Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Teen Book Review Tuesday!

Erebos by Ursula Poznanski

Kenny B. gives this book 5 stars

Summary: This book has been hands down the best book I've read since Leviathon and Cirque du Freak.  Nick Dunmore is thrust into a world where he has one and only one chance. If you mess up, you're out. Done. No getting back in.  Erebos is something that conforms to YOU. It makes sure you are completely hooked and will do absolutely anything to remain part of it.  The book is as addicting as the game itself. Literally IMPOSSIBLE to put down!  When you're getting in trouble at school for reading too much or at the wrong times, you know it is a very, very good book.  And I also have to mention Nick's awesome taste in music.   If it is possible, six stars.

Why I would recommend this book (or not): This book is an amazing thriller and goes deeply into the details of the game.  I feel anyone would enjoy reading this soon to be World-wide best seller.  Anyone who likes video games, some thrill, and some conflict would love Erebos.

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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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