Num8ers series by Rachel Ward


     Book 1 - Num8ers, 2010: Imagine having to live with the ability to see when anyone you made eye contact with was going to die.  This was the curse that kept 15-year-old Jem from making friends.  Her mother died when Jem knew she would and since then, Jem has bounced around the foster care system never daring to get close to anyone.  That changed when she met Spider and fell in love.

    Book 2 - Num8ers: The Chaos, 2011:  15-year-old Adam has the ability to see death dates just like his mother.  He sees that many people will die around him in London on New Year's Day.  What disaster will strike on New Year's Day?  Can Adam save the people around him?  He knows he has to try to use his gift for the greater good.

    Book 3 - 1nf1n1ty, 2012:  In the aftermath of tragedy in London, Adam is moving between camping in the wilds and refugee camps.  Adam has become quite well known from his efforts to save the people of London and, unfortunately, has attracted the attention of some people who wish to use his unique psychic ability for their own wicked purposes.



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Teen Book Review: Not Exactly a Love Story

Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis
Review by Anna, Sonoma Valley Branch

Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis is, despite the title, a love story. Vinnie is new in town, and by great circumstances he acquires a girl’s number. But not just any girl’s number, Patsy’s number, Vinnie’s cute next-door neighbor. He calls her that night with the total intention of asking her out, but instead he chokes and stays silent as she accuses him of many bad deeds. What started as a bad situation turns into a charming set of phone calls late at night where Vinnie and Patsy talk about everything, even though Vinnie is just the Voice on the Phone. But Patsy doesn’t like Vinnie in person, so how can he ever really date her?

I don’t usually like corny love stories, and I didn’t like this one. But, that’s just me. Not completely predictable, it does leave you guessing at times. I think it’s a cute story with a plot line that could potentially happen. If you enjoy love stories, you’ll like this one. Read at your leisure and enjoy the lives of Vinnie and Patsy.

Monster Make-Up!

Last Friday 14 teens went to Rohnert Park's Monster Make-Up Program.  They met with an theater make-up artist who showed them how to do a zombie, gargoyle and fairy.  Here are some photos from this event:

Missed out on Rohnert Park's program?  Sebastopol is hosting a Teen Monster Make-up Workshop TODAY at 3:30!


Do you love dogs and puppies?!?  Check out these two new books on dogs!  They are super cute!

Puppies at six weeks!  What could be cuter?


Dogs underwater!  Crazy, funny photographs!

Award Winners!

Printz Award:  Excellence in literature for young adults:

In Darkness by Nick Lake
Summary provided by our catalog:  "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."

Printz Award Honor Books:


"The White Bicycle" by Beverley Brenna (The library does not own this title yet!  Stay tuned!)


More 2012 Staff Picks!

Recommended by Sandra at Central                              Recommended by Sandra at Central



Recommended by Sandra at Central                              Recommended by Sandra at Central



Recommended by Rachel at Central

2012 Staff Picks


Recommended by Kathy D. at Central                           Recommended by Kathy D. at Central



Recommended by Genny & Kathy D. at Central           Recommended by Geoffrey at Central



Recommended by Geoffrey & Kathy D. at Central       Recommended by Kathy D. at Central



Recommended by Tiffany at Sebastopol                     Recommended by Rebecca at Central

              & Charity at Healdsburg



Recommended by Rebecca at Central                             Recommended by Genny at Central



Recommended by Nancy at Northwest                            Recommended by Kim at Northwest








Recommended by Rebecca & Kathy D. at Central    Recommended by Nancy at Northwest

                 & Tiffany at Sebastopol         





Scholarship Opportunity!

If you want more information about this great scholarship opportunity please visit sonomacf.org.

Teen Book Review: Icefall

Icefall by Matthew Kirby

Review by:  Anna, Sonoma Valley Branch

Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby is a dramatic, keeps-you-guessing novel. During the time of the Vikings (I believe), Solveig, her brave younger brother, and her gorgeous older sister get sent with a small caravan to an ice fortress to wait while their father, a king, rages a battle in their homeland. At some point, people start to believe that there is a traitor among them, and that they’re waiting for an ambush in their so-called sanctuary. The fact that her brother will inherit the crown and beauty of her sister has always shadowed Solveig. It is during this time of suspicion and deciding where her allies lie that Solveig finds her voice and steps out of the shadows.

I really liked this book, even though it’s hard to find a book that I don’t like. There aren’t that many books about Vikings so I thought that it was an interesting storyline. It’s a common loser-turned-hero story, only better. I would recommend this to pretty much anyone. Girls would probably like it more because it’s from Solveig’s point of view but I think that boys would like any book with Vikings in it.