Archive for October 29, 2007

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

I just finished a book called “Just Listen” by sarah dessen. I really enjoyed it. It discussed different problems one girl felt throughout her life. Rebecca Klar

Scary Stories in Front of the Fireplace

Be Prepared to be Scared
Come prepared to read your own, original story or
your favorite published story.
The scarier, the better!!!
Friday, October 26 • 9 – 10 PM
Refreshments • Free

Alex Bradley and Tucker Shaw

Alex Bradley is the author of 24 Girls in 7 Days and the new Hot Lunch, both of which are funny, unique and enjoyable books.
24 Girls in 7 Days
Jack, average American senior, has no prom date. Percy and Natalie, Jack’s “so-called best friends”, post an ad in the classified section of the online school newspaper. They figured it couldn’t hurt-after all, there’s not much in this world sadder than Jack’s love life. Soon Percy and Natalie have assembled a list of girls eager to go to the prom with Jack, including one mysterious girl known only as FancyPants. He has just seven days to meet and date them before asking one special girl to the prom.
Hot Lunch
Molly, a sarcastic loner, can’t stand perky Cassie. When a joint school project fails, their bickering escalates into a food fight in the cafeteria. But because Sunshine Day School isn’t your average high school, their punishment isn’t detention—it’s working in the cafeteria as lunch ladies. Ewww. They’ll have to cook up a way to get along in order to get themselves out of the kitchen. The book contains a few recipes as well.

On another note, if you’re looking for books with recipes, try Flavor of the Week by Tucker Shaw. I’ve tried a few of them and they are really good.
Flavor of the Week
Cyril isn’t exactly everyone’s idea of a dream date: he’s a little on the heavy side. It does cause him to keep one very important secret from everyone: he loves to cook. The only person who knows this secret is Cyril’s best friend, Chris. Chris is just about the opposite of Cyril-a track star and really attractive in a cool, rebellious way. Cyril isn’t at all jealous of Chris. . . until the day that Chris decides he is interested in Rose, Cyril’s lab partner. This is a classic love triangle between three very unclassic teens, with lots of delicious food courses in between.

Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

National Book Award Nominees

The following books were nominated for the National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
In this semi-autobiographical book, Arnold Spirit spends his time lamenting life on the “poor-ass” Spokane Indian reservation, drawing cartoons and, along with his pal, Rowdy, laughing over anything and nothing, as best friends so often do. When a teacher pleads with Arnold to want more, to escape the hopelessness of the reservation, Arnold switches to a rich white school and immediately becomes as much an outcast in his own community as he is a curiosity in his new one.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The perfect combination of illustrations and words. The story revolves around 12-year-old Hugo and his efforts to fix an old automaton (a machine or robot that is programmed to perform specific actions in a human-like manner, used primarily as a toy) that his father found. The story opens in a Paris train station in 1931 as Hugo is running to his hiding place. An orphan, he maintains the clocks in the train station for his uncle who disappeared. He steals mechanical toys to use as parts for the automaton. When the toymaker catches him, a series of events unfolds that sheds light on the toymaker and his goddaughter, Hugo, his father and uncle and early movie makers and magicians.
Skin Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic, Book One by Kathleen Duey
This dark fantasy, the first in a planned trilogy, weaves together the stories of two teens who live in a world in which magic has a turbulent history. When her father dies, Sadima, a young woman who can communicate with animals, keeps house for two renegade magicians at a time when magic has been outlawed. Her experiences alternate with those of Hahp, born generations later. Exiled by his wealthy, disapproving father, he attends a school of wizardry where, among other unpleasantness, students are starved to death if they can’t conjure up food. Sadima’s and Hahp’s worlds are separated by generations, but their lives are connected in surprising and powerful ways.
Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
Deanna was 13 when her father caught her and 17-year-old Tommy having sex. Three years later, she is still struggling with the repercussions: how Tommy jokingly made her into the school slut; how the story became legend in her small town; how her father can’t look at her. Meanwhile, in a misguided search for love brought on by the confusion of seeing Tommy again, Deanna intentionally hurts her two closest friends. She struggles to gain insight into herself, her family, and her friends. When she finally does, she’s able to create small but positive changes in her relationships with them all.
Touching Snow by M. Sindy Felin
To those back in Haiti, “touching snow” means living in America. For seventh-grader Karina, however, life in suburban Chestnut Valley, NY, is far from easy. Her extended family struggles to survive in a world in which they are social and cultural outsiders, where food and shelter are still uncertain, and where a visit from the authorities can mean deportation to a desperate homeland. For Karina, though, the biggest threat is within her family–her stepfather, who uses brutal force to dominate his wife and stepdaughters.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

Gossip Girl and It Girl Author Appearance

Cecily von Ziegesar, the author of the hit series Gossip Girl and It Girl will be appearing at Barnes & Noble in Carle Place on Thursday, October 18, 2007 at 7 PM. She will be reading from and signing copies of the new Gossip Girl book It Had to Be You: The Gossip Girl Prequel.
The book is available in the Syosset Public Library.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

Battle of the Labyrinth-Percy Jackson Book 4

The fourth installment of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is called Battle of the Labyrinth. It will arrive in bookstores on May 6, 2008. Mr. Riordan is quoted in a Publishers Weekly article as saying “This fourth installment “really raises the stakes”. It’s the beginning of a big war between the titans and the gods, and Percy must come to terms with his role in this perplexing world. There’s an invasion in the works and Percy takes his crew into the most dangerous place known in mythology—the labyrinth.” Mr. Riordan intends Percy Jackson to be a five book series. “I had always envisioned it as a five-book series, and book five will really wrap up Percy’s story,” Riordan says. We will be sure to have the last two books in the library when they are published.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

Fun New Sports Books for Girls

Are you dying to read some fun sports books? I read two new fun and funny books recently. The first is Derby Girl by Shauna Cross and the second is Throwing Like A Girl by Weezie Kerr Mackey.
Debry Girl by Shauna Cross
Meet Bliss Cavendar, a blue haired, indie-rock loving misfit stuck in the tiny town of Bodeen, Texas. Her pageant-addicted mother expects her to compete for the coveted Miss Blue Bonnet crown, but Bliss would rather feast on roaches than be subjected to such rhinestone tyranny.
Bliss’ escape? Take up Roller Derby.
When she discovers a league in nearby Austin, Bliss embarks on an epic journey full of hilarious tattooed girls, delicious boys in bands, and a few not-so-awesome realities even the most bad-assed derby chick has to learn.

Throwing Like a Girl by Weezie Kerr Mackey
Fifteen-year-old Ella fears that her plans for her high school years are going wildly off track when her parents uproot her from a comfortable life in Chicago to move to Dallas. Uneasy in Dallas and missing her friends and social routine back home, Ella tries out for the school softball team. To her surprise, the school is so small that every girl who tries out makes the team. Through softball, she makes new friends and enemies and learns that she can bring about change in her life rather than simply let events happen to her. Empowered by her growing skills in softball as well as by directing the path of her own life, Ella learns that “throwing like a girl” can be a very positive thing.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

Percy Jackson Series

In response to a question regarding whether another book in the Percy Jackson series will be issued, the answer is YES! According to the author’s, Rick Riordan, website (, the title of the new book will be announced on October 4.
I will let you know the title and any other information he releases.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian