Friday, January 31, 2014

Feature & Follow # 9

Time for Book Spine Poetry again! Take a picture of your book spines spelling out something epic.

This is my home library and below is my epic spine poetry.

I actually did two poems....if you can call it that! A poet, I definitely am not!

Just my luck,
It happens every day
This book is overdue!

It whispers into the wilderness,
Stay a little longer,
Before I say goodbye...

Well, that was a lot harder than it appears! 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Teen Volunteer Opportunities at the Coventry Public Library!


    Celebrate "National Love Your Pet Day"
                      Volunteers Needed!
                        Grades 7 and up

Helpers are needed for the following event:
Love Your Pet ~ Paws and Claws
Children's Program

Thursday, February 20th
Volunteer Shift: 9:00-12:00

Please sign up in Youth Services or call 822-9102

Community Service Hours Available!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Short & Sweet and to the point!

Top Ten Tuesday: Short, sweet and to the point.

Bogged down again with school work now that the holidays are over?  We know it can be hard to find time to read so this week we’ve picked titles that are short (less than 250 pages), but have lots of action, mystery, suspense, romance and humor.

10. Magic Under Glass, by Jaclyn Dolamore: A wealthy sorcerer's invitation to sing with his automaton leads seventeen-year-old Nimira, whose family's disgrace brought her from a palace to poverty, into political intrigue, enchantments, and a friendship with a fairy prince who needs her help.

9. The Juvie Three, by Gordan Korman: Gecko, Arjay, and Terence, all in trouble with the law, must find a way to keep their halfway house open in order to stay out of juvenile detention.*

8. Word Nerd, by Susan Neilson: Ambrose lives with his overprotective mom, who decides to home school him after someone slips a peanut into his sandwich – despite his deathly peanut allergy.  This self-professed “friendless nerd” meets Cosmo, the son of his landlords , who has just been released from jail.  The two form an unlikely friendship that includes self-defense lessons and Scrabble tournaments.

7.If I Stay, by Gayle Forman: While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

6. Take Me to the River, by Will Hobbs: When North Carolina fourteen-year-old Dylan Sands joins his fifteen-year-old cousin Rio in running the Rio Grande River, they face a tropical storm and a fugitive kidnapper.

5 .Z for Zachariah, by Robert. C. O’Brian: Seemingly the only person left alive after the holocaust of a war, a young girl is relieved to see a man arrive into her valley until she realizes that he is a tyrant and she must somehow escape

4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams: This is the story of Arthur Dent, who, seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, is plucked off the planet by his friend, Ford Prefect, who has been posing as an out-of-work actor for the last fifteen years but is really a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Together they begin a journey through the galaxy aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with the words don't panic written on the front. ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.")*

3. Trash, by Andy Mulligan: Fourteen-year-olds Raphael and Gardo team up with a younger boy, Rat, to figure out the mysteries surrounding a bag Raphael finds during their daily life of sorting through trash in a third-world country's dump.*

2. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die, by April Henry:  She woke up to hear two men arguing about killing her.  She doesn’t know who she is and why she is there, only that she must and escape and find some answers.

1. Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick, by Joe Schreiber:  Perry is stuck taking Gobi, a geeky foreign exchange student to the prom.  Only he discovers Gobi has plans entirely different from dancing and punch – plans that take them all over Manhattan and are complete with car chases and hitmen.  (The ssequel is just as exciting and is only 224 pages!)

 What do you think?  What are your go to books for a read that’s short and sweet?

All summaries followed by an asterisk (*) are from the OSL Catalog.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Red Cross Babysitter's Course for ages 11-15

Book Review ~ How to save a Life by Sara Zarr

About the book:  How to Save a life by Sara Zarr

When high-school-senior Jill MacSweeney learns that her widowed mother has agreed to an open adoption no lawyers, no agencies, no background checks, no binding agreements she is appalled and even more grief-stricken. Of course, her mom is lonely, but you can't just replace your husband her dad with a baby! To make matters worse, the baby's mother, Mandy, will live with Jill and her mother in the last month of her pregnancy. Told in the alternating voices of Jill and Mandy, this multilayered, complex story of life, death, and the meaning of family will simultaneously distress and gratify. The characters are achingly human. Jill, bewildered at the unexpected death of her father, has shut out her friends completely. Her mother, so ready to nurture and care for another, finds herself unable to cross the barrier of silence and grief Jill has constructed. Mandy needs a mother, not a baby, and cannot bear the thought of giving up this suddenly secure life that she has happened upon a life her new baby will enjoy without her. Filled with so many frustrations, so many dilemmas needing reasonable solutions, and so much hope and faith in the midst of sadness, Zarr's novel is a rich tapestry of love and survival that will resonate with even the most cynical readers.--Bradburn, Frances Copyright 2010 Booklist Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service.

About the author:  Sara Zarr was raised in San Francisco, California, and now lives with her husband in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the author of Once Was Lost , Sweethearts, and the National Book Award finalist Story of a Girl.

My thoughts: I enjoyed this book a lot.  Sara Zarr made the characters so believable.  I found myself really feeling for both Jill and Mandy and all that each were going through. I was very happy with the ending especially since it played out exactly as I kept hoping it would...something that rarely happens in books.  The summary above doesn't mention Ravi, but he's another character from the story that I really liked a lot, I think you will too.  Especially you young ladies!!!!  He's super cute!

Book Trailer:

Friday, January 24, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday #8

This week's question is:
 What books are you looking forward to reading in 2014?

I am very much dying to read:
Hollow City by Ransome Riggs- this is the second book to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Childern, which was fantastic.

I'm also waiting for Cress by Marissa Meyer. This is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles which I adore! I think this comes out in May.

Lastly, I really, really, really cannot wait to read the third book in the Ascendance trilogy. I loved the False Prince and the Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen. Very much looking forward to the Shadow Throne!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Too Ten Tuesday: Not another Series!

It seems that every other book is the start of a series, trilogy or companion of some kind, especially in the sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery genres.  So, focusing on those genres, we’ve got our top ten books that stand alone – no follow-up required. 

10. Drought, by Pam Bachorz: Ruby's blood holds the secret to the Water that keeps her and her fellow Congregants alive and enriches Darwin West, who has enslaved them for two centuries, but when her romance with an Overseer, Ford, brings her freedom in the modern world, she faces a terrible choice.

9. The Night She Disappeared, by April Henry: Told from various viewpoints, Gabie and Drew set out to prove that their missing co-worker Kayla is not dead, and to find her before she is, while the police search for her body and the man who abducted her.

8. The Replacement, by Brenna Yovanoff: Sixteen-year-old Mackie Doyle knows that he replaced a human child when he was just an infant, and when a friend's sister disappears he goes against his family's and town's deliberate denial of the problem to confront the beings that dwell under the town, tampering with human lives.

7. Mojo, by Tim Tharp: All Dylan wants is mojo. What is mojo? It's power. The ability to command respect. It's everything Dylan doesn't have. He gets no respect at school, and when he finds the dead body of a classmate, even the police push him around. All the thanks he gets for trying to help the investigation with his crime drama skills is a new nickname at school: Body Bag. So when Dylan hears about a missing rich girl from the other side of town, he jumps at the chance to dive into this mystery. Surely if he cracks a case involving a girl this beautiful and this rich, he'll get not only a hefty cash reward, but the mojo he's looking for.

6. Team Human, by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan: Residing in New Whitby, Maine, a town founded by vampires trying to escape persecution, Mel finds her negative attitudes challenged when her best friend falls in love with one, another friend's father runs off with one, and she herself is attracted to someone who tries to pass himself off as one.

5. iBoy, by Kevin Brooks: Sixteen-year-old Tom Harvey was an ordinary Londoner until an attack that caused fragments of an iPhone to be embedded in his brain, giving him incredible knowledge and power, but using that power against the gang that attacked him and a friend could have deadly consequences.

4. In the Shadow of Blackbirds, by Cat Winters:In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns.

3. Drink, Slay, Love, by Sarah Beth Durst: After sixteen-year-old vampire Pearl Sange is stabbed through the heart by a were-unicorn, she develops non-vampire-like traits that lead her to save her high school classmates from the Vampire King of New England.

2. Maggot Moon, by Sally Gardner:” An unlikely teenager risks all to expose the truth about a heralded moon landing. What if the football hadn't gone over the wall. On the other side of the wall there is a dark secret. And the devil. And the Moon Man. And the Motherland doesn't want anyone to know. But Standish Treadwell--who has different-colored eyes, who can't read, can't write, Standish Treadwell isn't bright--sees things differently than the rest of the "train-track thinkers." So when Standish and his only friend and neighbor, Hector, make their way to the other side of the wall, they see what the Motherland has been hiding. And it's big."

1. Chime by Franny Billingsley: I n the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister's horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.

What are your thoughts?  Does anyone else wish there was a follow up to any? (I want more Chimed!!!)

All descriptions are from the OSL Catalog.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Are you interested in Minecraft?

So, I've been thinking about planning a teen Minecraft night at the library during Teen Tech Week (March 9-15).   If you are interested leave a message in the comments!  Thanks!!!!!

TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: TPiB: Teen Tech Week on a Shoe String

TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: TPiB: Teen Tech Week on a Shoe String: Teen Tech Week is March 9-15 and it is coming up FAST! The theme for this year is DIY @ Your Library and you can uptech it or downtech it...

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Book Review ~ See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles

About the Book: Starting middle school brings all the usual challenges - until the unthinkable happens, and Fern and her family must find a way to heal. Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. It seems as though everyone in her family has better things to do than pay attention to her: Mom (when she's not meditating) helps Dad run the family restaurant; Sarah is taking a gap year after high school; and Holden pretends that Mom and Dad and everyone else doesn't know he's gay, even as he fends off bullies at school. Then there's Charlie: three years old, a "surprise" baby, the center of everyone's world. He's devoted to Fern, but he's annoying, too, always getting his way, always dirty, always commanding attention. If it wasn't for Ran, Fern's calm and positive best friend, there'd be nowhere to turn. Ran's mantra, "All will be well," is soothing in a way that nothing else seems to be. And when Ran says it, Fern can almost believe it's true. But then tragedy strikes- and Fern feels not only more alone than ever, but also responsible for the accident that has wrenched her family apart. All will not be well. Or at least all will never be the same.

About the Author:  Jo Knowles is the author of the YA novels Lessons from a Dead Girl and Jumping Off Swings . The recipient of the 2005 PEN Literary Award, she lives in Vermont.

My Thoughts:  I thought this book was a little hard to get into at first.  The author seemed to spend a lot of time describing the family dynamics of Fern’s family.  This all makes sense as you get further and further into the story because everything changes when tragedy strikes. This book made me cry as I wondered what I would do, or how I would handle a similar situation.  Would I be like Fern’s mom? Would I be like Dad, Fern, Holden or Sarah?  I recommend this book to anyone.  Very good!

Book Trailer:

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Isabella (grade 9) is our winner for the month of December.  She submitted a wonderful book review of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and was chosen to win a FREE book! 

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Keep an eye out for these awesome books being released in 2014!

Keep an eye out for these awesome books coming out in 2014! 
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Check it out on Goodreads here.
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Check it out on Goodreads here.
Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Check it out on Goodreads here.
On the Fence by Kasie West
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Check it out on Goodreads here
Landry Park by Bethany Hagen
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Check it out on Goodreads here
Hexed by Michelle Krys
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Check it out on Goodreads here
The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Check it out on Goodreads here
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Release Date: April 8, 2014
Check it out on Goodreads here
The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Check it out on Goodreads here.
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Check it out on Goodreads here.
Happy reading!
P.S. Which one are you most excited for?
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Get Your Tissues Ready! These Books are Sure to Make You Cry!

Top 10 Tuesday!

The Whole Stupid Way We Are by N. Griffin: What happens when everything you've got to give isn't enough to save someone you love? It's Maine. It's winter. And it's FREEZING STINKIN' COLD Dinah is wildly worried about her best friend, Skint. He won't wear a coat. Refuses to wear a coat. It's twelve degrees out, and he won't wear a coat. So Dinah's going to figure out how to help. That's what Dinah does--she helps. But she's too busy trying to help to notice that sometimes, she's doing more harm than good. Seeing the trees instead of the forest? That's Dinah. And Skint isn't going to be the one to tell her. He's a helper guy too. He's worried about a little boy whose dad won't let him visit his mom. He's worried about an elderly couple in a too-cold house down the street. But the wedge between what drives Dinah and what concerns Skint is wide enough for a big old slab of ice. Because Skint's own father is in trouble. Because Skint's mother refuses to ask for help even though she's at her breaking point. And because Dinah might just decide She thinks she's cracking through a sheet of ice, but what's actually there is an entire iceberg.

Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson: Laurel Daneau has moved on to a new life, in a new town, but inside she's still reeling from the loss of her beloved mother and grandmother after Hurricane Katrina washed away their home. Laurel's new life is going well, with a new best friend, a place on the cheerleading squad and T-Boom, co-captain of the basketball team, for a boyfriend. Yet Laurel is haunted by voices and memories from her past. When T-Boom introduces Laurel to meth, she immediately falls under its spell, loving the way it erases, even if only briefly, her past. But as she becomes alienated from her friends and family, she becomes a shell of her former self, and longs to be whole again. With help from an artist named Moses and her friend Kaylee, she's able to begin to rewrite her story and start to move on from her addiction. Incorporating Laurel's bittersweet memories of life before and during the hurricane, this is a stunning novel by one of our finest writers. Jacqueline Woodson's haunting - but ultimately hopeful - story is beautifully told and one readers will not want to miss.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: TIME Magazine's #1 Fiction Book of 2012! #147; The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it's also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness." #151;Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

See You at Harry’s by JoKnowles: Starting middle school brings all the usual challenges - until the unthinkable happens, and Fern and her family must find a way to heal. Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. It seems as though everyone in her family has better things to do than pay attention to her: Mom (when she's not meditating) helps Dad run the family restaurant; Sarah is taking a gap year after high school; and Holden pretends that Mom and Dad and everyone else doesn't know he's gay, even as he fends off bullies at school. Then there's Charlie: three years old, a "surprise" baby, the center of everyone's world. He's devoted to Fern, but he's annoying, too, always getting his way, always dirty, always commanding attention. If it wasn't for Ran, Fern's calm and positive best friend, there'd be nowhere to turn. Ran's mantra, "All will be well," is soothing in a way that nothing else seems to be. And when Ran says it, Fern can almost believe it's true. But then tragedy strikes- and Fern feels not only more alone than ever, but also responsible for the accident that has wrenched her family apart. All will not be well. Or at least all will never be the same.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Jim Kay and inspired by Siobhan Dowd: An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting-- he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd-- whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself-- Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today's foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman's If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person's life can affect so many others. For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12--"Cupid Day"--should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is...until she dies in a terrible accident that night. However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined. Named to numerous state reading lists, this novel was also recognized as a Best Book of the Year by, Barnes & Noble, The Daily Beast, NPR, and Publishers Weekly.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: Laurie Halse Anderson's award-winning, highly acclaimed, and controversial novel about a teenager who chooses not to speak rather than to give voice to what really happened to her marks ten years in print with this special anniversary edition. Bonus material created for this edition includes a new introduction and afterword from the author, resources, and discussion guide. Will also include a preview of Anderson's newest book, Wintergirls . The quintessential edition for all fans of this powerfully moving book.

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous: Based on the diary of a fifteen-year-old drug user chronicling her struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.

Cut by Patricia McCormick: This debut novel deals boldly with mental illness and is by turns riveting, thrilling, and heartbreaking. Teens will relate to the adolescent drama and “all-important friends” as the main character tries to "cut" it. The bittersweet tale will resonate in the turbulent world of young adults and its readers will find hope in the uplifting end.


Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick: This National Book Award nominee from two-time finalist Patricia McCormick is the unforgettable story of Arn Chorn-Pond, who defied the odds to survive the Cambodian genocide of 1975-1979 and the labor camps of the Khmer Rouge. Based on the true story of Cambodian advocate Arn Chorn-Pond, and authentically told from his point of view as a young boy, this is an achingly raw and powerful historical novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace. It includes an author's note and acknowledgments from Arn Chorn-Pond himself. When soldiers arrive in his hometown, Arn is just a normal little boy. But after the soldiers march the entire population into the countryside, his life is changed forever. Arn is separated from his family and assigned to a labor camp: working in the rice paddies under a blazing sun, he sees the other children dying before his eyes. One day, the soldiers ask if any of the kids can play an instrument. Arn's never played a note in his life, but he volunteers. This decision will save his life, but it will pull him into the very center of what we know today as the Killing Fields. And just as the country is about to be liberated, Arn is handed a gun and forced to become a soldier.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Book Review ~ This is Not a Test ~ An Apocalyptic Tale

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
About the Book:
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?

About the author:
Courtney Summers is the author of young adult novels including Fall for Anything , Some Girls Are , and Cracked Up to Be . She lives and writes in Canada, where she divides her time between a piano, a camera, and a word-processing program when she's not planning for the impending zombie apocalypse.

My thoughts: I thought this book was great! It's the end of the world and six students take refuge inside of their school while zombies pound on the door trying to get in. To Sloan Price, whose life isn't worth living anyway, this doesn't seem so bad...she just wants to end it all.  This book grips you and you just want to keep reading to find out why Sloan just wants to die.  Read it and you'll want to find out too.  You'll also discover if she decides to live after all or if she just gives in.

Book trailer:

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Feature and Follow Friday ~

My Blogger Resolution List for 2014!
Here are a few things that I will endeavor to do with regard to the Coventry teen Underground blog in 2014.
  1. 1. To Blog at least 4 days a week (I blog as part of my position as YA librarian at the Coventry Public Library and I don't work every day).
  2. To read blogs by others in the field and comment and/or follow them.
  3. To get more teens from the library to follow this blog.
  4.  To read at least one book per week to blog about.
  5. Get more teens to submit student reviews.
  6. Maybe host a contest...still thinking on this.