Teen authors have contests all the time! The authors of the new book, Beautiful Creatures, are giving away 12 signed books and a chance to have a virtual chat with them through Skype. Interested?!? Visit their website for more information! http://castergirls.com/beautiful-creatures-book-club-contest/
Its spring time! That means seniors are receiving college acceptance letters and juniors are thinking about taking the SATs and deciding what colleges to apply to. Here are a couple new resources the library has ordered to help the process of going to college.
50 Best College Majors for a Secure Future
The Student-Athlete’s College Recruitment Guide
Write Your College Essay in Less Than a Day
Don’t forget about teenspace’s The Road to College Pathfinder! This resource will help you find the resources you need for college preparation.
Rage: a Love Story by Julie Anne Peters
Review by Rachel, Healdsburg Library
Joanna has imagined finding her dream girl for so long; she doesn’t think she’ll ever find love. Then, amazingly, the girl she’s been pining for for years, Reeve Hart, returns Joanna’s affections. But Reeve has a tough home life and violent tendencies that worry Joanna’s best friend. Reeve has been the object of Joanna’s affection for so long that Joanna is truly blind to the realities in front of her. Joanna is so lonely and wants to be loved so badly that not even a black eye will keep her from going back to Reeve time after time. But this love is truly dangerous.
While this book features a same sex couple, domestic/relationship violence for teens is more common than you might think. There are books out there that tell the story of man/woman domestic violence, yet few are written that discuss violence in same sex couples. This book might be best enjoyed by older readers. It is violent and edgy with not a few four letter words. Rage: a Love Story is an important book because it really shows you how a strong, smart, reasonable person can be so lonely that they will take any amount of abuse just to stay with the person they adore. Julie Anne Peters is the author of many excellent books for teens, including Luna, Keeping You a Secret, and Between Mom and Jo.
How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
Review by Rachel, Healdsburg Branch
Bea just moved to Baltimore with her parents when her dad’s job transferred to Johns Hopkins University. Her family has moved around so much that Bea has never realy felt a part of anything. She finds comfort in late night call in radio shows. You know the ones-calls about UFO sightings, earthquake predictions, aging Elvis fans, futurists, and lonely hearts. Bea listens to the callers and their strange interests until late into the night. At her new school where she will complete her senior year, Bea meets a strange boy named Jonah who the other kids call a ghost. Ever since tragedystruck Jonah’s family in third grade, he’s been nearly silent and has had hardly any friends. But Bea and Jonah have a lot in common, especially their love for the local Night Lights Radio Show. Finding a friend in a time when you need one the most can be the most powerfuly thing in your life. Bea finds such a friend in Jonah and together they endeavor to solve a mystery that has plagued Jonah since third grade.
I stayed up all night reading this book, not unlike Jonah and Bea with their radio show. I found the characters memorable and well drawn. The story shows you people’s true character, doesn’t just tell you. Note that this book may be best enjoyed by older teen readers as there are some four letter words and under aged drinking. If you like books by John Green then you’ll like How to Say Goodbye in Robot.
Teen Author Event @ Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma!
Lauren Conrad, star of MTV’s The Hills and author of L.A. Candy and her new book, Sweet Little Lies, will be at the Copperfield’s in Petaluma on Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00 pm. The line to get your books signed will start at 5 pm and you are allow to bring your cameras.
The library owns L.A. Candy and will be ordering her second book, Sweet Little Lies, soon!
We hope you have fun at this great teen book event!
You Know You Want it by Eric Daman
Eric Daman designs the costumes for the show Gossip Girl. He also won an Emmy for being the assistant designer for the show Sex and the City. This fun book is for the teen interested in fashion design. The book is all about the pictures, since it has very little text.
The Body Scoop for Girls by Jennifer Ashton, M.D.
Ashton presents a fun, informative book for teenage girls and their bodies. If you have any questions about your body (zits, breast, Pap smears, etc.), sex, drugs or staying healthy for life, this is the book for you.
Every year a committee of librarians create what they call the “Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults”. These books met the criteria of good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. If you like these books look at the link below for 90 more books!
Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin
The Great Wide Sea by M.H. Herlong
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli
Stitches: a Memoir by David Small
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork (Click here for Review)
Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland by Sally M. Walker