Archive for March, 2010


Last Chance To Enter the Teen Writing Contest!

March 29, 2010

The deadline for the My Caslte Rock Teen Writing Contest is 4/1/10 at 9:00pm. Email me at with any questions. I can’t wait to read all of the entries!

The Castle Rock Library is having a Teen Writing Contest. March 1st – April 1st teens (12-18) can turn in a piece of writing. You can write a poem or essay or comic or anything you want. The only catch is that you have to mention Castle Rock in the writing. Winners will be picked based on online votes and a panel of judges. Prizes go to 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place entries.

“My Castle Rock” Teen Writing Contest Rules

1. Registration Required.

2. One entry Per Person.

3. Entrants must be a 12-18 years old.

4. Deadline for turning in all work is Thursday, April 1st by 9:00 p.m. (All work must be

turned in before the library closes at 9:00 p.m. 4/1/10)

5. Entries must be no longer than a single page of text with 12-pt type. There is no

minimum length for entries.

6. Entries may not depict any lewd language (cursing or disparaging remarks about any

group or person).

7. Entries must feature Castle Rock in some way.

8. Entries may be any kind or original writing: comic strip, poem, short story, fiction,

non-fiction, newspaper article, horror, mystery, etc…

9. Entries should be submitted via email to the following email address:

10. When submitting your entry please include the following information: Your name,

phone number, age, email address, grade, and how you heard about the contest.

11. Any questions can be directed to the email address above.


New Books for April

March 25, 2010

Click on the cover to reserve the book at the library

The Reckoning by Kelly Armstrong

Darkest Powers Book 3

Fifteen-year-old Chloe, a necromancer, struggles to understand her feelings for werewolf Derek and his sorcerer brother, Simon, while seeking a way to enter the headquarters of the sinister Edison Group and rescue her aunt Lauren and friend Rachelle.

Choppy Sock Blues by Ed Briant

In the South of England, fourteen-year-old Jay resumes contact with his father, a movie stuntman and karate instructor, after two years of estrangement to impress a girl who turns out to be the girlfriend of Jay’s former best friend.

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

Tells the story of Manhattan columnist Carrie Bradshaw’s high school years, her relationships with her peers, and how she became a writer.

The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Calettie

Scarlet, an introverted high school junior surrounded by outcasts who find her a good listener, learns to break old patterns and reach for hope when her pregnant sister moves home with her new husband, with whom Scarlet feels an instant connection.

Last Dance by Melody Carlson

Carter House Girls Book 8

As graduation and last good-byes approach, the Carter House girls make prom plans and find themselves in heated competition for the limelight in a Mother’s Day fashion show.

House of Night: Burned by PC Cast

House of Night Book 7

When friends stop trusting each other, Darkness is there to fan the flames….
Things have turned black at the House of Night. Zoey Redbird’s soul has shattered. With everything she’s ever stood for falling apart, and a broken heart making her want to stay in the Otherworld forever, Zoey’s fading fast. It’s seeming more and more doubtful that she will be able pull herself back together in time to rejoin her friends and set the world to rights. As the only living person who can reach her, Stark must find a way to get to her.  But how?  He will have to die to do so, the Vampire High Council stipulates.  And then Zoey will give up for sure. There are only 7 days left…
Enter  BFF Stevie Rae.  She wants to help Z but she has massive problems of her own.  The rogue Red Fledglings are acting up, and this time not even Stevie Rae can protect them from the consequences.  Her kinda boyfriend, Dallas, is sweet but too nosy for his own good.  The truth is, Stevie Rae’s hiding a secret that might be the key to getting Zoey home but also threatens to explode her whole world.
In the middle of the whole mess is Aphrodite: ex-Fledgling, trust-fund baby, total hag from Hell (and proud of it).  She’s always been blessed (if you could call it that) with visions that can reveal the future, but now it seems Nyx has decided to speak through her with the goddess’s own voice, whether she wants it or not.  Aphrodite’s loyalty can swing a lot of different ways, but right now Zoey’s fate hangs in the balance.
Three girls… playing with fire… if they don’t watch out, everyone will get Burned.

Alchemy and Meggy Swan by Karen Cushman

In 1573, the crippled, scorned, and destitute Meggy Swann goes to London, where she meets her father, an impoverished alchemist, and eventually discovers that although her legs are bent and weak, she has many other strengths.

Mistwood by Leah Cypess

Brought back from the Mistwood to protect the royal family, a girl who has no memory of being a shape-shifter encounters political and magical intrigue as she struggles with her growing feelings for the prince.

The Clearing by Heather Davis

Amy, a sixteen-year-old girl recovering from an abusive relationship, moves to the country in Washington to live with her great-aunt, and there she discovers a mysterious clearing in the woods where she meets Henry, a boy stuck in the summer of 1944.

For Keeps by Natasha Friend

Just as sixteen-year-old Josie and her mother finally begin trusting men enough to start dating seriously, the father Josie never knew comes back to town and shakes up what was already becoming a difficult mother-daughter relationship.

Once by Morris Gleitzman

Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in 1942, thinks he’s in a Catholic orphanage while his parents are traveling. However, when he finds out about the war, and that his parents may be in danger, Felix sets off to warn them–straight into the heart of Nazi-occupied Poland.

Paper Daughter by Jeanette Ingold

When her father, a respected journalist in Seattle, is killed in a hit-and-run accident, Maggie Chen, a high school intern at her father’s newspaper, searches for clues to the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, an investigation that forces her to confront her ethnicity and a family she never knew. Includes historical notes on Chinese immigration to the United States, “paper sons,” and the Exclusion Era laws.

The Complete History of Why I Hate Her by Jennifer Jacobson

Wanting a break from being known only for her sister’s cancer, seventeen-year-old Nola leaves Boston for a waitressing job at a summer resort in Maine, but soon feels as if her new best friend is taking over her life.

Living Hell by Catherine Jinks

Chronicles the transformation of a spaceship into a living organism, as seventeen-year-old Cheney leads the hundreds of inhabitants in a fight for survival while machines turn on them, treating all humans as parasites.

Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones

After his grandfather dies, Andrew Hope inherits a house and surrounding land in an English village, but things become very complicated when young orphan Aidan shows up and suddenly a host of variously magical townsfolk and interlopers start intruding on their lives.

The Heart is Not a Size by Beth Kephart

Fifteen-year-old Georgia learns a great deal about herself and her troubled best friend Riley when they become part of a group of suburban Pennsylvania teenagers that go to Anapra, a squatters village in the border town of Juarez, Mexico, to undertake a community construction project.

Mercury by Hope Larson

Tara is forced to move in with her cousins after her house burns down. She faces a difficult adjustment while her mother is away trying to earn money. Interwoven with this story is that of Tara’s ancestors, who in 1859 were convinced by a mysterious stranger to put all their money into searching their property for gold.

The Year of Goodbyes by Debbie Levy

This book tells the true story of what happened to a 12-year-old girl named Jutta (Levy’s mother) in 1938.

Center Field by Robert Lipsyte

Mike lives for baseball and hopes to follow his idol into the major leagues one day, but he is distracted by a new player who might take his place in center field, an ankle injury, problems at home, and a growing awareness that something sinister is happening at school.

The Light by DJ MacHale

Morpheus Road Book 1

Sixteen-year-old Marshall Seaver is expecting a boring summer when his best friend goes away, but instead he finds himself haunted–and hunted–by ghosts that want something from him which he cannot decipher.

Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Ani, a half-mortal driven by her hungers, and Devlin, faery assassin and brother to the High Queen, have reason to fear one another even as they are drawn together to save all of Faerie.

Boys, Bears and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald

Seventeen-year-old Jenna, an ardent vegetarian and environmentalist, is thrilled to be spending the summer communing with nature in rural Canada, until she discovers that not all of the rugged residents there share her beliefs.

A Small Free Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard

Skip, an eleven-year-old runaway, becomes friends with Billy, a homeless man, and together they flee a war-torn Australian city with six-year-old Max and camp out at a seaside amusement park, where they are joined by Tia, a fifteen-year-old ballerina, and her baby.

Shadow by Jenny Moss

When Shadow, whose job all her life has been to stay close to the young queen and prevent her prophecied death at the age of sixteen, fails in her task and the castle is thrown into chaos, she escapes along with a young knight, embarking upon a journey that eventually reveals her true identity.

Up Over Down Under by Micol Ostow

S.A.S.S. Super Special

When sixteen-year-olds Eliza of Washington, D.C., and Billie of Melbourne, Australia, participate in a semester-long ecology exchange program, Eliza’s plan to “cut loose” out of the public eye goes awry, while Belinda must consider tempering her idealism in order to work within the system.

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer

When the moon’s gravitational pull increases, causing massive natural disasters on earth, Miranda and her family struggle to survive in a world without cities or sunlight, and wonder if anyone else in still alive.

Efrain’s Secret by Sofia Quintero

Ambitious high school senior and honor student Efrain Rodriguez makes some questionable choices in pursuit of his dream to escape the South Bronx and attend an Ivy League college.

Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve

Foundling Fever Crumb has been raised as an engineer although females in the future London, England, are not believed capable of rational thought, but at age fourteen she leaves her sheltered world and begins to learn startling truths about her past while facing danger in the present.

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

Petite and young-looking, seventeen-year-old Sarah has been best friends with the glamorous and seductive Brianna forever, but when she starts liking Brianna’s boyfriend, their friendship becomes precarious.

Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson

A retelling of the Perrault fairy tale set in pre-colonial India, in which two stepsisters receive gifts from a goddess and each walks her own path to find her gift’s purpose, discovering romance along the way.

A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Turner

Kidnapped and sold into slavery, Sophos, an unwilling prince, tries to save his country from being destroyed by rebellion and exploited by the conniving Mede empire.

Raven Speak by Diane Wilson

In 854, the bold fourteen-year-old daughter of a Viking chieftain, aided by her old and thin but equally intrepid horse and an ancient, one-eyed seer, must find a way to keep her clan together and save them from starvation.



March 24, 2010





Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

March 22, 2010

Dade just graduated from high school and can’t wait to get out of Iowa.  His parents marriage is disintegrating.  He has no real friends.  He’s still in the closet and his “relationship” is a complete secret.  However, things change during the summer.  He meets Lucy and Alex.  Alex happens to be gay as well.  Lucy is a lesbian.  For the first time, he feels comfortable coming out of the closet and he has real friends.

This book was so good.  I had a hard time putting in down.  The relationships in the book are great.  Dade learns to be who he really is and finds people who accept him.  Dade still has a lot of issues to deal with, but learns how to deal with things through his relationships.


My Castle Rock Teen Writing Contest Judges

March 17, 2010

The deadline to turn in work for the My Castle Rock Teen Writing Contest is April 1, 2010. If you have questions about how to enter the contest you can email me at or you can click on the link to the right of this page that says “Teen Writing Conntest”. You will find the rules and how to enter the contest by clicking on that link. With about two weeks to go we wanted to let everyone know how the judging will work. We will post all of the entries on this blog and everyone will get to vote. The entry that wins the popular vote will have one vote on the panel. That vote will be added to the judge’s votes to decide 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the contest. The judges are all Colorado authors, and they are all looking forward to reading what the teens in Castle Rock have to offer. Let’s meet the Judges:

Caroline Stutson

Although she loves reading chapter books, middle grade and Y.A novels, Caroline considers herself a picture book writer, who dreams of writing longer books that are good enough to be published. Her tenth picture book CATS’ NIGHT OUT will be released this April.

Caroline lives in Littleton, where she enjoys volunteer storytelling and tutoring in local schools. She is excited about judging the upcoming.

Jessica Swaim

Jessica Swaim is the author of children’s picture books, Nate By Night and The Hound From the Pound, written in rhyme, as well as three humorous poetry collections that are forthcoming from Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press. She is a former children’s librarian, currently works as a parttime cataloger for Cherry Creek Schools. In addition to her books, many of her book reviews and articles have appeared in kids’ magazines and professional journals. Jessica lives in Parker, Colorado.

Jeff Crosby and Shelley Ann Jackson

Jeff Crosby and Shelley Ann Jackson are husband and wife author/illustrators who work both individually and collaboratively. Jeff and Shelley each hold BFA degrees in Communication Design from the University of North Texas and MFA degrees in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts. Their illustration work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, book covers, picture books, posters, greeting cards, advertisements and picture books. Their most celebrated book to date is Little Lions, Bull Baiters & Hunting Hounds: A History of Dog Breeds, which they wrote, illustrated and designed collaboratively. Little Lions was awarded a non-fiction research grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and was named 2008 juvenile nonfiction book of the year by ForeWord Magazine. They are currently at work on a sequel to Little Lions about horses, with one about cats in the wings. Jeff and Shelley often visit schools and speak on panels to teach children and adults about writing and illustrating children’s books. They also lead a local writers’ critique group called “White Binders.” Jeff and Shelley live in Castle Rock with their daughter, Harper, and three dogs.


Pop by Gordon Korman

March 15, 2010

Marcus Jordan moved to a new town in the middle of the summer before his junior year.  The new town has a amazing football team and Marcus is a quarterback.  He is determined for the team.  He begins playing in the park before the practices begin.  While practicing, a older guy, Charlie,  starts playing with him.  Marcus thinks this is odd, but he is good and teaches Marcus a lot.  When practices begin, it is obvious nobody wants him around, but Marcus keeps working and practicing with Charlie.  As time goes on, Marcus begins to realize that there is something wrong with Charlie.  Not only that, but Charlie is the father of the high school quarter back.  Now Marcus, is alienated from the team and can’t explain his new friendship to anyone.

Pop is a good book that is about more than football.  Marcus is a great character.  He is so caring and naive about the situation at hand.  He wants to do good by everyone, but knows it will get him in trouble.  Charlie is such a complicated character, but shows the reader the issues that can develop through football.  I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good sports book.  I really enjoyed it.


Teen Reads For Grown Ups Book Club

March 11, 2010

Are you tired of reading the same old grown up books?  Why not read what the teens are reading.  All books in this book club have been selected by our Teen Book Club.  Become a member of the Teen Reads For Grown Ups Book Club by going to the Castle Rock library and getting your member’s only copy of Unwind by Neal Shusterman.  Then join us 4/14/10, 6:30pm at Pegasus in downtown Castle Rock.  We will have refreshments and discuss the book.

Unwind is the story of a distant future where all babies must be born, but they can at the parents choosing be unwound.  All of their body parts can be medically harvested.  This is the story of three teens who are on a path with the unwinding process.