New Books

 Heartbeat Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

Struggling with grief over a mother who is on life support as well as her slipping grades and her anger with her stepfather, Emma forges an uncharacteristic connection with a local bad boy, Caleb, who makes her heart feel alive again.

TheHit The Hit by Melvin Burgess

There is a new drug on the mean streets of Manchester which promises the most intense week of your life, and then you are dead–and after he watches a pop star die on stage, Adam thinks that his own life is so miserable that he might just as well try it.

 TyrantsDaughter The Tyrant’s Daughter by J. C. Carleson

Exiled to the United States after her father, a Middle Eastern dictator, is killed in a coup, fifteen-year-old Laila must cope with a completely new way of life, the truth of her father’s regime, and her mother and brother’s ways of adjusting.

 Defy Defy by Sara B. Larson

Seventeen-year-old Alexa’s parents were killed by a sorcerer during a raid, so she has disguised herself as a boy, joined Antion’s army, and earned a place on Prince Damian’s guard–but Antion is ruled by an evil king, and “Alex” must find a way to defeat him and protect her prince.

April 21, 2014 at 12:21 pm Leave a comment

Book Review: Going Rogue by Robin Benway

Spoiler alert! This is the sequel to Also Known As.

Safecracker Maggie is settling down into a more normal life after taking down the Collective’s enemy agent Colton Hooper. But nothing ever lasts in the life of a spy. When Maggie’s parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins, she’s got to go rogue herself to find out who the real thief is…and who in the Collective she can trust.

My review: The great characters, laughs, and cool spy secrets are still here, but this book is a little more serious (getting betrayed and targeted by members of your own spy organization will do that to you!). Maggie meets more young spies and it’s cool to see her world open up to the possibilities of her talents beyond the Collective. Of course Angelo, Roux and Jesse are never far from her side. This fun series looks like it’s just getting started, so check out Going Rogue (and Also Known As) now!

Reviewed by: Katie Clark, Teen Librarian


April 17, 2014 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Check out an MTV award winner

So you didn’t get a chance to see all the winning movies? That’s what DVDs are for! Check out one of these MTV award winners…

DVDCatchingFire The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Movie of the Year
Best Female Performance – Jennifer Lawrence
Best Male Performance – Josh Hutcherson

DVDSmaug The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Best Fight - Orlando Bloom & Evangeline Lilly vs. Orcs
 DVDOz Oz the Great and Powerful

Best Villain – Mila Kunis

 DVDFast6 Fast & Furious 6

Best On-Screen Duo – Vin Diesel and Paul Walker

DVDManofSteel Man of Steel

Best Hero – Henry Cavill

April 14, 2014 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

Book Review: Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

DontEvenThinkAboutIt“We might not have all been friends before this, but there was nothing like having ESP to bond you to a person.”

Sophomore class homeroom 10B went in for flu shots and came out telepathic. Is this the greatest side effect in history or the worst thing to ever happen to them?

My review: Be honest, haven’t you ever wished you could read someone’s mind? But ask yourself if you’d want other people reading yours. 10B has to band together, and the only weird part of this book was that the narrator was all of them together as we. But once you get used to it, it does add something unique to the book. They all know everything about each other whether they want to or not, the funny stuff, the embarrassing stuff, and the heartbreaking stuff. Will they be able to keep their secret? Read it and find out!

Reviewed by: Katie Clark, Teen Librarian


April 9, 2014 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Teen Magazines

Hey, did you know we’ve got magazines is the teen section of the library? Check these out, and if you think we should be getting a magazine you don’t see here, comment me!

April 3, 2014 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

New Graphic Novels and Manga

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March 27, 2014 at 6:02 pm Leave a comment

Sneak Peek

Spark Teen English PosterLooking forward to summer? Not as much as I am! I’ve got some great programs already planned for summer. We’ll have pros here to get you started podcasting, show you how to make arduino music, teach you the art of juggling, and show you how to draw steampunk style art. That’s just the beginning! There’s more to come, so check back for more updates soon.

March 24, 2014 at 12:21 pm Leave a comment

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