Wednesday, August 27, 2014

If I Stay

Need a movie suggestion for this weekend? Check out If I Stay based on the YA novel of the same name by Gayle Forman. Fair warning: you'll probably need some Kleenex.

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Oh, Chloe Grace Moretz! You've grown up since Hugo

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

It's over, it's over...

...theblondelibrarian says "It's over!"

Teen summer reading club...I remember when.
*insert sappy slideshow with good-time photos (Oh, wait, I didn't make one of those)

Summer may be (almost) over, but don't blub. We had a great time! THANK YOU to all of ya'll who joined the Teen Reading Club over the summer, and congrats to any and all prize winners. You worked hard to read 140,565 pages as a group. YOU'RE AWESOME!

But this wouldn't have been possible without our local sponsors:
Putt U
Copperhead Grille

and a special THANK YOU to Tales of Adventure Comics and Games in Coopersburg for supplying the Teen Reading Club with some serious prize packages. Stop by the store, pick up a new graphic novel and say thanks while you're at it.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

7 Days Left!

ONLY 7 DAYS LEFT to read and log books for the Teen Summer Reading Club!

Keep reading and logging until August 13 @ 5 pm. You can do it!

IMPORTANT: All raffle prize tickets must be picked up and placed in the bins by Aug. 13 @ 5 pm. So don't wait and think you'll drop it in before the closing program on Thursday night. 'Cause you can't.

All prize winners will be announced at the closing program on Thursday, Aug. 14th @ 7 pm. You don't have to be present to win, and you will be notified by phone if you do. But, if you want to watch the little kids get their prizes, and have some yummy snacks, stop on by!

REMEMBER: if you attain all 10 prize levels, you will get a bonus prize of free comics for a year from Tales of Adventure Comics and Games. Get it!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Impossible Knife of Memory review

What have I been reading this summer? Well....
The Impossible Knife of Memory - Laurie Halse Anderson
For a long time, Hayley has felt more like a parent than a daughter. Constantly on the move with her war vet father who suffers from serious PTSD, she has built impenetrable walls around herself to keep out the hurt, fear and feelings of helplessness. But now Dad says it's time to settle down in the town she knew in a younger, happier time. He also says she is going to finish high school. He doesn't mention how she's supposed to accomplish that between protecting him from himself, fending off nosy adults, and surviving on peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Danger rears up everywhere - her father's creepy "friend"/dealer, failing grades at school, and a possibly evil ex-stepmother who already left Hayley high and dry once. And then there's Finn. A nice boy, a star swimmer, and the first one Hayley is tempted to let through her defenses. But will he be able to handle the glass-shard-filled chaos that is her world?

A riveting portrayal from Anderson of the other dark side of PTSD - the typhoon of craziness it can bring to family members and dependents. Hayley is an incredibly strong girl - because she has to be. It's the only way she'll survive. She's always trying to anticipate her father's next move, and analyzing his present condition. Is he high, drunk, angry, weeping, screaming, armed, comatose, suicidal? Every second with her dad is a roller coaster ride with all these possibilities. She supports and protects him to the best of her ability, but she can't help remembering a time when things weren't so. There's a constant feeling of Hayley being on the knife's edge in this story - which is appropriate given the title. She has things under control, but barely. Any second it could go haywire. The intense ending doesn't leave room for shiny rainbows, but it does give a glimmer of hope in the all-encompassing power of love.

This is a serious book with a serious subject, but you won't be able to put it down. I call Anderson the Jodi Picoult of YA because she tackles the issues that nobody else wants in a heartbreaking and totally believable way. Well done!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ace those tests!

Thinking about the SAT, PSAT, ACT, GED or any of those other nerve-wracking tests? Don't be scared...we're here to help. SLPL is now offering access to the Testing and Education Reference Center (powered by Gale)
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It's a big world out there. Get busy.

P.S. For those of you who prefer test prep you can hold in your hands, we have book copies in our YA room.  

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What's New?

Here are some great titles jumping onto our YA shelves any day now:

17 & Gone - Nova Ren Suma
Seventeen-year-old Lauren has visions of girls her own age who are gone without a trace, but while she tries to understand why they are speaking to her and whether she is next, Lauren has a brush with death and a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.
The End Games - T. Michael Martin
In the rural mountains of West Virginia, seventeen-year-old Michael Faris tries to protect his fragile younger brother from the horrors of the zombie apocalypse.
The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle, bk. 2)
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater are awake, magic is swirling around Blue and The Raven boys and Ronan Lynch's ability to pull objects from his dreams is almost out of control but worst of all, the mysterious Gray Man is stalking the Lynch family, looking for something called the Greywaren.
The Finisher - David Baldacci
When Quentin Herms is chased from his village into the Quag, a dark forest filled with terrifying beasts and murderous Outliers, Vega uses her skills as a talented decoder to uncover dangerous secrets.
Champion - Marie Lu (Legend novel, 3)
June and Day's hopes for peace are shattered by a plague outbreak that renews warfare throughout the panicked Colonies, a situation that forces the Republic to consider a means of defense that threatens everything Day has worked for.
Also Known As Elvis - James Howe (Misfits, 4)
While his friends Bobby, Joe, and Addie are spending the summer on exciting adventures, thirteen-year-old Skeezie Tookis must get a job and help around the house, and things only get worse when his long-lost father appears
Spirit and Dust - Rosemary Clement-Moore
Raised in a family of psychics and witches, teen Daisy Goodnight is happy to help local police solve cold cases but when the FBI seeks her talents, she becomes involved in a mess that even has the spirits terrified.

All images and book blurbs attributed to Novelist K-8 Plus.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Spark a Reaction YA Special Display

Hopefully by now you've figured out that the motto for the 2014 Teen Summer Reading Club is:
In keeping with the themes of science and technology, I have pulled together a special display of books for July & August.

Mad scientists? Yes, please.
Technology gone wrong? Always.
Robotic mind control?!!!! Maybe.

You'll just have to take a look and see. You can check out 2 books from the special display at a time, and they check-out for 2 weeks.

Two of my favorites are:
Fever Crumb - Philip Reeve
Fever Crumb is raised by The Order of Engineers, even though they believe girls are incapable of rational thought. Hah!
Erebos - Ursula Poznanski
Video game gone horribly wrong.

Science is everywhere. Embrace it...or run quickly in the other direction.