Are you ready to go back to school? If you are feeling nervous about starting a new school I recommend checking out Friends with Boys. Maggie is starting High School after being homeschooled. She has older brothers to help her out but they have their own lives. Complicating matters is the fact that Maggie's mom has abandoned the family and also Maggie is being haunted. If you enjoy this graphic novel check out Hicks' entry in the book Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to their Teen Selves.
"City of Bones" will be released this week on Wednesday! Author Cassandra Clare was very active in the process of making this movie, including attending auditions. Clare's grandfather was a movie producer so she has an insider view on how movies make it from book to production. Filming for the second movie "City of Ashes" is set to begin this fall.
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 C.S. Shride, winner of the Colorado Book Award.
Lucy Dakota is one cool teenager. She climbs mountains, braves roiling white water, rappels off cliffs and travels the world! Best of all, she isn't afraid to be herself. But it wasn't always this way. Lucy's story is my story. It's your story. It's anyone who's ever been bullied's story. Anyone who's ever been pressured to do something they didn't want to's story. Anyone who's ever wanted desperately to fit in or belong's story. Lucy Dakota isn't different from other teens - she is just like them.
Meet C.S. Shride at Books and Bites at the Arvada Library on September 20th, 6-8:30.
A. S. King has a new book coming out this fall. Reality Boy is the story of Gerald who was on a reality show similar to "The Nanny" when he was 5 years old. From events on this show he now has the legacy of the nick name "The Crapper." Needless to say, this does not increase his social standing at his school. Gerald is still dealing with anger issues from his dysfunctional family and trying to make it through school when he meets Hannah, a fellow cashier at his job. Can he escape the shadow of his past and run away with the circus? (And I do mean literally run away with the circus.) I got an advanced reader copy of this book and I loved it. I recommend you get on the hold list for Reality Boy today!
Did you know Uranium in the Rocky Mountains gives Denver a 50% higher level of radioactivity than most other U.S. cities? This is the equivalent to getting three chest x-rays per year. Ironically, the cancer rate is lower in Denver than in the rest of the country. Want to know more? Check out the book The Instant Physicist: An Illustrated Guide. Amaze your new teachers with your knowledge of science this school year!
Seventeen-year-old Wren was shot in the chest five years ago. After 178 minutes, she came back to life as a Reboot. She's strong, fast, and unemotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are, and Wren is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas, now serving as a soldier for the Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation.
Part of Wren's job is to train new Reboots, and Callum is one of the worst she's ever worked with. Callum was only dead for 22 minutes before becoming a Reboot. He's practically still human - frustratingly slow, emotional, and always asking questions. But Callum makes Wren feel alive, so when she is ordered to eliminate Callum for failing to measure up, Wren decides to disobey.
Reboot is a fast-paced, thrilling dystopian story with a fascinating premise and just the right amount of romance. Pick this up while you're waiting for the last book in the Divergent trilogy - you won't be disappointed!
I am a dog lover. Few things make me happier than spending time with dogs, although in a pinch I will settle for looking at pictures of dogs. That's why I love this new book, Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics by Theron Humphrey. The book is an offshoot of the author's blog, in which he documented Maddie's year-long trip around the country, meeting people and balancing on everything from basketball hoops to shopping carts and soup cans.
Theron (who adopted Maddie from a Georgia rescue group) is traveling the country again with a new project - documenting rescue dogs and their families. He's still taking pictures of Maddie, though. You can even meet this photogenic coonhound when Theron's book tour swings through Colorado later this summer.
"Half my life ago, I killed a girl." This true story begins with Darin in high school, and the car accident that changed his life forever. He feels so much guilt, even though he is cleared of being at fault as the driver. Celine's mother tells him that he must live for two now, which puts an even heavier burden on him. "My accident was the deepest part of my life and the second deepest was hiding it...By now the camouflage had become my skin." Darin has a terrible time in his young adult years getting close to anyone.
I felt as if he was in the same room telling me his story; I read it in one sitting.