Archive for March 31, 2010

New Stephenie Meyer Novella!

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Big news in the publishing world today – on June 5th Stephie Meyer will be releasing a novella (short novel) about one of the characters introduced in Eclipse.
Here’s what Amazon.com has to say about the description:
“Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.”
Stephenie Meyer’s website, http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/
has even more details about the new book – and specifically why she felt it would be helpful to release the novella prior to the movie of Eclipse.
The world of The Twilight Saga lives on!
Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian

Cupcake Queen book review

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The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler
Book review by Hailey Geltman
In this adorable new novel we meet Penny, a girl many of us can relate to. Penny’s parents are possibly splitting up and it only makes matters worse when her mother decided to move to New York City to open up a cupcake shop. Just like most girls in high school, Penny is not happy about this. She has to start all over; make new friends, navigate through a new school, and live in a totally different environment then she is used to, and all without her dad. For any girl this would be heartbreaking, but as you may have suspected, it is not as bad as she thought. She makes a new best friend named Tally, who is extremely fun and different from anyone Penny has ever known. Every girl needs a crush though, and Penny’s is named Marcus. They become friends and he likes her and she likes him, so it all works out, right? You’ll have to read the novel to find out!
The novel is filled with insight into the world of Penny and we really want her to be happy. When she starts to finally settle down into her new life in Manhattan, though, it is one twist after another. She wants to go back home, but she also wants to stay, but most importantly she wants her family to stick together. This book makes you want all that Penny wants to come true. It is impossible not to like this book especially if you like coming of age stories against a backdrop of New York City!
Thanks for the review, Hailey!
Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian

European Vacation

Hi guys,
If the blog is a little slow this week, it’s because…I’m not here.
I’m on vacation, returning next week on March 29.
Where am I?
Two different European cities. Known for their kings and queens, churches, museums, pastries, tea, cafes, shopping, great food and…not-so-great food.
Any guesses?
Here’s the first one:
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Meet my friend Ben. He’s rather large.
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Not Times Square…but similar.
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My favorite pub on earth…also a Thai restaurant.
These photos were taken by my husband on our last trip there. Guess where?
The other city to be revealed when I get back.
Have a great week!

Mockingjay

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Mockingjay will be the third and final book in the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
The highly anticipated book will be released on August 24, 2010. In the series, mockingjays are offspring of mockingbirds and jabberjays, a government-bred mutant designed to spy on rebels. Mockingjays become symbols of resistance.
Collins is finishing her screenplay of The Hunger Games, the first book.
We will be celebrating the popular series at the library over the summer with some Hunger Games trivia and by giving away a copy of Mockingjay when it is released. Stay tuned for more details!
Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian

What I read by candlelight

I lost power on Saturday night around 6:00 PM. Not the most fun, but a rare chance to sit in silence and read by candlelight. I felt so…early colonial period? Where’s my quill pen? Anyway, once my eyes adjusted, it was actually kind of nice.
I managed to finish 2 books this way. They were quite different and both pretty good reads in their own way. The first book was I kissed a zombie, and I liked it by Adam Seltzer.
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Clearly not something a Puritan settler would read, but don’t judge.
I liked this book like junk food: clearly not as substantial or filling as a steak and potatoes, but satisfying like a bag of Cheetos. Mmm. Cheetos.
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The main character Algonquin Rhodes (who sometimes goes by Alley, sometimes Gonk) falls in love with Doug, who is a little…different than the other boys. He’s cool, goth-looking, has a great singing voice, and is very, very dead. In a world full of “post-humans” such as vampires, werewolves and zombies, the ultimate status symbol is to date them and possibly convert into becoming one . Hmm. Bella and Edward much?
But that’s the thing: unlike Twilight and similar horror/love stories, this book is a fun satire about dating the undead. It’s a fun look at high school cliques and finding yourself and growing up. It pokes fun at certain stalker-ish vampires and horror clich├ęs. Imagine kissing your new boyfriend only to discover he smells like…embalming fluid. And he needs to drink it every 4 hours or he’ll turn to dust. I definitely laughed a few times and pretty much flew right through this book.
For a change of pace, I read When you reach me, by Rebecca Stead.
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This critically acclaimed (it won the 2010 Newbery award) and imaginative book takes an unusual look at growing up in New York City during the late-1970s. Miranda lives with her mother and spends a lot of her free time helping her mom practice for a shot at winning big bucks on the $20,000 Pyramid game show. Miranda is trying to branch out and make new friends after her best friend Sal starts to distance himself from her. And then Miranda finds a mysterious note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper: I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own. Everyone in Miranda’s life starts to play a role that fits together like puzzle pieces.
The story unravels, part mystery, part coming-of-age story, even part fantasy. After I finished the book, the information I learned at the end made me want to go back and re-read certain parts of the story. It was unlike anything I’ve read and I really did enjoy it. Was it the best children’s book of the year? Who knows, but I read it cover-to-cover without putting it down, (except to light another candle) which is extremely rare for me. I often give up on books a few chapters in and trudge through, but this held my attention and surprised me with its ending.
Overall, these were two bright spots in an otherwise dark, dark night.
Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian

Muse Concert Review

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Last night I had the great pleasure of seeing the band Muse play at Madison Square Garden. For those of you who don’t know this band, get yourself on the internet and look them up, because they are awesome performers, on their 5 studio albums and in concert. Better yet, stop by the library and check out one of the Muse CDs that we own.
See what I did there? I just made this post relevant to the library.
Now back to the concert stuff.
Their opening act was the band Silversun Pickups, and they sounded good, but due to the amazing stage that Muse had set up (more on that in a bit), we couldn’t see them so well. From my view of the projection screens, I think the bass player looked a bit like Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Anyway, on to the main event. The stage had three massive columns silk-screened to look like skyscrapers. Once the music started, the “buildings lit up like an office building turning on the lights one-by one. Silhouettes of people walking, and later, falling began to appear and as the intro reached its crescendo, the fabric creating the walls of the building fell – revealing the 3 members of Muse on raised platforms. It was very cool and we were thrilled to know we didn’t have the worst seats in the house anymore. They totally played to the entire crowd – and the drum kit was even spinning around for our viewing pleasure.
They opened their set with the first 2 songs off their latest album The Resistance: Uprising and Resistance. From their they played some of the songs of their back catalogue, but mosly stuff of their latest album. They gave really energetic performances throughout, with lots of running and spinning around the stage. I have to say, the crowd was on their feet from the first notes to the end of the encores. A stellar performance was given on guitar, vocals and piano by band frontman Matt Bellamy thoughout – who sometimes sound a bit like Freddie Mercury (lead singer of the old band Queen, kids).
One of the stranger moments was when giant “eyeballs” dropped from somewhere and were filled with confetti. Eyes were bouncing around the crowd, which was a “sight to see” (get it?).
Muse is currently on tour to support the band’s 5th studio album, The Resistance which was released in September. For more info check out their website: http://muse.mu/