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Super Power Saturdays - Teen Super Powers

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Welcome to Super Power Saturdays. Throughout Summer Library Club I will be posting a blog the second and fourth Saturdays in June and July that will highlight teen books with a focus on all things super powers. I will highlight teen powers in fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels, as well as feature some books that can help you write your own stories and create your own graphic novels. For today’s post I will feature super powers in fiction novels because a lot of great superhero books have flown their way from graphic novels and comics into fiction novels. A few great picks are:

 

Logo for the Website Real Life Super HeroesIf reading about superheroes inspires in you the desire or dream to be a superhero yourself or do amazing things in the world check out The Real Life Superhero Project. It is a website that highlights real life people who have become superheroes in their everyday lives. Each one is out there doing real things, such as helping the homeless, dedicating time to charities, working to make their communities safe, and helping kids find their own sense of honor and giving inspired by the comic books they grew up on. Each person is photographed in their favorite superhero gear. Supercool! For a sneak peak at some of these heroes and their mottos check out the video below.

 

For a list of these and other great teen super power books see our Teen Powers fiction book list in our catalog.

And don't forget to check back the second Saturday in June (June 13th) for a look at Teen Graphic Novels: We Started It All! and the fourth Saturday (June 27th) for the post Teen Powers Abound: All Kinds of Powers!

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

True Tales to Be Told: Every Bone Tells a Story

This superb introduction to archaeology and anthropology looks closely at four ordinary people who lived thousands of years ago and were discovered within the last 20 years: Turkana Boy, Lapedo Child, Kennewick Man, and Iceman.  The discovery of the bones of these people has influenced debates about the nature of the earliest members of the family Hominidae.  

May is National Bike Month

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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)

Walk Bike to School LogoAnd 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. 

Happy Reading!

 

Upcoming Teen Books

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You're gonna want to put these on request! 

Book Cover image for Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell fans will be crazy excited for this next novel, titled Carry On–all about Simon Snow (Fangirl? Cath?). There is magic, a wizard school, monsters, and apparently some mystery as well. 

Like your books a bit grittier? It doesn't get much grittier than S.A. Bodeen, author of The Detour. Folks are calling this a Teen version of Stephen King's Misery, so if you like psychological suspense you should give this one a try. 

Becca Fitzpatrick, author of the Hush, Hush saga, brings us a murder mystery called Dangerous Lies. She even offers a playlist for her readers! 

Read 'em, and let us know what you thought! 

Dena–currently reading Are You Still There by Scheerger 

Mystery? for Teens: How To Fall

When sixteen-year-old Jess Tennant's mother takes her to spend the summer in the tiny English town where she grew up, people look at Jess as if they have seen a ghost due to her resemblance to her cousin Freya, who died shortly before Jess arrived and to whom Jess feels a strange connection. The more Jess learns about the secrets Freya was keeping while she was alive, the more suspicious Freya's death starts to look. One thing is for sure: this will be anything but the safe, boring summer in the country Jess was expecting.

Dystopia for Teens: Flawed

Celestine is a model daughter, well-liked by classmates and teachers and dating a charming boy. Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision and breaks a rule. She could be facing life-changing repercussions like imprisonment and branding. She could be found flawed.

Military Teen Fiction

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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. 

 

 

 

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