A near future thriller about Patsy, a teen forced to become an indentured assassin who has only three days to complete her hit list. Each name on Patsy's list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die.
Althea & Oliver have been friends since they were six. Now that they're juniors in high school, their relationship has begun to change. Compounding Althea's insecurity is Oliver's unusual illness which causes him to fall asleep without warning, often for weeks at a time. Althea & Oliver's evolving relationship offers a heartwarming insight into the complicated matter of growing up.
Are you Boho? Grunge? Hippie? A Teddy Girl? And what, exactly, is a kirtle? The Fashion Book examines the history of fashion and explains how to incorporate classic looks into a modern wardrobe.
Welcome to Musical Mondays! A blog about books and music.
A lot of books now intertwine the story, characters, and plot, with music. Some have a music playlist designed to go with the book, some weave songs and music right into the story, and others focus on music as a major part of the plot or characters’ lives. Either way, it’s a celebration of two great things: stories and music! So, this summer I will be posting 3 blogs the first Monday of each month that highlight some of these books and their music. This blog will be the first, and then there will be one in July, and a final post in August.
To start us off I will jump right in with music playlists designed to go with the books or music the author was listening to as they wrote that inspired the story. Interestingly, a lot of these aren’t necessarily about music, they just have music playlists that the author has created to go with their book.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Anna and the French Kiss Playlist
Perkins has created a 15 track playlist to go with the book. Much of it is French Rock! She also has a separate “Spoilers” page where she shares the story behind the songs.
Boy21 by Matthew Quick Boy21 Playlist
This playlist appears in an article about music and books. It was designed by Quick to tell the story, as he put together the songs from the book in the order they appear in the novel and matched them to different parts of the story.
Dove Arising by Karen Bao Dove Arising Playlist
The playlist for this dystopian sci-fi novel is unique – it actually has its own title! The title is: Music on the Moon. The site features the songs on the playlist as well as Bao’s explanations of how each relates to the book.
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger DUFF Playlist
Keplinger puts together a playlist to go with all her books and it is usually made up of songs that remind her of the characters or story or that she was listening too when she wrote. The DUFF Playlist includes songs from the two main characters perspective. Also check out the sequel Lying Out Loud. It too has a Playlist.
Half Bad by Sally Green Half Bad Playlist
This is a playlist inspired by the book. Spoiler Alert: If you haven‘t read the book yet, skip the song descriptions until you’ve finished reading as their explanations give major parts of the book away! And don't miss Half Wild and Half Lost
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
This is a collection of the Lumberjanes monthly comic. At the end of each issue is a track list of a mixtape that has been put together by one of the characters. And if you are already reading and have gotten to issue #4 you’ll notice part of Jen’s list is covered in paint! For a full listing of Jen’s playlist check out the article Drawn to Comics.
Mosquitoland by David Arnold Mosquitoland Playlist
Arnold began as a musician and some of his musical creations can be found on his site Cinema Cycle. There you can also find the music playlist, with his original songs, that are inspired by two of his novel, as well as a video he made for one of the songs.
Young Elites by Marie Lu Young Elites Playlist
This playlist is in an article about the Young Elite’s series and highlights Lu’s Playlist for Adeline from the series. Includes why she picked the songs. She also made a playlist for Champion which can be found on her Tumblr page.
That’s it for this month. Come back for our next installment, Where Books and Music Collide, for a look at books that weave music and songs throughout the story.
Happy Reading (and listening)!
A new Fear Street novel! Despite her friend's warning, Rachel is excited to attend Brendan Fear's birthday party at his family's estate on mysterious Fear Island, but soon someone introduces a game of murder and all of the guests are in danger and trapped on the island.
Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast–unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.
Ash is a gifted healer with a powerful gift of magic. Jenna, a girl abandoned at birth, was told that the mark on the back of her neck would make her a target. Ash and Jenna's worlds are thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the king.
It's that time again. The air is cool and crisp, the days are growing shorter, and the night is coming to life. What mysteries lie in dark? What stories will you uncover deep in the piling leaves? As the shadows come alive, magic awaits around corners and in the pages of new found books. For the macabre, the dark, the mysterious, the magical, and even the spookily funny check these out:(Note: Links open in new window)
Strange, Dark, Other Worldly Abilities
Dark Mysteries at the Academy
When Death (and Others) Come Calling
The Humorous Undead and Other Otherworldy Creatures
New Teen Discovery Kits available for check out!
The UAPL has two new Discovery Kits just for teens! Discovery Kits contain traditional materials like books and add a hands-on component. They’re a fun way to learn and experiment.
Teen Discovery Kit: Learn the Ukulele contains Includes three books, two CDs, one ukulele and one ukulele carrying case. It’s a great way to try out the instrument!
Teen Discovery Kit: Explore Circuitry Includes four books, one Makey Makey kit and one Little Bits base kit. This kit is a fun introduction to circuits and how they work including how to make actual bananas function as a keyboard! (Sorry, bananas are not included in the kit.)
Panic is a secret game that pits player against player in mental and physical challenges designed to push them to the breaking point. Only one person in the poor town of Carp, New York will win the $67,000 prize. Heather never planned to play, but nothing is going to keep her from winning.