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Last Book Display of the Year!

best 2014Our final book display for the year in the Young Adult department features what we think are the best YA titles published this year. So go ahead, check out a pile- you won’t be disappointed!

Here are some of the Best of 2014:

nogginNoggin by John Corey Whaley

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but Travis can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still sixteen, but everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too…

 

 

through the woodsThrough the Woods by Emily Carroll

These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong, where you can travel to “Our Neighbor’s House”—though coming back might be a problem. Or find yourself a young bride in a house that holds a terrible secret in “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold.” You might try to figure out what is haunting “My Friend Janna,” or discover that your brother’s fiancée may not be what she seems in “The Nesting Place.”

 

 
grasshopper jungleGrasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Simmering within Ealing, Iowa, is a deadly genetically engineered plague capable of unleashing unstoppable soldiers—six-foot-tall praying mantises with insatiable appetites for food and sex. No one knows it, of course, until Austin and his best friend Robby accidentally release it on the world. An ever-growing plague of giant, flesh-hungry insects is bad enough, but Austin is also up to his eyeballs in sexual confusion—is he in love with Robby or his girlfriend, Shann?

 

 

tomboyTomboy by Liz Prince

Growing up, Liz Prince wasn’t a girly girl, dressing in pink tutus or playing Pretty Pretty princess like the other girls in her neighborhood. But she wasn’t exactly one of the guys either, as she quickly learned when her Little League baseball coach exiled her to the outfield instead of letting her take the pitcher’s mound. Liz was somewhere in the middle, and Tomboy is the story of her struggle to find the place where she belonged.

 

 

 

egg and spoonEgg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire

Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father has been dead for years. One of her brothers has been conscripted into the Tsar’s army, the other taken as a servant in the house of the local landowner. Her mother is dying, slowly, in their tiny cabin. And there is no food. But then a train arrives in the village, a train carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and a noble family destined to visit the Tsar in Saint Petersburg — a family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elena’s age.

 

 

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December 10, 2014 at 8:44 pm Leave a comment

December Read That: THE GRAVEYARD BOOK

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December 1, 2014 at 5:56 pm Leave a comment

New Book Review: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

infinite seaI got my hands on the second book of the 5th Wave by Richard Yancey yesterday….and just finished it minutes ago. Ok, so first things first- is it as good as the 5th Wave? Not exactly, but it isn’t bad. Actually, its quite the page turner. What I did find in it that made The Infinite Sea sometimes hard to read is the level of violence had gone up a few notches since the last book. One of the most graphic parts being that the Silencers (the aliens) actually using little toddlers as detonated bombs. Horrible. Terrifying. And really REALLY hard to read.

The Infinite Sea has infinitely more romantic situations then The 5th Wave, which I found to be rather annoying, However, I do understand that this series is written for teenagers, and not adults such as myself, but still. At times, it felt a little insulting to the reader. Here is this really serious moment, when maybe we will actually figure out why the Silencers are decimating humanity and suddenly, everyone is all starry-eyed and making out. Ugh.

At the end of the day, I would still recommend this book to high schoolers, maybe some more mature middle school readers as well. The premise of the series remains enthralling, and really, Rick Yancey is a terrific author.

September 24, 2014 at 6:16 pm Leave a comment

TSRE 2014 Event Schedule

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June 10, 2014 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

Teen Summer Reading Experience 2014!

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June 2, 2014 at 4:59 pm Leave a comment

READ THAT! FEATURED MOVIE

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May 6, 2014 at 3:58 pm 1 comment

Featured Book: Love in the Time of Global Warming

love  in the time jacketI am kind of ashamed to say that this is my first Francesca Lia Block novel. I never got around to reading her acclaimed debut novel, Weetzie Bat (even though I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s). Perhaps I will have to place that on my reading list, now that I have read her latest YA novel, Love in the Time of Global Warming.

First things first- I really thought, because of the title, that the story would be a play on one of my all-time favorite reads, Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Not so. Love in the Time of Global Warming is a post-apocalyptic story based loosely on the Odyssey, a story that most of us had to read while in secondary school. Block shifts away from following that story too closely- her protagonist is a girl named Pen, who is on a journey to locate her family, after an earthquake and tsunami have devastated Los Angeles (and most of the United States, we later find out). There are the usual Odyssey characters- a giant cyclops, a conniving witch, faithful companions on the long journey, even a group of lethargic lotus eaters. I won’t give away any more of the book, but I have to admit that it wasn’t exactly what I had envisioned. I enjoyed the main character, but was occasionally thrown off by the almost fanciful and romantic nature of Block’s writing style. However, I was pleasantly surprised by an interesting twist of Pen’ s romantic interest’s character, but I won’t say anymore about that. You’ve just got to read this highly entertaining (and rather short!) book about the end of the world –  Homer-style.

May 1, 2014 at 3:18 pm Leave a comment

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