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New Fiction Review: Hold Me Closer

Hold Me Closer cover artNew fiction review by Teen Services Librarian:

If you liked Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green, you will LOVE Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story. From the author of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, comes the complete musical outlined in Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

I actually read Hold Me Closer first, but didn’t feel like I was losing out on the story at all, so they can be read in either order. It’s a quick read, since it’s a play. It’s also as heart-warming as it is hilarious. The incomparable Tiny Cooper, who is very big, and very gay, will be a character to remember. I can’t wait for the audio version—or dare we hope?—the actual musical production. Two enthusiastic jazz hands!

Grade Recommendation: 9+

November 10, 2015 at 6:44 pm Leave a 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

DIVERGENT Series Giveaway!

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This is going on NOW throughout the entire month of March! You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to win a brand new, hard cover copy of this amazing series. Drawing takes place March 31st, 2014.

… and don’t forget to watch DIVERGENT, opening in theaters March 21st!

March 5, 2014 at 8:37 pm Leave a comment

MARCH MADNESS!

MARCHMADNESSIf basket ball is your game of choice, you will want to come into the library and check out our March book display in the teen department. We’ve got plenty of lit to get you in the game! If shooting hoops isn’t your thing, be sure to pick up one of our booklists with other great reading ideas.

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March 5, 2014 at 6:59 pm Leave a comment

MARCH BOOK DISPLAY!

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If you are not aware of this famous quote from William Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar, then shame on you!

This month we are featuring books that have characters in them that have all been murdered in different ways- many as spectacularly as gruesome as when Caesar was stabbed 23 times!

Here are a few of the titles you can find on display for the month of March:

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I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER by Lois Duncan

Some secrets just won’t stay buried.
They didn’t mean it. They didn’t mean to hit the boy. There was a party, and it was an accident…that wasn’t who they were. They were pre-law, a football player, bound for New York. No one could know, so Barry, Julie, Helen, and Ray swore one another to secrecy. But now, a year later, someone knows. Julie receives a haunting, anonymous threat: “I know what you did last summer.” The dark lie is unearthed, and before the four friends know it they need to outsmart a killer…or they will be the next to die.

 

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COLD SKIN by Steven Herrick

Cowards don’t always hide. Sometimes they’re so gutless they need to stand out.

Eddie doesn’t want to be in school, he wants to work in the mine. But his dad won’t go down the coal pits and he won’t let his sons go either. Nothing much happens in Burruga, except for fights at the pub. Then one Friday night a girl is found dead by the river, and every man in the town comes under suspicion. Eddie is drawn into secrets and a bitter struggle for revenge.

 

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THE KNIFE THAT KILLED ME by Anthony McGowan

Paul Vanderman could be at any normal high school where bullies, girls, and annoying teachers are just part of life. But “normal” doesn’t apply when it comes to the school’s biggest bully, Roth—a twisted and threatening thug with an evil agenda.

When Paul ends up delivering a message from Roth to the leader of a gang at a nearby school, it fuels a rivalry with immediate consequences. Paul attempts to distance himself from the feud, but somehow Roth keeps finding reasons for him to stick around. Then one day Roth hands him a knife. And even though Paul is scared, he has never felt so powerful.

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THE CHRISTOPHER KILLER by Alane Ferguson

As the daughter of a Colorado County coroner, seventeen-year old Cameryn Mahoney is no stranger to death. in fact, she’s always been fascinated by the science of it. so she’s thrilled to finally get some hands-on experience in forensics working as her father’s assistant. but Cammie is in for more than she bargained for when the second case that she attends turns out to be someone she knows—the latest victim of a serial killer known as the Christopher Killer. And if dealing with that isn’t hard enough, Cammie soon realizes that if she’s not careful, she might wind up as the killer’s next victim. . . .

March 6, 2013 at 6:43 pm Leave a comment

BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS!

So…..it’s been a while since the last post. But I am going to make it up to y’all and share some of the BEST new YA lit that I have had the joy to indulge in reading the last few months. I suggest that you read AT LEAST one of these excellent books…if not all!

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE
by Laini Taylor

I never thought that a book with angels and chimera would actually interest me. Thankfully, I put my feelings aside and read this wonderful book (first one in a series!) Karou is a blue-haired art student living in Prague (one of my FAVORITE cities!) who carries a sketch book of hideous creatures. The thing is, these creatures are real…and they are the only family that she has ever known. I won’t give anything else away…you’ll just have to read it yourself!

RAILSEA
by China Mieville

This is one INCREDIBLE book. I can’t say it enough! If you can get past the quirky format that China writes in (trust me…you will), this is one book that you MUST read this year. Loosely based on the classic story, Moby-Dick (do they make you read this is school anymore?), but instead of a whale, they are tracking a giant, white mole. Sound crazy? It is..but in a good way. Even if you don’t like science fiction or fantasy, you will like this. I promise.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
by John Green

Could John Green get any better? Yes. Yes he can. This HANDS DOWN is the best book I read all year, and is definitely in my top 10 fave books EVER. Heartbreaking, funny, romantic (did I say heartbreaking?), and completely WONDERFUL. Two terminally ill cancer patients meet and fall in love. Do I need to say more? This is Tom at his finest. I am buying a copy of this for my personal library…and you should too.

THE DROWNED CITIES
by Paolo Bacigalupi

Now that I can say this author’s last name correctly (total FAIL), it’s time to rave about his latest book. This futuristic story is a companion novel to his great book, Shipbreaker (read it if you haven’t already). Cities have crumbled, anarchy is rampant, and child soldiers are the norm. This book is quite violent- some may not have the stomach. I plead with you to get beyond that and indulge in this edge-of-your-couch story about a future world that seems oh so close to home.

THE TALK-FUNNY GIRL
by Roland Merullo

A wonderfully quiet story about a girl that is raised by back-woods parents that isolate themselves so much that they speak in their own hybrid dialect. The title and the cover may not seem exciting, but I have to say, I could not put this book down until the very last page! (Yep. This is a one-sit read.) It feels altogether REAL, like the character of this novel is actually alive and breathing, and that she might give an interview about her harrowing experience on Dateline. READ THIS BOOK. Period.

August 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

Teen Book Display

Come check out the book display in the teen area for the month of May! Books will cover everything you want to know about college (and everything you need to know), for teens who are starting to look at colleges and teens who are going off to college in the fall.

April 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm Leave a comment


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