Monday, December 31, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Holidays

Enjoy your holidays everyone.
Make them peaceful and safe and don't
forget to visit the library!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

All I Want for Christmas . . .

For those who loved The Hunger Games or Divergent:

Darkest Minds

For teens who are crafty:

Stick It!

For those who like Sarah Dessen and Meg Cabot:

52 Reasons to Hate my Father

Getting Over Garrett Delaney

Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters

For those who like Science:

Science Fair
For those who like mysteries:

Confession of a Murder Suspect

Lies that Bind


Madhattan Mystery

Sleuth or Dare: Partners in Crime
For those who like Thrillers:

The Night She Disappeared

Cold Fury

Seconds Away

For the girls who love enhancing their beauty

Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty

For those who like reality:

Keep Holding On

For those who like romance:


7 Clues to Winning You

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

For those who loved the 39 Clues series

Mutiny in Time

For those who like fantasy with a strong heroine:

Throne of Glass

Touch of Power

Keeper of the List Cities

For those who like reality TV

The Selection

For the smart girls:

Smart Girls Get What They Want
For those who want a fun summer read:

The Summer my Life Began

For those who love trivia

Olivia Bean Trivia Queen
For those who adore Kate and Will

Cordially Uninvited
For those who miss Gilmore Girls

Winter White

Take A Bow

For those who like historical fiction

Grave Mercy
For tho who like books set in the future

Last Princess
For those who like Paranormal reads:

Temptation of Angels

Every Other Day

For those who love Twilight

Twilight Saga
For those who caught Olympic fever

Winning Team

The Girl Games

For those who like time travel

Ruby Red

For those who like Steampunk:

The Girl in the Steel Corset

For those who need laughs/inspiration

Dear Teen Me

Courtesy of

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


As a teenager, things are changing right before your eyes. Changes bring about questions and concerns. In addition to reaching out to parents and school guidance counselors, the Internet also provides a great resource. On this page you will find links to information on drugs and alcohol, health, suicide prevention, ways to manage stress, dating violence, sexuality and more.

This is a great resource!

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Death Cure by Dashner

Check out the review of this new book!! It is under the "Book Review" link.
It is the third in a trilogy and worth every minute of reading!


Monday, November 5, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Manga and Math

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Scott Westerfeld's Midnighters for Fox TV

Chuck creators Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz are re-teaming for what they hope will be another television hit. However, this time, instead of an original series, The Live Feed reports the two will tackle an adaptation of Scott Westerfeld’s Midnighters book trilogy.

The Midnighters series follows the adventures of 15-year-old Jessica Day as she discovers she’s a Midnighter and able to access the Blue Time, an extra hour in the day that exists for people born at midnight. Far from the only Midnighter, Jessica finds herself allying with her fellow travelers against creatures called darklings and slithers.

Fox ordered a pilot from Fedak and Schwartz. If the network likes the effort, you could be seeing a Midnighters series on the air next season.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Funny Responses to "Banned" Books

Mark Twain said in reference to the challenges of Huckleberry Finn
“Apparently, the Concord library has condemned Huck as ‘trash and only suitable for the slums.’ This will sell us another twenty-five thousand copies for sure!”

Read some other savvy responses by authors to challenges of their books.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Raven Boys to be a Movie

New Line Acquires Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys
Source: Los Angeles Times

September 14, 2012

The Los Angeles Times reports that New Line Cinema has acquired the film rights to Maggie Stiefvater's young adult novel "The Raven Boys," with Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) on board to produce. To be released on September 18, the book is the first in the four-title series "Raven Cycle" and is described as follows:

Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. But she is too practical to believe in things like true love. Her policy is to stay away from the rich boys at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. The boys there — known as Raven Boys — can only mean trouble.

The studio is currently in the process of hiring a screenwriter. Last year, Warner Bros. also optioned the author's "The Scorpio Races," for David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith’s KatzSmith Productions to produce.

Dotti Enderle

Friday, September 14, 2012

55% of YA Books Bought by Adults

More than half the consumers of books classified for young adults aren’t all that young. According to a new study, fully 55% of buyers of works that publishers designate for kids aged 12 to 17 -- known as YA books -- are 18 or older, with the largest segment aged 30 to 44. Accounting for 28% of sales, these adults aren’t just purchasing for others -- when asked about the intended recipient, they report that 78% of the time they are purchasing books for their own reading. The insights are courtesy of Understanding the Children’s Book Consumer in the Digital Age, an ongoing biannual study from Bowker Market Research that explores the changing nature of publishing for kids.

“The investigation into who is reading YA books began when we noticed a disparity between the number of YA e-books being purchased and the relatively low number of kids who claim to read e-books,” said Kelly Gallagher, v-p of Bowker Market Research. “The extent and age breakout of adult consumers of these works was surprising. And while the trend is influenced to some extent by the popularity of The Hunger Games, our data shows it’s a much larger phenomenon than readership of this single series.”
Indeed, 30% of respondents reported they were reading works in the Hunger Games series. But the remaining 70% of readers reported a vast variety of titles (over 220), only two of which commanded more than five percent of overall sales – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Breaking Dawn.

“Although bestsellers lead, there’s a long tail of rich reading that has interesting implications for the publishers of YA books in terms of discovery and consumer relationships,” said project editor Kristen McLean.

The trend is good news for publishers, as these adult consumers of YA books are among the most coveted demographic of book consumers overall. Additional insights from the Bowker study show these readers are:

Early adopters: More than 40% read e-books, equivalent to the highest adoption rates of adult genres of mystery and romance
Committed: 71% say that if an e-book of their desired title was unavailable, they would buy the print book instead
Loyal: Enjoying the author's previous books has a moderate or major influence over the book choice for more than two-thirds of the respondents
Socially active: Although more than half of respondents reported having "no interest" in participating in a reading group, these readers are very active in social networks and often get recommendations from friends.

Understanding the Children’s Book Consumer in the Digital Age is sponsored in the U.S. by Little Brown for Young Readers, Random House, HarperCollins, Scholastic, Disney, Penguin, DK, and Macmillan. To order a copy, contact Bowker Market Research at

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Free E Books

You could check out Project Guttenberg ( ) which has free classics. Also, Baen Free library has some free sci-fi/fantasy novels ( ).

"Books on the knob" ( which is put together by a woman who lists all the temporarily free ebooks from Amazon, B&N, Apple, and publishers. If you get them while they are free, they are yours forever...

Found here: and copied below.

Free E-book Sites

These sites do not require a library card to download books

-Ask Sam
-Aunt Lee's Obsessive Meta Search Engine For Free E-books
-Baen - Science fiction and fantasy titles available from Baen Publishing
Google Books - through Google's Library Project. Books in the public domain - and therefore out of copyright - can be read online or downloaded to read offline.
-Great Books
-Inkmesh - e-book search engine that searches several websites for free e-books
-ManyBooks - over 29,000 titles available in many formats and languages. Search by author, title, genre or language.
-Munseys - collection of fiction titles available in several digital formats
-Online Books
-Perseus Library
-Project Gutenberg - offers over 38,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.
-Public Literature
-Read Easily
-UC Press Ebooks
-Zero Dollar Books - download Kindle best-sellers for free

Here's a few more

In addition to Books On The Knob, try and Kindle Obsessed (not sure of the url.)

LibriVox is an audiobook counterpart to Project Gutenberg, with volunteers recording audio editions of public domain texts.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Shadow and Bone to be a Movie

DreamWorks Studios Acquires Rights to Novel Shadow and Bone

Source: DreamWorks Studios

September 12, 2012

DreamWorks Studios has acquired the feature film rights to Leigh Bardugo's debut novel "Shadow and Bone," it was announced today by Holly Bario, President of Production at the studio. The young adult fantasy was published in June 2012 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, and is the first in a planned three book series, called the Grisha Trilogy. David Heyman, who produced the Harry Potter films, will produce along with "Up in the Air" producer Jeffrey Clifford.

In "Shadow and Bone," a young woman must learn to control her newly discovered power in order to save her country from the Shadow Fold, a creature-filled darkness that threatens to overrun the land.

Dotti Enderle

Teen Read Week will be Absolutely D-i-v-i-n-e

For all of you Libba Bray Fans check out her new book
The Diviners

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Win a Prize Package


1 winner will receive:
· Mickey Bolitar book bag
· Copy of Seconds Away
· Copy of Shelter

Seconds Away- Watch the trailer! / Shelter - Watch the trailer!

About the author
Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of numerous adult novels, and the winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award, and Anthony Award – the first author to receive all three. His books are published in forty languages with over 47 million copies in print worldwide – and have been #1 Bestsellers in over a dozen countries. He lives in New Jersey.

Find out more:

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Libraries are the Beating Heart

I just came across this article and wanted to share with all of you who love libraries and those who don't :)

Libraries are the Beating Heart

Six years ago on September 1st I was supposed to give birth to a baby, but that baby never came. He, or she, left my body way back in February of that year, leaving an emptiness that threatened to consume me. So I turned to the books in my library to help me. I read every book in my library about miscarriage and pregnancy loss and dealing with grief. And then, when I had read everything that sat on my library's shelves, I borrowed from other libraries. And with each book I read, I made connections with the words that helped to fill that emptiness in me. With each story shared there were new strands of life that wove me back into the fabric of life because I knew that I was not alone but a part of a bigger tapestry; My loss became a communal experience through story.

Three and a half years ago I gave birth to a little girl and from the get go, it was obvious she was tormented by a pain we couldn't identify or understand. We went to doctors and then we went to more doctors and we stayed up all night with a weeping, wailing child. But somehow, by some stroke of luck, I found one needle in a haystack of research that led me to another haystack until needle by needle, question by question, we were able to start putting the pieces together to try and help her. That little girl, she cried 24/7 the first 9 months of her life. She was in so much pain she looked like she was having seizures. She stopped breathing and turned blue. But it was the library that helped us save her.

Several weeks ago The Mr. started having health problems. And as we went to see doctors and asked questions it appeared that maybe some of the little problems that you ignore over the years can actually mean something. This time I turn to my library not for research, but for comfort. I turn the pages of books and try to escape the crushing pain of fear and uncertainty. I enter into the magical woods of The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and allow myself to hope for magic. I open the pages of Ask the Passengers by A. S. King and remind myself to love. I read Guitar Notes by Mary Amato and remember to make music. I read Unwholly by Neal Shusterman and think about the politics of the day. I jump into body after body in Every Day by David Levithan and remember that there are people living lives every day that are full of strife and anguish and uncertainty and once again, I am not alone. My story is uniquely my own, but a part of the whole. We are all bound together by our stories.

You see, libraries are the beating heart of our communities. They are places for us to find answers and ask the questions we didn't even know we should be asking. They are the places where we meet and share our stories while we allow others to share with us. They are the places where we remember to think and hope and dream. They are the places where we remember to be more and do more and love more. They are the places where the jobless come hoping to turn their lives around. They are the places where new parents come to learn how to feed their child, or get them to sleep through the night, or even something as simple as how to play little games with them. We are the places where generations comes to share their childhood favorites with the next generation and weave their stories together.

Libraries are the places where we throw parties and celebrate the accomplishment of learning how to read, where we fight for the right to read what we want, and where we open unknown doors and sneak into new places and allow their inhabitants to change us.

You can say that I work with teens, but the truth is that I work with lovers and dreamers; I work with our here and now and I work with our future . . . When communities have thriving libraries with strong beating hearts, those communities thrive. It sends a strong message: we value education, we value innovation and dreaming, we value you.

There is a connectedness that you feel when you walk into the library. Here in one building lies our past, our present and our future. In here we find our hopes, our dreams, and yes, our failures. Here, in one building, are both the answers and the questions and the freedom to decide what they mean for ourselves.

For 19 years I had the distinct honor of living in Ohio communities with thriving libraries that beat loudly as the heart of their communities. And now I live in a community without one (I commute 45 minutes to work). There is no magic in the air here, just commerce and industry and asphalt. There is no smell of leather and paper. Dreams and magic don't waft in the air. Children don't sing and shake eggs as their parents sit together and participate in community. Everywhere you turn it seems we are running out of money; but what happens when we stop our beating heart from beating? What happens to our communities when we shut the doors on the past and put out the flames of the future? What happens when we get rid of our librarians who teach our children to sing and dance and shake an egg and love a good story? What happens when we forget to think and dream, to ask and to answer questions?

For the longest time I worked the Reference desk and wondered why all these people were coming in and asking about diseases and diagnoses that they had just received at the doctors office. I remember once a woman called and asked what the life expectancy of a certain disease was. I looked it up and my breath caught - the book said two years. I tried to get her that day to go back and see her doctor, I could not be the one to deliver the answer to this reference question. But in the end, I read her exactly what it said over the phone and she thanked me; she thanked me for doing exactly what she had asked me to do. In time, with my own story, I learned the importance of digging deeper and why these patrons kept coming and asking those questions. I have helped an adopted child learn about the whereabouts of her birth mother after Hurricane Katrina. I have helped bruised women asking for books about fixing relationships learn how to contact the local shelter. I have helped families celebrate and mourn, name their children, and save their children's lives - including my own.

I love being a librarian. I love walking in the doors of a library. I love opening the pages of a book. I am honored every day to be a part of the beating heart of a community. Support your libraries just as you would take care of your heart. Healthy libraries are the same as healthy hearts, and without them our communities die.
Teen Librarian's Toolbox, Karen at Friday, August 24, 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012

Fun Blogs to Try

The Hub Blog This blog is written by teens and librarians and features book reviews, apps, videos, contests, podcasts, and information on teen authors.

Go Ask Alice Have a health related question? Ask Alice anonymously and she’ll respond! This site also features fun quizzes, and a list of emergency health related hotlines that are available 24 hours a day.

Belief Net This site explains various faiths and explores spirituality. It also features quizzes, horoscopes and more!

Seventeen Get the latest on fashion, beauty and dating!

Teen Ink Magazine, website and books written by teens for teens! Submit your own work, enter contests and check out the college guide!

Do Something Do you want to volunteer to give back to your community? This site helps teens find fun ways to get involved with the causes they are passionate about.

Teens Health A teen reference guide to health related issues and questions.

Push to Talk: a blog for teens A blog from the Seattle Public Library written by teens and the librarians who serve them.
Check it out to find book reviews, opinion pieces on teen issues, free stuff, surveys and more!

Have fun exploring these sites!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Haunted Libraries

Did you know that there is a whole list of Haunted Libraries in the United States.

We have some that are fairly close. . .

Newtown, Cyrenius H. Booth Library. This 1932 public library was a posthumous gift to the town by benefactress Mary Elizabeth Hawley, who named it after her grandfather (a Newtown physician for 50 years) and provided a trust fund that kept it running without tax support until the early 1980s. She had a room on the top floor that she allegedly haunts, but it’s been locked since a 1998 renovation.

Bridgeport Public Library. Some library staff members say they have encountered a ghost in the 6th or 7th floor stacks near the historical materials in this 1927 building. The entity, which they have nicknamed Lola, is said to be friendly and helps find missing items. Former Director Michael A. Golrick said that something opened the garage door that the delivery van uses three times during the night of February 22–23, 2006, causing alarms to go off. A policeman who searched the building during the second alert said he heard someone “turning pages” on the 6th floor.

And who knows who lurks within the walls of NMPL?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

While no one seems quite able to define what a Young Adult, or YA, novel is, exactly, lots of people—of all ages—are reading them. And quite a few Penn alumni (including the one who asked that question) are writing them.

Fracture by Megan Miranda

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it? Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening? ( I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read. There is a bit of suspense, a bit of romance and a bit of the paranormal. Rating: 8 out of 10

Unwind by Shusterman

There was a Second Civil War and it was fought over reproductive rights. The outcome has dire consequences: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive. This book was recommended to me by the school librarian. I also had the pleasure of seeing Shusterman when he gave a presentation at school and since this book is part of so many reading lists, I felt I should read it too. Right from the start, the book had me hooked --it definitely makes you stop and think. This dystopian book is told from the alternating points of view of three teens, Connor, Risa and Lev. They have all been sent to be unwound, Connor because of behavior, Lev as a tithe and Risa because she is not quite good enough as a pianist. This may be a shocking concept, but Shusterman makes it realistic by bringing in actual history such as Nazi Germany, to lay the foundations for the book. There is a bit of romance, and lots of adventure and tension and would appeal to both boys and girls. Check out the book trailer for this book Rating 10 out of 10 Reading next: Fractured

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick It's 1910 and Sig Anderson is fifteen. He lives with his father, Einar, stepmother, Nadya and sister Anna in an isolated Scandinavian cabin deep in the Arctic Circle. Einar had been the Assay Clerk in Nome, Alaska, during the Gold Rush 10 years previous where he would check the quality of gold brought in by prospectors. After the failure of the Alaskan Gold Rush, Einar moved the family to Giron. Survival skills are top priority in the harsh enviroment. They aren't enough, however,to prevent Einar from making a mistake sending him through the ice and into freezing water. Unable to build a fire or warm himself, Einar freezes to death out on the lake where Sig finds him hours later. Nadya and Anna race into town to get what help they can. Sig is left uncomfortably alone with his father’s body until a stranger comes to the home.He says his name is Gunther Wolff, and he claims that Einar owes him fortune in stolen gold. While Sig tries to calculate his chances at retrieving his father’s old revolver before his unsuspecting sister returns and ends up captive too, he wonders if his father truly stole all that gold. This book is entertaining and a must for anyone who enjoys an adventure. It is a quick and easy read. Rating 7 out of 10 Reading Next: Unwind by Shusterman

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Summer Reading Starts July 2nd

Enter to win a Tote full of goodies each week. One raffle ticket for each 100 pages you read. Drawings every Friday through August 10th If you need more logs, go to the sidelink and print a copy of the log

Monday, June 11, 2012

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

368 pages. Beth and Ryan were holding hands. It was enough to risk a formal citation for indecency, and they knew better, but I didn't say anything. Curfew rounds wouldn't begin for another two hours, and freedom was stolen in moments like these. Enjoy dystopias? Give Article 5 a try. Be forewarned, if romance annoys you, then this is not the book for you. Article 5 is a quick read. I read it in a day. I definitely felt it was a page turner, I couldn't wait to find what happened in the end. Ember, the heroine, was a mix of emotions, and often I found my self becoming frustrated as she couldn't seem to make up her mind. Her ideas of right and wrong were inflexible and sometimes seemed a little out of place considering the world she lived in. Chase is the boyfriend that she has a love/hate relationship with. Read Article 5 If you like dystopias If you like romances If you like action/survival novels This book gets an 8 out of 10. Currently reading: not sure

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Truancy City--a must read!!

I just finished the ARC of the conclusion to the Truancy series--Truancy City. The conclusion to the Truancy trilogy by author Isamu Fukui, whose first book, Truancy, was published when he was a senior in high school. As a new threat arises from outside the walls of the City, the warring Truants and Educators must join forces or be destroyed. The fate of the City is determined at last in this long-awaited conclusion to the Truancy trilogy. This is definitely a page turner with some surprising twists and turns. It is the first book that has completely caught my attention in a long time. This is a must read for anyone who loves dystopias. This is definitely rated 10 out of 10

Monday, June 4, 2012

And The Winners Are. . .

CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST WINNERS-- And the winners are . . . Middle School First Place Clare Costello Emerald Fire Second Place Bailey Scribner Third Floor Bedroom Third Place Jake Cleary The Cure High School First Place Riva Martin A Strange Day in July Second Place Howard Ho The Crystal Core Third Place Jordan Cameron Captain Tory

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Creative Writing Group SKYPED with Kimberly Pauley this week and thought the interview was wonderful. The kids were aged 10-18. They came away with so much knowledge and a new appreciation for writing and publishing. Kimberly really connected with the group, even the ones that are usually hard to get interested. Her books flew off the shelf after the SKYPE and one of the mom’s who is reading Cat Girl’s Day Off along with her daughter came to apologize for missing the interview. She is enjoying the book as well as her daughter and was disappointed to have missed the SKYPE. Again, thanks so much Kimberly, it was a wonderful interview!!!!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Vote for Your Favorite Entry

Creative Writing Contest 2012 Be sure to come in and read the entries. Your Vote Counts!! Voting Ends May 31st

Crossed by Ally Condie

Ally Condie’s highly anticipated second installment in the Matched series, Crossed, jumps right in where Matched left off. It answers many of the questions from posed in Matched, and presents many new ones for the reader to ponder Crossed is more about character development and growth as far as Ky and Cassia and also the introduction and development of a few new characters, than about what is going on in their dystopian society.. Secrets continue to appear and cause problems in relationships. The first book in the trilogy ended with Ky and Cassia being sent to the Outer Provinces, Ky for work and Cassia to search for Ky. Trust is a constant theme in these books and Cassia is constantly torn with the introduction of new characters at the work camp. Ky, not only has to face his trust of others, but has to questions the trust in himself. Conflicts abound as Ky has to choose between her search for the Rising and her search for Ky. The book ends by pointing to a new conflict, is the Rising all that they hoped for? Crossed, unlike its predecessor, is an enjoyable romance mingled with adventure. There is more emotional questioning and self-searching than in the first book, but it is interesting and fast paced. The end of the book leaves you wanting to know what happens next. Rating: 2 out of 5 Reading Next: Truancy City Arc by Fukami

Thursday, May 3, 2012

New ARC--Giveaway if you read and review it!!

Check out the new ARC from Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. Book title is MESSY as in sometimes life gets Messy. Read it, write a review and get a prize. This will be published June, 2012. Review: Sometimes life gets messy. After a rocky start in Spoiled, Brooke Berlin and her newly discovered half sister, Molly Dix, have settled into something like sisterly love, but the drama is far from over. Now that Brooke's caught a taste of fame and her movie star father's attention, she wants to launch a blog that will position her as the ultimate Hollywood insider.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book Heads to Disney Source: Deadline April 27, 2012 Walt Disney Pictures has secured the rights to Neil Gaiman's 2008 Newberry Medal winner The Graveyard Book, Deadline is reporting. Coincidentally, the news arrives just moments after a report that Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book is up for a new adaptation at Warner Bros. That 1894 text was the inspiration for Gaiman's tale of a young boy raised in a graveyard, officially described as follows: Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are things like ghouls that aren't really one thing or the other. Gaiman's work has previously been brought to the screen with Matthew Vaughn's Stardust in 2007 and Henry Selick's Coraline in 2008. Gaiman's bestseller American Gods is, meanwhile, in development as an HBO series with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone producing. The Graveyard Book was previously targeted for the screen with Neil Jordan writing and directing. Though there's no confirmation as of yet, Jordan is very likely no longer attached to the project. Dotti Enderle

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Power of Six

Title: The Power of Six Author: Pittacus Lore
Review: The latest book in the Lorien Series, The Power of Six, picks up after I Am Number Four with Four and Number Six still on the run. The premise of the weries is: a group of youths from the planet Lorien, who have yet to come into their special powers, land on Earth paired with protectors. This is supposed to be a temporary situation un til they can return home to a planet presently under attack by another alien race. The children can only be killed in number order, so they are constantly hiding and trying to survive on earth. The stories are action packed from beginning to end and a fast paced read. Some of the characters are well developed, however, the chapters shift between characters causing some confusion. Although the book is called The Power of Six, it often switches to Number Four's point of view. Lore also includes a touch of romance with a love triangle and some teen angst to round out the YA read. The action is exciting and well rendered and although the book answers some of the questions posed in the first, it opens up many others for future books.

Rating: 9 out of 10

Thursday, April 12, 2012

National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week Badge

Pick up a bookmark custom made by our Young Adult Council this week at the library

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This book contains humor, tragedy, and teen love and angst all with the backdrop of a terminal illness, cancer. Green realistically captures all of these emotions and portrays them as seen through the eyes of teens. He describes the frustration and fear and anger that living with cancer attracts and melds it with the struggle of beings a teen.
It is definitely a novel worth your time. The book begins with sixteen year old Hazel Grace Lancaster who has been fighting thyroid cancer for the past few years. The result is the oxygen tank which accompanies her everywhere. When Hazel succumbs to her mother’s nagging, she ends up at a cancer support group where she meets Augustus Waters, otherwise known as Gus. Gus is a bit older with a dry sense of humor that draws Hazel to him. Their love story is filled with a mixture of happiness, hope, humor and sadness. Despite Hazel’s reticence to have the cancer make any more emotional casualties, Hazel and Gus fall in love. This book captures all of the feelings that come with the cancer war. The book is readable and honest and filled with a balance of sadness, humor, sarcasm and teen melodrama.

When all is said is done, what makes this book so amazing and readable is its honesty. For better or worse, John Green tells the truth. For every single sad part, there are soaring moments of humor and sarcastic, hilarious, teen angst. Once one becomes involved with the characters, it becomes a page turner and hard to put down.

Ratings: 9 out of 10
Reading Next: Why I Left the Amish

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Read the blogs on the sites and piece together the first chapter!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Riker's High Review

"Forty" is who Martin Stokes is known as at Rikers Island. Gone are the days of a normal life as a teenage boy, going to school, hanging out with his boys, living his life. He is a prisoner at a New York correctional facility, known by his bed number, Forty.

Martin's seemingly trivial crime has trapped himin the system for months, and he is counting down the days until his trial. On the return from a disapponting court appearance, his face is slashed with a razor, He is tortured with the fact that the scars will serve as a constant reminder of his time at Rikers. The scars will tell his story before he has a chance to.

This book is filled with vivid detail about daily life the section of the jail that houses the juvenile offenders, Sprung #3. Brutal corrections officers, unfair strip searches, prowling gangs, and a constant sense of fear and unease fill Martin's final days at Rikers. The one thing he enjoys in his present life is -- the part of the day when he is allowed to attend high school classes within the jail. For a brief time, he no longer feels like a criminal, but more like the person he was before he made his biggest mistake. His teacher, Mr. Demarco treats Martin like a student instead of a prisoner -- with respect and dignity. He gives Martin the hope that when he gets out, he WILL make something of himself.

Read this if you enjoy gritty, urban fiction with a heart. Paul Volponi makes this story seem realistic and draws you into the life of the characters.

Rating: 8 out of 10
Reading Now: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Casting the Sequels?

Casting the sequels for the Hunger Games.
What do you think

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Book Giveaway

Sign up for this wonderful giveaway

Monday, March 12, 2012

Anyone Who Enjoys Mysteries

Author of THE SEER, DEAD GIRL & BURIED series

Hi Book Lovers!

Lots of good news to share! Free short story! BURIED is published! A new website!

Some of you have emailed to say you’re sad that THE SEER series ended with only six books. Well it made me sad, too. So I wrote a spinoff from THE SEER starring Thorn titled BURIED: A GOTH GIRL MYSTERY – and it just came out from Flux! I hope you enjoy a book all about Thorn with a murder mystery and new friends for Thorn. There’s a scene with Sabine, too, so you’ll learn what’s been going on with her Dominic romance.

Over on Goodreads, there’s a book-giveaway for a copy of BURIED which you can enter by clicking here:

Also there’s a FREE short story: THE DARK LIFER’S REVENGE, (formerly called SABINE MEETS DEAD GIRL) which has been rewritten and given a cover from Flux, The first chapters of BURIED, DRAGONFLY & DEAD GIRL are included in free story.
Free Nook story: Free Kindle story:

And there’s another short story about Dominic and Sabine titled PHANTOM OF THE PROM which is part of the SPIRITED anthology In this story, Sabine and Dominic have been dating and things are going well until Dominic refuses to take her to the prom which is being held at a spooky castle. I’m one of 13 authors with stories in this anthology, including Maria V. Snyder who is one of my favorite authors. It’s an ebook or paperback.

So what else am I writing? My agent is submitting a dystopian YA and also a middle-grade. I’m really hoping these books sell. But while I wait, I’m writing another GOTH GIRL MYSTERY called REAPER, with more from the Grin Reaper in BURIED who gets romantic with Thorn as they go on a road trip. I’ve written almost 100 pages so far, and if Flux won’t publish it, I’ll self-publish this book for fans like you.

Check out my newly designed website: for links to my blog, Facebook, Twitter and more. Thank you for reading my books! If you have any questions, just ask. Happy reading!
Linda Joy Singleton

Linda Joy Singleton &
Ghosts Whisper to Psychic Sabine in 6 books:THE SEER series (Flux)
SPIRITED: paranormal anthology Mar 2012 (Leap Books)
BURIED - A Goth Girl Mystery NOW OUT! (Flux)
VOYA: BURIED will have readers devouring the book until the very last page."
KIRKUS: "good-humored romp"..."quick pace with layered plotting"
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Interview with "Katniss" from the Hunger Games

If you haven't had enough Hunger Games Hype, enjoy the following link for an interview with Jennifer Lawrence who will star in the Hunger Games movie.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

New ARC by Jen Calonita

New ARC Belles by Jen Calonita Meg Cabot writes "Jen Calonita keeps it fresh and funny" Come and get it to read!! Write a review and earn a prize!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cosplay at the Library February 2012

Our Anime Club hosted another Cosplay Competition in February.
Enjoy our characters.View slideshow

Origami Day 2012

Thanks to Everyone who Made Origami Day possible.
Alec did a wonderful job with coordination of the day and
all the rest of the members of the YA Council did a wonderful
job backing him up. Again, thanks to all!!

View slideshow

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Where Do You Live in Panem?

Follow this link to find out

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012


For a list of the 2013 Nominees, with Book Trailors check out

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Hunger Game Premier Tickets

Hello everyone,
Something that might be of interest for teen and adult patrons (and librarians) Fandango is giving away two hunger game premier tickets. Must be 18+ to enter, and they don't supply airfare or a hotel. So if their parents are willing to take the chance, it could be a great opportunity for some lucky teen.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Think You Are Creative? 2012 Creative Writing Contest

2012 Creative Writing Contest


Myth: Teens are abandoning traditional TV for new media.
Reality: Teens are watching more TV than ever.

In fact, over the course of a month, teens watch TV more than they use the internet.*

Chances are, you have a favorite TV show--maybe Glee, Cake Boss, or Degrassi?

Here's your big break!
The Challenge

Pick a show or episode and investigate the scenes to find the basic economic concepts within. Then write an essay, poem, play, or short story explaining how the show or episode demonstrates some of those concepts.

You can pick a comedy or drama, documentary or sports show, reality show or soap opera. But whatever you choose, the show or episode must explore basic economic principles, and it must be a show that you wouldn't be embarrassed to watch with your grandma. And for those of you who don't embarrass easily, that means no programs rated TV-MA, programs rated for mature audiences.

As you craft your composition, think about how economic concepts impact the plot:

* Are the characters dealing with the issues of supply and demand?
* Is inflation making it difficult for them to purchase a car or pay for college expenses?
* What about any unintended consequences?

Answering these or other complex questions will help you think critically about basic economic principles.
Economic Concepts

Benefits are the social and financial positives that result from an economic activity, good, or service.

Costs are the expenses-such as time or money--necessary to obtain benefits.

Demand is how much of something people want.

Inflation is a general increase in the price level of goods and services.

Opportunity costs are the value of possible alternatives that a person gives up when making one choice instead of another; also known as a trade-off.

Supply is the total quantity of a good or service that is available for purchase at a given price.

Unintended consequences are outcomes of an action that are different from the expected ones.

*Source Nielsen "How Teens Use Media"

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hunger Games Added Scenes

Check it out!! How Donald Sutherland inspired two new President Snow scenes

Here’s an interesting bit on added scenes to the movie.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Read a Galley or ARC

First, what is a Galley or ARC. They are advanced reader copies which have not yet been published -- preliminary versions of publications meant for review by authors, editors, and proofreaders

Any reader ages 12 to 18, in the New Milford area can participate in this project. Galley books are available in the Youth Department. You'll find a Teen Review form on the right top of this blog. Review forms can also be picked up in the Youth Department For helpful information on writing reviews, you might want to check out our tip sheet "Points to Ponder."

Copy the review form and fill it out. Either post it to COMMENTS or bring it to the library, children's department. Have Fun!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Simon Beaufoy Writing Hunger Games Sequel Catching Fire

Source: The Wrap
January 16, 2012

It's always a little strange when a sequel is greenlit before the first installment of a movie comes out, but that's what Lionsgate did with the sequel to the soon-to-be-released adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games, announcing a release date for its sequel Catching Fire last August.

That release date set was November 22, 2013, and now, The Wrap's "Deal Central" reports that Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) has been hired to write the adaptation for Collins' second book. It also reports that Gary Ross who co-wrote and directed The Hunger Games (out March 23) is overseeing Beaufoy's work and has been confirmed to return as director for the sequel. Furthermore, they're confirming that four of the cast--Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson and Liam Hensworth--will also be returning, although that's probably not that strange since they all were likely to sign multi-picture deals, since that's standard operating procedure these days.

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Dotti Enderle

Thursday, January 12, 2012

One Hundred Percent Lunar Boy

Timur Bekmambetov Plans One Hundred Percent Lunar Boy
Source: Variety , Stephen Tunney

January 11, 2012

Timur Bekmambetov, through his Bazelevs Productions, plans to develop a big screen adaptation of Stephen Tunney's One Hundred Percent Lunar Boy. Variety has the word, saying that Edward Ricourt is attached to adapt the text. The novel is described as follows on the official site:

Two thousand years in the future, the Moon has become a run-down experiment in terraforming and colonization with a dusty patina and a bright red sky. To sixteen-year-old Hieronymus Rexaphin, it is the only world he has ever known until he meets a girl from Earth called Windows Falling on Sparrows, who is inexplicably drawn to him because of his special--some say dangerous--condition. Hieronymus is a One Hundred Percent Lunar Boy who can see the fourth primary color, which gives him the ability to see the future path of time and matter. To look into his eyes will cause madness or even death, authorities say, so he is forced to wear goggles at all times. The color of his eyes is against Lunar law, and some say against nature. After breaking the Moon s most serious law and exposing his eyes to the curious young Earth girl, Hieronymus embarks on a tremendous misadventure to protect his friends and save his family, and to escape exile and imprisonment on the far side of the moon.

At the moment Bekmambetov is only attached as a producer, though he could potentially direct the project as well. His next, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, hits theaters on June 22nd.

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Dotti Enderle

January YA Council 2012

The Council always gets first choice on all of the new books
and has lots of yummy snacks.

January YA Council
decided to hold an Origami Day in February 25th.
We made New Year's Resolutions to challenge our Reading.
We made cards for the participants in the March Special Olympics
and ended with an active game. Movie for February is Sherlock Holmes. This
will be February 10th.

Come join us for lots of fun.

Watch this--it's fun!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hunger Games Tickets on Sale--What Do You Think?

The Hunger Games Tickets to Go on Sale Feb. 22
Source: Lionsgate
January 9, 2012

Lionsgate announced today that tickets for the highly anticipated film The Hunger Games will go on advance sale on Wednesday, February 22, 2012. The film takes place during the 74th Annual Hunger Games, and today marks the celebration of 74 days until the film’s release, another milestone in the countdown to release following the successful #HungerGames100 Poster reveal across 100 websites on December 15th.

Fans can register for email or text alerts to remind them when tickets go on sale, and also RSVP for the event by clicking here. Tickets will be on sale on the 22nd at and

Opening March 23rd and based on Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel, The Hunger Games is directed by Gary Ross and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik.

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

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