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Monday, January 28, 2013


The top 2012 teen books were announced today.  They are:

The Printz Award (top fiction):  IN DARKNESS  by Nick Lake Only the darkness is real. And the hunger. When a Haitian boy called 'Shorty' gets trapped in a hospital after an earthquake, he searches for food and water, trying to ignore all the dead bodies. Darkness is all that's there...until a former slave and revolutionary leader contacts the boy, closing a 200-year gap. The former slave died in darkness; is 'Shorty' destined to follow suit? Best Teen Non-Fiction:  BOMB: The Race to Build--and Steal--The World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin While the shockwaves would come later, there were more than rumblings about the atom bomb after a German laboratory chemist discovered what made uranium atoms split in two. Witness the story of the atom bomb as Germany, the Soviet Union, the United States, and Great Britain pursued the ultimate weapon. 

Odyssey Award: Best Audiobook for teens:  THE FAULT IN OUR STARS  by John Green Hazel Grace and Augustus meet at a cancer-kids support group. Hazel's lungs are filled with tumors; Augustus is (apparently) cancer-free after a leg amputation. Their love story takes most of the book to unfold, and as it does, author Green takes us through a painfully hopeful look at living with cancer. Hazel's aching narrative goes straight to the heart. As a reader, you can sometimes distance yourself from the pain she experiences, but as a listener, you are dragged wholesale into the drama and passion that is the girl's existence. Through expert pacing, tear-filled words, breaths of pain, and angst-ridden outbursts,the narrator becomes Hazel; the listener becomes Hazel's confidante. A great audio of an excellent book.

William C. Morris Award (First-time author): Seraphina  by Rachel Hartman Although there has been peace between humans and dragons for decades, there is still great mistrust between them. This is the world that Seraphina lives in. Her only desire is to pursue her musical career. But, as the anniversary of the treaty approaches, the fragile peace is threatened and she discovers that the cost of lasting peace may be the only real friend she's ever had.


Monday, January 14, 2013


RISE by Andrea Cremer (YA CRE)
This is the second prequel to the NIGHT SHADE series, following Rift.

GATES OF PARADISE by Melissa De La Cruz (YA DEL)
Last book of the BLUE BLOODS series!


It's still not too late to join--pick up your reading log at the Youth Services Desk and get a sucker and flashdrive just for signing up!  Finish 3 books by March 30 to be entered into our Grand Prize Drawing for an iPod Nano.  We'll also be giving away a number of teen books--autographed by their authors.  SO SIGN UP NOW!


Friday, January 18, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
We'll give you a handy box to cover with clip-art. Use it for your keys, loose change, flash drives, or whatever is cluttering your space! Bring your friends, eat pizza, and leave with your own creation.





Friday, January 4, 2013


Now that school is back in session, remember that "even if the library is closed, our databases are open!"  Take a look under "Homework," then "Databases and Online Resources."  Use your Fremont library card to access information for assignments geared through high school.  These are NOT websites, you can use them for your reports.  

Come into the Teen Zone at the library and check out this month's displays, which feature:  Steampunk books; Bullies--Don't Let Them Win; Snow is Falling, Books are Calling: Teen Winter Reading Club; Inner Conflict (Where to Turn); and Featured Author: Joan Bauer.  

On your way to the Teen Zone, take a look at the large display of BEST BOOKS OF 2012, featuring books for adults, children, and teens.  Remember to stop at the Youth Services for your Winter Reading Club brochure.  

Check out THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray if you're looking for a creepy page-turner set in Manhattan in the Roaring 20s.  17-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled by her parents from a small town in Ohio to New York, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the middle of the investigation.  Spine-tingling.








Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Stop in the Teen Zone and pick up a couple of the most popular teen books of 2012.  Among them are:

Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Ashen Winter by Mike Mullen

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

If you haven't already picked up your reading log for the Teen Winter Reading Club, come in today.  If you turn in your completed log by March 30, you'll be entered into a drawing for an iPod Nano!  REMEMBER--YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD BOOKS AND AUDIOBOOKS TO YOUR PHONES!





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