The day before Christmas, money goes missing from a donation box at GoodFoods Market. Chloe and five of her teenage co-workers, held in the break room until the police arrive, try to identify the real thief.
It is time to ride! The weather is beautiful. The sun is shining. What better way to kick start the summer than with biking! National Bike Month is the month of May. It is sponsored by The League of American Bicyclists. Check out their site for links to bike month dates and events, guides about planning a bike event, information about the National Bike Challenge from May 1st - September 30th, bike safety tips, and more.(Note: Links open in new window)
And to start Bike Month off pedaling fast, Bike to School Day is May 7th. The site Walk Bike to School has information about celebrating Bike to School Day as well as resources, activities, and safety tips for all year round.
The library also has a vast array of books related to biking. Check out the links below for how-to books, bike safety, history, and fiction.
15 year old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians in the fading world of magic. When visions of the death of the world's last dragon begin all signs point to Jennifer and Big Magic! Also available is #2 The Song of the Quarkbeast.
Henry Lambert would rather play video games than spend time in the great outdoors–but that doesn't make him a wuss. Henry's dad doesn't agree and thinks his masculinity needs a boost. Which is why Henry is being shipped off to Strongwoods Survival Camp. Strongwoods isn't exactly as advertised. It looks like the victim of a zombie apocalypse, the “camp director” is a psycho drill sergeant, and Henry's sure he saw a sign written in blood…
Today is Veteran's Day, a day that America honors those men and women who currently serve, and have served, in the US military. Two of the most important people in my life served in the military: my grandmother, who served on the WAVES during WWII and taught men how to fly planes, but because she was a woman she wasn't actually allowed to fly them herself; and my husband, who served on the USAF for 20 years, during which he engaged in three wars and a number of insurgencies around the world, often in combat.
Here at the library we get a number of teens who are curious about the military, and are interested in reading both fiction and non-fiction books about life as a soldier. Need some suggestions? Here ya' go!
Soldier Doll by Jennifer Gold I know, you're thrown by the fact that this is about a doll; don't be. The soldier doll is simply used to guide the reader through a number of wars, and to introduce us to the lives of the soldiers and civilians effected, and as a symbol–for hope, or death, only the reader can decide.
The Right Fight by Chris Lynch Readers who like to read about WWII will enjoy the newest Chris Lynch, about a young man who is drafted immediately before the beginning of WWII and sent to the North African campaign.
Violins of Autumn by Amy McAuley Fans of spy novels will enjoy this WWII fiction about 17-year-old Betty who parachutes into German-occupied France to join the underground Resistance as a spy.
Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft This book is awesome; it is actually on my Mock Printz list. Arlo Santiago lives life a moment at a time. His sister is slowly dying of a debilitating disease, and he and his family are still grieving over the death of his mother. To settle his mind he rides dirt bikes and plays drone warfare video games, both very well. So well in fact that the US military have taken notice and want him to fly real drones.
Wary of romance following her mother's second divorce and resisting her friends' attempts to fix her up with the hottest guy in school, Piper's life gets complicated when she receives a series of Valentines from a secret admirer.
After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim is dragged from her home in Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi. When she learns that her mother is sick in Ohio, Mim confronts her demons on a thousand-mile odyssey from “mosquitoland” to her Ohio mother that redefines her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.
Calling all Teens! Spark your creativity and win some cash and fame! Create a video promoting the summer reading slogan for 2014: Spark a Reaction and you could win $275 for yourself and $125 award for your library. The contest is sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Reading Program.
One winning video created by a teen or a group of teens ages 13-18 will be selected as the winner and will be available to libraries across the nation.
To get the full scoop including criteria and judging guidelines, check out this link. The deadline is February 14, 2014.
Here's a winning entry from last year.
Welcome back to Super Power Saturdays. Last week started us off with a look at teen super powers in fiction novels in the blog post Teen Super Powers. This week we will take a look at graphic novels and comics – the place that started it all, giving superheroes and super powers a place to really shine! Here are some fun graphic novel and comic picks:
- Ms. Marvel by Willow Wilson
- Electric Girl by Michael Brennan
- The Shadow Hero by Gen Luen Yang
- Princeless by Jeremy Whitley
- Foiled by Jane Yolen
- Essential Uncanny X-Men by Stan Lee
- Who is AC? by Hope Larson
- Night School by Svetlana Chmakova
- Monkey King: Birth of the Stone Monkey by Weidong Chen
For a look at Foiled, where fencing is a super power all its own, check out the book trailer below.
For links to these and other great graphic novels in our catalog see our Teen Graphic Novels - We Started It All! book list.
Also, don't forget to check back June 27th for a look at other kinds of teen powers besides just super powers in Teen Powers Abound - All Kinds of Powers!, July 11th for a look at heroes in nonfiction in Teen NonFiction Flies!, and July 25th where we wrap things up by highlighting books on how to draw your own characters and create your own stories and graphic novels in Draw Me! Write Me!.
Happy “Super Powered” Reading!
Fifteen-year-old Izzy was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family have hunted magical creatures. Izzy moves to a new town and soon has to investigate a series of hauntings at her new high school.