Posted in Uncategorized

Program Spotlight: Teen Advisory Group

New year, new programs! In 2018, the teen services department will be adding new regular programming for anyone in 6th grade to 12th grade, as well as continuing the programs that our teens have enjoyed over the past year. As we count down to the New Year, we’ll be highlighting these new programs with our Program Spotlight.

For today’s program, we’ll be taking a look at an opportunity for you to earn some community service hours at the library: the Teen Advisory Group.

Continue reading “Program Spotlight: Teen Advisory Group”

Posted in Uncategorized

Program Spotlight: Fanfiction Club

New year, new programs! In 2018, the teen services department will be adding new regular programming for anyone in 6th grade to 12th grade, as well as continuing the programs that our teens have enjoyed over the past year. As we count down to the New Year, we’ll be highlighting these new programs with our Program Spotlight.

Today, let’s discuss our latest literary inclusion: Fanfiction Club.

Continue reading “Program Spotlight: Fanfiction Club”

Posted in Uncategorized

Program Spotlight: Tabletoppers

New year, new programs! In 2018, the teen services department will be adding new regular programming for anyone in 6th grade to 12th grade, as well as continuing the programs that our teens have enjoyed over the past year. As we count down to the New Year, we’ll be highlighting these new programs with our Program Spotlight.

Today, we’re taking a look at our first new program of 2018: Tabletoppers.

Continue reading “Program Spotlight: Tabletoppers”

Posted in Gaming, Teen Events, Teen Programming, Video Games, Wii U

Program Spotlight: Button Mashers

New year, new programs! In 2018, the teen services department will be adding new regular programming for anyone in 6th grade to 12th grade, as well as continuing the programs that our teens have enjoyed over the past year. As we count down to the New Year, we’ll be highlighting these new programs with our Program Spotlight.

First up, we have a returning program: Button Mashers.

Continue reading “Program Spotlight: Button Mashers”

Posted in Uncategorized

New Books This Week (December 26th, 2017)

We hope you all had a lovely holiday! This is the last crop of books for 2017, but don’t be afraid: we have many more coming in the New Year.

As always, click the book’s title to be brought to our catalog, where you can check its availability and place it on hold.



The Speaker, by Traci Chee.The Speaker, by Traci Chee.
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2017.

“Five days have passed since Sefia and Archer escaped the Guard, since they learned the awful truth about Sefia’s parents and shared one unforgettable kiss. Hiding in the Delienean forest, Sefia and Archer tend to their wounds while they desperately plan their next move. They don’t have much time—the Guard is coming, and they will stop at nothing until they have Sefia, the Book and Archer back in their clutches.

“His memory and voice now restored, Archer is haunted by terrible nightmares of his time with the impressors, memories that feed his desire for vengeance and birth a vow to hunt every last one and free all the boys they hold captive.

“Together, Archer and Sefia travel across Deliene battling impressors and rescuing boys—soldiers to follow Archer into battle. But with each victory, Archer’s thirst for violence only grows, transforming him from the gentle boy Sefia loves to a coldhearted killer. In turn, Sefia is consumed with the Book’s many secrets… about her parents, the Guard and their plans for Archer. Could he be the boy from the legends? The one destined to die in a bloody war? What the Book finally reveals leaves Sefia with no other choice… she will protect Archer at all costs. Even if it means losing the only person left to love her.” From the publisher.


The November Girl, by Lydia Kang.The November Girl, by Lydia Kang.
Entangled Teen, 2017.

“I am Anda, and the lake is my mother. I am the November storms that terrify sailors and sink ships. With their deaths, I keep my little island on Lake Superior alive.

“Hector has come here to hide from his family until he turns eighteen. Isle Royale is shut down for the winter, and there’s no one here but me. And now him.

“Hector is running from the violence in his life, but violence runs through my veins. I should send him away, to keep him safe. But I’m half human, too, and Hector makes me want to listen to my foolish, half-human heart. And if I do, I can’t protect him from the storms coming for us.” From the publisher.


The Big Lie, by Julie Mayhew.The Big Lie, by Julie Mayhew.
Candlewick Press, 2015.

“Jessika Keller is a good girl.

“She is a champion ice-skater, model student of the Bund Deutscher Mädel, and dutiful daughter of the Greater German Reich.

“Her best friend, Clementine, is not so submissive. Passionately different, Clem is outspoken, dangerous, and radical. And the regime has noticed.

“Jess cannot keep both her perfect life and her dearest friend, her first love. But which can she live without?” From the publisher.


Radio Silence, by Alice Oseman.Radio Silence, by Alice Oseman.
Harper Teen, 2017.

“Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying. When she’s not studying, she’s up in her room making fan art for her favorite podcast, Universe City.

“Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As. But no one knows he’s the creator of Universe City, who goes by the name Radio Silence.

“When Frances gets a message from Radio Silence asking if she’ll collaborate with him, everything changes. Frances and Aled spend an entire summer working together and becoming best friends. They get each other when no one else does.

“But when Aled’s identity as Radio Silence is revealed, Frances fears that the future of Universe City—and their friendship—is at risk. Aled helped her find her voice. Without him, will she have the courage to show the world who she really is? Or will she be met with radio silence?” From the publisher.


I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika Sanchez.I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika L. Sanchez.
Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.

“Julia: definitely not your perfect Mexican daughter. She has big dreams of being a writer, and she refuses to allow her family’s expectations to derail her plans.

“Olga: Julia’s older sister, who was the perfect Mexican daughter. She went to community college, worked a part-time job, and took care of her parents—until an accident left her dead, and eternally perfect.

“Connor: a white boy from Evanston, who can’t possibly understand Julia’s world but wants to be a part of it anyway.

“Angie: Olga’s best friend, who lets slip that there might have been more to Olga than everyone thought.

“Lorena: Julie’s best friend—and polar opposite. She doesn’t believe that Olga could have kept any secrets. But she’ll stick with Julia along the way.

“And seriously, how on earth can Julie fall in love or find the truth under the never-blinking eyes of her parents?” From the publisher.


Dear Martin, by Nic Stone.Dear Martin, by Nic Stone.
Crown Books for Young Readers, 2017.

“Justyce McAllister is top of his class at Braselton Prep, captain of the debate team, and set for an Ivy League school next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He’s eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident rattles him. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his new classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.

“Justyce has studied the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do they hold up now? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

“Then Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the furyt of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.” From the publisher.



Eyes of the World, by Marc Aronson & Marina Budhos.Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism, by Marc Aronson & Marina Budhos.
Henry Holt & Company, 2017.

“Robert Capa and Gerda Taro were young Jewish refugees, idealistic and in love. As photographers in the 1930s, they set off to capture their generation’s most important struggle—the fight against fascism. Among the first to depict modern warfare, Capa, Taro, and their friend Chim took powerful photographs of the Spanish Civil War that went straight from the action to news magazines. They brought a human face to war with their iconic shots of a loving couple resting, a wary orphan, and, always, more and more refugees—people driven from their homes by bombs, guns, and planes.

“Today, our screens are flooded with images from around the world. But Capa and Taro were pioneers, bringing home the crises and dramas of their time—and helping give birth to the idea of bearing witness through technology.

“With a cast of characters ranging from Langston Hughes and George Orwell to Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway, and packed with dramatic photos, posters, and cinematic magazine layouts, here is Capa and Taro’s riveting, tragic, and ultimately inspiring story.” From the publisher.


School of Awake, by Kidada Jones.School of Awake: A Girl’s Guide to the Universe, by Kidada Jones.
New World Library, 2017.

“Do you believe in wishes?

“Did you know you are made of stardust?

“Have you ever been curious about how you fit into this big old universe?

“Kidada Jones invites you to join School of Awake, where you will explore our amazing world while getting to know and love your authentic self. Kidada understands the challenges you face and offers dozens of ways to keep it real and navigate the world without losing sight of what’s important. Experience the light within you through colorful illustrations, fun facts, mystical, heart-centered activities, and timeless wisdom.” From the publisher.


Headstrong, by Rachel Swaby.Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science—and the World, by Rachel Swaby.
Broadway Books, 2015.

“In 2013, the New York Times published an obituary for Yvonne Brill. It began: ‘She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job, and took eight years off from work to raise three children.’ It wasn’t until the second paragraph that readers discovered why the New York Times had devoted several hundred words to her life: Brill was a brilliant rocket scientist who invented a propulsion system to keep communications satellites in orbit, and she had recently been awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Among the questions the obituary—and consequent outcry—prompted were, Who are the role models for today’s female scientists, and where can we find the stories that cast them in their true light?

Headstrong delivers a powerful, global, and engaging response. Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby’s vibrant profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one’s ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they’re best known. This fascinating tour reveals these fifty-two women at their best—while encouraging and inspiring a new generation of girls to put on their lab coats.” From the publisher.



Symphony for the City of the Dead, by M.T. Anderson.Symphony for the City of the Dead, by M.T. Anderson.
Candlewick Press, 2015.

“In September of 1941, Adolf Hitler’s Wehrmacht surrounded Leningrad. Thus began one of the longest and most destructive sieges in Western history—two and a half years of bombardment and starvation. Desperate citizens burned books, furniture, and floorboards to keep warm; they ate family pets and—eventually—even one another to stay alive. More than a million perished.

Symphony for the City of the Dead is the impeccably researched and thrillingly told true story of composer Dmitri Shostakovich, trapped between the Nazi invading force and the Soviet government, and the symphony he wrote to rouse, rally, eulogize, and commemorate the people of his city. The Leningrad Symphony was copied onto microfilm, driven across the Middle East, and flown over the deserts of North Africa to be performed in the United States, playing a surprising role in strengthening the Grand Alliance against the Axis powers.” From the publisher.


Steve Jobs, by Karen Blumenthal.Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different, by Karen Blumenthal.
Square Fish, 2012.

“From the start, his path was never predictable. Steve Jobs was given up for adoption at birth, he dropped out of college after one semester, and at the age of twenty-one, he created Apple in his parents’ garage with his friend Steve Wozniak. Quickly rising to the top of his industry, Jobs pushed all boundaries and cultivated what became the intrinsic hallmark of his genius—his perfectionism, taste, and design style. But soon after success, Jobs was fired from the top spot of his own company. Finding himself a beginner again, Jobs entered into one of the most creative periods of his life. Through Pixar, the iPod, and the iPhone, Jobs revolutionized the major industries of movies, music, and phones. An avid seeker of disciplines of the mind and body, he battled cancer for nearly a decade, because the ultimate CEO, and made the world want every product he touched.” From the publisher.


Alexander Hamilton, by Martha Brockenbrough.Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary, by Martha Brockenbrough.
A Feiwel and Friends Book, 2017.

“He was born out of wedlock on a small island in the West Indies and orphaned as a teenager. From these inauspicious circumstances, he rose to a position of power and influence in colonial America.

“Discover this founding father’s true story: his brilliant scholarship and military career; his groundbreaking and enduring policy, which shapes American government today; his salacious and scandalous personal life; his heartrending end.

“Richly informed by Hamilton’s own writing, with archival artwork and new illustrations, this is an in-depth biography of an extraordinary man.” From the publisher.


How Dare the Sun Rise, by Sandra Uwiringiyimana.How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child, by Sandra Uwiringiyimana.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2017

“Sandra Uwiringiyimana was ten years old when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head. The rebels had come at night—wielding weapons, torches, and machetes. She had watched as her mother and six-year-old sister were gunned down in a refugee camp, far from their home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The rebels were killing people who weren’t from the same tribe.

“‘Good-bye, life,’ she said to the man ready to shoot her.

“Remarkably, the rebel didn’t pull the trigger, and Sandra escaped into the night.

“Thus began a new life for her and her surviving family members. With no home and no money, they struggled to stay alive. Eventually, through a United Nations refugee program, they moved to America, only to face yet another ethnic disconnect. Sandra may have crossed an ocean, but there was now a much wider divide she had to overcome. And it started with middle school in New York.

“In this profoundly moving memoir, Sandra tells the inspiring story of her survival, of finding her place in a new country, and of her hope for the future. How Dare the Sun Rise shows an unrelenting strength of one incredible young woman and her family, unveiling how she’d found a way to give voice to her people and begin the path to healing through art and activism.” From the publisher.


Graphic Novels

The Gods Lie, by Kaori Ozaki.The Gods Lie, by Kaori Ozaki.
Vertical Comics, 2016.

“Natsuru Nanao, a 6th grader who lives alone with his mother, strikes up an unlikely friendship with the reserved and driven Rio Suzumura. Natsuru plays hookey from soccer campthat summer, and instead of telling the truth to his mother, he spends all his time with Rio and her kid brother at their rickety house, where a dark secret threatens to upend their fragile happiness.” From the publisher.


Cast No Shadow, by Nick Tapalansky.Cast No Shadow, by Nick Tapalansky.
First Second, 2017.

“Greg has lived in Lancaster his whole life. The town’s always had its quirks, and being born without a shadow means he’s counted among them. But quirky doesn’t even begin to describe what he finds in the abandoned mansion just outside of town—try ‘smart, beautiful, funny, and man, she totally gets me.’ The house’s one resident, a teenager named Eleanor, is the girl of Greg’s dreams. Swoon!

“Oh, and did we mention she’s a ghost? Because, yeah, Eleanor is definitely dead.

“Unfortunately, their budding romance unleashes an ominous danger that threatens his hometown and everyone he cares about. How can Greg save Lancaster with the town’s past—and his own—threatening to pull him and Eleanor apart permanently?

“And more importantly, what kind of future does he have with a girl who died eighty years in the past?” From the publisher.

Posted in Uncategorized

New Books This Week (December 18th, 2017)

It’s cold, it’s snowy, it’s a good time to curl up with a book. Check out these new arrivals in the teen area, and don’t forget to click the titles to see them in our catalog!



Scowler, by Daniel Kraus.Scowler, by Daniel Kraus.
Ember, 2013.

“Imagine your father is a monster. Would that mean there are monsters inside you, too?

“Nineteen-year-old Ry Burke, his mother, and his little sister eke out a living on their dying family farm. Ry wishes for anything to distract him from the grim memories of his father’s physical and emotional abuse. Then a meteor falls from the sky, bringing with it not only a fragment from another world but also the arrival of a ruthless man intent on destroying the entire family. Ry is forced to defend himself by resurrecting a trio of imaginary childhood protectors, but can he save his family?” From the publisher.



The Enlightened College Applicant, by Andrew Belasco & Dave Bergman.The Enlightened College Applicant: A New Approach to the Search and Admissions Process, by Andrew Belasco & Dave Bergman.
Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.

“College applicants and their families often find themselves lost, adrift in a sea of information overload. Finally, a worthy life preserver has arrived. The Enlightened College Applicant presents a no-nonsense account of how students should approach the college search and admissions process. Instead of providing recycled entrance statistics or anecdotal generalizations about campus life, Andrew Belasco and Dave Bergman incorporate cutting-edge data and research that covers critical topics such as whether college prestige really matters, how to maximize your college admission prospects, which schools and degrees provide the best return on investment, and much more.” From the publisher.


Graphic Novels

Star Wars: Screaming Citadel, by Kieron Gillen & Jason Aaron.Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel, by Kieron Gillen & Jason Aaron.
Marvel Worldwide, Inc., 2017.

“A rebel pilot and a rogue archaeologist delve into the darkest shadows of the galaxy side by side, as Luke Skywalker reluctantly teams up with Doctor Aphra! The not-so-good Doctor will make Luke an offer he can’t afford to pass up…one that leads him to a very rare gathering at the heart of the infamous Screaming Citadel! Will Luke find what he’s looking for? Can Aphra be trusted? Or will they both wind up victims of the Citadel’s queen? And as this unlikely duo steps right into the lair of one of the most powerful, reclusive and dangerous women in the galaxy, can Han and Leia be far behind them? COLLECTING: STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA 7-8, STAR WARS 31-32, STAR WARS: THE SCREAMING CITADEL 1.” From Goodreads.

Check this one out if seeing The Last Jedi left you hungry for more adventures from your favorite galaxy far, far away. Or, check it out if you haven’t gotten to see the movie yet and want to fill the void until you get the chance.


Battle Angel Alita vol. 1, by Yukito Kishiro.Battle Angel Alita, vol. 1, by Yukito Kishiro.
Kodansha Comics, 2017.

“Treasure amid the trash.

“Far beneath the shimmering space-city of Zalem lie the trash-heaps of The Scrapyard… Here, cyber-doctor and bounty hunter Daisuke Ido finds the head and torso of an amnesiac cyborg girl. He names her Alita and vows to fill her life with beauty, but in a moment of desperation, a fragment of Alita’s mysterious past awakens in her. She discovers that she possesses uncanny prowess in the legendary martial art known as panzerkunst. With her newfound skills, Alita decides to become a hunter-warrior—tracking down and taking out those who prey on the weak. But can she hold onto her humanity in the dark and gritty world of The Scrapyard?

“Soon to be a major Hollywood motion picture!” From the publisher.

Posted in New, Teens, Uncategorized

New Books This Week (December 11th, 2017)

Looks like winter’s here for real! Cozy up with some of the library’s newest arrivals in the teen section ahead of the holidays. After all, spending time with your family can be… yeah.

Remember that you can click on the link in the title of each book to be taken directly to our catalog, where you can see if the book is available and put yourself on hold for it.


Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate.Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate.
Feiwel and Friends, 2017.

“Trees can’t tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories…

“Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree”—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood.

“You might say Red has seen it all.

“Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.

“Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, this is Katherine Applegate at her very best—writing from her heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.” From the publisher.


Girls Made of Snow and Glass, by Melissa Bashardoust.Girls Made of Snow and Glass, by Melissa Bashardoust.
Flatiron Books, 2017.

“Sixteen-year-old Mina is motherless, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone. In fact, her heart has never beat at all, but she’d always thought that was normal. Mina never guessed that her father had cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: Win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

“Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: A magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s orders. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce, regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known, or else defeat her. Only one can win all, while the other loses everything—unless they can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.” From the publisher.


Far from the Tree, by Robin Benway.Far from the Tree, by Robin Benway.
HarperTeen, 2017.

“Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After getting pregnant at sixteen and putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family and finds an older brother and younger sister. But she struggles to find the balance between her cautious joy at discovering two brand-new family members and the gaping loneliness that lingers in the space her daughter once held.

Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. When her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.

Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, has no interest in bonding over their shared loss of a biological mother. After all, he is the only one of the three who was never adopted. And seventeen years in the foster care system have taught him his secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, tight to his chest where they can’t hurt anyone but him.

“Robin Benway’s beautiful interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms—how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love.” From the publisher.


Goldeline, by Jimmy Cajoleas.Goldeline, by Jimmy Cajoleas.
Harper, 2017.

“In the wild, free woods of the Hinterlands, where magic is as real as stories are, there lives a girl named Goldeline. Goldeline has hair as white as summer snow and gold-flecked eyes, and she travels from camp to camp with Gruff and his bandits, getting by on the things they steal from carriages that pass through the woods.

“But someone is after Goldeline. The Preacher—the man who wants to cleanse the Hinterlands of anyone who’s different, the man who turned the Townies against Goldeline’s momma for being a witch—thinks that Goldeline must be a witch, too.

“Now Goldeline will have to summon all the courage and magic she got from her momma to escape the Preacher, save her friends, and maybe, if she’s lucky, find a place to call home.” From the publisher.


The Fever Code, by James Dashner.The Fever Code, by James Dashner.
Delacorte Press, 2016.

“Once there was a world’s end. The forests burned, the lakes and rivers died up, and the oceans swelled.

“Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man.

“Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy.

“The boy’s name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze.

“Now there are secrets. There are lies.

“And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen.

“This is the story of that boy, Thomas, and how he built a maze that only he could tear down.” From the publisher.


Game Change, by Joseph Monninger.Game Change, by Joseph Monninger.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.

“Seventeen-year-old Zeb Holloway works in his uncle’s auto repair shop and spends his weekends hunting in New Hampshire’s backwoods. He’s a quarterback on his high school’s undefeated football team, but he never plays. Why would he when T. T. Munroe—a walking, talking highlight reel—is around? That is, until T.T.’s injured a week before the state championship game.

“Now Zeb’s tapped to start. As he assumes the role of QB and team leader, it feels like the entire town is watching. Girls want to talk to him and adults want to shake his hand. When a college recruiter says Zeb could have a future beyond his small New Hampshire town, he realizes there’s a bigger life out there for him… if he can play his heart out. Set over the course of seven fateful days, Game Change is a powerful story about a boy on the brink of adulthood.” From the publisher.


Final Fall, by Heather Petty.Final Fall, by Heather W. Petty.
Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2017.

“Mori is out for revenge. Imprisoned in the English countryside, with her brothers held as leverage, she’s never felt angrier or more helpless. When an opportunity for escape arises, Mori takes it and flees back to the streets of London, where she is finally able to plot the demise of her recently freed father and his cohorts.

“But after a bittersweet reunion with Lock, she discovers that he may not be the ally he once was. In the face of blackmail, threats, and Lock’s noble attempts to thwart her crusade, Mori has an impossible decision to make.

“Can Mori wash the blood from her hands and walk away? Or will her final fall from grace be the end of everyone she loves?” From the publisher.



Bootleg, by Karen Blumenthal.Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition, by Karen Blumenthal.
Roaring Books Press, 2011.

“Enter an unforgettable decade in American history when gangsters ruled, everyone broke the law, and an unusual constitutional amendment made alcohol illegal.

“For more than a decade starting in 1920, millions of regular Americans ignored the law of the land. Parents became bootleggers, kids smuggled illegal alcohol, and outlaws became celebrities. It wasn’t supposed to be that way, of course. When Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment, prohibiting the sale and manufacture of alcohol in the United States, supporters believed it would create a better, stronger nation. Instead, it began an era of lawlessness, when famous gangsters like Al Capone rose to fame, and many reconsidered their concept of right and wrong. This is the story of those nearly fourteen years in American history—the story of prohibition.” From the publisher.


Undefeated, by Steve Sheinkin.Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team, by Steve Sheinkin.
Roaring Books Press, 2017.

“Jim Thorpe: super athlete, Olympic gold medalist, Native American. Pop Warner: indomitable coach, football mastermind, Ivy League grad.

“Before these men became legends, they met in 1907 at the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania, where they forged one of the winningest teams in the history of America’s favorite sport. Called ‘the team that invented football,’ Carlisle’s innovative squad challenged the greatest, most elite teams—Harvard, Yale, Army—audaciously vowing to take their place among the nation’s football powers.

“This is an astonishing underdog sports story—and more. It’s an unflinching look at the U.S. government’s violent persecution of Native Americans and the school that was designed to erase Indian cultures. It’s the story of a group of young men who came together at that school, the overwhelming obstacles they faced both on and off the field, and their absolute refusal to accept defeat.” From the publisher.


Graphic Novels

Lighter Than My Shadow, by Katie Green.Lighter Than My Shadow, by Katie Green.
Roar, 2017.

“Like many kids, Katie was a picky eater. She’d sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, listen to parental threats that she’d have to eat it for breakfast.

“But in any life a set of circumstances can collide and normal behavior might soon slip into something sinister, something deadly.

Lighter Than My Shadow is a hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness, an exposure of those who are so weak they prey on the weak, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure toward happiness.” From the publisher.


Rise of the Dungeon Master, by David Kushner.Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D, by David Kushner.
Nation Books, 2017.

Rise of the Dungeon Master tells, in graphic form, the story of Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, one of the most influential games ever made. Like the game itself, the narrative casts the reader into the adventure from a first person point of view, taking on the roles of the different characters in the story.

“Gygax was the son of immigrants who grew up in Lake Geneva, WI, in the 1950s. An imaginative misfit, he escaped into a virtual world based on science fiction novels, military history and strategic games like chess. In the mid-1970s, he co-created the wildly popular Dungeons & Dragons game, determining the rules and inventing the signature 20-sided dice. Starting out in the basement of his home, he was soon struggling to keep up with the demand. Gygax was a purist, in the sense that he was adamant that players use their imaginations and that the rules of the game remain flexible. A creative mind with no real knowledge of business, he made some strategic errors and had a falling out with the game’s co-creator, his close friend and partner, David Arneson. 

“By the late 1970s the game had become so popular among kids that parents started to worry—so much so that a mom’s group was formed to alert parents to the dangers of role play and fantasy. The backlash only fueled the fires of the young fans who continued to play the game, escaping into imaginary worlds. Before long, D&D conventions were set up around the country and the game inspired everything from movies to the first video games. With D&D, Gygax created the kind of role playing fantasy that would fuel the multibillion dollar video game industry, and become a foundation of contemporary geek culture.” From Goodreads.