Saturday, April 27, 2019

Recently Added to the YA Bookshelf

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

Ignis by Tracy Korn

Defending everything they know could cost them everything they have. The rebels have been defeated thanks to the alleged treachery of one of their own. It won't be long before a manhunt ensues for Jazz's entire crew, and given what they know about Gaia's secret project they won't be prosecuted...they'll just disappear.

Book 4 in Korn's The Elements series.

Killing November by Adriana Mather

At the mysterious Academy Absconditi, a school that's completely off the grid, there's no electricity, no internet, and a brutal eye-for-an-eye punishment system. Classes include everything from knife-throwing and poisons to the art of deception. And the other students? All children of the world's most elite strategists, in training to become assassins, spies, and master manipulators.

"Anything is possible in this world of cloaks and daggers. A strong beginning that will leave readers hungry for more." -- Kirkus Reviews

The Queen's Resistance by Rebecca Ross

Brienna is a mistress of knowledge and is beginning to settle into her role as the daughter of the once disgraced lord, Davin MacQuinn. Though she'd just survived a revolution that will return a queen to the throne, she faces yet another challenge: acceptance by the MacQuinns. 

The captivating sequel to the Renaissance France-inspired epic fantasy The Queen's Rising. 

Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith

Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed.

"[R]omance, danger, and magic make for a winning combination that will keep readers glued to the pages long after bedtime." - School Library Journal

In Another Life by C. C. Hunter

Chloe was three years old when she became Chloe Holden, but her adoption didn't scar her, and she's had a great life. Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents' marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Joyful, Texas. Starting twelfth grade as the new kid at school, everything Chloe loved about her life is gone. And feelings of déjà vu from her early childhood start haunting her.

New York Times bestselling author of the Shadow Falls series.

Sherwood by Meagan Spooner

Robin of Locksley is dead. Maid Marian doesn't know how she'll go on, but the people of Locksley town, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, need a protector. And the dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sheriff's right hand, wishes to step into Robin's shoes as Lord of Locksley and Marian's fiancé. Who is there to stop them?

"Spooner creates a detailed world populated by complex characters...An elegant, classic, and vivid fairy tale." --Kirkus Reviews

Internment by Samira Ahmed

A terrifying futuristic United States where Muslim-Americans are forced into internment camps, and seventeen-year-old Layla Amin must lead a revolution against complicit silence.

"By the end of the first two pages of this title the reader will be breathless with the anticipation and excitement of what's to come." -- School Library Connection, starred review

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he's falling - hard. Soon she's meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack. But then Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate's death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate's there again. 

"[R]eynolds creates an enormously likable character who is doing the best he can and then some...the book's blend of humor and heartbreak wins out." -- Publisher's Weekly

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Brianna's Recommended Reads

8th grader Brianna suggests the following books...

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he'll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.

"It talks about two young kids falling in love. Then it is taken away from them, before starting up again. I like how they don't care what happens has long as they are together."

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.

"A girl is basically a nobody that has no friends. Then she moves and falls in love. I really like how it's a vampire and a human falling in love. It's like a story that never ends."

I Am the Cheese by Robert Cormier

An innocent young boy recounts a suspenseful tale of government corruption and espionage. Through his doctor's questions, Adam struggles out of a world of medicated oblivion and begins a desperate bicycle journey in search of a truth that will destroy him.

"A boy and his family were hiding our from people who were trying to kill him. It was mostly because of his dad. They had to change their names. Then the boy was put into a hospital, where he keeps having flashbacks. It's like a movie in your head while you are reading."

This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher

Five teens who were party responsible for a death a year earlier are lured by the promise of a $50,000 prize to an isolated mansion by someone bent on rage.

"This is the kind of book that has you excited to read on to the next chapter and wishing there was more than one book. It's more like a real story that could have happened. Spirits are involved and it has real life situations in it."

Monday, April 8, 2019

National Library Week

National Library Week (April 7-13) is a time to commemorate the contributions of our nation’s libraries, acknowledge and honor diligent staff, and to promote library support. Whether it be providing free access to books, vibrant programming, centers for community and culture, social interaction, hubs of business and research, libraries offer opportunities to meet the needs and wants for audiences aplenty. The National Library Week 2019 observation will mark the 61st anniversary of the first event, launched in 1958.

According to the American Library Association, “In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions, and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the ALA and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee’s goals were ambitious. They ranged from encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time to improving incomes and health and developing strong and happy family life.”

By 1957, plans were devised for National Library Week based on the belief that once individuals were motivated to read, they would in turn devote energies toward library usage. In 1958, the first National Library Week was observed, with the theme ‘Wake Up and Read!’

This year’s designation is ‘Libraries = Strong Communities’ and Bremen Public Library will again be bustling with activity. No doubt you recall the festivities in 2018, when Elephant and Piggie could be spotted making their way around town. More good times are in store this go-round, faithful storybook followers, as Clifford and Emily Elizabeth are set to entertain and delight.

Have you visited your library lately?

Monday, April 1, 2019

Getting to Know...Brianna

Introducing another valuable member of our YA Volunteer Team, Brianna Justice! A 13-year-old 8th grader, Brianna has accumulated 9.75 hours since February.


SOMEONE I LOOK UP TO: My sister Boston



MY HAPPY PLACE: The library



FUTURE PLANS: Neurosurgeon

FAVORITE QUOTE: "If looks could kill."