Saturday, December 22, 2007

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Winter Break Blues?

Meet your Friends at
Bartlett Public Library District for

Join us for an afternoon of
Dance, Dance, Revolution

Bartlett Teens

Bartlett Public Library District
Meeting Room

2:00—4:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 27th
Wednesday, January 2nd

For more information call 630-837-3560

Check it out . . .

Read one of these . . .
Horwitz, Anthony. Young Adult HOR
Alex Rider Series: Snakehead
While working with the Australian Secret Service on a dangerous mission, teenaged spy Alex Rider uncovers information about his parents.

Kishimoto, Masashi. YA 741.5952 KIS
Naruto Series:
Vol. 24 Unorthodox
Vol. 23 Predicament
This Shonen Jump Graphic Novel (Manga) is about a troublemaking orphan named Uzumaki Naruto who is struggling to graduate from the Ninja Academy. His goal is to become the next Hokage or village champion.

Meyer, Stephenie. Young Adult MEY
New Moon

When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.

Riordan, Rick. Young Adult RIO
Lightning Thief
Sea of Monsters
Titan’s Curse

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

Westerfeld, Scott. Young Adult WES

Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Latest Alex Rider . . . Snakehead

Alex plummets to earth in the beginning of this teenager gone spy novel. Just back from outer space, Alex works with the Australian Secret Service on a dangerous mission in Southeast Asia, involving drugs, weapons, and gangs.

Reserve your copy today!
Snakehead by Anthony Horwitz


Monday, November 12, 2007

One mistake. One bad night.

Head Case by Sarah Aronson

"Two people are dead. I have to spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the neck down."

Right from the beginning we know that Frank is paying for his choices. Is this justice? Frank Marder struggles to deal with the aftermath of an accident he had while driving drunk that killed two people, including his girlfriend, and left him paralyzed from the neck down.

Find this book: Young Adult ARO


Thursday, November 1, 2007

Aaaaand They're Off!

NaNoWriMo starts today for budding writers (or professionals) who want to try to write a 50,000 word novella in just 30 days!

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, which is the month of November every year. You don't have to worry about the quality of your work-as the introductory email says, that's for December!

For those of us who want to try to keep a steady pace, that means you need to do 1,666.66 words a day! (It sure sounds hard, but 200 words only takes just under 20 minutes!)

So what are you waiting for? You are already 1,666.66 words behind, but I'm sure you can make them up somehow.....good luck!


Monday, October 22, 2007

All Kinds of Creepy!

Tis the season for creepy, spine-tingling stories. Check out the display in the teen section

Put one on reserve today with your barcode number and pin. Get yourself in the mood for the Halloween season with all kinds of creepy books!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

I would definitely recommend this book...

The Giver, by Lois Lowry, is a book that will still be around when Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is completely forgotten. While the book is found in the Young Adult section at the Bartlett Public Library, it is a great read for all ages. It’s one of those stories with two levels to it. I first found this wonderful tale in 5th grade, and enjoyed the plot of a “perfect world” which turned out not to be that perfect. When I reread it in my freshman year in high school, I could see the subtle hints of what could be described as Communism, with everyone pretty much the same, differences frowned upon. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who would inquire about it.

This book starts out with the main character, an “Eleven” (that is, a kid in his eleventh year in life) named Jonas. In his world, people don’t choose their own spouses, jobs nor have their own children. When you turn Twelve, you are assigned your job, and as you mature, you are allowed to apply for a spouse.

Jonas, like all of the other Elevens in his group, is excited for his Assignment, which is given to all children at the end of their 11th year of life. He is given a special job, one that is not given to a person every year—he is to become the new “Receiver of Memory”. What a Receiver is, and what Jonas learns about his comfortable world, you will have to read the book yourself to find out!


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Creepy Classics - Tues. Oct. 30th 7:00 p.m.

Creepy Classics
for Teens and Adults
with Storyteller Grant Fitch
Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m.
These stories are not for the fainthearted!

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

Based on the Grimm fairy tale of Rapunzel, Lady Saren is restrained in a tower for seven years because she refused to marry a man she despises. Dashti, her maid, and the Lady Saren, her mistress, prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment. Dashti struggles to keep them fed and comfortable as food supplies dwindle. Two of Lady Saren's suitors—one welcome, and the other decidedly less so—bring hope as well as the possiblity of great danger. Dashti makes the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows. Book of a Thousand Days is a unique retelling filled with adventure and romance, drama and disguise.


Tuesday, October 9, 2007

What Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles

Ready for a creepy one to read on a long October evening? The characters are frighteningly believable. Wait till you read this!!

After his younger brother commits suicide, Kyle Kirby decides to exact revenge on the person he holds responsible. The story is part mystery, part psychological drama that involves dysfunctional families and abuse, and part crime investigation. It is told in three points of view by Cass, her captor, and the police investigating her disappearance. As these narrations slowly unfold the story, readers see what's behind David's suicide and Kyle's anger and are given clues about why Cass behaves as she does.

Disturbing to some readers, frightening to others, this story makes the reader feel as though they are also trapped in this story you won't be able to put down till the end.

Book Buddy

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

Dependent on a mean-spirited, morally weak master, and publicly humiliated by a cruel, not to mention powerful, wizard, young apprentice Nathaniel decides to seek revenge. He plans to call upon an awe inspiring djinni to work his will. Instead, he summons, Bartimaeus, the biggest smart aleck in existence. Bartimaeus does not feel at all kindly toward magicians, not even one as young as Nathaniel. After all, magicians believe that magical creatures are nothing more than slaves to be commanded and punished.

In spite of this, Bartiimaeus begins to develop a grudging fondness for Nathaniel, despite the young magician's complete lack of appreciation for the djinni's constant wisecracks. The two become even closer when they find themselves entangled in a dangerous web of intrigue, including a plot to murder the prime minister and overthrow the British Empire. Who is behind it? The young teens caught up in the Resistance movement? Ambitious government magicians? Some mysterious third party?

All Bartimaeus and Nathaniel know is that their attempt to steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand seems to set off a manhunt (or perhaps djinni hunt) that will only end in their deaths.

This fast-paced, funny, heart pounding adventure is set in an alternate world London. Look for the sequels: The Golem's Eye and Ptolemy's Gate.


Monday, October 8, 2007

The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely Lost It by Lisa Shanahan

Life spins out of control for Gemma Stone who faces her sister’s transformation into Bridezilla as the wedding day approaches. In an attempt to get over her fear of public speaking, Gemma auditions for the school production. If that’s not enough stress, Gemma becomes torn between two boys; one is popular and practically perfect while the other is more of a social outcast. Complete with quirky characters, see how Gemma handles the heartbreak in The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely Lost It.


Thursday, August 30, 2007

She’s baaack…

Love is a Many Trousered Thing by Louise Rennison

Georgia Nicholson is back in her usual formosity again, along with her mates the Ace Gang, Dave the Laugh, and of course Masimo, the Luuuurve God. But what makes her new adventures even more confusioso is the fact that someone else is back as well, the Sex God! That’s right! Robbie is back from Kiwi-a-gogo land, just in time to turn Georgia’s life upside down. Not to mention that Mutti & Vati are their usual terminally insane best, along with crazy Libby. Add to that the fact that Angus and his cross-eyed son Gordy are up to their usual antics terrorizing Mr. & Mrs. Next Door, and Wet Lindsay is stalking the Sex God and Stalag 17’s German teacher is making them all go on a camping trip and…pant, pant…

Laugh until you hurt as Georgia tries to maintain her image as cool Sex Kitty while trying to juggle her snogging possibilities in Love is a Many Trousered Thing by Louise Rennison.


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

A Ghost Story in the Making!

Boy Heaven by Laura Kasischke
What if your life turned into a ghost story told around a campfire for generations? This is what happens to three beautiful, wild, and sassy cheerleaders when they sneak away from summer camp in their shiny new Mustang and meet some townies. When the girls return to camp, two of them see apparitions in the surreal atmosphere of heat and the constant screech of cicadas. Their lives will never be the same. High school girls who like novels about contemporary teen society will like this book.


How would you feel?

Firegirl by Tony Abbott
Seventh-grader Tom Bender is kind of a loner, having one friend and spending lots of time fantasizing about being a superhero. When a new girl enrolls in his school, he and his classmates don't know how to react. Jessica Feeney has come to New Haven to undergo a series of skin grafts she needs after being severely burned. Tom is somehow able to find the essence of Jessica behind her unsightly appearance. This book is about how a brief encounter with another person can have a strong influence on your behavior and opinions.


Friday, August 17, 2007

Hungry City Chronicles

If you liked Infernal Devices, Predator's Gold and Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve, then you'll want to read A Darkling Plain where Tom, Hester, and Wren return to save the world!

New at BPLD

Miracle Wimp by Erik P. Kraft Young Adult KRA
Miracle Wimp takes readers on an episodic and hilarious journey following Tom Mayo as he navigates his way through wood shop, dating, driving, and the meat-headed Donkeys who are bullies determined to make his life miserable. Filled with humorous details and sardonic wit, Erik Kraft deftly portrays high school through the eyes of a wise-cracking misfit.

New at the BPLD

Here are some of this week's new teen items.

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer Young Adult MEY
This is the long awaited sequel to Twilight and New Moon. Be sure to reserve your copy now!
As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob --- knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

Friday, June 22, 2007

New at the BPLD

Here are some of this week's new teen items.
Dream Factory by Brad Barkley
Masquerade: A Blue Bloods Novel by Melissa De la Cruz
Repossed by A.M. Jenkins
Rucker Park Setup by Paul Volponi

Grease Monkey by Tim Eldred
Negima! 14 by Ken Akamatsu
Death Note, Vol. 11 by Tsugumi Ohba

Friday, June 8, 2007

Notes from the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick

"One measly little car crash. And suddenly, I'm some kind of convicted felon."

Alex is the Midnight Driver in Sonnenblick's novel. Even though it seemed like a good idea at the time, Alex took his mom's car after taking some of his dad's vodka. After all, he just needed to talk to his dad about the impending divorce. No one would be on the roads at midnight. Alex was busted without a license for decapitating Mrs. Wilson's lawn gnome.

Notes from the Midnight Driver is not just the story following the lawn gnome incident where Alex accepts the responsibility and consequences for his actions. It's an, at times, hilarious journey with his guitar, his best friend, Laurie, and the friendship of a lifetime.


Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

Inside the front cover of Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson is a most intriguing teaser. "Everybody told me to be a man. Nobody told me how."

Tyler is a junior in high school who pulled a prank at school that got him in enough trouble where court-ordered hours of community service were the only things that could make things right again. Read Twisted to see how Tyler learns about making choices that help him become a man. "Note: This book is not for children."