Monthly Archives: June 2011

Summer reads for teens

Now that summer is in full swing, take some time to catch up on new books that are guaranteed to take your mind off the heat and school’s impending return. Here are some picks for teens:


Orchards by Holly Thompson

Sent to Japan for the summer after an eighth-grade classmate’s suicide, half-Japanese, half-Jewish Kana Goldberg tries to fit in with relatives she barely knows and reflects on the guilt she feels over the tragedy back home.


Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr (a Wicked Lovely book)

The political and romantic tensions that began when Aislin became Summer Queen threaten to boil over as the Faerie Courts brace against the threat of all-out war.


Girls in Love by Hailey Abbott (a Summer Girls novel)

Spending another summer in the picturesque town of Pebble Beach, Maine, teenaged cousins Jessica, Lara, and Greer face new dating challenges.

Tighter by Adele Griffin

Based on Henry James’s “The Turn of the Screw,” tells the story of Jamie Atkinson’s summer spent as a nanny in a small Rhode Island beach town, where she begins to fear that the estate may be haunted, especially after she learns of two deaths that occurred there the previous summer.

Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell (a Carrie Diaries novel)

This new book in the Carrie Diaries series brings surprising revelations as Carrie learns to navigate her way around Big Apple, going from being a country “sparrow” to the person she always wanted to be.

We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han (sequel to It’s Not Summer Without You)

The summer after her first year of college, Isobel “Belly” Conklin is faced with a choice between Jeremiah and Conrad Fisher, brothers she has always loved, when Jeremiah proposes marriage and Conrad confesses that he still loves her.

Viola in the Spotlight by Adriana Trigiani

Back home in Brooklyn, fifteen-year-old Viola has big summer plans but with one best friend going to camp and the other not only working but experiencing her first crush, Viola is glad to be overworked as an unpaid lighting intern when her grandmother’s play goes to Broadway.

OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy

Fourteen-year-old Ellie will do almost anything to win a scholarship to the best speech school in the country, but must decide if she is willing to hide her Jewish heritage while at a Phoenix, Arizona, summer camp that could help her reach her goal.

Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz

Over the course of several summers on the Atlantic coast, Chase struggles with his feelings for his best friend’s sisters in the beach house next door while trying to get his own family through seemingly insurmountable problems.

Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz

Allie, a sixteen-year-old who is obsessed with LPs, works at the used record store on Telegraph Ave. and deals with crushes–her own and her mother’s–her increasingly popular blog and zine, and generally grows up over the course of one summer in her hometown of Berkeley, California.


If you’re looking for a fast-paced, thrilling read, check out one of these new releases:


The Dead by Charlie Higson

As a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers head to London. Ed, Jack, Bam and the other students at Rowhurst School learn more about the Disaster, and meet an adult who seems to be immune to the disease.

Divergent 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.

The Dark City by Catherine Fisher (Relic Master, book 1)

Sixteen-year-old Raffi, Master Galen, and a mysterious traveler, Carys, enter the ruined city of Tasceron seeking a relic that may save the world, while evading the Watch, a brutal organization opposed to the Order to which Raffi and Galen belong.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

The Warlock by Michael Scott (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, book 5)

Fifteen-year-old Josh has chosen to side neither with his twin sister Sophie nor with the Alchemyst, Nicholas Flamel, but rather to fight alongside Dr. John Dee and the mysterious Virginia Dare, while the immortal Machiavelli and Billy the Kid follow the Elders’ plans to set loose the monsters of Alcatraz on San Francisco and trigger the end of the humani race.

Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison

Technically dead seventeen-year-old Madison must choose between reclaiming her body and continuing as Dark Timekeeper, struggling in the war between Light and Dark reapers while trying to change the rules.

Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari

In a future Manhattan devastated by environmental catastrophes and epidemics, sixteen-year-old Lucy survives alone until vicious hounds target her and force her to join Aidan and his band, but soon they learn that she is the target of Sweepers, who kidnap and infect people with plague.

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

When shy sixteen-year-old Helen Hamilton starts having vivid dreams about three ancient, hideous women and suddenly tries to kill a new student at her Nantucket high school, she discovers that she is playing out some version of an old tale involving Helen of Troy, the Three Furies, and a mythic battle.



Staff picks by Lea

We’re starting a new display at the library that features the top 10 picks by staff. The first top 10 list comes from Lea, one of our Youth Services Library Assistants. Her list is an assortment of some of her favorite youth books, from early readers up to young adult fiction. Check out the display on the 2nd floor and pick up one of her favorites while you’re here!



  1. Watership Down by Richard Adams – YA ADA
  2. Uglies (series) by Scott Westerfeld – YA WES
  3. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor – YA TAY
  4. The Call of the Wild by Jack London – YA LON
  5. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell – J ODE
  6. Socks by Beverly Cleary – J CLE
  7. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein – J 811.54 SIL
  8. Be Nice to Spiders by Margaret Bloy Graham – E GRA
  9. Animalia by Graeme Base – E BAE
  10. The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or the Roly-Poly Pudding by Beatrix Potter – E POT
Check back soon for more staff picks!

Talk with author Jessica Burkhart today!

Today is our first author video chat via Skype with Jessica Burkhart. Ms. Burkhart is offering us 1 hour of her time to answer questions, talk about her books (the popular series Canterwood Crest), and discuss the process of writing and getting published.

Please stop by the 2nd floor Conference Room today at 1 pm for this exciting author chat!

Summer reads for ages 9-12

Here’s a list of recently published books that are great for long road trips and lying by the pool on these hot summer days.

Nerd Camp by Elissa Brent Weissman

For ten-year-old Gabe, the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment is all that he dreamed it would be, but he must work hard to write about the fun in letters to Zach, his cool future stepbrother, without revealing that it is a camp for “nerds.”

The Summer Before by Ann M. Martin (The Babysitter’s Club prequel)

During the summer before their seventh-grade year, Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey tackle difficulties, including family problems, crushes, moving, and making new friends.

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer by Megan McDonald

Judy’s big plans for the summer seem ruined when two of her best friends go away, and then her parents leave her and Stink with Aunt Opal, but a new “thrill-a-delic” plan has her racing toward fun.

Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland

In a small New Jersey beach town, twelve-year-old Polly Madassa, who speaks like a character in her two favorite novels, “Pride and Prejudice” and “Anne of Green Gables,” spends the summer making deliveries for her parents’ bakery and playing matchmaker, with disastrous results.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (2011 Newbery Honor book!)

In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

As Simple as it Seems by Sarah Weeks

Eleven-year-old Verbena Polter gets through a difficult summer of turbulent emotions and the revelation of a disturbing family secret with an odd new friend who believes she is the ghost of a girl who drowned many years before.

After All, You’re Callie Boone by Winnie Mack

Runaway ferrets, former BFF drama-trauma, and one gigantic (and very, very public) belly flop. No doubt about it, Callie Boone’s summer is crummy. The only things keeping her afloat are dive practice with her dad and a top-secret Olympic dream. Then a boy named Hoot-who is not her boyfriend!-moves in next door and turns her world upside down and right-side up.

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (2011 Newbery Winner!)

Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.

*This Newbery Winner is not only a great read for girls, but boys will enjoy it as well because of the interesting stories about Abilene’s father as a kid.

A Summer Secret by Kathleen Fuller (Mysteries of Middlefield series)

Thirteen-year-old Mary Beth Mullet and her twin brother, Johnny, discover that someone has been spending time in the old barn Mary Beth escapes to when she needs time to herself.

Summer According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney 

When summer arrives, Humphrey, the pet hamster of Longfellow School’s Room 26, is surprised and pleased to learn that he will be going to Camp Happy Hollow.

The Worst Things in Life Are Also Free by Jim Benton (Dear Dumb Diary series)

It is summer vacation, and Jamie, Angeline, and Isabella need money so that they can go to Screamotopia Amusement Park, but none of their money-making schemes are very profitable.

The Pickle King by Rebecca  Promitzer

During an endlessly rainy summer in the town of Elbow, twelve-year-old Bea and her misfit friends solve an unlikely mystery involving an unidentified dead man who’s missing an eye, an evil surgeon, a ring shaped like an old castle, a bag of smelly intestines, and a helpful ghost.

Gold Medal Murder by Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon (Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Super Mystery)

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys team up to investigate when a swimmer competing in the upcoming Summer Olympics starts receiving death threats.

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm (2011 Newbery Honor book!)

In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.

*Don’t be misled by the girly cover – boys will enjoy this one, too!

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.

2011 Teens’ Top 10 Nominations

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) has just released its 25 nominations for its annual top ten list for teens. The nominations came from 16 school and public library book groups across the U.S. and the Teens’ Top Ten committee. You’ll get the chance to vote for your favorite later this year, August 16 – September 22.


2011 Teens’ Top Ten Nominations:

Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith

The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

Drought by Pam Bachorz

The False Princess by Ellis O’Neal

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

I am J by Cris Beam

I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Lies by Michael Grant

The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card

Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins

Matched by Ally Condie

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Red Moon Rising by Peter Moore

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin

Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier



What do you think of this list? Do you agree or is there something missing? Let us know!


P.S. There are a few titles on this list not yet available at the MCPL, but they have been ordered and will be out soon! Just ask us to put a hold on the book for you.


Our first author Skype chat is coming up!

On Monday, June 27, the youth book club will have its first author video chat via Skype with Jessica Burkhart. Ms. Burkhart is offering us 1 hour of her time to answer questions, talk about her books (the popular series Canterwood Crest), and discuss the process of writing and getting published.

This Monday’s book club will be devoted to preparing our questions and learning more about Ms. Burkhart. Please stop by the 2nd floor Conference Room at 1 pm to help us get ready for this exciting author chat! Activities and snacks are also planned, so I hope to see you on Monday!

And make sure you come on June 27 from 1-2 pm so you can get the chance to talk to Jessica Burkhart!


Realistic fiction for middle school girls

Are you tired of reading the same old magical stories about fairies, dragons, witches and wizards? The following list includes authors who write about real girls – ones with real problems like growing up, sibling rivalry, school trouble, and of course first crushes. You won’t find much about imaginary lands or magical spells, but you might find out that you have a lot in common with these characters.


The Winnie Years series (Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen) by Lauren Myracle

This realistic series follows young Winnie as she grows up and learns more about life.

The Secret Language of Girls by Frances O’Roark Dowell and the sequel, The Kind of Friends We Used to Be 

Dowell creates a vivid and relatable world with best friends Kate and Marilyn and the paths their lives take once middle school arrives.

Heartbeat and Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Like many of Creech’s novels, these both follow young girls (ages twelve and thirteen) as they deal with family issues while growing up.

Mother-Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick

This series follows four very different friends from Concord, Massachusetts as they participate in a book club with their mothers, navigate through middle school, and write to their pen pals in Wyoming.

Willa Havisham series by Coleen Murtagh Paratore

The first book, The Wedding Planner’s Daughter, follows 12-year-old Willa as she adjusts to her new life in Bramble, Cape Cod. Book 6, From Willa, With Love, will be released in July and finds Willa dealing with new challenges as a sophomore in high school.

Beacon Street Girls series by Annie Bryant

A group of middle school friends are the base of this realistic series about friendship and growing up.


Similar authors to try are:

Judy Blume – You can’t go wrong with Judy Blume.

Meg CabotAllie Finkle’s Rules for Girls and the Princess Diaries are favorites.

Beverly ClearyRamona Quimby is a classic.

Ann M. Martin – Following her Babysitter’s Club success, Ms. Martin has written another hit with her Main Street series.

Alison McGhee – Her Julia Gillian series is a feel-good treat.

Megan McDonald (best known for her Judy Moody and Stink series, Ms. McDonald’s newest series is the Sisters Club)



All good things must come to an end…

This year marks the end of some of the most popular young adult series. Check out the following list and be sure to catch up before they end! As always, stay tuned for more book lists and new book releases.

Everlasting (Immortals series)

Everlasting (Immortals series) by Alyson Noel – available now!

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy)

Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls series) by Maggie Stiefvater – released July 12

Goliath (Leviathan series)

Goliath (Leviathan series) by Scott Westerfeld – released September 20

The Hidden (The Hollow trilogy)

The Hidden (The Hollow trilogy) by Jessica Verday – released September 6

Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle)

Inheritance (Inheritance Cycle) by Christopher Paolini – released November 8

Isle of Blood (Monstrumologist series)

Isle of Blood (Monstrumologist series) by Richard Yancey – released September 13

Silence (Hush, Hush saga)

Silence (Hush, Hush saga) by Becca Fitzpatrick – released October 4


And don’t forget to check out our Summer Reading Program! We have shows for all ages on Tuesday & Wednesday at 10, 1 & 3. The tween/teen programs are Mondays at 1 pm(with our fun book club) and 2 pm(with a different craft program each week. Be sure to fill out your reading log to get your free backpack and submit your name & library card number to be entered to win the big prizes at the end of summer!

2011 Summer Reading Program starts tomorrow!

Monday, June 6 marks the first day in the 2011 Summer Reading Program. The tween/teen program is the first to start with the book club at 1 pm – join other readers for a chance to discuss your favorite books. Stick around for the next program at 2 pm –  you get the chance to make your very own didgeridoo!

The children’s program starts Tuesday with Kentucky Down Under presenting 3 shows at 10 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Can’t make it Tuesday? They’ll be back Wednesday for 3 more shows! We hear they’re bringing a kangaroo!

And don’t forget to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge! Kids aged 5-10 get a free backpack filled with coupons to Kentucky attractions once they fill out their reading form with 10 books they’ve read.

Those aged 11-17 participate in the tween/teen summer challenge – just fill out your reading passport with 6 books you’ve read for your free book bag and a chance to win a Sony e-reader! Then check out the international photo display in nonfiction – identify each photo and be entered to win a Flip video camera!


Flip video camera





Visit our website for the full lineup of performers and events. Click here for the children’s program and click here for the tween/teen program.


We hope to see you soon!