Monday, January 19, 2015

I've got a Scowl on my face for this one!!!

ScowlerScowler by Daniel Kraus

Imagine your father is a monster. Would that mean there are monsters inside you, too?

Nineteen-year-old Ry Burke, his mother, and little sister scrape by for a living on their dying family farm. Ry wishes for anything to distract him from the grim memories of his father's physical and emotional abuse. Then a meteorite falls from the sky, bringing with it not only a fragment from another world but also the arrival of a ruthless man intent on destroying the entire family. Soon Ry is forced to defend himself by resurrecting a trio of imaginary childhood protectors: kindly Mr. Furrington, wise Jesus, and the bloodthirsty Scowler.~Goodreads

This book was different from anything I've read in YA fiction. Honestly, I found it both intense and frustrating at the same time. There were so many moments that seemed to stretch out too long without full resolution of the problem at hand. I desperately wanted Ry to just do something, ANYTHING! This book was all at the same time, scary, heart-stopping,intense, and gruesome. You will wait in suspense, all the while willing someone in the family to fight back! This book is definitely not for the squeamish!

The biggest thing I didn't like, besides all the gore, was the introduction of the character "Scalper Jim", an Indian.  As a Nipmuck woman, I'm tired of imagery in books for young people that depict Native people in such a stereotypical way. Disappointed in Kraus for this depiction, as it does nothing but reinforce in young people distorted views of Native people and culture.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

The Chocolate Wars are coming to the CPL!!!!!

Un-Valentine program
Februaty 17th from 2:30-4:00
school vacation week

Tweens and teens ages 10 and up, join us for an afternoon of chocolate fun. Chocolate bingo, relay races, challenges and more!!!  Bring your appetite!   Call 822-9102 to register for this fun and delicious event.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Rhode Island Teen Book Award 2015!

What is RITBA?
RITBA is the Rhode Island Teen Book Award. Each year, a team of librarians chooses 20+ books which they feel are some of the best for teens published in the last couple of years. Then, Rhode Island teens between the ages of 12 and 18 vote for their favorite.

How do I participate?
Read at least 3 of the books on this year's list.  Then, in February, you will be able to vote for your favorite book by filling out a ballot in the library.

Click on a book title below to visit the library catalog page for that book, which includes a description and tells you whether the book is checked in.
Last year's winner was:
 The Fault in our Stars by John Green. 
Who will be the winner for 2015???  
It's up to you to decide!!!
Cast your vote in the YA area!

Rhode Island Teen Book Award 2015 Nominees

Sarah Crossan
Category: Teen Books

Hannah Barnaby
Category: Teen Books

Deborah Hopkinson
Category: Teen Books

Elizabeth Ross
Category: Teen Books

Ruta Sepetys
Category: Teen Books

Julie Berry
Category: Teen Books

Holly Goldberg Sloan
Category: Teen Books

S. J. Kincaid
Category: Teen Books

Emily Murdoch
Category: Teen Books

Rainbow Rowell
Category: Teen Books

Erin Saldin
Category: Teen Books

Melissa Keil
Category: Teen Books

Maggie Stiefvater
Category: Teen Books

Maria Padian
Category: Teen Books

Prudence Shen
Category: Teen Books

Morgan Matson
Category: Teen Books

Leigh Bardugo
Category: Teen Books

Brandon Sanderson
Category: Teen Books

Leila Sales
Category: Teen Books

Rhode Island Teen Book Nominees for 2015!!!

The Rhode Island Teen Book Award is a collaborative project of the School Librarians of Rhode Island (SLoRI) and the Rhode Island Library Assocation (RILA). 

The goal of the Rhode Island Teen Book Award is to promote quality literature for teens by highlighting well-written books that will be of interest to those between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age. It is the hope of the committee that by allowing teens to select the winner from each year's list of nominees, teens will be encouraged to not only read more, but also discuss the books they are reading with their friends and family at school, the local library, and at home.

Monday, January 12, 2015

My Strange Addiction!

Kiss of Broken GlassKiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Madeleine Kuderick’s gripping debut is a darkly beautiful and lyrical novel in verse, perfect for fans of Sonya Sones and Laurie Halse Anderson. Kiss of Broken Glass pulses with emotion and lingers long after the last page.

In the next seventy-two hours, Kenna may lose everything—her friends, her freedom, and maybe even herself. One kiss of the blade was all it took to get her sent to the psych ward for seventy-two hours. There she will face her addiction to cutting, though the outcome is far from certain.

When fifteen-year-old Kenna is found cutting herself in the school bathroom, she is sent to a facility for mandatory psychiatric watch. There, Kenna meets other kids like her—her roommate, Donya, who’s there for her fifth time; the birdlike Skylar; and Jag, a boy cute enough to make her forget her problems . . . for a moment. ~ Goodreads

I enjoyed this novel much more than I thought I would. For one thing, the whole idea of cutting oneself, is to me, something unimaginable, but through this poetic writing, I began to understand this unusual addiction. This book definitely gives insight into not only the addiction itself, but also the peer pressure felt by young people everyday. You will not be able to put this book down.

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Who doesn't love science fiction with a bit of romance?

Teen book review by Danielle

Danielle gives this book 5 gold stars!

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Book summary: 
Amy is cryogenically frozen for 300 years but wakes up early, drowning.  She finds that she is the victim of attempted murder.   While searching for friends, she falls in love with the leader of the ship.  Will she find out who tried to murder her and the reason for all the lies???   Read it find out!!!

Danielle would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who likes science fiction with a bit of romance.  

About the author:
Beth Revis is the author of science fiction and fantasy novels for teens. Beth's debut novel, Across the Universe, book one of the trilogy, launched from Penguin/Razorbill on January 11, 2011. The second book, A Million Suns came out in 2012, and the final book, Shades of Earth came out in January 2013. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Friday, December 19, 2014

What's New in YA fiction!!!!

We have loads of the newest releases in YA fiction at the Coventry Public Library!!!  Check out this list.  Click on the title and request a hold from our catalog!

Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown
Many generations ago, a mysterious cataclysm struck the world. Governments collapsed and people scattered, to rebuild where they could. A mutation, "the Change," arose, granting some people unique powers. Though the area once called Los Angeles retains its cultural diversity, its technological marvels have faded into legend. "Las Anclas" now resembles a Wild West frontier town where the Sheriff possesses superhuman strength, the doctor can warp time to heal his patients, and the distant ruins of an ancient city bristle with deadly crystalline trees that take their jewel-like colors from the clothes of the people they killed. Teenage prospector Ross Juarez's best find ever an ancient book he doesn't know how to read nearly costs him his life when a bounty hunter is set on him to kill him and steal the book. Ross barely makes it to Las Anclas, bringing with him a precious artifact, a power no one has ever had before, and a whole lot of trouble. 

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
When eighteen-year-old Marguerite Caine's father is killed, she must leap into different dimensions and versions of herself to catch her father's killer and avenge his murder

Visitors by Orson Scott Card
Rigg's journey comes to an epic and explosive conclusion as everything that has been building up finally comes to pass, and Rigg is forced to put his powers to the test in order to save his world and end the war once and for all

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material. This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.

Revealed by P.C. Cast & Kristin
Drastically altered after her fall, Neferet is now more dangerous than ever--and her quest for vengeance will wreak havoc on humans, as well as Zoey and her friends. Chaos is loosed in Tulsa and the House of Night is blamed. Can Zoey stop Neferet in time to keep her anger from escalating to full-on war? Or will someone else have to step in to take the fall?

Confessions: The Private School Murders by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Tandy Angel struggles to remember key details about her passionate love affair with the handsome son of a family enemy while tackling two cases including a wrongful homicide charge against her brother and a series of murders occurring on New York's Upper West Side.

Heir of Fire by Sarah Maas
Royal assassin Celaena must travel to a new land to confront a truth about her heritage, while brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world

Paper Airplanes by O'Porter
The story of the strong bond of friendship between two fifteen year-old schoolgirls in Guernsey in the mid-1990s, who became friends through their shared loneliness and dysfunctional families, despite their differences in personality and ambitions.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities

Sanctum by Madeleine Roux
Plagued by nightmares from their summer in the Brookline asylum, Dan, Abby, and Jordan return to New Hampshire College for a prosective students weekend, only to find themselves caught in a dark and dangerous mystery

The Spiritglass Charade by Coleen Gleason
In 1889 Evaline Stoker, Mina Holmes, and their time traveler friend, Dylan, are asked by the Princess of Wales to find out what happened to Robby Ashton, who may have drowned--but the reappearance of vampires in the heart of London threatens to become a more urgent problem.

The Devil's Intern by Donna Hosie
"Seventeen-year-old Mitchell discovers a time-travel device that will allow him to escape his internship in Hell's accounting office and return to Earth, but his plans to alter the circumstances of his own death take an unexpected turn when his three closest friends in Hell insist on accompanying him back to the land of the living"-- Provided by publisher.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Waterfall by Lauren Kate
Eureka, a girl whose tears have the power to raise the lost continent of Atlantis and who travels across the ocean with Cat, her family, and Ander, the gorgeous and mysterious Seedbearer who promises to help her, has the chance to save the world might have to give up everything--even love.

Jackaby by William Ritter
Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R.F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings, and she helps him delve into a case of serial murder which, Jackaby is convinced, is due to a nonhuman creature.

The Island of Excess Love by Francesca Lia Block
Pen, Hex, Ash, Ez, and Venice are living on hard work, companionship, and dreams in the pink house by the sea until a foreboding ship arrives and all start having strange visions of destruction and violence then, trance-like, they head for the ship and their new battles, with Pen using Virgil's epic Aeneid as her guide.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Teen book review

Abigail gave this book 5 stars!

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover 

by Ally Carter 

In this book by Ally Carter, Cammie and her friends almost get kidnapped on a roof in Boston.  They get really hurt and have to live with that moment in their minds for the rest of their lives.  Cammie's friend, Macy's mom, is over protective and sends agents to their school (Gallagher Academy), which is a spy school, to keep her safe.  On top of all this, in Boston, a guy named Zach kisses Cammie and now is always around to make sure she's okay.  Cammie has to deal with boy problems on top of all the spy problems she faces.

Why I would recommend this book:
I would recommend this book to people that like boy books and spy books, because it talks a lot about boy problems and being a spy at the same time.

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