Saturday, February 26, 2011

Teen Book Review: Of Mice and Men

Title: Of Mice and Men

Author: John Steinbeck

Rate It: 4/5

Review It: This book taught me about the American Dream and how often it can not be accomplished. I was also taught of the value of friendship.

Friday, February 25, 2011

2011 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Every year, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) publishes a list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens. The following graphic novels were singled out for its annual Top Ten list:

Aristophane. The Zabime Sisters
Experience the first day of summer vacation with three sisters on their island home of Guadelupe.

Iwaoka, Hisae. Saturn Apartments V. 1
Mitsu takes on his late father's dangerous job as a window washer on the space ship Saturn Apartments.
Coming soon to HBPL!

Kim, Susan, et. al. Brain Camp
Two teens discover there is something far more sinister than nature hikes going on at their summer camp.
Coming soon to HBPL!

Neri, G. and Randy Duburke. Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
The life, death and aftermath of an eleven-year-old gangbanger, based on a true tragedy.
Coming soon to HBPL!

Shiga, Jason. Meanwhile: Pick Any Path
3,856 Story Possibilities. Have you played any comics lately? Choose your own adventure.

Telgemeier, Raina. Smile
Brace yourself: Middle School plus orthodontia equals dental drama.

TenNapel, Doug. Ghostopolis
Garth Hale has gone to the other side, but he’s not dead yet.
Coming soon to HBPL!

Weing, Drew. Set to Sea
A lumbering poet discovers hardship and wisdom on the high seas.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Teen Book Review: Dreamland

Title: Dreamland

Author: Sarah Dessen

Review It: I thought this book was very good. It was very emotional. It was like you could be there with the girl in the story.

Friday, February 18, 2011

2011 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

Every year, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) selects their top 10 best fiction titles for ages 12-18. Here are their favorites for 2011:

Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker
Nailer is a light crew scavenger tearing up old hulks of ships, living day to day, until a rich girl and her gleaming ship run ashore in a storm on the beach and his life gets more dangerous.

Donnelly, Jennifer. Revolution
Haunted by the death of her brother, Andi is taken to Paris by her estranged father where an encounter with a mysterious diary may bring her back from the edge.

Marchetta, Melina. Finnikin of the Rock
Finnikin and his fellow exiles from Lumatere wish to return to their cursed homeland. Finnikin must go on an epic journey with a mute novice named Evanjalin to return home.

Matson, Morgan. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
Amy and Roger must both learn to deal with loss while on a road trip across the country which doesn't go as expected.

McBride, Lish. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
When Sam discovers he is a necromancer he must learn to control his power in order to defeat a powerful and corrupt rival and save his friends.

Mulligan, Andy. Trash
Three garbage-picker boys find an item of great value to a corrupt politician on their rounds, setting off a tense hunt to see who will triumph.
Coming soon to HBPL!

Perkins, Mitali. Bamboo People
Chiko, a Burmese soldier and Tu Reh, a Kerenni refugee meet on opposite sides of war and each must learn what it means to be a man of his people.

Reinhardt, Dana. The Things a Brother Knows
Boaz is back and hailed as the hometown hero, but he is not at all the same. Can his younger brother Levi help him truly make his way home?

Saenz, Benjamin. Last Night I Sang to the Monster
Weeks in therapy go by and 18-year-old Zach is still unable to remember the monstrous events that left him alone and haunted by nightmares.
Coming soon to HBPL!

Sedgwick, Marcus. Revolver
Sig is alone with his father’s body when the lawless man his father had managed to escape appears out of the icy wilderness.
Coming soon to HBPL!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Teen Tech Week March 7-12

March 7-12th is Teen Tech Week!

All events are free and welcome all teens (ages 13-18).

There are three contests going on:

Design your own 'read' poster, Create your own short story audio book, and Create your own book trailer. Teens can come in to the Children's conference room at the Central Library Tuesday 3/8 through Thursday 3/10 anytime from 3:00-8:30pm to work on their entries. All entries must be submitted to Chris Zobel by Thursday 3/10 at 8:30pm. Every entry will receive a raffle ticket. Contest winners and raffle winners will be announced at the Awards Party.

All teens who attend ANY tech week event will get a raffle ticket just for showing up.

Monday 3/7:


Tabby Theater

Wii Game Night

Tuesday-Thursday 3/8-3/10:


Children's Conference Room

-Create your own short story audiobook

-Design your own Read poster

-Create your own book trailer

Friday 3/11:


Tabby Theater

How to use the Library presentation

Saturday 3/12:

3-4:30 pm

Tabby Theater

Awards Party

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Teen Advisory Poll - Book Club

Hey there! Please take a second to fill out this quick survey about Teen Space programs here at the library. We want to know what YOU want!

Title: Dragon (The Five Ancestors, Book #7)

Title: Dragon (The Five Ancestors, Book #7)

Author: Jeff Stone

Rate It: 5 out of 5

Review It: This was an amazing series! Stone had suspense lurking in every other page, thrilling adventures written from different points of view, and cloudy mysteries woven into the plot. The characters are very exciting, and they bring out the best in this book!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Teen Book Review: Inkheart (Inkworld trilogy, Book 1)

Title: Inkheart (Inkworld trilogy, Book 1)

Author: Cornelia Funke

Rate It: 4 out of 5

Review It: This book was a really interesting book to pick up. The author had a very flamboyant style of writing and descriptions, and it was a pleasure to join Maggie and Mo on their writing/reading adventure.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Teen Book Review: 3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows

Title: 3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows

Author: Ann Brashares

Rate It: 5/5

Review It: This novel is about 3 friends, Polly, Ama and Jo, and their summer adventures and experiences over the transition from middle school to high school. Written by the same author as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, 3 Willows holds a sinilar atmosphere as the Sisterhood books. But, it is still a great read in itself.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Teen Book Review: TTYL

Title: TTYL

Author: Lauren Myracle

Rate It: 5/5 Awesome Gold!

Review It: TTYL was an amazing story that was shown in IMing form. This book was filled with drama and proved how friendship can survive in high school. Once I checked it out, I couldn't stop reading until the next day. Sadly, I finished it in one day and it means no more until I visit the library for the second book! Can't wait!!! :)

Reviewed By: Pamela Ponce