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Teens’ Top Ten books are here!

TeensTopTen_logoThe Teens’ Top Ten picks are here! The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year, so they’re YA books chosen by teens for teens! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. You can learn more about the award here.

Check on any of the images below to access the title in our catalog. Books are listed alphabetically by author. Click here for a list containing a short synopsis of each book.

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(More) New Books for May! Part IV

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Check out our newest titles! Click on the book cover or on the title to access the record in our catalog.

Fireworks, by Katie Cotugno. A girl competes with her best friend to become the newest pop star of the late-1990s boy-and-girl band craze, triggering drama and romance along the way. By the best-selling author of 99 Days. Read the Publisher’s Weekly review here.

 

http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93224 In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives, by Kenneth C. Davis. Here are the stories of five enslaved people who witnessed the birth of America: Billy Lee, valet to George Washington; Ona Judge, who escaped from Martha Washington; Isaac Granger, servant of Thomas Jefferson; Paul Jennings, who witnessed the War of 1812 in James Madison’s White House; and Alfred Jackson, “owned” by Andrew Jackson. These true stories explore our country’s great, tragic contradiction–that a nation “conceived in liberty” was also born in shackles. In this lavishly designed, fully illustrated edition, these five dramatic narratives, accessibly told and with primary sources where possible, will bust myths and help set the sanitized historical record straight. Read the BookPage review here.

http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93237  The Stone Heart (The Nameless City, vol. 2)  by Faith Erin Hicks. Kaidu and Rat have only just recovered from the assassination attempt on the General of All Blades when more chaos breaks loose in the Nameless City: deep conflicts within the Dao nation are making it impossible to find a political solution for the disputed territory of the City itself. To complicate things further, Kaidu is fairly certain he’s stumbled on a formula for the lost weapon of the mysterious founders of the City. . . . But sharing it with the Dao military would be a complete betrayal of his friendship with Rat. Can Kai find the right solution before the Dao find themselves at war? Read the Kids Book Buzz review here.

http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/89020The Girls in the Garden, by Lisa Jewell. Deep in the heart of London, in a lush communal square, as a festive garden party is taking place, a thirteen year-old girl lies unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner. What really happened to her? And who is responsible? For fans of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes comes a family drama with a dark mystery at its core. Read the Publisher’s Weekly review here.

 

 

 

http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93206 Bang, by Barry Lyga. Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one–not even Sebastian himself–can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father’s gun.
Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend–Aneesa–to distract him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt the pain of his past. Because Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his childhood crime and sanctify his past. It took a gun to get him into this. Now he needs a gun to get out. Read the TeenReads review here.

http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93239  This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration, by Lina Barrett Osborne. This book explores the way government policy and popular responses to immigrant groups evolved throughout U.S. history, particularly between 1800 and 1965. The book concludes with a summary of events up to contemporary times, as immigration again becomes a hot-button issue. Includes an author’s note, bibliography, and index. Read the Publisher’s Weekly review here.

 

http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93216  Gem & Dixie, by Sara Zarr. Gem has never known what it is to have security. She’s never known an adult she can truly rely on. But the one constant in her life has been Dixie. Gem grew up taking care of her sister when no one else could: not their mother, whose issues make it hard for her to keep food on the table, and definitely not their father, whose intermittent presence is the only thing worse than his frequent absence. Even as Gem and Dixie have grown apart, they’ve always had each other. When their dad returns home for the first time in years and tries to insert himself back into their lives, Gem finds herself with an unexpected opportunity: three days with Dixie–on their own in Seattle and beyond. But this short trip soon becomes something more, as Gem discovers that to save herself, she may have to sever the one bond she’s tried so hard to keep. Read the Publisher’s Weekly starred review here.

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New Books for May! Part III

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The Upside of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli. Avoiding relationships to protect her sensitive heart, plus-sized Molly supports her once-cynical twin, Cassie, when the latter has her own bout of lovesickness, a situation that is complicated by sibling dynamics and an unexpected romantic triangle. Read National Public Radio (NPR) review here.

Tell Me Three Things, by Julie Buxbaum. Struggling to acclimate after moving from Chicago to Los Angeles, high school junior Jessie receives an offer of assistance from an anonymous person through email who becomes her confidante and ally and who Jessie wishes she could meet in person. Read the Kirkus review here.

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers, by Deborah Heiligman. Examines the relationship between brothers Theo and Vincent van Gogh, showing how Theo supported the painter throughout his creative and interpersonal struggles. Read the starred School Library Journal review here.

Mars One, by Jonathan Maberry. When his family is chosen for a first mission to colonize Mars, 16-year-old Tristan reluctantly says goodbye to his girlfriend before the sabotaging acts of a terrorist group make him question the mission’s purpose. Read the Kirkus review here.

Geekerella, by Ashley Poston.

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.
 
Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first. Read Publishers Weekly review here.

Love & Gelato, by Jenna Evans Welch. Reluctantly spending the summer in Tuscany in order to fulfill her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her absent father, Lina is inspired to follow in her mother’s footsteps after reading her journal and, in the process, uncovers a long-hidden secret. Read the Kirkus review here.

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New Titles for May! Part II

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The Dead Inside: A True Story, by Cyndy Etler.

Cyndy Etler’s gripping memoir gives readers a glimpse into the harrowing reality of her sixteen months in the notorious “tough love” program the ACLU called “a concentration camp for throwaway kids.”

“I never was a bada$$. Or a slut, a junkie, a stoner, like they told me I was. I was just a kid looking for something good, something that felt like love. I was a wannabe in a Levi’s jean jacket. Anybody could see that. Except my mother. And the professionals at Straight. From the outside, Straight Inc. was a drug rehab. But on the inside it was…well, it was something else.”

All Cyndy wanted was to be loved and accepted. By age fourteen, she had escaped from her violent home, only to be reported as a runaway and sent to a “drug rehabilitation” facility that changed her world.

To the public, Straight Inc. was a place of recovery. But behind closed doors, the program used bizarre and intimidating methods to “treat” its patients. In her raw and fearless memoir, Cyndy Etler recounts her sixteen months in the living nightmare that Straight Inc. considered “healing.” Read Publisher’s Weekly review here.

Beck, by Mal Peet (with Meg Rosoff). Born of a brief encounter between a Liverpool prostitute and an African soldier in 1907, Beck finds himself orphaned as a young boy and sent overseas to the Catholic Brothers in Canada. At age fifteen he is sent to work on a farm, from which he eventually escapes. Finally in charge of his own destiny, Beck starts westward, crossing the border into America and back, all while the Great Depression rages on. What will it take for Beck to understand the agonies of his childhood and realize that love is possible? Read Publisher’s Weekly starred review here.

P.S. I Like You, by Kasie West. Exchanging notes with a mysterious pen pal by writing them on her Chemistry desk, Lily discovers that her anonymous friend is a boy and realizes that she is falling for him before learning that he is the last person she ever expected to love. Read the TeenReads review here.

The Art of Being Normal, by Lisa Williamson. David Piper, always an outsider, forms an unlikely friendship with Leo Denton who, from the first day at his new school wants only to be invisible, but when David’s deepest secret gets out that he wants to be a girl, things get very messy for both of them. Read The Guardian review here.

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2017 TTT! (Teens Top 10 Nominees for the 10 Best Books of the Year)

The 2017 TTT nominees have been announced! The TTT are announced every year on the Thursday of National Library Week (April 9-15). Check out the video below featuring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson, stars of “Everything Everything,” the new movie hitting theaters later this year and based on the best-selling YA novel by Nicola Yoon.

A total of 26 books were chosen by members of teen book groups from fifteen schools and public libraries in the U.S. Click on “2017 TTT Nominees” for a list of titles.

2017 TTT Nominees.

The Rodgers Memorial Library carries many of these titles. Click on the title to access the book in our catalog:

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“Serial” and “Adnan’s Story”

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In 2014 I became addicted to National Public Radio’s (NPR) new podcast “Serial.” The show’s premise was simple: Choose one story to thoroughly investigate, and broadcast the findings on a weekly basis over 12 weeks.

The freshman podcast’s first story was the 1999 unsolved murder of high school senior Hae Min Lee, a student at Woodmore High School in Baltimore, Maryland, whose body was found underneath a pile of leaves in nearby Leakin (pronounced “Lincoln”) Park. Her former boyfriend Adan Syed was arrested and, despite his claims of innocence, at age 19 was found guilty of Lee’s murder. Syed was convicted and sent to the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland, where he has been for 17 years.

(The Huffington Post compiled a series of pictures related to the podcast, including pictures of Lee and Syed, here.)

Due to the enormous popularity of the podcast and to the fact that Syed’s attorney failed to interview a key witness, Syed, now 37 years old, earned a new trial. Read more about the status of the new trial here, here, and here.

The newly published book Adnan’s Story:The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial, written by family friend Rabia Chaudry, presents new key evidence that the author maintains dismantles the State’s case against Syed, and introduces a potential new suspect.

Access the book in our catalog by clicking on the image above, or by clicking here.

 

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February Fiction & NonFiction Titles

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The Radius of Us,” by Marie Marquardt, give us the stories of Gretchen and Phoenix, told in alternating chapters by each of the protagonist’s point of view. Starred review here.

The Bitter Side of Sweet: A Novel,” by Tara Sullivan, is the story of fifteen-year-old Amadou and his little brother Seydou, both who end up as forced labor on a cacao plantation in the Ivory Coast. Upon meeting Khadija, who fights every day to get away, the brothers plot and execute their escape. Starred review here.

Windwitch” (Witchlands series, vol. 2), by Susan Dennard, the sequel to “Truthwitch,” continues with Prince Merik (Windwitch) attempting to locate his sister after he’s left for dead after his ship explodes.

Uprooted: the Japanese American Experience During World War II,” by Albert Marrin, a National Book Award Finalist, chronicles the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II; the book is published in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Jazz Day: the Making of a Famous Photograph,” by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Francis Vallejo, tells the story, in verse and picture, how graphic designer Art Kane set about to photographing a group of influential jazz musicians in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. Review here.