All posts by No Shadow

Team Human, by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

Team HumanImagine if vampires had been living in America during colonial times. Now, imagine if they still not only co-existed with humans in the US, but also helped found a town. New Whitby, Maine, is such a town. The main character in Team Human, Mel, is human, but finds her life entwined with those of the vampires she despises who share her town. Her best friend, Cathy, falls in love with a vampire, and Mel also meets Kit, a human guy who was raised in a shade, or a group of vampires who live as a family. This book is very refreshing, funny, and thought provoking. I laughed out loud several times, and also found parts of this book so fascinating, I could not put it down. This is a fabulous read, full of interesting, well rounded characters. And not everything works out the way you think it will. I call this a teen human fiction, with vampires on the side.

The Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett

The Wee Free Men

Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching is very observant and thinks about things all the time, in fact she might be a witch like her Granny Aching. Witches are wise women in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, noticing what is really happening around them. Things are already getting strange for Tiffany Aching when the Nac Mac Feegles, the six-inch-high, kilt-wearing, blue-skinned men whose favorite things are thievin’, fightin’, and drinkin’, show up. Her little brother goes missing and she joins forces with the Nac Mac Feegles to find him and bring him back. The Nac Mac Feegles have their own plans for Tiffany. They also have plans for steeling the sheep. The Wee Free Men is part of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, and Discworld is a popular destination for fantasy readers who want a smart, witty read with many other books in the series. The Tiffany Aching subseries is great for teens and adults.


My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, by Annabel Pitcher

My Sister Lives on the MantelpieceJamie was only five years old when his sister Rose was killed by a bomb in London. Now ten, Jamie lives with his dad and Jas, Rose’s twin sister. When his mum and dad split up, each got a portion of Rose’s remains. Jamie’s mum ran off with a fellow member of a bereavement group and his dad has retreated into the comfort of alcohol and is barely aware of his and Jas’ existence. Life gets even harder with the start of school in a new place where he becomes a bully’s target. It seems that his only friend is to be Sunya, a girl whose family is from Bangladesh and who wears a hijab. “Dad would go mental if he knew.”

Pitcher’s first novel deftly tackles the death of a child and the struggles of the family left behind. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece was hard to put down! It reminded me of other favorites like About a Boy by Nick Hornby and Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Looking forward to more books by this talented British author! Check out her website at

September Is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

Super Bowl star Troy Polamalu wants you to know: “The library card is the smartest card in my wallet. Sign up for yours today.”

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month.

If you live in Marion County and you don’t have a card, click here for an application to print and fill out, grab mom or dad and the identification that you need (click here for info about that), and then head to your library to sign up!

Click here for additional info about getting and using a card.


Vote Now! The 2012 Top Ten!

From now through Saturday, September 15th, you can choose your three favorites from a list of 24 books published last year.

This is the Teen Top Ten vote, sponsored by YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association).

The winners, the top ten, will be announced during Teen Read Week, October 14-20.

The 24 candidates are listed below. You can click here or on the Top Ten illustration to bring up a ballot for voting.

The Candidates:

All Good Children 

Austen, Catherine   All Good Children




Bick, Ilsa   Ashes





Cabot, Meg Abandon





Cross, Julie Tempest



What Happened to Goodbye


Dessen, Sarah What Happened to Goodbye





DeStefano, Lauren Wither



Where She Went


Forman, Gayle Where She Went





Gaughen, A.C. Scarlet



Eona: The Last Dragoneye


Goodman, Alison Eona: The Last Dragoneye



The Fault in Our Stars


Green, John The Fault in Our Stars



Page by Paige


Gulledge, Laura Lee Page by Paige





Lu, Marie Legend





McEntire, Myra Hourglass





Meyer, Marissa Cinder





Myracle, Lauren Shine



A Monster Calls


Ness, Patrick A Monster Calls



This Dark Endeavor


Oppel, Kenneth This Dark Endeavor



Across the Universe


Revis, Beth Across the Universe



Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children


Riggs, Ransom Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children





Roth, Veronica Divergent



Between Shades of Gray


Sepetys, Ruta Between Shades of Gray



The Scorpio Races


Stiefvater, Maggie The Scorpio Races



How to Save a Life


Zarr, Sara How to Save a Life



All These Things I’ve Done


Zevin, Gabrielle All These Things I’ve Done