Start the New Year with some fantastic Indiana authors!

Mike Mullin

Ashfall

 

Ashfall

After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.

 

 

  

Christine Johnson

Claire de Lune

 

Claire de Lune

On her sixteenth birthday Claire discovers strange things happening and when her mother reveals their family secret which explains the changes, Claire feels her world, as she has known it to be, slowly slipping away.

 

 

 

 

   

Nocturne

 

Nocturne

After the tragic events of the summer, Claire wants to worry about nothing but finding the perfect dress for the Autumn Ball, but her worst nightmares come true when someone learns that she is a werewolf, placing everyone she knows at risk.

 

 

 

  

   Helen Frost

Hidden

 

Hidden

When fourteen-year-olds Wren and Darra meet at a Michigan summer camp, both are overwhelmed by memories from six years earlier when Darra’s father stole a car, unaware that Wren was hiding in the back.

 

 

 

 

  

 The Vespertine

Saundra Mitchell

The Vespertine

It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions that offer glimpses of the future. When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos.

 

   

 Julia Karr

XVI

 

XVI

Preparing to receive a government-mandated tattoo declaring her sexual readiness to the public at sixteen, Nina is shattered by a brutal attack on her mother, who before dying reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past.

 

 

  

 

  

Truth

Truth

A sequel to XVI continues the story of Nina Oberon, who joins a teen Resistance group to end a terrifying program by the Governing Council that further victimizes unprotected young women.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

 

The Fault in Our Stars

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis, but when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Thanksgiving: Nom Nom Nom

Now that you’re a teen, you may want to help out with Thanksgiving dinner. The library has cook books just for you! Click here. 
Also, a recipe to get you started:

Yum, Yum Dessert

Ingredients:
1 10oz (maybe 12 oz) bag of Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips
1 10oz (maybe 12 oz) bag of Ghirardelli white chocolate chips
Saltine crackers
Cocoa Krispies cereal
Toffee bits
1 box of Jiffy white cake mix

Directions:
On a baking sheet, lay out the saltines end to end covering the entire pan.  Melt the dark chocolate chips in a mixing bowl – this can be done in a microwave (see tips below).  Be sure the microwave-safe bowl is dry.  Pour the melted chocolate on top of the saltines and spread out.   Sprinkle Cocoa Krispies on top of the chocolate.  Place pan into the fridge for 5 minutes, to cool.  Melt white chocolate in the same way.  Add 1 cup of white cake mix to the melted white chocolate.   Mix together well.  This will create a very thick mixture – you may need to add a little water…heat to help the water absorb and thin the mixture a bit – this part is a bit tricky.
Drizzle mixture out over the dark chocolate and crackers.  Sprinkle toffee bits on top, and refrigerate for 1-2 hours (or at least until hard).

Break into pieces to eat.   You’ll need to use your hands, because it will be really hard.

Store leftovers in the fridge, otherwise the dessert will melt and get messy!

Have fun!

For tips for melting chocolate in the microwave visit:
http://www.ehow.com/how_2144789_melt-chocolate-chips-microwave.html

Contributed, taste tested and teen approved by Jeanine Fox (and her daughter) from the infoZone.
Do you have a great recipe to share? Please add it in the comments!

10 Reasons to See Breaking Dawn, and 10 Reasons Not to

Twilight
Breaking Dawn Pt. 1, the fourth film in the Twilight saga, opens on November 18th-
Below are the top ten reasons you should buy a ticket-
Below that are the top ten reasons why you shouldn’t buy a ticket.

 

 

New MoonTop Ten Reasons to see Breaking Dawn:
 
1. Robert Pattinson without a shirt on!
2. Your girlfriend will be there
3. Because Bella and Edward will last way longer than 72 days
4. Edward likes to watch Bella sleep
5. You love weddings!
6. Jacob is hot
7. The Twilight Saga is the Romeo and Juliet of Generation Y
8. Stephenie Meyer > J.K. Rowling
9. Sparkly vampires!
10. In the end, everyone lives happily ever after
 
EclipseTop Ten Reasons not to see Breaking Dawn:
 
1. Robert Pattinson without a shirt on
2. Your mother will be there
3. The Royal Wedding was enough for you
4. Edward is a total stalker
5. You hate weddings!
6. Jacob is hot for an unborn child
7. The Twilight Saga is so not the Romeo and Juliet of Generation Y
8. J.K. Rowling > Stephenie Meyer
9. Real vampires don’t sparkle
10. In the end, Buffy should slay Edward

Do you have a suggestion for either list? Please comment! (Make sure you wouldn’t be ashamed if your mom read it!)

Also, check out a couple of reader reviews for the Twilight books-

these books are totally AWESOME!they are like my favorite books ever!(besides the pjato series because those books are awesome to) — pjatolover99

Twilight is a spell-binding story made up of miraculous characters and an intriguing outlook on fantasized creatures. I would recommend this book to just about any child over the age of ten. Make sure you have your parent’s permission before you set out into Stephanie’s amazing realm, some of this material is not suitable for immature children. When you are done with the first book, there are also many others in the series and I reccommend all of the others just as strongly, sincerely sam.

Back to School 2

School is back in session, so your daytime activities are covered. But what about after school? If you are like many teens, you head to your neighborhood library branch to meet up with friends and to use the computers. Next time you find yourself waiting to get online, ask whether the library has any board games. Many of them have a terrific assortment of games for patrons to play. Within the Indianapolis Public Library, there are librarians who are game gurus and who are eager to share unique games with you. A couple even attended and presented at the recent Gen Con Indy 2011 and may have some surprises up their sleeves!

For more organized play, Fountain Square Library offers a “Family Game Night” once a month. The next one is Tuesday, September 20th, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. And College Avenue is presenting “Youth Night,” that same evening, at 6:00 p.m. Looking further ahead, add Southport’s “Family Game Day” to your calendar. It is Saturday, October 1st, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

When gaming at the library, just remember not to shout “I WIN!” too loudly.

July 4th

July 4th is a nice summer holiday to enjoy doing things like swimming, cook outs, riding bikes or hiking, camping, small vacation to state parks or Fireworks. What does July 4th really mean? (http://www.ask.com/wiki/Independence_Day_(United_States)

Are some of our ideas about the Fourth incorrect? (http://hnn.us/articles/132.html)

And here’s History.com on the Fourth. (http://www.history.com/topics/july-4th)

What else does July 4 remind you of? Summer is half way over, a reminder of it being or continues to get hotter and sometimes dryer, school will be starting in another month to six weeks, and have you participated in any of the Summer Reading Program activities at your local library?

July 4th quiz and other activities:
http://parentingteens.about.com/b/2010/07/01/july-4-th-fun-for-teens.htm

http://www.suite101.com/content/fun-teen-activities-for-july-4th-a254497

http://www.holidayinsights.com/july4/index.htm