5.23.2018

Teen Book Review: THE PRINCESS BRIDE

by Stella S. 



Buttercup is a beautiful villager in her land chosen by the prince as his bride. The problem is that she is already in love with someone else. Buttercup met her true love when he was a farm boy on her land. He left for a new land to find a job and money so they could start a life together, but tragedy struck. Buttercup was left devastated and vulnerable. Prince Humperdinck now has his eyes on Buttercup and is determined to make his the next queen. Before Buttercup can be made queen, however, she is kidnapped by a band of fugitives who are hoping to hold her for ransom and start a war between their land and another, employed by someone anonymous. From that party, Buttercup is rescued by a mysterious man in black. Who is he? Why does he want Buttercup? The Princess Bride is a tale of adventure and true love filled with daring sword fights, tragic romances, and hilarious encounters.

This is a fantastic, intriguing story. I actually read this book for my summer book report and I loved it. It was fun to read, and that can be a hard thing to find sometimes when you’re reading a book for a book report. But I have definitely found a story that I will be delighted to read again in the future. I hope you consider reading this story. It is a very clever classic story that everyone thinks of when they think of adventure and romance. It is a bit of a stereotype when it comes to what girls and boys can do, but it is extremely enjoyable all the same. I look forward to reading this again soon and refreshing my memory about how interesting it really is.


Thanks for your review Stella!  


5.01.2018

#NewYABooks - Coming May 2018!




August and Everything After by Jennifer Doktorski
Summer on the New Jersey shore offers Quinn a new start at life and love, but only if she can come to terms with her past.


Two hundred years after a supervolcano causes an ice age on Earth, making the planet uninhabitable, seventeen-year-old mechanic Stella Ainsley accepts a position as governess on the Rochester, a private space ship orbiting the moon, falls in love with the ship's reclusive captain, befriends the secretive crew, and uncovers a plot that threatens the most vulnerable populations of the fleet.


When Daisy's older sister gets engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland, Daisy makes the royal rule-book all her own.



After losing her mom to cancer, sixteen-year-old Tiffany Sly has to leave her hometown to live with the biological father and sisters she's never known. The only thing that makes her new life bearable is the boy across the street, Marcus McKinney, who has had his own experiences with death.


"I want to be in the Air Force someday."

These are the words Polo Tate engraves on her junior dog tags at age eleven. An unpopular dream for most young girls, but her hard work pays off and at age eighteen, Polo finds herself in Basic Training at the United States Air Force Academy.

She does everything right, except fly under the radar. No one prepares her for what comes next. Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse at the hands of her superior. Betrayal at the highest levels of authority. Harassment from her peers, who refuse to believe her story.



Now, more than ever, young people are motivated to make a difference in a world they're bound to inherit. They're ready to stand up and be heard - but with much to shout about, where they do they begin? What can I do? How can I help?

How I Resist is the response, and a way to start the conversation. To show readers that they are not helpless, and that anyone can be the change. A collection of essays, songs, illustrations, and interviews about activism and hope, How I Resist features an all-star group of contributors. Readers will find hope and support through voices that are at turns personal, funny, irreverent, and instructive.



Seventeen-year-old Mira, a jazz music prodigy, falls in love with Derek and sets aside trumpet practice, old friendships, and even attempts to bond with her sister when he promises fame as a D.J.


As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.


Companion to Dumplin'
Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined.


Sequel to Brave New Girl
Dahlia thinks all of her clones have been destroyed, but then discovers that one still exists--Waverly Whitmore, who is teenage royalty, a media sensation with millions of fans--who has no idea that she is a clone.


Run, Hide, Fight Back by April Henry
When a deadly shooting breaks out in a Portland shopping mall, a diverse group of teens ends up trapped behind a store’s security shutter. To her own surprise, seventeen-year-old Miranda finds the others looking to her as their leader. But she’s hiding a big secret—and she’s not the only one. The group has only three choices—run, hide, or fight back. The wrong decision will have fatal consequences.


Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn't so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind? 


Mackenzie Ziegler, dance prodigy, singer/songwriter, actress, and model offers her advice on friendship, family, fitness, style, and positivity. She shares lessons drawn from her own experiences for those navigating through their tween years on how to be happy, healthy, and confident in all aspects of their lives.


Betrayed by Raj, who she thought she was fated to marry, seventeen-year-old Winnie Mehta teams with fellow film fan Dev to get her life back on track and find her true soul mate.


The final book of the Red Queen series
Victory comes at a price. Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal's betrayal nearly destroyed her. Determined to protect her heart - and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her - Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all... starting with the crown on Maven's head.

Cast out of the nobility after her father's attempt to assassinate the high king, Kate's job as a royal courier brings her to the scene of a drake massacre where she finds Corvin, the king's son and her first love.

When Mara's twin brother Owen is accused of rape by her friend Hannah, Mara is forced to confront her feelings about her family, her sense of right and wrong, a trauma from her past, and the future with her girlfriend, Charlie.


A stunning debut novel about grief, loss, and what it means to fall in love when angels are falling from the sky.


When Long Island teens Miri, Soleil, Penny, and Jonah befriend a bestselling YA novelist, they find their deepest, darkest secrets in the pages of her next novel, with devastating consequences. Told from different perspectives as interviews, journal entries, and book excerpts.

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.


This is Noah Oakman → sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend.

Then Noah → gets hypnotized.

Now Noah → sees changes—inexplicable scars, odd behaviors, rewritten histories—in all those around him. All except his Strange Fascinations . . .



Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there's no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn't a victim; he was a shooter. Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don't heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and also his best friend - Skye. Jesse and Skye are haunted by the unanswered questions of that terrible day. But the more they hunt for the truth of what really happened, the closer they get to a new killer.



Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Release Date: May 29, 2018  | Sequel to Caraval
Stephanie Garber's limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling breakout debut Caraval, following Scarlett's younger sister, Tella, on a journey to the empire's capital to fulfill a mysterious bargain.


Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West
Release Date: May 29, 2018
When Kate Bailey lets her best friend, Alana, talk her into joining their high school's podcast she did not expect to find herself as the host, or to enjoy answering calls and giving advice on the air, but she is actually pretty good at it--but when she gets an anonymous call from a boy (possibly Diego Martinez) about his secret feelings for a girl (probably Alana) she is faced with a problem, because she is developing feelings for Diego herself.


LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff
Release Date: May 29, 2018
On an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap. Seventeen-year-old Eve isn't looking for trouble--she's too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she's on the local gangster's wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she's discovered she can somehow destroy machines with the power of her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size because of it.  Her discovery of a handsome android named Ezekiel--called a "Lifelike" because it resemble humans--will bring her world crashing down, and make her question whether her entire life is a lie.


Prequel to Three Dark Crowns
Two stories: One of a set of triplet sisters destined to fight to the death to win the crown, the other is the story of the last queen born with the gift of sight.


A fantastic blend of science fiction and fantasy, Markswoman is the first in a duology about a female order of magical-knife wielding assassins who bring both peace and chaos to Asiana, a post-apocalyptic version of Asia.


Hildy and Paul come together to answer thirty-six questions on a university psychology questionnaire, one that is asking if love can be engineered.



Steffi doesn't talk. Rhys can't hear. They understand each other perfectly. Love isn't always a lightning strike. Sometimes it's the rumbling roll of thunder ... Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life - she's been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He's deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she's assigned to look after him. To Rhys it doesn't matter that Steffi doesn't talk and, as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she's falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.


Same-sex marriage, #BlackLivesMatter, the Dream Act, the People's Climate March, End the New Jim Crow, Occupy Wall Street-these are just a few of the initiatives that have taken flight in the past decade, the most fertile and productive era of activism and reform this country has seen since the 1960s. Now, in a visually rich and deeply inspiring book, movement leaders and activists distill their wisdom, sharing lessons of what works and what hinders transformative social change.



Tyson looks at the most confounding mysteries of Earth, space, and what it means to be human. He attempts to answer all of your most pressing questions, from how the brain works to the physics of comic book superheroes.


Tara, an Indian-American junior at Brierly prep school, feels her world dramatically change when a mirror planet to Earth is discovered and she, in this new era of scientific history, reconsiders her self and possible selves.


Not long after Hank, Ana, and Milo Vasquez's father leaves, an alien named Luz arrives and uses them to satisfy his curiosity, then leaves them forever changed.


The story follows a group of girls named Mal, Ripley, Molly, April, and Jo spending summer at a scout camp, and the strange creatures and supernatural phenomena they encounter there. Trying to take advantage of the first quiet day at camp in a while, Mal and Molly's date takes a bizarre turn with the appearance of the bear woman! Back at camp Jo, April, and Ripley must stay on their toes as they try and earn every badge possible which ends up being a lot harder than any of them ever planned.


Jen's attempt to teach the girls basic survival skills without supernatural intervention goes wrong when a blizzard hits the camp, separating Jen from the group and putting her in danger until a taxidermist with mysterious connections to Rosie swoops in.


The Merc with a Mouth is back, even deadlier and more deranged than before The planet has been invaded by Skrulls, everything's gone topsy-turvy but, in Deadpool's world, that just means it's Monday Like it or not, Deadpool may be the only person on the planet who can save us but who's to say he wants to?


Remember when Deadpool saved the Earth from those pesky Skrulls? Well, the guy who stole the intel Deadpool worked so hard to acquire - and positioned himself as Earth's Number One War Hero - wants to make sure you don't. The last thing this guy needs is a certain "Merc with a Mouth" letting everyone know the truth of how he saved the day, and he's hired a certain maniacal man-eater to make sure Deadpool never does. Here comes Tiger-Shark!


Deadpool has ceased to exist, he's said his good-byes, he's driven his car into the ocean. They'll think he's dead, but he'll sail away. Then, he'll become a pirate.


Young Robot boy TIM-21 and his companions struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet. Written by award-winning creator, Jeff Lemire, Descender is a rip-roaring and heart-felt cosmic odyssey. Lemire pits humanity against machine, and world against world, to create a sprawling epic.


Descender, Vol. 2: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire
Young robot boy TIM-21 and his companions struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet. L



This third collection of the bestselling series dives deep into the secret histories of each cast member with revelations that will propel young robot, TIM-21's sci-fi adventure into dangerous and exciting new territory.


Tim-21, Telsa and Quon finally escape the Machine Moon and head out on a quest to find the ancient robot who may hold the key to the Harvesters. Meanwhile Andy and his rag-tag team close in on Tim, but their fragile alliance is shattered by Driller's revelations.



Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss. These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll. Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there...





4.16.2018

EAPLTeens on Snapchat?! WAAAAAAAT

Yup, you read that right.

We're now on Snapchat! Scan the code or add eaplteens to start watching our stories!


You'll see booktalks, new books, events, and probably a quirky photo or two (or six) of library staff. We'll also be snapping, tweeting, and posting during YA FEST 2018 this Saturday, so make sure you're following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so you don't miss out on anything!

Better yet, just come to YA Fest on Saturday ;)



4.04.2018

Books for people who feel the music


Some people just have music in their blood. If you're out there, this one's for you... 


Solo by Kwame Alexander
Seventeen-year-old Blade, who endeavors to resolve painful issues from his past to navigate the challenges of his former rockstar father's addictions, scathing tabloid rumors, and a protected secret that threatens his own identity.



The Haters by Jesse Andrews
A road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band.




Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
While trying to score a date with her cute co-worker at the Scooper Dooper, sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts.



Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
High school student Nick O'Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.


(The book that inspired the movie!)

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he was born with a girl's body. With his new public access radio show gaining in popularity, Gabe struggles with romance, friendships, and parents--all while trying to come out as transgendered. An audition for a station in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a better life in the big city. But his entire future is threatened when several violent guys find out Gabe, the popular DJ, is also Elizabeth from school.


Chuck D. Presents This Day in Rap & Hip Hop History by Chuck D. 
A comprehensive, chronological survey of rap and hip-hop from 1973 to the present is based on the author's long-running show on Rapstation.com and details the most iconic moments and relevant songs from the genre's recorded history.


Mirror, Mirror by Cara Delevingne

Sixteen-year-old friends Red, Leo, Rose, and Naomi are misfits; still figuring out who they are and who they want to be. Life isn't perfect, but music unites them, and they're excited about what the future holds for their band, Mirror, Mirror.


Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life.



Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham
Alice, Summer, and Tiernan were best friends who broke up at the same time as their favorite band, but four years later, just before they are preparing to go off to college, the girls reluctantly come back together, each with her own motives, for a road trip from Massachusetts to Austin, Texas, for the band's one-time-only reunion concert.

 
 
Sing by Vivi Greene 
A young pop icon whose heart is shattered by the love of her life, takes a long summer break-- from guys especially!-- to hang out with friends in Maine and work on herself, her upcoming World Tour, and her new album. Little is she expecting another romance to come to fruition.

 
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
Eighteen-year-old Piper becomes the manager for her classmates' popular rock band, called Dumb, giving her the chance to prove her capabilities to her parents and others, if only she can get the band members to get along.
 



Amplified by Tara Kelly
When privileged seventeen-year-old Jasmine Kiss gets kicked out of her house by her father, she takes what is left of her meager savings and flees to Santa Cruz, California, to pursue her dream of becoming a rock musician.




Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldovsky
Four fan-girls of The Ruperts sneak away to a hotel in Manhattan to see their favorite boy band, but when one of them literally drags Rupert Pierpont to their room and they tie him up, things get complicated--and when Rupert is killed things go from bad to worse.
 
This Song is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin
When Ramona falls in love with two members of her band, how can she be true to her feelings without breaking up the band?





This Song Will Save Your Life by Laila Sales
Nearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey.

 

The Midnights by Sarah Nicole Smetana
As her senior year of high school begins, Susannah, who wants to follow in her father's rock music footsteps, is intent on writing the perfect song, until her father's death and a move to a new city threatens her plans for the future.



Behind the Song by K.M. Walton
An anthology of stories and personal essays exploring how music inspires creativity and can change one's life, written by award-winning young adult authors and contemporary musicians.






Remember to come visit us this summer for our music-themed summer programs! Prove your knowledge of rap and hip-hop history and "kill" off your favorite musician (bracket-style) for a chance to win all kinds of prizes!