New Teen Books for June

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Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios
When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau
Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure. But appearances–and rivals–can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option–to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
Louna’s years working at her mother’s wedding planning business–as well as the tragic end of her first love–have shaped her cynical views on romance, but the arrival of serial-dater Ambrose may start to change Louna’s mind and give her a second chance at love.

Roar by Cora Carmack
In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them. Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

Saints and misfits by S.K. Ali
Fifteen-year-old Janna Yusuf, a Flannery O’Connor-obsessed book nerd and the daughter of the only divorced mother at their mosque, tries to make sense of the events that follow when her best friend’s cousin–a holy star in the Muslim community–attempts to assault her at the end of sophomore year.

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Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser
Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. Her father is a wherryman, as was her grandmother. All Caro needs is for the river god to whisper her name, and her fate is sealed. But at seventeen, Caro may be too late. So when pirates burn ships and her father is arrested, Caro volunteers to transport mysterious cargo in exchange for his release. Secretly, Caro hopes that by piloting her own wherry, the river god will finally speak her name.

But when the cargo becomes more than Caro expected, she finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies. With much more than her father’s life at stake, Caro must choose between the future she knows, and the one she could have never imagined.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka suddenly finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families , thrust in the limelight: She’s gone viral. Her show is a modern adaption of Anna Karenina –written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the 40,000 new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr gifs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with a fellow award nominee suddenly has the potential to become something IRL–if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.
Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do ?

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city–and to the bookshop–to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side–surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages–they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
Five teens embark on a summer of vigilante good samaritanism in a novel that’s part The Breakfast Club , part The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks , and utterly captivating.

Rising high school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps in to help rescue a baby in distress and a video of her good deed goes viral.

Suddenly internet-famous, Sadie’s summer changes for the better when she’s introduced to other “hometown heroes.” These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying “no good deed goes unpunished.” Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships–and anonymity–intact?

Want by Cindy Pon
Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

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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Teen Movie: The 5th Wave

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On Thursday, June 16th at 3:30 pm we’ll be showing The 5th Wave on a big screen at the library.  The library will be providing snacks as well. This showing is for teens only, grades 6-12.  After the movie ends we’ll be raffling off a copy of the film.  This

The 5th wave follows the story of sixteen-year-old Cassie Sullivan is trying to survive a world devastated by the waves of an alien invasion, while trying to save her five-year-old brother Sam from a training camp that was created by the Others (the aliens). The 5th Wave is rated PG-13 for violence and destruction, some sci-fi thematic elements, language and brief teen partying CHV rating: PG.

 

What our Teen Librarian is Reading

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Do you love YA books?  Well I do.  As the Teen Services Librarian I’m constantly reading to keep up with our Teen book collection and what to recommend.  Each month I’ll be posting some of my favorite reads from our collection.

dark daysI’m currently listening to the audiobook of  The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman.  I’m loving it so far, it’s perfect for those who have equal love of Jane Austen and macabre stories and demon hunting.  It’s a bit like Pride & Prejudice meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  It moves a bit slow in the beginning to introduce the reader to Regency England, but if Historical Fiction isn’t your genre this may not be for you. A good one for fines of Pride & Prejudice and Zombies.

For fantasy and/or adventure lovers try Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.  Six of Crows is like a fantasy Ocean’s 11-esque  heist story.  Kaz Brekker, mast thief, takes on the seemingly impossible job of breaking into the Ice Palace with his crew of teen criminals. All the characters are wonderfully flawed, total anti-heroes.  This one is technically set in the same universe as Bardugo’s other series (The Grisha sixtrilogy) though you don’t have to read it to read Six of Crows (I didn’t).  Six of Crows is light on the romance and big on the action and violence.  At one point someone even has their eye plucked out and its fairly gruesome.  If you like anti-heroes and crime fiction this might be for you.

For the more serious reader, particularly fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak or Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why I suggest trying The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith.  wayThis one begins in Eden’s Freshman year when her brother’s college roommate and best friend rapes her one night.  Eden doesn’t tell anyone what happens and the reader follows Eden through each year of high school and how her rape has effected her.  This isn’t an easy read, but it is important in that it shows the effects of trauma and gives a view as to why a victim wouldn’t just come forward.  The book also shows how it can affect everyone around you and that we don’t know the reasons behind someone’s seemingly self destructive behavior.  I would recommend this one for older teens.

 

 

 

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