Saturday, October 27, 2012

Ghosts and Ghouls

Enjoy some of these great ghost stories this Halloween.

Anna Dress in Blood by Kendare Blake
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: he kills the dead. So did his father, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost. Now Cas travels the country with his mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead. When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted house she used to call home. But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Kami Glass is in love with someone she's never met--a boy she's talked to in her head since she was born. This has made her an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, but she has learned ways to turn that to her advantage. Her life seems to be in order, until disturbing events begin to occur. There has been screaming in the woods and the manor overlooking the town has lit up for the first time in 10 years. The Lynburn family, who ruled the town a generation ago and who all left without warning, have returned. Now Kami can see that the town she has known and loved all her life is hiding a multitude of secrets--and a murderer. The key to it all just might be the boy in her head. The boy she thought was imaginary is real, and definitely and deliciously dangerous.
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn't kidding about the "Forever" part . . .Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who's been dead for a century. Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya's normal life might actually be worse. She's embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she's pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend--even a ghost--is just what she needs. Or so she thinks. 
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Amy Goodnight's family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches but tries her best to stay far outside the family business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally is. Bodies are being discovered, a ghost is on the prowl, and everywhere she turns, the hot neighbor cowboy is in her face.
On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave by Candace Fleming
Set in White Cemetery, an actual graveyard outside Chicago, each of these ten stories takes place during a different time period from the 1860s to the present, and ends with the narrator's death. Some teens die heroically, others ironically, but all due to supernatural causes. Readers will meet walking corpses and witness demonic possession, all against the backdrop of Chicago's rich history--the Great Depression, the World's Fair, Al Capone and his fellow gangsters.

The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee
When Rinn Jacobs moves to a new town she hopes it will be a fresh start--a place where nobody knows about her past. At first, everything goes according to plan. She falls in with the popular girls at her new school and falls for the very cute Nate. But River Hills High School has a secret. The ghost of a girl who died back when Rinn's mom was a student supposedly haunts a hallway. Rinn's not sure she believes it, but when strange things start happening to her friends, Rinn decides there's only one way to know for sure. She needs to ditch her bipolar meds and see what the voices are really trying to say... Fans of films like Black Swan will be fascinated by this psychological thriller.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Teens' Top Ten 2012

The 2012 Teens' Top Ten winners were announced this week. Here are your top ten:

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

3. Legend by Marie Lu

5. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

6. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

8. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

9. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

10. Abandon by Meg Cabot


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Teen Read Week

 It Came from the Library...and into a movie theater!

You can find these great books at the library...and you can find the movie (and other media) adaptions here too. 

Batman Series
Wealthy businessman Bruce Wayne leads a double life as the caped crusader: Batman. He must battle a variety of evil villains--and his own inner demons--in order to keep peace in Gotham City.
Beastly by Alex Flinn
On book, DVD, and e-audio
Kyle Kingsbury has enjoyed being the most popular guy at school with the meanest and most egotistical attitude; however, he is punished by a witch in his English class and turned into a beast. Kyle now must find his true love and make her accept him as he is in order to break the curse and return him to the man he once was.

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
On book and DVD.
She flipped the first time she saw him. He ran the first time he saw her. That was second grade but not much has changed by seventh. She says: "My Bryce. Still walking around with my first kiss." He says: "It's been six years of strategic avoidance and social discomfort." But in the eighth grade everything gets turned upside down. And just as he's thinking there's more to her than meets the eye, she's thinking that he's not quite all he seemed.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
On book, audiobook, and DVD.
In a wondrous parallel world where people's souls manifest themselves as animals and talking bears and witches fight wars, one special girl is destined to hold the fate of the universe in her hands. Lyra sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
On book, DVD, and e-audio.
John Smith tries to be a normal American teenager in rural Ohio but he's actually been hiding for ten years developing the Legacies, or powers, he will need to fight the Mogadorians who destroyed his planet Lorien. But the Mogadorians have begun hunting the nine fugitives from Lorien. They have already killed Number One, Number Two and Number Three and now they are after Number Four: John Smith.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
On book, DVD, and soundtrack.
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. An American bioengineering firm erects a theme park on a Caribbean island and creatures once extinct now roam the soon-to-be opened Jurassic Park. Until something goes wrong...and science proves a dangerous toy....
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn
 On book and DVD.
It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who's just walked in to his band's show with a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City. This is a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be--and where the next great band is playing.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
 On book, audiobook, and DVD.
Ponyboy and his two brothers struggle to stay together after their parent's deaths. Ponyboy knows he can count on his brothers and his friends, but not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids who get away with everything, including beating up greasers like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect--until the night someone takes things too far.

Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam
On book, DVD and soundtrack.
NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible, even in a company town that swallowed its men alive. A story of coming of age at the end of the 1950s, it is the story of a mother's love and a father's fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space . . .and who made those dreams come true.

Scott Pilgrim Series by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Scott Pilgrim's fantastic life takes an unforseen turn when rollerblading delivery girl Ramano Flowers makes her appearance. The only catch to winning Ramona? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him.  If Scott hopes to win his true love, he must vanquish them all.


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Celebrate Teen Read Week!

It Came from the Library! It's Teen Read Week! This Teen Read Week, YALSA dares you to read for the fun of it!

Celebrate Teen Read Week by submitting your own original scary stories to the library. We’ll share your stories on the Teen Co-op. Everyone who submits a story will be entered into a drawing to win a prize. Stories may be submitted electronically on the Teen Co-op page