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.