Teens

Teen novels set in Ireland

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Happy St. Patrick's Day! To further enjoy this day of green, here are a few award-winning Teen novels set in Ireland:

Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch

Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch

 

The Nolan family's dreams of prosperity in a new country are shattered when baby Joseph fails the medical exam at Ellis Island and must be taken back to Cork by his father. Though Da promises a quick return, Ma is miserable. Frustrated by her dependence on the unwilling hospitality of prosperous relatives, she gladly accepts money from her brother-in-law for herself and her three daughters to return home. Having few opportunities in Ireland, 16-year-old Rose rebels and she and 12-year-old Maureen are allowed to remain in New York to seek work and schooling. (School Library Journal, vol 48, issue 5, p146)

 

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Anne Bray

 

It’s the eve of 1994, and the grunge movement has reached its fevered height. On Ireland’s east coast, 16-year-old Maggie, disgruntled and displaced from her native Chicago, after her flighty mother’s recent marriage, listens to Nirvana and misses the uncle in America who snuck her into rock concerts. Her plan is to keep her head down and wait for her mother’s relationship to implode, but she finds herself drawn into her new town of Bray and its generations of inhabitants. When her first real loss comes on the heels of her first love, she undertakes a pilgrimage to the mecca of grunge music: a Nirvana concert in Rome. (Booklist review, vol 111, number 13)

Zom-B by Darren Shan

In the first of a 12-book series, Shan introduces B, an 11-year-old antihero living in Britain. B’s gang of hooligans are going about their routine—cursing, stealing, fighting, drinking, and haranguing the weak—when news reports filter in about a zombie outbreak in Ireland. Despite grainy video clips, no one is sure if these are hoaxes or the real deal. (Booklist, vol 109, number 4, p50)

 

Music + Books = Soundtracks for Books!

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Recently I learned that some authors are creating music playlist to go with their books. Most great movies have awesome music to go with them; something that captures key moments in the story, expands the feel of the whole experience, or even helps to define characters and scenes. So many authors (and fans!) have begun asking: Why not soundtracks for books?

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I think that is a great idea! What better way to enhance the story, add to character, bring a book to a whole new interactive level, or even be able to take a piece of the book and the characters it brought to life with you! I've found that when I am reading certain books I naturally listen to specific songs the whole way through - instinctively creating a kind of playlist as I read. It really sets the tone and immerses me in that world.

CD Cover for the Playlist for the Book RelativityRecently I read Relativity by  Cristin Bishara which is a surprisingly realistic science fiction book about a girl who discovers a way to Book cover for Relativity by Cristin Basharaaccess multiple versions of her life and must choose which version she wants to be her own. It was fast paced, jumping from world to world, life to life, really giving you a lot to think about along the way. Bishara has created a playlist to go with the story, one I wished I had discovered before I read the book. Click the CD for a link to the author's website and the music playlist and click the book cover for a link to the book in the library catalog.

CD Cover for the Playlist for the Book Eleanor and Park  Eleanor and Park (2014 Printz Honor Book) author Rainbow Rowell says that with every book she writes she makes a playlist to go with Book Cover for Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell them. She actually works on them at the same time she writes the story! She has created quite an extensive playlist, with links to songs, videos, and commentary for Eleanor and Park. Again this would have been awesome to read while listening to the music, as the music aspect is deeply embedded in the story, creating a beautiful dynamic between the two main characters. The mixed tapes that Park makes for Eleanor and that give her a glimmer of light in her life truly captures the ways music connects people. Click the CD for a link to the Eleanor and Park website and click the book cover for a link to the book in the library catalog.

CD Book Cover for If I StayMusic was also an integral part of the book  If I Stay by Gayle Forman. It's a story about a girl who looks back on her life after a tragic Book Cover for If I Stay by Gayle Formanaccident and must decide if she wants to stay or move on. She is a gifted classical musician who's father is a former rock musician so music has been part of her childhood. She falls in love with a rock musician and their relationship is bound up in the their love for music and is key to their story as is the way that music ties her to her parents and family. The author, Gayle Forman, has put together a playlist of some of the songs from the book in the order that they appear in the story. Click the audiobook cover for links to the playlists, video trailers, and a talk about musical inspirations for the book and click the book cover for a link to the book in the library catalog.

YALSA LogoFor a list of books with playlists check out the Young Adult Library Services Association's ( YALSA) wiki Books/Authors with Soundtracks/Playlists.

For links to the library catalog for these and other books with playlists or that have music as a central part of the story check out the links below.

Two Tools for Finding a Great Teen Read

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Looking for a great read? Here are two free tools for finding your next best book. 

First up is Goodreads.  Did you know the UAPL has a Goodreads page?  We continuously update lists of the best books we’ve been reading.   Check out this link to find suggestions for different ages and genres; or better yet, become a friend so you’re always in the know!  (To find the book lists, choose Bookshelf under Group Home on the right.)

Next up is the YALSA app.  YALSA stands for the Young Adult Library Services Association and they have lots of great recommendations for ages 12-18 including award winners. You can find out about their app for Android or Apple by clicking here.  

Of course you can always stop in at any of our locations and ask for ideas or let us know if you have a favorite book finding tool.  We'd love to see you and hear what you've been reading!

Babysitting 101: How To Make Extra Cash This Summer

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be your own boss? Do you want to take control of your own finances? Babysitting can be a very rewarding and profitable. However, there are a few things you need to know before you can start handing out your business cards. How do you change a diaper? What happens if there is an emergency? How can you get your name out there? What if the kids start fighting? Don't panic! The UAPL is here to help. You can find the answers to these questions, and so many more in the books below!

Want more? We also have many fiction books about adventures in babysitting. Check out:

UAPL Poetry Contest, 5-8 and 9-12 Division Winners

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The teen advisory board of the UAPL recently held a poetry contest.  The 5-8 Division winner was Lexi R. and the 9-12 Division winner was Beth B.  Here are the two winning poems:

 

Meshed String by Lexi R.

(In celebration of Earth Day)

She sits on the meshed string

feeling the water splash up and hit her shoulders

feeling the grinning sun on her back

mixing with the dirt turning her skin a leathery brown

calloused hands

scratched and bruised limbs going unnoticed amongst the large swarms of insects

 

She sits on the meshed string

feeling the burn from her head to her toe, from the weeks of hard effort and work with little

rest

tired

hungry

sore

 

She sits on the meshed string

hearing the songs being sung by her friends

though she pays no attention

she hears the birds chirping

hears the coyotes howling

bears growling

 

She sits on the meshed string

knowing that soon they would eat

soon they would swim

soon they would sleep

She sits on the meshed string

feeling the blade of a paddles course through the water with fluid ease

noises not of industry or traffic but of swaying flora and restless fauna

 

She sits on the meshed string

driving the paddle blade in the water

pulling the paddle out

repeating the endless motion over

 

She sits on the meshed string

she sees the fishes pawing through the water

sees her friends smiling and laughing

sees the trees swaying around her

sees everything stop for just that moment

 

I sit in a wooden chair

writing this

thinking about what to write

thinking about my time sitting on the meshed string

 

Because I am her

 

Yet she is a different half of I

 

same hair

same person

same name

same likes and dislikes

 

Yet two entirely different people

 

Because she is I

 

 

Who Am I? by Beth B.

Did you see that scared looking girl today?

That is me, the daughter of Janine.

I am fourteen and go to the Metro school,

There I spend most of my days working.

 

There I am quiet, and have lost my way,

I don't know who I am anymore.

Writer, drawer, dreamer, stressor, a fool,

Maybe all, maybe none, I don't know.

 

I struggle in a sea of work and tears,

Not sure whether I'm happy or sad,

Both, neither, everyday, or not at all,

Lost, still unfound, searching for a way.

 

Here I stand,

Here I'll stay

Maybe onward

To my dying day.

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