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Our 2014 Teen Fiction Picks!

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To celebrate another great year of reading here at UAPL each of us at Tremont picked one novel that we loved from this year.  

dena I'll give you the sun

Dena picked: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.

dana the strange and beautiful sorrows

Dana: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

This debut novel weaves magical realism through generations of a family to tell a beautiful tale of love and loss.  

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Jennifer could not decide and picked two!

  • A Beautiful Friendship by David WeberTwelve-year-old Stephanie Harrington, a genetically-enhanced girl, moves to the pioneer planet of Sphinx, and is in danger from highly placed enemies who want to ensure that the planet remains entirely in human hands.
  • Relativity by Cristin BisharaRuby Wright discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities. Is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?

tracie snow like ashes

Tracie's Pick: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Orphaned Meira, a fierce chakram-wielding warrior from the Kingdom of Winter, must struggle to free her people from the tyranny of an opposing kingdom while also protecting her own destiny.

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Katie: Starbird Murphyand the World Outside by Karen Finneyfrock

Starbird has spent the first sixteen years of her life on a commune in the woods of Washington State. When she gets her Calling to become a waitress at the farm's satellite restaurant in Seattle, it means leaving behind the only place she's ever known and entering the World Outside.

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Laura: Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

Beaten and left for dead, fourteen-year-old Tula Bane finds herself abandoned on a space station called Yertina Feray after traveling with the colonist group, Children of the Earth.

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Stephanie: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria

Laurel starts writing letters to famous dead people for a school assignment, but it soon becomes a way to deal with the loves and losses in her life.  

Sue with the Night GardenerSue: The Night Garderner by Jonathan Auxier

Two orphans travel to England to work as servants in a  manor house which they soon discover is cursed.

Sarah holds We Were Liars Sarah: We Were Liars by

E. Lockhart

Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

From all of us have a Happy Reading New Year 2015 everyone!

Sign up now for Summer Library Club!

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Are you entering 6th-12th grade next year? Do you like to read? Would you like to score free pizza, chipotle, or cake? Then you're ready for Summer Library Club! Simply visit this website, register with your name and contact info, and keep track of the time you spend reading, and the activities you explore, between now and July 31st. Once you've logged 10 hours of reading AND completed 10 activities, come in to any UA library to grab a stack of coupons (this is where the free food comes in!). Then, keep reading–cause after you've read a total of 20 hours, and completed 20 activities, you've earned your second prize–a free book!–and an entry into the Grand Prize for a $200 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods. 

Happy Reading!

Teen Recommendations: The Other Side of the Wall

Simon Schwartz was born in 1982 in the GDR (East Germany). One and a half years later he left the country with his parents and the family resettled in West Berlin. As political dissidents, his parents experienced harassment by the Stasi and a lack of understanding from members of their own family. This striking graphic novel memoir chronicles the family's difficult journey to get to the other side of the Berlin Wall.

2013: The Year in Graphic Novels

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2013 has been another great year in reading manga and graphic novels!  This is our top 12 of the year, not in order of importance.  It is too hard to pick what should be #1!

1.) Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. story by Prudence Shen, art by Faith Erin Hicks  

It is war: cheerleaders vs robotics club for their funding for the year, what could go wrong?

2.) A Devil and Her Love Song. story and art by Miyoshi Tomori  Manga from Shojo Beat.

3.) Primates:the Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas. story by Jim Ottavani, art by Maris Wicks

Birute Galdikas was also featured in the documentary: “Born to be Wild” which we also have available on DVD or Blue-ray!

4.)  Laddertop. (Volumes 1&2) story by Orson and Janice Card illustrations by Honoel Ibardolaza  New sci-fi series from the author of Ender's Game

5.) Boxers. and Saints. the new 2 volume set by the author of “American Born Chinese”, Gene Luen Yang.  

In graphic memoir fashion it chronicles the bloody Boxer rebellion from in China at the end of the 1800's.

6.) Little Fish: a Memoir From a Different Kind of Year.  story and art by Ramsey Beyer

Told through real-life journals, collages, lists, and drawings, this coming-of-age story illustrates the transformation of an 18-year-old girl from a small-town teenager into an independent city-dwelling college student.

7.) Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. story and art Tony Cliff 

Delilah Dirk is a world traveler in a time where most women stayed home.  She uses her skills learned on the road to plunder and rob the corrupt and injust.

8.) Battling Boy. story and art by Paul Pope

New demi-god vs monster action!

9.)​Dawn of the Arcana. story and art by Rei Toma

Princess Nakaba of Senan is forced to marry Prince Caesar of the enemy country Belquat, tantamount to becoming a hostage. With only her attendant Loki at her side, Nakaba must find a way to cope with her hostile surroundings, her fake marriage…and a mysterious power!”

10.) Will and Whit. story and art by Laura Lee Gulledge

​From the author of “Page by Paige” comes the story of Will (Wilhemina) who crafts whimsical lamps to deal with her fear of the dark. As she wraps up another summer in her mountain town, she longs for unplugged adventures with her fellow creative friends, Autumn, Noel, and Reese. Little does she know that she will get her wish in the form of an arts carnival and a blackout, courtesy of a hurricane named Whitney, which forces Will to face her fear of darkness.

11.) ​Sherlock Bones. story by Yuma Ando and art by Yuki Sado

New manga! Mystery solving Sherlock Homes is reincarnated into a cute dog with his owner, Takeru as Dr. Watson

12.) Gris Grimly's Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.

For the horror fan, a modern retelling of Mary Shelley's tale of Frankenstein.  

Please also check out YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) for their enormous list of great graphic novels of the past 2 years.

Super Power Saturdays - Teen NonFiction Flies!

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We are in our last month of Super Power Saturdays, everyone. So far we have explored all kinds of super powers in teen fiction and teen graphic novels. We have looked at super powers in fiction in Teen Super Powers, other types of powers including magic and even time travel in Teen Powers Abound: All Kinds of Powers, and super powers in graphic novels in Teen Graphic Novels: We Started It All!. Now it is time to turn our super charged eyes to nonfiction because superheroes, everyday heroes, powers of all kinds, and even comics and graphic novels permeate nonfiction lifting it up and giving it super strength! Adventure definitely awaits in nonfiction. So, for a masked adventure check these out:

For a sneak peek at Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator is Changing the World by Jack Andraka check out the video below. Breakthrough is a memoir written by a teen who is not only an innovator in science, having created an early detection system for several types of cancers (WOW!), but a hero in his own right, standing up for himself, overcoming challenges and obstacles, and helping to pave the way for other teens to reach for their dreams and be who they are to the fullest. For more about Jack, his book, and his work check out his website Jack Andraka: “Make Something Cool…And Change the World”

For a list of these and other nonfiction reads see our Teen NonFiciton Flies! book list in our catalog.

And don’t miss our last blog post in the Super Power Saturdays series coming July 25th. We will look at how to create your own stories and characters in Draw Me! Write Me!

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

Sci-Fi Pick: Obsidian Mirror

Jake's father disappears while working on mysterious experiments for the reclusive Oberon Venn.  His father was experimenting with a black mirror that is a portal to both the past and the future.  Jake is determined to use the mirror to find out the truth.  Many others also seek the mirror, but only one can succeed.  

Sci-Fi for Teens: The Inventor's Secret

In an alternate nineteenth-century America that is still a colony of Britain's industrial empire, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees' struggle to survive is interrupted by a newcomer with no memoryof his escape, but bearing secrets about a terrible future that awaits all the refugees exiled from the empire.  

Teen Realistic Fiction: Snow Job

Nick is determined to remake his life after graduating from high school. All he has to do is stick to his list of rules. But, meeting a tough and troubled new girl isn't on his list, and neither is hanging out with Zod, a teenage thug who is back on the streets after Nick testified against him. And, making deliveries for a local drug lord definitely isn't on his list. Will Nick stick to his list and succeed or become just another fall guy?  This is a great story about how one boy attempts to take charge of his destiny.

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