Monday, June 30, 2014

Middle School Monday: The Kingfisher Soccer Encyclopedia

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This encyclopedia is the definitive guide to the world's most popular sport. From the sublime skills of Pele to the lifestyle of a professional soccer player, this gloriously illustrated book explores every aspect of the game. Freshly revised and updated, this is a world soccer book for the 2014 World Cup and beyond.  State-of-the-art digital illustrations and stunning photographs bring to life all the key rules, tactics, set plays, and skills. As well as offering practical advice, this informative book also provides an insider's view of the history of the game, profiles of the great clubs, and facts about women's soccer teams and players.  Comprehensive and visually thrilling, this book captures all the drama and the passion of a game that unites billions of people across the globe.

Perfect for increasing your soccer knowledge for the World Cup!  For Middle School and up.

If you like soccer, check out our special soccer display in the Teen Area!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Get Ready for Spark A Reaction: Teen Summer Reading 2014

You have to read books for school this summer, so why not try to win some prizes?  Go to the Greece Public Library website, select the Summer Reading Teens link (on or after June 27, 2014) and fill out the required information.  When finished, click save.  You will receive a confirmation message, along with your user name and password that brings you to your own Summer Reading home page. 

Log in each hour of age appropriate material your read.  Book reviews are optional.  Prizes are drawn on Monday mornings, and winners are notified by phone and e-mail every week.  You can submit your hours each week, or enter them on a specific week to win a certain gift card.  We are also participating in the Soho Yogurt Cafe's Yogurt and Books Program.   If you read 24 hours in the six week program this summer, you can win a free yogurt!  Complete the reading, log in the hours in your page, and we will issue you a certificate for your free yogurt.  Also, there will be fun puzzles each week at the library during the summer.  Complete the puzzle, and turn it into the information desk to be entered in a raffle for a Wegmans giftcard and a free book from my bookcart!  Download and print the puzzle HERE.  The first puzzle "Rochester Summer Time Top Ten Trivia" must be turned in by close of business Friday, July 11th to be in the prize drawing. 
The summer reading program begins on Friday, June 27 and ends on Sunday, August 10.  Each week three $25 gift cards will be given away in random drawings from our teen readers.  Remember, the more you read, the better your chances to win!

Week 1:  Regal Movie Theatre gift cards
Week 2:  iTunes gift cards
Week 3:  Amazon gift cards
Week 4:  Target gift cards
Week 5:  Papa John's Pizza Cards
Week 6:  Wegmans Gift Cards

We will also have a lot of programs for teens this summer, including babysitting courses, Cooking Classes with the Tops Cooking School, a Spray Paint Graffiti Artist demo with Rochester's own Mr. P, craft programs, practice ACT and SAT tests, Shark Week project and cuisine, and a Zombie Scavenger Hunt!  Check out the program calendar and register HERE.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Reading Suggestions from Mashable

This list contains a good variety of teen books that will make your summer reading something you'll enjoy!  Keep in mind that the more you read, the better your chances to win gift cards to Regal Movie Theatre, ITunes Wegmans, Pappa John's Pizza, Amazon, and Target.  You can register for the  "Spark a Reaction" Teen summer reading program on the Greece Public Library website on Friday, June 27th.  You can also check out the program calendar to register for some of the great programs we are hosting this summer; Scary & Twisted Urban Tales, Teen Sushi, Spray Paint Graffiti Art Demonstration with Mr. P, and the Teen Fear Factor Challenge!   In August we are hosting special shark week and zombie week programs, so stay tuned! 

Here is Mashable's list of 12 YA books not to miss this summer!  The last two books will also hit US movie theaters in August and September of 2014.

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When a tornado sucks up Amy's trailer, and dumps the Kansas kid in a seriously messed up Oz, nothing is like she remembers from the movie. The Tin Man is a terrifying giant Swiss Army knife, the Scarecrow is a mad scientist, the Lion feeds on people's fear -- and Dorothy is the worst of them all, ruling the land as an evil dictator. When a band of witches saves Amy from Dorothy's grasp, they tell her she's the only one who can help them reclaim Oz. And that means she needs to kill Dorothy. With all the happiness and light of an early-years Tim Burton movie, this fairy tale will have you gasping with horror and speeding to the end.

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Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.

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When her father is killed in a coup, 15-year-old Laila flees from the war-torn middle east to a life of exile and anonymity in the U.S. Gradually she adjusts to a new school, new friends, and a new culture, but while Laila sees opportunity in her new life, her mother is focused on the past. She’s conspiring with CIA operatives and rebel factions to regain the throne their family lost. Laila can’t bear to stand still as an international crisis takes shape around her, but how can one girl stop a conflict that spans generations?

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Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the story of how he and his best friend , Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa.

To make matters worse, Austin's hormones are totally oblivious; they don't care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation. Ultimately, it's up to Austin to save the world and propagate the species in this sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition.

Book Jacket for: The strange & beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender
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Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava — in all other ways a normal girl — is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naive to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the summer solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo. First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

Book Jacket for: We were liars
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A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends--the Liars--whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
"We Were Liars "is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Book Jacket for: Liv, forever
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When Liv Bloom lands an art scholarship at Wickham Hall, it's her ticket out of the foster system. Liv isn't sure what to make of the school's weird traditions and rituals, but she couldn't be happier--especially when Malcolm Astor, fellow artist and scion of one of the school's original families, starts falling for her. Fellow scholarship kid Gabe Nichols warns her not to get involved with a "Wicky," but things are finally going Liv's way, and all she wants to do is enjoy it.
But Liv's bliss is cut short when she is viciously murdered. In death, she discovers that she's the latest victim of a dark conspiracy that spans 150 years and many, many lives. Gabe, cursed with the ability to see their ghosts, turns out to be Liv's only link to the world of the living.
Liv must rely on Gabe's help to prove to Malcolm that she's still present... lingering with the other spirits. Together, Liv, Gabe, and Malcolm fight to expose the terrible truth that haunts the halls of Wickham before more lives are lost.

Book Jacket for: Far from you
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After Sophie Winters survives a brutal attack in which her best friend, Mina, is murdered, she sets out to find the killer. At the same time she must prove she is free of her past Oxy addiction and in no way to blame for Mina's death.

Book Jacket for: The here and now
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Meet seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn't come from a different country. She came from a different time--a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.
Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they're from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she's told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. But everything changes when she falls for Ethan Jarves.

Book Jacket for: Noggin
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"Listen Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn't."
"Now he's alive again."
"Simple as that."
The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but Travis can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he s still sixteen, but everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she s not his girlfriend anymore? That s a bit fuzzy too.
Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, there are going to be a few more scars.
Oh well, you only live twice.

Book Jacket for: If I stay : a novel
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Mia loves her parents, her little brother and her boyfriend. She has a bright future as a cellist, and everything in her life is going just as she's hoped, until an accident kills her family and leaves her in a coma. An extended out-of-body experience reveals the chaos surrounding her as doctors struggle to save her while friends and extended family watch over her. But the longer she watches, the more she realizes she has a decision to make: stay here without her family or leave the world behind. The film staring Chloe Moretz, is due out this August 22. 

Book Jacket for: The maze runner
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When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But hes not alone. When the lifts doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade--a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.
Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up--the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.
Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.  Perfect for Hunger Games fans!  Film is out September 19.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Fault in our Stars - Book versus Movie

Whenever a book is made into a movie, the inevitable question arises:  Which is better?  The movie or the book?

In this case, it would seem both are good, although the book is a little more detailed, and according to my daughters "a little bit better".  If you liked the book, the movie is pretty true to the story.  The Fault in Our Stars is a book that has really given teen fiction a huge following.  The book is number one on the New York Times Bestseller List, and has been on the list for 79 weeks! It is a credit to John Green that four of the top six Teen novels are authored by him, including number two; Looking for Alaska, and three; Paper Towns.  The movie finished the weekend with a take of $48.2 million - not to shabby considering the production budget was a modest $12 million.  What's next for John Green fans?  According to Time Magazine, Paper Towns is already moving along the path of movie production.   Since the film will not be released until 2015 at the earliest, you probably need something to occupy your time until then.  Do you simply adore the writing style of John Green?  Try reading one of the seventeen books Huffington Post recommends if you liked The Fault in Our Stars!  Here they are (click the link to check our catalog):

3.  Book Jacket for: The perks of being a wallflowerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

4.  Book Jacket for: Me and Earl and the dying girl : a novelMe and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

5.  Book Jacket for: Looking for AlaskaLooking for Alaska by John Green

6.  Zac & Mia by A. J. Betts (published 9/2014)

7.  Book Jacket for: Before I fallBefore I Fall by Lauren Oliver

8. Book Jacket for: Thirteen reasons why Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

9.  Book Jacket for: Jellicoe RoadJellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

10.  Book Jacket for: Amy & Roger's epic detourAmy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

11.  Book Jacket for: The beginning of everythingThe Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

12.  Book Jacket for: The spectacular nowThe Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

13.  Book Jacket for: Forgive me, Leonard Peacock : a novelForgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

14.  Book Jacket for: Anna and the French kissAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

15.  Book Jacket for: Every dayEvery Day by David Levithan

16.  Book Jacket for: Ask the passengers : a novelAsk the Passengers by A. S. King

17.  Book Jacket for: Love letters to the dead : a novelLove Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Teen Tuesday Pick: Storm by Donna Jo Napoli

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The rain starts suddenly, hard and fast. After days of downpour, her family lost, Sebah takes shelter in a tree, eating pine cones and the raw meat of animals that float by. With each passing day, her companion, a boy named Aban, grows weaker. When their tree is struck by lightning, Sebah is tempted just to die in the flames rather than succumb to a slow, watery death. Instead, she and Aban build a raft. What they find on the stormy seas is beyond imagining: a gigantic ark. But Sebah does not know what she'll find on board, and Aban is too weak to leave their raft.

Themes of family, loss, and ultimately, survival and love make for a timeless story. Donna Jo Napoli has imagined a new protagonist to tell the story of Noah and his ark. As rain batters the earth, Noah, his family, and hordes of animals wait out the storm, ready to carry out their duty of repopulating the earth. Hidden below Sebah.

Krista has this to say about the book: " The book is a twist on the story of Noah and the Great Flood. Sixteen-year-old Sebah somehow survives the initial flooding and pairs up with a boy. They barely survive and, realizing that everyone else is now probably dead, mate. Forced to make a raft and escape the rising waters, they run into Noah's boat. Sebah hides out with the animals, making friends with them and watching Noah's dysfunctional family (well, who wouldn't be after that experience). Great interaction with the animals.

I was confused about Bash's role on the boat and his relationship to the family. Fascinating twist to the end of the story."

My thoughts:  This is not a retelling a the Noah's Ark story in the traditional sense, and some reviews have criticized the book for the way Noah's family is depicted. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Middle School Monday: The Art and Flair of Mary Blair: An Appreciation by John Canemaker

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For more than a dozen years, a soft spoken, unassuming woman dominated design at The Walt Disney Studios with a joyful creativity and exuberant color palette that stamped the look of many classic Disney animated features, including Cinderella and Peter Pan. Favorite theme park attractions, most notably the "It's A Small World" boat ride, originally created for the 1964 New York World's Fair, were also among her designs. Now the story behind one of Walt's favorite artists is celebrated in this delightful volume of whimsical art and insightful commentary. In her prime, Mary Blair was an amazingly prolific American artist who enlivened and influenced the not-so-small worlds of film, print, theme parks, architectural decor, and advertising. Her art represented and communicated pure pleasure to the viewer. Mary Blair's personal flair was at one with the imagery that flowed effortlessly and continually from her brush for more than half a century. Walt Disney loved her art and championed it at the Studio. The two shared many sensibilities, including a childlike fondness for playfulness in imagery.

Karen says "If you want a biography of Mary Blair, this is not the book for you. If you want to get lost in her lush artwork, this is definitely the book for you."

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

14061957 The third installment in Leigh Bardugo's Geisha series is published June 17.

18134013The follow up to Ink, Paper Gods #2 by Amanda Sun.  Published June 24.

17415348 The new romance by Sarah Ockler!  Published on June 17.

18222699 The conclusion to the Testing, published June 17.

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu was a Goodreads Mover and Shaker, and the pick of the month at!  Published June 3. 

Check out the new section of the Teen section of the library for these books and more!  Our special display this month is Great Reads for the Beach - fun books about the beach and summer!  Hope to see you soon!  Stay tuned for exciting details about this year's summer reading program!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Teen Tuesday: In the Shadows Story by Keirsten White, and art by Jim Di Bartolo

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From the remarkable imagination of acclaimed artist Jim Di Bartolo and the exquisite pen of bestselling author Kiersten White comes a spellbinding story of love, mystery, and dark conspiracy, told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures.
Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch.
Thomas and Charles are brothers who've been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it . . . but they can't.
Arthur is also new to the boarding house. His fate is tied to that of Cora, Minnie, Thomas, and Charles. He knows what darkness circles them, but can't say why, and doesn't even know if they can be saved.
Sinister forces are working in the shadows, manipulating fates and crafting conspiracies. The closer Cora, Minnie, Arthur, Thomas, and Charles get to the truth, the closer they get to harm. But the threat is much bigger than they can see. It is strangling the world.
Until one of the boys decides he wants to save it.
Told in an astonishing mix of art and words, IN THE SHADOWS collides past against future, love against evil, and hope against fear. The result is both a mystery and a masterpiece.

Creepy, Gothic, with elements of black magic.  A hybrid novel that has a written story, and one told in illustrations.  Reviewer Tabitha says "I couldn’t have been more pleased when I reached the end of In the Shadows to find that it was a complete story and not just the start of another series. Not everything is gone into depth but I really didn’t think it needed to be. This was just the quick refreshing read I needed to satisfy one dark and rainy night. I highly recommend this for all teens graphic novel lovers."