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?
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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.
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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….
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Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin (2nd in the Ashfall Series)
If you were caught up in the non-stop action of the first book Ashfall, you will not be disappointed by the second book Ashen Winter. I had a very difficult time putting this book down. It was disturbing, and gruesome and disheartening, and yet I was cheering for Alex the whole time! Every-time I thought it couldn’t get any worse, somehow it did. It starts with Alex and Darla at his Aunt and Uncle’s farm, but when a lead arises they quickly go on the hunt for Alex’s parents. And it’s all downhill from there. I’ve said it before, but the author does a great job showing it, disasters, whether it’s war or famine or earthquakes or volcano eruptions, are awful and awful events change people. Not always for the better. My heart tells me, that humans would bond together in a time of need, but unfortunately as we’ve seen many times in reality, it comes down to survival of the fittest. If you enjoy a good dystopian series, you will enjoy the Ashfall series by Mike Mullin.
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Attention teen readers! Did you read a great new book this summer that you’d like to suggest to your friends? Why don’t you nominate it for the 2013 Reader’s Choice Award? Go to the following link http://www.ala.org/yalsa/readerschoice/suggestions
to submit your favorite book that was published this year.
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Ashfall by Mike Mullin ( available as an ebook in our Overdrive Library)released October 2011, second book in series, Ashen Winter coming in October 2012.
I know, I know another apocalypse book. How many times can you read about the end of the world? But this one pleasantly surprised me! For starters it is so action packed that I was so tense by the time I put it down, I couldn’t sleep. It seems as though Alex can’t catch a break. I loved how resourceful and determined he was, but also my heart was breaking at the same time, at the amount of death and destruction that he had to witness in his young life. I would hope that as humans we would not resort to the gruesome survival methods that some do in this book. A great read from a new Hoosier YA author! The second book in the series is titled Ashen Winter is scheduled for release in October 2012, and I’m eagerly anticpating it.
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What is the world’s most notorious serial killer… was your DAD?
That’s the tagline from the cover of this book, and probably the reason I checked it out from my library. And boy, it didn’t disappoint one bit!
Jazz is the son of the world’s most recent- and probably worst- serial killer, Dear Old Dad. Everyone thought they lived a normal life in a small town, but once Dear Old Dad got a little sloppy with his killings-which number in the triple digits- the police catch him.
Jazz has spent the past few years living with his senile grandmother, albeit attempts by his social worker to remove him from her care. But that is the least of Jazz’s problems, he constantly struggles internally with himself. You see, his dad brought him up teaching him to kill, making him witness these terrible events in hopes that Jazz would carry on the “family business”. But Jazz doesn’t want to be a bad guy, he wants to live a normal life but his dad’s teachings constantly haunt him
“Fear is okay. Fear can keep you alive. The trick is not to let it overwhelm you. Not to let it rule you. If you’re afraid, that’s the universe trying to tell you something. Get away. Don’t run; don’t panic. Just pick up and walk out, calm as you please. Panic makes you stupid.”
His whole world gets turned upside down as soon as a body turns up in a field. The police are in denial that another serial killer could target such a small town, but Jazz immediately recognizes the signs his dad has taught him to look for. He tries and tries, but the police just won’t believe him, and then things really begin to go downhill.
One of his dad’s victim’s fathers turn up in town and begin pestering Jazz for some closure, something Jazz doesn’t think he could give. But that’s not all- the bodies begin to pile up and Jazz realizes something even more terrifying- the new killer is recreating his own father’s kills.
This book is just absolutely terrifying- but very well written. You can tell that Lyga spent his fair share of time getting into the minds of killers, because he creates some very realistic killers for this novel.
I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone, but beware, you will be scared.
review curtesy of Eric – Lawrenceburg Public Library TAG member
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Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown ( released June 12, 2012)
Forget everything Disney taught you about mermaids! These mermaids survive by absorbing the energy given off by humans, and in doing so kill the humans. Taking place in the Apostle Islands, in the clear waters of Lake Superior, it is a long and sordid tale of revenge. Calder and his sisters are intent on killing the human who they blame for their mother’s death, Jason Hancock. They have waited many years for the chance to carry out their plan, but Calder is having problems following through. Why, you ask? Two words: a girl. I loved that the story was set in the Great Lakes and not in some tropical location. We have visited the Great Lakes on numerous vacations, but you can bet that I will be much more cautious swimming the next time!
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