Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summer Reading Update and Prizes




Update:  81 teens have read 801 hours so far!  It's not too late to register if you want to try to win some gift cards, too.  On Monday, three more winners will be drawn for $25 Pappa John's Pizza gift cards, and the following Monday, August 11, we'll have our last drawing for three $25 Wegmans gift cards. 


Week four's winners were:  Christopher P. Crystal L., and Alyssa F. 


Our Giver puzzle winner was Ellie E. Don't forget - the Divergent word search puzzles are due Friday by 5 pm, and next week's shark jumble puzzle can be found HERE.  The last puzzle, a Zombie Word scramble, can be found HERE.


Finally six more teens earned certificates for a  yogurt at the Soho Yogurt Cafe' by reading 24 hours or more.   They are:  Chima D., Kelechi D, Osondi D., David F., Megan H., and Katherine T.  Congratulations and keep reading!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Are You Ready for the Zombie Apocalypse?




Are you ready for some Zombies?  Be sure to check out our programs coming up in August, like the Teen Zombie Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m., and our special edition "Death by Chocolate" cooking class with the Tops Cooking School on Thursday, August 14 from 1-2 p.m.  Register for these and other programs HERE.  While you are waiting for our programs, check out some of these Zombie books available here at the library: 


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It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?


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Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.


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Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. As in any classic monster flick worth its salted popcorn, plentiful carnage sends survivors rabbiting into the woods while the mindless horde of “infects” shambles, moans, and drools behind. Of course, these kids have seen zombie movies. They generate “Zombie Rules” almost as quickly as cheeky remarks, but attitude alone can’t keep the biters back.

Serving up a cast of irreverent, slightly twisted characters, an unexpected villain, and an ending you won’t see coming, here is a savvy tale that that’s a delight to read—whether you’re a rabid zombie fan or freshly bitten—and an incisive commentary on the evil that lurks within each of us.


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In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?  Sequels:  The Dead Tossed Waves and The Dark and Hollow Places. 
The movie rights for Forest of Hands and Teeth were purchased, but the project is still in the development phase. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Teen Tuesday: Just like the Movies and Taste Test by Kelly Fiore

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Pretty and popular track star Marijke Monti is confident about almost everything – she’s got great friends, a great family, and she’s on her way to the State Track Championship. In fact, the only thing Marijke isn’t confident about is her relationship with Tommy Lawson.

Lily Spencer has spent her entire high school career preparing for the future – she’s participated in every extracurricular activity and volunteer committee she could. But, at home, she watches her mother go on date after date with dud-dudes, still searching for “the one.” Lily realizes that she’s about to graduate and still hasn’t even had a boyfriend.

While they live on each other’s periphery at school, Lily and Marijke never seemed to have much in common; but, after a coincidental meeting at the movie theater, Lily gets an idea – why can’t life be like a movie? Why can’t they set up their perfect romantic situations, just in time for their senior prom, using movie techniques?

Once the girls come up with the perfect plans, they commit themselves to being secret cohorts and, just like in the movies, drama ensues.


Reviewer Cynthia says "Just Like the Movie was exactly as it seemed: a rom-com that's sweet, adorable, a little ridiculous and a whole lot of fun." 


My thoughts:  This books seems like a perfect summer read - and the cover is adorable! Since I think this book is going to fly off the shelves with this cover, check into Kelly Fiore's debut novel
Taste Test.
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If you can grill it, smoke it, or fry it, Nora Henderson knows all about it. She’s been basting baby back ribs and pulling pork at her father’s barbeque joint since she was tall enough to reach the counter. When she’s accepted to Taste Test, a reality-television teen cooking competition, Nora can’t wait to leave her humble hometown behind, even if it means saying good-bye to her dad and her best friend, Billy. Once she’s on set, run-ins with her high-society roommate and the maddeningly handsome—not to mention talented—son of a famous chef, Christian Van Lorten, mean Nora must work even harder to prove herself. But as mysterious accidents plague the kitchen arena, protecting her heart from one annoyingly charming fellow contestant in particular becomes the least of her concerns. Someone is conducting real-life eliminations, and if Nora doesn’t figure out who, she could be next to get chopped for good.

With romance and intrigue as delectable as the winning recipes included in the story, this debut novel will be devoured by all.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Middle School Monday: Skies Like These by Tess Hilmo

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Twelve-year-old Jade’s perfect summers have always been spent reading and watching TV reruns, so she’s not happy when her parents send her off to Wyoming to her aunt’s house. She meets a boy who calls himself Roy Parker—just like the real name of the legendary rebel cowboy Butch Cassidy. Roy’s dad’s hardware store has closed because a chain store has opened up in town, and Roy thinks it is just like the big cattle barons in Butch’s day who put the local ranchers out of business. He wants Jade to be his Sundance Kid and help him pull some stunts worthy of Butch Cassidy. Sabotage the big store? Outsmart the store’s owner by doing reconnaissance on his ranch? Jade wants to be a good friend, but she’s not so sure about Roy’s schemes.

A funny, friendship-filled novel with a cowboy twist!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shark Week! at the Greece Public Library




Can you just hear the music from Jaws looking at this picture?  Does thinking about sharks make your heart race?  Join us for some great SHARK WEEK fun at the Greece Public Library!  We are having programs for all ages to celebrate the Discovery Channel's Shark Week and get you pumped for the real thing.   On Wednesday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m., come and design a shark mouth t-shirt and design a necklace with real shark teeth.  Bring your own t-shirt.  You can also pose with our Monster Shark for a great photo op!  Bring your cell phones for this great selfie opportunity, or we can take one with our camera for you.  The movie Sharknado will be shown for inspiration! 




On Thursday, August 7 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. we will be making some shark inspired cuisine with the Tops Cooking School.  Registration is open for both of these programs, so be sure to sign up HERE.   Our weekly puzzle will also have a shark theme, and will be a "Jumble" type of puzzle.  Turn one in by Friday, August 8 by 5:00 p.m. to be included in the drawing for a Wegmans gift card and a free book!


While you are waiting, come on in and check out one of these great shark books!


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When Davey wakes, just as the sun is rising, he can't wait to slip out of the crammed hotel room he's sharing with his family. Leave it to his parents and kid brother to waste an entire day of vacation sleeping in! Davey heads straight for the beach, book and glasses in hand, not bothering to leave a note. As the sparkling ocean entices him, he decides to test the water, never mind that "No Swimming" sign. But as the waves pull him farther from shore, Davey finds himself surrounded by water -- and something else, too. Something circling below the surface, watching, waiting. It's just a matter of time.

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Meet the most incredible creatures in the sea Sharkopedia takes you inside the exciting world of sharks. From Discovery Channel, the people who bring you Shark Week every summer, learn everything there is to know about these awesome predators. The book includes more than 400 photos and all 498 known shark species.Which shark has been clocked swimming 55 miles per hour?What feeding habits give tiger sharks their nickname "garbage guts"?Which shark has 25 rows of super-sharp teeth in its mouth?

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Famous shark hunters and other adventurers speak for the first time about their dangerous encounters with these fearsome predators in this book chronicling shark attacks both on Australia's fatal shores and around the world. It records miraculous escapes as well—some so bizarre they defy belief, and some that display extraordinary courage in the face of extreme peril. The phenomenon of so-called "rogue" sharks that stalk and kill humans in numbers, in the same place, at the same time, is also investigated. With all viewpoints covered from shark hunters to conservationists, these gripping stories will both fascinate and frighten, taking the reader into the realm of creatures that have ruled the oceans with ruthless efficiency for more than 400 million years.












Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Reading Update: Stats and Prize Winners!

What a summer so far!  77 teens have read a total of 551 hours, and lots of people are winning prizes!  Keep reading and you may be one of them!  Be sure to do one of our weekly prizes for more chances to win.  This Week's puzzle is a crossword all about the book The Giver (coming to theatres next month!) so test your knowledge now!   Be sure to turn it in to the information desk by close of business on Friday, July 25th to be entered in the gift card drawing.  You'll win a free Giver prize pack, too!





Our week 2 winners of $25 iTunes cards were:


Mackenzie J., Kayla M. and Katherine T.


Week 3 winners of $25 Amazon gift cards were:


Lauren M., Isabella W., and Brennan Z.


Last week's graffiti puzzle winner was Christina L.  By the way, we had a great time with graffiti artist Mr. P, and he will be coming back to the library to do another spray demo at Arts Fest on Saturday, October 25th.  The picture he created on July 17th will soon be hanging in the Teen Space at the library.  What do you think?


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We've also had 5 teens earn free yogurts from the Soho Yogurt cafĂ©'.  You must read at least 24 hours to earn a certificate - a limit of one per teen.   So far Martha R., Andy L., Cheyenne Z., Erik J. and Christina L. have gotten certificates.  Keep reading!







Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Teen Tuesday: The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

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From the acclaimed author of "Amelia Lost" and "The Lincolns" comes more nonfiction at its very best--and a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards.
Here is the riveting story of the Russian Revolution as it unfolded. When Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew.
Deftly maneuvering between the lives of the Romanovs and the plight of Russia's peasants--and their eventual uprising--Fleming offers up a fascinating portrait, complete with inserts featuring period photographs and compelling primary-source material that brings it all to life. History doesn't get more interesting than the story of the Romanovs.


My thoughts:  I am reading this book right now, and really enjoying it.  I think everyone has heard the name Rasputin, and knows the legend of the Grand Duchess Anastasia, but this book really brings the facts to life.  I also enjoyed Amelia Lost, recommend both of these books to history lovers! Candace Fleming makes history come alive - these books are definitely not boring!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Middle School Monday: The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove

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She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous.

Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods. Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself.

Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack’s life, they are in danger of losing their own.

The Glass Sentence plunges readers into a time and place they will not want to leave, and introduces them to a heroine and hero they will take to their hearts. It is a remarkable debut.

Guest reviewer Children's Librarian Cathy Henderson says "Lots of action, and I HAD to keep reading to find out how it ended".  Recommended for readers who enjoy fantasy and adventure!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Teen Tuesday: Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker

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Sixteen-year-old Bird Barrett has grown up on the road, singing backup in her family's bluegrass band, and playing everywhere from Nashville, Tennesee to Nowhere, Oklahoma. One fateful night, Bird fills in for her dad by singing lead, and a scout in the audience offers her a spotlight all her own.

Soon Bird is caught up in a whirlwind of songwriting meetings, recording sessions, and music video shoots. Her first single hits the top twenty, and suddenly fans and paparazzi are around every corner. She's even caught the eye of her longtime crush, fellow roving musician Adam Dean. With Bird's star on the rise, though, tradition and ambition collide. Can Bird break out while staying true to her roots?

From Reviewer Arlene: 
Wildflower did an exceptional job of pulling in worthy themes into the novel to add depth and realism to the story. I appreciated learning about the physical, emotional and family strain fame brings to such a young star. Exhaustion from tabloid lies, long hours of songwriting, the stress of social media attention, and falling short of your family and friends’ expectations can be tough for anyone, especially someone as young as Bird. Wow! What a huge burden to place on such young shoulders.

I appreciated how throughout the entire novel Bird just wanted to do what was right for everyone involved in her life. She consistently showed that she wanted to help everyone she cared about and not let them down. As quickly as she realized fame, I liked the fact that Bird remained somewhat grounded. She was an easy character to care for, and she won my heart immediately. I loved the family dynamics that played out in the novel as well as the meaningful friendships that were fostered. Truly a story full of honest emotion and depth.


My thoughts:  I LOVE country music, and knew I wanted to read this book as soon I placed an order for it!  I'm not finished it yet, but it is definitely living up to the gorgeous cover in my mind.  Bird is a believable character, and I can't wait to find out how her story ends.  This book also is a appeals to people who think faith and family are really important - a good, clean summertime read! Suitable for middle and high school.




Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Reading Update! Puzzles, prize winners, and more

Teen Summer Reading has begun.  Are you one of the 60 teens that has already signed up?  If not, don't despair - it's not too late.  Just go to the Greece Public Library website, click on the Summer Reading icon and sign up!  If you have any questions, you can sign up in person here at the library.  Our next drawing for three $25 iTunes gift cards will take place on Monday, July 14th. 
Our week one winners for the three $25 Regal Movie gift cards were:  Chima D., Andy L., and Cheyenne Z.!  Congrats to them!  As of this morning, you all have read a total of 246 hours.  Keep up the good work!
We also have local artist Mr. P here on Thursday, July 17th at 6:30 pm.  Sign up HERE to see how he creates his work! Here are a few examples of his work!










In honor of his visit, our next Puzzle will be "Where's the Art?"  a matching puzzle of Rochester street art and where it is located.  You don't have to have all the answers correct to turn in your puzzle for a gift card drawing.  Just give it your best shot, and turn in your completed puzzle to the information desk at the library.  The puzzles are for Rochester teens aged 12-18.   The deadline for the first puzzle "Rochester Summer Time Top Ten Trivia" is 5 pm on Friday, July 11.  One lucky winner will get a $10 Wegmans giftcard, and a choice of a free book from my cart.  I went to the Public Library Association conference this year and got some great advance copies of books you will want to read!  Winners will be notified on Monday morning, July 14th.  Here are the links to the puzzles if you need to print one:
Week 1 Puzzle:  Rochester Trivia
Week 2 Puzzle:  Where's That Art?


In case you missed it, we had a great time last Tuesday, July 8th learning how to make sushi with the Tops Cooking School.  We have Tops coming back again in August for Shark Week Cuisine on Wednesday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m., and a "Death by Chocolate" class on Thursday, August 14 at 1:00 p.m. 




Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What's New in July in Teen Fiction!

New books were just put out on the shelf this morning!  Here's a selection of three new July Teen Fiction titles!


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The Icons came from the sky. They belong to an inhuman enemy. They ended our civilization, and they can kill us.  Most of us.

Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas are the four Icon Children, the only humans immune to the Icon's power to stop a human heart. Now that Los Angeles has been saved, things are more complicated - and not just because Dol has to choose between Lucas and Ro, the two great loves of her life. As she flees to a resistance outpost hidden beneath a mountain, Dol makes contact with a fifth Icon Child, if only through her visions. When Dol and the others escape to Southeast Asia in search of this missing child, Dol's dreams, feelings and fears collide in an epic showdown that will change more than just four lives -- and stop one heart forever.

In this riveting sequel to Icons, filled with nonstop action and compelling romance, bestselling author Margaret Stohl explores what it means to be human and how our greatest weakness can be humanity's strongest chance at survival.


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Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives. 


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Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter's come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I've watched the danger swell.

The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I'm the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I'm tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.

I'm tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don't know why. I think it's because death is coming for one of them, or both.

All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.  I am looking for the things that are buried.

From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Teen Tuesday: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han


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What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.


Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Middle School Monday: Loot by Jude Watson



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When master jewel thief Alfie McQuinn dies, his stashed set of clues and cryptic last words to March, his 12-year-old son and apprentice, mark the beginning of a race against time. The first clue leads March to discover his twin sister, Jules, a traveling circus acrobat. Tossed into a group home, they meet Darius, a juvenile delinquent with a soft spot for Izzy, a code-cracking hacker. The four join forces, busting out of the home and into a series of high-stakes heists to reclaim seven cursed moonstone gems once stolen by Alfie. The reward promised is a sizzling seven million bucks, enough to set them up with the home Alfie never lived to realize. The problem? There’s a curse on the twins, prophesied to culminate before their thirteenth birthday next week. Sassy narration, smart quips, pigeon drops, and slang worthy of an episode of Dragnet make this fast-paced tale of topsy-turvy antics a joy from beginning to end. Don’t try these high jinks at home, but give this book to anyone who loved the 39 Clues series.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

July Display: Road Trip!








This month's display will feature Teen books involving a road trip.  There is a new booklist available giving you some great reading suggestions.  Here are a few of my favorites, and a new book involving a road trip.

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Signed Skye Harper by Carol Lynch Williams

Life is just fine for fourteen-year-old Winston. She loves her dog, Thelma, and although she never knew her dad, and her mom left ten years ago in search of Hollywood fame, Winston has family with Nanny, who is in her forties, and that doesn't even make her old. But a "just fine" life gets a lot more exciting when a letter arrives from Skye Harper, aka Judith Fletcher, aka Winston’s mother. She needs help, and Nanny says the best way to give it is to take a cross-country road trip—in a "borrowed" motor home—to go find Mama once and for all. Winston’s not so sure about this plan, but with a cute stowaway named Steve along for company and an adventure on the horizon, this is sure to be a summer to remember.


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Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it's Amy's responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn't ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip - and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar - especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory - but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

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Paper Towns by John Green
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life — dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge — he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues — and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.
PS - Paper Towns will hit movie theatres in 2015 according to IMDB.




Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What I'm reading Wednesday: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

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Two years ago, sixteen-year-old Jamie Henry breathed a sigh of relief when a judge sentenced his older sister to juvenile detention for burning down their neighbor’s fancy horse barn. The whole town did. Because Crazy Cate Henry used to be a nice girl. Until she did a lot of bad things. Like drinking. And stealing. And lying. Like playing weird mind games in the woods with other children. Like making sure she always got her way. Or else.

But today Cate got out. And now she’s coming back for Jamie.

Because more than anything, Cate Henry needs her little brother to know the truth about their past. A truth she’s kept hidden for years. A truth she’s not supposed to tell.

Trust nothing and no one as you race toward the explosive conclusion of this gripping psychological thriller from the William C. Morris Award-winning author of Charm & Strange.


Thoughts:

Giselle says "It's a story that will make your skin crawl, an ending that made me want to pee myself, and a memorable quality that makes it all unforgettable."

Rayne says "This book is twisty, unsettling and intensely psychological. I definitely recommend it."


Me:  "This is one creepy book that will have you turning the pages to find out what happened. You sort of know from the start that Jamie has some very serious mental issues, but it takes awhile for the story to unfold. Very twisted and unsettling portrayal of mental illness."  recommended for older teens and adults.



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Teen Tuesday: The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson

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Robert "'Cali" Callahan is a teen runaway, living on the streets of Venice Beach, California. He's got a pretty sweet life: a treehouse to sleep in, a gang of surf bros, a regular basketball game...even a girl who's maybe-sorta interested in him.

What he doesn't have is a plan.

All that changes when a local cop recommends Cali to a private investigator who is looking for a missing teenager. After all, Cali knows everyone in Venice. But the streets are filled with people who don't want to be found, and when he's hired to find the beautiful Reese Abernathy, who would do anything to stay hidden, Cali must decide where his loyalties truly lie.

Sylvie says "Honestly, I would recommend this to someone who doesn't read a lot. A teenage guy (or girl who's not picky about if it's a romance or not!) who likes a mystery, a thrill, and a little bit of beach sand thrown in would enjoy this."


My thoughts:  a quick read, interesting characters, and an amateur detective...all in California.  A good summertime read!