Friday, June 7, 2019

June 7-Friday

     We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all those who came to the library to meet Miss Indiana Lydia Tremaine last night!!! She was AMAZING, and shared an inspirational talk describing her middle school and high school years; what it is like to compete in pageants; and  how she developed her self-confidence. Audience members were treated to Lydia's beautiful singing voice as she sang a classic song by a famous singer named Frank Sinatra. (Ask your grandparents). Lydia also mentioned that there are many types of talents now seen at pageants: one contestant in Nebraska demonstrated her talent for weightlifting!
     Lydia won the talent competition at Miss America and placed in the top 15.  A huge thank you to Lydia  as well for appearing at the library as she prepares to crown her successor beginning the week of July 9th.   Early next week, we will post pictures of Lydia's appearance at the library!!!

New Books in Series
    The teen department has just gotten these in for you to enjoy!

                     The Accomplice by John Grisham   (Theodore Boone series)
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand (Book 2 in the Furyborn/Empirium Trilogy series) Fantasy
The Missing of Clair Delunne by Christelle Dabois (Book 2 in the Mirror Visitor series ) Fantasy
Finale by Stephanie Garber (book 3 in the Caravel trilogy) Fantasy

Over 150 years ago a famous book by a French author was published. It has been turned into a movie, a Broadway play, and a mini-series on PBS television.  You may have seen one of the versions and even sung along to the soundtrack of the play. Now, the story of the thief, the guardian, and the officer has been turned into the science-fiction story Sky Without Stars!!  On a French-owned planet, Chatine, Marcellus, and Alouette are destined to reshape the future of the entire planet!!   Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody is  on the Teen New Book Shelf!!!!

 Just to let you know, the teen department has started working on creating book suggestion lists for different topics.  They will be "If you like to read This Author, you might also like these books". We are also working on creating bookmarks on different topics-the bookmarks will have ideas for more reading!!! We hope to have the first lists and bookmarks available by the end of August and will add more each month!!!! Keep watching the teen department. Choosing your next read will never be so fun!!!!

Friday, May 24, 2019

 May  24,2019

       June books have started arriving early!!  Here are just a few that you might like. More titles will be posted next week!

          In 2018, Elizabeth Acevedo's first book, The Poet X,  won so many awards that we can't even begin to count them. Now she is back with her second fiction book With The Fire On High.  Emoni Santiago has had a rough life- she has to make all the decisions for herself, Babygirl, and her grandmother. Emoni is an enormously talented cook, but with all the obstacles she faces, how will she achieve her dream of becoming a professional chef with her own kitchen?


 You met and loved Rishi and Dimple in When Dimple Met Rishi.  In There's Something About Sweetie, author Sandyha Menon tells us more about  Rishi's brother Ash. After his girlfriend dumps him, Ash challenges their parents to set him up with a new girl. Enter Sweetie, an overweight track star who can outrun anyone in California.   Can Sweetie and Ash find love in spite of their arranged relationship?

     Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald has an amazing cover and an amazing story. Told through text messages, hospital reports, interviews, newspaper reports, and other media,  Teddy Youngblood lies in a coma in a hospital after collapsing during football practice.  Teddy's family, friends, and doctors race to figure out what happened at football that day. Was it football practice, or something else, that landed Teddy in the hospital? Can or will he ever play football again?

    In Strange Days, teen Alex Mata likes playing his guitar, writing songs, and skateboarding. He pretty much ignores all those wild stories around town about space aliens and invasions.  Until the day he comes home from school and  discovers that his parents have been murdered by the aliens. Now innocent Alex is on the run. His talent for sliding through time and seeing futures gives him the ability to be one of a group of teens who can save the earth from the aliens.Can Alex fall in love, defeat the space aliens, save the earth, and figure how who he can trust?   Immerse yourself in this science-fiction  book by Constance Singer.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

So many  teen books being sold as movie rights!!!!! These are just a few:

  Future Movie Notes: The movie/Netflix rights to these books have been sold. Release dates will be in late 2019, 2020 or 2021 unless otherwise noted.

  The movie rights to Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi have been sold.

 Artemis Fowl series by  Eoin Colfer- movie will be released in theaters Summer 2019.

 Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw-  in development at Netflix.

 The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Book 1 of the Chaos Walking series)  The movie will star Daisy Ridley, Nick Jonas, and Tom Holland and will be released in 2020. The movie has been retitled "Chaos Walking".

What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli    Downloadable e-book   What if life isn't like a Broadway play? What if it is?

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds.  "The Voice" judge John Legend will produce the movie version. The entire book takes place in one minute.

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.  The movie will star Justice Smith and Elle Fanning. Supporting cast members are an all-star cast as well, including Luke Wilson, Alexandra Shipp, and Keegan-Michael Key. Side Note: The book is set in Indiana.

Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer    The movie is in post-production and should be released soon. Katherine Langford has the starring role as Mara. Keep in mind the book is satire as you read. Currently on order for the Teen Department.

The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid- Hunger Games plus Star Wars equals the most dangerous intergalactic  human weapon disguised as a Galaxy senator's daughter.

The Opposite of Always by Justin Reynolds- romance by a debut author.

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han.   A Netflix sequel to the very popular To All The Boys I've Loved Before.   It is official!!  Jordan Fisher has been officially cast as John McClaren!!!! Holland Taylor will also appear in the sequel.

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas. Just published.  Hopeful rap star's first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons. Angie Thomas not only wrote the book , she is going to help produce the movie.

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins. Netflix movie. The book title says  it all. A perfect read for a stormy, rainy, windswept evening  Or not.

Are You There God? It's Me ,Margaret by Judy Blume.  For decades, Judy Blume refused to sell the movie rights to her most famous, groundbreaking book. Not anymore. Who should play Margaret?

Stargirl- by Jerry Spinelli. The classic book is finally a movie.

Happy Reading!!!!!! So many books!!!! So many movies!!!!!

  May 20, 2019

   Miss Indiana Will Be Visiting On June 6th!!!!

      We are VERY excited to announce that the current reigning Miss Indiana, Lydia Tremaine of Kendallville, will be visiting the library on June 6 at 6: 30 p.m. She wants to meet you and your friends!!  She will be sharing her story of her middle school and high school years, as well as what it is like to compete in both the Miss Indiana and Miss America pageants! Lydia finished in the top 15 in the Miss America pageant and was the preliminary competition talent winner for her vocal abilities!!!  This is the first time a reigning Miss Indiana has ever visited Middlebury!!! Please welcome her on the evening of June 6th!!!!  This will be Lydia's last appearance as Miss Indiana before she crowns her successor during the week of June 8th.

     Summer Reading is almost here!!!! Everything is free- signup starts June 1st!!!!  There are lots of fun programs and events for you!! The theme this year is "A Universe Of Stories" to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing in July, 1969.  Visit  the traveling planetarium which will be at the library! Create arts and crafts items that you can take home with you, such as a treasure keeper, or a poured paint ceramic flowerpot, to name just two activity programs! Like to cook and bake? Learn how to create unusual quick snack items or different flavored smoothies!!   Enjoy "a  so bad it is almost good"  science fiction movie with cheesy dialogue, not so special effects,  and actors you have never heard of!!! Bring your friends and snarky sarcastic comments to the movie screening!!! (Ask your parents and grandparents what a TV show called Mystery Science Theatre 3000 was like!).  The full schedule of events and activities for teens will be posted on the back of your SRP (Summer Reading Program) card and on the teen section of our website!!

You requested more fiction books about hockey and we ordered them!!  Here are just a few of the new ones!!   Book 2 in the Juniper Falls hockey  series  by Julie Cross just arrived and is in processing. It will be ready soon. Book 1 and 3 are pictured below. Each book is a separate story. More hockey books are on the way!!
     If  there is a  book you want to read and we do not have it, you can request it at the main desk, and we will look into purchasing it or borrowing it from another library for you!


Friday, March 29, 2019

March 28, 2019

     Burst into spring with a new crop of  teen books for you to read!  The teen department has several new Halo books that you have requested we purchase. Some of the Halo books are graphic novels and some are chapter books, including Book 1 of a Halo trilogy written by well-known science fiction author Greg Bear. Below are just a couple

      Another new book is  The Day the Angels Fell  by Shawn Smucker. Both of Mr. Smucker's  parents grew up Amish and  he was raised in Lancaster County, PA. He currently has two published books- The Day the Angels Fell is one of them. Sam is 12 years old the summer of the continuous lightning storms, one of which kills his mother. Sam goes in search of the Tree of Life- a mysterious  and beautifully written book.                             

      Twenty-three people are on a New York City bus when it explodes.  Four, Three, Two, One by Courtney Stevens follows the lives of four teens who survive and return to the scene of the explosion a year later. Realistic fiction.


       In " Field Guide To the North American Teenager",   intelligent, sarcastic,  and smart-mouthed Norris, a hockey-playing French-Canadian teen, has to move to Austin, Texas when his mother gets a new job. Norris learned about America from watching TV shows and Hollywood movies. He spends his time cataloging the types of people he meets in Austin while he plots how to return to Canada ASAP. If you like humorous realistic fiction, this is for you!!

        Luc is a star player on the football team who manages to single-handedly lose the championship game for his entire team, so the coach orders him to spend his summer taking dance lessons to increase his flexibility and strength. An underwhelmed Luc finds out that Across The Floor  isn't what he expected, especially when he is one of 2 males in the dance class.  (Side note and fun fact for today: In real life, many NFL players take ballet and /or dance  lessons in their off-season. Seriously).

     Inheriting a 1968 Firebird convertible is a surprise to Ali. So is the buyer who is offering her  thousands of dollars for the mint-condition sports car.  Ali doesn't know how to drive a stick shift 300 miles to the buyer. In fact, the only person she knows who can drive a stick shift is her ex- boyfriend, Nico. What could be worse than being stuck in a car for days with your ex-boyfriend? Well, plenty of things in The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody.

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?