Monday, May 23, 2011

Clarity / Kim Harrington

TITLE: Clarity

AUTHOR: Kim Harrington


Clarity by debut author Kim Harrington is not a book that you're going to want to miss! I read this book a month or so ago and have been waiting for the opportune time to showcase it on the blog. I cannot say enough good things about this novel! Anyhow, just because I love it, doesn't mean you're going to, so read the description below to see if it's something you might like. (May I suggest it for your first summer reading book!! It would be a great beach read!)

Clare Fern, who belongs to a family of psychics, is sixteen and lives in the tourist town of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Unbeknownst to her, she and her family are about to have the summer of their lives. When Clare's brother becomes a suspect in a murder of a teen girl in a local motel, Clare must work with the police detective, her cheating ex-boyfriend, and the new detective's quite hot son to prove that her brother is innocent. Will her gift, which is sometimes unpredictable, be able to help clear her brother's name and keep her safe from the lurking murderer? Check Clarity out if you're looking for a suspenseful novel filled with plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing.

M's Verdict: Obviously it's AWESOME! (If you cannot remember why, read above:p) I will definitely be eagerly awaiting Kim Harrington's upcoming novels, including Perception (the sequel to Clarity and expected to be released in March 2012).

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Teen Scene @ Fredricksen Library

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The Teen Scene @ Fredricksen Library is now on Facebook! Use the link above (or below) to check it out!

Eventually our blog will disappear and we will rely on our FB page; so please use it. Feel free to add comments, tell us what you like/dislike, and what we should add/change. It's your page, so let's use it to share book reviews, information on Teen Programs & events, and upcoming changes to the Teen collection @ FRE and anything else relevant.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Three Black Swans / Caroline B. Cooney

TITLE: Three Black Swans
AUTHOR: Caroline B. Cooney

Do you remember The Face on the Milk Carton series? The author, Caroline B. Cooney, has written over 75 novels for teens and they just keep getting better! Three Black Swans is a great choice if you're looking for an edge-of-your-seat-can't-stop-reading and am-dying-to-know-how-this-can-possibly-end novel!

Missy is a sixteen-year-old high school student who comes up with great prank for her science class; she and her cousin are going to convince her classmates that they are in fact long-last twins rather than cousins. The whole thing turns Missy and her cousin Claire's lives upside-down when a video of the two of them go viral and the girls begin to believe their own prank. Could the girls actually be identical twins? After sixteen years of sleep overs and family get-togethers, is it possible that their parents have kept such a secret hidden for so long?

M's Verdict: Read Three Black Swans if you like surprising twists and turns. Although it's sure to make you a bit tense (due to anticipating and waiting for what could possibly happen next), it's worth it.

Check out Cooney's website (below) for more information on her book or her life.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Ghostopolis / Doug TenNapel

TITLE: Ghostopolis
AUTHOR: Doug TenNapel

One of the graphic novels that I frequently recommend to readers new to graphic novels is Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel. I read Ghostopolis a few months back and I have continued to search out and read all of the TenNapel GNs that I can get my hands on.

Ghostopolis is a bit weird and unusual, but that's what makes it fun. Once you start reading, I guarantee you'll want to read another of TenNapel's comics, if not--see me!

Picture this...
You have an incurable disease, that's as bad as it can get, right? Think again! You're zapped into the afterlife by a ghost wrangler, along with a horse skeleton (that appears to be alive--weird), and the ruler of this afterlife is not pleased with your arrival, so he sends his minions after you. Fantastic! Fortunately the ghost wrangler who accidentally sent you to this other world has an ex ghost girlfriend, who can hopefully get you back to where you belong. All this and more is jammed into Ghostopolis. Want to know how it ends? Check it out! If it's already gone, don't worry, there's another copy on order!

Check out Doug TenNapel's website too : .

I am currently reading Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner and Power Up by Doug TenNapel.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Mother's Day Button Bracelets

Today we had our Mother's Day Button Bracelets program @ 2PM.

Although we had a smaller turnout than expected, the bracelets that resulted turned out great!

THANK YOU to our participants--we hope to see you at our next event: a showing of the 4th Harry Potter movie on Sunday, May 15th.

Monday, May 02, 2011

If I Stay

TITLE: If I Stay
AUTHOR: Gayle Forman

I will admit right off the bat, that I am totally swayed by the cover of a book. Covers pull me in and it's the first few pages and chapters that hook me (or totally turn me off). Don't get me wrong, a book with a great cover can be completely horrible, so don't let the cover be the only deciding factor. Anyhow, I do have a point...

One YA book that I recently picked up (based upon the interesting cover) was Gayle Forman's If I Stay. It's about a teen girl and her family who are in a terrible car accident. The entire story revolves around whether the talented teen cellist Mia will fight to live or succumb to the darkness of death that seems to be calling her.

I was drawn to the impending doom that seemed to drip off of the blurb of the book, but I can't say that that was enough to propel me through the entire book. For the readers of this blog, I can proudly say that I was able to power through the whole book; depressing topic, high level vocabulary, obvious outcome and all.

M's Verdict: Eh, not good enough for me to want to read the sequel: Where She Went. From looking at our copy, it's checked out a lot and the reviews are really good too, so obviously my opinion is not the same as many others. If you disagree with me, let me know! Share your thoughts and give me a teen perspective of If I Stay by Gayle Forman.