Wednesday, June 30, 2010

July Book of The Month

Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is a six year old genius. In fact, his genius has given him the opportunity to attend a special smart kid’s school, training and teaching him to become an astronaut before he can even drive a car. Not that driving cars is on anyone’s mind or to do list, with the Earth under constant attack from “buggers”, a race of aliens bent on the destruction of mankind. Ender lives in a world filled with military training and endless battle games designed to train the young genius of Earth in the art and skill of war.

It doesn’t take long for Ender to end up the head of his battle group, winning every single simulation put up against him. He may not be the teacher or his class mate’s favorite but he’d proven time and time again, that Ender could possibly be the one to end humanities struggle with their alien visitors.

But does Ender want that? Does he want to wipe out an entire civilization on his own? While from the outside “Ender’s Game” is a battle of Human vs. Alien, the real battle becomes within Ender’s own choices, to live a life of war or to find him in a life of peace. What do the people of Earth really know about their alien attackers? What could possible go wrong when you train kids to kill and destroy?

Ender’s Game by Orson Wells Scott is the start of an exciting and limitless science fiction series about the life of Andrew Wiggin and the struggles he faces on behalf of humanity. Set in a time of war and military, the novel takes a look at the sacrifices and trails we make in order to stay human and more importantly the consequences of war on the people who fight it.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

July Teen Events

Jr. High Book Discussion:
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Thursday, July 1st @ 5 p.m.
Grades 6-8

When thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time.
Sign-up is appreciated, but not required

Tuesday, July 6th @ 5 p.m.
Grades 6-12

Storms can't ruin our fun! The luau is still on, just pushed back a bit. Let our luau transport you to Hawaii. Hang ten with some rockin' tunes. Stuff your face with beach party food and make-you-own-smoothies.
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Movie Night: The Goonies
Thursday, July 8th @ 5 p.m.
es 6 and up
The f
ilm follows a group of misfit kids as they search for buried treasure in a subterranean cavern. Here they cross the path of lady criminal Mama Fratelli and her outlaw brood. Fortunately, the kids manage to befriend Fratelli's hideously deformed (but soft-hearted) son, who comes to their rescue. Rated PG
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Teen Game Day
Tuesday, July 13th @ 4 p.m.
Grades 6-12

Game Day
is back! Stop by and play with our new Wii. If that's not your style, board games will also be available.
Sign-up is not required

Teen Craft: Marble Magnets
Thursday, July 15th @ 2 p.m.
Grades 6-12

Combine words, pictures, and marbles to make you own custom magnets. The magnets will look awesome on your fridge or in your locker.
Sign-up is appreciated, but not required

r Fight Party
Saturday, July 17th @ 2 p.m.
Grades 6-12
If we can't go to the beach, we'll make the beach come to us! Prepare yourself for the ultimate water party complete with squirt guns, water balloons, and more! Warning: you will get wet so dress appropriately. Bring beach towels to dry off with at the end of the party.
is not required

Jr. Hi
gh Book Discussion:
The Alchemyst
by Michael Scott
Tuesday, July 20th @ 5 p.m.
Grades 6-8

While w
orking at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.
Sign-up is appreciated, but not required.

School Book Discussion:
Monstrumologist by Richard Yancey
sday, July 22nd @ 5 p.m.
es 9-12
In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his
apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi.
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Battle of the Books
Tuesday, July 27th @ 6 p.m.
The time has come for the battle to begin! Everyone is invited to watch the teams who have worked so hard reading books all summer compete against one another to see who knows books best. Winner receive a gift certificate and all participants receive an autographed book.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Book Survivor

Every summer, ten books make it onto the coveted Book Survivor List. Every week, you have a chance to vote for your top three books on the Book Survivor list. Here are the ten books struggling to survive the summer by your votes alone.

Airhead by Meg Cabot
Sixteen-year-old Emerson Watts, an advanced placement student with a disdain for fashion, is the recipient of a "whole body transplant" and finds herself transformed into one of the world's most famous teen supermodels.

Downriver by Will Hobbs
Fifteen-year-old Jessie and the other rebellious teen members of a wilderness survival school team abandon their adult leader, hijack his boats, and try to run the dangerous white water at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
For thirteen years, Vlad, aided by his aunt and his best friend, has kept secret that he is a half-vampire, but when his missing teacher is replaced by a sinister substitute, he learns that there is more to being a vampire, and to his parents' death, than he could have guessed.

Good Neighbors Book 1: Kin by Holly Black
Sixteen-year-old Rue Silver, whose mother disappeared weeks ago, believes she is going crazy until she learns that the strange things she has been seeing are real, and that she is one of the faerie creatures, or Good Neighbors, that mortals cannot see.

Hidden Talents by David Lubar
When thirteen-year-old Martin arrives at an alternative school for misfits and problem students, he falls in with a group of boys with psychic powers and discovers something surprising about himself.

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
In Manhattan in 1899, five teens of different social classes lead dangerously scandalous lives, despite the strict rules of society and the best-laid plans of their parents and others.

mum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the "birdkids," who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
After a nasty fall, Naomi realizes she has no memory of the last four years and finds herself reassessing every aspect of her life.

Something Rotten by Alan Gratz
In a contemporary story based on Shakespeare's play "Hamlet," Horatio Wilkes seeks to solve the murder of his friend Hamilton Prince's father in Denmark, Tennessee.

The S
ummer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different as she finds herself falling for a boy she has known since childhood.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

An Ocean of New Books

We are getting some many new books this summer, it's hard to keep track of them all. Stop by and check some out. Here are a few of our new titles this June.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

Bree, a newborn vampire and part of the army preparing to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, does not recall much about her life as a human, but knows enough to realize that she is a pawn in a dangerous game that could end in her death - for the last time.

Wolves, Boys, & Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler
Two teenagers becomes close as the citizens of their town fight over the packs of wolves that have been reintroduced into the nearby Yellowstone National Park.

The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen
When high school sophomore Mason finds a beautiful but catatonic girl in the nursing home where his mother works, the discovery leads him to revelations about a series of disturbing human experiments that have a connection to his own life.

Folly by Marthe Jocelyn
In a parallel narrative set in the late nineteenth-century England, teenaged country girl Mary Finn relates the unhappy conclusion to her experiences as a young servant in an aristocratic London household while, years later, young James Nelligan describes how he comes to leave his beloved foster family to live and be educated at London's famous Foundling Hospital.

Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly
When Drea and her mother move in with her grandparents in Bellingham, Washington, the sixteen-year-old finds out that she can have real friends, in spite of her Asperger's, and that even when you love someone it doesn't make life perfect.

Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

After fourteen-year-old Nick makes enemies of his friends for refusing to mug an innocent tourist, he takes up with Kyrian of Thrace, a vampire slayer and Dark-Hunter who introduces Nick to a dangerous world where he must find the strength within himself to survive battles with demons.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

June Book of the Month

"'If you can name something, it's not so scary," my dad always said." In Carrie Jones's Need, Zara White tries to go by what her dad used to say; it's why she names her fears and knows the names of many others. Naming her fears is one way Zara can handle being shipped off to snowy, unfamiliar Maine after her stepdad dies. Numb from grief, freezing in the eastern cold, Zara can't believe that the stranger who kept watching her back in Charleston has followed her to her stepdad's hometown, but he has, leaving a trail of gold dust in his wake. Though grandma Betty is tough and protective, Zara doesn't feel safe; she knows she's got trouble. At her new school, she makes an enemy before making any friends and isn't sure that the few friends she makes are truly friendly. All the while, the stranger gets closer and closer to Zara, forcing secrets into the open, bringing danger to Zara and to everyone around her.

Need brings surprising twists to old folktales and digs in hard during the scarier parts. Zara's frustration with Maine gets forgotten as the threat against Zara and her stepdad's hometown looms closer. The action intensifies as the source of the threat is revealed--and reaches Zara herself. Zara tries to evade and fight back, which pushes the conflict to a series of turns as exciting as they are unexpected.