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Read it before you see it! YA Books to Movies 2015 & 2016

May 22, 2015

the duff“The DUFF: designated ugly fat friend”  by Kody Keplinger

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of friends and she’s way too smart to fall for the womanizing Wesley Rush. Or is she? In theaters February 2015.

frankenstein“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

This new adaptation of Shelley’s classic horror tale features Daniel Radcliffe as Igor, Dr. Frankenstein’s troubled young assistant. Also starring James McAvoy and Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findlay. In theaters October 2015.

the jungle book“The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling

This new adaptation stars Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, and Ben Kingsley as the animals raising orphaned Mowgli in the jungle. In theaters April 2016.

me and earl and the dying girl“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews

Seventeen-year-old filmmaker Greg’s life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia. The Sundance Film Festival winner will come to theaters June 2015.

miss peregrines home for peculiar children“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs

In this spine tingling mystery, Jacob follows clues that lead him to a mysterious island where he discovers the abandoned Miss Peregrine’s orphanage. As Jacob explores the ruins, he realizes that the unusual children might have been quarantined on the island for good reason. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars will be in theaters March 2016.

mockingjay“Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen survived the Hunger Games arena twice. In this final installment in the Hunger Games trilogy she faces off with the autocratic Capitol in a revolution that could forever change Panem. Mockingjay – Part 2 in theaters November 2015.

paper towns“Paper Towns” by John Green

One month before graduating from high school, Q’s predictable life is derailed by the the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, his neighbor and classmate, who takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears. From bestselling author of “The Fault in Our Stars” John Green.  In theaters July 24, 2015.

pride and prejudice and zombies“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” by Seth Grahame-Smith

Jane Austen’s classic tale of love and class structure in 19th century England is rejuvenated with zombies in this comedic horror romance. In theaters February 2016.

scorch trials“The Scorch Trials” by James Dashner

Continue the story where “Maze Runner” ended. In this second book in the series, Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch. In theaters September 18, 2015.

seventh son“Seventh Son” by Joseph Delaney

Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from the paranormal. The motion picture, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Kit Harington, Djimon Hounsou and Julianne Moore was released in theaters February 2015.

–Claire, guest blogger

Audiobook Review: “Half Bad” by Sally Green

May 20, 2015

               half bad For those of you who self-identify as Slytherins, I have the most PERFECT book for you.

Our story starts off in an alternative version of modern-day England, where Nathan, our main character, has been locked in a cage for months. He has been tortured, abandoned by his people, and trained to kill his own father, the dangerous Marcus. Do I have your attention yet?

The world of “Half Bad” is dark and sinister. There are White Witches (the “good guys”) and Black Witches (the “bad”), who have been warring against each other for a very long time. And then, there are those like Nathan, who is half of each (spoiler: this does not make him very liked by either side). Every witch must receive three mysterious gifts on their 17th birthday, or they will die. But will Nathan receive his gifts, locked away in a cage? Why is he there in the first place? And why does he feel a longing to know his evil and long-gone father?

Many have compared Nathan to Severus Snape of the “Harry Potter” books, and I think that is a pretty accurate comparison. He is voiced expertly by Carl Prekopp, who not only gives life to our main character, but changes his voice and his accents for other characters. I love when narrators are able to do this well, because it helps you keep all your characters straight.

“Half Bad” is the first book in a planned trilogy (the sequel “Half Wild” just came out). If you are looking for a perfect mixture of action and a dark, creepy, magical world, request a copy of this audio book right NOW!

 “Half Bad” is narrated by Carl Prekopp. It has 7 disks (8.5 hours). School Library Journal recommends this book for grades 9 and up.

–Samantha D., Weber Road/Tesson Ferry

Teen Summer Reading Club is officially open!

May 18, 2015

Hey Teens! Today is the day…you can officially start logging your minutes towards your summer reading club goal!! Remember 1 minute equals 1 point and a total of 720 points completes the club. Keep logging once you finish to have a chance to win various raffle prizes: an iPad, a Dell laptop, or wireless Beats by Dre headphones.

And starting June 1, you can began attending summer reading programs at your local branch. Certain programs can earn you 25 points towards your goal…just for attending! Check your online summer reading club account for a full list.

If you haven’t created an account yet, click here. Easy peasey! You’re going to be reading anyway this summer might as well earn a free book and various food coupons (um, free Chipotle just for finishing…sign me up!).

Good luck and happy reading!!

-Emily M., Headquarters

Booklist: Prom

May 15, 2015

Prom season is upon and I have a confession to make: I never went to prom. Wha?! Yes, it’s true. (*hangs head*) I’m an introvert and large crowds, loud music, and flashing lights aren’t really my thing.

But I don’t feel I missed out on much since I have found quite a few YA books centered around prom. I’ve gathered all of them together right here for my fellow introverts and readers. Click any of the book covers or titles below to request your copies today.

promposal ditched anti prom tessa masterson will go to prom

prom and prejudiceprom prom anonymous prom kings and drama queens

prom dates from hell prom queentop ten uses for an unworn prom dress

21 proms prom nights from hell

Promposal” by Rhonda Helms

Ditched: a love story” by Robin Mellom

The Anti Prom” by Abby McDonald

Tessa Masterson Will Go To Prom” by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin

Prom and Prejudice” by Elizabeth Eulberg

Prom” by Laurie Halse Anderson

Prom Anonymous” by Blake Nelson

Prom Kings and Drama Queens” by Dorian Cirrone

Prom Dates from Hell” by Rosemary Clement-Moore

The Prom Queen” by Melody Carlson

Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress” by Tina Ferraro

21 Proms

Prom Nights from Hell

–Emily M., Headquarters

“Fairest: Levana’s Story” by Marissa Meyer

May 13, 2015

Are you dying of anticipation for Winter, the next book in the epic sci-fi/fairy tale series The Lunar Chronicles? I am!  Luckily for us, Marissa Meyer released an in-between book, “Fairest: Levana’s Story.”

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as the Lunar ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana had her own story. In “Fairest,” we get a look inside the wicked Queen’s head – and it’s not a comfortable place to be. Meyer weaves a sad and twisted tale of a girl who was dangerously desperate for love. Told throughout the course of a decade, the novel shows Levana develop from a lonely, painfully insecure second daughter into the most feared and relentless ruler in the universe. Readers experience love, war, treachery, death and Levana’s descent into the vicious madness of a queen who will bring Earth to its knees.

“Fairest” also answers a lot of questions for Lunar Chronicles fans – What is Levana hiding under that veil and glamour? What happened to her husband? Who is Winter and why is she Levana’s her care? Why is she so madly and relentlessly determined to conquer Earth?

This story is creepy, dark, disturbing, and I loved it. I daresay that Levana is Marissa Meyer’s most complex character yet. I listened to “Fairest” on audiobook. The narration by the brilliantly talented Rebecca Soler was spot-on, but the print version has gorgeous full-color illustrations that I’m sorry I missed out on.

Marissa Meyer will conclude The Lunar Chronicles in November 2015 with “Winter.” And judging by the cover art, we can guess which iconic fairy tale will be the inspiration! Catch a sneak peek of “Winter” at the end of “Fairest.”

Catch up on the other books in The Lunar Chronicles series:

The School Library Journal recommends for grades 8 and up.

–Claire, guest blogger

YALSA Teens Top Ten Nominees List!

May 11, 2015

Recently the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) released their list of nominee titles for Teens Top Ten books of 2014. Teen members of book groups at libraries across the country nominate and choose their ten favorite books of the year from this list.  Which books would you vote for as the best ten of 2014?

*At the time of publication, these books are not available in the St. Louis County Library online catalog.

Visit for more information.

–Claire, guest blogger

Staff Review: “This Side of Home” by Renee Watson

May 8, 2015

this sideChange and adaptation are at the heart of Renee Watson’s new novel “This Side of Home.” Maya, Nikki, and Essence are best friends who have done everything together since they were little. It makes sense, since Maya and Nikki are twins and Essence lives right across the street. It’s the summer before senior year, and the girls are on track to attend the same college after they graduate, and they’re even dating boys who are all friends.

Nothing stays the same for long, however. As their neighborhood is turning from hood to chic, Essence’s landlord decides to sell her house and she and her mom have to move to a different area of Portland. Now the girls will only see each other at school, and Essence starts talking about going to beauty school instead of college. Maya resents the new family that moves into Essence’s old house, and is further incensed when Nikki befriends Kate, the new girl.

When the new principal at school decides to do away with the traditional Black History Month program, Maya goes on the warpath and finds an unlikely ally in Tony, Kate’s older brother. Suddenly the whole neighborhood is in an uproar, and Maya has to figure out who she is in the midst of all this change and turmoil. Maya is a strong character who tries so desperately to live by her principles, yet needs to learn how to be flexible enough to change and accept people as they are—even herself.

“This Side of Home” portrays urban living with compassion and realism, not flinching away from the hard, unresolved topics that are such a part of America’s current culture. I would recommend this story to any teen or adult who loves realistic fiction.

–Andrea W., Headquarters


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