Monday, June 18, 2018

Young Adult Book Quiz III

You’ll get the first sentence and have to guess which popular YA book it’s from. Submit your answers in the comment section. Have fun and good luck!

“What is the point of a high school reunion when you can already see who got fat and bald on Facebook?” asks Caryn, the intern working with me this semester, and I can’t help but laugh because she’s right.

These Violent Delights – Victoria Namkung
Unplugged – Donna Freitas
In 27 Days – Alison Gervais
Girl, Stolen – April Henry

Magnalia House was the sort of establishment where only wealthy, talented girls mastered their passion.

Prince in Disguise – Stephanie Kate Strohm
Where I Live – Brenda Rufener
The Queens Rising – Rebecca Ross
The Traitor’s Game – Jennifer A. Nielsen

This must be how madness begins.

Bad Call – Stephen Wallenfels
The Tombs – Deborah Schaumberg
Devil in Ohio – Daria Polatin
But Then I Came Back – Estelle Laure

Eight mornings before running away, I found myself at McDonald’s wondering about the direction of my life.

Down and Across – Arvin Ahmadi
Goodbye Days – Jeff Zentner
Escaping Perfect – Emma Harrison
Meet Me at the River – Nina de Gramont

The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite.

Monster – Michael Grant
Eight Days on Planet Earth – Cat Jordan
Last Night I Sang to the Monster -- Benjamin Alire Sáenz
The Bone Witch – Rin Chupeco

The apocalypse began at Starbucks.

Zombies vs. Unicorns – Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black
This Is Where the World Ends – Amy Zhang
History Is All You Left Me – Adam Silvera
The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza – Shaun David Hutchinson

I am smack-dab in the middle of the Great Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, exactly three feet from the spot where I barfed on my tenth birthday, just outside the Egyptian wing.

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares – Krystal Sutherland
Love and Other Train Wrecks – Leah Konen
Dreamology – Lucy Keating
Nice Try, Jane Sinner – Lianne Oelke

I’m on the toilet at the 9:30 Club, and I’m wondering how mermaids pee.

The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli
Does My Head Look Big in This? – Randa Abdel-Fattah
Not Now, Not Ever – Lily Anderson
The Last Boy and Girl in the World – Siobhan Vivian

Monday, June 11, 2018

Braden's Picks - Books

Looking for some page-turning book recommendations? YA volunteer Braden has you covered.

Here are 5 selections that make the top of his list and why they deserve such high accolades:

Warriors (series) by Erin Hunter

The reason I liked these books was because they took a LONG time to read through (which was fun). Also, they have so much lore to them that it was a "challenging" series to remember.

Eragon (series) by Christopher Paolini

Like most of the books on my list, it was a fiction selection with lots of action. It also has a great deal of foreshadowing dedicated to the direction it was going. Overall, Eragon is an interesting tale mixed with mystery.

Lord of the Rings (series) by J.R.R. Tolkien

The story may be hard to follow at times, but that doesn't change the fact that the series stuck to a single set of rules – how the world and its development are structured.

Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling

Compared to other books I have read, these were "relatively" easy to follow. The book had one idea and followed it faithfully to the end.

The Phoenix Files (series) by Chris Morphew

The outcome of these books could have never been predicted and that is why I enjoyed them. You never knew what would happen next. It would provide clues, but there were also twists to throw you off.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Getting to Know ... Blake!

Introducing another valuable member of our YA Volunteer Team, Blake Grove! An 11-year-old sixth grader, Blake has accumulated 10.5 volunteer hours since June 2017.

FAVORITE BOOK GENRES:  Science Fiction

FAVORITE TV SHOW:  Raven's Home

A TOPIC HE COULD DISCUSS FOR AN HOUR: Cooking 


AN INVENTION HE WOULD UNINVENT: Trampoline

ROLE MODEL: Michael Phelps

HAPPY PLACE: In bed


SPIRIT ANIMAL: Tiger


INTERESTING FACT:  "I like to play lacrosse."


DESERTED ISLAND FRIEND: Dylan Goff


FUTURE CAREER: "I want to be an Olympian."


FAVORITE QUOTE: "Ride or Die remember." Vin Diesel, Fate of the Furious

Monday, May 28, 2018

Tackle Twelve - Spotlight on Oprah Book Club Selections

As part of BPL’s Tackle Twelve promotion, 16 reading challenges have been issued. This week’s blog takes a closer look at ‘Read an Oprah Book Club Selection' and offers up recommendations.

She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb


Spending the years between the age of thirteen and womanhood watching television and eating the junk food her mother provides, wise mouthed and wounded Dolores Price finally decides to give her life a chance.

The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard


The disappearance of her three-year-old son Ben threatens to drive a wedge between Beth Cappadora and her husband, Pat, and transforms her older son into a troubled delinquent. Until one day, nine years later, when Ben comes back into their lives.

Songs in Ordinary Time by Mary McGarry Morris


It’s the summer of 1960 in Atkinson, Vermont. Maria Fermoyle is a strong, yet vulnerable, divorced woman whose loneliness and ambition for her children make her easy prey for dangerous con man Omar Duvall.

Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons


Winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation’s Citation for Fiction. An eleven-year-old heroine tells her unforgettable story with honesty, perceptivity, humor, and unselfconscious heroism.

The Meanest Thing to Say by Bill Cosby


When a new boy in his second grade class tries to get the other students to play a game that involves saying the meanest things possible to one another, Little Bill shows him a better way to make friends.

Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman


A middle-aged woman, along with her fifteen-year-old daughter, returns to her small Massachusetts hometown for the funeral of the housekeeper who raised her and finds herself thrust into the lives of the people she left behind.

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen


The idyllic lives of civic-minded environmentalists Patty and Walter Berglund come into question when their son moves in with aggressive Republican neighbors. Green lawyer Walter takes a job in the coal industry and go-getter Patty becomes increasingly unstable and enraged.

A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons


Two unforgettable characters, Jack Ernest Stokes, known as Blinking Jack, and his wife, Ruby Pitt Woodrow Stokes, tell the story of their years together. Jack was forty and Ruby only twenty when they were married. For twenty-five years they lived together, man and wife, until Ruby died of lung cancer.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy


A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape, save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food, and each other.

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett


Set in twelfth-century England, this epic of kings and peasants juxtaposes the building of a magnificent church with the violence and treachery that often characterized the Middle Ages.


This readers advisory brought to you by YA Librarian, Chris.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Johanna's Picks -- Music

Looking for some toe-tapping music recommendations? YA volunteer Johanna has you covered.

Here are 5 selections that make the top of her list and why they deserve such high accolades.



Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey


If you can imagine a character in a post-apocalyptic world (much like Katniss Everdeen), then you can imagine these songs playing all the time in the background. I wouldn’t say these songs are depressing. I would use “melancholy” for a description – they tell of a teenage summer that gives people nostalgia.

21 by Adele


These songs resonate, especially with a strong bass stereo. My favorite is song #1, Rolling in the Deep. You can see why this description is so short – there doesn’t have to be an explanation. It’s Adele.

Greatest Hits by ABBA


These songs give nostalgia, too, but it’s not the normal kind of nostalgia where it’s fun for 4 seconds and then you’re sad. It’s the Happy, Fun Times, Oh It’s Gone But That’s Okay, type of nostalgia. 5/5 stars.

Boston by Boston


The old songs all have a special place in my heart. I was so excited when The Guardians of the Galaxy came out, so my friends could get into my music.

Blown Away by Carrie Underwood


Not a lot of people enjoy songs that give story, and usually I'm one of those people. However, this album is strong with story, and it works! My favorites are "Good Girl", "Two Black Cadillacs," and – of course – "Blown Away."

Monday, May 14, 2018

Recently Added to the YA Bookshelf

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

The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane


When Clementine wakes up in a hospital after being the only survivor in an airplane crash, she discovers she has complete amnesia. She cannot remember anything, and doesn’t even recognize the man who says he’s her father and wants to take her home to America. With the Irish press bearing down on her, Clementine assumes a new identity and runs off with Kieran O’Connell to avoid dealing with this inexplicable situation.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo


Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. That is, until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most – a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

Hooper by Geoff Herbach


For Adam Reed, basketball is a passport. Adam’s basketball skills have taken him from an orphanage in Poland to a loving adoptive mother in Minnesota. When he’s tapped to play on a select AAU team along with some of the best players in the state, it just confirms that basketball is his ticket to the good life. But life is more complicated off the court. When an incident with the police threatens to break apart the bonds Adam’s finally formed, he must make an impossible choice between his new family and the sport that’s given him everything.

This Tiny Perfect World by Lauren Gibaldi


Penny loves her small-town Florida life, and she has her future mapped out. She’s going to community college after graduation to stay close to home and her best friend, Faye. She’ll take over the family diner that her dad has been managing since her mother died. And one day, she’ll marry her high school sweetheart, Logan. But when she unexpectedly lands a scholarship to a prestigious summer theater camp, she is thrust into a world of competition and self-doubt.

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston


Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nature and an outlaw by trade. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09 – one of the last remaining illegal Metals – has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi


Sixteen-year-old Scott Ferdowsi’s impromptu trip to a famous professor for advice about success turns into a summer of freedom that brings him answers in unexpected places.

The Final Six by Alexandra Monir


Drafted into the International Space Training Camp to train alongside other elites, a champion swimmer and a science genius become suspicious of the program’s actual purpose as their tests grow increasingly more dangerous.

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord


When her perfectly planned summer of quality time with her parents, her serious boyfriend, and her Bible camp unravels and long-hidden family secrets emerge, Lucy must figure out what she is made of and what grace really means.

Where I Live by Brenda Rufener


Linden Rose has a big secret – she is homeless and living in the halls of her small-town high school. Her position as school blog editor, her best friends, and the promise of a future far away are what keep Linden under the radar and moving forward. However, when ‘cool girl’ Bea comes to school with a bloody lip, the damage hits too close to home. Linden begins looking at Bea’s life, and soon her investigation prompts people to pay more attention. And attention is the last thing she needs.

The Midnights by Sarah Nicole Smetana


Susannah Hayes has never been in the spotlight, though she dreams of following her father, a former rock star, onto the stage. As senior year begins, she’s more interested in composing impressive chord patterns than college essays, certain that if she writes the perfect song, her father might finally look up from the past long enough to see her. But when he dies unexpectedly, her dreams – and her reality – shatter.


This update brought to you by YA Librarian, Chris.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Getting to Know ... Braden

Introducing another valuable member of our YA Volunteer Team, Braden Unruh! A 13-year-old seventh grader, Braden has accumulated 69 volunteer hours since June 2017. 


FAVORITE BOOK GENRES:  Fiction and Fantasy

A TOPIC HE COULD DISCUSS FOR AN HOUR: The technicals of some devices 


AN INVENTION HE WOULD UNINVENT: Fidget spinner

ROLE MODEL: His dad

HAPPY PLACE: In an air-conditioned room


SPIRIT ANIMAL: Panda


INTERESTING FACT:  "I can do useless stuff like flipping my tongue upside-down and walking backwards."


DESERTED ISLAND FRIEND: Jackson Gilmer for support


FUTURE CAREER: Informational Technology


FAVORITE QUOTE: "Just do it." ~ Nike