Thursday, October 31, 2013

Perfect Books for Halloween

Greetings from your Teen Librarian!

Here's a selection of great books to get in a scary, shivery mood for Halloween!  Click on the book to check our catalog.

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)
Cas Lowood, armed with his late father's athame knife, kills ghosts. In Thunder Bay, Anna, forever 16, drips blood on her white dress from throat slit in 1958, and rips apart anyone who enters her house - except Cas. He makes new friends - high school queen Carmel, jock Will, admiring nerd Thomas and Tom's voodoo grandpa Morfran - to fight this demon.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it's a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.
Croak (Croak, #1)
Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex's parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort's true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He's a Grim Reaper. And he's going to teach Lex the family business.

Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem. Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.

It’ll be brutal... and awesome.

Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura, #1)
In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn't want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Teen Top Top for 2013!

 Book Jacket for: Code name Verity Book Jacket for: The false prince Book Jacket for: Insurgent
 Book Jacket for: Pushing the limitsBook Jacket for: Poison princess Book Jacket for: The Raven Boys
 Book Jacket for: Crewel Book Jacket for: Every dayBook Jacket for: Kill me softly
 Book Jacket for: Butter

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The official 2013 Teens’ Top Ten titles are as follows:
1.  "Code Name Verity" by Elizabeth Wein (Disney/Hyperion)
2.  "The False Prince" by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic/Scholastic Press)
3.  "Insurgent" by Veronica Roth (Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen Books)
4.  "Pushing the Limits" by Katie McGarry (Harlequin Teen)
5.  "Poison Princess" by Kresley Cole (Simon & Schuster)
6.  "The Raven Boys" by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic/Scholastic Press)
7.  "Crewel" by Gennifer Albin (Macmillan/Farrar Straus Giroux)
8.  "Every Day" by David Levithan (Random House/Alfred A. Knopf)
9.  "Kill Me Softly" by Sarah Cross (Egmont)
10.  "Butter" by Erin Jade Lange (Bloomsbury)

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, with teens nominating and choosing their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in 16 school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Celebrate Teen Literature Day during National Library Week and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles between August and October. For more information about the Teens’ Top Ten, please visit
Let us know how you feel about the Top 10 - have you read any of these books?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Teen Tuesday Pick: The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy (reviewed by Steph!)


Title: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Genre/Audience: Young adult, sci-fi, dystopian
Publication: Putnam Juvenile, 2013
Source: Library

Holy moly, The 5th Wave was completely awesome and I was hooked within the first few pages! Seriously, I knew just a few pages in that this book would be thrilling, and it was.

Aliens have taken over planet Earth in waves, and Cassie wonders if she’s the only surviving human after billions have been killed off. She believes that in order to stay alive, she can trust no one and she must remain alone. She roams the desolate streets, passing dead vehicles and even deader bodies with a gun in her hand and a mission in her heart: to find her 5 year old brother, Sammy, whom she believes is still alive. While searching for him, she must avoid the others, aliens who look and act like humans whose goal it is to kill any and all remaining humans as well as manipulate and deceive. Along the way, she meets the mysterious Evan Walker who saves her life but has dark secrets to hide.

This book was exciting, action packed, and kept me guessing all the way through. There were so many questions and not enough answers. Why did the aliens come down? What do they want? How many people are left in the world? Who can be trusted? Who is one of THEM? And ya know what, I still don’t know all of the answers. I am still wondering, thinking, reasoning in my head about what all of this means. For sure, I am anxiously awaiting the release of the sequel in hopes of discovering answers to my many questions. This is a sign of a good novel.

It reminded me in a lot of ways of The Walking Dead, but with aliens instead of zombies. To me, this is an incredibly huge compliment. The empty streets, hand to hand combat, inability to trust, banding together of people… there were so many similarities so if you’re a fan of one, I’m certain you’ll be a fan of the other.

I have to say, when the story first shifted narration (as there are several narrators throughout), I was a bit thrown. I was confused and slightly disappointed at first, until I discovered who the other narrators were and the information they had… then I was hooked… again. Don’t let the switching narrators deter you – you will be fascinated by the other sides and aspects of the story.

There is so much I could say about this novel: it was gripping all the way through and had me thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it, wondering when I could pick it up next. I read it in all of my spare moments, dying to find the answers. It is scary, suspenseful, mind-blowing, and lightning fast. I am dying for the sequel and will be recommending this to everyone I know (in fact, I’ve already started). Pick it up now – I dare you not to be sucked in!
My Rating: 5/5  reviewed by Steph - our awesome Teen librarian at Barnard Crossing Branch, who also is a recent bride!


Monday, October 28, 2013

Middle School Monday: Wicked Cruel by Rich Wallace

Book Jacket for: Wicked cruel
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A trio of spooky urban legends sure to send shivers down your spine! A perfect pick for Halloween!

Have you ever heard an urban legend?  Sometimes scary, sometimes creepy, sometimes plain unbelievable, urban legends are stories that get told over and over.  You never know how much of the story is true and how much is rumor. 

The three stories in this book take place in a New England town steeped in legend, from the eighteenth-century cemeteries to the old roads that wind through the woods but go nowhere.  In "The Horses of Brickyard Pond" and "Rites of Passage", two boys are about to find out how much truth there is in the ghostly lore of their historic town.  In "Wicked Cruel", sixth grader Jordan finds himself in the middle of an urban legend of his own when he thinks he sees ---and soon hears from---a former classmate who moved away after being a bullied loner for years.  The weird part?  Rumor has it the kid died after he left town--as a result of all the shoves and punches he took. 

Spooky and thought-provoking, these stories explore urban legends from all angles and are perfect for shivery autumn nights!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Summary from

When Ben Candido and his friends, Ricky and John, decide to post a YouTube video of themselves surfing on top of a car, they finally feel like the somebodies they are meant to be instead of the social nobodies that they are. Overnight, the video becomes the talk of the school, and the boys are sure that their self-appointed senior year of dares will live in infamy. Every dare brings an increased risk of bodily harm, but Ben cannot deny the thrill and sense of swagger that come with it. The stakes become even more complex when a mysterious donor bankrolls their dares in exchange for a cut in the online revenue the videos generate. But at what point do the risk and the reward come at too high of a price? What does it take to stay true to one’s self in the face of relentless pressure?

From reviewer Natalie:  Intense. Heart-racing. Honest. Real. Fearless. It tackles subjects like money, fame, friendship, the value of life, and just what people will be willing to do to get what they want; what they think they need. The subjects are balanced perfectly as each is explored in the book, and, true to life, gives us results, but not necessarily answers. It is what it is. It's a book that stays with you long after you've read it. It's, in a word, AWESOME. 

My thoughts:  I would recommend this book to older teens, due to language and subject matter.  I think it really makes you think about the effect of social media and YouTube, and how quickly an event can go "viral" and change your life.  A really interesting and thought provoking read!  A little on the scary side, too, when you see what lengths people will go to for 5 minutes of fame. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Middle School Monday: The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhiell

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A striking middle-grade debut in the tradition of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Golden Compass

When a mysterious parcel arrives at her family’s new home, eleven-year-old Lin Rosenquist has a curious feeling she’s meant to discover what’s inside.

Much to Lin’s surprise, the ornate key contained in the parcel unlocks a spellbinding world called Sylver, hidden behind the cellar door. Sylver is an enchanting land of eternal winter, inhabited by animals that shared a special connection with children in the real world, either as beloved pets or tamed wild animals. In death, they are delivered to Sylver, where they take on a curiously human-like form and still watch over the children they cherish. While Lin is overjoyed to be reunited with her beloved pet, Rufus, she soon learns that the magic of the Petlings and Wilders is failing, and snow trolls want to claim Sylver for themselves. Lin must discover a way to stop them and save this enchanted world.

Full of charm, suspense, and heartfelt emotion, this memorable classic in the making will leave readers breathless.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Reality Boy by A. S. King

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Goodreads Summary:

Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality television crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth—which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle—and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school.

Nothing is ever going to change. No one cares that he’s tried to learn to control himself, and the girl he likes has no idea who he really is. Everyone’s just waiting for him to snap…and he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that.

In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child “star” who finally breaks free of his anger by creating possibilities he never knew he deserved.

 Some Random Thoughts:

Unique, Contemporary, this book makes you wonder what's going to happen to Reality Show children when they grow up?
A. S. King writes about real people, real problems, but somehow, makes things a little funny, too.  She visited us at the Greece Public Library, and her talk was AWESOME!  I hope you get a chance to check out one of her books that we have here at the Greece Public Library, and check out Reality Boy when it is published on October 22, 2013.  Click on the book cover below to check the catalog.  Also, we do still have some A. S. King bookmarks here for you!

Please Ignore Vera Dietz  Everybody Sees the Ants  Ask The Passengers

Thursday, October 10, 2013

All the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry is AMAZING!

All the Truth That's In Me
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Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever. This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.

My thoughts:

Wow.  I stayed up till 1:15 am reading this book - and I devoured it in one sitting!  I can't remember the last time I was this engaged with a book.  Definately one of my best books read in 2013!  It has everything:  a murder mystery, an undefined historical setting, strong characters, plot twists, and romance. A 5 star review - Outstanding!

Visit Julie's website  Be sure to read the About Me section.  Julie grew up as the youngest of seven children on a 50 acre farm in Western New York.  She reminds me of Laura Ingalls Wilder in the photo, and she loved Charlotte's Web and the Little House books, just like me!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Teen Tuesday: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

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A perfectly creepy teen pick for October!

Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-novel perfect for fans of the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it's a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it's no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux's teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.

Jen719 on Amazon had this to say:
"Madeleine Roux's Asylum is a haunting novel that provides a thrilling mystery and creepy locales that will keep you up at night. The pictures that are laced throughout the novel are a perfect addition to the story and will make the reader feel as though they are there with Dan and had me jumping at every noise that I heard. Asylum is a well-written novel that I know people will enjoy and is now one of my top books for 2013. I'm looking forward to reading more from Ms. Roux but it will be awhile before I sleep without the light on."

Monday, October 7, 2013

Middle School Monday: QB 1 by Mike Lupica

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author of TRAVEL TEAM, HEAT, and MILLION-DOLLAR THROW comes a cheer-worthy, family-friendly football novel set amid the Friday Night Lights world of Texas high school football.
Jake Cullen is a freshman quarterback playing high school football in the high-pressure land of Friday Night Lights (Texas). He is also the brother of Wyatt Cullen, who quarterbacked his team to the Texas State Championship last season--not to mention the son of former NFL quarterback and local legend, Troy Cullen. To be a Cullen in Texas is to be royalty . . . and a quarterback. All of which leaves 14-year-old Jake in a Texas-sized shadow, a tall order for any boy, especially one who's merely a freshman.

While his teammates assume the starting job will be handed to Jake on a silver platter, the truth is that he has to fight for every snap and every ounce of respect. Jake may be a Cullen and he may play quarterback, but he is not his brother or his father. Being a good teammate comes naturally to Jake; being a winner and a celebrity does not. He's just like every other boy--awkward around a pretty girl, in awe of his famous family, and desperate to simultaneously blend in and cast his own shadow.

Inspired by the real-life Manning family of quarterbacks (father Archie, Super Bowl-winning sons Peyton and Eli) and set amid the football-crazy culture of Texas immortalized in Friday Night Lights, QB 1 is a coming-of-age story perfect for the fan of MILLION-DOLLAR THROW, HEAT, and of course FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.

"This is a wonderful book by a great writer. All football fathers and sons will enjoy it."--Archie Manning

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Teen Tuesday: Starglass by Phoebe North

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In this futuristic, outer space thriller, Terra has to decide between supporting the rebellion she believes in—and saving the life of the boy she loves.

For generations, those aboard the Asherah have lived within strict rules meant to help them survive the journey from a doomed Earth to their promised land, the planet Zehava–which may or may not be habitable, a question whose imperative grows now, in the dwindling months before touchdown.

Sixteen-year-old Terra’s situation is tough. A dead mom. A grieving dad. A cranky boss, and a betrothed who won’t kiss her no matter how bad she wants it. She’s doing her best to stay afloat, even when she gets assigned a vocation she has no interest in: botany.

But after Terra witnesses the Captain’s guard murder an innocent man, she’s drawn into a secret rebellion bent on restoring power to the people. The stakes are higher than anything she could have imagined. When the rebellion gives Terra an all-important mission, she has to decide where her loyalties lie for once and for all. Because she has started to fall for the boy she’s been sent to assassinate…

My thoughts:  An interesting take on a science fiction - the ship's passengers boarded when earth was threatened with an asteroid collision, and it is interesting to see how the original passenger's Jewish heritage has evolved.  Just enough romance to keep it interesting - but my thoughts are something "alien" is in store for Terra in that department.  I'll have to read the next book to see if my hunch is correct!