Archive | February, 2012

What’s New in Teen Fiction?

29 Feb


Ripper by Stefan Petrucha

Adopted by famous Pinkerton Agency Detective Hawking in 1895 New York, fourteen-year-old Carver Young hopes to find his birth father, but when he becomes involved in the pursuit of notorious killer Jack the Ripper, Carver discovers that finding the truth can be worse than ignorance.


Boy 21 by Matthew Quick (3/5/12)

Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school’s varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.

Double by Jenny Valentine

When sixteen-year-old Chap is mistaken for a missing boy, he leaves the home where he has been living temporarily and takes on this new identity, not knowing that it is as dangerous and uncertain as the life he has left behind.


Make an ugly doll!

24 Feb

When: Thursday, March 15, 3:30-5pm

Where: Newton Free Library, 2nd floor Teen Area

What: Take some fabric, some buttons, fill it with love, fluff, and cedar, and voila – a smelly, ugly doll!

Snacks will be served!  No sewing skills needed!

Don’t you think he looks like a Jean-Claude?

New Twilight Movie @ the Library!

22 Feb

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 is out on DVD and here at the library! Put your name on the list…

I’m sorry, but I had to announce it. Total guilty pleasure.

Happy 50th Birthday!

21 Feb

A Wrinkle in Time turns 50 this year! Still one of the best Science Fiction books of all time.

New Hunger Games Guide!

16 Feb

Can I just tell you how obsessed I am with The Hunger Games Trilogy?? Very obsessed. So obsessed that I created a guide strictly about The Hunger Games. You will find:

  • the coolest countdown-to-the-movie widget ever

  • book recommendations (Hunger Games read-alikes, mostly dystopian novels)

  • links to websites (movie gossip, official book & movie websites)

  • rss feeds

  • link to Hunger Games Facebook page

Enjoy! BTW movie tickets go on sale 2/22 🙂 Liz


What’s New in Teen Fiction?

15 Feb

The Edumacation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark

Live vicariously through Jay as he faces off against his mortal enemy, gets awkward around his dream girl(s), loses his marbles in a Bermudian love triangle, watches his parents’ relationship implode, and, finally, learns to get real and be himself(ish).

Legacy by Molly Cochran

Stuck at a boarding school where her fellow students seem to despise her, Katy soon discovers that Whitfield, Massachusetts, is the place where her mother committed suicide under mysterious circumstances when Katy was a small child, and as dark forces begin to converge on Whitfield, it is up to Katy to unravel her family’s many secrets to save the boy she loves and the town itself from destruction.

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Told in alternating voices, an all-night adventure featuring Lucy, who is determined to find an elusive graffiti artist named Shadow, and Ed, the last person Lucy wants to spend time with, except for the fact that he may know how to find Shadow.

Bewitching by Alex Flinn

Tells the story of Kendra, a witch, and the first three-hundred years of her life, including takes on a classic fairy tale, the 1666 plague in Britain, the Titanic disaster, and the story of a modern-day, plain stepsister.

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Torn between her love for her boyfriend Tucker and her complicated feelings about the role she seems destined to play, sixteen-year-old part-angel Clara Gardner races to decipher a new vision that could signify the end for someone close to her.

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

Colby’s post-high school plans have long been that he and his best friend Beth would tour with her band, then spend a year in Europe, but when she announces that she will start college just after the tour, Colby struggles to understand why she changed her mind and what losing her means for his future.

Dead to You by Lisa McMann

Having been abducted at age seven, abandoned, a foster child, and homeless, Ethan, now sixteen, is happy to be home until his brother’s suspicion and his own inability to remember something unspeakable from his early childhood begin to tear the family apart.

Various Positions by Martha Schabas

When talented, dedicated fourteen-year-old Georgia Slade becomes a student in an elite Toronto ballet academy, her confusing feelings toward one of her teachers lead to disaster.

Two Truths and a Lie by Sara Shepard

Two months before I died, my best friend’s brother disappeared. I have no idea where Thayer went or why he left, but I know it’s my fault. I did a lot of horrible things while I was alive, things that made people hate me, maybe even enough to kill me. Desperate to solve my murder, my long-lost twin, Emma, is pretending to be me and unraveling the many mysteries I left behind.

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller has perfected the art of keeping a low profile in a future society in which Moral Statutes have replaced the Bill of Rights and offenses carry stiff penalties, but when Chase, the only boy she has ever loved, arrests her rebellious mother, Ember must take action.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Hadley and Oliver fall in love on the flight from New York to London, but after a cinematic kiss they lose track of each other at the airport until fate brings them back together on a very momentous day.

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