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Archive for February, 2010

New Fiction

Posted by Kristi on February 27, 2010

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk  

Being a hefty, deaf newcomer almost makes Will Halpin the least popular guy at Coaler High. But when he befriends the only guy less popular than him, the dork-namic duo has the smarts and guts to figure out who knocked off the star quarterback. Will can’t hear what’s going on, but he’s a great observer. So, who did it? And why does that guy talk to his fingers? And will the beautiful girl ever notice him?

King of the Screwups by K.L. Going

Liam Geller is Mr. Popularity. Everybody loves him. But he’s got an uncanny ability to screw up in the very ways that tick off his father the most. When Liam is kicked out of the house, his father’s brother takes him in. What could a teenage chick magnet possibly have in common with his gay, glam rocker, DJ uncle who lives in a trailer in upstate New York? A lot more than you’d think. And when Liam attempts to make himself over as a nerd in a desperate attempt to impress his father, it’s his “aunt” Pete and the guys in his band who convince Liam there’s much more to him than his father will ever see.

Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson 

Ever since Mrs. Amberson, the former-aspiring-actress-turned-agent, entered Scarlett Martin’s life, nothing has been the same. She’s still in charge of the Empire Suite in her family’s hotel, but she’s now also Mrs. Amberson’s assistant, running around for her star client, Chelsea – a Broadway star Scarlett’s age with a knack for making her feel insignificant.  She’s also trying to juggle sophomore classes, her lab partner who is being just a little TOO nice, and getting over the boy who broke her heart.  In the midst of all this, her sister drops a bombshell that threatens to change her New York life forever…

Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers

It seems as if the only progress that’s going on at Progress juvenile facility is moving from juvy jail to real jail. Reese wants out early, but is he supposed to just sit back and let his friend Toon get jumped? Then Reese gets a second chance when he’s picked for the work program at a senior citizens’ home. He doesn’t mean to keep messing up, but it’s not so easy, at Progress or in life. One of the residents, Mr. Hooft, gives him a particularly hard time. If he can convince Mr. Hooft that he’s a decent person, not a criminal, maybe he’ll be able to convince himself.

The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz

Summer is here, and 16-year-old Allie, a self-professed music geek, is exactly where she wants to be: working full-time at Berkeley’s ultra-cool Bob and Bob Records. It’s the perfect setup for her to develop her secret identity as The Vinyl Princess, author of both a brand-new zine and blog. From the safety of her favorite place on earth, Allie is poised to have it all: love, music and blogging.  But business at Allie’s beloved record store is becoming dangerously slow—not to mention that there have been a string of robberies in the neighbourhood. At least her blog seems to be gaining interest, one vinyl junkie at a time…

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani

Viola doesn’t want to go to boarding school, but somehow she ends up at an all-girls school in South Bend, Indiana, far away from her home in Brooklyn, New York. There’s no way Viola’s going to survive the year—especially since she has to replace her best friend Andrew with three new roommates who, disturbingly, actually seem to like it there. She resorts to viewing the world (and hiding) behind the lens of her video camera.  Boarding school, though, and her roommates and even the Midwest are nothing like she thought they would be, and soon Viola realizes she may be in for the most incredible year of her life.  But first she has to put the camera down and let the world in.

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff

Life used to be so simple for Andrew Zansky–hang with the Model UN guys, avoid gym class, and eat and eat and eat. He’s used to not fitting in: into his family, his sports-crazed school, or his size 48 pants.  But not anymore. Andrew just met April, the instant love of his life! He wants to find a way to win her over, but how? When O. Douglas, the high school legend quarterback, saves him from getting beaten up, Andrew sees his chance to get in with the football squad.  Can a funny fat kid be friends with a football superstar? Can he win over the Girl of his Dreams? Can he find a way to get his mom and dad back together?  And how far should he go to be the person he really wants to be?


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MAC tomorrow night

Posted by Kristi on February 15, 2010

Just a reminder that Manga Anime Club is meeting as usual tomorrow night from 4:30 to 6:00. Plus, we’re back in the Community Room – hurrah! We’ll continue watching Tenchi Muyo and Sakura Wars. See you there!

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Hunger Games book three revealed!

Posted by Kristi on February 11, 2010


Great news for those of you who have read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire and are eagerly waiting for the third book in Suzanne Collins’ scifi trilogy – Scholastic has finally announced what the title of the third book will be on their blog.  Plus, they’ve revealed what the cover will look like, and are giving us a few “spoilers” of what will NOT be in the third book.   At first I was surprised by the light blue color and the image of a live mockingjay- very different from the dark, heavy feel of the previous two covers.  Perhaps this is a sign of hope for Katniss and the revolution against the Capitol?  I especially like how the circular design behind the mockingjay of the earlier books is now breaking up.  What do you guys think?

P.S. – If you’re looking for some good reads to tide you over until the release, don’t forget our Hunger Games Readalikes list.

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Un-Valentine’s Day Party

Posted by Kristi on February 8, 2010

Well, it looks like we might be getting slammed with snow tonight, so who knows what tomorrow will look like, but as of now we are still planning for our Un-Valentine’s Day party tomorrow night from 4 to 5:30 at the library!  Do you hate Valentine’s Day?  Are you tired of all the pink hearts and sickeningly sweet cards?  Then come on out and help us celebrate everything UN-Valentine’s Day!  Make your own un-valentines to give to friends, decorate broken heart cookies, knock the stuffing out of a heart pinata, and more.  Plus lots of candy (hey, we may hate Valentine’s Day, but we love the sugar)!

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Looking for a good book?

Posted by Kristi on February 4, 2010

For those looking for their next great read, but not sure where to start, I thought I’d post a reminder that we’ve got LOTS of lists of books for teens right here on the blog.  Just click on the “Books” tab at the top of this page and it’ll take you to a page with all kinds of options – fantasy, mysteries, historical fiction, nonfiction – we’ve got suggestions for any and all kinds of readers.  And for addicts of now-finished series (like Twilight or Harry Potter), we’ve got some great “Readalikes” suggestions for books with a similar feel.  You can also stop by the library and pick up one of our many brochures and bookmarks with more suggestions for teen reads.  And, as always, feel free to contact me if you’ve got a suggestion for a book you think I should add to the lists!

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