Posted on May 7th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Beta Books.
One of our Beta Books reviewers has a review for you today! Thanks Jayla for giving us the scoop on this great new read before it has even been published!
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
This book is being released TODAY! Thanks Jayla! Keep reading!
I think, overall, the book was pretty good. While it was not, to me, exactly five-star quality, I don’t regret reading it. I loved the unexpected POV changes, and how the author never stated who was who. All of the voices for the different characters were distinct and unique. The author also created a perfect amount of tension. Since the ‘Others’ (a name the main character, Cassie, gave the aliens) looked just like normal humans, it really raised the question of who you could trust, since anyone could be the enemy.
Another thing I loved? The story was set in Ohio! I thought that was pretty cool.
I definitely wasn’t a fan of the romance, though. The love-story between Evan and Cassie seemed a little too forced and contrived. I also don’t understand how, after Cassie repeated over and over that she couldn’t trust anyone, she was suddenly okay with being cared for by a strange guy who read her diary and undressed her while she was unconscious, amongst other things.
However, I would still recommend The 5th Wave to a friend (especially to a friend who’s a fan of The Hunger Games series), because it’s fast-paced and engrossing, and the story line’s premise is really interesting. At any rate there is a lot of story yet to be told, so I’ll stick around for the sequel to see how it all turns out.
3 out of 5 stars – Pretty good. I wanted to see how it ended.
THE COVER STORY:
I love the cover design of the book and I wouldn’t change anything about it. Not only is it interesting, and will probably compel people to pick it up, but the cover also fits the story perfectly – especially the ending of the story.
New books are here! BOOKS that haven’t been published yet and are available for YOU to read before the rest of the world!
(Insert maniacal mad with power laugh). Come get some and be ready for our next meeting!
Have no idea what I’m talking about? Check it out…
Welcome to the home base of Beta Books!
Love to read? Want to read books BEFORE they are published? ARCs are Advanced Reading Copies of books, and we’re looking for 6th-12th graders to read them.
The newest books will be revealed at our monthly meetings. Can’t make it? Stop in the Teen Center to sign out a book and share your thoughts online. (NOTE: Not all titles are appropriate for all ages. Use your best judgement to decide if a book is right for you.)
Reviews are posted on this blog in the Beta Books category.
Got questions? Email us!
Posted on April 29th, 2013 by Becky.
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BEHOLD THE POWER OF YOUR LIBRARY CARD!
You know you can get books and movies and music, but did you know about these?
Here are 10 Unexpected Things You Can Check Out at the Westerville Public Library!
Hope there is something on this list you didn’t know and are excited to try!
1) Book baskets (or whatever you want to put in them!).
2) Bike locks (for bikes parked at the library).
6) Kill A Watt EZ energy meter kits.
7) Nook e-readers (some restrictions apply).
Laptops (in-house only; some restrictions apply).
9) Videogames (in-house only).
10) Book Discussion Kits for kids & adults.
Posted on April 20th, 2013 by Mickie.
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The 28 titles that are nominees for The Young Adult Library Association’s Teen’s Top Ten award have been announced. I am really excited because I haven’t read most of them yet–YEAH SUMMER READING!!! That is the fun…now that the nominees are announced we have all summer to read the books and then voting for the top ten will begin in August.
Why should you care about this? I’ll tell ya why–because this award is chosen BY teens FOR teens…not by your teachers or your auntie…these are the books that matter to you. So, speak up!I can’t vote on these—but you can!*
*ASSUMING that the “YOU” who is reading this is, in fact, a teenager and NOT an alien life form masquerading as a teen human in order to spend your Earth days eating chips and playing video games…or an actual human adult.
Posted on April 15th, 2013 by Mickie.
In this dark and mysterious book we learn about Viktor Frankenstein’s teen years–before he created life, when he tried to save it. We’ll read about his doomed twin brother Konrad…his first love Elizabeth…and the beginning of the obsession that would take over his life.
This is a book club meeting you won’t want to miss. Reserve your slice of book club pizza today…
Posted on April 3rd, 2013 by Mickie.
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Are you an Aries? Do you know any Aries? If you are an Aries or you know an Aries, I don’t need to tell you about this powerful astrological sign. But what should an Aries be reading?
Running from March 21 to April 19, people born under this sign of the Ram are known to be powerful personalities. Often seen as passionate, romantic, powerful, impulsive and firey! The HATE anything boring, ambiguous or mundane. SO–what exactly do these firey busy-bodies like to read? Scroll on down for a heaping helping of Aries reads right in time for your birthday Aries!
All right–do you agree? Any books to add to Aries’ reading list? Give me a shout back in the comments.
Till next time, stay firey!
Posted on March 27th, 2013 by Mickie.
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Our 2013 Teen Challenge is under way! This month’s book was all about the poetry of life and words…Ellen Hopkin’s dramatic teen novel in verse, Tilt. We dissected the book and made our own poems and of course ate our way through a few pizzas for book club energy. We sent Ellen Hopkins some pictures of our meeting and she wrote back! WOW!
Our teens have read 3/12 of our book challenges and have made those books come to life at our monthly book club meeting…
In January we read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and even got some feedback from the book’s author about our awesomely peculiar collages!!
In February we read John Green’s bestseller tear-jerker The Fault in our Stars, then we dried our tears with pizza and made some book swag…
Next month’s book and meeting explores the dark world of Frankenstein…are you UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?
Posted on March 21st, 2013 by Mickie.
Peacocks and Mustard and Scarlet, OH MY! There has been a murder in the library! Who done it?! What did they use? Where did it happen? Are you going to eat the rest of those snacks?
Find out the answers to these questions, watch the classic whodunit movie CLUE on the big screen and see if you have what it takes to solve the mystery! Space is limited so reserve today!
Work together on a life-sized game board (huge dice included) to figure out the clues and find the murderer!
So…who has been to see Oz the Great and Powerful? I haven’t yet, but I would like to thank it for prompting this blog post, which has taught me a name I didn’t know existed for one of my favorite types of books: Portal Fiction!
How often have I gushed about how I love stepping into another world, like Alice, Coraline, or Tiffany Aching?! I read the term “portal fiction” and experienced that awesome “there’s a WORD for that?” feeling.
…these books feature protagonists who are transported from our own familiar world to another realm, where they encounter exhilarating adventures and come face to face with conundrums that challenge their perceptions and abilities, uncover hidden aptitudes, and help them learn about themselves.
Got any other favorite titles about stepping into another world? Add them in the comments!
The new book shelf in the teen room looks awesome these days–full of alternate history and steampunk machinery. New to steampunk? I like Wikipedia’s explanation:
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Therefore, steampunk works are often set in an alternate history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.
Often fast-paced and fun, Steampunk gets a lot of attention…so give it a go! Check out our latest additions or browse our favorite steampunk novels from our catalog or through our Steampunk Explore guide. Want to look the part? Join us next week for our Cosplay: It’s Easier than you Think! program where we will be crafting steampunk goggles!
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger. Fans of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate will be thrilled to know that she has a new series out–in the first book, readers enter an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage. Gail even has a super neat web site about the book at a special website dedicated to The Finishing School Series. Click on the image for more how-tos…
Legacy of the Clockwork Key by Kristen Bailey
A orphaned sixteen-year-old servant in Victorian England finds love while unraveling the secrets of a mysterious society of inventors and their most dangerous creation.
The Lazarus Machine by Paul Crilley
In an alternate 1899 London, seventeen-year-old Sebastian Tweed searches for his kidnapped father, uncovering both a horrific technological secret and a political conspiracy that could destroy the British Empire.
The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
Cora, Nellie, and Michiko, teenaged assistants to three powerful men in Edwardian London, meet by chance at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered man, leading the three to work together to solve this and related crimes without drawing undue attention to themselves.
The manual of aeronautics : an illustrated guide to the Leviathan series by written by Scott Westerfeld
Illustrations and text provide detailed looks at the machines, uniforms, creatures, and characters of the Leviathan book series
Posted on March 1st, 2013 by Mickie.
Can’t get enough of Sam and Dean Winchester and their other worldly adventures? Do you like your horror not so black, but with cream and sugar? Could you laugh at a funeral? Fans of the darkly humorous CW series Supernatural will love these quirky, somewhat funny horror stories. Click on to see the books in our catalog…
Posted on February 26th, 2013 by Mickie.
Everyone has a story to tell…learn to tell yours through photographic art. In this workshop, you will learn about what makes a photograph good, and how images can tell amazing stories. Participants will be given cameras to use to photograph their story, then will be shown how to edit those photos for display. Photo stories will be displayed in the Library meeting rooms for the month of March…just in time for Teen Tech Week March 10-16!
Posted on February 19th, 2013 by Mickie.
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What do John Green, Anne Frank, Nerdfighteria and Saltwater pizza have to do with this month’s teen book challenge? Plenty! We’re reading The Fault in our Stars by John Green – it has had months of buzz and months on the best seller list and it is also a stone cold tear jerker….we love it! So get the book and come to the meeting. We’ll dry our saltwater tears with pizza.
And like they say in John Green’s hometown – Don’t Forget to Be Awesome.
Does your school require you to read at a certain AR Level?
Are you tired of trying to track down books that are at your level and are interesting and WPL owns them AND they are available to check out?
It is so much work to find the perfect book, it can bring on a full panda rage.
Yeah, we feel your frustration…but get ready, friends, your life is about to change.
Introducing the brand new Accelerated Reader Search brought to you by your friends at the Westerville Public Library.
Then use our tags to find subjects and genres that you enjoy…
And then limit by availability to show what you can take home with you today.
We are pretty excited about this so give it a whirl and let us know what you think – BUT WAIT, THAT’S NOT ALL!
Act now and we’ll throw in the helpful smiling face of your local librarian who would love to show you how this nifty AR Search works, how to pick out great books that you’ll love and much, much more. This special offer will not expire!
Have you heard? Monday was the big day for award announcements in libraryland for youth, and here at WPL, we gathered around our online streams of the announcements like it was the Oscars — ’cause, well, in our world, it pretty much is! The big awards you probably know about are the Caldecott (most distinguished American picture book for children) and Newbery (most distinguished contribution to American literature for children). But did you know there are awards for teen books as well?
In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, fifteen-year-old Shorty, a poor gang member from the slums of Site Soleil, is trapped in the rubble of a ruined hospital, and as he grows weaker he has visions and memories of his life of violence, his lost twin sister, and of Toussaint L’Ouverture, who liberated Haiti from French rule in the 1804.
There’s also the Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, which went to The Fault in Our Stars, written by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd, produced by Brilliance Audio:
And don’t forget the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. Believe me, when a nonfiction book gets an award, it’s GOOD. No dry textbook stuff here! Don’t miss this year’s winner, Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon:
In this suspenseful combination of science and history, Sheinkin masterfully exposes the international race to develop an atomic weapon and bring an end to World War II. This true-life spy thriller features an international cast of characters and will keep readers on the edge of their seats. -YALSA award site
Finally, I want to mention the The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, which honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. Many of you already know this year’s winner, Rachel Hartman, and her book Seraphina:
In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.
These are just a few of the MANY awards that were announced this week. You can see a full list of the ALA Youth Media Awards (including honor books), and you can browse and reserve all the books from the library. Happy reading!