Archive for April, 2010


New Books First Week of May

April 29, 2010

Just so you all know, I will now be putting the new books up once a week.

Click on the book cover to put a book on hold.

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

In a futuristic world, teenaged, Nailer, scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy

After winning a coveted spot on the high school cheerleading squad, sixteen-year-old newcomer, Jess Parker, is still treated as an “outsider” by the majority of the student body thanks to the harassment campaign led by the popular cheerleader she displaced.

Sebastian Darke: Prince of Explorers by Philip Caveney

Third book in the Sebastian Darke Series

Sebastian and his companions are hired by a rich merchant to seek out the legendary lost city of Mendip, a quest that is challenged by fierce jungle tribes, warrior beasts, and the pleas of a beautiful girl.

The Reason by Marley Gibson

Ghost Huntress Book 3

It’s not every day that you have a premonition of your own demise. But two months after Kendall Moorehead had that dream or vision or whatever it was that showed her death, all is well in her world. Maybe some cosmic wires got crossed. Then Kendall gets a request from the mayor of Radisson, Georgia, to investigate the mayor’s manor. Emily and Loreen warn against it : this spirit is dangerous. But not even they can see just how dangerous.

Comeback by Vicki Grant

Ria’s dad is charming, happy-go-lucky, and rich. Too bad Ria is stuck living with her mother, who works hard, worries about money, and is usually tired and cranky. Her father shows up unexpectedly in a 1962 LeSabre and, in a grandiose gesture, hands the keys to his daughter’s boyfriend. Ria decides to tell her parents that it would be so much better for everyone if she lived with her dad. But then his plane is reported down, in an assumed suicide. What is worse is that Ria’s beloved father is now much maligned; apparently he was swindling his customers. In denial and in defense of him, Ria runs away with her brother in tow.

The Alpha Bet by Stephanie Hale

Grace Kelly Cook, a self-proclaimed “science geek,” starts college by allowing her roommate to help with a makeover, kissing a cute boy, and pledging a sorority, but she fears what will happen when others learn that she lied about her family connections and is only sixteen.

So Over My Head by Jenny B. Jones

Oklahoma seventeen-year-old Bella Kirkwood wages a full-scale war to win Luke back from his ex-girlfriend, tries to save her father from a diva with shady motives, and investigates the disappearance of a murdering magician.

The Carbon Diaries 2017 by Saci Lloyd

Sequel to The Carbon Diaries

In 2017, two years after England introduces carbon dioxide rationing to combat climatic change, eighteen-year-old Laura chronicles her first year at a London university as natural disasters and political upheaval disrupt her studies.

Conspiracy 365: May by Gabrielle Lord

On New Year’s Eve, 15-year-old Callum Ormond is chased down the street by a staggering, sick man with a deadly warning, “They killed your father. They’ll kill you. You must survive the next 365 days”. Hurled into a life on the run, with a price on his head, the fugitive is isolated and alone. Hunted by the law and ruthless criminals, Cal must somehow uncover the truth about his father’s mysterious death and a history-changing secret. 12 books, 12 months.

My Boyfriends’ Dogs: Tales of Adam and Eve by Dandi Daley Mackall

When high school senior Bailey Daley shows up at a St. Louis diner soaking wet in the middle of a rainy night, wearing her prom dress and leading three dogs, the owner invites her in to tell her story of searching in vain for the perfect boyfriend.

Sources of Light by Margaret McMullan

Fourteen-year-old Samantha and her mother move to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962 after her father is killed in Vietnam, and during the year they spend there Sam encounters both love and hate as she learns about photography from a new friend of her mother’s and witnesses the prejudice and violence of the segregationists of the South.

Vulture’s Wake by Kirsty Murray

In a future Australia, Callum, a kidnapped boy, and Bo, perhaps the only female survivor of a bird virus, travel through a lawless, battle-ridden landscape as Callum seeks his fathers and Bo tries to find a place to belong.

A Golden Web by Barbara Quick

In fourteenth-century Bologna, Alessandra Giliani, a brilliant young girl, defies convention and risks death in order to attend medical school at the university so that she can study anatomy.

Sorta Like a Rockstar by Matthew Quick

Although seventeen-year-old Amber Appleton is homeless, living in a school bus with her unfit mother, she is a relentless optimist who visits the elderly at a nursing home, teaches English to Korean Catholic women with the use of rhythm and blues music, and befriends a solitary Vietnam veteran and his dog, but eventually she experiences one burden more than she can bear and slips into a deep depression.

Three Rivers Rising by Jame Richards

Sixteen-year-old Celestia is a wealthy member of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, where she meets and falls in love with Peter, a hired hand who lives in the valley below, and by the time of the torrential rains that lead to the disastrous Johnstown flood of 1889, she has been disowned by her family and is staying with him in Johnstown.

Possessing Jessie by Nancy Springer

High school senior Jessie, blaming herself for her selfish, manipulative brother Jason’s death, tries to comfort her bereft mother by dressing and talking like him, but soon his spirit is taking over her life, while Jessie’s best friend Alisha desperately tries to save her.

Flirting With Disaster by Rhonda Stapleton

Stupid Cupid novel #2

Matchmaker…or heartbreaker? Felicity is a total romantic. That’s why she follows her heart–not the rules–in her job as cupid. But when Felicity turns her matchmaking magic on her best friend, Andy, it’s Andy who breaks their golden rule: Friends always come first. Andy is so wrapped up in her new guy that she’s ditching everyone else. How can Felicity stop her BFF from letting a BF come between them? Meanwhile, Felicity decides to get over her crush on Derek by setting him up with someone else–but in her impulsive haste, she accidentally matches him with the whole school, and now everyone is in love with him. The entire student body is headed toward heartbreak, just weeks before prom. Does Felicity have what it takes to make everyone’s heart happy…including her own?

Raven Speak by Diane L. 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.


My Castle Rock Teen Writing Contest Winners

April 25, 2010

The judges deliberated for over an hour. It was tough to choose their favorites because we had so many excellent entries. In the end they narrowed it down to the top three entries. The winners of the contest will receive a ribbon, a gift card for Borders book store (courtesy of the Best Buy Grant), and a free pass to the Douglas County Writers Conference on October 10, 2010 (courtesy of the Douglas County Library Foundation).

1st Place goes to Entry 8 – The Old Fence by Abby McFadden. Abby is 12 years old. Her writing style, topic, and amazing imagery wowed the judges as well as the online voters. Abby not only won the judges vote, but she overwhelmingly won the popular vote.

2nd Place goes to Entry 5 – Vampire in Castle Rock by Deborah Enoch. Deborah is 16 and is a member of the Young Writers Guild here at the library. Her use of suspense and her incorporation of Castle Rock’s most recognizable landmark made this story a winner.

3rd Place goes to Entry 7 – My Balloon’s Castle Rock Adventure by Erin Zellers. Erin is 12 years old. Her ability to rhyme while incorporating Castle Rock landmarks impressed the judges and the online voters. This poem won 2nd place in the popular vote.

Congratulations to all of the winners and to all of the teens who entered the contest. You all did an amazing job. All of the teens who entered will receive a critique from the judges. I would like to thank our judges: Caroline Stutson, Jessica Swaim, Jeff Crosby, and Shelly Ann Jackson. They gave of their time and expertise and we all appreciate it.


Yoga and Smoothies

April 22, 2010

Join us May 19th at 5pm for a Yoga Session with smoothies to follow.

Wear workout clothes and bring a towel or mat.

Learn how to do some relaxing, stretching and strengthening yoga poses that will make you feel better inside and out.


Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu

April 21, 2010

Lucy has a dark family secret. She has been burned before when a friend discovered what goes on in Lucy’s house, so now she knows she has to guard the secret with her life. When the awesome guy she has a crush on asks her out, and she finally has a best friend it seems like life is going great. She only has two years left until she’s 18 and can leave the house and her unbalanced mom behind. All she has to do is make sure no one ever sees the inside of her house. What could go wrong?

This book is a realistic look into the world of hoarding and its effect on families. The story is told in a fast and interesting way. The description of the house and Lucy’s struggles against the filth leave the reader gagging on the stench. I felt like I was right there in the clutter with her.


Happyface by Stephen Emond

April 21, 2010

This book is Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets high school. The story is told in journal form by a teen guy who is a geek. Reminiscent of Diary of a Wimpy Kid it has drawings in the margins of the page as well as emails, comics, and notes on napkins. Happyface gets the chance to change schools and reinvent himself. He changes his whole image from nerd to cool guy, but can he keep up the ruse?

This is a book for older teen guys. It deals with fitting in at school, girls, and late night computer use. It’s not for everyone but guys who enjoy a funny story might enjoy it.


My Castle Rock Teen Writing Contest Judging

April 19, 2010

The voting has ended and the judges are deliberating. Soon we will have a winner in the Writing Contest. All of the entries are excellent so I know it will be difficult to pick a winner. The winners will be announced on Monday April 26th. Good luck to all the entrants, and congratulations on your excellent work!


Operation Teen Book Drop

April 16, 2010

The Teen Book Club, Readergirlz, and YALSA have conspired to bring Operation Teen Book Drop to Castle Rock.  The Teen Book Club held a book drive at the library and 100 books were donated.  We then put those books all over town in places where teens go.  If you find a book you get to keep it!  Let us know if you find a book.  Some places you might find a book are:

The D.Q. by the library.

The van you take on a field trip.

Bogey’s West record store.  Maybe even…

The locker room at the Rec Center.

Look all over town because you never know where we’ve been.  Enjoy the books Castle Rock.