Posted in Prizes, Summer Reading Program, Teens

Second raffle cycle ends Saturday, July 22!

Below is a complete list of all the prizes available through this raffle cycle. Read, get raffle tickets, and spend them wisely! Enter as often as you read for more chances to win! See a complete list of all raffle and grand prizes here.

Cycle 2: Sunday, July 9 – Saturday, July 22 (subject to change):

  1. Batman keychain
  2. Superman #1 comic book (reprint)
  3. Aguilar (Assassin’s Creed) figurine
  4. Battlestar Galactica Cyclon Raider figurine
  5. Doctor Strange figurine
  6. Firefly (TV show) patch
  7. Game of Thrones (featuring Melisandre) journal
  8. Back to the Future Flux Capacitor light-up keychain
  9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mini mug
  10. Halloween (movie) pin
  11. Power Rangers pin
  12. Star Wars: Figure Fantasy book
  13. Obliviator (Fantastic Beasts) t-shirt
  14. Negan Sluggers (Walking Dead) t-shirt
  15. The Goonies t-shirt
  16. Unicorn cupcake bath salts
  17. Whooz adapter labels: Freak
  18. Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band vinyl record
  19. Black portable charger
  20. Blue dinosaur phone stand
  21. Green MP4 player
  22. Pink MP4 player
  23. LEGO “Chain Reactions” craft kit
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Posted in Crisis Aid, Depression, Graphic Novels, Minecraft, New, Poetry, Teens

Nonfiction Titles for July

Click on the image or title to access the record in our catalog! Titles below are listed alphabetically by author.

http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93890  http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93888    http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93923  http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93892

Black Butterfly, by Robert M. Drake. Summary: The Black Butterfly is a symbol of transformation and rebirth after death. Drake wrote this book for those who have lost someone in death and in life. This book is a collection of memories and experiences Drake lived after the death of one of his brothers. He promised he would write him a few words after he failed to complete the task while his brother was alive.

Beautiful Chaos, by Robert M. Drake. Summary: This book employs the comparative method to understand societal collapses to which environmental problems contribute to the common youth and society as a whole. In his writing, Robert M. Drake hauntingly describes the issues we are all facing today. We all are broken and broken is its own kind of beautiful.

Grief Recovery for Teens: Letting Go of Painful Emotions With Body-Based Practices, by Coral Popowitz, MSW. Summary: Grief can affect both body and mind—and teens dealing with grief may not know how to work through grief in healthy ways. In this helpful and healing guide, the director of the Children’s Grief Connection offers help for teens dealing with the physical aspects of grief and loss. This book utilizes somatic, body-oriented skills to help teens know how and why their bodies are reacting to grief, as well as ways to relieve anxiety and confusion and begin the healing process.

Building Faith Block by Block, by Michael Ross and Christopher Ross. Summary: Describes how playing Minecraft can provide insight for young Christians into making decisions in real life, and provides devotions that offer advice on both game play and living a Christian life.

Posted in Adventure, American Library Association (ALA), Best-Seller, Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay Teens, Historical Fiction, History, LGBTQ, Mystery, Non-Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Teen Top Ten, Teens, World-Building

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.

https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93230  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93225  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/90037  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93238  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93232  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/90034  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/85690  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/87154  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93219  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/91376  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93217  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/87602  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/90536  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/86241  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93244  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93208  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/91237  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/89122 https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/92775  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/89443  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/92773  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93227  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93233  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93200  https://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/91248

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Posted in Biography, Fiction, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ, New, Non-Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Teens

New Titles for May! Part II

http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93210    http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93207http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93233  http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/93200

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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Posted in Best-Seller, Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction, Printz Honor, Science Fiction, Series, Teens, World-Building

Shusterman and Taylor! More Books for April

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Scythe, by Neal Shusterman. “Scythe” is one of four 2017 Printz Honor Books, which are awarded yearly to books geared to young adults that exemplify “literary excellence in young adult literature.”

Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor. The best-selling author of the “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” trilogy presents the story of a guilt-ridden hero, a dreamer librarian and a girl with dangerous powers who all combat monsters and treachery in the aftermath of a war between gods and men. Read the Kirkus review here.

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Posted in Best-Seller, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Suicide, Teens, Topical, TV Series

Thirteen Reasons Why

The Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” – based on the best-selling book of the same name by Jay Asher – has received rave reviews for its actors, its storyline, and the authenticity with which it presents every parent’s worst nightmare.

Suicide.

After committing suicide, Hannah Baker leaves behind seven cassette tapes that are delivered to various classmates and one adult. Clay Jenkins, with whom Hannah had a close friendship, is accused of being one of the thirteen reasons she chose to end her life.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the third-leading cause of death of young people between the ages of  10 and 24, and proportionally more boys than girls commit suicide: 81% in contrast to 19%. As of March 2015, approximately 4,600 young people have committed suicide. Read more about the CDC report here. The Nemours Foundation provides a comprehensive explanation on teen suicide here.

Click on the trailer above for a glimpse of the Netflix series, and click here for a short history its creation. Click here for a short featurette on the young actors who portray the main characters, and how they interpret the reasons that drove Hannah’s drastic decision to kill herself.

Posted in Adventure, Best-Seller, Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Science Fiction, Series, Suspense, Teens

April’s New Series Books

Click on the book cover image or the title below to access the book record in our catalog!

http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/92754 http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/92756 http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/92757  http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/92750 http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/92777  http://evergreen.rodgerslibrary.org/opac/extras/ac/jacket/large/r/92758

School of Laughs (I Funny, vol. 5), Dog’s Best Friend and Escape to Australia (Middle School, vols.8 and 9), all by James Patterson.

The End of Oz and Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die, vols. 3 and 4), by Danielle Page.

New Series! Nemesis (Project Nemesis, vol. 1), by Brendan Reichs.

Summary: It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

★ “Min is not your average 16-year-old. Every two years on her birthday, she’s murdered. And every two years she comes back, completely unharmed. She’s tried to escape the inevitable but knows it’s only a matter of time before the man in black returns for her. Now things are getting worse, with an asteroid headed toward Earth. . . [j]ust when she’s found that classmate Noah is having the same strange experiences she’s tried to keep hidden. . . . Hooked readers will be tapping their fingers waiting for the sequel.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ “There are many overworked adjectives for action books: page-turner, fast-paced, intense. For this book, multiply all of them. Reichs truly keeps readers guessing throughout, with twists on early every page.”—Booklist, starred review

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