To celebrate, the Hillsborough Library will be giving away FREE goody bags on Saturday, July 26. Stop by the Children’s Desk for your goody bag including: a poster, bookmark, tattoo, pins and a Batman mask.
To earn your goody bag you must either:
Talk in your best Batman voice or Tell us your favorite Gotham character
We can’t wait to see all of you Batman fans this Saturday!
In this steampunk-fantasy novel, a heroine goes on an adventure which results in self-discovery and thrilling experiences. Set in an alternate America in the 1880’s, Lena decides to travel to the outer lands of Scree which is filled with unusual people called Peculiars to find her father. On her way up to Scree, she encounters a train heist which is the first of many exciting occurrences that happen in her travels. She makes many friends along the way, but she also finds enemies. Lena is a very relatable character and the author correctly portrays that every hero has their faults. If you are looking for a strong heroine like Katniss in The Hunger Games, this book is for you. There is also limited romance for those who are not particularly enthralled by the prospect. There is interesting character development and the author tries to teach a lesson about self-consciousness. As a brilliant novel, I would recommend it to all young adults.
In this first installment of the Raven Cycle series, Stiefvater creates an enchanting, fast-paced story that is filled with uncanny elements. Blue Sargent is from a family of psychics, but she is aberrational and cannot perform any readings or see the future; she can only amplify the powers that the clairvoyant possess. So every year, on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue goes to the churchyard with her mother, who speaks with the dead.
This year however, is different. Blue goes to the church with Neeve, her mother’s unusual sister, and speaks with a spirit who tells her his name is Gansey. Gansey is a rich student who attends Aglionby Private School, but he is not the typical privileged snob. He is fascinated with finding a sleeping king named Glendower, who resides on a ley line, which are mysterious lines of energy. Enigmatic things happen where these lines intersect, and the town where they live in, Henrietta, contains one of these special locations. Although Blue swore she would never associate with any of the “raven boys,” she finds herself involved with Gansey’s request for the supernatural.
This book has a very eerie and mystifying tone. There are many magical aspects and questions surrounding the story, and there are many interesting details. It is intriguing and has a fresh take on the supernatural. It includes many twists and turns, and will draw the reader in. It was a little slow in the beginning because there is a lot of background to cover and characters to build, but it really picks up after awhile. It will keep the reader captivated until the very end. The characters were very distinct and fully developed. They each were explained very well so that the reader really understood their emotions and connected with them. The plot was very complex, and it all unfolded brilliantly. It falls under the genre of mystery/supernatural, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys mysterious and engaging books.
Between Shades of Grey is about a fifteen year old girl named Lina, who lives in Soviet Lithuania in 1941. She lives a calm, hopeful life until Soviet Officers barge into her home one night, separate her family, and make them endure a horrible journey to a work camp in Siberia. On her excruciating, cruel journey in an overcrowded, unsanitary train, she documents her location through drawings and leaves them in places where her separated father might find them. She also learns how to cope with her conditions, secrets about her family, and the true intent of the Soviet Officers.
In this historical fiction novel, the reader discovers hardships about a different side of World War II, and experiences the problems and suffering through Lina’s life. This amazing, heartfelt story about love, hope, and strength is capable of changing the way the reader looks at history and the rest of the world.
However, what really makes this novel stand out is the way Ruta Sepetys describes the awful setting of this period of time, and how she describes Lina’s feelings to what is happening to her. Those who liked historical fiction books such as Laurie Halse Anderson’s Chains will surely love this one, and will not only become well informed by the end, but captivated by Lina’s tale.
Jane cares for her mother and sister until her stepfather dies, leaving nothing but debts and Jane’s spoiled stepsister behind, but a mysterious boy from the woods and an invitation to a royal ball are certain to change her fate. (Fractured Fairytales, Cinderella retelling)
In an alternate nineteenth-century America that is still a colony of Britain’s industrial empire, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees’ struggle to survive is interrupted by a newcomer with no memory, bearing secrets about a terrible future. (Steampunk, Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
While helping the Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue to seek a missing autistic man, teens Alexis, Nick, and Ruby find, instead, a body and join forces to find the girl’s murderer, forming an unlikely friendship, as well. Book #1 in Point Last Seen series. (Murder Mystery)
Zoe thought that being cut from her ballet program was the worst thing that could happen, but when her best friend Olivia is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, Zoe quickly learns that not being able to dance is the least of her problems. (Realistic Fiction)
Mistaken for one another when they are sent to the grand English country estate of Starkers on the brink of World War II, Hannah, a distant relative hoping to be welcomed by the family, and Anna, sent to spy for the Nazis, both unexpectedly fall in love. (Historical Romance)
A light-hearted, romantic, relaxing book, this novel is sure to put a smile on every reader’s face. It follows the story of Anna, a senior who is forced to attend an elite boarding school in Paris, and is also forced to leave behind her family and friends in America.
However, at the boarding school, she rapidly makes new friends and develops a crush on the handsome, charismatic Etienne St. Clair. To Anna’s dismay, he already is in a steady relationship and has the perfect girlfriend. However, as their friendship progresses, they go through problems together and learn more about each other than they had ever imagined. As Anna falls for him even more, she realizes she might actually have a chance with him.
As the reader travels with Anna on her charming, foreign journey, they go on a whirling, exhilarating adventure filled with romance, heartbreak, and friendship. Anna’s character is so realistic and relatable that the reader is left feeling like they lived Anna’s life themselves. Stephanie Perkins’ debut novel is one that is relaxing, fun and charming. Those who enjoyed books such as Gayle Forman’s Just One Day will devour this story in no time.
Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house. (Fantasy, Ghosts, Historical Fiction, Horror)
In 1835, when his father is put in a Philadelphia debtor’s prison, 12-year-old chess prodigy Rufus Goodspeed is relieved to be recruited to secretly operate a chess-playing automaton named The Turk, but soon questions the fate of his predecessors and his own safety. (Historical Fiction, The Invention of Hugo Cabret readalike)
Aboard “The Boundless,” the greatest train ever built, on its maiden voyage across Canada, teenaged Will enlists the aid of a traveling circus to save the train from villains. (Adventure Fantasy with a Historical twist)
To grieving Jasmine, Maddie’s a rich kid with no problems. To lonely Maddie, Jasmine is all cavalier cool in their tame Connecticut town. True friends they are not. Yet each hopes the other might save her. Can Maddie give Jasmine what she needs? Could Jasmine rescue Maddie from the outskirts of the crowd? When Jasmine steals Maddie’s heirloom ring, just how far will she go to keep it? In alternating chapters, Maddie and Jasmine take turns weaving their story about friendship and coming of age. (Friendship, School Stories)
A boring summer vacation turns unexpectedly interesting when mysterious lights appear over Roberta’s hometown in northern Maine. Roberta is convinced she and her best friend Marillee can win the Maine State Science Fair if only they can find an amazing project to showcase. Communicating with aliens would certainly do the trick. (Friendship, School Stories)
In a near future world of heat, greed, and hunger, Devin earns a coveted spot in a home for abandoned children that promises unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new family, but Devin discovers the home’s horrific true mission when he investigates its intimidating Administrator and the zombie-like sickness that afflicts some children. (Science Fiction, Dystopia, Survival Fiction)
Marie Lu, bestselling author of the hit book series Legend is back this fall with The Young Elites, a new fantasy series that’s being hailed as “X-Men meets Assassin’s Creed.”
The new series is the story of Adelina Amouteru, a survivor of a deadly illness that decimated her people. The survivors, few and far between, were left with strange markings: Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her father hates her for what she’s become, but she might be much more than just a disfigured survivor. Adelina and the others are rumored to possess more than just scars - they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Ack! So exciting! Click the link to read the entire first chapter of The Young Elites. Seriously, if you loved Legend, you MUST read this sneak peek. We can’t wait!
Four years after Theo’s best friend, Donovan, disappeared at age thirteen, he is found and brought home and Theo puts her health at risk as she decides whether to tell the truth about the abductor, knowing her revelation could end her life-long dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer. (Emotional Fiction)
Seventeen-year-old Gwen Castle is a working-class girl determined to escape her small island town, but when rich-kid Cass Somers, with whom she has a complicated romantic history, shows up, she’s forced to reassess her feelings about her loving, complex family, her lifelong best friends, her wealthy employer, the place she lives, and the boy she can’t admit she loves. (Realistic Fiction, Summer Romance)
Sadie, a wealthy, success-oriented sixteen-year-old joins the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program as an observer in the head of Ford, a troubled, possibly murderous boy, with whom Sadie falls in love. (Sci-Fi, Mystery, Romance)
Four years after her brother, Simon, drowned while in her charge, Francesca, now fifteen, begins to move on after a summer caring for Frankie, who seems to be Simon reincarnated, and getting closer to her best friend’s boyfriend. (Grief, Families, Dating)
Sparks fly when sixteen-year-old Lucy Patterson and seventeen-year-old Owen Buckley meet on an elevator rendered useless by a New York City blackout. Soon after, the two teenagers leave the city, but as they travel farther away from each other geographically, they stay connected emotionally, in this story set over the course of one year. (Realistic Fiction, Love)
After the brutal murder of her cousin, everything changes for sixteen-year-old Rowan, who must not only seek the evil forces responsible before they destroy her family and village, but also set aside her studies when she becomes betrothed to her best friend, Tom. (Fractured Fairytales, Fantasy)
After dying at age sixteen, Travis Coates’ head was removed and frozen for five years before being attached to another body, and now the old Travis and the new must find a way to coexist while figuring out changes in his relationships. (Sci-Fi)
Best friends Hannah and Zoe, seventeen, leave their down-and-out New Jersey town and drive west chasing storms, making new friends, and seeking the intangibles - audacity, insouciance, happiness - that their lives have lacked. (Road Trip, Best Friends)
In an alternate world where industrialization has caused many species of carbon-eating dragons to thrive, Owen, a slayer being trained by his famous father and aunt, and Siobhan, his bard, face a dragon infestation near their small town in Canada. (Adventure, Fantasy)
The first book in a trilogy about a girl who claims she is visiting a parallel universe where a nefarious being called The Riverman is stealing the souls of children and the boy she asks to write her biography because she fears her soul may be next. (Fantasy, Horror)
Seventeen-year-old Prenna, an immigrant who moved to New York when she was twelve, came from another time and she and the other travelers must follow strict rules to avoid destroying the new life they have worked so hard to get, as well as the one person Prenna is desperate to protect. (Time Travel, Science Fiction)
Claire, seventeen, has always stood up for her eldest brother, Luke, despite his many jail stints but when her mother takes Clare’s hard-earned savings to post bail for Luke, Clare begins to understand truths about her brother and her family. (Family Secrets, Criminals)
After his older brother is killed, David turns to anger and his parents to religion, but just as David’s life is beginning to make sense again his parents press him and his sister to join them in cutting worldly ties to prepare for the Rush, when the faithful will be whisked off to heaven. (Grief, Cults)
Soon after an art scholarship gets Liv a place at prestigious Wickham Hall, she becomes the latest victim of a dark conspiracy spanning 150 years, but her ghost, aided by friend Gabe and boyfriend Malcolm, tries to put a stop to the killing. (Horror, Mystery)
When a wrong number blossoms into a phone friendship for Lucy and James, two Vermont high school students, James wants to meet in person, but Lucy is strangely resistant. Told in the form of telephone calls and voice mail messages. (Friendship, Dating)
Rinnie relates a childhood marked by privilege but also abuse, which steadily increases after her parents’ divorce and remarriages, emotionally crippling Rinnie until a school counselor helps her begin to heal. (Family Problems, Eating Disorders)
After her mother’s death, it’s all Tessa can do to keep her friends, her boyfriend, her happiness from slipping away. Even the rare plant her mother entrusted to her care starts to wilt. Then she meets Henry. Though secrets stand between them, each has a chance at healing if first, Tessa can find the courage to believe in forever. (Grief, Love)
At Temperley High, a strict English boarding school, seventeen-year-old Stella Hamilton leads a maliciously exclusive clique as she nears her goal of becoming Head Girl and finding love with her equally popular male equivalent, until New Yorker Caitlin Clarke arrives and threatens Stella’s plans. (Cliques, Mean Girls)
To escape his offbeat family at Thanksgiving, Andrew West accepts a ride from a band of street performers who get their food and clothing from dumpsters, but as he learns more about these “Freegans” he sees that one cannot outrun the past.
In the 1890s, sixteen-year-old Eqariusaq, from the village of Itta near Ellesmere, is caught between traditional Iniut life with her lazy husband Angulluk and the world of Lieutenant Peary and his family and crew, who call her Billy Bah. (Historical Fiction, Culture Conflict)
An illustrated selection of answers to the title’s question, submitted online and collected by Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn and Jonnie Penn, collectively known as The Buried Life and featured in the MTV reality television series of the same name. Some answers include essays relating how the online submissions were accomplished. Also included are brief essays on how the four young men accomplished some of their lists’ tasks and their experiences helping others complete their lists.
Takes an honest look at the lives, loves, and struggles of transgender teens. Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender of gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken.
Explains how the primal human emotion of fear can sometimes manifest in the form of extremes, describing common phobias ranging from arachnophobia to zoophobia to revel their histories, treatments, and famous sufferers.