Saturday, October 5, 2019

Hunger Games

On October 4th, fans of Suzanne Collins bestselling Hunger Games trilogy were given an epic treat.

With the latest installment in the series set for release on May 19, 2020, the long-awaited title and cover were unveiled!

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will greet the public to the tune of 2.5 million copies. Furthermore, the title will be published simultaneously in print, digital, and audio formats.

The prequel takes place in the fictional country of Panem, 64 years prior to the events of the Hunger Games. When announcing the book, publishing house Scholastic noted Collins' desire "to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival."

The cover of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes spotlights a green target with what appears to be a gleaming gold mockingjay pin in the center; a pin differing from the one Katniss wears in the original books. As further described in Publishers Weekly, "this new-to-readers rendition of the pin features an upright mockingjay encircled by a thorny branch and a tongue-flicking snake slithering at its feet."

Spring can't get here soon enough!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Young Adults Recommend

Dorcas Plank recommends...

Shattered (Alaskan Courage) - Volume 2 by Dani Pettrey

Piper McKenna's brother returns home after years of being gone, then gets arrested for murder almost right away. Piper is determined to prove his innocence and won't stop for anything. The biggest problem is that the police officer working on the case is good friends with her family and she has started falling for him.

I like how this book keeps you in suspense. There's always something interesting happening.

Brylee Murphy recommends...

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

In this book, a boy named Christopher is caught in a mystery when discovering his neighbor's dog has been killed. Even though his father wants him to have nothing to do with it, Christopher can't help but do some detective work to solve the murder. However, along the way he discovers some truths that rock his world and lead him to travel by train to an unfamiliar place.

I thought this was a very good book that was written in a visual, yet intriguing, way.

Yahaira Valderrama recommends...

Evan Almighty

Evan Baxter is all under control. He just moved to Prestige Crest, VA with his family. His new job as a congressman makes him remember his promise to change the world. So he prays one night, asking God to help him. God must have heard his prayer because a shipping of wood and tools end up at his doorstep. Plus, animals in pairs of two start following him. A man claiming he is God asks him to build an ark. Evan is shocked. Soon the man is doing miraculous things and then Evan knows he is God! But will he build the ark? You will be swept away by this heartwarming film!

I thought that the movie was touching because you could tell how much the Baxter family cares for each other. The setting is a suburban neighborhood with ginormous houses! Evan Baxter was a news reporter before he moved and became a congressman. When Evan starts building the ark, his wife thinks he is crazy and questions why he believes. The movie made me feel happy because there were jokes and funny scenes. One quote I enjoyed is, "One random act of kindness at a time." There are lots more, though!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Recently Added to the YA Bookshelf

Taking a look at some of the most recent additions gracing the shelves of our YA department:

Snowflake, AZ by Marcus Sedgwick

Ash has lived in eight states in as many years. Mom has gone walkabout, but stepdad Jack is like a father, and stepbrother Bly the best anyone could wish for. When Bly goes missing, too, Ash sets off to search for him and finds something much bigger: the sickness of the world.

"An ominous, relevant, and uniquely compelling read." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Torn between his love for his white girlfriend and his sense of duty to the matchmaking parents who made hard sacrifices to move to the United States, a Korean American teen looks for solutions along with a friend who has a similar problem.

New York Times Bestseller
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce Title

Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

Nineteen-year-old Pablo Neruda Rind is working in an upscale health food store in New York City when pop star Leanna Smart rushes in and turns his life upside-down.

"Choi has penned a smart and funny read that is as much about finding your path as it is about falling in love." -- Booklist, starred review

American Royals by Katharine McGee

In an alternate America, princesses Beatrice and Samantha Washington and the two girls wooing their brother, Prince Jeffrey, become embroiled in high drama in the most glorious court in the world.

"For readers looking for intrigue - and for those who like their royal fever with a twist - this is a quick and delicious read." -- Booklist 

Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee

After the banishment of his only friend, the sorceress Amora, to Earth, a young Loki travels to nineteenth-century London to investigate a string of murders but finds much more than he expects.

"This deft, nuanced examination of identity, destiny, and agency is a surprisingly tender addition to the Marvel canon." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review 

Wild Savage Stars by Kristina Perez

Branwen has a secret mighty enough to destroy two kingdoms. Her ancient magic led to a terrible betrayal by both her best friend, the princess Essy, and her first love, Tristan. Now this same magic is changing Branwen.

"The female characters are vivid, powerful, and passionate...a thrilling roller coaster." -- Kirkus Reviews

Song of the Abyss by Makiia Lucier

As the granddaughter of a famed navigator, seventeen-year-old Reyna has always lived life on her own terms, despite those who say a girl could never be an explorer for the royal house of St. John del Mar. She is determined to prove them wrong, and as she returns home after a year-long expedition, she knows her dream is within reach.

Teen Magazine Best YA Books of 2019
Barnes & Noble Teen Best YA Books of August 10 Most Anticipated YA Sequels
Book Riot 10 New Enemies-to-Lovers YA Books You Need to Read

Mind Games by Shana Silver

Arden sells memories. Whether it's becoming homecoming queen or studying for that all important test, Arden can hack into a classmate's memories and upload the experience for you just as you'd lived it yourself. Business is great, right up until the day Arden whites out, losing fifteen minutes of her life and all her memories of the boy across the school yard.

"An edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep readers guessing. The complex plot, the occasional twists, and the quick pacing make this a difficult read to put down." -- School Library Journal

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Getting to Know...RJ

Introducing another valuable member of our YA Volunteer Team, Richard Steven Hamby Jr.! A 16-year-old 10th grader, RJ has accumulated 5 hours to date.

Favorite Book Series: Science Fiction

Someone I Look Up To: My mom

Favorite TV Show: Bunk'd

A Topic That I Can Talk About For An Hour: Hunting

An Invention That I Would Uninvent: Bullying

My Happy Place: Magical Unicorn Place

My Spirit Animal: Squirrel

Possible Career Path: Welder

Favorite Quote: "Don't let people take your passion, show them you are strong." -- RJ Hamby

Monday, September 23, 2019

Keep the Light On

Banned Books Week (September 22-28) is a yearly event celebrating the freedom to read. It shines a spotlight on current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. The entire book community - librarians, publishers, journalists, teachers, booksellers, readers - is brought together in shared support of the right to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Top 10 Frequently Challenged Books of 2018 (source: American Library Association) -

1. George by Alex Gino

Reasons: Believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, for mentioning "dirty magazines," describing male anatomy, "creating confusion," and including a transgender character.

2. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss

Reasons: LGBTQIA+ content, political and religious viewpoints.

3. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey

Reason: Perceived as encouraging disruptive behavior.

4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Reasons: Deemed "anti-cop," and for profanity, drug use, sexual references.

5. Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Reasons: LGBTQIA+ characters and themes.

6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Reason: Addresses teen suicide.

7. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

Reasons: Profanity, sexual references, certain illustrations.

8. Skippyjon Jones (series) by Judy Schachner

Reasons: Depicting stereotypes of Mexican culture.

9. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: Sexual references, profanity, violence, gambling, underage drinking, and religious viewpoint.

10. This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman

Reason: LGBTQIA+ content.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Getting to Know...Kaylee

Introducing another valuable member of our YA Volunteer Team, Kaylee Ann Richardson! A 17-year-old 12th grader, Kaylee has accumulated 5.5 hours to date.

Favorite Book Series: Junie B. Jones

Someone I Look Up To: My mom

Favorite TV Show: Two and a Half Men

Person I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island: Shawn Mendes

An Invention That I Would Uninvent: School

Happy Place: My room

Spirit Animal: Goat

Something Interesting About Myself: I like to draw

Possible Career Path: Veterinarian

Favorite Quote: "It's everyday bro!" -- Jake Paul

Friday, September 6, 2019

Rock the Vote

Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country.

Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week. Readers age 12 to 18 will vote online between August 15th and October 15th on the Teens' Top Ten site.

The winners will be announced the week after.

Make your vote count!

How many 2018 Teens' Top Ten have you read? Answers welcome in the comments section.

1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
2. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
3. Warcross by Marie Lu
4. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
6. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
7. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
8. Paper Hearts by Ali Novak
9. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
10. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen