New YA Books — September 15, 2014

Amity by Micol Ostow
Every few weeks, I’ll be creating lists of new Young Adult Books which have been added to our collection. Here are the three which came today:

  • Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner
    Internet star, Torrey Gray, deals with the grief and aftermath of her sister’s tragic death in a car accident.
  • Bombay Blues by Tanuja Desai Hidier
    The long awaited sequel to Born Confused, tells the further adventures of Dimple Lala as she learns more about herself and loved ones on a trip to Bombay.
  • Girl Defective by Simmone Howell
    The newest novel from the author of Notes from the Teenage Underground, this is perfect for fans who have a taste for vintage albums!
  • Amity by Micol Ostow
    This creepy (in a good way!) book takes place right in our backyard in a New England town. Don’t read this late at night! Members of our joint public library/high school book club had the pleasure of visiting with the author, Micol Ostow, via Skype after she wrote her novel, family.

Teen Summer Reading Program 2014

image from East Cleveland Public Library

It’s that time of year, again! If you are going into grades 6-12, you can take part in our teen summer reading program. Participate and get a free ice cream at Lizzy’s Homemade Ice Cream! The top readers will get gift certificates to a local bookstore. Just fill out a form every time you read a book or send an e-mail to Get extra credit if you write a review and then read your review online! You can read books, comic books, graphic novels, or magazines. You can even write a review of a movie and we’ll post that, too! You can even get extra credit if you read the Waltham High School One Book, One School choice, Ready, Player, One

Black Friday events — Krypton, Crafts, Video Games, oh my!

Looking for something to do on your day off from school on Friday? You could go shopping and deal with an insane amount of people at the malls or you could come to the library. Here are the options:

  • You can go to the mall, get trampled by a bunch of people and have to rely on Superman to come save you
    You can come to the library and watch Superman on film in the movie Man of Steel in our lecture hall at 1 pm.
  • You can go to a store to buy your favorite video game, only to either stand in line for an hour and pay tons of money for it or discover that your favorite video game is sold out.
    You can come to the library and check out our brand new game collections for teens, kids, and adults. And you can keep the game for one week, for free!
  • You can go to a fancy store and buy a really nice frame as a gift for someone important in your life and then you drop it and break it before you even have a chance to wrap it.
    You can come to the library anytime between 9 and 5 on Friday and make a magnetic photo frame to give as a gift. And, of course, the person will appreciate that gift since you made it yourself!
  • You can stand in line for three hours at a donut shop to pay $5.00 for a coffee drink and a donut.
    You can come to the library and get FREE hot drinks and snacks.

I think the choice is pretty clear!

Teen Book Review: Idi Amin

Title: Idi Amin
Author: Steve Dougherty
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: This book was very explanatory about the era of the 60s-70s in Uganda. Enter Idi Amin, a ruthless, brutal man will stop at nothing to get what he wants, to be the leader of Uganda.

This review was written by a 6th grader.

Teen Book Review: The Selection

Title: The Selection
Author: Kiera Cass
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: This book is about a girl named America Singer who gets selected for the Selection. The selection choses 35 girls and one of them might merry prince Maxon and become the princess of Ilia.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review: Doctor Who, Shroud of Sorrow

Title: Doctor Who, Shroud of Sorrow
Author: Tommy Donbavand
Stars (out of 5): 5
Review: I gave this book 5 stars because the excitement in the book is crazy. One minute the doctor was winning the next he was trapped. I loved it so much but it got really boring in the middle then it got better so I am happy I stuck with it!

Teen Book Review — Wonder

Title: Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: Wonder is about a boy named August. August was born with a gene that made his face look different, and so he gets teased at school. It is a really good book and I would give it four stars.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — 13 Little Blue Envelopes

Title: 13 Little Blue Envelopes
Author: Maureen Johnson
Stars (out of 5): 3
13 Little Blue Envelopes is a fictional book about 17 year old Ginny’s trip to Europe. But this trip wasn’t just to one country; it was a tour of a big part of the continent. The tour was lead by her crazy Aunt Peg, who also happened to be dead. Aunt Peg wrote 13 letters to Ginny before she died, the first containing a task and giving her instructions to open the second letter when she completed that task. Same thing with the second one, and the third, and so on. By opening the letters at the correct time, she was getting a tour of Europe. Ginny was basically being forced into an adventure by her dead aunt with nobody to accompany her and thirteen letters as directions. No wonder she was confused! I would give 13 Little Blue Envelopes three and a half stars (out of five.) It is sort of interesting, and the ending is suspenseful, but it didn’t end up answering one of my biggest questions. I thought it would be more exciting and mysterious when I signed up for it. This book connects to my life because I have traveled to a country where English is not the main language: Ecuador. However, I can speak some Spanish and I was traveling with my mom, who is fluent in Spanish. 13 Little Blue Envelopes is unique, I haven’t read any books like it, but I guess I can compare it with The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Bilbo Baggins is the main character in The Hobbit, and both him and Ginny are forced into adventures. I would recommend this book to you if you like stories about traveling, but if you are looking for adventure, I don’t find it as exciting as it seems.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — The Fault in our Stars

Title: The Fault in our Stars
Author: John Green
Stars (out of 5): 4
Review: The Fault in our Stars is a really good book about two teenagers with cancer. I really enjoyed it but it was sad especially the ending.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

Teen Book Review — When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

Title: When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
Author: Kimberly Willis Holt
Stars (out of 5): 3
Review: This book is about a 13 year old boy and his friend leaving in a small town in Texas. Antlar can get very boring for them sometimes. But when Zachary Beaver, who claims to be the fattest boy in the world comes to town, their summer turns out to be not so boring after all.

This review was written by a 7th grader.

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