Book Spotlight: The Name of the Star

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Review by Rachel, Rincon Valley & Central, Librarian

Rory grew up in Louisiana among some rather eccentric relatives (Cousin Diane reads auras to foretell the future and Uncle Will survived Hurricane Katrina only to keep 8 freezers full of emergency food in his upstairs bedroom).  Rory and her parents are the only "normal" people they know.  That is until Rory finds herself attending a boarding school in London.  The beginning of the school year marks the anniversary of the famous Jack the Ripper killings of 1888.  As Rory tries to adjust to life in England, London is rocked by a series of Ripper-style murders.  Rippermania overtakes modern day London.  The police have few leads and no witnesses, save one – Rory saw the man believed to be the Ripper copycat.  The problem is that no one else saw him.  Why was Rory the only one to see the killer?  And what does he plan to do next?

The Name of the Star is a modern thriller that traces the streets of an ancient city on the trail of an elusive killer.  Maureen Johnson writes an entertaining, edge-of-your-seat caper.  After reading this book, you'll be dying to visit London.  Just be sure to take some of Maureen Johnson's other great books (13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett) with you on the long plane ride.

Pumpkin Carving Contest at Sebastopol!

The Sebastopol branch hosted their first pumpkin carving contest for teens!  20 teens participated and 12 pumpkins were carved.  The public will get a chance to vote on their favorite pumpkin all next week.  If you would like to vote add a comment with your favorite pumpkin and your vote will be included in the tally.  Check out the other pumpkin carving contests at the Healdsburg branch on Tuesday, October 25th @ 3:30 and at the Rincon Valley branch on Wednesday, October 26th @ 3:30.

1. YouTube

2. Steve Jobs

3. Harry Potter

4. Charlie 3rd place

5. Kitty-Cat

6. Teddy

7. Flaming Skull

8.  Felicity  2nd place

9.  that Patty Tatt and the Funny Face

10.  Boo

11.  Isaac  1st place

12.  Emerging

Teens’ Top Ten 2011!

Here are the top ten books of 2011 chosen by teens.  Teens around the country voted for their favorite books of 2011 in August and September.  Did you vote?  What do you think of the results? 

1.  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

2.  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

3.  Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

4.  I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (It's pretty funny that this book received 4th place!)

5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

6. Matched by Ally Condie

7. Angel by James Patterson

8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

For more information please visit YALSA's website at:



Picture It @ Rincon Valley Library

Next week is Teen Read Week 2011!  The Rincon Valley Library is celebrating by hosting a "Books Into Movies" Festival October 19th through October 21st!   

Come watch a movie at 3:30 next Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at the Rincon Valley Library!

Rincon Valley are showing movies based on these books:

Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Dahl

City of Ember by DuPrau

Popcorn will be served!  This is a FREE event!  For more information please contact the reference desk at 537-0162 ext. 5.

*Movies are subject to change*

The Dark Side of Young Adult Fiction

The New York Times has a section called "Room for Debate" and they are currently debating about "The Dark Side of  Young Adult Fiction".  Many authors are weighing in on the issue.  Look who is debating this issue:

Paolo Bacigalupi author of Ship Breaker

Maggie Stiefvater author of Shiver

Jay Parini author of The Passages of H.M.

Scott Westerfeld author of Uglies

Andrew Clements author of Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School 

Lisa Rowe Fraustino author of The Hole in the Wall

What do you think?  Do you read "dark" young adult fiction?  Why do you like to read "dark" fiction?  Who is right?