Archive for September 28, 2012

Brave new Dystopia

Will the dystopian fiction trend ever die?  There are so many books trying to piggyback on the success of the Hunger Games, but I have to admit, some of them sound pretty good.  I’m currently reading the sequel to Divergent, which is called Insurgent, by Veronica Roth.  And I’m also reading the adult novel Battle Royale that some critics have said the Hunger Games is based on.  It is very, gory and meant for mature, adult audiences.

So here are a few books you might have missed:

Divergent series, by Veronica Roth

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

Enclave by Ann Aguirre

In a post-apocalyptic future, fifteen-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong– and dangerous.

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Trapped inside a chain superstore by an apocalyptic sequence of natural and human disasters, six high school kids from various popular and unpopular social groups struggle for survival while protecting a group of younger children.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

America Singer is chosen to compete in the Selection–a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea’s prince–but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.

Have any others you like?  Leave me a note in the comments =)

Sharon Long

Teen Services Librarian

Fall @ your library

Hi everyone,

Welcome back! Hope you had a great summer, ’cause it’s over now (sad.) We’ve been busy too.  We have a fabulous line-up of back-to-school College Prep Programs that are continuing throughout the fall.

All these programs are open for registration, but hurry-up: some will fill up fast.

COLLEGE ESSAYS with Barbara Becker.  Learn how to make your essay unique and reflect your personality by using a 3-step process. Sunday, September 23.  2–3:30 PM. 

SELECTING AND GETTING INTO COLLEGE with Michael Binder.  Seniors: there is still time to benefit from this workshop! Step inside the admissions office. Timely information about choosing the best college for you. For parents and all teens. Monday, September 24.  7-8:30 PM.

COLLEGE FINANCING with Barry Fox. Learn the ins and outs of paying for your children’s college education. Monday, October 15. 7–8:30 PM.

LEARNING DIFFERENCES AND THE COLLEGE BOUND STUDENT with Melissa Lamb Assael.  Learn how to research colleges for students with learning differences and their families. Monday, October 22. 7-8:00 PM.

BILINGUAL COLLEGE PREP with Cindy Lin and Stuart Baronofsky.  Learn how to navigate the high school years and prepare for college.

  • ENGLISH / MANDARIN SEMINAR – Monday, November 12.  7-8:30 PM.
  • ENGLISH / KOREAN SEMINAR – Monday, November 19.  7-8:30 PM.

But wait! There’s fun stuff too!  We are having contests and zombie parties and volunteer events, oh my.

Please stop into TeenSpace to participate in our latest, greatest window contest:

Don’t eat books, that’s not what this is about.  No, rather some talented folks created an edible representation of popular books and we need YOU to guess what the book titles are.  Check it:

Come in to see the photos and enter to win a prize for the most correct answers!

Thanks to the Teen Advisory Board for helping with the decorations.  It was a real treat to see everyone –

and I didn’t even have to trick them into helping me out.

Okay, more posts to follow – enjoy the last day of summer while you can! 

Sharon Long

Teen Services Librarian

(Re-reading the title of this post now, I  hope you don’t actually fall @ your library, because that would mean I’d have to fill out an accident report and we don’t want that.)