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Book Trailer: “The Rest of Us Just Live Here” by Patrick Ness

October 7, 2015

Patrick Ness, author of the “Chaos Walking” trilogy has a new book completely different from that series. Instead of me trying to explain it, watch the clip. Then reserve your copy.

FALL Into A Good Read, Part Two

September 25, 2015

Because the excitement could not be contained into one post, here are four more new and upcoming fall releases that I am going crazy over:

dumplinDumplin’” by Julie Murphy

Willowdean Dickson: self-proclaimed fat girl, beauty pageant contestant, Dolly Parton lover. You guys, I am so pumped for this book. Willowdean sounds like an amazing main character, and I can’t wait to read about her, her best friend Ellen, and Bo, a hot private school guy that just might be truly interested in Willowdean. Oh, yeah, and the plotline about the small town beauty pageant. This book is getting major buzz from the YA community, so get your name on the list for it NOW!

black widowBlack Widow: Forever Red” by Margaret Stohl

I am loving the new trend to write YA books about comic book ladies! Earlier this year we got the superb “Lois Lane: Fallout” and now a book about my fav Avenger, Black Widow?! YASS. I got my hands on a copy of this book even though it is not due out until October, and I can tell you that if you are a fan of the Marvel movies, you will dig this book. There is plenty of action, mystery, and, of course, Black Widow kicking butt and taking names.

all american boysAll American Boys” by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Jason Reynolds is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite authors because he is not afraid to straight up go for the hard stuff no one wants to talk about. “All American Boys” is no exception. Written by two authors—one black and one white—and told from the perspective of a black kid who is subjected to police violence and a white kid who’s dad is the cop, this book is probably going to hit home for a lot of us. While you are waiting for this one, be sure and check out Kekla Magoon’s “How It Went Down.”

All the new YA Star Wars books by Various Authors

If you didn’t know that this was a thing… THIS IS A THING. Get yourself prepared for Episode VII by reading up on some of our favorite characters and getting hints as to what will happen in the new movie. We’ve got four different YA titles in the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens series: “Lost Stars,” “Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure,” “The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure,” and “Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure.”

As always, click on the titles above to request a copy of these books. What do you think of my picks? Did I miss anything good? Let us know!

–Samantha D., Weber Road/Tesson Ferry

Book Trailer: “This Monstrous Thing” by Mackenzi Lee

September 23, 2015

Alasdair’s brother has died, but Alasdair, a young mechanic, takes it upon himself to rebuild his brother using clock parts and other moving pieces. Check out this spooky Frankenstein retelling.

FALL Into A Good Read, Part One

September 18, 2015

Although the weather may not feel like it, we are entering into my favorite season: autumn. When the leaves turn vibrant colors and crunch beneath our feet, when the Pumpkin Spice Latte magically reappears in everyone’s hands, and, most importantly, when some amazing YA titles bless us with their presence. School might be bogging you down, but don’t miss out on these highly anticipated new and upcoming titles:

everything everythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Madeline lives in a bubble… literally because her skin is allergic to pretty much anything. Her life takes an exciting turn when Olly, her cutie new neighbor, moves in. This one is getting some rave reviews for its sweet romance and unique main character. I’ve got this coming up as my next read and I can’t wait!

scorpion rulesThe Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

This is a dystopian book unlike any other. An artificial intelligence has taken over the world. The children of the world’s leaders have all been claimed as hostages—if their parents declare war, their child dies. Greta is used to her life as a pawn to keep world peace, but what happens when Elian, a new and disobedient hostage, starts to threaten her whole way of living? This one sounds super intense, and I can’t wait to have this fill the void that The Hunger Games will leave me after the last movie comes out!

carry onCarry On by Rainbow Rowell

If you read Rowell’s “Fangirl,” I probably don’t need to tell you anything about this one. “Carry On” follows the story-within-a-story that was created in “Fangirl”—the Harry Potter-esque story of Simon Snow. This is a new genre for Rainbow Rowell, but if she can do fantasy like she does realistic fiction, this will probably become one of my all time fav reads. If you haven’t read “Fangirl” yet, GET ON IT and then get your name on the list for this one!

most dangerousMost Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin

I am becoming a HUGE fan of Steve Sheinkin, whose nonfiction titles are super interesting and easy to read (with lots of pictures!). His newest book digs into an issue that we are familiar with in our society today—whistleblowers—but in the context of the Vietnam War. If you are interested in stories like Edward Snowden’s, you MUST pick this one up.

You can click on the title to request the book from SLCL (AND YOU SHOULD). I couldn’t fit all my anticipation in one post, so be on the lookout for another one soon!

–Samantha D., Weber Road/Tesson Ferry

Movie Trailer: “Maze Runner: Scorch Trials”

September 16, 2015

Thomas and friends are back. They have survived the Glade, but can they make it through the Scorch? Get your copy of the book before the movie opens this Friday.

Author Event: Eoin Colfer, Ridley Pearson, and Jonathan Stroud

September 14, 2015

ya-showcase-ccThree crowd favorites are coming to the Headquarters branch on Wednesday, September 16: authors Eoin Colfer, Ridley Pearson, and Jonathan Stroud. Are you freaking out? Yes…I’ll wait. *waiting patiently* Finished?

Eoin Colfer is back with the third book is in his “W.A.R.P” series: “The Forever Man.”

Ridley Pearson takes us back to the world of the Kingdom Keepers with his new series “Disney Lands – Kingdom Keepers: the Return.” The Kingdom Keepers must solve one last puzzle, or face an evil worse than the Overtakers.

Lockwood and Co is back in Jonathan Stroud’s third book in the series:  “The Hollow Boy.” The team has gotten closer with all of their supernatural exterminating, but a new team member may threaten this closeness. Plus there are more ghosts to bust.

The event is free with doors opening at 6:00 p.m.

In the Know @ Your Library : College Edition

September 9, 2015

In-the-Know-College-Edition-HQHave questions about the college application process? Feeling overwhelmed? Let the library help you out and get that anxiety level down from a code orange. During the month of September, college counselor, Julie Kampschroeder, will be leading three different programs on applying to college: finding the best college for you, how to stand out in a sea of other applicants, and the ins and outs on financial aid.

A full list of the programs and registration can be found under the Teens tab of


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