Archive | April, 2012

I can’t wait until May 1!

25 Apr

A day of sequels! These two books are coming out May 1. Can’t wait.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Kristin Cashore will be at the Cambridge Library May 1 @ 6 pm!


Jasper Jones anyone?

24 Apr

What I’m reading this week…

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Jasper Jones was nominated for a Michael Printz Award, so why haven’t I heard anyone really talking about it?? Maybe I’m in a hole or something, but this book is good. I mean really good. Think Mark Twain goes down under. It is definitely not for those sensitive to violence, (I hope I’m not giving too much away), because in the first pages Charlie Bent is called out of his bedroom window in the middle of the night by the shady Jasper Jones, who has a reputation for trouble. What happens next is terrifying and confusing. Charlie follows his intuition and decides to trust the seemingly unreliable Jasper.

What’s New in Teen Fiction! It’s a good week for books…

18 Apr

Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter

Book 5 in the Gallagher Girls series is here! When seventeen-year-old Cammie wakes up in a convent high in the Alps, she slowly comes to realize that she’s been tortured, the last four months have been erased from her mind, and an ancient terrorist organization is hunting for her.

Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers

In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts–and a violent destiny.

172 hours on the moon by Johan Harstad

In 2019, teens Mia, Antoine, and Midori are selected by lottery to join experienced astronauts on a NASA mission to the once top-secret moon base, DARLAH 2, while in a Florida nursing home, a former astronaut struggles to warn someone of the terrible danger there.

Video games @ the library!

17 Apr

Have a week off from school?  Had your fill of hiking and swimming?  Stuck inside due to the rain (gotta rain at some point, right?), but don’t feel like dropping a ton of money on a new game?

Check out a video game at the Newton Free Library.  Located on the third floor by the DVDs.

We have the following games for Xbox 360 and PS3

Why We Broke Up

13 Apr

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler; Art by Maira Kalman

I’m in the middle of the Printz Honor book, Why We Broke Up and recommend it thus far. It’s the story of Min, short for Minerva, a film junkie, and Ed, a high school basketball star. They are an unlikely couple, but when they meet at a “Bitter” Sixteen Party (instead of sweet), it’s love. Each chapter features a great illustration by Kalman of the objects that Min has saved over the course of their relationship as she’s packing them in a box to give back to Ed after they’ve broken up.

Kalman is the author of one of my favorite books, The Principles of Uncertainty, an incredible book.

Handler also started The Why We Broke Up Project. Add your own story of heartbreak.

The Art is Up!

6 Apr

Come celebrate the incredible talents of Newton South High School Students @ Newton Free Library! Opening reception on Saturday, April 28 @ 3pm in Teen Area on the 2nd floor. Food provided by Whole Foods Market.





Starters Book Trailer

4 Apr

Starters by Lissa Price

To support herself and her younger brother in a future Beverly Hills, sixteen-year-old Callie hires her body out to seniors who want to experience being young again, and she lives a fairy-tale life until she learns that her body will commit murder unless her mind can stop it.

Check out the Starters book trailer!

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