Sunday, January 29, 2012

Ten Things We Did... / Sarah Mlynowski

TITLE: Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have)
AUTHOR: Sarah Mlynowski
OWNED by CCLS? On order.

Let me set the stage by providing some background...

April is your typical teen; sort of. She's a junior at a high school in Westport, Connecticut and like every other teen on the planet, it seems that her parents are out to ruin her life. Her mother's affair with another man is the catalyst that causes her parents to get a divorce. And before the ink has even dried on the divorce papers, her mother and father have both remarried. April moves in with her father and stepmother so as to avoid leaving Westport, her school, her friends, and her boyfriend Noah, and April's younger brother Matthew moves with their mother and stepfather to France.

Now let's get to the good stuff...

It's now halfway through April's junior year of high school and her father decides to take a job in Cleveland. April obviously will not let her father's new job title and salary cause her to leave behind all that she loves. So... April and her BFF Vi (a senior) manage to convince her father to let her live the rest of her junior year at Vi's house. April's father, under the assumption that Vi's mother will be present, agrees.

Picture this... you're a junior in high school living in a house on the beach with your best friend and fellow student; alone. Your parents are a few states away and you have the house to yourself for the next six months. What would you do?

Would you be the responsible one? The one who goes grocery shopping, does the laundry, and takes care of the house? OR... Would you be the "wild child?" The one who hosts the parties, has boys over and buys a hot tub?

Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) chronicles three months in the life of April Berman. Everything that could possibly happen when two teenagers are living without adult supervision happens. This is a great story of what it takes to be a grown up; responsibility for your actions and your words. It's a true tale of teen angst, growing up, and forgiveness.

M's Verdict: If you're looking for a book with a hook, try this out. This is the first book I've read by Sarah Mlynowski and I was impressed. Great cover & title (which caused me to pick up the book) and a great storyline (which made me not want to put the book down).

I love that the book is so realistic, but not depressingly so. There is still plenty of comedy, but the reader is able to relate and connect to the characters without having that "Disney-feel". Mlynowski does a great job of making this story modern and believable. It involves underage drinking, sex, profanities, and plenty of totally irresponsible behaviors or minors, sp it's not for the more conservative crowd, but it's sure to hit close to home for many a teen.

Check it out... (coming soon to your library)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Hunger Games Movie

In a winter slump? Need something to look forward to between now and Spring? Then it's time to begin your countdown.

If you enjoyed any of the Suzanne Collins Hunger Games books:

1. Hunger Games,
2. Catching Fire, or
3. Mockingjay,

you'll be excited to know (if you don't already) that the 1st of (hopefully) 3 installments will be in theatres March 23, 2012. Check out the trailer @ .

While you're at it, check out the new Hunger Games READ poster from ALA (American Library Association). For purchase information, click on the READ poster (to left).

If you haven't read the Hunger Games books yet, be sure to check them out @ your library today! The titles above are links to our catalog, so click on the one you want to read and go ahead and place a hold.

Monday, January 23, 2012

2012 ALA Award Winners

(this is going to be a long one...)

2012 Award Winning and Honor Books

Alex Awards
(ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18)

Big Girl Small / Rachel DeWoskin
In Zanesville / Jo Ann Beard
The Lover’s Dictionary / David Levithan
The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens / Brooke Hauser
The Night Circus / Erin Morgenstern
Ready Player One / Ernest Cline
Robopocalypse: A Novel / Daniel H. Wilson
Salvage the Bones / Jesmyn Ward
The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures / Caroline Preston
The Talk-Funny Girl / Roland Merullo

Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults


Margaret A. Edwards Award
(honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, that have been popular over a period of time. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world)

Winner: Susan Cooper
(click on her name--above--to see all of the books written by Cooper that are owned by the Cumberland County Library System)

Michael L. Printz Award
(award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature)



Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production
(producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States)


  • Rotters / written by Daniel Kraus; narrated by Kirby Heyborne

Schneider Family Book Award
(honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences)

Middle School Winner(s):

Teen Winner(s):

Stonewall Book Awards
(English language books that have exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered experience)


  • Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy / Bil Wright

William C. Morris Debut YA Award
(honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature)



Monday, January 16, 2012

Best of the Best of 2011

ALA Award Winners

With the New Year comes new award winning books. In anticipation of the upcoming ALA award announcements (TBA on January 23rd, 2012--1 week away) let's check out some of the nominees...

Alex Awards
honors ten adult books with special appeal to teens

Morris Award
honors the best book by a previously unpublished author writing for teens

Nonfiction Award
honors the best nonfiction written for teens each year

Edwards Award
honors an author and specific works by that author for lifetime contribution for writing to teens
Nominees [Unlisted]

Printz Award
honors the best book written for teens each year
Nominees [Unlisted]

Odyssey Award
honors the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States
Nominees [Unlisted]

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Carter Finally Gets It / Brent Crawford

TITLE: Carter Finally Gets It
AUTHOR: Brent Crawford
CCLS OWN? Yes--in print (book), electronic (e-book) and audio (CD)

This is not your average and oh-so-predictable coming of age tale of boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, and that's a wrap. Carter Finally Gets It is told from the perspective of high school freshman Will Carter (aka Carter), a guy just trying to figure it all out before the end of his freshman year; how to get the girl, the cool nickname, the varsity letter jacket, the spot on the football, swimming and baseball teams, and ... the part in the school play. Carter is such a realistic character that readers will be rooting for him while simultaneously laughing at the horribly awkward situations that he finds himself in.

Still not quite hooked? Check out some of these can't miss lines from the novel Carter Finally Gets It...

We look like a pair of escapees from a mental hospital, or an S&M sex convention. My shirt is all ripped up and my hands are bound behind my back. EJ has puke all over his shirt, buttless pants, and only one shoe.

We're having chili for dinner tonight. It's my favorite thing Mom cooks, because instead of vegetables or rice or something on the side of the main dish, we have cinnamon rolls. I don't know who told her you could swap broccoli for a cinnamon roll, but I like it...

She definitely had a nice butt; I can tell that at any speed.

"Fight nothin', Mom! Let's talk about how Lynn had a huge party when we were at Grandma's funeral, and how the house was so jacked up that she had to hire a cleaning crew and a contractor to put it back together!"

If her wiggly walk was a crime and I was asked to testify against it at trial, I could give you every detail.

I learned a valuable lesson. Teachers are people...underpaid, poorly dressed, lame car-driving people.

I'm going to the dance with the hottest girl in my class, yet her dad will kill me if I touch her, and she's been ambushed by some demented makeover show.

In this process of becoming an adult, I think some people have got to get hurt. We hurt ourselves, and we hurt others. Some deserve it, while others are just waiting in line to play Ms. Pac-Man.

M's Verdict: I LOVED IT! This is the first book that I completely read on my Kindle and somehow it made the experience even better. I was able to save notes to use for my review and it was just as hilarious as if the book was right in front of me! I highly recommend it to everyone!
I chose to read this particular book because I felt like the books that I had been reading lately were written predominantly by and intended for female readers. I wanted something written by a man and told from a teen boy's perspective. Crawford hit that nail right on the head! (In other words, this was exactly the book that I was looking for!) It's the perfect book--it's filled with non-stop comedy, action, drama, and more.

It's a great choice for anyone who has gone through that awkward transition from middle to high school. Regardless of whether you are a guy or a girl, you are sure to find the totally bizarre (but believable) situations that Will finds himself in absolutely laugh-out-loud hilarious! Whether it's when Will and his friends are running from the cops, driving on the wrong side of the road, practically draining themselves of blood while shaving, or totally striking out while trying to pick up the rival schools' hotties, this book is sure to keep you entertained while still giving that feel good message of... it gets better & everyone has a rough patch (or two). I promise that if you read this book, you will declare that it is of epic proportions;)

Friday, January 06, 2012

Did you know...

that you can check out Video Games @ your Library?
Check out some of these NEW Video Games!!

for Nintendo DS:
Kirby Mass Attack
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem
Mario Kart

for Play Station 3:
Little Big Planet
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time
Uncharted 1
Uncharted 2

for Wii:
Kirby's Return to Dreamland

for XBOX 360:
Batman: Arkham City
Forza 4
Need for Speed: The Run
Split Second

Looking for a different video game?
Check out our catalog online:

For faster results...
Look up a specific title using the "FORMAT" search
(under advanced search options) and type your game title in the last search box on the page: Software Title begins with:

Monday, January 02, 2012

Upcoming Programs

Video Game Day: Mario Day!
Sunday, January 8 at 2 pm

Join us for a video game day of all games Mario - Mario Kart, Mario Party and Super Smash Brothers! We will have several systems set up around the room. No registration necessary. For grades 6 -12. Refreshments provided by the Friends of Fredricksen.

This Land is Your Land: Teen Writing Workshop
4 Part workshop- 4 Saturdays January 28th, February 4th, February 11th and February 18th 2 pm to 4 pm

In a world where analysis and left-brain thinking dominates, this creative writing workshop gently guides in the creation of a deeper, more imaginative universe. Where else can you create your own landscape and those who live in it? This workshop supports self-expression and enhances a new way of thinking in today’s hectic pace. As Tramp once said in “Lady and the Tramp:” There’s a big hunk of world down there with no fences around it…..And it’s all ours for the taking…..All ours.” This is exactly the spirit you will find in this fun-filled creative writing workshop presented by Real Simple Soul and Sherrie LeuVay.

Teen Movie: Call for title - PG-13 Sunday, January 29 at 2 pm

Escape the cold weather by joining us to watch a Steven Spielberg Production. After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the creepy phenomenon. Refreshments provided by the Friends of Fredricksen. No registration necessary. For grades 6 -12. MPAA- Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and some drug use.

Safe Sitter Workshop 2-part workshop, Saturdays, January 14 and 21 from 10 am – 4:30 pm

Holy Spirit Health System will be presenting this babysitter training program for ages 11-13. To register call Cheryl Sola at Holy Spirit Health Systems at 763-2427 and leave a message including your name, address, and phone number. A registration packet will be mailed to you. You must attend both sessions to receive a certificate of completion. There is a $25 fee which will include a manual, a backpack, and additional supplies. T-shirts and sweatshirts will also be available for purchase. Bring a bag lunch. (Snowdate - January 28)

Teen Craft: Valentine's Day Roses Sunday, February 12 at 2 pm

We will be combining the best parts of Valentine’s Day, roses and chocolate, to make Hershey Kiss roses. We will also be making roses from everyone's favorite material, duct tape! Great gifts for that special someone. For grades 6 – 12 with no registration necessary. Sponsored by Friends of Fredricksen.

Game Day- Unplugged! Sunday, February 26 at 2 pm

Join us for an afternoon of board games! Feel free to bring your favorite from home. For grades 6 – 12 with no registration necessary. Refreshments provided by the Friends of Fredricksen.

Program for All Ages
Birdie for Books! –Mini Golf @ Fredricksen Library Saturday, February 25 from 10 am to 6 pm

Save the Date! Our 3rd Annual Birdie for Books fundraiser is back again by popular demand! Don’t miss the chance to play 18 holes of miniature golf INSIDE the library and raise money for Fredricksen at the same time. Last year over 400 golfers came to Fredricksen to play our challenging course that meandered throughout both floors of the library, helping us to raise almost $10,000! The course includes sand traps, hazards, menacing greens, and other decorations designed by local high schools students. Our 19th Hole CafĂ© will once again be filled with wonderful treats, raffle prizes and food. Last year’s prizes included pool memberships, golf outings, toys, and gift baskets. Don’t miss this fun filled day for the whole family! Hole, Tee and Fairway Sponsorships are available for businesses, organizations and families to support Fredricksen. The library will be open for this unique Mini-Golf fundraiser, but closed for regular library business on Saturday, February 25th. For more information call the Development Office at (717) 761-3900 ext. 244.