July 2011 New Books

Fairy Bad Day, by Amanda Ashby. Y Ashby.
High schooler Emma is devastated to learn that she may not follow in her mother’s footsteps as a dragon slayer, but with an unlikely band of allies she discovers that she may, indeed, be more adept at slaying giant killer fairies.

Compulsion, by Heidi Ayarbe. Y Ayarbe.
Poised to lead his high school soccer team to its third straight state championship, seventeen-year-old star player Jake Martin struggles to keep hidden his nearly debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Wrapped, by Jennifer Bradbury. Y Bradbury.
Seventeen-year-old Agnes Wilkins is about to make her debut into 1815 London society at a lavish party, where she meets Lord Showalter, a wealthy and eligible man who collects Egyptian antiquities and who is hiding a dangerous secret.

Bitter End, by Jennifer Brown. Y Brown.
When seventeen-year-old Alex starts dating Cole, a new boy at her high school, her two closest friends increasingly mistrust him as the relationship grows more serious.

The Carrie Diaries, by Candace Bushnell. Y Bushnell.
Tells the story of Manhattan columnist Carrie Bradshaw’s high school years, her relationships with her peers, and how she became a writer.

The Dragon’s Oath (a House of Night novella), by P.C. Cast. Y Cast.
In early nineteenth-century England, long before he’s a professor at the Tulsa House of Night, Bryan Lankford is a troublesome yet talented human teen who thinks he can get away with anything…until his father, a wealthy nobleman, has finally had enough, and banishes him to America. When Bryan is Marked by a vampire on the docks and given the choice between the London House of Night and the dragon-prowed ship to America, he chooses the dragon- a new name and a brand new fate.–From book jacket.

Roadside Assistance, by Amy Clipston. Y Clipston.
After her mother dies and she and her father move in with her wealthy aunt and cousin, Emily struggles when her car-loving, tomboy identity and her way of expressing her faith clash with the expectations of others.

Notes from the Blender, by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin. Y Cook.
Two teenagers–a heavy-metal-music-loving boy who is still mourning the death of his mother years earlier, and a beautiful, popular girl whose parents divorced because her father is gay–try to negotiate the complications of family and peer relationships as they get to know each other after learning that their father and mother are marrying each other.

Nightspell (sequel to Mistwood), by Leah Cypress. Y Cypress.
Sent by her father, the king of Raellia, who is trying to forge an empire out of warring tribes, Darri arrives in Ghostland and discovers that her sister, whom she planned to rescue, may not want to leave this land where the dead mingle freely with the living.

Tempest Rising, by Tracy Deebs. Y Deebs.
On her seventeenth birthday, Tempest must decide whether to remain a human and live on land or submit to her mermaid half, like her mother before her, and enter into a long-running war under the sea.

In the Shadow of the Lamp, by Susanne Dunlap. Y Dunlap.
A young nurse–in love with two men–joins Florence Nightingale on the field of battle. A love story to savor, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes imagining of the woman who became known as the lady with the lamp.

Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck, by Margarita Engle. Y Engle.
Quebrado has been a slave on captain Bernadino de Talavera’s pirate ship for years, but when a hurricane sinks the ship and kills most of the crew, Quebrado escapes to safety and finds acceptance and refuge in a nearby village.

The Hidden Coronet (Relic Master, Book Three), by Catherine Fisher. Y Fisher.
Sixteen-year-old Raffi and Master Galen continue to evade the Watch as they seek the Coronet, a potent ancient relic that could be their only hope for defeating the power that is destroying Anara.

Then (sequel to Once), by Morris Gleitzman. Y Gleitzman.
In early 1940s Poland, ten-year-old Felix and his friend Zelda escape from a cattle car headed to the Nazi death camps and struggle to survive, first on their own and then with Genia, a farmer with her own reasons for hating Germans.

Blood Magic, by Tessa Gratton. Y Gratton.
In Yaleylah, Missouri, teens Silla and Nick, drawn together by loss and a shared family history of blood magic practitioners, are plunged into a world of dark magic as they try to unravel the mystery of Silla’s parents’ apparent murder suicide.

Tighter, by Adele Griffin. Y Griffin.
Based on Henry James’s “The Turn of the Screw,” tells the story of Jamie Atkinson’s summer spent as a nanny in a small Rhode Island beach town, where she begins to fear that the estate may be haunted, especially after she learns of two deaths that occurred there the previous summer.

Something Deadly This Way Comes (Madison Avery series), by Kim Harrison. Y Harrison.
Technically dead seventeen-year-old Madison must choose between reclaiming her body and continuing as Dark Timekeeper, struggling in the war between Light and Dark reapers while trying to change the rules.

The Dead (sequel to The Enemy), by Charlie Higson. Y Higson.
Ed, Jack, Bam, and the other students at Rowhurst Academy must run for their lives when a mutant disease attacks the adults and turns them into flesh-eating monsters.

Tiger’s Quest (sequel to Tiger’s Curse), by Colleen Houck. Y Houck.
Kelsey returns home to Oregon, where Mr. Kadam has enrolled her in college, but danger sends her back to India to begin another quest, this time with Kishan, to try to break the curse that forces Kisham and his brother Ren to live as tigers.

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Teen Summer Reading 2011 Photos

You waited patiently for me to get the photos together, and I appreciate it. Here are links to the photos from three of our summer reading workshops. You can also find these links on the right side of the blog, under the menu heading Programs.

Magnetize Me (magnetic bulletin board) with My Art Workshop

Glitter Tattoos with Hummingbird Henna

Airbrushed T-shirts with Igor’s T-shirts

You Are Here Summer Reading Raffle

The teen summer reading program is officially over, and the names were drawn for the raffle prizes yesterday. This year, we awarded Pirate’s Cove passes, Chipotle “free burritos for four” meals, Elitch Gardens tickets, and gift cards for GameStop, ITunes, and Wal-Mart to 19 lucky winners. All winners have been called. The winner of the Tattered Cover gift card for most reviews written will be determined this week, as well (as soon as I count the zillions of reviews you guys wrote!).

Even if you didn’t complete the program in time for the raffle, you can still pick up the 6-hour reading prizes and get a free book for completing the program through August 15.

On this blog, be on the lookout for the awesome photos for two of our summer reading events: the glitter henna tattoo program and the air-brushed T-shirt workshop. I apologize for not posting them sooner — time goes quickly during summer reading and it got away from me.

Thanks to all of you for participating and making summer reading a success this year! Thanks also to our sponsors who generously donated prizes: Chipotle, Tokyo Joe’s, Izze soda, Chick-fil-A, Elitch Gardens, Pirate’s Cove, and Tattered Cover.