Archive for May 31, 2007

Books That Bite

(Vampires and Werewolves)
Blood and Chocolate – Annette Curtis Klause
Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.
BlueBloods.gifBlue Bloods – Melissa de la Cruz
Select teenagers from some of New York City’s wealthiest and most socially prominent families learn a startling secret about their bloodlines.
Cirque du Freak (series) – Darren Shan
Two boys who are best friends visit an illegal freak show, where an encounter with a vampire and a deadly spider forces them to make life-changing choices.
Dangerous Girls – R. L. Stine
After sixteen-year-old Destiny and her twin sister Livvy are turned into partial vampires at a summer camp, they try to find the “Restorer,” someone who can return them to normal. (Sequel: The Taste of Night)
Dracula – Bram Stoker
The predecessor to all other vampire books.
InTheForestsOfTheNight.gifIn the Forests of the Night – Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Risika, a teenage vampire, wanders back in time to the year 1684 when, as a human, she died and was transformed against her will.
Midnight Predator – Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Turqoise Draka, a vampire hunter, is hired to kill the evil vampire Jeshikah. To enter their realm she must disguise herself as the human slave of Jaguar, a vampire and slave owner who is tormented by his own past. Will Jaguar release the humanity Turqoise long ago locked away?
Peeps – Scott Westerfeld
Cal Thompson is a carrier of a parasite that causes vampirism and must hunt down all of the girlfriends he has unknowingly infected. (Sequel: The Last Days)
PromNightsFromHell.gifProm Nights from Hell – Meg Cabot, Stephenie Meyer, Kim Harrison, Lauren Myracle, Michele Jaffe
From angels fighting demons to a creepy take on getting what you wish for, these five stories will entertain better than any DJ in a bad tux. No corsage or limo rental necessary. Just good, scary fun.
Red Rider’s Hood – Neal Shusterman
After learning that there are werewolves in his city, a sixteen-year-old is even more surprised to discover the identities of the hunters who drove them out decades earlier, but he soon infiltrates the Wolves gang to help destroy them for good.
Salem’s Lot – Stephen King
Something strange is going on in Jerusalem’s Lot…but no one dares to talk about it. By day, Salem’s Lot is a typical modest, New England town; but when the sun goes down, evil roams the earth.
Shattered Mirror – Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
As seventeen-year-old Sarah, daughter of a powerful line of vampire-hunting witches, continues to pursue the ancient bloodsucker Nikolas, she finds herself in a dangerous friendship with two vampire siblings in her high school.
SilverKiss.gifThe Silver Kiss – Annette Curtis Klause
A mysterious teenage boy harboring a dark secret helps Zoe come to terms with her mother’s terminal illness.
Sunshine – Robin McKinley
There hadn’t been any trouble out at the lake for years and Sunshine just needed a spot where she could be alone with her thoughts. Vampires never entered her mind. Until they found her.
Sweetblood – Pete Hautman
After a lifetime of being a model student, sixteen-year-old Lucy Szabo is suddenly in trouble at school, at home, with the “proto-vampires” she has met online and in person, and most of all with her uncontrolled diabetes.
Tantalize.gifTantalize – Cynthia Leitich Smith
When multiple murders in Austin, Texas, threaten the grand re-opening of her family’s vampire-themed restaurant, seventeen-year-old, orphaned Quincie worries that her best friend-turned-love interest, Keiren, a werewolf-in-training, may be the prime suspect.
Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human. (Sequels: New Moon and Eclipse)
Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean – Justin Somper
Twins, Connor and Grace, never dreamed that there was any truth to the Vampirate shanty their father sang to them before he died, but that was before the two were shipwrecked and separated from each other.
Vampire High – Douglas Rees
When his family moves from California to New Sodom, Massachusetts and Cody enters Vlad Dracul Magnet School, many things seem strange, from the dark-haired, pale-skinned, supernaturally strong students to Charon, the wolf who guides him around campus on the first day.
Vampires: A Collection of Original Stories – edited by Jane Yolen and Martin H. Greenberg
A collection of thirteen original stories about vampires by a variety of authors.
Wounded.gifWerewolves: A Collection of Original Stories – edited by Jane Yolen and Martin H. Greenberg
A collection of fifteen stories by a variety of authors about the sometimes frightening, sometimes humorous, phenomena of werewolves.
Wounded – Stephen Cole
Sixteen-year-old Tom Anderson and seventeen-year-old Kate Folan try to escape Kate’s werewolf family–and fight becoming werewolves themselves–by making a cross-country journey in search of a mysterious man who might have a cure.

(Source of Annotations: NoveList Database)
WerewolfAndMoon Compiled by:
Ed Goldberg, Teen Services Librarian
Jennifer Marino, Children’s Librarian

Calling All Songwriters

The John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an international songwriting contest that began in 1997. JLSC is a companion event to the John Lennon Education Tour Bus, a nonprofit state-of-the-art mobile recording studio that provides free hands-on programs to high schools and community groups nationwide.
The Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories. The JLSC is open year-round and features two Sessions — with 72 Finalists, 24 Grand Prize Winners, 12 Lennon Award Winners and 1 Maxell Song of the Year.
Session II
Open – June 16, 2007
Deadline – December 15, 2007
Winner Announcement – March 1, 2008
So, if you are interested, go to for more information. Good luck to all of you who enter.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

Lloyd Alexander – 1924-2007 – In Memorium

LloydAlexander Lloyd Alexander, widely regarded as a master of twentieth-century children’s literature, passed away on May 17, 2007. He is best-known for his fantasy fiction and modern fables: imaginative and adventurous stories, often rooted in historical fact and legend, which explore universal themes such as good versus evil and the quest of individuals for self-identity. Among Alexander’s best-known works are the five novels that comprise his “Prydain Chronicles”–culminating with The High King, which in 1969 received the prestigious Newbery Medal for children’s literature. Among Alexander’s numerous other awards are the National Book Award in 1971 for The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian: A Grand Extravaganza, including a Performance by the Entire Cast of the Gallimaufry-Theatricus and the National Book Award in 1982 for his imaginative 1981 novel, Westmark. “At heart, the issues raised in a work of fantasy are those we face in real life,” Alexander states in his Newbery Award acceptance speech printed in Horn Book. “In whatever guise–our own daily nightmares of war, intolerance, inhumanity; or the struggles of an Assistant Pig-Keeper against the Lord of Death–the problems are agonizingly familiar. And an openness to compassion, love, and mercy is as essential to us here and now as it is to any inhabitant of an imaginary kingdom.” (Source: Contemporary Authors database.)
More information on Lloyd Alexander can be found in several Syosset Public Library databases, including Contemporary Authors, Biography Resource Center and Literature Resource Center.
A list of his books is shown below:
The Chronicles of Prydain
The Book of Three (1964)
The Black Cauldron (1965) – Winner of the 1966 Newbery Honor
The Castle of Llyr (1966)
Taran Wanderer (1967)
The High King (1968) – Winner of the 1969 Newbery Medal
The Foundling and Other Tales from Prydain (1970)
The Westmark Trilogy
Westmark (1981)
The Kestrel (1982)
The Beggar Queen (1984)
The Vesper Holly series
The Illyrian Adventure
The El Dorado Adventure
The Drackenberg Adventure (1988)
The Jedera Adventure
The Philadelphia Adventure
The Xanadu Adventure (2005)
Other Books
And Let the Credit Go (1955) (first published book)
My Five Tigers (1956)
August Bondi: Border Hawk (1958)
Aaron Lopez: The Flagship Hope (1960)
Fifty Years in the Doghouse (1963)
Time Cat: The Remarkable Journeys of Jason And Gareth (1963)
The Truthful Harp (1967)
The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian (1970)
The King’s Fountain (1971)
The Four Donkeys (1972)
The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man (1973)
The Wizard in the Tree (1974)
The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha (1978)
The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen (1991)
The Fortune-Tellers (1992)
The Arkadians (1995)
The House Gobbaleen (1995)
The Iron Ring (1997)
Gypsy Rizka (1999)
How the Cat Swallowed Thunder (2000)
The Gawgon and the Boy (2001) [released in the UK as “The Fantastical Adventures of the Invisible Boy”]
The Rope Trick (2002)
Dream-of-Jade: The Emperor’s Cat (2005)
The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio (2007, forthcoming)
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes

I’m almost done with this book but I couldn’t wait to tell you about it. Ninth grade outcasts Wen, Olivia, Mo, Charlie and Stella are in detention together. They don’t know each other. When a commercial jingle comes on the radio, each one starts doing something–Charlie starts tapping, Olivia sings softly, Mo plays a rubberband, etc. Thus, the formation of the band Lemonade Mouth. But how did they get the name? Are they better than Mudslide Crush, Opequonsett High School’s favorite band or are they horrendous? Each chapter is told by a different band member or student. This is an all around fun read. One of my 2007 favorites. Give it a try.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

2008 Teen 3 Apples Book Award – Finalists


You have voted and the results are in!!!!!
Listed below are the 15 finalists for the 2008 Teen 3 Apples Book Award – a New York State Teen’s Choice Award.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
A Child Called “It” by David Pelzer
The Clique by Lisi Harrison
Eldest by Christopher Paolini
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Heat by Mike Lupica
Holes by Louis Sachar
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Collier
The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton
Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
You can find these books in TeenSpace. An annotated booklist will be available shortly. You have the rest of the year to read at least 3 of the books in order to be eligible to vote for your favorite in January 2008. With the Teen Summer Reading Program almost upon us, the summer would be a good time to read and review some of these books and possibly win a Summer Reading raffle prize in the process.
I’ve read 10 of the finalist books and I’m having a hard time deciding my favorite. As you read the books, let me know your thoughts.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

Database of the Month – LitFINDER

Do you know the first line of a poem and need the rest of the text? Do you want to find a story about snow or puppies? Need to pick an essay, play or speech for a project? LitFINDER will enable you to find your answer. It can be accessed from the Homework Help-Literature section of the TeenSpace website.
This database contains over 100,000 full text entries and citations of many more. So, the chances are LitFINDER will contain the text you are looking for or direct you to a book that contains it. You can search by keyword, author name, pseudonym, birth and death years, title of work, publication date, genre, first line, last line, timeline, gender, religion and more. (Search Tip: The Advanced Search is easier to use than the Basic Search.) LitFINDER provides a glossary of poetry terms, brief explanations on the most-studied contemporary poems and stories, concise author biographies and illustrations. LitFINDER, in conjunction with the Syosset Public Library’s Literature Resource Center database which contains literary criticism (to be featured next month), provides a powerful tool for your English projects.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian