Teens

Free Audiobooks All Summer

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Don’t have time to read because the end of the school year is so busy?  Download 2 free audiobooks from the SYNC website.  Each summer SYNC provides access to free audiobooks all summer long.  You can download the audiobooks to any computer with Overdrive and then transfer the titles to an MP3 player (including iPods). 

The program pairs a classic title with something more contemporary.  For example:  The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie and Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro will be available from May 29-June 4.  Check back each week for new pairings across many genres: including historical fiction, murder mysteries, horror, and fantasy.

Get all the details and instruction for use at the SYNC webpage. (http://www.audiobooksync.com/)

'Tis the season for something scary

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One of my favorite things about the month of October is having a good excuse to read some horror in time for Halloween. It's not a genre that I read all the time but every once in a while I get in the mood for something a little creepy and dare myself to read a horror or dark supernatural story. Whether it's filled with ghosts, monsters, witches or murder, a good horror story will keep you turning the pages all night long despite your unease. I have picked out a selection of some of my favorite spooky stories that I would recommend for this time of year.  

 

Horror Fiction for Teens: Wickedpedia

Cole and Greg love playing practical jokes through Wikipedia. They edit key articles and watch their classmates crash and burn giving oral reports on historical figures. After the star soccer player steals Cole's girlfriend, the boys take their revenge by creating a Wikipedia page for him, an entry full of outlandish information including details about his bizarre death on the soccer field. It's all in good fun, until the soccer player is killed in a freak accident, just as Cole and Greg predicted. The uneasy boys vow to leave Wikipedia alone but someone continues to edit articles about classmates dying in gruesome ways and those entries start to come true as well. To his horror, Cole soon discovers that someone has created a Wikipedia page for him, and included a date of death. He has one week to figure out who's behind the murders, or else he's set to meet a pretty grisly end.

Teen Recommendation: A Beautiful Friendship

Genetically modified Stephanie Harrington survives a motorized hang-glider accident and an attack by a hexapuma because of the intervention of a six-legged treecat, who risks his own life to save her. She returns the favor, and the two become bonded, not just through their mutual rescues but also through a special mind connection. However, Stephanie’s discovery of this new tool-using, sentient alien race now falls onto the radar of a number of xeno-anthropologists who want to study this previously hidden native species. But Stephanie astutely withholds information, as she works to determine who can and cannot be trusted. 

December Teen Reads

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This is a guest blog, by Eileen F., a local high school student and summer intern here at the UAPL.  Eileen recommends several reads for teens for December.

December is finally here! The holiday season is kicking into high gear and all the teens out there are probably counting down the days until winter break. With winter break comes free time, and what better way to fill it than with reading some holiday books to get you in the spirit? Here are some recommendations that are sure to get you excited and keep you entertained during your winter break!

cover shot for Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan

 

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

 Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two teens who carry on a winter scavenger hunt in Christmas-time New York. 

 

   

 

 

Cover image for Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

 

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

In three intertwining short stories, several high school couples experience the trials and tribulations along with the joys of romance during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town.

 

 

 

 

cover image for Wintertown by Stephen Emond

 

Winter Town by Stephen Emond

Evan and Lucy, childhood best friends who grew apart after years of seeing one another only during Christmas break, begin a romance at age seventeen but his choice to mindlessly follow his father's plans for an Ivy League education rather than becoming the cartoonist he longs to be, and her more destructive choices in the wake of family problems, pull them apart.

 

 

 

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future

 

 

 

 

Cover image for Jingle Boy by Kieran Scott

 

Jingle Boy by Kieran Scott

In this electronic book, sixteen-year-old Paul Nicholas, long a Christmas-tradition keeper, is beginning to understand why his best friend hates the holiday season.

 

 

 

Have fun reading and enjoy your holidays!

Travel, Road Trips, and Adventure

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It’s summer! Time for traveling, road trips, and adventure! So, if you’re planning a trip and need some inspiration, are looking for a book to accompany you on your road trip adventure, or just want to live vicariously through the winding roads and travel adventures of others, check out some of these books. And for a sneak peek here is the book trailer for Let’s Get Lost by Alsaid.

Looking for Answers on the Road

Rebel Traveler

Love and the Road

Happy Reading (and traveling!)

True Tales to be Told: Rockin' the Boat: 50 Iconic Rebels and Revolutionaries

We love to root for the underdog, and that is part of why we're drawn to the stories of revolutionaries. Whether they fail or succeed, people who can rally others to their cause and shake up the status quo tend to be inherently interesting. Rockin' the Boat tells the stories of 50 such legends throughout the world, from people fed up with the Roman Empire, to the revolutionaries who helped create America.

Horror Novels: Burning

After three years in juvenile detention, Angela is just months shy of release.  When ten-year-old Jessica arrives in shackles and is placed in segregation, creepy things begin to happen and it becomes clear that Jessica and her possible supernatural powers are more dangerous than anyone expected.

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