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Win a Copy of The Fault in Our Stars!


John Green’s wildly popular YA Novel The Fault in Our Stars is being released as a movie on June 6, 2014. The book follows sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, who has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life. The Fault in Our Stars has received rave reviews from seemingly every reviewer, and Time Magazine even called it the “Best Fiction Book of the Year.” 

Haven’t read it yet? Or want your very own copy to re-read and dog-ear? Stop by either circulation desk at the library and check out a book to enter! The contest is open to all ages. One entry per day. Three winners will be notified on June 9, 2014. 

In the meantime, check out John Green’s website here for more info and the official movie website here.


Good luck!

2012 Odyssey Audiobook Award!

The Odyssey Award is given each year to “producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States.”


This year’s winner is Rotters by Daniel Kraus, produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Random House. The production is narrated by Kirby Heybourne. From the publisher:

“Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It’s true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey’s life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.
Everything changes when Joey’s mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey’s father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey’s life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating.
Daniel Kraus’s masterful plotting and unforgettable characters make Rotters a moving, terrifying, and unconventional epic about fathers and sons, complex family ties, taboos, and the ever-present specter of mortality.”


Honorable mention was given to the following audiobook productions:


Ghetto Cowboy, written by G. Neri, narrated by JD Jackson and produced by Brilliance Audio.


Okay for Now, written by Gary D. Schmidt, narrated by Lincoln Hoppe and produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Random House.


The Scorpio Races, written by Maggie Stiefvater, narrated by Steve Westand Fiona Hardingham and produced by Scholastic Inc.


Young Fredle, written by Cynthia Voigt, narrated by Wendy Carter and produced by Listening Library, an imprint of Random House.

Children’s Book Week Winners!


Kindergarten-2nd Grade Category:

Winner: Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester L. Laminack, illustrated by Henry Cole


Bailey by Harry Bliss

Dot by Patricia Intriago

Pirates Don’t Take Baths by John Segal

Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Scott Campbell


3rd-4th Grade Category:

Winner: Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel


A Funeral in the Bathroom: And Other School Bathroom Poems by Kalli Dakos, illustrated by Mark Beech

The Monstrous Book of Monsters by Libby Hamilton

Sidekicks by Dan Santat

Squish #1: Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm


5th-6th Grade Category:

Winner: Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt


Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

How to Survive Anything by Rachel Buchholz

Lost and Found by Shaun Tan 

Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein


Teen Category:

Winner: Clockwork Prince: The Infernal Devices, Book Two by Cassandra Clare


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Divergent by Veronica Roth 

Passion: A Fallen Novel by Lauren Kate

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins


Author of the Year: Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6: Cabin Fever


Christopher Paolini for Inheritance

James Patterson for Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life

Rick Riordan for Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 2)

Rachel Renee Russell for Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star (Dork Diaries 3)


Illustrator of the Year: Brian Selznick for Wonderstruck


Felicia Bond for If You Give a Dog a Donut

Eric Carle for The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

Anna Dewdney for Llama Llama Home With Mama

Victoria Kann for Silverlicious

2012 Newbery, Caldecott & More Awards

The 2012 Newbery and Caldecott Awards were announced this morning, along with several other prestigious book awards for children and young adults. You can find the complete list here.


The 2012 Newbery Award Winner is Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos:


In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.

The Newbery Award Honor books are:

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai 

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.


Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin

In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forces to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs.


The 2012 Caldecott Award Winner is

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka.

The Caldecott Honor Books are:

Blackout written and illustrated by John Rocco

Grandpa Green written and illustrated  by Lane Smith


Me … Jane written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell. 


The Michael L. Printz Award is given for excellence in literature in young adults.

The 2012 winner is Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley.

Seventeen-year-old Cullen’s summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin’s death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother’s sudden disappearance.

The Printz honor books are:

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler 

Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.

The Returning by Christine Hinwood

When the twelve-year war between the Uplanders and Downlanders is over and Cam returns home to his village, questions dog him, from how he lost an arm to why he was the only one of his fellow soldiers to survive, such that he must leave until his own suspicions are resolved.

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey 

In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible.


The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.


The Schneider Family Book Award is given to books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience. Two books were chosen for the middle school award:

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

The residents of Culpepper, despite their grand aspirations, have made little progress toward achieving their goals, but unexpected events and surprises put the ambitions of the residents of Culpepper to the test.



Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures written and illustrated by Brian Selznick

Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, twelve-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City, and meets there Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben’s story is told in words; Rose’s in pictures.

The 2012 teen award goes to:

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen 

When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.



2011 Teens Top 10 Winners!

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the top 10 young adult books for 2011. The winners were determined by over 9,000 votes from teens across the nation. Click here to access the complete list of nominations.   Here are the 2011 Top 10 Young Adult Books:


  1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  4. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  6. Matched by Ally Condie
  7. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson
  8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

I was disappointed to see that Divergent by Veronica Roth wasn’t even on the nomination list! What book(s) do you think should have made the list?

As always, you can check out each winning book today at the library!

More information on the books for our book club!

Our youth book club begins Sept. 17 at 1 pm. Click here for the original post. I wanted to describe the books a bit more, including Accelerated Reader information.


The first book we’ll be reading is Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. This is book 1 in the series (the 2nd book, Sapphique, is also available) and will be released as a movie in 2013. Taylor Lautner (Jacob from the Twilight movies) will be playing main character Finn.

Incarceron is a science fiction, dystopian novel that has been praised by critics, including School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Fans of The Hunger Games, Matched and The Maze Runner will enjoy this action-packed and suspenseful read.

Here’s the synopsis from the publisher:

Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells and corridors, but metal forests, dilapidated cities, and wilderness. It has been sealed for centuries, and only one man has ever escaped. Finn has always been a prisoner here. Although he has no memory of his childhood, he is sure he came from Outside. His link to the Outside, his chance to break free, is Claudia, the warden’s daughter, herself determined to escape an arranged marriage. They are up against impossible odds, but one thing looms above all: Incarceron itself is alive…

Accelerated Reader lists Incarceron as a 4.6 reading level for grades 6 and up, and is worth 14.0 points.


The next book we’ll be reading is The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Words and Pictures by Brian Selznick, which won the Caldecott Medal in 2008. This book will also be released as a movie, entitled Hugo and directed by Martin Scorsese. It is due in theaters Nov. 23, 2011.

The New York Times cited The Invention of Hugo Cabret as “wonderful” and that “the result is a captivating work of fiction that young readers with a taste for complex plots and a touch of magic, think Harry H., not Harry P., can love.”

Here’s the synposis:

Orphan Hugo Cabret lives in a wall. His secret home is etched out in the crevices of a busy Paris train station. Part-time clock keeper, part-time thief, he leads a life of quiet routine until he gets involved with an eccentric, bookish young girl and an angry old man who runs a toy booth in the station. The Invention of Hugo Cabret unfolds its cryptic, magical story in a format that blends elements of picture book, novel, graphic novel, and film. Caldecott Honor-winning author-illustrator Brian Selznick has fashioned an intricate puzzle story that binds the reader like a mesmerist’s spell.

AR lists Hugo Cabret as a level 5.1 for middle grades (4-8), and is worth 4.0 points.


In January and February we will be reading the winner of the 2011 Newbery Medal, Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool. This richly detailed novel is both a coming-of-age story and enjoyable historical fiction read.

The Kirkus Starred Review:

“When 12-year-old Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kan., in 1936 to stay with her father’s boyhood friend, little does she know her sojourn will take her back, via mesmerizing tales, newspaper clippings, curious mementoes and World War I letters, to Manifest as it was in 1918—and into the life of the mysterious boy nicknamed Jinx. This young con man effected extraordinary change in the lives of the mostly immigrant residents and the fortunes of the mining town in that year. Abilene and readers get so caught up in the past in this richly detailed, splendidly written novel that they easily make the transition between the Depression and WWI eras and long to learn more about the town that once was. Readers will love guessing how Abilene’s dad fits into all the stories and townspeople’s memories. The absolute necessity of story as a way to redemption and healing past wounds is at the heart of this beautiful debut, and readers will cherish every word up to the heartbreaking yet hopeful and deeply gratifying ending.”


AR lists Moon Over Manifest at level 5.3 for middle grades (4-8) and 12.0 points.


To celebrate the March 2012 release of The Hunger Games movie, we will be reading the book in February and March. If you are not already familiar with this exciting trilogy, come join the craze! And for those who’ve already read the series, meet with us to discuss the book and what you’re excited to see on the big screen.

AR cites The Hunger Games as a 5.3 level for middle grades plus (grades 6 and up) and is worth 15.0 points.


The book for the Spring 2012 sessions has not yet been determined. I’d like to let YOU decide, so let me know your picks! Please contact me, Ashley, at 270-442-2510 ext. 122 or if you have any questions or comments. I look forward to seeing you Sept. 17!




2011 Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) has released its picks for the top 10 books for young adults this year, chosen by a committee of school and public librarians. Read on to see the top 10, and click here to see the full list of 99 (!) books.


Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy and Roger must both learn to deal with loss while on a road trip across the country which doesn’t go as expected.


Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

Chiko, a Burmese soldier and Tu Reh, a Kerenni refugee meet on opposite sides of war and each must learn what it means to be a man of his people.


Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Finnikin and his fellow exiles from Lumatere wish to return to their cursed homeland. Finnikin must go on an epic journey with a mute novice named Evanjalin to return home.


Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

When Sam discovers he is a necromancer he must learn to control his power in order to defeat a powerful and corrupt rival and save his friends.


Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Saenz

Weeks in therapy go by and 18-year-old Zach is still unable to remember the monstrous events that left him alone and haunted by nightmares.


Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (one of my favorites this year!)

Haunted by the death of her brother, Andi is taken to Paris by her estranged father where an encounter with a mysterious diary may bring her back from the edge.


Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick

Sig is alone with his father’s body when the lawless man his father had managed to escape appears out of the icy wilderness.


Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Nailer is a light crew scavenger tearing up old hulks of ships, living day to day, until a rich girl and her gleaming ship run ashore in a storm on the beach and his life gets more dangerous.


The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt

Boaz is back and hailed as the hometown hero, but he is not at all the same. Can his younger brother Levi help him truly make his way home?


Trash by Andy Mulligan

Three garbage-picker boys find an item of great value to a corrupt politician on their rounds, setting off a tense hunt to see who will triumph.

Children’s Book Week 2011 Winners!

Over 500,000 votes were cast for this year’s Children’s Book Week survey! The online voting took place at Book Week Online and voters in grades 5 – 12 chose their favorite books, authors and illustrators for the year. Read on to find out this year’s national winners and the local favorites that were voted for here at the McCracken County Public Library!

The national winners are:

Rick Riordan, Author of the Year

Author of the Year – Rick Riordan for The Lost Hero

David Wiesner, Illustrator of the Year

Illustrator of the Year – David Wiesner for Art & Max

K-2 Book of the Year – Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby

3-4 Grade Book of the Year – Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

5-6 Grade Book of the Year – The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1) by Rick Riordan

Teen Book of the Year – Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan


The voted winners at the McCracken County Public Library are:

K-2 Book of the Year – How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

3-4 Grade Book of the Year – 3-way tie between Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray: The Uproar at the Front Door by Nick Bruel; Babymouse #12: Burns Rubber by Jennifer L. Holm & Matt Holm; and Finally by Wendy Mass

5-6 Grade Book of the Year – Big Nate: In a Class by Himself by Lincoln Peirce

Teen Book of the Year – Fang (A Maximum Ride novel) by James Patterson

Thank you to all the kids and teens who voted! You can pick up your favorite at the library!

P.S. Try out our new catalog search here.

2011 quick picks for reluctant young adult readers

The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced their 2011 selections for reluctant young adult readers. This list is geared towards ages 12-18, and are chosen as high interest books, meaning that even the most hesitant of teenagers will likely pick up at least one of these books willingly.

Here are the “quick picks”:

Scrawl by Mark Shulman

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Matched by Ally Condie

You by Charles Benoit

Solitary: Escape from the Furnace, Book 2 by Alexander Gordon Smith

I Will Save You by Matt de la Pena

Blank Confession by Pete Hautman

Rikers High by Paul Volponi

You can find all of these books at the library. You can find the complete list at ALA’s website.

In case you missed them – recent posts

Hunger Games movie casting news!

The books that almost won (a spotlight on the Newbery honor books)

The “other” book awards (award winning books that didn’t win the Newbery or Caldecott)

Mystery? Adventure? International art scandal? Yes, please! (Blue Balliett’s smart mystery series for middle readers)

Shhh…The Name of This Book is Secret (another fun series for ages 9-12 by Pseudonymous Bosch)

Love history? Read historical fiction! (a list of historical fiction for middle school and high school readers)