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.

Goal!: a Reading List

Are you watching the World Cup?!?  Are you excited about the big game this weekend?  Here are some movies and books you may enjoy.


Bend It Like Beckham
     "Eighteen year-old Jesminder's parents want her to be a nice, conventional Indian girl. But she just wants to play soccer like her hero, David Beckham. For Jess, that means kicking a ball around the local park with the lads until she's spotted by Jules, who invites her to join the local women's team."

Goal!:  the dream begins
    "Santiago Munez, an immigrant from Los Angeles, is given the chance to go to England to pursue his dream of becoming a professional soccer player. This underdog must prove he has the talent, passion, and determination to triumph against all odds."

She's the Man
    "Viola becomes furious when she learns that her high school, Cornwall, has just cut the girl's soccer team. So furious, in fact, that she takes advantage of her twin brother Sebastian skipping town for a few weeks to take his place at his school, Illyria, so she can join the soccer team there. But her disguise as her brother leads to major complications when she falls in love with her soccer-playing roommate and the girl he's in love with falls in love with 'Sebastian'."


A Home on the Field:  how one championship team inspires hope for the revival of small town America by Paul Cuadros
    "A Home on the Field" is the triumphant true story of a team of Latino high school students and their coach who fought against the prejudices of their school and small Southern town to win the North Carolina state soccer championship."

Exposure by Mal Peet
    "Paul Faustino, South America's best soccer journalist, reports on the series of events that hurl Otello from the heights of being a beloved and successful soccer star, happily married to the pop singer Desmerelda, into a downward spiral, in this novel loosely based on Shakespeare's play, Othello."

Goal!:  the dream begins by Robert Rigby
"Santiago, a young Mexican American, fulfills his dream of playing soccer when a chance encounter in inner-city Los Angeles results in a trip to England to try out for the Newcastle United soccer team."

Going for the Record by Julie A. Swanson
"Seventeen-year-old Leah's chance to make the national soccer team does not seem so important when she learns that her father has cancer and may only have months to live."

Home of the Braves by David Klass
"Eighteen-year-old Joe, captain of the soccer team, is dismayed when a hotshot player shows up from Brazil and threatens to take over both the team and the girl whom Joe hopes to date."

Pele:  his life and times by Harry Harris
"In this unprecedented look at the man behind the myth–Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele–Harris charts the rise of this small-town boy as he became a living soccer legend. "

Pretty Tough by Liz Tigelaar
"Two feuding sisters from Malibu, California, take their rivalry to the soccer field when both girls make the high school team."

Soccerhead:  an accidental journey into the heart of the America game by Jim Haner

Tangerine by Edward Bloor
"Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight."

The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams
"Dennis' life is boring and lonely. His mother left two years ago, his truck driver father is depressed, his brother is a bully and, worst of all, "no hugging" is one of their household rules. But one thing Dennis does have is soccer—he's the leading scorer on his team. Oh, and did we mention his secret passion for fashion?"

Reading List: Dystopia

Dystopia:  an imagined future in which a worst-case scenario is explored – the opposite of Utopia.

Feed by M.T. Anderson
Imagine a society dominated by the feed, an Internet/television hybrid that is directly hardwired into the brain.  Titus never questions his world, in which corporations dominate the information stream.  But everything changes when he and his pals travel to the moon for spring break.

Taken by Edward Bloor
In 2035 kidnapping rich children has become an industry, but when thirteen-year-old Charity Meyers is taken and held for ransom, she soon discovers that this particular kidnapping is not what it seems.

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

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.

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

Gone by Michael Grant
In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.  First in series.

Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Thirteen-year-old Bethany's parents have always been overprotective, but when they suddenly drop out of sight with no explanation, leaving her with an aunt she never knew existed, Bethany uncovers shocking secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.

Rash by Pete Hautman
Living in a future society that has decided it would "rather be safe than free", sixteen-year-old Bo's anger control problems land him a tundra jail where he survives with the help of his running skills and an artificial intelligence program named Bork.

The Carbon Diaries:  2015 by Saci Lloyd
In 2015, when England becomes the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic bid to combat climate change, sixteen-year-old Laura documents this first year as her family spirals out of control.  First in a series.

The Declaration by Gemma Malley
In 2140 England, where drugs enable people to live forever and children are illegal, teenaged Anna, an obedient "surplus" training to become a house servant, discovers that her birth parents are trying to find her.  First in series.

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.

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.  First in series.

The Last Book in the Universe by W.R. Philbrick
After an earthquake has destroyed much of the planet, an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz begins to heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to the Earth of a distant future.

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
In the distant future, when cities move around consuming smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answer in the perilous Out-County, aided by one girl and the memory of another.  First in series.

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
Fifteen-year-old Daisy runs away to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land.

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.

Memory Boy by Will Weaver
Sixteen-year-old Miles and his family must flee their Minneapolis home and begin a new life in the wilderness after a chain of cataclysmic volcanic explosions creates dangeroud conditions in their city.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous.  What could be wrong with that?  Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait.  Not for her license — for turning pretty.  In Tally's world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time.  In just a few weeks Tally will be there.  But Tally's new friend Shay isn't sure she wants to be pretty.  She'd rather risk life on the outside.  When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world-and it isn't very pretty.  The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine:  find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all.  The choice Tally makes changes her world forever.

The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn
In the near future, Kayla finds herself running for her life when she refuses to get the mandatory bar code tattoo on her seventeenth birthday – a decision that renders her a social outcast and places her family in grave danger.  First in series.

More Nominations for the Teens’ Top Ten

Here are more book nominations for the Teens’ Top Ten.  Voting starts online on August 23rd.

hush.jpg hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Nora ends up sitting next to Patch in biology.  Patch is a scary guy, a fallen angel, and he is shrouded in mystery.  But he has a knack for getting under Nora’s skin.  Many people seem to be out to get her and she is slowly starting to realize she is falling for Patch, even if he is trying to kill her.  For a teenspace book review click here.

Geektastic:  Stories from the Nerd Herd geek.jpg 
Anyone who has ever been labeled or proclaimed themselves to be “geeks” will fall to the floor laughing and fall in love with the many different short stories and illustrations by some of the top young adult authors.

dragon.jpg Dragonfly by Julia Golding
A princess from a country formed on rules is being forced to marry a prince from a different country who just likes to live life.  They dislike each other on sight – and then they are kidnapped.  Can they travel back home, through enemy territory, without strangling each other?

The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinksreformed.jpg
Grumpy vampire Nina is in a support group so that she doesn’t prey on humans.  But things start to look grimmer than ever when one of the vampires in the support group shows up dead.  Will Nina be able to get to the bottom of this crime before another vampire is attacked?

genius.jpg I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
A young boy (who happens to be an evil genius) wants to be student body president to attract his father/arch-nemesis’ attention.  After using his almost unlimited resources, he thinks he has the election in the bag, when suddenly everything goes wrong that no amount of money can fix.

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler twenty.jpg
Anna joins her best friend Frankie’s family for a beach vacation in California.  Frankie and Anna make a bet to attract 20 boys in 20 days.  Anna struggles with a painful secret and falls in love with Sam – and isn’t sure she can finish their bet.

witch.jpg Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
Siblings Whit and Wisty are suddenly prounounced a witch and a wizard by their oppressive government.  They are sent to prison, where they learn to use their powers with hopes to escape.

by.jpg By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
Daelyn Rice is determined to succeed in killing herself this time.  Using a website for “completers,” she reveals a history of bullying and torment that started in kindergarten.  One day, though, a boy sits with her as she is waiting to be picked up from school.  While she makes it known that she wants to be alone, he won’t give up on her.

Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce blood1.jpg
Beka has grown and needs to take on new assignments.  When her old partner gets hurt, she is sent out on a new type of mission.  Finding love and a culprit can be complicated in a big city – but nothing is too hard for the Terrier!

strange.jpg Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Dru’s family kills mythical creatures.  After a catastrophe befalls her parents, she wants revenge.  To find out what happened to her family, she’ll need to learn to trust others.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater shiver.jpg
Ever since being saved by a wolf as a child, Grace has been fascinated with the wolves around her Minnesota home.  But the wolves are becoming restless and need Grace’s help to save them.  One of the wolves takes human form and falls in love with Grace – but as the weather grows colder, he’ll turn back into wolf, likely forever.  Soon, he must make a life or death decision to stay with the one he loves.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa  (Sonoma County Library doesn’t own this title, but check back soon!)
Haruhi Suzumia is a high-school student who is bored by normal humans.  She wants something supernatural to happen, so she starts a club with a boy named Kyon.  Little does she know that everyone that signs up for her club is either a Time Traveler, Alien, or Esper.
leviathan.jpg Leviathan by Scott Westefeld
The prince of Austria-Hungary is on the run, his parents murdered.  Deryn Sharp is a girl who pretends to be a boy to live out her dream.  One chooses to go on an adventure; the other is forced into it.  The pair are on opposite sides but must work together to escape from German troops.

City of Fire by Laurence Yep city1.jpg
Twelve-year-old Scirye vows to avenge her sister’s death and reclaim a stolen treasure for her people by taking on the villainous dragon Badik and the strange Dr. Roland.  She and her companions travel to a Hawaiian island created by magic, where a goddess helps them in their quest to stop Dr. Roland from achieving a great power.

Thank you to YALSA for providing summaries. 

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2010 Teen’s Top Ten Nominations

Teens across the country made a list of nominations for this year's teen's top ten.  The list of nominations is being published now so teens can have a chance to read all the books so they can vote online between August 23rd and September 17th.  The top ten winners will be announced during Teen Read Week, October 17th through October 23rd.  For more information about Teen's Top Ten please visit YALSA's website.  Now for the nominations….drum roll please…. watersweet.jpg Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott Abisina is born into a colony of religious fanatics, where she is persecuted for her appearance, kept alive only because her mother is the healer.  But when a new leader arrives, he rids the colony of outcasts.  Abisina escapes and is rescued by some dwarves, who help her journey to Watersmeet to find her father. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson  winter.jpg Lia sees her eating disorder as a way to avoid so much:  her stepmother's pressure to be a role model for her new stepsister, her parents' divorce, her mother constantly hounding over her daughter's eating habits whenever she finds the time in the rest of her life.  But most importantly, she sees it as a means to escape the death of her best friend, the one she ignored the day she died from the same disease Lia is fighting herself. hate.jpg Hate List by Jennifer Brown Valerie and her boyfriend Nick are constantly picked on by other kids at Garvin High.  They write a Hate List, and Nick participates in a Columbine type killing.  Valerie survives and has to live with the consequences. Heist Society by Ally Carter heist.jpg Katarina is trying to get out of the family thievery business.  When her father is suspected of stealing a priceless art collection from an Italian mobster, she has to steal them back to save his life – and she has no idea where they are. fire.jpg Fire by Kristin Cashore Fire is a monster, quite literally.  She is extraordinarily beautiful and can control the minds of humans.  Soon she gets sucked into the kingdom's political turmoil and encounters everything from cold princess to brightly colored bunny rabbits.  This is the sequel to Cashore's Graceling. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare  city.jpg Clary must dig deep within herself to complete the journey into the unfamiliar in the name of family and love.  Clary goes to the City of Glass to try to save her mother – even though it may mean her own death.  This book is part of a series called Mortal instruments. roar1.jpg The Roar by Emma Clayton Mika's world appears to be based purely on mystery and lies, though he seems to be the only one who senses it.  After his sister vanishes and a new government program that targets children rises, Mika decides that the only hope of finding his sister may be in beating the government at their own game.  Teenspace wrote a review on this book!  Check it out here! Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins catching.jpg In the sequel to The Hunger Games, Katniss is faced with the challenges of being a victor of the Games, from keeping up the image of a romantic relationship with Peeta to trying to prevent any rioting in the other districts.  But when the Capitol announces a twist that will affect Katniss forever, will she be able to survive re-entering the world of the Games? along.jpg Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen College-bound Auden lets academics drive her entire life until she moves to a beach town for the summer to live with her father, stepmother, and newborn half-sister.  Slowly she learns to break out of her shell as she makes friends with the locals and falls for a trick bike rider. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher incarceron.jpg In a distant future, all the world's criminals are dumped in a vast, living prison called Incarceron, with live forests and mechanical animals, climate-controlled weather, and everlasting dark walls that stretch to nowhere.  Seventeen-year-old Finn believes he should not be there and must rely on help from the outside to escape. stay.jpg  If I Stay by Gayle Forman After a drive with her family, Mia wakes up to find the car in pieces and the bodies of her family by the side of the road.  She is in a coma, but she can see everything happening around her, almost as if she was a ghost.  With her family gone, Mia has to decide if she should stay among the living or if she should pass on.  One of our teen book reviewers reviewed this book.  Check out the review here.  Don't want to read the book?  Check out the audiobook! beautiful.jpg Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Lena isn't like the other girls in Gatlin, South Carolina.  She's as different from them as a person can get.  She is a Caster.  Ethan wants to be different.  He hates life in Gatlin.  So when he runs into Lena, almost literally, something just clicks.  Can an ancient curse, a shut-in uncle, and certain doom keep them apart?  Want to win a copy of this book?!?  Check out the contest details here!

More books tomorrow….

 The summaries of the books were provided by YALSA.

Winter Books

When its chilly outside the best thing to do is curl up inside with a good book.  So I decided to create a book list a winter theme.  Enjoy!

brian.jpg Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen

Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors   coffee.jpg

triple.jpg Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Elizabeth Gehrman

The Espressologist by Kristina Springer express.jpg

girl.jpg Girl Overboard by Justina Chen Headley

Season of Ice by Diane Les Becquets season.jpg

trap.jpg The Trap by John E. Smelcer

The White Gates by Bonnie Ramthum white.jpg

List! List! List!

It’s that time of year again!  People across the country are examining the books that were published in 2009 and making the “best of” lists.  Since we are about to embark on a new decade, there are lists for that too.  You may find something interesting to read on any of these lists.

Ten Most Underappreciated Teen Books of 2000-2009
This list is created by Reading Rants, a blog created by a teen librarian for teen readers. Favorite Books of the Year 2009
At teens review the books.  This list is the reviewers favorite books of 2009.

2009′s Best Young Adult Fiction (Mostly)
This list is generated by NPR.

Librarian Nancy Pearl’s 2009 Under-the-Radar Books
Nancy Pearl, a very well-known librarian, gives her top 2009 books.  Some books on this list are teen books!

Sometimes when you open a newspaper or listen to the news you hear nothing but depressing stories.  However, here is a list to make you smile.  The top 10 Happiest Endings from Newsweek.

And the Winners Are…

From August 24th to September 18th more than 11,000 teens voted on their favorite book of the year.  There are lots of great titles on this list but the winner is Paper Towns by John Green.  Here is the complete list of this year’s winners:

paper.jpg Paper Towns by John Green

breaking.jpg Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

hunger.jpg The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

city1.jpg City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

identical.jpg Identical by Ellen Hopkins

graveyard.jpg The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

wake.jpg Wake by Lisa McMann

untamed.jpg Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast

history.jpg The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

graceling.jpg Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Ghost Stories

Just in time for Halloween…Ghost Stories!

Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond
Thirteen-year-old Kit goes to live with his grandfather in the decaying coal mining town of Stoneygate, England, and finds both the old man and the town haunted by ghosts of the past.

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
After fifteen-year-old Chloe starts seeing ghosts and is sent to Lyle House, a mysterious group home for mentally disturbed teenagers, she soon discovers that neither Lyle House nor its inhabitants are exactly what they seem, and that she and her new friends are in danger.

The Presence by Eve Bunting
While visiting her grandmother in California, seventeen-year-old Catherine comes in contact with a mysterious stranger who says he can help her contact a friend who died in a car crash for which Catherine feels responsible.

All the Lovely Bad Ones:  a ghost story by Mary Downing Hahn
While spending the summer at their grandmother’s Vermont inn, two prankster siblings awaken young ghosts from the inn’s distant past who refuse to “rest in peace.”

A Stir of Bones by Nina Niriki Hoffman
After discovering the secrets that lie in an abandoned house, fourteen-year-old Susan Backstrom, with the help of some new friends, has the ability to make a safe, new life for herself.

Jade Green:  a ghost story by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
While living with her uncle in a house haunted by the ghost of a young woman, recently orphaned Judith Sparrow wonders if her one small transgression causes mysterious happenings.

Sweet Miss Honeywell’s Revenge by Kathryn Reiss
Just before her mother is to remarry and her stepfamily is set to move in, twelve-year-old Zibby gradually realizes that her antique dollhouse is haunted by ghosts, one of whom is out for revenge.

Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz
When six high school students sneak into an abandoned mental institution to make a film about their night there, they do not expect the inexplicable and terrifying events that keep occurring within the crumbling, maze-like building, causing them to question themselves and, ultimately, to make different choices about the course of their lives.

Being Dead:  stories by Vivian Vande Velde
Eerie short stories of ghosts and other haunted souls.

Restless:  a ghost story by Rich Wallace
Frank, a teenaged ghost who has not been able to move on to a higher realm in the afterlife, tries to connect with his younger brother Herbie, a high school senior who has eight year old when Frank died.

A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
After benignly haunting a series of people for 130 years, Helen meets a teenage boy who can see her and together they unlock the mysteries of their pasts.


Hobbies Anyone?

Do you like to knit?  Crochet?  Draw?  Here are some teen-friendly craft books that will help you get started or bring new life to your hobby.
Ready made:  how to make (almost everything)  by:  Shoshana Berger
Strike a Pose  by:  Karen Birkemoe
Um, like***om:  a girl goddess’s guide to yoga  by Evan Cooper
Yoga for Teens by Thia Luby
Teens Cook Dessert by Megan Carle
Second-time cool:  the art of chopping up a sweater by Linden Ivarsson
The Hip Handbag Book by Sherri Haab
Manga for the Beginner by Christopher Hart
The Cute Book
Charmed Knits:  projects for fans of Harry Potter by Alison Hansel
Knitgrrl:  learn to knit with 15 fun and funky patterns by Shannon Okey
Get Hooked:  simple steps to crochet cool stuff by Kim Werker
Anticraft:  Knitting, beading, and stitching for the slightly sinister by Renee Rigdon
Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden
CosmaGIRL!  Make it yourself:  50 fun and funky projects
Sneaky green uses for everyday things by Cy Tymony
Chic Sweats:  22 Ways to Transform and Restyle Your Sweatshirts by Carmen Webber

Do you have a title to suggest?  Please let us know!