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Monday, December 10, 2018

New Additions to Teen Collection

Jonesy / by Sam Humphries & Caitlin Rose Boyle vol.2&3
                                                              (graphic novels)    
Jonesy Vol. 2           Jonesy's a typical disaffected teenager-- makin' zines nobody reads, posting pictures of her favorite pop groups on her blog, and watching anime on the weekends. But Jonesy has a secret-- she can make anybody fall in love with anyone-- or anything-- she wants! But there's only one catch-- Jonesy's powers don't work on herself, and she's gonna find out the hard way that shooting Cupid's arrow ain't all it's cracked up to be!

DeadEndia : the watcher's test / Hamish Steele
                                           (graphic novel)
                              DeadEndia: The Watcher's Test (Book 1)Barney needs a job and a place to live. Luckily, he finds both in Dead End, a theme park haunted house! Unfortunately, Dead End also serves as a portal to hell. Along with his best friend Norma and talking dog Pugsley, he must battle demonic party poopers, undead country singers and scariest of all: his love life.

On a sunbeam / Tillie Walden (graphic novel)        On a SunbeamA ragtag crew travels to the deepest reaches of space, rebuilding beautiful, broken structures to piece the past together. Two girls meet in boarding school and fall deeply in love, only to learn the pain of loss.

Kingdom of ash / Sarah J. Maas (throne of glass # 7)                Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass)
With Aelin locked in an iron coffin by Queen of the Fae Maeve, Aedion and Lysandra struggle to defend Terrasen, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian face their own fates, and Rowan seeks his captured wife and queen. The series concludes in a final epic battle.

Friday, November 9, 2018

A Bonanza of New Teen Fiction!

Unclaimed baggage / Jen DollUnclaimed BaggageDoris has mostly kept to herself since the terrible waterslide incident a few years ago. Nell had to leave behind her best friends, perfect life, and too-good-to-be-true boyfriend in Chicago to move to Alabama. Grant was the star quarterback whose drinking problem has all but destroyed his life. What do these three have in common? A summer job working in a store called Unclaimed Baggage, cataloging and selling other people's lost luggage. Will they unpack some of their own emotional baggage, and move on into the future?
The strange fascinations of Noah Hypnotik / David Arnold          The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik
This is Noah Oakman, sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend. Then Noah gets hypnotized. Now Noah sees changes--inexplicable scars, odd behaviors, rewritten histories--in all those around him. All except his Strange Fascinations.
Rule / Ellen Goodlett        Rule
The three secret daughters of the king of Kolonya must compete for their father's throne, all while evading a blackmailer who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets.
The war outside / Monica Hesse    The War Outside
Teens Haruko, a Japanese American, and Margot, a German American, form a life-changing friendship as everything around them starts falling apart in the Crystal City family internment camp during World War II.
Me and me / Alice Kuipers   Me and MeIn a canoe trip gone terribly wrong, the little girl that 17-year-old Lark babysits and the boy Lark is dating fall into the lake at the same moment. They are both drowning, and Lark can only save one of them in time. In this critical moment, Lark's world splits into two, and the rest of the novel takes us, in alternating sections, through the consequences of both choices. In one life, Lark and Alec are falling in love while Annabelle is hospitalized in a coma. In the other life, Annabelle is alive and well while Alec is at death's door. Lark's malfunctioning phone delivers messages from one life to the other, but it takes Lark a while to piece together what's going on. She needs to get back to the beginning, and complete a choice, to make her world whole again.
Sawkill Girls / Claire Legrand          Sawkill GirlsFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn comes a breathtaking and spine-tingling novel about three teenage girls who face off against an insidious monster that preys upon young women ...
A very large expanse of sea / Tahereh Mafi        A Very Large Expanse of Sea
Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl is tired of being stereotyped.
She is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her.
But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person who really seems to want to get to know her. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.
Walkabout / James Vance Marshall ; introduction by Lee Siegel.      Walkabout (New York Review Books Classics)
A plane crashes in the vast Northern Territory of Australia, and the only survivors are two children from Charleston, South Carolina, on their way to visit their uncle in Adelaide. Mary and her younger brother, Peter, set out on foot, lost in the vast, hot Australian outback. They are saved by a chance meeting with an unnamed Aboriginal boy on walkabout. 
Archenemies / Marissa Meyer   Archenemies (Renegades)As Nova, Adrian, and the rest of their crew face escalating crime in Gatlon City, covert weapons and conflicting missions have Nova and Adrian questioning not only their beliefs about justice, but also their feelings for each other.
Buried beneath the baobab tree / Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani ; with an afterword by Viviana Mazza.     Buried Beneath the Baobab TreeA new pair of shoes, a university degree, a husband -- these are the things that a girl dreams of in a Nigerian village. And with a government scholarship right around the corner, everyone can see that these dreams aren't too far out of reach. But the girl's dreams turn to nightmares when her village is attacked by Boko Haram, a terrorist group, in the middle of the night. Kidnapped, she is taken with other girls and women into the forest where she is forced to follow her captors' radical beliefs and watch as her best friend slowly accepts everything she's been told. Still, the girl defends her existence. As impossible as escape may seem, her life and her future is hers to fight for.
Broken things / Lauren Oliver        Broken Things    An unforgettable, mesmerizing tale of exquisite obsession, spoiled innocence, and impossible friendships. It's been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly. The only thing is: they didn't do it. On the anniversary of Summer's death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago--no matter how monstrous.
Seafire / Natalie C. Parker            SeafireAfter her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one misson: stay alive, and take down Aric's armed and armored fleet. But when Caledonia's best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all...or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?
This story is a lie / Tom Pollock     Seventeen-year-old mathematical genius Peter Blankman battles his lifelong panic attacks as he tries to find his missing twin sister, Bel, and those who nearly assassinated his mother, a famous scientist.
The raging ones / Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie   The Raging OnesIn a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds. Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she's never known. Like the entire world, she believes it's impossible to dodge a deathday. Until the day she does. Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him. Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court--which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny. With the threat of people learning they've dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space--against thousands of people far smarter, who'll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.
A Map of Days : a novel / Ransom Riggs                A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children)
(fourth novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children)
After having saved the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back in Florida with his peculiar friends, where they set out on a journey across America to discover the truth about Jacob's grandfather.
Skyward / Brandon Sanderson                  Skyward
When a long-term attack against her world by the alien Krell escalates, Spensa's dream of becoming a pilot may come true, despite her deceased father being labeled a deserter.
Dry / Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman  DryA lengthy California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, turning Alyssa's quiet suburban street into a warzone, and she is forced to make impossible choices if she and her brother are to survive.
A room away from the wolves / Nova Ren Suma                 A Room Away From the Wolves
Teenage Bina runs away to New York City's Catherine House, a young women's residence in Greenwich Village with a tragic history and dark secrets, where she is drawn to her mysterious downstairs neighbor Monet.
Sadie / Courtney Summers   SadieSadie's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated Colorado town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. When Mattie is found dead, and the police investigation is botched, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice. She hits the road following a few meager clues. When West McCray, a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America, hears Sadie's story, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.
Always never yours / Emily Wibberley, Austin Siegemund-Broka            Always Never YoursBetween rehearsals for the school play and managing her divided family, seventeen-year-old Megan meets aspiring playwright Owen Okita, who agrees to help her attract the attention of a cute stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script.
Fresh ink / edited by Lamar Giles Fresh Ink: An AnthologyAn anthology featuring award-winning diverse authors about diverse characters. Short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play explore such topics as gentrification, acceptance, untimely death, coming out, and poverty, and range in genre from contemporary realistic fiction to adventure and romance.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Check out the new books in the Teen Room
Grace and fury / Tracy Banghart           Grace and Fury
In an alternate world where women have no rights, two sisters face very different fates after an attempt to win the favor of the heir to the throne--one in the palace, the other on a volcanic prison island.
A heart in a body in the world / Deb Caletti         A Heart in a Body in the World
Annabelle is running. From Seattle to Washington, DC, through mountain passes and suburban landscapes, from long lonely roads to college towns. She's not ready to think about the tragedy from the past year, or The Taker that haunts her. But Annablle can't outrun it, and becomes a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to the trauma from her past. Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and two friends, she just keeps running. Will she finally face what lies behind her-- and what is to come?
Lies you never told me : a novel /  Jennifer Donaldson        Lies You Never Told Me
Told in alternating voices, two teenagers, one in Austin, Texas, and the other in Portland, Oregon, enter dangerous romantic relationships.
Dear Evan Hansen : the novel / Val Emmich with Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel
Evan goes from being a nobody to everyone's hero and a social media superstar after a chance encounter with Connor just before his suicide leads others to believe Evan was his only friend.
The handsome girl & the beautiful boy / B.T. Gottfred         The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy
Zee, whom everyone assumes is a lesbian, and Art, who everyone assumes is gay, form a complicated relationship in which they explore their sexuality and their own sense of personal identity.
Ruin of stars / Linsey Miller (Mask of shadows ; bk.2)    Ruin of Stars (Mask of Shadows Book 2)
As Opal, Sal now has the power, prestige, and ability to exact revenge, but must first identify the murderers while ignoring the fact that Elise is a virtual prisoner and the queen may have ulterior motives.
Dance of thieves / Mary E. Pearson           Dance of Thieves
A formidable outlaw family that claims to be the first among nations. A son destined to lead, thrust suddenly into power. Three fierce young women of the Rahtan, the queen's premier guard. A legendary street thief leading a mission, determined to prove herself. A dark secret that is a threat to the entire continent. A dark secret that is a threat to the entire continent. When outlaw leader meets reformed thief, a cat-and-mouse game of false moves ensues, bringing them intimately together in a battle that may cost them their lives--and their hearts
All of this is true : a novel / Lygia Day PeƱaflor           All of This Is True: A Novel
When Long Island teens Miri, Soleil, Penny, and Jonah befriend a bestselling YA novelist, they find their deepest, darkest secrets in the pages of her next novel, with devastating consequences. Told from different perspectives as interviews, journal entries, and book excerpts.
Rabbit & Robot / Andrew Smith Rabbit & Robot
Stranded aboard the lunar cruise ship Tennessee, Cager Messer and his best friend, Billy, both sixteen, are surrounded by insane robots while watching thirty simultaneous wars turn Earth into a toxic wasteland.
Little do we know / Tamara Ireland Stone          Little Do We Know
Told from two viewpoints, neighbors and former best friends Hannah and Emory, seventeen, must face what caused their rift after Hannah saves the life of Emory's boyfriend, Luke.
A Graphic Novel to enjoy!
Review: Catwoman      Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons Series)
Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons, #3)When the Bat's away, the Cat will play. It's time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .
Two years after escaping Gotham City's slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.
Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing's undoing. (publisher summary)
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. Here's a list of reason why:
Cover stories
Back stories
Plot Twists
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Friday, October 19, 2018

OverDrive Blogs : Your Brain on Audiobooks: Why Listening Matters 

Posted on: Thursday 18 October 2018 — 11:53
By: Annie Suhy, Outreach Specialist.
Before we are able to read, our parents read to us. We follow the story with our ears and the colorful illustrations spark our imaginations. Many have memories of parents, grandparents, siblings, or teachers reading to them as young children. Although I’ve never actually read The BFG by Roald Dahl with my own eyes, I can see the bone-crunching giant carrying little Sophie on his narrow shoulders, feel the warmth and worn comfort of my twin bed, and hear the funny voices of each character as my dad reads aloud. We consume books in this way until we are able to read on our own. But why stop listening? The exposure to language, vocabulary, and storytelling is vital to our learning at a young age, but those brain benefits associated with listening don’t end when we learn to read.
Studies show that these two different experiences, reading and listening, are strikingly similar cognitive processes. Some believe they obtain information more effectively from reading rather than listening, but as it turns out, it may just boil down to preference. According to University of Virginia Psychology Professor Dan Willingham, those who prefer reading may simply prefer the feel of a physical book over the spoken kind. The act of reading can carry pleasant associations, like curling up under the covers, but there is no innate talent for processing one format over the other.
Audiobooks for struggling readers
sora audiobookFor struggling readers, this is good news. One of the most cited studies published in the Journal of Educational Psychology reported that there was virtually no difference in overall comprehension when a story was either listened to or read. Keeping up with classmates in terms of grade-level content knowledge is vital for students when it comes to self-esteem and maintaining class participation.
But we do tend to consume audiobooks in much different settings than we do books, which can impact comprehension. While reading, we’re often in a quiet environment with our total focus on the book in our hands. While listening, we are more likely to be in the car, doing chores, exercising, or working. Multitasking is one of the main reasons why many seek audiobooks, but listeners may attribute their lack of concentration to the audiobook format itself instead of their busy environment. Classrooms can encourage full engagement by hosting listening centers in addition to reading areas so that students can immerse themselves in an audiobook, just as they might a traditional book.
The science of listening
Another study published in the Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior suggests that our brains may actually be able to create more imagery surrounding a story when we listen. The visual processing centers in our brain are at work taking in the written word as we read, which leaves less room for images. But when listening, the images come practically unbidden. Beginning readers naturally concentrate on processing the words as they learn to read, and therefore may not be able to give their full attention to the actual story they’re reading. Offering a chance to sometimes listen can help keep kids’ imaginations active, expose them to a broader vocabulary before they encounter the words on the page, and continue to foster a love of books and a motivation to read.