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Thursday, April 19, 2018


AN ART WORKSHOP  for TWEENS and TEENS  (Grades 5-12)
Presented by POP UP ART SCHOOL.

We will take you step-by-step through the process of drawing a face using basic proportions. Then we will introduce how to modify the basics to create a unique face.

Registration required - please call 781-320-1045 or stop by the Info Desk on the 2nd floor to sign up!

Snacks provided!

3:00 - 5:00pm

Subsided by Mass Cultural Council and Friends of the Library.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

New Teen Titles:

 The language of thorns : midnight tales and dangerous magic / Leigh Bardugo         
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous MagicTravel to Grishnaverse, a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price. Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

 American panda / Gloria Chao          
American PandaA freshman at MIT, seventeen-year-old Mei Lu tries to live up to her Taiwanese parents' expectations, but no amount of tradition, obligation, or guilt prevent her from hiding several truths--that she is a germaphobe who cannot become a doctor, she prefers dancing to biology, she decides to reconnect with her estranged older brother, and she is dating a Japanese boy.

The Belles / Dhonielle Clayton        
The BellesIn the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. Camellia Beauregard wants to be the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But she soon finds that behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets. When the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia faces an impossible decision.

Wild beauty / Anna-Marie McLemore            
Wild Beauty: A NovelFor nearly a century the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds and lush estate gardens of La Pradera. They have a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. When a strange boy appears in the gardens, he is a mystery to Estrella and to her family, but he's even more a mystery to himself. He knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, they uncover secrets as dangerous as they are magical.

Twelve steps to normal / Farrah Penn ; foreword by James Patterson     
Twelve Steps to NormalUpon returning from a year in Oregon to Texas and her alcoholic father, Kira is distressed to find three of her father's rehab friends staying at her home, while her own friends seem distant.

Tempests and slaughter : a Tortall legend / Tamora Pierce         
Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, Book One)Arram Draper, Varice Kingsford, and Ozorne Tasikhe forge a bond of friendship that sees them through many changes as student mages at Imperial University of Carthak.

Want / Cindy Pon         
WantJason Zhou is trying to survive in Taipei, a city plagued by pollution and viruses, but when he discovers the elite are using their wealth to evade the deadly effects, he knows he must do whatever is necessary to fight the corruption and save his city.

After the shot drops Randy Ribay               
After the Shot DropsTold from alternating perspectives, Bunny takes a basketball scholarship to an elite private school to help his family, leaving behind Nasir, his best friend, in their tough Philadelphia neighborhood.

How dare the sun rise : memoirs of a war child / Sandra Uwiringiyimana ; with Abigail Pesta    How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War ChildThe author shares the story of her survival during the Gatumba massacre, despite losing her mother and sister, and how after moving to America she found healing through art and activism.
Call # YA BIO Uwiringiyimana

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Two popular teen books to enjoy. Available in the Teen Room.

Ms. Smith has been the librarian at Washington HS in Sioux Falls, SD, since 2005. She enjoys reading, watching K-Dramas, Harry Potter and hanging out with her family.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi             Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha)
Orisha was land created by the gods. Some humans were gifted with powers and called magis; each magi's gift depended on the powers (air, wind, etc.) of the god who bestowed it. For generations, magi used their powers to help humanity, but when the Orishan king became frightened of the magi's power, he decided to wipe them out. On the day known as "The Raid," every living magician was murdered, and the connection to magic was severed completely. Now the children born with magic potential, known as diviners and born with white hair that is impossible to hide, are called maggots and constantly fear for their lives.
Zelie's mother was a Reaper, a magi who controlled death. At age six, she watched the king's guards murder her mother during "The Raid." Born a diviner, Zelie has no rights and must constantly work to control her anger as she watches the repression of her people. Zelie is strong and outspoken, which always gets her in trouble. When a young girl with the key to unlocking magic begs her help, she knows it is dangerous but doesn't hesitate to protect her. The girl happens to be the king's daughter, Amari. Her theft sends them on a dangerous journey to bring back magic, with Amari's brother, Prince Inan, hot on their trail. The prince abhors magic, and he will stop at nothing to please his father and eradicate magic. With the future of magic in her hands, Zelie cannot afford to make mistakes. However, decisions are not black and white, especially when the human heart is involved.
Not only is Children of Blood and Bone the best new fantasy of 2018, it is also a groundbreaking addition to teen fantasy. Just like the recent Black Panther movie, this book is written by an African American author, telling an African story, with all black characters and themes that tie to the continued violence against black young men, and everyone will be enthralled by its superb storytelling. Every teen fantasy fan needs to read this phenomenal novel. Adeyemi's characters are unique, strong, yet flawed, and you cannot help cheering for them as the struggle to make their world a better place. Zelie and Amari are stunning as they grow to become the warriors of their destiny. The magic is powerful and fantastical, and Adeyemi's writing makes it feel authentic. As a fantasy fan and a supporter of diverse literature, I have been waiting and waiting for this book to be written, and now that it is, I just can't wait for the next one in the series. Highly, highly recommended!

Sythe by Neal Shusterman             Scythe (Arc of a Scythe)
Neal Shusterman's stunning novel, Scythe, is set in future world where they have cured death. If you get a Stage 4 cancer diagnosis, they can cure you. If you get hit by a bus, they can put you back together. Whatever happens, they can bring you back. Of course, with no one dying and everyone having babies, the world would quickly become overpopulated. Therefore, the world's leaders came together and created scythes. These are people who decide who is to be killed and not brought back. The scythe's live by a set of commandments very different from our own. #1: Thou shalt kill. #2: Thou shalt kill with no bias, bigotry, or malice aforethought. #3: Thou shalt grant an annum of immunity to the beloved of those who accept your coming. (This means if you do not resist your death, your family will have one year of protection from death.) #4. Thou shalt kill the beloved of those who resist. (If you fight death, the scythes will kill you and all you love.) This is the story of teens who have been chosen to be trained as scythes. As they get deeper in their training, they discover that when humans play god, bad things happen. I read this book over a year ago, and somehow, I never blogged about it even though it was one of the best books I had read in ages. Shusterman is the Willy Wonka of the teen literature world as he creates innovative plots in a world where there tends to be a lot of repetition. Prepare to be shocked and spellbound as you are sucked into this futuristic world where getting our greatest wish, a freedom from death, causes even greater suffering. The sequel, Thunderhead, was just published, and it has received rave reviews from my students. My students devour Scythe like candy and beg for more. I join them in saying, "Neal Shusterman, please, please keep writing your amazing novels!" Highly recommended!

Friday, March 16, 2018

New Teen Fiction added last week

A land of permanent goodbyes / Atia Abawi         
A Land of Permanent GoodbyesAfter their home in Syria is bombed, Tareq, his father, and his younger sister seek refuge, first with extended family in Raqqa, a stronghold for the militant group, Daesh, and then abroad.

The closest I've come / Fred Aceves            
The Closest I've ComeMarcos Rivas is desperate to escape the projects, his neglectful mother, and her abusive boyfriend, but when he is picked for a class at his high school targeting smart students who are underperforming, he initially resists.

A girl like that / Tanaz Bhathena               
A Girl Like ThatIn Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, sixteen-year-old half-Hindu/half-Parsi Zarin Wadia is the class troublemaker and top subject for the school rumor blogs, regularly leaving class to smoke cigarettes in cars with boys, but she also desperately wants to grow up and move out of her aunt and uncle's house, perhaps realizing too late that Porus, another non-Muslim Indian who risks deportation but remains devoted to Zarin, could help her escape. When the two end up dead in a car on a highway in Jeddah, it becomes clear she was far more than a "girl like that.

Echo after echo / Amy Rose Capetta        
Echo After EchoZara Evans has come to the Aurelia Theater, home to director Leopold Henneman, to play a dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that taught her everything she knows about love. When the director asks Zara to promise that she will have no outside commitments, no distractions, it's easy to say yes. But are the deaths at the theater accidents, or murder, or a curse that always comes in threes? When assistant lighting director Eli Vasquez, a girl made of tattoos and abrupt laughs and every form of light, looks at Zara it's hard not to fall in love.

Don't cosplay with my heart / Cecil Castellucci            
Don't Cosplay with My HeartEdan Kupferman's life is coming apart: her father is being "sequestered" because the company he works for in Hollywood is in legal trouble, her best friend is in Japan for the summer, and the boy she has a crush on is just plain confusing, so she escapes into the world of comics, and her favorite character, Gargantua--but when Kirk, a boy from her high school, gets her into the sold out ComicCon it starts to look like she might, with a little help, be able to take control of her life after all.

The book of pearl / Timothee de Fombelle           The Book of Pearl Joshua Pearl comes from a world that we no longer believe in-- a world of fairy tale. He knows that his great love waits for him there, but he is stuck in an unfamiliar time and place: an old-world marshmallow shop in Paris on the eve of World War II. As his memories begin to fade, Joshua seeks out strange objects: tiny fragments of tales that have already been told, trinkets that might possibly help him prove his own story before his love is lost forever.

Now is everything / Amy Giles                
Now Is EverythingWhen Hadley McCauley tries to take her own life after an explosive accident, her doctor, friends, family, and the investigator want to know what happened that day, but Hadley's not talking.
Let's talk about love / Claire Kann
In this young adult novel, Alice, afraid of explaining her asexuality, has given up on finding love until love finds her.

All we can do is wait  / Richard Lawson     All We Can Do Is Wait          In the hours after a bridge collapse rocks their city, four teens are forced to face their pasts and the prospect of very different futures as they wait at Boston General Hospital for news of their loved ones.

The big lie / Julie Mayhew               
The Big LieIn an alternate-world modern England under Nazi rule, sheltered teen Jessika Keller questions what it means to be good when she develops an attraction for her best friend, Clementine, an outspoken, radical girl who has drawn the attention of the Nazi regime.

Otherworld / Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller              
OtherworldAfter the newest set of virtual reality gear hits the market, Simon can't wait to test it out. But, when his friend Katherine suddenly disappears after being seen with men from the same gaming company, Simon must decide how far in the game he's willing to go to save her.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

New non-fiction.  
Self help

The mindful twenty-something : life skills to handle stress & everything else / Holly B. Rogers MD (call # YA 158.1 Rogers)
The Mindful Twenty-Something: Life Skills to Handle Stress…and Everything ElseStress is a modern-day epidemic, and with the tumult of busy schedules and major life changes that young adults experience, theyre particularly vulnerable to its negative effects. InThe Mindful Twenty-Something, the founder of the extremely popular Koru Mindfulness program developed at Duke University presents a unique, evidence-based approach to help twenty-somethings reduce stress and make important life decisions with respect to school, relationships, sex, career, and more with clarity and confidence.

Helping teens who cut : using DBT skills to end self-injury / Michael Hollander, PhD (call # YA 616.85 Hollander)
Helping Teens Who Cut, Second Edition: Using DBT® Skills to End Self-InjuryMichael Hollander, a leading expert on treatment for cutting, uses vivid stories to illustrate how out-of-control emotions lead some teens to hurt themselves, how DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) can help, and what other approaches can be beneficial. Parents get practical strategies for talking to teens about self-injury without making it worse, teaching them specific skills to cope with extreme emotions in a healthier way, finding the right therapist, and managing family stress. Incorporating the latest research, the revised edition offers a deeper understanding of the causes of self-injury.

Teens and eating disorders / Don Nardo  (call # YA 618.92 Nardo)     Teens and Eating Disorders (Teen Mental Health)
Examines the nature of eating disorders, including what causes them, what it is like to live with one, and how they can be treated.

Almost adulting : all you need to know to get it together (sort of) / Arden Rose (call # YA 646.7 Rose)
            Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of)A social media celebrity and lifestyle vlogger explains how to survive future adulthood, from how to travel alone to being in an actual relationship.

Obsessed : a memoir of my life with OCDAllison Britz 
 (call # YA BIO BRITZ)        Obsessed: A Memoir of My Life with OCDA brave teen recounts her debilitating struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder--and brings readers through every painful step as she finds her way to the other side--in this powerful and inspiring memoir. Until sophomore year of high school, fifteen-year-old Allison Britz lived a comfortable life in an idyllic town. She was a dedicated student with tons of extracurricular activities, friends, and loving parents at home. But after awakening from a vivid nightmare in which she was diagnosed with brain cancer, she was convinced the dream had been a warning. Allison believed that she must do something to stop the cancer in her dream from becoming a reality. It started with avoiding sidewalk cracks and quickly grew to counting steps as loudly as possible. Over the following weeks, her brain listed more dangers and fixes. She had to avoid hair dryers, calculators, cell phones, computers, anything green, bananas, oatmeal, and most of her own clothing. Unable to act "normal," the once-popular Allison became an outcast. Her parents questioned her behavior, leading to explosive fights. When notebook paper, pencils, and most schoolbooks were declared dangerous to her health, her GPA imploded, along with her plans for the future. Finally, she allowed herself to ask for help and was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder. This brave memoir tracks Allison's descent and ultimately hopeful climb out of the depths.

Cracked, not broken : surviving and thriving after a suicide attempt / Kevin Hines(call # YA BIO HINES)
This is an excellent resource for anyone who has suffered the devastation of a loved one’s suicide or suicide attempt. This book should be an inspiration and a comfort to those who are suffering directly with mental illness. And it is a tribute to those who have lost their lives to these illnesses. (New York Journal of Books)
Few new Teen Fiction. 
Trying to sort out feelings and relationships.

A taxonomy of love : a novel / Rachael Allen                 
Taxonomy of LoveThe moment Spencer meets Hope the summer before seventh grade, it's . . . something at first sight. He knows she's special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because of his Tourette syndrome, Spencer finally feels like he belongs. But as Hope and Spencer get older and life gets messier, the clear label of 'friend' gets messier, too. Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system of taxonomy. He wants to identify and classify their relationship, but in the end, he finds that life doesn't always fit into easy-to-manage boxes, and it's this messy complexity that makes life so rich and beautiful.

Love & other train wrecks / Leah Konen         Love and Other Train Wrecks
When their train breaks down during a snowstorm, Noah, a hopeless romantic, and Ammy, who refuses to believe in true love, are forced to travel together to reach their destinations.

The dangerous art of blending inAngelo Surmelis    The Dangerous Art of Blending In
Seventeen-year-old Evan struggles to deal with his mother's abuse and his new feelings for his friend Henry.