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Books That Make Your Heart Pound

There’s a lot to be said about the energy you come to find from a group of enthusiastic teenagers enjoying February’s teen book club topic, “books that make your heart pound”. The teens fueled their choices with cookies and tea. Some palpitating choices were made of books we read and books we want to read. Here’s our list. Let us know if we missed any. And don’t forget to join us on March 21st at 6:30 pm in the meeting room on the third floor. This month’s topic, ‘books that you can’t stop thinking about’. For ages 12+.

March book club theme, ‘books you can’t stop thinking about’.
April book club theme, ‘books by Canadian authors’.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli, April 24, 2018 (Creekwood #2)

#1 New York Times bestseller! Goodreads Choice Award for the best young adult novel of the year!

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst. When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon. So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, February 28, 2017

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus, July 25, 2017

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, January 10, 2012

Amazon.ca Editors’ Pick: Best Books of 2012
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Worlds of Ink and Shadow, January 5, 2016

Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to descend into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters-the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna-refuse to let them go. Gorgeously written and based on the Brontës’ own juvenilia, Worlds of Ink & Shadow brings to life one of history’s most celebrated literary families in a thrilling, suspenseful fantasy.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, October 31, 2006

My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise, I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cup mushroom. Everyone else in my family is dead.

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling, September 1, 2014

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin! These new editions of the classic and internationally bestselling, multi-award-winning series feature instantly pick-up-able new jackets by Jonny Duddle, with huge child appeal, to bring Harry Potter to the next generation of readers. It’s time to PASS THE MAGIC ON…

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, January 30, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.” Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour, April 18, 2013

From the award-winning, bestselling author of Hold Still and We Are Okay.
Colby and Bev have a long-standing pact: graduate, hit the road with Bev’s band, and then spend the year wandering around Europe. But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: she’s abandoning their plans – and Colby – to start college in the fall. But the show must go on and The Disenchantments weave through the Pacific Northwest, playing in small towns and dingy venues, while roadie- Colby struggles to deal with Bev’s already-growing distance and the most important question of all: what’s next? 

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13 Scary Teen Books for Halloween

These 13 creepy books (some old, some new) are sure to haunt teen readers in all the right ways.

Carrie by Stephen King

Horror-master King’s first novel (published in 1974) is perfect for teen horror fans. A compact work told through fictionalized news stories, articles, and interviews, Carrie tells the tale of a telekinetic teenage girl so bullied at school that she destroys her entire town to get revenge on her cruel classmates. It’s one of the most frequently banned books in the United States and worth the read just for the pull-no-punches way King handles his subject matter.

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

The first in a series of four zombie novels by bestselling author Maberry, Rot and Ruin is an awesome read, especially for fans of “The Walking Dead” (or anything undead, for that matter). In this first entry, Benny Imura, a resident of a post-apocalyptic, zombie-ridden U.S., must find a job by the time he turns 15 or he’ll put his family’s food supply at risk. He reluctantly learns to hunt zombies under the tutelage of his older brother, and the story that results strikes more emotional chords than just the scary ones.

Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

Many are impressed that Shelley wrote this classic when she was just 18, but even more impressive is that she wrote it as part of a friendly contest between her, her husband (Percy Shelley), Lord Byron, and John Polidori. After pondering horror stories, Shelley dreamt of a scientist who creates life and is then terrified by his own creation. The rest is history, along with years of correcting people who think the monster’s name is Frankenstein. Nope, that’s the doctor’s name.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Soon to be released as a film, this novel from Carnegie Medal-winner Ness was inspired by an idea from the late Siobhan Dowd and centers on Conor, a boy who has repeatedly had the same nightmare since his mother became sick. But the monster that eventually shows up at his window isn’t the one from his dream. It’s something different, and it demands something of Conor. Filled with darkness, magic, and a haunting message, it’s a fairy tale in the truest Brothers Grimm-sense of the term.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Without Dracula, would the glimmering, crush-worthy vampires of the Twilight series exist? Probably not. Stoker’s seductive, wealthy, and well-bred Dracula comes alive (ahem) via letters, ships’ logs, and diary entries from the novel’s protagonists, including English solicitor Jonathan Harker, who becomes Dracula’s prisoner, and teacher-turned-vampire-hunter Abraham Van Helsing. Some young readers may find Stoker’s pacing a divergence from the fast-plotted books they’re used to, but this classic is worth the read.

The Fever by Megan Abbott

This one is recommended for older teens (ages 16 and up), and they won’t be able to put it down. Abbott is masterful at getting inside the heads of teen girls, and has no fear of treading into the darkest territory. This novel, based on a real illness that manifested as uncontrollable tics in a dozen teenage girls in upstate New York, probes the creepy terrain of such an epidemic and a dangerous jealousy among these adolescent girls.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, illustrated by Thomas Ott

First published in 1962, Jackson’s extra-creepy novel centers on the kind of family whose house would make trick-or-treating more interesting (if not more terrifying). Thanks to its character development and lack of gore, the now-classic novel is excellent for those reluctant to read horror. The story of the Blackwood sisters, their fear-inducing home, and a long-ago poisoning that killed the entire family before them earns its thrills through Jackson’s brainy, brilliant prose.

The Graces by Laure Eve

What is it about cadres of beautiful, mysterious girls that makes us want to read about them? (Oh, looks like that question answers itself.) In this new dark and lyrical novel from English writer Eve, River longs to be welcomed into the lives of the Graces, a group of rumored-to-be-witches who cast a spell over everyone in town. According to Eve herself, there’s more to the book than just are-they-witches; it’s an exploration of “the endless pull between the Other — fantasy, imagination, belief, of spirits and gods and ghosts — and the colder everyday of the real, the real that we are very afraid is all there is.”

Asylum Series by Madeleine Roux

An excellent, photo-illustrated pick for fans of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the first book in this series from Roux takes place in an inherently scary place: a former psychiatric hospital, where gifted 16-year-old Dan Crawford and other students must spend their summer instead of the cushy college prep housing they’d been expecting. The haunting page-turner takes you into the kind of dark, twisted world teens can be grateful exists only in fiction (one hopes…).

The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy

Part murder mystery and part paranormal fairy tale, Sirowy’s new book not only weaves a frightful tale, but also gets under the reader’s skin as it addresses death and dying, and discovering the truth about yourself. Teens will fall hard for Lana, a formerly shy girl who grows fearless after the death of her beloved stepbrother, as she looks into her past and the scary stories her brother told her to figure out a series of murders in her town.

Chain Letter by Christopher Pike

No list of scary reads for teens would be complete without one from the master of the genre, Pike. Yes, today’s young masters of group texts and Snapchat may scoff at the very idea of a chain letter, but they won’t be laughing as they fall deeper into the creepy tale, wherein six friends bound together by a crime are the recipients of a scary screed that demands each of them take on dangerous, impossible things.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Stevenson’s classic tale exploring, in frightening fashion, the two sides of one self has influenced dozens of authors. Perhaps less well-known is that Stevenson wrote the tale in three days, after he had nightmares about his own double life — and then had to rewrite it in three days again when his wife burned the first manuscript because she thought it was too gruesome. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde might not strike young readers off the bat as the stuff to keep them up at night, but it raises questions about the duality of human nature that’ll keep them thinking long after they’ve turned the final page.

The Bad Seed by William March

First published in 1954, the focus of this bestselling novel, which also inspired the 1956 film of the same name, is ridiculously compelling: a child who is also a killer. For those among us who find themselves drawn to literary tales of creepy children (you’re not alone!), March’s novel was the forebear to many of those stories and is a case of one of the first also being one of the best.

What are your favorite scary reads? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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12 YA Book Series that Should Be Made Into TV Shows

Ever since Netflix decided to make A Series of Unfortunate Events into a very fortunate TV series, we can’t help but daydream about all the amazing YA book series that would be awesome as a TV series. Here are our top picks:

1. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

The intrigue, the dresses, the time period! The Luxe would make for a very decadent and amazing series if it was adapted for television.

About the book: Manhattan, 1899: In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.

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2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This futuristic retelling of Cinderella as a cyborg would make for a fantastically vivid show and each season could focus on a different character, much like the books do with Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, etc.

About the book: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

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3. Gone by Michael Grant 

If Netflix is looking to adapt something that could be Lost-like in its mythology and multitude of characters, they don’t have to look much further.

About the book: Everyone except for the young. Teens, middle schoolers, toddlers, but not a single adult. No teachers, no police, no doctors, no parents. Gone too are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help.

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4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Netflix could use more series with tough as nails heroines. We vote for THRONE OF GLASS.

About the book: In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

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5. The Selection by Kiera Cass

If television doesn’t want to show us the pretty dresses from The Luxe series, then we’ll forgive them as long as they then show us the pretty dresses from The Selection!

About the book: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

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6. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

We need this as a show.

About the book: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

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7. Something Strange & Deadly by Susan Dennard

In general, we want more zombies on TV, but since nothing really can beat modern-day or near-future zombies like The Walking Dead, we suggest turning the clock back a century and going with 1800s zombies.

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8. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

We’re having a grand old time just thinking about the casting process for this amazing series.

About the book: Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

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9. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

There aren’t enough parallel universe stories out there and a show based on this book series would be done best if J.J. Abrams was producing it!

About the book: Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him. Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself.

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10. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This isn’t a traditional series, but rather a series of interconnected standalones, but it would still make for an amazing, cute, international show about finding your true love!

About the book: Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

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11. The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney

There are plenty of superhero shows out there (Arrow, The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) so we think The Brokenhearted would make a unique addition to that lineup. It’s sort of like The Bionic Woman meets Batman.

About the book: Anthem Fleet, talented ballerina and heir to the Fleet fortune, has always been closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. Lured by the handsome and dangerous Gavin, Anthem is drawn into the dark and exhilarating world on the wrong side of town. But when the couple runs into trouble, Gavin goes missing and Anthem winds up dead . . . only to awaken in an underground lab with a bionic heart ticking in her chest. Now she can run faster, jump higher, fight better. But the only thing that matters to her is getting Gavin back. And when she uncovers the sinister truth behind those she trusted the most, she is determined to use her new-found powers for the ultimate revenge.

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12. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This trilogy would be the must watch show of the season!

About the book: Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court where she discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world uses her new position to secretly help the growing Red rebellion. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

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What other YA series would you like to see as TV shows? Tell us in the comments below!

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The kid table: crazy diversity of extended family at it’s fullest.

 

This is a must-read novel for anyone who has ever sat at the kid table . . . or is still sitting there!

Over the course of five family events Ingrid chronicles her generation’s attempt to grow up — from the laugh-out-loud dysfunctional moments to the more serious situations.

Ingrid lack of empathy and questionable morality lead her to make twisted choices. She is not the only one to struggle throught this year though: extended family members will deal with anorexia, identity crisis, alcoholism, ect.

The  episodic structure serves as a metaphor for the  family: a whole made of several disparate parts with some unanswered questions.

The book is a bit confusing because of numerous characters, however the family tree at the beginning helps to keep track of everyone.

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Upcoming programs at the library

Here are the next Teen Connection programs that will take place at the library.

January 27th, there will be a Party Game Challenge. You’ll need to be a fast thinker if you want to win.

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February 3rd, there is a PA Day. I know you’re sad. 😦 If you’re looking for something to do, we’ll be showing 2 movies on the big screen at the library. There will be Beauty and the Beast in the morning at 10:45, and Pete’s Dragon in the afternoon at 1:30 pm. This would be a fun outing if you have to babysit your younger siblings.

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Then February 24th, it’s karaoke night. Bring your friend and let that hidden singer in you out!

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Finally, March 17th,**drum roll** you’ll have the opportunity to have fun with our green screen ! Here are some of the pictures we took at Quinte Mini Con, demonstrating the amazing possibilities of that highly technological device.

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We hope to see you at one of these exciting events. Don’t miss these great opportunities to have fun.