Tuesday, September 25, 2007

New Teen Book - After the Wreck...

Mixed in with those video games was a new Teen book, Joyce Carol Oates', After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away. For a little more detail see New YA Books: After the Wreck...

Video Games are In!

Good news! The video games for the new circulating collection are coming in quicker than expected. A pile hit my desk this morning. Several were already on hold, but I just put about a dozen on the shelf. Get 'em while they're in!
These games are being provided courtesy of the fundraising efforts of the library's Teen Advisory Group. If you have games lying around that you're no longer playing, we're happy to take donations to add to the collection. Just about any console system, and games rated T or friendlier, please. Just drop them at the Information Desk for me.
Also, remember we have video game tournaments coming up soon. High school is this Sunday, September 30 @ 2:00, and next Sunday, October 7, is for grades 6-8. See you then!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

New Samantha McGregor, The Door Within, and More

A handful of new Teen books just came in, including an addition to the Samantha McGregor series, and The Door Within series, as well as a few standalone books. For more details see New YA Books: Installments of Samantha McGregor, The Door Within, and More .

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

What Mrs. N's Been Reading - A Crack in the Line

Just finished Michael Lawrence's A Crack in the Line. If you like getting into those strange philosophical discussions about alternate universes, or enjoy those Star Trek episodes with duplicate realities, you'll like this one. It's the first in the Withern Rise Trilogy. Alaric, a teenage boy who's mother was killed a few years earlier in a tragic accident, finds himself suddenly transported to what turns out to be an alternate reality. It's essentially the same as his world, except that there is a girl, Naia, in his place, and her mother was in the same accident as his, but survived. The two of them try to figure out what exactly is happening, why, how to get back from the other reality, etc. You get glimpses of what is to come in the rest of the trilogy. How many realities are there? What causes the alternate realities? Are there other ways to transport between them? What if you get stuck in the wrong one? A good read. Check it out!

Now In - Eclipse and Knife Edge

I finally have a little time to get back to posting new teen books on the other blog. Just in time, too, because 2 sequels that look really good just came in, Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer and Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman. For a little more detail see New YA Books: Eclipse and Knife Edge .

Sunday, September 09, 2007

DDR Update

Just wrapped up the first DDR Tournament of the school year. 25 brave souls participated, along with a half dozen or so additional chicken-hearted teens who chose to just watch and cheer. Competition was stiffer than usual this time. Ultimately, Jacob H. earned bragging rights by winning this one, edging out Nathaniel H. who was a pretty close second. If you missed it check out the pics below.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

DDR Tournament

In case you missed all of the other publicity, our first DDR tournament of the school year will be this Sunday, September 9 @ 2:00. No need to preregister, just come on in at 2:00. Previous tournaments have been a lot of fun, with some really, really good competition! Even if you think you're not so good, come on in and give it a go, or just watch and cheer. Thanks to the Friends of Fredricksen, snacks and drinks will be provided, and board games will also be available.
See you Sunday!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

What Mrs. N's Been Reading - Thieves Like Us

Just finished Stephen Cole's Thieves Like Us. If you liked the Cherub series you'll probably like this one. Rather than the teens being part of a covert government agency as in the Cherub series, this one has one man, Nathanial Coldhardt, organizing a group of teens to to be international thieves for profit. The teens are all kids with either no family, or at least no family that would miss them. Each has specific skills to add to the group - a pilot, a computer encryption expert, a human lie detector, etc. Personally, I liked The Recruit from the Cherub series a little bit more than this one, but if you've run that series, the Spy High series, etc., and are looking for something else like those, this one's not bad. It has plenty of action, some reminiscent of Indiana Jones, as well as some good plot twists. Enjoy!