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It was a scary, gory, smelly zomby… uh zombie. It carried a dreadful, awful, frightful pumpkin. And it EXPLODED. The end.

Isn’t it the best horror story ever written? No?! Well I tried.

It seems some author are way better at giving you shivers than I am. So here a some suggestions of frightening stories for this time of the year where the frontier between the worlds of the living and the dead blend together.


You may also get some great ideas for a Halloween Party on the Barnes&Noble Teen Blog!

Have a wondreadful Halloween guys !



“Snow White”, “Red Riding Hood”, “Cinderella”, “Hansel and Gretel”… does it ring a bell? I knew it! They entertained you as a kid so often, how could you forget! These stories are likely ingrained deeply in your brain, more efficiently than mayonnaise drenched chicken salad. But it was during childhood. Sadly, fairy tales are a pleasure of the past for grown ups…

WHAT! Of course not! Hope you didn’t take it seriously. These timeless stories have been told and retold and will be told again in the future. Revisit your childhood heroes with these Fairy tales retold for Young Adults. Good times, new perspectives and nostalgia guaranteed.


Read happily ever after.

It’s hard to predict the future. Who knows a book is going to be a really good read before it’s published? Harry Potter’s popularity was a real surprise, after all! People try to guess it anyway – which leads to my discovery of the “Most Anticipated Young Adult books of 2017” lists of Paste and Brightly websites. First, I looked which ones we have here at the Belleville Public Library. Then, I looked the ratings on Goodreads. I’m aware its a bit late for these most anticipated books of 2017, therefore a lot of them are already out and rated by readers. The point is: I kept only books rated more than 3.5. That’s how I got this list of excellent fairly new books for you!


Have a good read !

If you are often disappointed in the movies you have watched after reading the book , go the other way around. Reading the book after watching the movie is good too. It’s up to you. Whatever your decision, be aware that every movie ever made has been written first, at least as a script, and a vast amount of those scripts are inspired by books. So, if you like movies, you also like books. It’s logical right? Then, read one of those marvelous books already adapted into a movie or that will get a shot on the big screen soon.


These titles are available, but on Overdrive only.


We do have “A Monster Calls” and “Before I Fall” movies already. Look!

A Monster Calls DVD Before I Fall DVD



It takes a lot of shelves for Patterson’s books in a library. He’s writing faster than his shadow! Patterson knows how to get your attention and hook you into his stories. That’s how you get so many faithful readers waiting for your next release, I guess. Sorry I’m rambling. What you really need to know is: James Patterson writes fantastic series for teens:


You may even find these titles on Overdrive and Hoopla, as books and/or audiobooks. You don’t even have to get out of your comfy bed to get them! Awesome, isn’t it?

Horror: Nine days without school. Worse: in a row! What are you going to do with all this free time? It’s actually 216 hours to kill. 😮

Reading would be a nice way to spend a few of those hours, isn’t it? Here are a few wonderful books that could fill your March Break with shivers, tears or laughter, whatever you like.

fallofbutterflies  fragilebones ihuntkillers  ladymidnight  swimthefly  thefirsttimeshedrowned  thirdtwin  dumplin  burningglass

You need another suggestion ? Don’t forget our Green Screen Fun program on Friday March 17th, here at the library. The green screen allows us to use any images you want as a background. We will provide costumes or bring your own and take awesome pictures!

1320173961-love-clipart-14Wikipedia says it’s a song from Haddaway. Wikipedia is not wrong. However, it’s totally off the mark here.

Love is free. Love is powerful. Love is able to give you amazing strength when you find it. Love is also able to put you in the greatest despair when lost. Everyone seeks love and luckily, it can be found in various forms. Most important of all, love has inspired billions of different stories. Here are a few we suggest for you to read!


Dylan is pretty and popular and rich and spoiled. Josh, on the other hand, is a film geek. Their path should never have crossed. But life happens. Dylan accidentally drops her designer purse in a mall fountain and Josh retrieves it for her. However, in exchange for his help, Dylan will have to participate in a documentary Josh needs to make to get into film school. The book is told by the alternate voices of these two characters. The plot is predictable, but the writing is sharp and funny, making Geek Charming a very enjoyable read.


“Graham Fox is reeling after breaking up with his girlfriend and moving to a new city, and school, in his senior year, but he soon finds himself playing wingman to Ethan Frost, who seems to have the art of meeting grils down to a science.” — From the jacket.

Eric Walters get you hooked to the story from the very beginning. Yes, the way Graham and Ethan talk to each other seems unrealistic. Yes, the way they pick up girls is horrible and made me angry. Still, a “date-based” book told by a male is not something you see at every corner of a library and I enjoyed the original perspective of this one.


This book relates an unusual love story: the secret love Tiger Lily shared with Peter Pan, before Wendy set foot on Neverland. Anderson uses Tinker Bell as a narrator, who is actually Tiger Lily’s biggest fan and follows her everywhere. At least, before Peter Pan make is way to her heart… It’s nice to dig deeper into the background of characters we already know, even if they are depicted in a way we are not familiar with. Tiger Lily especially, who is fierce, brave and bold, has a fragile conflicted side we weren’t aware of. It’s a strong tale, darker and more complex than the original fairy tale, and more enchanting for it.


“Though she was  born Andrew Hardy, Amanda always knew she was  meant to be a girl . After enduring classroom bullies and her father’s admonishments to toughen up, Amanda moves to Atlanta with her mother for a long, difficult physical transition. Afterward, Amanda returns to her father and a new town in Tennessee. Amanda wishes to go unnoticed, but her beauty attracts friends and potential boyfriends. The more she begins to feel like “a normal teenage girl,” the more she becomes aware of the secrets those around her keep—secrets that, like hers, have the power to both destroy and liberate. Shifting between Amanda’s past and present, Russo gently examines the emotional journey of one trans teen, covering acceptable language, gender expectations, and the politics of going “stealth.” “– From Publisher Weekly


“Anna is dreading another tourist-filled summer on Dune Island that follows the same routine: beach, ice cream, friends, repeat. That is, until she locks eyes with Will, the gorgeous and sweet guy visiting from New York. Soon, her summer is filled with flirtatious fun as Anna falls head over heels in love.” — From the jacket.


“British teens Hannah and Sam are desperate to rid themselves of their pesky virginities. Each is one of the last of their respective friends to be deflowered, and each is anxious to get it done before heading to university in the fall. When they meet in the bathroom of a party, the sparks that fly are undeniable. Still, the course of true love never runs smoothly, and circumstances turn this chance encounter into a farcical comedy of errors […] Told in Hannah’s and Sam’s alternating perspectives, this is at times over the top, although the dramatics certainly add to the fun. American readers will need to adjust to the cultural differences, but this is raunchy, irreverent slapstick in the vein of Louise Rennison’s Angus, and is likely to attract a similar audience.” — From Booklist

All of these books and many more are available at the Belleville Public Library. Happy Valentine’s Day!