Poetry Slam & More

There is 1 more day left to turn in your Summer Reading book review cards.  Each branch will be pulling the grand prize ticket on Monday!  So get your review cards in now!

We had lots of great events this summer around the county.  Stay tuned for more program pictures!

Henna Art @ Cloverdale

Poetry Slam

Teenspace would like to give Jemal from Santa Rosa a huge CONGRATULATIONS for winning the Grand Slam at the Central Branch.  Every year adults and teens compete at branches around the county.  The 1st and 2nd place winners go on to compete at the Grand Slam at the Central Branch.  The winner of the Grand Slam gets money and the chance to emcee the next poetry slam season.  This year we had tie for 1st and 2nd place and the winner was high schooler Jemal!  He is an excellent poet and we look forward to him being the emcee for the next season!  Congratulations Jemal!

Young Adult Books with Adult Appeal

You're never too old for a great book.
Find these titles in the Young Adult Section.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder. Haunting, disturbing, unforgettable.

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
Set in 1947, with her stepfather Joe back from the war and family life returning to normal, teenage Evie, finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies whose devastating outcome change her life and that of her family forever. Winner of the National Book Award.

Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Mad Cow disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwoard he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure. Wacky doesn't even begin to describe this book. Winner of the Printz Award.

Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

The Fortunes of Indigo Sky by Deb Caletti
Indigo is looking forward to becoming a full-time waitress after high school graduation, but her life is turned upside down by a large check given to her by a customer who appreciates that she cares enough to scold him about smoking.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own Grace, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia. Winner of the Printz Award.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Brian Ness
Imagine a world where all thoughts are shared. No secrets exist. One day Todd, the youngest person in the village, finds a place of complete silence, an escape from the Noise. How can this be?

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to survive until they turn eighteen.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In a future North America, where the government maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
When Auden impulsively goes to stay with her father and his family the summer before she starts college, all the trauma of her parents' divorce is revived.

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd
Coolbar, Ireland, is a village of secrets. Shell, caretaker to her younger brother and sister after the death of their mother is not about to reveal her own secret until suspicion falls on the wrong person.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

Paper Towns by John Green
One month before graduation from high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him no a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disapperas.

Reading List: Fairy Tales for Teens

Fairy Tales for Teens:  sometimes edgy, often magical, classic tales are given a modern twist. 

Serendipity Market by Penny Blubaugh
When the world begins to seem unbalanced, Mama Inez calls ten storytellers to the Serendipity Market and, through the power of their magical tales, the balance of the world is corrected once again.

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
This book is a retelling of the tale of twelve princesses who wear out their shoes dancing every night, and of Galen, a former soldier now working in the king's gardens, who follows them in hopes of breaking the curse.

Belle by Cameron Dokey
Belle is a gifted woodcarver and longs to find the fabled Heartwood Tree which, if carved by the right hands, will reveal the face of one's true love. Belle's father stumbles upon the Heartwood and encounters a terrifying and lonely beast. Now Belle must carve the Heartwood to save her father. This author has written other books retelling fairy tales.

Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst
Having escaped from the Wild and the preordained fairy tale plots it imposes, Rapunzel and her daughter Julie, try to live a normal life. But when the Wild breaks free and takes over their town, it is Julie who has to prevent everyone from being trapped in the events of a story. The adventure continues in Out of the Wild.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
On her way to marry a prince she's never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers. Book 1 in the Books of Bayern series.

The Princess and the Hound by Ivie Mette Harrison
George has always felt burdened by his princely duties, and even more by the need to hide a magical secret, but when he is betrothed to the strange princess of a neighboring kingdom, his secret must be revealed. The adventure continues in The Princess and the Bear.

Mira, Mirror by Ivie Mette Harrison
Long after the disappearance of Snow White's stepmother, the witch trapped in the magic mirror naimpulates a desperate peasant and merchant's daughter to seek the spell she needs to gain her freedom.

Snow by Tracy Lynn
Born in a Welsh fiefdom, a young Snow flees her stepmother and arrives in London, where she is immediately rescued by a band of outcasts.

Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
A girl is transformed, through instruction, determination, and magic, from sullen, pudgy, graceless Ben into Crown Princess Benevolence, a fit ruler of the kingdom of Montagne as it faces war with neighborin Drachensbett.

Spinners by Donna Jo Napoli
This story elaborates on the events recounted in the fairy tale, "Rumpelstiltskin," in which a strange little man helps a miller's daughter spin straw into gold for the king on the condition that she will give him her first-bron child.

East by Edith Pattou
A young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the civtim of a cruel enchantment. A retelling of the Norwegian folktalke "East of the Sun and West of the Moon."

Ash by Malinda Lo
After her father's death, Ash is left with her cruel stepmother. Consumed by grief, she dreams that someday the fairies will steal her away. When she meets the dark fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted. Then Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, and her heart begins to change. Ash must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson
A retelling of the Perrault fairy tale set in pre-colonial India, in which two stepsisters receive gifts from a goddess and each walks her own path to find her gift's purpose, discovering romance along the way.

Troll's Eye View: A Book of Villainous Tales
Everyone thinks they know the real story behind the villains in fairy tales–evil, no two ways about it. But the villains themselves beg to differ. In this story collection, you'll hear from the Giant's wife (from Jack and the Beanstalk), Rumpelstiltskin, the oldest of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, and more from the villains point of view.

The Witch's Boy by Michael Gruber
A grotesque foundling turns against the witch who sacrificed almost everything to raise him when he becomes consumed by the desire for money and revenge against those who have hurt him.

Beastly by Alex Flinn
A modern retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" from the point of view of the Beast, a vain Manhattan private school student who is turned into a monster and must find true love before he can return to his human form.

The Door on the Hedge by Robin McKinley
This story collection features fairy tale retellings. There is Linadel, who lives in a kingdom next to Faerieland, where princesses are stolen away on their seventeenth birthdays-and Linadel's seventeenth birthday is tomorrow. And Korah, whose brother is bewitched by the magical Golden Hind; now it is up to her to break the spell. Rana must turn to a talking frog to help save her kingdom from the evil Aliyander. And then there are the twelve princesses, bewitched to dance through the soles of their shoes every night.

Book Spotlight: Graceling

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Review by Sandra, Central Branch

Katsa is graced with the ability to kill……..

In a world where the graced are marked by two different colored eyes as well as a superhuman skill, Katsa is graced with the ability to kill.  From the age of eight she is used by her uncle the king to ensure obedience in his subjects.  When Katsa rescues the grandfather of a Leonid Prince she meets a person graced with a skill more dangerous than her own.

I liked the characters especially Katsa and how she grows into her full potential by the end of the story.  This is an interesting and fun read for anyone who likes adventure, fantasy and intrigue.  Its a fast paced story that will keep you engaged and desperate for the next book.  The second book Fire is a prequal/companion novel to Graceling.  The third book Bitterblue, a continuation of the Graceling story that focuses on the character Bitterblue, will be coming out soon.




What’s Happening?

Summer Reading is almost over!  Only 2 weeks to go!  However, there are still lots of events happening around the county. 

Tuesday, July 20th @ 3 pm, Healdsburg, Stuffed Creatures Craft

Wednesday, July 21st @ 3 pm, Cloverdale, Henna Art for Teens

Thursday, July 22nd @ 2 pm, Windsor, Henna Art for Teens

Thursday, July 22nd @ 3 pm, Central, Stuffed Creatures Craft

Friday, July 23rd @ 2 pm, Northwest, Bleach Effect T-Shirts

All of these programs are FREE! 

Here are some photos from past teen events.

Henna Art for Teens @ Northwest:

Henna Art for Teens @ Sebastopol:

Bleach Effect T-Shirts @ Rincon Valley:

Review and Win!

Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis

Submit a review of any book OR movie by Friday, August 6th to teenspace@sonoma.lib.ca.us to be entered into the drawing for a brand new copy of Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis.

Please check Sonoma County Library's catalog before submitting your review.  Sonoma County Library must own the book or movie to be eligible for the drawing!

Please include the title, author, the review, your name, grade, branch and contact information for each review.  Your last name will not be published.

You can submit a maximum of 2 reviews for 2 chances to win.

When writing your review please give a summary of the book or movie without giving away the ending or any big surprises.  If you liked the book or movie, why or why not?  Would you recommend this book or movie to a friend?

If you have any questions please e-mail us at teenspace@sonoma.lib.ca.us or leave us a comment!

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From the dust jacket of Whisper:
"I'd love a cup of coffee…I wish she didn't hide how pretty she is…I hope she didn't find out what Ben said about her…I wish I knew how many calories were in a bit of muffin…

Joy is used to Hearing Whispers.  She's used to walking down the street and instantly knowing people's deepest, darkest desires.  She uses this talent for good – to make people happy and give them what they want.  But for her older sister, Jessica, the family gift is a curse, and she uses it to make people's lives – especially Joy's – miserable.  Still, when Joy Hears Jessica Whisper I Want to kill my Hearing dead, and kill me too if that's what it takes, she knows she has to save her sister, even if it means deserting her friends, stealing a car, and running away with a boy she barely knows – a boy who may have a dark secret of his own.