Archive for October 28, 2010

New Books

We have a new batch of books in and I wanted to highlight some of the ones that look interesting:
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Beat the Band by Don Calame
“Paired with the infamous “Hot Dog” Helen for a health class presentation on safe sex, tenth-grader Coop tries to regain his “cool” by entering his musically challenged rock group in the “Battle of the Bands” competition.” This is the sequel to the hilarious Swim the Fly. Be prepared for some good bathroom humor and hijinx ensuing.
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The Winds of Heaven by Judith Clarke
“Clementine and her cousin Fan both grow up in 1950s Australia but have very different lives, Clementine coming from a stable, city family and Fan from a broken, country home, and their destinies are also strikingly divergent.” An older women looks back upon her youth in this new historical fiction from Printz Honor-winner Clarke.
Z by Michael Thomas Ford
“In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh is invited to join an underground gaming society, where the gamers hunt zombies and the action is more dangerous than it seems.” Reads like a horror movie with non-stop action. My kind of zombie book.
Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
“Written in free verse, explores how three teenagers try to cope with the consequences of their mother’s addiction to crystal meth and its effects on their lives.” Another brutally honest and harrowing look at drug addiction from edgy New York Times bestselling author Hopkins.
The Ivy by Lauren Kunze in collaboration with Rina Onur.
“When Callie arrives for her freshman year at Harvard, she encounters her three vastly different roommates, new friendships, steamy romance, and scandalous secrets.” If Gossip Girl were set in Harvard, this might be what you’d get.
Timeriders by Alex Scarrow
“Rescued from imminent death, teens Maddy, Liam, and Sal join forces in 2001 Manhattan to correct changes in history made by other time travelers, using a “time bubble” surrounding the attack on the Twin Towers to hide their journeys.” It’s the 25th anniversary of the movie Back to the Future, yet time travel still seems as interesting as it did then. An interesting spin on time travel.
Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian

Zombie invasion!

Halloween is just around the corner. Do you hear the shuffling feet dragging through the dirt? It can only mean one thing – The living dead are back from the grave!
Are you prepared for a zombie apocalypse? If not, we have a helpful booklist and display in TeenSpace. Check it out…while you still can. Here are some of my favorites:
Zombie Humor
Zombie queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby.
While trying to cast a love spell on her date on the eve of the senior prom, Mia inadvertently infects her entire high school class with a virus that will turn them all into zombies.
Zombie blondes by Brian James.
Each time fifteen-year-old Hannah and her out-of-work father move she has some fears about making friends, but a classmate warns her that in Maplecrest, Vermont, the cheerleaders really are monsters.
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I kissed a zombie, and I liked it by Adam Selzer.
Living in the post-human era when the undead are part of everyday life, high schooler Alley breaks her no-dating rule when Doug catches her eye, but classmate Will demands to turn her into a vampire and her zombie boyfriend may be unable to stop him.
Scary Zombies
World War Z: an oral history of the zombie war by Max Brooks.
An account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead is told from the perspective of dozens of survivors who describe in their own words the epic human battle for survival.
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The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.
Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead. Sequel: The Dead-Tossed Waves.
Zombie Handbooks
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How to be a zombie: the essential guide for anyone who craves brains. Serena Valentino. YA 398.45 V
Discusses various aspects of zombie lore from popular culture, covering how to identify what type of zombie one might be, how to blend in with the living, and more, with short graphic novels based on zombie themes.
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The zombie survival guide : complete protection from the living dead by Max Brooks; illustrations by Max Werner. 818.602 B
The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.
Remember to keep your wits about you in a zombie attack – if you lose your head, you might end up losing your head! Stay ever vigilant…
Sharon Long
Teen Services librarian