Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Congrats to our Teen Summer Reading Raffle Winners!

Robotics Kit and Movies Giftcard (lucky ducky!)

Minecraft Loot

Cozy Corner Gift Certificate

Amazon Kindle Fire

Snack Basket (Crate, I guess!)

Minecraft Loot

Dari Serv Gift Certificate

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Happy birthday to the Dystopia Queen!

It's Suzanne Collins birthday!  We have some more time to wait until the next Hunger Games movie comes out, so in honor of her birthday, why not give another dystopian novel a try?  Here are some DPL has in its teen collection~

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons: Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller has perfected the art of keeping a low profile in a future society in which Moral Statutes have replaced the Bill of Rights and offenses carry stiff penalties, but when Chase, the only boy she has ever loved, arrests her rebellious mother, Ember must take action.  (book 2 = Breaking Point, book 3 = Three)
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld: Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.  (book 2 = Pretties, book 3 = Specials, book 4 = Extras)
Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow: In a dystopian, near-future Britain, sixteen-year-old Trent, obsessed with making movies on his computer, joins a group of artists and activists who are trying to fight a new bill that will criminalize even more harmless internet creativity.  
Across the Universe by Beth Revis:  Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her.  (book 2 = A Million Suns, book 3 = Shades of Earth)
Delirium by Lauren Oliver: Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love. (book 2 = Pandemonium, book 3 = Requiem)
Matched by Ally Condie:  All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: when and how to play, where to work, where to live, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia as she turns 17, whom to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn't be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky's face show up on her match disk as well? (book 2 = Crossed, book 3 = Reached)
Legend by Marie Lu: In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy. (book 2 = Prodigy, book 3 = Champion)
There are many more...if you've read all these, come talk to me!  Dystopian is one of my favorite subgenres!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Happy birthday CWC!

Happy birthday to you, Cinda Williams Chima!

We have books from both her series - The Heir Chronicles and Seven Realms

In the mood for a new fantasy epic?  Try one of those series!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New Books ~ August 2014 ~ Part 10

The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams
Established in the year 2020, The Haven is home to teens who are classed as Terminals, whose education, food, rest, and behavior are strictly monitored to save them from Disease, but Shiloh and Gabriel remember a different kind of life, and are on the verge of rebellion.

Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike
Charlotte is a sixteen-year-old Oracle who is not supposed to interfere with her visions of the future, but when she foresees a classmate's murder, she realizes she must break the rules to stop the killer.

Legends, Icons, & Rebels: Music that Changed the World by Robbie Robertson & others
Exclusive insights from a celebrated musician and passionate industry insiders, two accompanying CDs of legendary tracks and beautiful packaging make for a book with broad appeal -- one that will captivate fans of Robbie Robertson and music lovers of all ages. Part memoir, part tribute, and all great storytelling ... Music industry veterans Robbie Robertson, Jim Guerinot, Jared Levine, and Sebastian Robertson invite young readers to share with them in celebrating twenty-seven musical legends. Short profiles chronicle personal stories and achievements of extraordinarily talented artists whose innovations changed the landscape of music for generations to come.

 A Bag of Marbles by Joseph Joffo
In 1941, ten-year-old Joseph Joffo and his older brother, Maurice, must hide their Jewish heritage and undertake a long and dangerous journey from Nazi-occupied Paris to reach their other brothers in the free zone.

Every Body's Talking: What We Say Without Words by Donna Jackson
Examines the complexities of body language, explaining what is conveyed by certain facial expressions, movements, and actions, and how body language can exhibit signs of deception.

New Books ~ August 2014 ~ Part 9

Beyond  Texting: The Fine Art of Face-to-Face Communication for Teenagers by Debra Fine
Describes how to develop the ability to have in-person conversations, offering practical advice on balancing real-world and online relationships and gaining confidence to speak up in personal, educational, and professional atmospheres.

Pivot Point by Kasie West
A girl with the power to search alternate futures lives out six weeks of two different lives in alternating chapters. Both futures hold the potential for love and loss, and ultimately she is forced to choose which fate she is willing to live through.

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions as his trail leads straight to the one place they must protect at any cost -- the last vampire-free zone on Earth.

Caged Warrior by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
McCutcheon Daniels' life is full of bone-cracking violence. As a star fighter in the gritty underground Mixed Martial Arts circuit in the poorest section of Detroit, McCutcheon fights under the tutelage of his volatile and violent father, not so much for himself but to survive as protector of his beloved five-year old sister, Gemma. We get to know McCutcheon as he battles opponents who are literally trying to kill him. Mr. Freedman, his science teacher, spots his intellectual potential, befriends him, and encourages him to enter the lottery for a scholarship to an elite charter school so he can obtain a first-class education. 

Seven Billion and Counting: The Crisis in Global Population Growth by Michael Andregg
October 31, 2011, marked an uneasy milestone for Planet Earth. On this day, the global population surpassed seven billion. What does that mean for a world that, until the nineteenth century, was home to less than one billion people? Experts say it means the planet is in trouble. Some wonder if Earth will even be able to sustain human life at its current rate of growth.  Will there be enough food for everyone? Will conflicts over land increase? How will the environment be affected? Can humanity survive the predicted disasters?