Friday, February 28, 2014

New YA books coming soon to the CPL

Had enough of winter?  Kick off the Spring season with a fresh new read!!!!  Check these out!!!

Her Dark Curiosity, by Meghan Shepherd

Evertrue, by Brodi Ashton

No Place, by Todd Strasser

Into the Still Blue, by Veronica Rossi

No One Else Can Have You, by Kathleen Hale

Vitro, by Jessica Khoury

Uncrashable Dakota, by Andy Marino

Killer of Enemies, by Josheph Bruchac

One Crow Alone, by SD Crockett

The Midnight Dress, by Karen Foxlee

Cress, by Marissa Meyer

Save the Enemy, by Arin Greenwood

And We Stay, by Jenny Hubbard

Hero, by Alethea Kontis

Time After Time, by Tamara Ireland Stone

The Scar Boys, by Len Vlahos

Masks, by E.C. Blake

Navigating Early, by Clare Vanderpool

Kingdom of Little Wounds, by Susann Cokal

Charm & Strange, by Stephanie Kuehn

Little Blue Lies, by Chris Lynch

Tales from my Closet, by Jennifer Anne Moses

In the River of Darkness, by Marlene Roder

The Shadow Throne, by Jennifer A Nielsen

Twilight V. 7, by Brad Meltzer

Last Gleaming V. 8, by Joss Whedon

Stephanie Meeks Barta

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Teen Book Review Thursday by Kyra (grade 9)


The Coventry Public Libray says thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

Back When You Were Easier to Love by Emily Wing Smith

This was a fantastic book about a girl named Joy who moves to Haven, a small Mormon town, and leaves behind everything about her old town in California. In her new town she meets the perfect guy, Zan. He is sweet and helpful and everything she thought she ever wanted. But then he leaves with no explanation but ʺi need to get away from this. All of itʺ. Joy is sure that he couldn't have needed to get away from her too, or could he? She needs closure. So she sets off on a road trip to find him with Zan's annoying best friend Noah. Joy can't stand Noah. He's the picture perfect model of a popular guy. Joy hates that, but as the days go by and she gets to know him better, she wonders if he's really the guy she thought he was...but what about Zan? This was easily one of the best books I have ever read and if I was to rate it i would give it a 6 out of 5.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

All the excitement, none of the naughty.

Top 10 Books that Won't Make You Blush

Popular Books for Young Adults

*List Compiled by YALSA

Alender, KatieBad Girls Don't Die.  Hyperion Books.  2010. In Alender's character-driven debut, outsider Alexis notices strange things occurring in her house and with her younger sister, Kasey. Alexis soon realizes that her life--and her family's--is creeping from dysfunction into danger, in this gripping new thriller.

Bodeen, S.AThe Compound.   Square Fish.  2009. Eli and his family have lived in the Compound for six years. nbsp; The world they knew is gone. nbsp; Eli's father built the Compound to keep them safe. Now, they can't get out. nbsp; He won't let them.  The Compound is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.


Farraiolo, Jack Sidekicks.  Harry N. Abrams.  2012.  Batman has Robin, Wonder Woman has Wonder Girl, and Phantom Justice has Bright Boy, a.k.a. Scott Hutchinson, an ordinary schoolkid by day and a superfast, superstrong sidekick by night, fighting loyally next to his hero.nbsp; But after an embarrassing incident involving his too-tight spandex costume, plus some signs that Phantom Justice may not be the good guy he pretends to be, Scott begins to question his role. With the help of a fellow sidekick, once his nemesis, Scott must decide if growing up means being loyal or stepping boldly to the center of things. Praise for Sidekicks

Gier, Kirsten. Ruby Red.  Square Fish.  2012. Sixteen-year-old Gwyneth discovers that she, rather than her well-prepared cousin, carries a time-travel gene, and soon she is journeying with Gideon, who shares the gift, through historical London trying to discover whom they can trust.

    Hale, ShannonCalamity Jack. Illus. Nathan Hale.  Bloomsbury.  2010. Jack likes to think of himself as a criminal mastermind...with an unfortunate amount of bad luck. A schemer, plotter, planner, trickster, swindler...maybe even thief? One fine day Jack picks a target a little more giant than the usual, and one little bean turns into a great big building-destroying beanstalk. With help from Rapunzel (and her trusty braids), a pixie from Jack's past, and a man with inventions from the future, they just might out-swindle the evil giants and put his beloved city back in the hands of good people ....while catapulting themselves and readers into another fantastical adventure.

Langan, JohnSearch for Safety (Bluford High).  Scholastic.  2012.  Bluford High: It's not just school--it's real life. There's no escape for Ben McKee. For weeks, he's covered the bruises on his body. He's even lied to his teachers and new friends at Bluford High. But the trouble in Ben's house isn't going away. And if he doesn't act soon, it could swallow him and his mother forever.


Northrop, Michael. Trapped. Scholastic. 2012. The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. That for those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive. . . . Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn't seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially when distractingly hot Krista and Julie are sleeping just down the hall. But then the power goes out, then the heat. The pipes freeze, and the roof shudders. As the days add up, the snow piles higher, and the empty halls grow colder and darker, the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision. . . .

Schmidt, GaryThe Wednesday Wars Sandpiper.  2009. The Wednesday Wars is a wonderfully witty and compelling story about a teenage boy's mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967-68 school year in Long Island, New York. Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader at Camillo Junior High, who must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher, Mrs. Baker, while the rest of the class has religious instruction. Mrs. Baker doesn't like Holling--he's sure of it. Why else would she make him read the plays of William Shakespeare outside class? But everyone has bigger things to worry about, like Vietnam. His father wants Holling and his sister to be on their best behavior: the success of his business depends on it. But how can Holling stay out of trouble when he has so much to contend with? A bully demanding cream puffs; angry rats; and a baseball hero signing autographs the very same night Holling has to appear in a play in yellow tights! As fate sneaks up on him again and again, Holling finds Motivation--the Big M--in the most unexpected places and musters up the courage to embrace his destiny, in spite of himself.

Telgemeier, Raina Smile. Graphix.  Illus. Raina Telgemeier. From the artist of BSC Graphix comes this humorous coming-of-age true story about the dental drama that ensues after a trip-and-fall mishap. Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there's still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.

*Van Draanen, Wendelin The Running Dream.  Ember. $9.99.  Winner of the 2012 Schneider Family Book Award Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run? As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborg-like prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don't know what to say, act like she's not there. Which she could handle better if she weren't now keenly aware that she'd done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she's missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her. With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that's not enough for her now. She doesn't just want to cross finish lines herself--she wants to take Rosa with her. From the Hardcover edition.

*click titles to locate in the OSL catalog

Monday, February 24, 2014

Book Review ~ Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

Dash and lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

About the book: "I've left some clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don't, put the book back on the shelf, please." So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions? Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

My thoughts: This book was super cute! I really enjoyed it and kept wishing such a thing had happened to me.  I imagine what it would be like to find a notebook filled with clues to be solved by perusing the shelves of a bookstore or library (my favorite places in the world)! I highly recommend this book.  Love can be found in the most unusual of places and when you least expect it!  This book proves it.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

FF Friday #9 ~ The Last Book that Made Me Cry

The Last Book that made me cry was Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.

This book,  set over the course of one school year in 1986, is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.  This book made me remember my first love and made me realize that Rowell must remember hers too and what it feels like to fall in love that first time.  This book made me feel ALL THE EMOTIONS!

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Boarding Schools to Summer Camps

Books about Leaving home to find yourself.  These books were selected by the YALSA (Young Adult Library Service Association).

Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

YALSA's Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults is presented annually after the Midwinter Meeting. The 2013 list of 90 titles is arranged by the following four topics:
Boarding Schools to Summer Camps: Leaving home to find.
Gowns, Greasepaint and Guitars: Not the same old song and dance.
I'm New Here Myself: A generation, caught between nations.
More Books that Won't Make You Blush: All of the excitement, none of the naughty.
The committee also created a top ten list, denoted here by an asterisk.

Archer, LilyThe Poison Apples.  Square Fish.  2009.
At an elite Massachusetts boarding school, three fifteen-year-old girls of very different backgrounds discover a common bond and form a club to plot revenge against their evil stepmothers.
Barkley, Brad and Hepler, HeatherDream Factory.  Speak.  2009. 
Alternating chapters present the view points of two teenagers who find summer employment as costumed cartoon characters at Disney World and try to resist falling in love.

Brian, Kate.   Private.  Simon and Schuster.  2006.
What will you give up to fit in?

Caine, RachelGlass Houses (Morganville Vampires).  NAL.  2007.
College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation, where the popular girls never let her forget just where she ranks in the school's social scene: somewhere less than zero. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life. But they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood.

Cashore, Kristin Fire  Firebird.  2009.
In a kingdom called the Dells, Fire is the last human-shaped monster, with unimaginable beauty and the ability to control the minds of those around her, but even with these gifts she cannot escape the strife that overcomes her world.

Cast, P.C. & Kristin CastMarked St. Martin's Griffin.  2007.
The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampires have always existed. In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire--that is, if she makes it through the Change. Not all of those who are chosen do. It's tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampire Goddess, Nyx. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny--with a little help from her new vampire friends.

Cornish, D. MThe Foundling.  (Monster Blood Tattoo).  Speak.  2007.
Having grown up in a home for foundlings and possessing a girl's name, Rossamünd sets out to report to his new job as a lamplighter and has several adventures along the way as he meets people and monsters who are more complicated that he previously thought. Includes glossaries and maps.

Elkeles, Simone.  How to Ruin a Summer Vacation.  Flux.  2006. 978-0738709611. $8.95.
When sixteen-year-old Amy, a spoiled American, goes to Israel for a three-month summer vacation with a father she barely knows, she is not prepared for his Jewish family and the changes they bring about in her life.

*Eulberg, ElizabethProm and Prejudice.  Point.  2012.     
For Lizzie Bennett, a music scholarship student at Connecticut's exclusive, girls-only Longbourn Academy, the furor over prom is senseless, but even more puzzling is her attraction to the pompous Will Darcy, best friend of her roommate's boyfriend.
Gehrman, JodyBabe in Boyland.  Speak.  2012.
Natalie, a seventeen-year-old former drama club member who now writes a relationship column for her school newspaper, decides to go undercover as a student at an all-boys boarding school so that she can figure out what guys are really like.

Gray, ClaudiaEvernight  HarperTeen.  2009.
Sixteen-year-old Bianca, a new girl at the sinister Evernight boarding school, finds herself drawn to another outsider, Jared, but dark forces threaten to tear them apart and destroy Bianca's entire world.

Hale, ShannonPrincess Academy.  Bloomsbury.  2010.   
Miri returns to Asland and calls upon all of her knowledge of rhetoric and other useful lessons learned at the Princess Academy when she and the other girls face strong opposition while working for a new, fair charter.

Harmon, MichaelChamber of Five  Ember.  2012.
When seventeen-year-old Jason Weatherby, the son of a congressman, is invited to join the secretive Chamber of Five, an elite group of students who run Lambert School for the Gifted via a shadow government, he sees how corrupt the institution is and decides to work from the inside to take it down when things go too far.
Healey, KarenGuardian of the Dead.   Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.  2011.
Eighteen-year-old New Zealand boarding school student Ellie Spencer must use her rusty tae kwon do skills and new-found magic to try to stop a fairy-like race of creatures from Maori myth and legend that is plotting to kill millions of humans in order to regain their lost immortality.

Hunter, C.C.  Born at Midnight.  St. Martin's Griffin.  2011. 
Sixteen-year-old Kylie Galen thinks her misbehavior in the wake of her grandmother's death and her parents' separation are the reasons she has been sent to Shadow Falls Camp, but learns it is a training ground for vampires, werewolves, and other "freaky freaks," of which she may be one.
Ikeda, AkihisaRosario+Vampire, Vol . 1.  Illus. Akihisa Ikeda. Viz Media.  2008.
All-around average student Tsukune transfers to Monster High, where he discovers the turf war isn't between the jocks and the nerds but the vampires and the werewolves.

*Johnson, MaureenName of the Star.  Speak.  2012.
Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.

Kim, Susan and Laurence Klavan.   Brain Camp. Illus. Faith Erin Hicks.  First Second.  2010. Lucas and Jenna are chosen to attend a camp that promises to turn delinquents into high achieving students, but when they arrive, they realize that the camp is not what it seems.

*Lockhart, E. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-BanksHyperion.  2009.
Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.

Meyer, L. A.   Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady.  Graphia.  2005.
In 1803, after being exposed as a girl and forced to leave her ship, Jacky Faber finds herself attending school in Boston, where, instead of learning to be a lady, she battles her snobbish classmates, roams the city in search of adventure, and learns to ride a horse.

Paley, Sasha.  HugeSimon & Schuster.  2010.
When Wilhelmina and April find themselves roommates at a fat camp, both with very different goals, they find they have very little in common until they are both humiliated by the same person.

van de Ruit, JohnSpud.  Razorbill.  2008.  
In 1990, thirteen-year-old John "Spud" Milton, a prepubescent choirboy, keeps a diary of his first year at an elite, boys-only boarding school in South Africa, as he deals with bizarre housemates, wild crushes, embarrassingly dysfunctional parents, and much more.

von Zigesar, CecilyThe It GirlPoppy.  2005.
Having left her elite Manhattan private school to attend an equally exclusive New York State boarding school, sophomore Jenny Humphrey sets out to become the most alluring girl on campus.

Whitney, Daisy. The MockingbirdsLittle, Brown.  2012. 
When Alex, a junior at an elite preparatory school, realizes that she may have been the victim of date rape, she confides in her roommates and sister who convince her to seek help from a secret society, the Mockingbirds.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Book Review ~ Dogs of War by Sheila Keenan

Dogs have always played an important role in the military, and Dogs of War brings three canine heroes to life in three short stories. Each story focuses on a dog and his/her handler during three different wars. In WW I, we meet Donnie and Boots, a duo working with a medical unit to find injured soldiers and bring them to safety. In the midst of trench warfare, they become separated from their unit. The second story introduces us to Loki and Cooper, stationed in Greenland during WW II. The pair are sent to check out a downed plane, and find themselves in a race against the enemy. Finally we meet Lanford, just back from the Vietnam War. As he bonds with the fatherless boy next door and his mischievous dog, we learn, through flashbacks of Sheba, the dog Lanford worked with in Vietnam.
If you are a dog lover, history buff, short story fan or just love a good book Dogs of War is a great choice. Each story highlights the deep bond between each dog and his/her handler. Also portrayed are the dual roles these dogs played in war. They diligently performed crucial roles in finding soldiers, listening for the enemy, tracking safe routes, and sniffing for mines. The dogs also provided comfort, loyalty and love to the soldiers who often desperately needed it. Dogs of War is a wonderful portrayal of the important roles these four-legged canine heroes played in three different times of war.

Stephanie Meeks Barta

Monday, February 17, 2014

Book Review ~ Every Day by David Levithan

About the book:
Every Day by David Levithan

In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan introduces readers to what Entertainment Weekly calls a "wise, wildly unique" love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life. Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. There's never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It's all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with--day in, day out, day after day. With his new novel, David Levithan, bestselling co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson , and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist , has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A's world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

About the author:  DAVID LEVITHAN is a children's book editor in New York City, and the author of several books for young adults, including Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (co-authored with Rachel Cohn); Will Grayson, Will Grayson (co-authored with John Green); and Every You, Every Me (with photographs from Jonathan Farmer). He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

My thoughts: I knew I would like this book, if for no other reason than David Levithan being the co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which was great.  I was right, I did like it and was not disappointed.  I found this book to be completely original.  A, the narrator of the novel wakes up in a different sixteen-year-olds body every morning and has to adjust to different physical characteristics, a different family, a different school, different friends. The process does have certain constants. For instance, A always wakes up in bodies that match his/her age and never travels far geographically unless the host body does. I really liked how A has no gender.  He/she just is.   A realizes that this way of life is unique, but over the years s/he has come to terms with it.  A realizes that after a while, you have to be at peace with the fact that you simply are. But what happens when A falls in love? Levithan poses this question early in the novel and then shapes the narrative into a profound exploration of what it means to love someone.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

'Read the Book First' Friday

15 Movies Based on Teen Books

Loved the book? Check out the movie!

Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging
Based on Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennsion

Based on the book by Alex Flinn

Beautiful Creatures
Based on the book by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

City of Bones
Based on the book by Cassandra Clare

Based on the book by Wendelin Van Draanen

How to Deal
Based on Someone Like You and That Summer by Sarah Dessen

The Hunger Games
Based on the book by Suzanne Collins

I Am Number Four
Based on the book by Pittacus Lore

It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Based on the book by Ned Vizzini

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Based on the book by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

The Outsiders
Based on the book by S.E. Hinton

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Based on the book by Stephen Chbosky

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Based on the book by Ann Brashares

Based on the book by Laurie Halse Anderson

Whip It
Based on Derby Girl by Shauna Cross

*Click titles to find the books in the OSL catalog.