Sunday, September 30, 2012

Teen Read Month Sneak Peek: Other Fun Events

Don't like movies, crafts or book events?  Well, we still have a ton of other fun stuff going on next month for you!

  • Teen Gaming Day - Brier (10/2) 
  • Teen Gaming - Lynnwood (10/2) 
  • Play it! Make it! For Teens - Oak Harbor (10/11) 
  • Game On! - Mukilteo - (10/11) 
  • Teen Trivia Contest - Lake Stevens (10/12) 
  • Afterhours Game On! - Edmonds (10/19) 
  • Teen Halloween Party - Mill Creek (10/19) 
  • Teen Top Chef - Lynnwood (10/20) 
  • Ready for the Apocalypse? - Arlington (10/23, 10/24) 
  • Teen Game Day - Mountlake Terrace (10/24) 
  • Teen Day: Win It in a Minute & Karaoke! - Sultan (10/25) 
  • The Unreleased Beatles - Granite Falls (10/26) 
  • Teen Halloween Celebration - Oak Harbor - (10/31) 
Hope to see you at the library soon! 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Weekend Book Give-Away: Fire Season

Sometimes a book sneaks up on me.  Usually if a new book is coming out by a popular author, I'll have heard some buzz about it, or at least be familiar with the author.  But I confess I am totally unfamiliar with David Weber's Honorverse books and had no idea he had spun of some teen books off as origin stories for a popular character.  So I was surprised to see this book come across my desk with 26 people waiting for it!  Fire Season looks to be an awesome read:

Fire weather... That's what the treecats call those rare seasons when the slightest spark can set aflame the the vast green reaches they call home. Teenager Stephanie Harrington rapidly learns just how deadly those fires can be. Guided by her treecat companion, Lionheart, Stephanie and her good friend Karl Zivonik venture into the heart of a raging inferno to rescue twin treecats put at risk by human carelessness. Only the trio's absolute trust for each other stands between them and disaster.

Apparently this series has six legged telepathic tree cats who bond with humans!  How had I not heard about this?  It sounds AWESOME.

For a chance to win a shiny brand new paperback of Fire Season, tell me what you hope your favorite cat would say to you if it could talk, and what you think it actually would say.

Winner will be selected with Random Number Generator on Tuesday October 2, 2012. Be sure to leave a name with your entry, and check back to see if you won. To win you must be a teen (6th-12th grade, or 12-18) who uses a Sno-Isle Library.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Teen Read Month Sneak Peek: Movies

Lots of great stuff coming up in October for Teen Read Month.  Here is a preview of the free movies (and snacks) that will be coming soon to a library near you!  Do you know which ones are based on books? 
Plus, for all you superhero lovers, there is the Avengers Film Festival at the Marysville Library: "Captain America" (10/5), "Thor" (10/12), "Iron Man" (10/15), "Iron Man 2" (10/19), "The Avengers" (10/26).

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Teen Read Month Sneak Peek: Book and Author Events

Because October is Teen Read Month, we have all kinds of great book and author events coming up:

  • Audio Book Cafe: "Thirteen Reasons Why" - Marysville (10/3, 10/17) 
  • Lynnwood Book Group: "The Help" - (10/8) 
  • Pizza and Books: A Bring Your Own Book Group - Marysville (10/10) 
  • Teen Book Brunch - Mill Creek (10/13) 
  • Meet the Authors: Teen Author Panel - Mukilteo (10/18) 
    • Kendare Blake ("Anna Dressed in Blood")
    • J. Anderson Coats ("The Wicked and the Just")
    • Jennifer Shaw Wolf ("Breaking Beautiful") 
    • Daniel Marks ("Velveteen").
  • Pizza and Books - Stanwood (10/18) 
  • Meet Local Author Katherine Grace Bond - Monroe - (10/29)

Want to see more events like this at your local library?  Tell your Teen Librarian. Or better yet, join your local Teen Advisory Board and help plan great stuff while earning volunteer credit!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Trailer Tuesday: Croak by Gina Damico

Scortch the sequel to Croak by Gina Damico should be out within the next couple weeks, but to tide you over, check out the trailer for the first book. I rather like it.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Weekday Book Give-Away: Above

Ooops!  I forgot to post this Friday!  So you have until this Thursday to respond now :)

Do you ever feel like you don't fit in?  That you wish there was some place you could go to be with other people like you?  This week's book is Above by Leah Bobet, about a community of mutants that has to venture out of their safe place to make some crucial discoveries about the world:

When insane exile Corner and his army of mindless, whispering shadows invade Safe, a secret, underground community of freaks and disabled outcasts, Matthew, traumatized shapeshifter Ariel, and other misfits go to the dangerous place known as Above, where Matthew makes a shocking discovery about the histories entrusted to him. 

What is your safe place?  Or where do you go to find like minded souls?  Tell me about it, for a chance to win a ARC of this exciting book!

Winner will be selected with Random Number Generator on Thursday September 27, 2012. Be sure to leave a name with your entry, and check back to see if you won. To win you must be a teen (6th-12th grade, or 12-18) who uses a Sno-Isle Library.

Teen Read Month Sneak Peek: Get Creative

Do you love reading about new skills and trying out crafts, but sometimes have trouble getting out of the book and into action?  This Teen Read Month, we have a ton of hands-on activities that will get your creative juices flowing.  You can make something cool, then tell everyone It Came from the Library...

  • Origami Cool Zone: Spinning Tops - Stanwood (10/2) 
  • DIY for Teens: Bottle Cap Necklaces and Magnets - Mill Creek (10/3) 
  • DIY FOR TEENS: Monster Felties and Creature cupcakes - Brier (10/9) 
  • Learn to Draw Stress-Free - Langley (10/11) 
  • I Want to Write -- Now What? - Camano Island (10/22) 
  • Teen DIY: Halloween Costume Edition - Lynnwood (10/23) 
  • DIY Teens, Projects for Creative Teens: Moveable Mummies - Marysville (10/24) 
  • Duct Tape Wallets & Beading - Sultan (10/25) 
  • Write Stuff: Creative Writing Group  - Mukilteo (10/25)
  • Fabulous Fabric Cranes - Coupeville (10/26) 
  • Teen Writers - Stanwood (10/26) 
  • Make a Monster To Wear or to Love - Mountlake Terrace (10/26) 
  • Thai String Dolls @ Boo Bash - Mukilteo (10/27) 
  • Shoe Painting - Edmonds (10/28) 
  • Monster Cupcakes - Mountlake Terrace (10/31)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Trailer Tuesday: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Out today is Libba Bray's new title, The Diviners. First in an expected trilogy, this trailer is disturbing enough that I'm going to make sure I actually read the 600+ page first book.

Honestly, I'm curious about the audio for this. Maybe I'll conquer it that way... Thanks for the tip, Kathleen!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Weekend Book Give-Away: Waking Storms

In case you haven't noticed, there is a serious mermaid trend going on it teen lit right now.  Why mermaids?  I don't have a theory yet, but as someone who LOVES swimming and hasn't been able to for months now due to an injury, I totally get the longing some readers might have for the water.  Really, swimming is the next best thing to flying...and mermaids don't have to worry about pesky trips to the surface to breath, right?

So this week's book is and advance reader copy of the in-demand (5 holds as we speak) sequel to Lost Voices by Sarah Porter: Waking Storms.

As a mermaid versus human war looms on the horizon, Luce falls in love with her sworn enemy Dorian and assumes her rightful role as queen of the mermaids. 
Here is a cheesy trailer if you weren't sold yet:
Why, why, why are sworn enemies so darn attractive?  For a chance to win this ARC, tell me either:
  1. Your theory on why mermaid books are so popular all of the sudden.
  2. Your theory on why sworn enemies are so attractive.

Winner will be selected with Random Number Generator on Tuesday September 18, 2012. Be sure to leave a name with your entry, and check back to see if you won. To win you must be a teen (6th-12th grade, or 12-18) who uses a Sno-Isle Library.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Voting is Almost Over

Have you voted yet for YALSA's Teens' Top Ten?  This is your last chance to decide which of the awesome books selected by teen book groups (such as our own star team at the Mukilteo Library) should be honored.

The full list of nominated titles is here.

Vote now through September 15th for your 3 favorite books!  The Teens' Top Ten will be announced during Teen Read Week, October 14-20, 2012.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Author Margaret Peterson Haddix - This Monday in Mill Creek

Are you a fan of the amazing Margaret Peterson Haddix, author of the Shadow Children series, and more recently the exciting series The Missing? We just found out she will be appearing THIS MONDAY at the University Book Store in Mill Creek, talking about the fifth book in The Missing series, Caught.

When Jonah and Katherine travel to early 1900s Switzerland and Serbia to return Albert Einstein's daughter, Lieserl, to history, her mother Mileva grasps entirely too much about time travel and has no intention of letting her daughter go.

This is a great opportunity to see an awesome author for free!  Spread the word to your friends and teachers...
University Book Store
Mill Creek Branch
7pm - Monday September 17

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Trailer Tuesday: Illuminate by Aimee Agresti

I generally think that I'm fairly immune to scroll-decorated covers with girls in pretty dresses at this point, but Illuminate by Aimee Agresti sounds pretty good. Add to that the fact that the normally brutal Kirkus reviewers have this to say about it: "It may be a debut, but from the first paragraph readers will feel they are in the hands of a confident, professional writer. Though lengthy, the plot wastes no space...Smart, well-crafted and sophisticated; without a doubt, this belongs on the top of the stack of the current crop of angel books. More, please!" So I suppose I should give this 500+ page behemoth a chance. Just for you, though. ;)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Weekend Book Give-Away: Friends With Boys

This week's book is a perfect back to school story, or rather a story about starting public/high school for the first time.  In Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks Maggie is in for some culture shock:

After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and three older brothers, Maggie enrolls in public high school, where interacting with her peers is complicated by the melancholy ghost that has followed her throughout her entire life.  

Wait, what...ghost?!  Ok, so this isn't your typical high school comic book.  For a chance to win this fun book, tell me about something you will never forget about starting school, or homeschooling if that is your thing.

 Winner will be selected with Random Number Generator on Tuesday September 11, 2012. Be sure to leave a name with your entry, and check back to see if you won. To win you must be a teen (6th-12th grade, or 12-18) who uses a Sno-Isle Library.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Trailer Tuesday: Boy21 by Matthew Quick

I don't believe that this trailer does Boy21 by Matthew Quick justice. It's an unassuming book, but boy does it pack a punch.

Finley doesn't talk much. Because of that, and because he's the only white kid on his high school's basketball team, people call him White Rabbit. The summer before senior year, Coach asks him to do a favor and befriend a new kid, show him around, and try to convince him to play ball. Russ, the new kid, would rather you call him Boy21, and is waiting for his parents to return from space and take him with him. Finley knows that Boy21's parents were murdered, and he can tell right away that he needs help. A LOT of help. Professional help. What he doesn't understand is why Coach thinks he'd be any help, or why Coach thinks Finley and Russ, White Rabbit and Boy21, have something in common.

I loved it. It was wacky, funny, and heartbreaking. Which, based on Matthew Quick's last novel, is exactly what I expected.