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The Fault in Our Stars: The Movie, and What to Read Next

Posted on February 10th, 2014 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Events, Movies.

So, by now most of the internet has sobbed several times over the recently-released trailer for The Fault in Our Stars movie. If you haven’t, take a moment. We won’t look.

Whether you’re counting the seconds waiting for this amazing adaptation to come out, or giving it the side-eye because nothing can be as amazing as the original book, a lot of you are asking WHAT ELSE CAN I READ? For one thing, there’s This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl:

John Green says he never would have written The Fault in Our Stars, his best-selling novel narrated by a 16-year-old girl with cancer, had he not gotten to know Esther Earl, who was 16 when she died of cancer four years ago.

However, John makes sure to clarify that TFiOS’s Hazel is fictional and NOT based on Esther directly.

Want more? Check out these books we think TFiOS fans will enjoy.

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Tesla-Mania Hits Bookdom

Posted on January 28th, 2014 by Becky.
Categories: Books.

Famous oddball inventor Nikola Tesla has gotten a lot of attention recently (possibly thanks to this viral post from The Oatmeal (heads-up: contains some salty language)). And though he’s long gone, his notoriety keeps growing. Not only has he been played by David Bowie onscreen and found his name attached to some of today’s newest electric cars, but you’ll see “Tesla” in many a new book title as well. Read on:

 

The Accelerati Trilogy, #1, by Neal Shusterman & Eric Elfman. After their home burns down, fourteen-year-old Nick, his younger brother, and their father move into a ramshackle Victorian house they've inherited. When Nick opens the door to his attic room, he's hit in the head by a toaster. That's just the beginning of his weird experiences with the old junk stored up there.

 

By Elizabeth Rusch. Here is the story of the ambitious young man who brought life-changing ideas to America, despite the obstructive efforts of his hero-turned-rival, Thomas Edison. From using alternating current to light up the Chicago World's Fair to harnessing Niagara to electrify New York City and beyond, Nikola Tesla was a revolutionary ahead of his time. Remote controls, fluorescent lights, X-rays, speedometers, cell phones, even the radio -- all resulted from Nikola Tesla's inventions.

 

Nick and Tesla series, #1, by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith. After moving in with their eccentric uncle, Nick and Tesla encounter strange occurrences in their new neighborhood and build gadgets using simple household objects to help them solve the mysteries.

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The Book Thief: Book vs. Movie

Posted on January 20th, 2014 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Events, Movies.

Friends, readers, moviegoers: do you have your Kleenex handy? Because I’m about to ask you about the book that, hands down, made me cry the hardest I’ve ever cried over a book. First, though, you should know that this book, like How I Live Now (posted about yesterday), was just made into a movie. And you know the danger of books made into movies, right?

Right. So you can see what you think if you’ve bawled your way through The Book Thief book (grab your tissues and reserve it here) and then see the movie (you can reserve the DVD here if you’re not going to the theater). Let us know what you think in the comments below!

 

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How I Live Now: Book vs. Movie

Posted on January 19th, 2014 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Movies.

Did anyone see the movie How I Live Now? It started as a book — an award-winning book, as a matter of fact, snagging the Printz Award for best book written for teens the year it came out. Eight years later, it’s a movie!

Curious? Check out the book or reserve the DVD today!

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Suzanne Collins’ Favorite Novels as a Teen

Posted on November 24th, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Movies.

So…have you seen Catching Fire yet? Superfans of Suzanne Collins may want to check out this interview she gave at the National Book Festival a couple years ago. It includes something I hadn’t read about her before: her own favorite books as a teen! What better way to figure out a writer’s mind than study what she likes to read — especially what she read during her formative years?

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  • Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Boris by Jaapter Haar
  • Germinal by Emile Zola
  • Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Best of all, you can prove your superfandom by reading these books yourself. Yep, they’re all available at the library! (With the exception of Boris, which is out of print.) Have you already read any of these titles? Do you think they might have influenced Collins’ thinking in writing The Hunger Games trilogy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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2013 Teens’ Top Ten Winners Announced!

Posted on October 22nd, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Events.

MORE book voting news! Can you stand it?! It’s like Oscar season in libraryland. The end of Teen Read Week (Oct. 13-19, 2013) means that the teen nominations have been made, votes have been counted up nationally, and the winners have been announced. Ready to tear open the envelope…er, click play? DO IT:

The best news is, you can get all these awesome teen-approved great reads from the library.

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Vote For Your Favorite Book!

Posted on October 21st, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Events.

Did you know YOU can vote for a book award that is special to Ohio? It’s true! The Buckeyes are one of the only State Reader’s Choice Awards in the country where books are both nominated and voted on by students, not adults. The students do all the nominating and voting online. Now that we’re down to the final vote, you can also pick up a ballot in the Teen Center of the library!

2013 Teen Nominees are The Fault in Our Stars, Goliath (Leviathan #3), Insurgent (Divergent #2), The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3), and Beautiful Chaos (Beautiful Creatures #3).

Which is your favorite? Vote online or in person by the November 10 deadline, and then watch the Buckeye Book Awards Facebook page for announcement of the winners! Go Ohio!

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Book Suggestions Right Off the Screen

Posted on October 18th, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Technology.

So you’re looking for a book. Sure, sure, it’s super-new and hot and it’s probably checked out. You look it up at the library and…UGH. YES. ONE HUNDRED MILLION HOLDS. Okay, maybe not that many, but you’re not getting this book anytime soon. What to do?

Well, you know you can always see if you can get it from another library via SearchOhio or OhioLINK. Even that is a few days’ wait, though, so the next-best thing is a similar book to tide you over. How do you find one? Whenever possible, try this first. If that is not possible, never fear. Book suggestions have been built right into our library catalog!

How does this sorcery work, you say? First, look at the book you so sadly cannot get. Say it’s House of Hades. Scroll down until you see the section called NoveList results. NoveList is an awesome database that helps you find your next favorite book, AND you can see “You Might Also Like These” suggestions and “Books In This Series” right when you look up a title, like this:

Pretty cool, huh? Give it a try and see what you think!

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Teen Read Week is here!!

Posted on October 15th, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Art & Craftiness, Books, Events.

You guys! It’s that time! That week of the year when we already-crazy librarians get a little more crazed about one of our favorite things: READING! Teen Read Week is all about the celebration of teens reading for fun (raise your hand if your life could use some more fun reading…you too, eh?) and this year’s theme is Seek The Unknown @ Your Library. <cue spooky music>

OK, so even though you could interpret this as a little bit spooky, I love thinking of it as pursuing anything you want to know more about and can read about! What have you learned more about from reading? I’ll tell you one of mine, if you promise not to laugh: interior decorating. Yep. I think it has to do with being an artistic person and also really liking to hang out at home. At one point I got so into reading decorating books that I made my own Goodreads shelf to keep track of them. No joke!

So what about you? What new knowledge have you sought at the library or in books or reading?

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New ARCs!

Posted on July 15th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Beta Books.

Check it out, BETA Bookers! New A.S. King, new Maggie Stiefvater, new Susan Beth Pfeffer, new Brandon Sanderson….and more! What are you waiting for! Get in here and get the good reads!

The next BETA Books meeting is this Wednesday at 4pm and we’ll have plenty to talk about. Also if you show up at the meeting you’ll earn points for your Summer Reading Team…(GO GNOMES!).  See you there!

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New Beta Books Review from Courtney!

Posted on June 11th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Beta Books.

Thanks Courtney for submitting your review! Want to review for our blog? Stop into the Teen Room and get the scoop on joining Beta Books!

Courtney reviewed Ink by Amanda Sun.  This book will be published on July 13…

What did you think of this book, Courtney?

After reading just the back cover of the book I thought it might be a bit cheesy, so I didn’t go into it with high expectations. However, I was very surprised to find a superb writing style and elaborate story behind the beautiful art on the cover. The main character was not a drone of the plot and expressed relatable emotions and chose actions that were realistic. There was a balance of negative and positive atmosphere which made the story very well rounded.

How would you rate it?

4 stars – Awesome. I loved it and would give it to a friend.

Cover Story: What did you think of the cover?

The reason I picked up the book in the first place was the interesting design. It’s straightforward, easy to navigate and artistically designed. As an artist myself the painting drew me in and caused my interest to peak.

Awesome!

Thanks Courtney! If you would like to be first in line for this book when it is published, click here to reserve your copy today!

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Ahem….BETA Bookers!

Posted on June 10th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Beta Books.

Look what just came in the mail….

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Wonder what I am talking about? Check it out….

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Beta Books Review-The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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!

Jayla reviewed:

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
This book is being released TODAY! Thanks Jayla! Keep reading!

THE SCOOP:
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.

THE STARS:
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.

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New Books are Here!

Posted on May 5th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Beta Books, Books.

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!

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Some Doors Shouldn’t be Opened: The Apprenticeship of Viktor Frankenstein

Posted on April 15th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Books.

This April in The Teen Book Challenge we’ll be reading This Dark Endeavor by Printz Honor medalist, Kenneth Oppel.

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…

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