Home > Teen > Crazy Readerz Blog > Read this!

Read this!

by: 
Violet, Standley Lake Teen Contributor

 

 

                                                                   Perfectly Me

                                                                     

                                                                                    There is no end

                                                                       To the soul within my being

                                                                   To the ideas, dreams, epiphanies

                                                                         That encompass my mind.

 

                                                                                           My soul

                                                                              Is not a cageable force;

                                                                             It runs free with the wind,

                                                                               Dances with the leaves,

                                                                                Refuses to be bound

                                                                                       By anything.

 

                                                                                            My soul

                                                                                         Sees wrong

                                                                                  Tries to make it right

                                                                                 Attempts to tell others

                                                                                        Teach them

                                                                                       Of my values

                                                                                      Of my wonder

                                                                      Of compassion, wisdom, and hope.

 

                                                                                            My soul- 

                                                                                      It dives off cliffs,

                                                                                      Rides waterfalls,

                                                                                Swims against the tide.

 

                                                                                                 I am

                                                                                                  Me

 

 

If you enjoy poetry, you might try checking out Tell The World: Teen Poems from WritersCorps.  This book shares the voices of teens who show the world how poetry can reflect who we are, where we are from, how we love, and why we hope.

 

by: 
Arra, Teen Services Coordinator

I just finished reading The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson and I was blown away (not literally thank goodness).  Laila's father, a dictator in an unnamed Middle Eastern country, has been killed and now she, her mom and brother have been relocated to the United States.  Coming from a life of privilege and also from a country with strict laws about how women may act, Laila has a hard time adjusting to her new life.  Luckily, Emmy steps in to show her the ropes of American culture.  However, a US government agent begins to complicate things by manipulating her family to try and gain more influence in her home country.  

Carleson is a former CIA operative who worked in Baghdad during Saddam Hussein's rule.  She has an inside perspective on politics in the Middle East and how the US interacts with these countries.  Usually, I would skip the author's note and essay found in the back of the book but, in this case, I highly recommend reading them as they are well worth it!

If you like this book you may also enjoy Shabanu by Suzanne Staples.

by: 
Meghann Henry, Teen Outreach Librarian

Just in time for Teen Tech week, Sharon, a patron experience librarian from the Lakewood Library shared information about the Digital Comic Museum.  Graphic Novel fans can explore hundreds of pre-1959 comics that influenced the style of many graphic novels today (sorry no Batman, Superman or X-Men here).  These comics give interesting and sometimes eyebrow raising glimpse into 1950s pop culture. So, explore the site and see how things have changed - or in some cases haven't changed much at all!

by: 
Jessie, Columbine Library

Aimee Carter, author of the Goddess Test series, has a new book out!

Pawn takes place in a future United States where society is strictly structured into different social classes. Each person takes a test when they turn 17 that determines their class and the kind of life that they will lead. Kitty tests as a III, which means working in a sewer and never having enough food or money to truly be happy. When the Prime Minister gives her the opportunity to upgrade to a VII she agrees without even knowing what she will need to do. The next thing she knows she is waking up after weeks of being drugged, only to find that she has a whole new body—she now looks and sounds exactly like the Prime Minister’s niece.  Kitty learns that her world and the people who lead it are more gruesome and corrupt than she ever imagined, and she is now a pawn in their evil plots.

If you like dystopian books like The Hunger Games or Divergent you should definitely try Pawn.

by: 
Meghann Henry, Teen Outreach Librarian

I just moved to Denver from Kansas City in December, and since then I have undergone a crash course in Broncos football mania. People are sporting orange and blue at work, to school, even on dates (a color combo that in any other context is not recommended). I have never been passionate about a football team (sorry Kansas City Chiefs), but the love and excitement for the Broncos just might make me a fan.  

Inspired by the football buzz I decided to read, Pop by Gordon Korman. It must have been the Broncos orange and blue on the cover that sucked me in, or that like me the main character, Marcus Jordan, has just moved to a new town.  While training at the park for the upcoming football season Marcus befriends Charlie Popovich, a charasmatic adult prankster.  When school starts Marcus is schocked to find out that Charlie is not only the father of Troy, the starting quarterback at school, but is also a former NFL player.  Tensions rise both on and off the field as the boys compete over football, girls, and what's best for Charlie.

Sports fiction is not usually the kind of book that I tackle (see what I did there), but I enjoyed the very real characters created by Korman and the fast pace of the storytelling. So, in the spirit of trying new things, this weekend I am going to rock some orange and blue and scream GO BRONCOS!

 

 

by: 
Arra, Teen Services Coordinator

The American Library Association has announced the Michael L. Printz Award winner for 2014: Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick.  

Do you think re-incarnation is possible?  Does the past have an influence beyond explanation on what will happen tomorrow? In this futuristic tale, Eric is a journalist who has come to the island of Blessed to investigate rumors of unnatural occurrences.  When he meets Merle, a local girl, he feels as though he already knows her.  This gothic tale is told in 7 parts, each based on a phase of the moon. 

The Printz is selected based on excellence in literature for young adults.  Sedgwick is also the author of the nail-biting suspense story Revolver.   

2014 Printz Honor books include:

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

by: 
Chandra, Belmar Library

Are you a Gallagher Girls fan? A Heist Society enthusiast? A budding spy yourself? Try Also Known As by Robin Benway. Maggie Silver has never had a chance to be a “real” teen. She has spent her life cracking safes to aid The Collective, a mysterious organization that funds missions for spies to right wrongs. 

Her new mission is different though. Instead of just cracking the safe after everyone else does the investigating, info gathering, and other spy stuff, this time Maggie’s going to high school to befriend the son of the man who could expose the agents of The Collective.

Along with keeping her identity a secret, she has to figure out how to properly accessorize her school uniform, go on a first date, and survive a high school party without getting vomited on.  

by: 
Jessie, Columbine Library

Cassie is amazing at reading people. She can take one look at someone and know things about them that they won’t even admit to themselves. She’s so good at reading people that she gets recruited by the FBI for a top secret training group.  The group takes "naturals" like Cassie and helps them hone their skills so they will be experts by the time they’re ready to join the FBI.

The Naturals all live together and practice on cold cases using their special skills. For example, one is a compulsive liar who can always tell when others are lying, and another is an expert at reading other people’s emotions. Imagine living with people like that!  Everything is moving along smoothly until one of the serial killers the FBI is chasing starts communicating with Cassie and the Naturals decide to take action.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes was exactly what I wanted it to be, full of the action, adventure, and danger of a good spy story.  I was on the edge of my seat trying to guess how it was going to end.  I have always enjoyed Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ books-- she also wrote Every Other Day, about a girl with monster killing super powers that only work every other day, and the werewolf series that starts with Raised by Wolves. Now, with The Naturals, I have a new favorite to add to my list!

by: 
Jessie, Columbine Library

I picked up 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil because I loved her last book Ten, which was an excellent horror story and made me feel like I was watching a classic teen slasher movie. 3:59 was just as good, but very different.

Josie’s life is falling apart. Her parents have officially separated and her dad just moved out. Her mother is totally obsessed with work and has no time for anything else, including Josie. Her physics teacher hates her for no good reason, even though she’s practically a physics genius. She was fired from her job. And to top it all off, she catches her boyfriend cheating on her with her best friend—on their one year anniversary.

Amidst all this chaos, Josie starts dreaming of another version of herself; a prettier, richer, less-single version. After a while, she realizes that these dreams occur at exactly 3:59 every time, and that they might not be dreams after all. Could the antique mirror in her bedroom actually be a portal into another dimension? And if so, should she be living that life instead?

Gretchen McNeil has one more book that I haven’t read, Possess. I’ll have to add it to my pile!

by: 
Chandra, Belmar Library

 

More than 150 years ago, a guy named Franz Xaver von Schönwerth decided to spend his life writing down fairy tales, much like the Brothers Grimm. Actually, the Grimm Brothers recommended that he take their job once they stopped working. All his work was put in an archive in Germany and forgotten about for a century and a half. Now they've been rediscovered and published in German. I'm impatiently waiting for the translation to English, because, from the sounds of it, these will be just as gruesome and horrifying as the stories we already know. According to this article, in one story "there is the tale of a maiden who escapes a witch by transforming herself into a pond. The witch then lies on her stomach and drinks all the water, swallowing the young girl, who uses a knife to cut her way out of the witch." 

While you wait for the von  Schönwerth tales to come to America, here are some other gruesome stories to satisfy.

The ancient gods are still alive in modern-day America, but just barely. Hermes body is consuming itself, and Athena is sprouting feathers inside her body. "She reached into her mouth and grasped the short, exposed quill of the feather. When she yanked, it tore free with a long, meaty sound...Blood drenched her tongue and teeth. The feather hung limply from her fingertips, and she slammed it down onto the bar top. It was disgusting, coated with blood and bits of her skin."

 
When Joey's mother dies, he has to leave Chicago and go live with a father he's never known in Iowa. His father is known as The Garbage Man and he's no ordinary refuse-collector; he's a modern-day grave robber. Joey is forced to help with the gruesome work. Maggots, rotting flesh, and horror abound. Especially gross are the "rat kings," rats whose tails have become tangled so they move as a single mass. Ew.


If you haven't read this for school yet, read it now! I know, it's a "classic" and "required reading," but really, it's a macabre look into how evil even children can be, if left to their own devices. I'm not going to spoil the ending, but know that at one point, a kid beheads a wild pig and puts the head on a stake and then talks to it. And someone gets murdered. 

To wrap this up, my apologies for any nightmares that may occur due to reading these novels. Sweet dreams!

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Read this!