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Did you know that we have a great selection of Young Adult books?  Did you also know that lots of adults read YA too? This ever-changing collection has tons of great reads!  If you’re looking for somewhere to start, we recommend checking out our YA Staff Pick Bookmarks (there are 2 so far), our Book Recommendation Pinterest board which incluces YA reading choices, and/or checking out YA award winning books which you can check out for free to see if it was worthy of winning an award.

And some other staff picks, all shelved in YA fiction:

Alanna* – Tamora Pierce (girl poses as boy to become a knight, talking cat)

Lonely Werewolf Girl – Martin Millar (what happens when a werewolf gets depressed)

Man Made Boy – Jon Skovron (Frankenstein’s son takes a roadtrip and invents the female version of Ultron)

Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman (the magical seedy underbelly of London and a poor guy who gets caught up in an assassination attempt)

Sabriel* – Garth Nix (girl has to rescue father and the kingdom from an army of the dead)

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green (heartbreaking, romantic, two teens with cancer setting out to accomplish a dream)

A Curse Dark as Gold – Elizabeth Bunce (an excellent retelling of Rumpelstiltskin)

Cinder* – Marissa Meyer (Cinderella is a cyborg, and it gets complicated)

Dealing with Dragons* – Patricia C. Wrede (a princess who wants no Prince Charming, and is her own hero)

The Goddess Test* – Aimee Carter (want to be the bride of Hades? There’s a series of tests for that)

Un Lun Dun – China Mieville (Alice in Wonderland meets Neverwhere… full of weird fun adventure and saving the world)

Evil Librarian – Michelle Knudson (school librarian is a demon and a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to save her bestie and the school)

Pushing the Limits* – Katie McGarry (trauma, romance, the typical life of a bad-thing-happened teen)

The Here and Now – Ann Brashares (she’s s time traveler who can’t break the rules for fear of disaster, but…)

Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld (sci-fi, girl posing as boy, princes, crazy adventure ensues)

Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell (friendship can change your life, especially in high school)

Throne of Glass* – Sarah J. Maas (female assassin, crazy competition, magic, craziness – the 2nd book is even better)

The Maze Runner* – James Dashner (boy has amnesia, dropped into the middle of a maze with crazy monsters, lots of running, think Lord of the Flies but better)

Divergent* – Veronica Roth (dystopian novel with 5 factions, crazy choices and training, adventure. May want to stop after the first or second novel to avoid the emotional drama of Allegiant)

City of Bones* – Cassandra Clare (girl meets demon, boy kills demon, girl’s mom is kidnapped, girl gets sucked into angel/demon war and has cool powers. Way better than the movie)

Mairelon the Magician – Patricia C. Wrede (not a romance, historical fiction, girl posing as boy, spies) – has a sequel

 

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It’s the end of the year, which means there are tons and tons of “Best Book” list variations coming out for 2014.  You’ve probably heard of some of the top picks this year like Station Eleven, Everything I Never Told You, All The Light I Cannot See, Redeployment… but it is hard to keep up when there are literally dozens, if not hundreds of lists.

Luckily, Penguin House Publishers has made it extremely easy to find all the top lists in one place: The Best of the Book Lists.  They’ll be continuously updating it, which makes it even better!

Check out some of 2014’s best today!

 

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Dame Judi Dench learns a poem or new word every day to keep her mind active.   Neuroscience shows that reading stimulates the brain and creates empathy in readers.  We challenge you to take what we’re calling the Judi Dench Challenge: read a new poem or book this week and give it your deep attention – it’s good for you!

We have several poetry books and collections, start around 811 in the stacks and browse.  You could also check out the Poem-A-Day website, which will deliver a poem everyday to your inbox (run by Poets.org).  In 813 there are short story collections if you’re in the mood for something short and sweet.  Or, try a novel in verse like The Marlowe Papers, Triangles,  or Only Revolutions to read something a little bit different.

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This October, our Staff Picks of the Week are all about spooktacular horror.

We have 4 new Spooky Staff Pick Bookmarks for you, available at the Circulation desk all month long to keep you in the Halloween spirit.

This week’s staff pick is anything by Joe Hill. Some recommendations of his work for you are NOS4A2, 20th Century Ghosts, and Heart-Shaped Box.  He also wrote Horns which has a movie coming out soon.

We have his works in multiple formats, so if you’re looking for large type or an audio book, check our catalog to see if we have it.


NOS4A2: A Novel

Joe Hill

Published: Apr 30, 2013 by William Morrow
Find in the Library



Horns: A Novel

Joe Hill

Published: Feb 16, 2010 by William Morrow
Find in the Library



20th Century Ghosts

Joe Hill

Published: Oct 04, 2007 by William Morrow
Find in the Library



Heart-shaped Box: A Novel

Joe Hill

Published: Feb 01, 2007 by William Morrow
Find in the Library


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Have you heard of All Hallows Read?  Started by Neil Gaiman (author of The Graveyard Book, Coraline, Stardust, Neverwhere, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and many more), it is the new literary Halloween tradition to give someone a scary book.  We love this idea, but also think it should be broadened to include reading a scary or spooky book, and we have plenty at the library!  Get in the spirit so you can recommend a scary story to your friends with confidence and try something new.

If you don’t know where to start, there are oodles of horror/scary/spooky book lists available on the internet.  We’ve gone through a bunch of these for you and created Staff Pick Spooky Bookmarks to give you some of the most popular in Children’s, Young Adult, and Adult Fiction.  These include classics like the works of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, as well as modern classics like Carrie, House of Leaves, Lockdown, Coraline, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies… and many more!  These bookmarks are located at the Circulation Desk, facing the Reference area.

If you want even more lists, here are some from around the internet:

-Common Sense Media has a list for kids and teens, graded by age

-Bookish‘s list of Scary Books for Every Reader

-Blog post by Gaming Angels includes a couple graphic novels as well – we have Locke and Key and The Walking Dead

-Highland Park Public Library‘s All Hallows Read list from 2011

-Tor’s All Hallows Read 2013 list

-All Hallows Read‘s own recommendations page with links to all sorts of lists, including recommendations from Neil Gaiman himself

If scary isn’t your thing, don’t worry.  We have plenty of other books for you, and other Staff Pick Bookmarks!

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