a new start, she realizes that death wants her back. Can she escape death once again?
Posted 1 year, 10 months ago at 1:56 pm. Add a comment
Stop in the Teen Rooms at either building this week, Oct. 1-6, and try to figure out our Banned Books Mystery. There are three books on display, read the descriptions, and see if you can identify them from the list of options. We will draw one winner from each building , and they will win a signed copy of TTFN by Lauren Myracle. One entry per person, grades 7-12 only please.
Posted 1 year, 10 months ago at 7:28 pm. Add a comment
With the fall football season in full swing, it’s time for a football book! While I thoroughly enjoy a good football movie, I don’t often read too many sports books. I decided to give Through My Eyes a try and found it a quick and enjoyable read. Even if football isn’t your game, the family stories and history of how Tim grew up are facinating. Since this book came out at the end of 2011, it concludes with him in Denver, so no information on his move to the Jets is included. As a big believer in supporting your community by volunteering, it’s encouraging to see such a well rounded athlete that is very determined to give back, with both his time and his money. I highly recommend this to any high school athlete that is looking for inspiration. Not a Gator fan but I enjoy football, and reading about dedicated athletes, and Tebow is definitely dedicated. Interesting to see what brought him to this point, and wonder what great things are yet to come for him. Maybe in his next book….
Posted 1 year, 11 months ago at 7:43 pm. Add a comment