Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Paper Towns by John Green

Quentin Jacobsen has loved Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar for most of his life. She is a mixture of mystery and adventure and her own quirky personality.. With end of high school mere weeks away, Q accepts Margo’s quirkiness that is closer to fantasy than reality.
This acceptance changes when Margo, dressed like a ninja, opens Q's window and asks for his help:
"Tonight, darling, we are going to right a lot of wrongs. And we are going to wrong some rights. The first shall be last; the last shall be first; the meek shall do some earth-inheriting."
This kicks into gear an all-night adventure that will change Q's life, particularly--he hopes--how his life relates to the enchanting Margo Roth Spiegelman.
Q’s thought pattern is interrupted when Margo disappears.. Part of being Margo Roth Spiegelman demands the occasional disappearance to plan and execute further adventures. Q, however, can’t pretend this disappearance is normal because Margo left clues. Q, with the help of his realistically written friends, tries to trace Margo's route and he finds more questions than answers, realizing that he might need more than clues to lead him to the girl he loves. He determines he might need to reevaluate everything he previously associated with Margo Spiegelman.
“Paper Towns combines elements of a coming-of-age story and a mystery. Q's search for Margo is, in many ways, just as important as working through the tedium and nostalgia of his last weeks in high school. The story is also very contemporary: the characters have (very clever) screen names that they use to instant message, a website not unlike Wikipedia (here called Omnictionary) finds its way into the storyline. Still, the timelessness of the story seems to ensure that this novel will not become dated as technologies change. Green's inclusion of excerpts from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass also points to this book's lasting power.
The writing keeps readers' attention with an abundance of Green’s wit and makes the book read through quickly. Paper Towns is unique and Q's narration is unique.Anyone who yearns for “the good old days”, will enjoy Green’s combination of nostalgia into present day circumstances.

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

FREE BOOK for the Holidays

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Happy Holidays


Twelve Days of Christmas Teen Style

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

And a Wonderful Time Was Had By All

In spite of the dire weather predictions for a Blizzard of 2009
our Holiday Party was a great success.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday Celebration 2009

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Watch the fun of our Young Adult Council Holiday Party. We celebrated Carly and Zach's birthday and added Root Beer Floats. The words on the wall were verboten unless you wanted to lose something from your goody bag. Grab bag gifts were passed as Andre read The Right Family and the party ended with a Wii Fest.

Happy Holidays to Everyone!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Disney Picks Up Fallen
Source:The Hollywood Reporter
December 9, 2009

Disney has optioned rights to "Fallen," a young-adult novel by Lauren Kate that features angels, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray will produce through their Mayhem Productions.

The book, released this week by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, is part of a four-novel series, all of which were included in the deal.

The contemporary story centers on an alienated girl torn between two charismatic young men, unaware that they are fallen angels who have battled over her for centuries.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Graceling by Kristen Cashore

I couldn't put Graceling down. Similar to Alison Croggan's Books of Pellinor, Graceling brings the story of the seven kingdoms to life. The setting is unique, thoughtful, detailed and believable. Each character comes to life through Cashore's detailed descriptions and distinct voices. They each become a friend, long after the book is finished. The story is a well-paced blend of internal struggle, history and culture of the kingdoms, storytelling, fight scenes, and adventuring.

Katsa is one of a special group of people born with a a grace--some special or unusual skill. Katsa's unusual talent puts her under the control of her uncle the king as little more than a thug. She comes to discover that she alone is responsible for her actions, and through this developes the personality the readers come to love.

The story of Katsa growing into and controlling her Grace is balanced with story of her growing friendship of the Lienid prince, Po.

This book is a story of self-discovery. The heroine journeys through good and evil as well as romance and ends up knowing exactly who she is and that she controls her life. I agree with http://hiplibrariansbookblog.blog-city.com/graceling.htm when she says Po is now vying alongside Marcus Flutie and Jacob Black for best boyfriend in YA fiction. The

Po is now vying alongside Marcus Flutie and Jacob Black for best boyfriend in YA fiction. I can't wait to read Fire, the prequel.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Vampires in New England Fact or Fiction

Twilight and New Moon one of your favorite books. How much is fact?

Don't forget to enjoy Nicholas Bellantoni when he presents

Vampires in New England, Fact or Fiction. December 5, 2009

2 pm New Milford Public Library.

Mr. Bellantoni is the State Archaeologist and a Uconn Professor.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Grace remembers a certain episode in her life when she was little in Mercy Falls, Minnesota. Surrounded by wolves and blood…and the beautiful yellow eyes of her wolf. Now, at 17, Grace still loves the howls of the wolves in the woods behind her house and can always catch a glimpse of her wolf – only by his eyes.

But Grace’s world isn’t perfect. She has parents who prefer their careers over their daughter and her friendship with Olivia and Rachel is slowly crumbling because of Grace’s obsession with wolves. And then, Jack disappears and hunters are out looking to kill the pack.

Grace would do anything to save her wolf…even if that means putting herself in danger. And when that happens, her wolf saves her and shows himself as Sam, a dangerous secret revealed. Now, it’s up to Grace to try to save Sam from transforming again, but with the weather getting colder and colder, the more time they lose until his final transformation.

Teens are in the midst of reading and gobbling up any book that deals with vampires and werewolves, and Maggie Stiefvater’s new book will be a welcome edition to their reading repertoire. Filled with werewolves, action, and romance, YA readers will keep turning the pages to find out what happens between Grace and Sam, which shows itself only at the end. No peeking allowed!!