John Green’s New Book Is out in October!

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Did you know John Green has a new book coming out this October? His new titled is called Turtles All the Way Down and is slated to be released on October 10th. Mark your calendars!

Turtles All the Way Down is about sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred thousand dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Bonus: John Green just posted a reading of the first chapter!

 

2017 YALSATeens’ Top 10 Nominees

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YALSA ( Young Adult Library Services Association) have announce the Teens’ Top Ten Award nominees for 2017.  The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week™ (October 8-14, 2017)  on the Teens’ Top Ten site. The winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.

The video above features actors from the upcoming movie version of Everything, Everything announcing the nominees. You can find a printable list of all the nominees here.

 

If you liked Red Queen…

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If you are a fan of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series try some of these titles next!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to
become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

 

 

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution. Elias is a Martial, a student of Blackcliff Academy and a trained killer. Elias wants nothing more to live Blackcliff and live a life without killing. Elias and Laia’s lives soon entangle as the both try to navigate the treacherous hall of Blackcliff.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities

 

 

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Stolen from her home, and being groomed for auction, Aya is desperate to escape her fate and return to her family, but her only allies are a loyal wolf she’s raised from a pup and a strange mute boy who may be her best hope for freedom if she can truly trust him.

 

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
For four years sixteen-year-old Twylla has lived in the castle of Lormere, the goddess-embodied, whose touch can poison and kill, and hence the Queen’s executioner–but when Prince Merek, her betrothed, who is immune to her touch returns to the kingdom she finds herself caught up in palace intrigues, unsure if she can trust him or the bodyguard who claims to love her.

 

 

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Wilhelmina has a hundred identities. She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

 

 

Pawn by Aimee Carter
Escaping a life of marginalization and misery, Kitty Doe joins the most powerful family in the country, a choice that requires her to assume the identity of the Prime Minister’s niece and stop a rebellion that ended her predecessor’s life.

 

 

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
On the morning of her wedding, Princess Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive–and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets–even as she finds herself falling in love

 

What We’re Reading…

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Need to decide what to read next, check out what our Teen Librarian is reading.

The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid
Genre: Scifi/Space Opera
What its About: Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager and the galaxy’s most deadly weapon, who masquerades as Sidonia, a senator’s daughter, and becomes a hostage of the galactic court.

 

 

Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Genre: Scifi/Dystopian
What its About: In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (‘gleaned’) by professional reapers (‘scythes’). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe–a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn’t.

 

 

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Genre: Contemporary
What its About: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story. Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

 

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Genre: Fantasy
What its About: Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge–with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . .

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retellling
What its About: In this prequel to Alice in Wonderland, Cath would rather open a bakery and marry for love than accept a proposal from the King of Hearts, especially after meeting the handsome and mysterious court jester.

Teen Winter Reads

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The weather outside is frightful, but the books you can read are delightful.  Grab a couple of these wintery books to keep you warm this winter.


Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
In three intertwining short stories, several high school couples experience the trials and tribulations along with the joys of romance during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town.


What Light by Jay Asher
Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon–it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.
By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.


The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.


Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn’t what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid–her true home–with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she’s sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything . . . including Snow’s return to the world she once knew.


East by Edith Pattou
Rose has always felt out of place in her family, a wanderer in a bunch of homebodies. So when an enormous white bear mysteriously shows up and asks her to come away with him–in exchange for health and prosperity for her ailing family–she readily agrees. The bear takes Rose to a distant castle, where each night she is confronted with a mystery. In solving that mystery, she loses her heart, discovers her purpose, and realizes her travels have only just begun.
As familiar and moving as “Beauty and the Beast” and yet as fresh and original as only the best fantasy can be, East is a novel retelling of the classic tale “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” a sweeping romantic epic in the tradition of Robin McKinley and Gail Carson Levine.

Stork by Wendy Delsol
After her parents’ divorce, Katla and her mother move from Los Angeles to Norse Falls, Minnesota, where Kat immediately alienates two boys at her high school and, improbably, discovers a kinship with a mysterious group of elderly women–the Icelandic Stork Society–who “deliver souls.”

Teen Book Review: Dracula

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Book: Dracula by Bram Stoker
Reviewer: Megan, Grade 8

Dracula is (of course) a book about a vampire. But sadly, not many people have read the real thing. As a classic, it is not the normal fiction book, it is deeper (but only slightly) and more (sorry there’s no other word for it) mature.
You will travel through the story of Dracula, by reading diary pages, letters and other things written by people with whom the story interacts. A poor woman will become a vampire and die, while her friend will become ill of the same affliction.
This story has, although just a drama, is able to make you laugh, cry, and shout in fear for the characters. I highly recommend reading it, and would give it five stars. This is a book every house hold should have.

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Teen Book Review: Maximum Ride-The Angel Experiment

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Book:Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
Reviewer: Anton,Grade 7

Author James Patterson, best known for adult suspense novels, makes a passable foray into the young adult market with this book about a group of human/bird hybrids. For teens who just want action and excitement and who don’t much care about the niceties — such as logic, character development, consistent voice, or plot — this will be plenty of fun. And there’s the fantasy of winged flight, which is always a pleaser. The book
opens up by introducing us to Max, a fourteen-year-old girl who also happens to be a human-avian hybrid. She lives in a house with her fellow hybrid friends—Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman, and Angel. They used to live at the School, where evil scientists created and experimentmaximumted on them, but they escaped and have been in hiding ever since.The entire book amounts to little more than a prologue to the series: Despite more than 400 pages of chases, fights, break-ins, and almost non-stop action, practically nothing actually happens in this fantasy book. The main characters are captured, they escape, they are cornered, they escape, they are wounded, they recover, they try to hide, they are found, over and over again. In truth, very little of it makes any kind of sense, though there are plenty of hints that it will eventually — just not in this book.
In the end i would rate this book a 3/5 because this book didn’t really capture my attention and didn’t have me coming back to the book.

Teen Book Review: Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods

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Book: Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins
Series: Gregor the Overlander gregor
Reviewer: Anton -7th Grade

Gregor And The Curse Of The Warmbloods is a 358 page book that takes place in an underworld under New York! (written by Suzanne Collins). The 3rd book in the series this book is a fantasy because of its talking animals and make believe world. Gregor is in New York above the underworld where strange things happen. The stories main character is Gregor and the secondary characters are his family members (boots, Lizzie,Mom, Dad). One day he gets a scroll from the underworld from his underworld friends asking him of his help, in the previous books there has always been a prophecy, in this book the prophecy is called the prophecy of blood. There is a plague going on in the underworld and Gregor is in the middle of the prophecy, the prophecy states that Gregor is the key to the cure of “The curse of the warm bloods” which is the plague that affects all warm bloods. I would recommend this book for anyone who is into action/adventure and fantasy books. Also, I would most definitely rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 because of the wonderful and mixed range of dialogue and intriguing plot.

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