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In honor of Banned Books Week, which starts tomorrow, every Staff Pick of the Week this month will feature Banned Books.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books that people have attempted to ban, but we believe you should choose what you read – not someone else.  Young Adult books seem to be the highest targeted, but there is attempted censorship in every genre.

Here we list some absolutely wonderful Young Adult books that are on ‘popular banned lists’ that are not also listed on the month’s new Staff Pick Banned Books Young Adult Bookmarks (there are 3).  Please note that this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg.  Find out more at Banned Books Week’s official page.

Banned books are books that have been removed from the shelves of a library, bookstore, or classroom due to controversial content.  A book may be challenged (an attempt to ban) or banned on political, religious, sexual, or social grounds. The acts of banning or challenging a book are a serious matter, because these are forms of censorship which strike at our freedom to read.


Marked: A House of Night Novel

P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast

Published: May 01, 2007 by St. Martin's Griffin
Find in the Library



Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell

Published: Feb 26, 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
Find in the Library



Neverwhere: A Novel

Neil Gaiman

Published: Aug 21, 2003 by Avon
Find in the Library


44184 Monster by Walter Dean Myers

231804   The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

46777   Tithe by Holly Black

375802  Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

334123  The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud (we also have the graphic novel!)

 

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The Young Adult August calendar is now available online! Check it out and sign up for some of our great events now, before they fill up.  We have tie die, book bingo, jewelry making and more!

Have you met your summer reading goals yet? If not, maybe you should check out some of these retellings of classic and/or fairy tales.  There are many more not on these lists, can you name any?

14 YA Retellings of Literary Classics

162 YA Retellings of Classic Literature and Fairy Tales

11 Adult Classic Retellings

Fairy Tale Retellings

 

 

 

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This week’s staff pick of the week is The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.  A mildly futuristic fantasy that our staff member wasn’t sure they’d like, but they were “ensnared” after the first few pages.  An excellent novel about a strong young woman trying to figure out who she is and how to fix a kingdom.  There are thieves, assassins, kidnappings… and no romance.  The first of a trilogy, this was a great read, and it’s already been optioned into a movie.

“Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret by foster parents after her mother – Queen Elyssa, as vain as she was stupid – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s 19th birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – each pledged to defend the queen to the death – arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding…

And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, earn the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea’s story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance – it’s about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

 


The Queen Of The Tearling: A Novel

Erika Johansen

Published: Jun 26, 2014 by Harper
Find in the Library


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2013 was a phenomenal year for books, and there are a lot of “best of 2013” lists.  If you don’t know what to read this summer, why don’t you check out one of last year’s best?

Andrew Carnegie Medal Shortlist & Similar Works

Best of the Best Books List: 2013 Critics’ Top Picks from TheDailyBeast.com

The Best New Books of 2013 from Barnes and Noble

NPR’s Book Concierge

You can also look at our Staff Pick of the Week Blog Posts (collected here on Facebook) or Bookmarks when you visit the library!

Don’t forget that everything you read counts towards our Summer Reading program!

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This week’s staff pick is “Fortune’s Pawn” by Rachel Bach, a sci-fi adventure that kicks off the Paradox trilogy- all of which are published, so you can read them all now instead of waiting for a couple years.  A few of our staff members have read this series and absolutely, completely love it.  If you take this to the beach, make sure you have an umbrella because you may forget to reapply your sunscreen because you’re so engrossed.

“Devi Morris isn’t your average mercenary. She has plans. Big ones. And a ton of ambition. It’s a combination that’s going to get her killed one day – but not just yet. 

That is, until she just gets a job on a tiny trade ship with a nasty reputation for surprises. The Glorious Fool isn’t misnamed: it likes to get into trouble, so much so that one year of security work under its captain is equal to five years everywhere else. With odds like that, Devi knows she’s found the perfect way to get the jump on the next part of her Plan. But the Fool doesn’t give up its secrets without a fight, and one year on this ship might be more than even Devi can handle.

If Sigouney Weaver in Alien met Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica, you’d get Deviana Morris — a hot new mercenary earning her stripes to join an elite fighting force. Until one alien bite throws her whole future into jeopardy.”–Summary taken from Goodreads.com


Fortune's Pawn

Rachel Bach

Published: Nov 05, 2013 by Orbit
Find in the Library


 

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