New Fiction – September 2009

young_infernoThe Young Inferno. John Agard. Y Agard.
Can our hoodie-clad hero make it through the nine circles of Hell and back again? Will he find love with his soul mate, Beatrice? In this red-hot retelling of “Dante’s Inferno,” readers discover the city of Dis, where everybody disses everybody; meet Frankenstein, the lovesick bouncer with the bling; come face-to-face with the Furies, a gang of T-shirt-wearing, snake-haired females; and encounter a host of gluttons, bigots, and plunderers from the world of history and politics.

fadeFade to Blue. Sean Beaudoin. Y Beaudoin.
Eighteen-year-old Goth Sophie Blue, sensing that something is awry in her small town, begins to piece together the connections between her missing father, a scientific researcher at a local laboratory, and her high school’s football star, Kenny.

last_knightThe Last Knight. Hilari Bell. Y Bell.
In alternate chapters, eighteen-year-old Sir Michael Sevenson, an anachronistic knight errant, and seventeen-year-old Fisk, his street-wise squire, tell of their noble quest to bring Lady Ceciel to justice while trying to solve her husband’s murder.

rogueRogue’s Home. Hilari Bell. Y Bell.
In this sequel to “The Last Knight,” former knight Sir Michael, now an unredeemed man, must help Fisk, his friend and former squire, clear his family’s name before they are bankrupt. However, someone is out to frame Michael for arson.

crashCrash into Me. Albert Borris. Y Borris.
Four teens have one thing in common: they all want to die. When they meet online after each one attempts suicide and fails, they escape together on a summer road trip. As they drive cross-country, bonding over their dark impulses, each must decide whether life is worth living–or if there’s no turning back

swimSwim the Fly. Don Calame. Y Calame.
“Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year’s? To see a real-live naked girl for the first time–quite a challenge, given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt’s other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly (the hardest stroke known to God or man) as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team”–Publisher.

alcaponeAl Capone Shines My Shoes. Gennifer Choldenko. Y Choldenko.
In this anticipated sequel to the Newbery Honor book “Al Capone Does My Shirts,” Moose Flanagan, living on Alcatraz with his family, discovers a new note that says, Your turn. Is it from Al Capone himself? And if so, what does it mean?

splendorThe Splendor Falls. Rosemary Clement-Moore. Y Clement-Moore.
A broken leg has ended Sylvie Davis’ career as a ballerina, but her pain runs deeper. Her father’s cousin is restoring a family home in a town rich with her family’s history. And that’s where things start to get shady.

catchingCatching Fire. Suzanne Collins. Y Collins.
Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with Peeta Mellark. But it had been a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion.

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New Nonfiction

girlsagainstGirls Against Girls: why we are mean to each other and how we can change. Bonnie Burton. 305.2352 Burton.
The only book out there to take a look at why girls are mean to each other and to offer solutions for breaking the cycle. Girls Against Girls is a must-read for today’s strong, smart, and capable generation of young women. Complete with guidance on how females can band together and quit breaking each other down, popular movie quotes, advice from female artists and athletes, and a resource section of girl-power organizations. – Publisher marketing

juviecourtJuvenile Court: a judge’s guide for young adults and their parents. Leora Krygier. 345.73 081 Krygier.
This list of chapters tells you what the book covers for juvenile court system: The juvenile court system — I received a citation to court : what do I do? — Preparing for court — Coming to court for my hearing — Driving, pedestrian, bicycle, and related violations — Other offenses — What can I expect at court? — Returning to court, the DMV, and will I have a record? — How to avoid getting another citation.

guidetorockingThe Girl’s Guide to Rocking: how to start a band, book gigs, and get rolling to rock stardom. Jessica Hopper. 782.42166023 Hopper.
It’s everything a rocking girl needs to know: how to choose the right instrument for you, where to shop for instruments and where to avoid. How to get your band together and keep it together-tips on playing in a band with your friends and staying friends. How to turn your bedroom into a soundproof practice space. Giving your band the right name, plus a cautionary glossary of overused words (Wolf, Star, Crystal, Earth, etc.). How to set-up and promote your own shows. The freedom of going solo, and how to handle performing alone in the spotlight. Songwriting tips, with eight prompts to get the lyrics flowing. The ins and outs of recording, whether at home or in a studio. Taking care of business: publicizing your band, making T-shirts, legalese and the creative personality, and the four signs that say “time to hire a manager”-in other words, you’ve arrived. – Publisher marketing

ghostsGhosts of War: the true story of a 19-year-old GI. Ryan Smithson. NF 956. 7044 Smithson.
In a harrowing memoir about combat, friendship, fear, and a soldier’s commitment to his country, Smithson brings teen readers inside a world that few understand, as he describes his experience as a 19-year-old Army engineer in Iraq.

rocknrollRock ‘n Roll Soldier: A memoir. Dean Ellis Kohler. NF 959.704 Kohler.
Dean Kohler is about to make it big–he’s finally scored a national record deal! But his dreams are abruptly put on hold by the arrival of his draft notice. Now he’s in Qui Nhon, Vietnam, serving as a military policeman. He keeps telling himself he’s a musician, not a killer, and that he’s lucky he’s not fighting on the front lines. When Captain orders him to form a rock band, it’s up to Dean to find instruments and players, pronto. Ingenuity and perseverance pay off and soon the band is traveling through treacherous jungle terrain to perform for troops in desperate need of an escape–even if it’s only for three sets. And for Dean–who lives with death, violence, and the fear that anyone could be a potential spy (even his Vietnamese girlfriend)–the band becomes the one thing that gets him through the day. During one of the most controversial wars in recent American history, this incredible true story is about music and camaraderie in the midst of chaos. – Publisher marketing

Oct/Nov Programs Up

Important Updates: The deadline for the Twilight fan fiction contest has been extended to Monday, November 30.

Go here or click on the Programs tab at the top of the page to check out the new programs we have going on in October and November. We have a special effects make up workshop in October, held by a well-known professional who has worked on movies and on stage, and and a showing of the Twilight movie just before Halloween. In November, we have a Twilight fan fiction contest and two writing workshops by well-known authors. Please register for the special effects program, the writing workshops, and the movie showing by calling 303-762-2555 or stopping by the reference desk — this helps me know how much food to buy and how much space I need.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan

the forest of hands and teethPublisher: Delacorte
Genre: YA Horror
Call number: Y Ryan

For those of you sick of vampires, how about zombies? Who doesn’t love the moaning, shuffling undead these days? Unlike vampires, zombies are rarely romanticized (at least not yet – I am still waiting for someone to write the ultimate zombie romance novel, from the perspective of the zombies, of course), and the zombies in this novel are gloriously frightening. And that’s just one of the reasons I love this book. (One of the others is the evocative title.)

Mary feels like she’s growing up in a cage. Her village, surrounded by fences, lies in a clearing in a dense forest. The fences protect the villagers from the Unconsecrated, the ravenous horde of undead littering the forest, but the protection comes with a cost –stagnation. The villagers have long forgotten whatever cataclysmic event caused the Change, and they exist with simple, structured dreams of marriage and progeny, controlled by the religious Sisterhood. Mary, not content with the simple life, dreams of the ocean her mother told stories about before she too became Unconsecrated, dreams of escape from her arranged marriage, her love for her fiancé’s brother, her own brother’s abandonment, and the yoke of the Sisterhood. When the Unconsecrated finally breach the fence, Mary has her chance, but will she find what she seeks, or is there no place free of the Unconsecrated?

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The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire

eternal_kissEditor: Tricia Telep
Authors: Karen Majoney; Melissa de la Cruz; Maria V. Snyder; Holly Black; Sarah Rees Brennan; Kelley Armstrong; Libba Bray; Rachel Caine; Cecil Castellucci; Cassandra Clare; Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie; Lili St. Crow; Dina James
Publisher: Running Press/teens
Genre: YA Short stories/Horror/Romance
Call number: YPB Eternal (in the new teen paperbacks)

Overall, this is a decent anthology of vampire stories that will easily find an audience among the vampire-crazed. It’s got a stellar line-up of A-list teen authors, many who write urban fantasy/paranormal romance. However, there were enough stories in this anthology that I either didn’t like or felt “meh” about that I can’t say it’s a wholly successful collection. Yes, the vampires in the stories are diverse, ranging from terrifying to romantic to just plain folks, and the lore (whether they combust in sunshine, look beautiful or hideous, can or can not turn into bats, etc.) varies from story to story as well, but that’s not enough to make this whole collection a stand-out.

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New Fiction – August 2009

madmanTales of the Madman Underground. John Barnes. Y Barnes.

For years, Karl has been part of the Madman Underground–kids forced to attend group therapy during school hours. Karl decides that for his senior year, he is going to get out of the group for good. He is going to act–and be–Normal. But Normal, of course, is relative.

deathDeath’s Daughter. Amber Benson. YPB Benson.

Known as Tara on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Benson delivers the first in a new series of killer urban fantasy novels featuring Calliope Reaper-Jones, whose father happens to be Death himself.

vastThe Vast Fields of Ordinary. John Burd. Y Burd.

The summer after graduating from an Iowa high school, eighteen-year-old Dade Hamilton watches his parents’ marriage disintegrate, ends his long-term, secret relationship, comes out of the closet, and savors first love.

secretlifeThe Secret Life of Prince Charming. Deb Caletti. Y Caletti.

After Quinn gets dumped, she starts to wonder if there really are no good men. It doesn’t help when she discovers that her selfish, womanizing father has stolen more from the women in his life than their hearts. Quinn joins forces with the stepsister she’s never met and sets out to right her father’s wrongs.

sleepawaySleepaway Girls. Jen Calonita. Y Calonita.

When the exceptionally people-pleasing Sam spends a summer as a counselor-in-training, she learns how to say no, to stand up for herself, and what it feels like to have a crush on a great guy.

hiddenHidden Voices: the orphan musicians from Venice. Pat Collins. Y Collins.

Anetta, Rosalba, and Luisa find their lives taking unexpected paths while growing up in eighteenth century Venice at the orphanage Ospedale della Pieta, where concerts are given to support the orphanage as well as expose the girls to potential suitors.

siegeThe Siege of Macindaw (Ranger’s Apprentice, Book Six). John Flanagan. Y Flanagan.

After years as a Ranger’s apprentice, Will is now the protector of his first fief. Not long into his service, everything that can go wrong does. After Castle Macindaw is taken over by a renegade knight, Will recruits a motley crew to reclaim the strategic gateway to the north.

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