SCPL Teen Blog

August 17, 2012

YALSA’s Teen Book Finder

Filed under: books, technology — Amy @ 3:46 pm

YALSA’s Teen Book Finder | Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). 

YALSA’s Teen Book Finder is a free app to help teens, parents, librarians and library staff, educators, and anyone who loves YA literature access to the past three years’ of YALSA’s awards and lists on their smartphone.

Have an iPod Touch, an iPhone or an iPad? Download the app now!

YALSA's Teen Book Finder

July 6, 2011

It’s so Moo-ving!

Filed under: authors, awesomeness, books, East Regional Library — violettayls @ 8:54 pm

                                                               Book Review: Going Bovine by Libba Bray

       Going Bovine is an intricately woven novel exploring the meaning of life. Now that may sound boring, but with Libba Bray the questions of ‘why are we here?’ and ‘what is our purpose?’ become a well-paced race to find a cure.                                                                 The main character is relateable in an unrelateable way. Cameron is the typical, apathetic teenager just trying to scrap by without putting in too much effort, when BAM!, he is suddenly forced to ask the near impossible questions of the universe. From there on the reader follows him on his journey of discovery that could also be seen as an escape from his reality (right into another.) He is diagnosed with a terminal illness, but given a reason to hope in the form of a possibly-medically-induced-hallucination, punker-chick angel who insists there is a cure and that it’s up to him to find it. Along Cameron’s journey of self-discovery he runs into situations that are all very possible but depicted in such over-dramatized fashion that they are mostly unbelievable and even fantastical. Libba Bray satirizes everything from covertly religious cults to Reality TV and in such a hilarious, thought-provoking way that, as the reader, you are never bored. She also does a wonderful job of incorporating the different perspectives of a wide range of personality types. The plot is unpredictable and surprisingly organized. For those of you looking for a could-be-sci-fi-but-is-ultimately-a-novel-about-self-discovery that is jam-packed with funnies, but also a quite serious attempt to make you think, this is the book for you. Libba Bray is an incredible author and one to watch. This everything-n-one story is the ultimate representation of what a YA* novel should be. I give this a PG-13 rating. There is drug-usage and suggestive adult themes. A little heavy for tweens, but a definite recommendation to the 14+ audience! Check it out at the East or West Regional branch today!!

*young adult

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

February 4, 2011

Tiger’s Curse Saga

Filed under: books, E-Books, new books, videos — SCPL Teens @ 3:12 pm

Something new for Twilight fans? That’s the buzz! Author Colleen Houck got her start from self-publishing the eBook. I have to say the book trailer looks pretty good.




December 15, 2010

Books + internet = even more awesome than books OR internet!

Filed under: awesomeness, books, fanfiction, new books, writing — SCPL Teens @ 4:02 pm

Heard of fan fiction? Ever wish fan fiction could be published as a real book?

Listening to NPR this morning I heard about a new mystery series  called The Amanda Project.  New student Amanda Valentino has brought together three strangers, Callie, Nia and Hal, as her guides when she arrives as at their school. Soon, Amanda has  graffitied the principal’s car, left cryptic notes in her friends’ lockers and disappeared. Why did she lie about her past and why did she vanish? Callie narrates this tale of secrets and confusing clues. And there is a TWIST.

What makes this series unique is that readers create the stories through interacting on a companion website.  You create a character whose collaboration with others on the Amanda Project website help form the story lines for the books.  As you delve deeper into sub plots and intrigue while solving weekly mysteries, the books’ creators reap your material for the books. Here’s a question. Do you get credit?

Book one, Invisible I, will be available in our library sometime in January. Look for the second book, Revealed, this spring!

October 23, 2010 – Cool New Books

Filed under: blogs, books — SCPL Teens @ 3:10 pm

Teenreads is a great blog for finding new things to read.  Each month they post a list of new books.  Check out the list.  If you think we should purchase any of the titles for the library, leave a comment telling us which one!

See what October has to offer! – Cool New Books.

October 4, 2010

Teen Picks Review: Number the Stars

Filed under: books, teen picks — SCPL Teens @ 5:07 pm

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Reviewed by Justin, age 13
Five stars.

What was the book about?
Number the Stars is about two girls, Annemarie and her friend Ellen. Ellen’s family are Jews and live in Holland. Where they live, the Germans take the Jews to concentration camps. Annemarie, her mother and sister take Ellen’s family to their uncle’s house. Their uncle brings Jews from Holland to Sweden to live. Her uncle brings Ellen’s family across the water to Sweden.

Who would you recommend this book to and what would you say to get
them to read it?

I would recommend this book for kids who are 12 and older. I would tell them that it is about a girl and her family helping her friend and her family to safety in Sweden.

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September 13, 2010

Vote for the Teens’ Top Ten!

Filed under: books, teens' top ten — SCPL Teens @ 3:56 pm

Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!

Vote here!

Voting is open Aug. 23 through Sept. 17, 2010. Winners will be announced in a webcast at during Teen Read Week, Oct. 17-23.

January 20, 2010

2010 Award Winning Books announced!

Filed under: award winners, books — SCPL Teens @ 5:40 pm

The winners are in! See them in more detail on the Yalsa site.

Here is a sampling.

William C. Morris YA Debut Award
For a debut book for a first-time author writing for teens.

Winner: Flash Burnout, by L.K. Madigan


Ash, by Melinda Lo

Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Marharet Stohl

The Everafter, by Amy Huntley

hold still, by Nina LaCour

Michael L. Printz Award
For the most excellent book of the year written for teens.

Winner: Going Bovine, by Libba Bray

Honor Books:

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith, by Deborah Heiligmanether.

The Monstrumologist, by Rick Yancey

Punkzilla, by Adam Rapp

Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973, by John Barnes

November 4, 2009

A Brief History of Vampires in Literature on AbeBooks

Filed under: books — SCPL Teens @ 10:54 pm

A Brief History of Vampires in Literature on AbeBooks

Between Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels and Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries (also known as the Sookie Stackhouse or True Blood books) vampires are the hottest thing in literature these days. But this genre, where gothic horror often meets romance, is no johnny-come lately; the vampire has a long, colorful history in literature.

The first instances of vampire tales originally appeared in eastern European folklore. Some of these stories began to trickle into western European literature in the 18th century, and German and English authors started to put their own spin on the myths. . .

June 2, 2009

Good Reads for Summer

Filed under: books — Tags: — SCPL Teens @ 5:36 pm

Here is a pdf of titles you can download or print.
Find these titles in our catalog!

New Books

By Laurie Halse Anderson

Audrey, Wait!
By Robin Benway

By P. C. Cast

Along For The Ride
By Sarah Dessen

King Of The Screwups
By K. L. Going

Paper Towns
By John Green

Wicked Lovely
By Melissa Marr

The Last Olympian
By Rick Riordan

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

By Scott Westerfeld

By Ellen Hopkins

Audio Books

By Tony Abbott

By Laurie Halse Anderson

Th1rteen R3asons Why
By Jay Asher

City Of Glass
By Cassandra Clare

By Chris Crutcher

Breaking Dawn
By Stephenie Meyer
School’s Out Forever
By James Patterson

King Dork
By Frank Portman

The Battle Of The Labyrinth
By Rick Riordan

By Nancy Werlin

The Rules Of Survival
By Nancy Werlin


Kingdom Hearts
By Shiro Amano

Fullmetal Alchemist
By Hiromu Arakawa

Vampire Knight
By Matsuri Hino

Vampire Doll Guilt-Na-Zan
By Erika Kari

By Masashi Kishimoto

By Tite Kubo

Cowboy Bebop Shooting Star
By Cain Kuga

Princess Resurrection
By Yasunori Mitsunaga

Death Note
By Tsugumi Oba

By Rumiko Takahashi

Fruits Basket
By Natsuki Takaya

Graphic Novels

Janes In Love
By Cecil Castellucci

By Rebecca Donner

Marvel 1602
By Neil Gaiman

By Alan Moore

Moped Army
By Paul Sizer

By Marjane Satrapi

Black Metal
By Rick Spears

By Brian K. Vaughan

Y: The Last Man
By Brian K. Vaughan

By Andi Watson

Pedro And Me
By Judd Winick


Behind The Scenes Of Nascar Racing
By William A. Burt

Vintage Tattoos: The Book Of Old-School Skin Art
By Carol Clerk

200 Projects To Get You Into Fashion Design
By Tracy Fitzgerald

Skateboarding: Ramp Tricks
By Evan Goodfellow

Fantasy Characters: How To Draw
By Jessica Peffer

Body Drama
By Nancy Amanda Redd

College Confidence With Add
By Michael Sandler

Generation Green
By Linda Silversten

Eco Craft: Recycle-Recraft-Restyle
By Susan Wasinger

Ipod Fan Book
By Notomi Yasukuni

Awards & Honors

The Astonishing Life Of Octavian Nothing
By M. T. Anderson

A Curse As Dark As Gold
By Elizabeth C. Bunce

Skin Hunger
By Kathleen Duey

Looking For Alaska
By John Green

The Disreputable History Of Frankie Landau-Banks
By E. Lockhart

By Laurie Halse Anderson

By Terry Pratchett

The Invention Of Hugo Cabret
By Brian Selznick

American Born Chinese
By Gene Luen Yang

The Book Thief
By Markus Zusak

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