Archive for January, 2010


Book Trailer for Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

January 27, 2010

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If you like this book trailer stop by the library and pick up a copy of the book.  Click on the book to place a hold.


Invisible I by Melissa Kantor and Stella Lennon

January 27, 2010


Callie is one of the popular “i” girl crowd.  She doesn’t know why she was picked to be cool but she was.  Never mind that she’s not rich or very pretty.  All that matters is that she goes to the right parties and has the right friends.  So when she and two social misfits get called into the principal’s office she has no idea what’s going on.  When the principal tells the three that Amanda has not only disappeared, but that she has implicated all three of them in an act of vandalism prior to disappearing, it starts a chain of events that no one could have predicted. 

 Once the three figure out that Amanda has been a secret friend to each of them, they start trying to figure out what happened to her.  They even start a webpage that you can join and post to.

 This is book one in the Amanda Project series.  It’s told from Callie’s point of view.  There will be several more stories to complete the series.  Each book will be from the point of view of a different secret friend.  The online content makes this a book for people who are fans of the Cathy’s Book series by Sean Stewart.

 This is a fun book even without the online stuff.  It’s about being yourself and not just doing what the crowd is doing.  It’s interesting and has a message without preaching to the reader.  I recommend it to people who like a light mystery and books about what high school is really like.  If you’re looking for 90210 drama it’s not in this book.


New Books For February

January 26, 2010

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The River by Mary Jane Beaufrand

Teenager Ronnie’s life is transformed by the murder of a ten-year-old neighbor for whom she babysat, and who had helped Ronnie adjust to living at a country inn on the banks of the Santiam River in Hoodoo, Oregon.

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpern by Josh Berk

When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.

Albatross by Josie Bloss

A new student develops a destructive crush on a musician in love with the mysterious and alluring “albatross” around his neck.

Possessed by Kate Cann

Sixteen-year-old Rayne escapes London, her mother, and boyfriend for a job in the country at Morton’s Keep, where she is drawn to a mysterious clique and its leader, St. John, but puzzles over whether the growing evil she senses is from the manor house or her new friends.

The Life of Glass by Jillian Cantor

Throughout her freshman year of high school, fourteen-year-old Melissa struggles to hold onto memories of her deceased father, cope with her mother’s return to dating, get along with her sister, and sort out her feelings about her best friend, Ryan.

Heist Society by Ally Carter

A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop’s father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.

Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook
“The Count of Monte Cristo” meets “Mean Girls” in this scandalicious, hilarious tale of friendship, betrayal, makeovers, and revenge.
In a Heartbeat by Loretta Ellsworth
Told in their separate voices, Eagan, who has died in a figure-skating accident, becomes a heart donor for Amelia, who then begins taking on some aspects of Eagan’s personality.
Remote Control by Jack Heath
Teenage agent Six of Hearts is suspected of being a double agent, which has him on the run from his fellow agents at the Deck while also trying to track down his brother’s kidnappers.

The Sable Quean by Brian Jacques

The courageous Redwall creatures band together as Vilaya, the evil Sable Quean, and her horde of vermin attempt to make off with the young animals of the Abbey.

Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson

Ever since Mrs. Amberson entered Scarlett Martin’s life, nothing has been the same. Now in the sequel to “Suite Scarlett,” Scarlett is Mrs. Amberson’s assistant, running around town for her star client, Chelsea, a Broadway star Scarlett’s age with a knack for making her feel insignificant.

The Enchanted Quest by Frewin Johnson

Princess Tania must travel outside of the Immortal Realm to seek a cure for the plague afflicting her people, while joined in spirit with all of the children of Aurealis to weave a web of protection over the Realm of Faerie.

The Long Way Home by Andrew Klavan

Charlie West went to bed one night an ordinary high school student, but when he woke up, he was a hunted man. Terrorists are trying to kill him. The police want to arrest him for the death of his best friend. With his pursuers closing in on every side, Charlie makes his way back to his hometown to find some answers.

Ashes by Kathryn Lasky

In 1932 Berlin, thirteen-year-old Gaby Schramm witnesses the beginning of Hitler’s rise to power, as soldiers become ubiquitous, her beloved literature teacher starts wearing a jewelled swastika pin, and the family’s dear friend, Albert Einstein, leaves the country while Gaby’s parents secretly bury his books and papers in their small yard.

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Finnikin was a young child when the royal family of  Lumatere was murdered and replaced by an impostor.  Now there is a curse that keeps everyone within the walls.  Finnikin is on the cusp of adulthood and is compelled to joy forces with Evanjalin to try to find a surviving royal child and break the curse that binds them in Lumatere.

Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers

Teenage Reese, serving time at a juvenile detention facility, gets a lesson in making it through hard times from an unlikely friend with a harrowing past.

Dirty Little Secrets by Cynthia Omololu

When her unstable mother dies unexpectedly, sixteen-year-old Lucy must take control and find a way to keep the long-held secret of her mother’s compulsive hoarding from being revealed to friends, neighbors, and especially the media.

Little Miss Red by Robin Palmer

Sophie Greene dreams of being more like the star of her favorite romance novels. All of that changes when Sophie goes to Florida to visit her grandma and she finds herself seated next to a good-looking guy on the plane. Before she knows it, Sophie’s living on the edge.

Dragon by Jeff Stone

Long, the dragon-style warrior, saw his temple burned, his brothers killed, and his novice siblings fleeing to the four winds. Now the future of China lies in the hands of five young monks. The seventh–and final–part of the Five Ancestors series.

Rikers High by Paul Volponi
Arrested on a minor offense, a New York City teenager attends high school in the jail facility on Rikers Island, as he waits for his case to go to court.
A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker
When the principal of her high school announces that every senior must participate in a year-long marriage education program, Fiona learns some unexpected lessons about people, friendship, crushes, and cheerleading.
Numbers by Rachel Ward
Fifteen-year-old Jem knows when she looks at someone the exact date they will die, so she avoids relationships and tries to keep out of the way, but when she meets a boy named Spider and they plan a day out together, they become more involved than either of them had planned.


Michael Printz Award Winners

January 20, 2010

The winners were announced on Monday!

And the winner is:

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob’s (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.  Here is a review.

The honor books are:

Charles and Emma: The Darwin’s Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman

Punkzilla by Adam Rapp

Monstrumologist: William James Henry byRichard Yancey

Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes

I have to be honest I have not read any of these books.  Two of them are on the list of to be read but otherwise I haven’t read them.

Have you read any of them?  What do you think?


Teen Reads For Grown Ups Book Club

January 14, 2010

Do you hate reading boring books that Oprah recommends?  Do you want to read what the COOL kids are reading?  Why not read the best Young Adult fiction that there is?  All of our book club books have been chosen by our Teen Book Club. 

If you are 18 or older, stop by the Aloha Teen Tower to pick up your members only copy of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.  We will be discussing this book on 2/10/10 6:30-7:30 at Pegasus in downtown Castle Rock.


More Books for January!

January 13, 2010

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They Never Came Back by Caroline Cooney

When fifteen-year-old Cathy decides to carpool from Norwalk to tony Greenwich, Connecticut, to study Latin in summer school, she does not expect the shocking events that occurred five years earlier to suddenly come flooding back into her relatively settled life.

The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg

Fed up with boys and the way they have treated her and her friends, high school junior Penny Lane–named after the Beatles song–forms a club whose members vow to stop dating, but the repercussions are surprising.

The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard

Reading the journal of the high-society girl he was secretly involved with for a year helps high school senior Colt cope with her death and come closer to understanding why she needed him while continuing to be the girlfriend of a wealthy classmate.

Dream Life by Lauren Mechling

Claire Voyante’s dreams lead her to investigate the New York secret society that her best friend is being initiated into, while at the same time she tries to keep her own psychic powers a secret. Sequel to Dream Girl.

The Mark by Jen Nadol

While in Kansas living with an aunt she never knew existed and taking a course in philosophy, sixteen-year-old Cass struggles to learn what, if anything, she should do with her ability to see people marked to die within a day’s time.

Flightsend by Linda Newbery

Flightsend is Charlie’s new home, whether she likes it or not. Her mother sees it as an end to all that’s gone so tragically wrong, a chance for a fresh start. Although Charlie believes that her mother is intent on making disastrous mistakes, she can only offer support — but who will support Charlie with Sean out of their lives? And she’s certain that the move to a remote, ramshackle cottage will just make things worse.”–Dustjacket flap.

By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

High school student Daelyn Rice, who has been bullied throughout her school career and has more than once attempted suicide, again makes plans to kill herself, in spite of the persistent attempts of an unusual boy to draw her out.

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

A mentally ill sixteen-year-old girl reunites with her estranged mother in an East Texas town that is haunted with doors to dimensions of the dead and protected by demon hunters called Mortmaine.

Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

As teenagers Brooklyn and Nico work to help each other recover from the deaths of Brooklyn’s boyfriend–Nico’s brother Lucca–and their friend Gabe, the two begin to rediscover their passion for life, and a newly blossoming passion for one another.

I Kissed a Zombie and I Like It by Adam Selzer

Living in the post-human era when the undead are part of everyday life, high schooler Alley breaks her no-dating rule when Doug catches her eye, but classmate Will demands to turn her into a vampire and her zombie boyfriend may be unable to stop him.

Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials

Transferring to a new high school, freshman Charlotte “Charlie” Healey faces tough choices as she tries to shed her “mean girl” image.


Witch & Wizard by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

January 12, 2010


One day you’re a normal teenager, and the next you are a wanted criminal guilty of the ultimate crime of being a Witch.  This is the action packed story of a magical brother and sister called Whit and Wisty.  It starts with Whit, Wisty, and both of their parents about to be executed by hanging. 

The book is nonstop action so fans of Patterson’s other series, Maximum Ride, will not be disappointed.  This book also has a message similar to the Maximum Ride books:  Teens have the power to change the world.  Just like with Max and the gang Patterson overdoes the message with a lack of subtlety and flat out stating the message in several different chapters.

To spite belaboring the point, the book is fun and exciting.  If you are looking for an easy and exciting read this book is for you.  Fair warning, the book does not resolve the hanging.  They have definitely set this book up with several sequels in mind.