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Even More Fall Reads

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Immigrant & Refugee Teen Stories

  • Lucy & Linh: Y Fic PUN
  • The Good Braider: Y Fic FAR, RBDigital audio
  • The Radius of Us: Y Fic MAR
  • American Street: Y Fic ZOB
  • The Sun is Also a Star: Y Fic YOO, Overdrive

LGBTQIA Teen Stories

  • Ramona Blue: Y Fic MUR
  • If I Was Your Girl: Y Fic RUS, Overdrive
  • History is All You Left Me: Y Fic SIL, RBDigital audio 
  • Georgia Peaches & Other Forbidden Fruit: Y Fic FAR
  • Tash Hearts Tolstoy: Y Fic ORM
  • You Know Me Well: Y Fic LAC

Superheroes & Superpowers

  • Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25: Y Fic EVA, Hoopla audio
  • The Young Elites: Y Fic LU, Overdrive
  • Black Widow: Forever Red: Y Fic STO, Hoopla
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer: Y Fic BAR
  • Miles Morales: Spider-Man: Y Fic REY

More recommendations at Winfield Public Library’s Teen page.

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October 17, 2017 at 8:12 pm Leave a comment

Fall Break Reading Recs

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Ripped from the Headlines

  • The Lines We Cross: Y Fic ABD
  • All American Boys: Y Fic REY, Overdrive
  • Exit, Pursued By a Bear: Y Fic JOH
  • Something in Between: Hoopla
  • The Hate U Give: Y Fic THO, Overdrive

Romance

  • When We Collided: Y Fic LOR – Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along. Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.
  • Been Here All Along: Y Fic HAL – Gideon always has a plan. But his plans do not include falling head over heels for his best friend and next-door neighbor, Kyle.
  • Love & Gelato: Y Fic WEL – Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. Then she meets the charming Ren, and everything changes…
  • If You Could Be Mine: Y Fic FAR – 17-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They’ve shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love—Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light.
  • Windfall: Y Fic SMI – Alice is in love with her best friend, Teddy, but has never told him. She buys him a lottery ticket when he turns 18, and he wins $140 million. His newfound wealth begins to drive them apart.

Science Fiction

  • Shadow  Run: Y Fic STR
  • Want: Y Fic PON
  • Exo: Y Fic LEE
  • On the Edge of Gone: Y Fic DUY
  • Replica: Y Fic OLI, Overdrive
  • The Diabolic: Y Fic KIN

More recommendations at Winfield Public Library’s Teen page.

October 17, 2017 at 7:48 pm Leave a comment

What should I read next?

If you’re looking for some great reads to enjoy over fall break, give these a try. Add your recommendations in the comments!

Classic Stories Retold

  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston Y Fic POS, Hoopla, Overdrive: fandom-inspired Cinderella
  • The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You Y Fic AND: retelling of Shakespeare’s  Much Ado About Nothing
  • Ronit & Jamil Y Fic LAS: modern-day Romeo & Juliet with Palestinian & Israeli teens
  • Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy Y Fic BEC: collection of classic fairy tales told from the villains’ point of view.
  • Bull Y Fic ELL: funny modern twist on the Theseus & Minotaur myth 

Fantasy

Mystery & Suspense

More recommendations at Winfield Public Library’s Teen page.

October 17, 2017 at 7:18 pm Leave a comment

Hispanic Heritage Month Book List

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) by reading! Try out a book by a Hispanic YA author, or one that features Hispanic main characters. Add your own recommendations in the comments!

All descriptions from the publishers.

Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

When Lupita learns Mami has cancer, she is terrified by the possibility of losing her mother, the anchor of her close-knit family. Suddenly, being a high school student, starring in a play, and dealing with friends who don’t always understand, become less important than doing whatever she can to save Mami’s life. While her father cares for Mami at an out-of-town clinic, Lupita takes charge of her seven younger siblings. As Lupita struggles to keep the family afloat, she takes refuge in the shade of a mesquite tree, where she escapes the chaos at home to write. Forced to face her limitations in the midst of overwhelming changes and losses, Lupita rediscovers her voice and finds healing in the power of words.

The Radius of Us by Marie Marquardt

Ninety seconds can change a life ― not just daily routine, but who you are as a person. Gretchen Asher knows this, because that’s how long a stranger held her body to the ground. When a car sped toward them and Gretchen’s attacker told her to run, she recognized a surprising terror in his eyes. And now she doesn’t even recognize herself.

Ninety seconds can change a life ― not just the place you live, but the person others think you are. Phoenix Flores Flores knows this, because months after setting off toward the U.S. / Mexico border in search of safety for his brother, he finally walked out of detention. But Phoenix didn’t just trade a perilous barrio in El Salvador for a leafy suburb in Atlanta. He became that person ― the one his new neighbors crossed the street to avoid.

Ninety seconds can change a life ― so how will the ninety seconds of Gretchen and Phoenix’s first encounter change theirs?

The Dead & the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event—an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex’s parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.  With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes their first party. Her stroke-ridden grandfather starts apologizing over and over. And when the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep tears… Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on. With the help of a fellow artist named Robbie, Sierra discovers shadowshaping, a magic that infuses ancestral spirits into paintings, music, and stories. But someone is killing the shadowshapers one by one. Now Sierra must unravel her family’s past, take down the killer in the present, and save the future of shadowshaping for generations to come.

Sucker Punch by David Hernandez

It’s the summer before senior year, and Marcus should be hanging out, filling his sketchbook, maybe asking a girl out for once. So why is he in a car with his brother, his brother’s girl, and the pistol, headed straight toward his dad?

Mexican Whiteboy by Matt De La Peña

Danny’s tall and skinny. Even though he’s not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. Ninety-five mile an hour fastball, but the boy’s not even on a team. Every time he gets up on the mound he loses it.But at his private school, they don’t expect much else from him. Danny’ s brown. Half-Mexican brown. And growing up in San Diego that close to the border means everyone else knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth. Before they find out he can’t speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes, they’ve got him pegged.

But it works the other way too. And Danny’s convinced it’s his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico. That’s why he’s spending the summer with his dad’s family. Only, to find himself, he may just have to face the demons he refuses to see–the demons that are right in front of his face. And open up to a friendship he never saw coming.

Miles Morales: Spider-Man

Miles Morales is just your average teenager. Dinner every Sunday with his parents, chilling out playing old-school video games with his best friend, Ganke, crushing on brainy, beautiful poet Alicia. He’s even got a scholarship spot at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he’s Spider Man.

But lately, Miles’s spidey-sense has been on the fritz. When a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, Miles begins to question his abilities. After all, his dad and uncle were Brooklyn jack-boys with criminal records. Maybe kids like Miles aren’t meant to be superheroes. Maybe Miles should take his dad’s advice and focus on saving himself.
…But after his scholarship is threatened, Miles uncovers a chilling plot, one that puts his friends, his neighborhood, and himself at risk. It’s time for Miles to suit up.

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

Marcelo Sandoval hears music that nobody else can hear — part of an autism-like condition that no doctor has been able to identify. But his father has never fully believed in the music or Marcelo’s differences, and he challenges Marcelo to work in the mail room of his law firm for the summer . . . to join “the real world.” There Marcelo meets Jasmine, his beautiful and surprising coworker, and Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm. He learns about competition and jealousy, anger and desire. But it’s a picture he finds in a file a picture of a girl with half a face that truly connects him with the real world: its suffering, its injustice, and what he can do to fight.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is. Why does happiness have to be so hard?

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she’s not sure she can trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family.

The Lightning Dreamer by Margarita Engle

Opposing slavery in Cuba in the nineteenth century was dangerous. The most daring abolitionists were poets who veiled their work in metaphor. Of these, the boldest was Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, nicknamed Tula. In passionate, accessible verses of her own, Engle evokes the voice of this book-loving feminist and abolitionist who bravely resisted an arranged marriage at the age of fourteen, and was ultimately courageous enough to fight against injustice.

La Línea by Ann Jaramillo

Miguel has dreamed of joining his parents in California since the day they left him behind in Mexico six years, eleven months, and twelve days ago. On the morning of his fifteenth birthday, Miguel’s wait is over.
Or so he thinks. The trip north to the border―la línea―is fraught with dangers. Thieves. Border guards. And a grueling, two-day trek across the desert. It would be hard enough to survive alone. But it’s almost impossible with his tagalong sister in tow. Their money gone and their hopes nearly dashed, Miguel and his sister have no choice but to hop the infamous mata gente as it races toward the border. As they cling to the roof of the speeding train, they hold onto each other, and to their dreams. But they quickly learn that you can’t always count on dreams―even the ones that come true.

I Am J by Cris Beam

J had always felt different. He was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J stopped praying to wake up a “real boy” and started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible — from his parents, from his friends, from the world. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he’s done hiding — it’s time to be who he really is. And this time he is determined not to give up, no matter the cost.

Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: college applications, Cindy’s pregnancy, Sebastian’s coming out, the cute boys, her father’s meth habit, and the food she craves. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt

Evan and Alma have spent fifteen years living in the same town, connected in a dozen different ways but also living worlds apart — until the day he jumps into her dad’s truck and slams on the brakes.

The nephew of a senator, Evan seems to have it all – except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two, surrounded by a large (sometimes smothering) Mexican family. They both want out of this town. His one-way ticket is soccer; hers is academic success.

When they fall in love, they fall hard, trying to ignore their differences. Then Immigration and Customs Enforcement begins raids in their town, and Alma knows that she needs to share her secret. But how will she tell her country-club boyfriend that she and almost everyone she’s close to are undocumented immigrants?

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

Nora Lopez is seventeen during the infamous New York summer of 1977, when the city is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam who shoots young women on the streets. Nora’s family life isn’t going so well either: her bullying brother, Hector, is growing more threatening by the day, her mother is helpless and falling behind on the rent, and her father calls only on holidays. All Nora wants is to turn eighteen and be on her own. And while there is a cute new guy who started working with her at the deli, is dating even worth the risk when the killer likes picking off couples who stay out too late?

October 5, 2017 at 9:14 pm Leave a comment

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November 3, 2015 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment

Get Away with Teen Read Week 2015

Got plans for Fall Break? The Goshen Public Library does! If you’re in 6th through 12th grades, we’re having programs Monday through Thursday for you from 2-5 pm during Teen Read Week, based on a travel theme.

Monday we’ll have an International Iron Chef cooking & menu design competition; Tuesday is Ticket to Read with a travel-themed board game, scavenger hunt, and art activity; Wednesday is all about time travel with a Back to the Future Day and an interactive viewing of the classic movie; and Thursday we’ll learn about biomes around the world with a nature walk, terrarium building, and an art project.

Sign up yourself and a friend today for fun and snacks at the library over fall break!

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October 5, 2015 at 3:01 pm Leave a comment

The Leaky Cauldron

The Leaky Cauldron is coming to GPL!

It’s good news/bad news time here at the library… the bad news is that we’re cancelling our planned trip to the Hall of Heroes Villains night for our next Nerd’s Night Out. While that visit would’ve been very cool (and we enjoyed our last visit a lot!), it’s over in Elkhart, and so we would have to limit the number of people who can participate in order to provide transportation over there. And we don’t like to limit participation! We want everyone who can come to come to our programs!

So, change of plans: we’re going to throw a Harry Potter party instead! And we’re so excited! Come dressed as your favorite character– the sorting hat will place you in your house where you will compete against the other houses for the Tri-Wizard cup. Create your own custom wand, duel against other wizards, go on the ultimate horcrux hunt, and test your HP knowledge in the pensieve trivia game. Plus, polyjuice potion and pizza!

Sign up today at the circulation desk or with Melissa at Teen Services. Nerd’s Night Out: The Leaky Cauldron will be Friday, October 16, 2015 from 5-8 pm in the auditorium.

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September 24, 2015 at 7:15 pm Leave a comment

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