I love a good suspense story and Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff was exactly what I wanted it to be. It is full of action, adventure, sleuthing, and excellent gadgets. We know him as Benjamin, but that is not his real name of course. A few years ago Benjamin’s father was killed by The Program, a mysterious government organization working to wipe out terrorist threats. Now Benjamin is a trained assassin working for this same organization, hoping to right the wrongs of his father. The Program gives him his assignment and then he works his way into his future victim's life—going to school with their kids, building strong friendships, going to parties, whatever it takes. And then when the perfect opportunity arises he kills them and disappears, moving onto his next fake life and never looking back. But his latest assignment is proving to be much trickier (hint: prettier) than ever before and for the first time Benjamin finds himself questioning The Program.
This morning, Good Morning America helped Katy Perry announce her choice for best music video using her song "Roar." Lakewood High School will get to host a Katy Perry performance because their video was chosen out of entries from all over the United States!
Marco is riding his bike through the mall parking garage when he is chased down by a few angry bullies from school. They run over his bike and he narrowly escapes into a hidden storage closet in the garage. After he nervously listens to their receding footsteps, he turns on the light and sees a mysterious object in the closet. And then it starts beeping.
No Safety in Numbers is the fast-paced and exciting story of Marco and three other teens, all locked in the mall for a week due to a “security incident.” Nobody except Marco knows anything about the bomb in the garage, and the officials aren’t sharing any information with the shoppers or employees. What happens when thousands of people are stuck in the mall for a week? It’s not pretty.
Cam and Viv had the perfect relationship until the night a car accident killed Viv and left Cam behind, grief stricken and riddled with guilt. While revisiting the scene of the accident Cam meets a ghost name Nina, who closely resembles Viv. Nina leads Cam through a time portal to a parallel Earth where things appear to be exactly the same only Viv is still alive. Will Cam remain in this alternate reality where he can be reunited with his one true love or are there more sinister forces at play? Author Emily Hainsworth lives in Denver with her husband and daughter. She has owned a successful dog grooming business, loves cupcakes and watches Doctor Who. Her first novel Through to You was published in October of 2012.
Meet Emily Hainsworth and other local authors at our upcoming Books and Bites event at the Arvada Library this friday, September 20th from 6-8:30.
Although her parents are renowned Shakespearean actors, Miranda's performance in a school play is disastrous. Before she can get away to hide, Stephen, a castmate, whisks her to sixteenth century England to meet--and save--the young Will Shakespeare. Pamela Mingle has been a teacher, a librarian and now she is a writer. When Mingle discovered Shakespeare may have been a school teacher it planted the seed for Kissing Shakespeare. One of Milgle's favorite books from 2012 is Grave Mercy, a book I loved as well!
Meet Pamela Mingle and other authors at the Books and Bites events at the Arvada Library on September 20, 6-8:30.
Our new makerspace is famous! Check out this blog post about what's going on at MakeSomething, the makerspace at the Belmar Library. And then sign up for the next workshop, where you can create a bike light. Click here to see all the upcoming MakeSomething events and register soon for the next workshop, as it will fill up fast.
The new book in Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles comes out February 4th, 2014 and the awesome cover has been revealed! Cress, the third in the series, revamps the Rapunzel fairy tale, much like Cinder did with Cinderella and Scarlet did with Little Red Riding Hood. Instead of being cooped up in a tower like Rapunzel, Cress is stuck in an orbiting satellite while a war rages between Earth and the moon colony of Luna, led by the cruel Queen Levana. Check out a revealing interview with Meyer and read an excerpt from the new book! And, don't forget to put your name on the hold list!
Do you like stories that will make your spine tingle with fear? Mackie Doyle knows that he replaced a human child when he was just an infant. Now, when a friend's sister disappears, he goes against his family's and town's deliberate denial of the problem to confront the beings that dwell under the town, tampering with human lives. Yovanoff is also the author of Paper Valentine and The Space Between.
Meet Brenna Yovanoff and other authors at the Books and Bites event at the Arvada Library on September 20, 6-8:30.
A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty is an expertly-crafted, genre-blending tale (mystery, realism, fantasy and mad-cap humor) of two stories that run parallel. In our world, near Cambridge, London, Madeline and her mother have run away from home under mysterious circumstances, while in the Kingdom of Cello, Elliot is searching for his father who also disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
Madeline, her mother and friends are eccentric characters. Madeline wears bright and frequently clashing colors to spice up what she calls her dull and much poorer life since they left her Dad. She and her friends are home schooled on topics and in a manner that is equally odd. For example, they study history by living as someone from the past. Thus begins, Madeline's fascination with Isaac Newton and her friend Jack's fascination with Lord Byron.
While in Elliot's world, the seasons come and go within days, sometimes hours. They are plagued by waves of color storms that effect their emotions and set the whole town on edge. One color may cause you to profess love while another to commit violence or yet another gives you an inexhaustible supply of energy to tend to all those chores you've been meaning to get done. It's a strange and whimsical place. There are rumors of a Butterfly Child who would could set the place to right.
Quite by happenstance, Elliot and Madeline begin communicating across worlds when Madeline finds a note stuck in a crack of a broken parking meter. She believes someone is writing a fantasy novel and communicates back giving him advice on how to improve his novel. Elliot however, is aware of "the world," Madeline's world. It is a crime in Cello to communicate with it. All cracks are to be reported and immediately sealed.
This was a delightful, well-written book. I picked it up because of the praise on the back cover by another author I enjoy, Deborah Harkness: "A marvelous novel - in every sense of the word - with all the qualities of a literary classic. Just like the letters exchanged between the main characters, A Corner of White, slips through the previously unnoticed crack in the reader's heart and changes everything."
I'm so glad I read it. It will appeal to both fans of realistic fiction that want to spice things up with a little fantasy as well as fantasy lovers who may want to try something grounded with a little realism.
The library will be hosting an author event in September where you can rub elbows with local authors who write for teens. One of our featured authors is Melanie Crowder, author of Parched. In a South African land parched by drought, Sarel and her parents fight for survival on a daily basis. Sarel’s parents lose this fight when they are shot by gang members, who then burn the family residence to the ground. Not sure what to do, Sarel moves into the dog kennel and spends her days searching for food and water to keep both herself and the dogs alive. Soon after, Musa, a boy who was kidnapped and forced to drowse for water in the gang that burned Sarel’s home, arrives badly injured. Musa may be Sarel’s only hope for survival.
Meet Melanie Crowder and other authors at Books and Bites at the Arvada Library on September 20, 6-8:30.