For Writers…

imageimaginationIf you love to write and are always looking for new inspiration, you have to check out Image & Imagination by Nick Healy (YA 808 HEALY). Each page has a gorgeous picture or a writing prompt to light your creative spark. Check it out now at the library!

November 29, 2016 at 2:57 pm Leave a comment

Grab your books before you grab some turkey!

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Come in this week to get all the books, movies, and magazines you need to get through the holiday weekend! Remember, on Wednesday, November 23, the library will be closing at 6:00 p.m., and we will of course be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24.   Enjoy the week!

November 21, 2016 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

Teen Review: Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner

phantomlimbsOtis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the terrible accident that left Otis’s little brother dead and both of their families changed forever. Since then, it’s been three years of radio silence, during which time Otis has become the unlikely protégé of eighteen-year-old Dara–part drill sergeant, part friend–who’s hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. But when Otis learns that Meg is coming back to town, he must face some difficult truths about the girl he’s never forgotten and the brother he’s never stopped grieving.

Review by Jenna: This book was incredibly well done. While it wasn’t severely intellectual, I felt Garner crafted a beautifully heart-wrenching story. Though the plot was centered on more mature and often darker, difficult to digest concepts, it was written such that it is still very relatable and, consequently, enthralling. I literally couldn’t put it down.

November 14, 2016 at 10:39 am Leave a comment

Read Some Historical Fiction

There are so many great historical fiction books that take place in times and communities that you might not know much about! Check out one of these books and take a step back in time…

outrunmoon Outrun the Moon
YA FIC LEE
In 1906 Chinatown, Mercy is determined to break from poverty. Using her cunning, she gains entry to finishing school. When the San Francisco earthquake strikes, Mercy rallies her class to help in the aftermath.
nightdivided A Night Divided
YA FIC NIELSEN
When the Berlin Wall goes up, Gerta and her mother are trapped on the Eastern side, while her father is in the West. Four years later, Gerta sees her father on the Western side and realizes he wants her to risk her life to tunnel to freedom.
boytopmountain The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
YA FIC BOYNE
Orphaned Pierrot moves in with his aunt, a servant in a wealthy Austrian home – the home of Adolph Hitler.
hiredgirl The Hired Girl
YA FIC SCHLITZ
Over the summer of 1911, farm girl Joan seeks a new, better life in the hopes that a hired girl cooking and cleaning for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of – a woman with a future.
saltsea Salt to the Sea
YA FIC SEPETYS
When tragedy strikes a ship bound for safe waters during WWII, the refugees aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff must fight for survival. Based on the true but little-known story of one of history’s most tragic maritime disasters.
blackdove Black Dove White Raven
YA FIC WEIN
Having moved to Ethiopia to avoid the prejudices of 1930s America, Emilia, her black adoptive brother Teo, and their mother Rhoda, a stunt pilot, are devoted to their new country even after war with Italy looms.
chains Chains
YA FIC ANDERSON
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.
warwithinthesewalls The War Within These Walls
YA FIC SAX
Misha and his family do their best to survive in the appalling conditions of the Warsaw ghetto during WWII, and ultimately make a final, desperate stand against the Nazis.

November 8, 2016 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

What movie based on a book are you most looking forward to this year?

October 31, 2016 at 7:55 pm Leave a comment

This Just In – New Books

thousandthfloor The Thousandth Floor
YA FIC MCGEE
A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something… and everyone has something to lose. Leda is addicted to drugs she never should have tried, and a boy she never should have touched. Eris faces a betrayal that will tear her family apart. Rylin’s job leads to a new romance and a new life– at the cost of her old one. Watt is a tech genius hired to spy on an upper-floor girl, and caught in a web of lies. And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.
baddecisionsplaylist The Bad Decisions Playlist
YA FIC RUBENS

Sixteen-year-old Austin, a self-described screw-up, finds out that his allegedly dead father happens to be the very-much-alive rock star Shane Tyler. Austin–a talented musician himself–is sucked into his newfound father’s alluring music-biz orbit, pulling his true love, Josephine, along with him.
safestlies The Safest Lies
YA FIC MIRANDA
When Kelsey’s agoraphobic mother disappears after years of claiming the kidnappers she escaped from were coming back for her, Kelsey quickly discovers that her mother isn’t who she thought she was — and she’s not the abductor’s only target.
meetmehere Meet Me Here
YA FIC BLISS
Thomas is supposed to leave for the army in the morning. His father was Army. His brother, Jake, is Army — is a hero, even, with the medals to prove it. Everyone expects Thomas to follow in that fine tradition. But Jake came back from overseas a completely different person, and that has shaken Thomas’s certainty about his own future. And so when his long-estranged friend Mallory suggests one last night of adventure, Thomas takes her up on the distraction. Over the course of this single night, Thomas will lose, find, resolve, doubt, drive, explore, and leap off a bridge. He’ll also face the truth of his brother’s post-traumatic stress disorder and of his own courage.
inshadowdragonking In the Shadow of the Dragon King
YA FIC FORD
Seventeen-year-old Eric is a kick-butt squire to the most revered knight in Fallhollow. Well he would be if Sir Trogsdill allowed him to do anything even remotely awesome. Sixteen-year-old David spends his days collecting school honors, winning archery tournaments, and trying not to fall in love with his scrappy best friend, Charlotte. Right when things start to get interesting, he is whisked away to the magical realm of Fallhollow where everyone thinks he’s  destined to fulfill a prophecy. With egos as big as the dragon they need to destroy, Eric and David must get over themselves, or watch everything they know and love, burn.
chasingthevalley Chasing the Valley
YA FIC MELKI-WEGNER
Danika is used to struggling for survival. But when the tyrannous king launches an attack to punish her city, she risks her life in a daring escape over the city’s walls. Danika joins a crew of desperate refugees who seek the Magnetic Valley, a legendary safe haven. But when she accidentally destroys a palace biplane, Danika Glynn becomes the most wanted fugitive in Taladia.
walkinthesun A Walk In the Sun
YA FIC ZINK
While grieving following an unexpected family tragedy, Rose Darrow finds her quiet world turned upside down when Bodhi Lowell is hired to spend the summer working on her family’s farm.

October 24, 2016 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

Teens Top Ten Winners

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Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Teens’ Top Ten! Teen book groups from across the country chose the nominees, then the vote was open to all teens. I’ve read only one of the top ten books this year – yikes! I’ve got to get reading! Have you read any of the winners? Comment me on why it was such a great book!

 

  1. Alive by Chandler Baker
  2. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  3. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
  4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
    Read my review of Everything, Everything.
  6. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
  7. The Novice: Summoner: Book One by Taran Matharu
  8. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  9. When by Victoria Laurie
  10. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls. By Lynn Weingarten

October 18, 2016 at 1:29 pm Leave a comment

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