Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. From Goodreads: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them.
Twice Lost by Sarah Porter. From Goodreads: Mermaids have been sinking ships and drowning humans for centuries, and now the government is determined to put an end to the mermaid problem—by slaughtering all of them. Luce, a mermaid with exceptionally threatening abilities, becomes their number-one target, hunted as she flees down the coast toward San Francisco.
Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard. From Goodreads: Following an all-out battle with the walking Dead, the Spirit Hunters have fled Philadelphia, leaving Eleanor alone to cope with the devastating aftermath. But there’s more trouble ahead—the evil necromancer Marcus has returned, and his diabolical advances have Eleanor escaping to Paris to seek the help of Joseph, Jie, and the infuriatingly handsome Daniel once again.
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After finishing the fabulous Theatre Illuminata Trilogy, I realized I was a little rusty on my plays. A lot of the books I’ve read lately give references to the classics, but with this series set in a theater with characters practically living and breathing Shakespeare, I noticed plenty of references to things I read in school. And plenty of things I’d only heard about but never read. It was time to fix that.
While browsing the library’s collection of classic literature, I noticed the ever-present cliff-notes and other study guides printed in order to help people “translate” Shakespearean and other forms of Ye Olde English listed along with the originals; then I discovered an entire collection of Shakespeare plays had been made into manga!
Since the main character of the series that sparked my newfound interest in Shakespeare is named Beatrice, I went first for the play with the character she is named after: Much Ado About Nothing. This manga version uses direct quotes from the play, and while there is a short summary in the back, rather than relying on paragraphs of footnotes to parse through the text, you use the pictures to get the gist of the story. With this light introduction to the story, I’m looking forward to reading the original text and knowing a little bit of what’s in store. Not to mention the art was just plain fun to look at!
During my search I found comic book versions of other classics, like The Iliad and Pride and Prejudice, biographies of historical figures like Amelia Earhart and Anne Frank, and even an action-packed comics version of the Bible! Mixed in with the superhero comics and manga, just waiting to help you with your required reading for school. Instead of taking shortcuts with cliff-notes and Wikipedia, why not try some comics?
…But seriously, read the originals too. You might end up liking them, especially with a visual already in your head! And then the next time you read a book with a character talking about Cathy and Heathcliff, or see a chapter beginning with a quote from The Odyssey, you’ll know exactly what they’re talking about!
.New Victorian/steampunk books hitting library bookshelves soon:
The Clockwork Key by Kristin Bailey. From Goodreads: When a fire consumes Meg’s home, killing her parents and destroying both her fortune and her future, all she has left is the tarnished pocket watch she rescued from the ashes. But this is no ordinary timepiece. The clock turns out to be a mechanical key—a key that only Meg can use—that unlocks a series of deadly secrets and intricate clues that Meg is compelled to follow.
Nobody’s Secret by Michaela MacColl. From Goodreads: One day, fifteen-year-old Emily Dickinson meets a mysterious, handsome young man. Surprisingly, he doesn’t seem to know who she or her family is. And even more surprisingly, he playfully refuses to divulge his name. Emily enjoys her secret flirtation with Mr. “Nobody” until he turns up dead in her family’s pond. She’s stricken with guilt. Only Emily can discover who this enigmatic stranger was before he’s condemned to be buried in an anonymous grave. Her investigation takes her deep into town secrets, blossoming romance, and deadly danger.
The Girl With the Iron Touch by Kady Cross. Third in the Steampunk Chronicles. From Goodreads: When mechanical genius Emily is kidnapped by rogue automatons, Finley Jayne and her fellow misfits fear the worst. What’s left of their archenemy, The Machinist, hungers to be resurrected, and Emily must transplant his consciousness into one of his automatons—or forfeit her friends’ lives.
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. Third in the Infernal Devices series. From Goodreads: Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.
From the publisher:
Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.
Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.
Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?
Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going?
From the publisher: When Camille was six years old, she was discovered alone in the snow by Enrico Vultusino, godfather of the Seven—the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven. Papa Vultusino adopted the mute, scarred child, naming her after his dead wife and raising her in luxury on Haven Hill alongside his own son, Nico.
Now Cami is turning sixteen. She’s no longer mute, though she keeps her faded scars hidden under her school uniform, and though she opens up only to her two best friends, Ruby and Ellie, and to Nico, who has become more than a brother to her. But even though Cami is a pampered Vultusino heiress, she knows that she is not really Family. Unlike them, she is a mortal with a past that lies buried in trauma. And it’s not until she meets the mysterious Tor, who reveals scars of his own, that Cami begins to uncover the secrets of her birth…to find out where she comes from and why her past is threatening her now.
Do you have the opening scroll for each Star Wars movie memorized? Do you often wear a robe, sandals and light saber to run your errands? Do you regularly practice your Jedi mind tricks on your boss, friends or parents? Do they work? (Because if they did that would be cool.) If you answered yes to any of these then you probably already know that May 4th is Star Wars Day and is considered a holiday to everyone living in deep space.
What’s that? You’ve never seen the Star Wars movies? Then I suggest you correct that mistake by checking them out from one of our many library branches. (We forgive you, but only if you’ve been frozen in a block of carbonite for forty years.)
After you re-watch the Star Wars movies check out our May the 4th Be With You trivia contest for teens ages 11 – 18. Each completed quiz is an entry for a prize drawing. The trivia contest runs through May 31st and it isn’t necessary to get all the questions right in order to win. The winner receives a large Talking Yoda Doll which spouts out tidbits of advice at the touch of a button.
Have a Happy Star Wars Day and May the 4th be with you.
Splintered by AG Howard. This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
Ever notice how you always end up with an odd number of socks coming out of the dryer. We put them on as a pair, we dirty them as a pair and they go in the washing machine as a pair but emerge from the dryer as a single. I’m not sure why the toll for clean clothes costs exactly one sock, but it is one of those random things that we as humans tend to overlook for the good of our sanity.
Take for example the pigeon. These trash can scavengers are everywhere, literally, but when was the last time you saw a baby pigeon? Never!
Among other random things is the unpredictability of Ohio weather. Our state is the mecca for the most seasons crammed in one month. Just take March for example. We had early summer weather in the mid 60’s, snow and ice and even a period of typically wet Spring.
Whereas the weather is one of those things we can’t control we can shed a little light on its randomness. Register for the “All About Weather” program at the Amelia Branch library on Saturday, April 20th from 2:00 – 3:00 for a chance to talk with Fox 19 meteorologist Katy Morgan. All ages are welcome at this event, but space is limited so register early!
Now onto the mystery of pigeons…
Here in the library biz, YA stands for Young Adult or in other words Teen books. Young Adult books haven’t always been around, so count yourself lucky, whippersnapper. I remember, back in the day after you read through chapter books the only thing left was the adult fiction section. (And the walk to the library was always unhill and covered in snow.) I got more than a few glances reading Steven King at the ripe old age of 12.
But now Teen Literature is here and we love it! That’s why we celebrate Teen Literature Day on April 18th. It’s a day where we librarians double our efforts to reach those kids reaching for Stephen King when they might like Divergent by Veronica Roth, or Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins better. There are a lot of really great Young Adult books out there that you and even your parents might enjoy. I promise it’s still cool if they do. Check out a few of our favorites and celebrate Teen Literature Day every day.
(Alphabetical by title because I’m a librarian.)
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Fault in our Stars by John Green
Gone by Michael Grant
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Rotters by Daniel Kraus