Thursday, February 28, 2019

March 1, 2019

       New books are pouring in to the Teen department for you to check out and enjoy!!!! There is something for everyone: mystery, science fiction, fantasy, realistic fiction. steampunk, humor. What is steampunk?           Steampunk is a type of science fiction. It is usually set in an alternative past in England or an alternative past of  the American West (the 1700s or 1800s). It can also be set in a fantasy world. Steam powered machines are still dominant.
     Founding authors of steampunk include Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Modern authors include William Gibson,  Philip Pullman,  Cheryl Priest, Scott Westerfield, Philip Reeves, and Tara Sim, to name just a few.Steampunk also features objects misplaced in time. For example, a steampunk book set in the 1870s may have one of the characters consult a steam-powered Apple watch or use a steam powered computer. Many times, a steampunk book will feature gears and/or wheels somewhere on the cover.   If you saw the movie "Mortal Engines" that was released last December, the movie was based on a steampunk book.

Here are just some of the new books:

Dearly, Departed by L. Habel  Book 1 of a new series

There's Someone Inside Your House by S. Perkins- mystery/thriller

Ticker by l. Mantchev- steampunk in which a teen girl has a mechanical, geared heart (cover above)

Lost in Love by S. Colasanti- Three girls move to New York City.

Wind Rider by P.C. Cast -Book 3 in a series

Kings of the Wyld and Bloody Rose both by N. Eames  fantasy  Book 1 and 2 in a series.

Forever by K. A. Hopkins- Amish boy and non-Amish teen girl fall deeply in love

Seven Torments of Amy and Craig by D. Zolidis   teen boy chronicles the 7 separate times he and his girlfriend break up during their senior year of high school.

Grand Theft Horse by G. Neri- graphic novel of a true story about a woman who steals a horse to save the horse's life

The next Teen Advisory Board meeting will be Wednesday, March 13, from 4:15 to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome!!  Yes, there will be snacks!!!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

  January 3, 2019

     Happy New Year to all teens!!! 
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   The teen department is setting up the themed book display for the month of January!- it will be ready by January 8th!!!! It's a surprise-any guesses?

  The teen department is very excited to post book reviews written by teen readers!   If you have read a book that you really liked, send an email to the Teen Department and we will publicize your review on the Teen Blog page!!!! Don't worry- we will use only your first name when your review is published.


Book Review by Rose
If We Survive by Andrew Klavan
My Thoughts:
Wow! This book might have made my mouth drop open a number of times. There were no slow parts of the book, and it kept moving at a rapid pace without feeling rushed. It had a lot of violence in it due to the subject matter, but it also had a lot of Christian content that I really enjoyed. Many times the characters relied on God to help them through a seemingly hopeless situation.
At the beginning I was not sure what to make of this book, but it got better and better. I really enjoyed seeing Palmer and Nikki grow as characters. I am disappointed that there is not a sequel.
This book is definitely for anyone who is looking for an action/adventure book and loves a thrilling tale.   Rose

Personal Rating: 4 Stars
Content Rating: 2 Stars

 Teen Librarian Says: Andrew Klavan has written other books that readers might enjoy. His books are becoming even more popular than they were already.

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A Big THANK YOU!! to Rose for her book review. Another Big THANK YOU!! to reviewer JULIA for recommending books by Joanne Bischof- I am looking into adding her books to the teen department for others to enjoy!!!  Look for  Julia's  review of a Joanne Bischof book in a few weeks!

Next blog: JULIA's book review, teen books that will be movies in 2019, and what exactly are steampunk books?


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

     Big changes are coming to the teen book area!!!!  Many of you have already noticed we are moving books around on the teen shelves!   The " Teen New Book" area is now on the short bookshelves to make it easier to find.  Books whose authors' last names begin with A,B, and C are now on both sides of  the tall bookcase to the left of the new books as you are facing the new books display.  Books in the alcove are being moved to create more room on each shelf.

      In addition, books are being tagged with stickers to make it easier for you  to find your favorite genre. Sports, science fiction, fantasy, animal story, adventure, classic, steampunk,  and dystopian books are all being labelled as such.   Why not read a type of genre that you have never read before?
We will be posting more about steampunk books in a few weeks, as a classic steampunk book is now a major movie to be released in 2019!!  "Classic book"  means that millions of people have read and enjoyed that book over a period of time because of the book's memorable characters and plot line! For example, "Looking For Alaska" by Indiana author John Green is now considered a classic book!!

        Attention Northridge Middle and Northridge High School students!!!   

                 If you attend Northridge Middle School, your teachers will be assigning you specific books to read very soon. The books assigned depend on your grade level and who your English teacher is. There are 5 copies of each assigned book in the teen section for you to check out. The assigned books have a green "M"  sticker at the top of the spines to make them easier to find on the shelves.

                If you attend Northridge High School and Ms. Malooley is your English teacher, the books she will be assigning your classes have arrived. Those books are also in the teen section. Some of the books are in the fiction section and some are in the teen 880s  and teen biography section. Please ask  if you need help finding a specific book.  The assigned books have a brown "H" sticker  on the top of each book's spine.

                   The Teen Department at the Middlebury Community Public Library wishes each and every teen a wonderful holiday and a Happy 2019! We look forward to seeing you in the library, stocking up on books to read for fun over your break!!!

Friday, November 30, 2018

December Teen Reads!!!

  As the December snow and sleet begin to fall and winter vacation approaches, now is the perfect time to visit the teen department to find your winter reads!

  We have so many new teen books that the new books take up both sides of the "New Teen Books" bookcase. More are on order and will arrive shortly.  Here are just a few of the new titles we have received in the last week:

         American Panda by Gloria Chao- modern day teen romance about a MIT student whose parents are pushing her to become a doctor and they don't like her boyfriend.

     Phantom Wheel by Tracy Deeps - A group of teens must stop a computer apocalypse after they are forced to create a  computer virus responsible for the digital collapse of the entire world.

   The latest book from best-selling author Anna Godbersen  (she wrote The Luxe series, among other books) is When We Caught Fire. Set in 1871 Chicago, Emmeline is engaged to be married to one of the wealthiest members of Chicago's high society, but has thoughts of a boy she knew long ago.  Historical fiction set during the Great Fire, the details are amazing!

       Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan  The much anticipated novel has arrived, set in a dystopian future. World famous author James Patterson personally selected the manuscript to be published by his new publishing company-he was that impressed with the writing and characters.

       Dodger Boy by Sarah Ellis  Set in 1970 during the Vietnam War, two teens are leading ordinary lives until a draft-dodging Texan comes to live with one of the girl's Quaker family. Notes at the end give information about the Vietnam War and the military draft in effect back then.

          Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon  by S. Slade. The author uses free verse poetry to tell of the Apollo Missions to the moon during the 1960s and the behind the scenes work to land them there.. Many of the illustrations are based on actual photos of the astronauts, their equipment, and space. An illustration on p. 42 shows a female engineer using a slide rule to make mathematical calculations, since calculators had not been invented yet. Your parents and grandparents would likely enjoy you showing them this book as well, since your grandparents grew up in the 1960's and 1970's and will remember the Apollo missions.

                Come check out the "Hidden Gems" display. The hidden gems are those great stories that were hiding on the shelves that you may not have noticed. Check one or more out, curl up with a cup of cocoa, watch the snow cascade down outside, and enjoy reading a hidden gem of a book!



Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Kingdom of Ash has arrived!!!

  Nov. 6, 2018

     We are excited to announce that we have received 3 copies of the final book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah Maas! Fans have been anxiously awaiting the book's release. The final book is titled Kingdom of Ash.  Let us know what you think of the final book-did it meet your expectations?  Come check out and borrow books from our display in the teen section that features Book 1 of other series you might like!!!


      Have you read the teen anime and manga collections? Hundreds of anime and manga books are waiting for you to check out and enjoy.   Naruto series,  Black Butler series, and Fruit Basket series are just three of the series available for you !!!!!. There are also manga and anime available for downloading, such as Shaman King,  free of charge. If you are new to anime and manga,  the books read back to front, right to left on each page. Both art forms developed in Japan. Anime has been around since the  late 1950s. Manga has arguably been around since the 12th century. What's the difference? Anime is the cartoon-style animation, manga is the print comic-book style of storytelling. Find your favorite at the library!!!!  Pictured are just a few of the other manga/ anime series available for checkout.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Featured YA: Savannah M.

Meet Savannah M!  Savannah has been volunteering with us since 2016.

Age: 13 1/2
Grade: 8
School: Northridge Middle School
What are you reading?: Faded Denim by Melody Carlson
(Current) Favorite Book: Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca
Favorite Movie or TV Show: She's the Man 
Favorite Band/Musical Group: Ariana Grande
Favorite Color: Light Blue
Something Interesting: I am adopted.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Featured YA: Alexis F.

Meet Alexis F.! She is a member of the Northridge High School Art Club.

Age: 16
Grade: 11
School: Northridge High School
What are you reading?: The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
(Current) Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Favorite Movie or TV Show: The Originals 
Favorite Band/Musical Group: Juaves (Spanish Music)
Favorite Color: Crimson Red
Something Interesting: I was part of a military class in middle school in Texas.

Stay tuned for our next YA of the Week!