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Staff Picks: “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell

Sometimes, I love a book so much, I don’t want to let the story go. Luckily for me and millions of other fans, just because my favorite series ended, doesn’t mean I have to stop reading about my favorite characters or abandon my favorite story worlds. Luckily for me and millions of other readers who feel the same, there’s fanfiction! Continuations and remixes of so many books are being shared online so that fans can continue to see their favorite characters continue going on adventures.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell explores the world of fandom through the eyes of Cath, an aspiring writer who goes off to college and sort of flounders through her first semester. Read More..

Staff Picks: “Where the Stars Still Shine” by Trish Doller

Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller is a story of loyalty and love, and readers looking for character-driven realistic fiction that gives equal focus to family and romance will enjoy it. Read More..

Artistic Inspiration

Looking for some new inspiration for your art? A new craft to try out? Maybe some ideas for holiday presents? Check out some of the new craft and art books we have in the Teen Zone.  Read More..

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Staff Picks: “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” by Holly Black

Guys, I love vampires. But I am still mostly skeptical of vampire books. It takes a new concept and a skilled writer to really make them work for me.

Luckily, I’ve enjoyed Holly Black’s writing, and I loved her take on vampire mythology in The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, even if it wasn’t entirely original. Though for centuries vampires were under the radar, it only took one crazy guy to infect tons of people, turning entire cities “cold” and now vampire are a normal part of life. You know, just the stuff of school assemblies.

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Staff Picks: “Starglass” by Phoebe North

Political intrigue on a generation starship? I was immediately intrigued by Starglass by Phoebe North.

Terra has spent her entire life on the spaceship Asherah, as have generations before her. A group of cultural Jews boarded it 500 years ago just before Earth was hit with an asteroid that was destined to destroy all life on the planet. The ship has been heading towards a new planet they are hoping to populate. But just as they are preparing to land on the new planet, an underground rebel group is poised to challenge the leaders of the ship and the rigid social order that has been necessary to keep the ship running. Read More..

Staff Picks: “Winger” by Andrew Smith

Winger by Andrew Smith made me laugh out loud and broke my heart.

Ryan Dean is an awkward 14-year-old boy who is smart enough to have skipped two grades. When he returns for his Junior year at a boarding school in the Pacific Northwest, he’ll be staying in the troublemakers dorm with limited privileges, and a year of hijinks and heartache ensue. Read More..

Which is worse? Chasing deadly storms or dealing with an alcoholic parent?

In The Waiting Sky, Jane is storm chasing with her older brother, Ethan, for the summer. She has mixed feelings about being away from her home in Minnesota, where her mom is suffering from alcoholism. After a car accident caused by Jane’s mom that almost killed Jane and her best friend, Cat, Jane leaves to clear her head and get some distance between herself and her mother. The mixed feelings she’s having involve her fears that her mother will possibly die without her and the relief she feels at not having to always be taking care of her mother. Jane is also experiencing mixed feelings towards her brother because she’s grateful to have a place to run to, but also mad at him for having left her alone with their mother a few years ago. Over the summer, Jane begins to realize the parallels between chasing tornadoes and living with an alcoholic parent.  Read More..

Staff Picks: “The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey

What would you do if you were the last human on Earth? What if your new bestie was an M-16 rifle? What if you watched your mother die of a terrible virus and your father get shot in the head by a soldier you thought was there to save you? What if the enemy was impossible to detect and you didn’t know who to trust?

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Staff Picks: Soul Searching by Sarah Stillman

Every once in a while, I pick up a non-fiction book and leaf through its Table of Contents to see if there is anything I might be interested in… Soul Searching  had so many chapter titles I liked, that I HAD to check it out and read it. From yoga to feng shui, aromatherapy to color therapy, safe cell phone usage to cyberbullying –  this book covers a multitude of what I think of as modern day coping skills. And I believe the more coping skills you have in your arsenal  the better you are able to handle any situation that comes up in life. And who doesn’t want that? Even if you don’t want to read the whole book, pick it up and glance at the chapters that DO interest you. You never know what you might learn.

 

Staff Picks: Rootless by Chris Howard

I picked up Rootless because the summary mentioned a future with no trees and a young man building “trees” for rich people out of metal and plastic. Environmental apocalypse and a protagonist artist building “trees” for those that oppress him? Yes please! Sadly, as I am often too impulsive with books, I did not check to see if the book was a “stand alone” or part of a series. Oops!  Read More..