Category Archives: Recommended

Dreamland Burning REVIEW

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Available in Print & eBook.

Two voices in one town separated by decades, but connected by one tragic event, the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.

Rowan is home when workmen find a skeleton on her family’s property. Whoever the person was, they have been buried a long time. Rowan enlists her best friend to help find answers when the authorities do not see the case as a priority.

William is the son of a white father and a Native American mother living in racially charged Tulsa in 1921. His confrontation with an African American man who was speaking to a white woman sparks more anger in a city already on edge.

Rowan’s and William’s stories are told in alternating chapters. William struggles with the open racism he sees in others (including his father) and his contact with two young African Americans he grows to like. He also feels the sting of being called half breed and threatened by the obnoxious shop keeper who works across the street from his father’s Victrola business.

Rowan, the child of a white father and African American mother, feels and sees racism in current society. Her parents are financially successful so when she starts working in a medical clinic in a low income area, her eyes are opened to the struggles of others.

This incredible story interweaves the past and present skillfully to show how much we have progressed as a society and how far we still have to go. Skin color is only that and has nothing to do with who people really are inside. Basing anything on people’s skin tone is just wrong and has lead to too much pain and anguish. Rowan and William, seemingly unrelated, show that we are never that far removed from out past. I highly recommend this book. It is, sadly, very relevant to today’s world.

Ouran High School Host Club REVIEW

You’re invited to… Ouran High School Host Club!

 

Available here.

I spent many years avoiding this manga series. I really regret that decision. I’m not sure why I avoided this manga series other than the fact that I thought it would be like other stereotypical shojo manga. Now stereotypical shojo manga usually involves a girl who is in love with a boy, but that boy hates her until he eventually falls in love with her. Ouran High School Host Club is not that kind of manga series. Haruhi, the female protagonist, and the host club members are so far beyond that stereotype it’s laughable, in fact the characters themselves laugh at those stereotypes. Haruhi is smart, witty, and strong; qualities that are rare in quite a few shojo mangas.

To give some context, this manga is about a young girl named Haruhi. She is a scholarship student at Ouran, and her family is of the lower financial class. While exploring the school she tries to find a quiet place to study and ends up knocking over a vase worth 80,000 dollars, a vase that belongs to the host club. The host club allows her to work for them (basically until she graduates) so she can pay off the debt. As she slowly pays off the debt she gets to know the other host members: Tamaki, Kyoya, Hikaru, Kaoru, Mori, and Honey. Within the first manga you get to know these boys at face value. You learn that they’re rich and you also learn that they’re indulgent.  They are also funny, smart, and very bored which is why they put together the host club, to entertain the other rich and bored students. All of the host club members seem like they would be the worst of friends because they are all so different. Haruhi is the no-nonsense one, Tamaki is the overly passionate and kind one, Kyoya is the critical one, Hikaru and Kaoru are the tricksters, Honey is the childish one, and Mori is the stoic character. Though all are vastly different, through the manga (which is 18 volumes) their bond grows and they become greater friends. You will find yourself connecting to all of the characters. All in all it’s a funny, exciting, and thoughtful manga series, one that I highly recommend.

Enjoy!
Cera House
Southport Library

You only thought you were done reading dystopian!

A couple of books I am super excited to read are out or coming out very, very, very soon! Be sure to check them out!

syndetics-lc“In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (‘gleaned’) by professional reapers (‘scythes‘). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe–a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn’t”– Provided by publisher.

This book sounds amazing, and if you have never read Neal Shusterman before, you are in for a treat! Check out his Unwind series until you can get your hands on his latest, Scythe. You won’t be disappointed.

Available in Print.

 

 

 

syndetics-lcIn a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives “unwound” and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs–and, perhaps, save their own lives.

This book has it all! And then some! I can’t say enough good things about it. I promise it is a book and series that will stay with you for a long, long, long time. Maybe, forever.

Available in Print, CD, and eBook.

 

 

 

 

syndetics-lc The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your head down, and watch your back. You look out for number one, and no one knows that better than Ty. She’s been surviving on the factory line as long as she can remember. But now Ty has Colin. She’s no longer alone; it’s the two of them against the world. That’s something even a town this brutal can’t take away from her. Until it does. Lena’s future depends on her family’s factory, a beast that demands a ruthless master, and Lena is prepared to be as ruthless as it takes if it means finally proving herself to her father. But when a chance encounter with Colin, a dreamer despite his circumstances, exposes Lena to the consequences of her actions, she’ll risk everything to do what’s right. In Lena, Ty sees an heiress with a chip on her shoulder. Colin sees something more. In a world of disease and war, tragedy and betrayal, allies and enemies, all three of them must learn that challenging what they thought was true can change all the rules. An enthralling story of friendship and rebellion, Metaltown will have you believing in the power of hope.

If you haven’t read a book by Kristen Simmons, this would be an excellent time to try one. This books sounds awesome and early reviews are very positive. If you can’t get your hands on a copy yet, try one of her earlier books (see below).

Available in Print.

syndetics-lcThe Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

Stolen from her home, and being groomed for auction, Aya is desperate to escape her fate and return to her family, but her only allies are a loyal wolf she’s raised from a pup and a strange mute boy who may be her best hope for freedom … if she can truly trust him.

I can see why Simmons’ book has been compared to The Handmaid’s Tale, very similar in some aspects, but it also has a hint of The Hunger Games with all the hunting, surviving in the mountains/forest, and running from potential captors.

Aya has been on the run all her life. When she is suddenly captured, she is thrust into the world she had been trying to hide from. Renamed “Clover” in this new environment, she is suddenly made into someone she did not want to be, all in preparation to be sold to the highest bidder.

This standalone novel has hints of interesting technology with machines that can modify body shapes and lesson or remove scars, freckles, etc. At the same time, it seems like a very primitive world in many aspects. This is another book that will stick with you for a long time after you read it.

Available in Print.

New Fiction Titles!

We have some great new fiction titles coming in and looking for some love. Check these new titles out. Click on the book cover to be taken to our catalog record and request your copy today!

A seventeen-year-old girl runs a fake paranormal detection agency, but when she takes a case involving a non-paranormal missing person, things start to get strange and her feelings for partner Sky Ramsey start to grow.
A seventeen-year-old girl runs a fake paranormal detection agency, but when she takes a case involving a non-paranormal missing person, things start to get strange and her feelings for partner Sky Ramsey start to grow.
Told through journal entries, a psychotherapist's notes, court records, and more, relates the tale of Carly, a teen who was institutionalized after her parents' death but released to Elmbrige High School, where she is believed to have a second personalityor soul named Kaitlyn, and/or be possessed by a demon.
Told through journal entries, a psychotherapist’s notes, court records, and more, relates the tale of Carly, a teen who was institutionalized after her parents’ death but released to Elmbrige High School, where she is believed to have a second personalityor soul named Kaitlyn, and/or be possessed by a demon.
"Senior Will Caynes must face unsettling feelings for his best friend Angus after they share a drunken kiss, while also embarking on his first real relationship with sophomore Brandy--all as the burden of home-life troubles weigh heavily"-- Provided by publisher.
“Senior Will Caynes must face unsettling feelings for his best friend Angus after they share a drunken kiss, while also embarking on his first real relationship with sophomore Brandy–all as the burden of home-life troubles weigh heavily”– Provided by publisher.
A retelling of Snow White from the evil step mother's point of view as fifteen-year-old Dolce grows up on islands in a Venetian lagoon where she learns how to make mirrors, but when her mother dies she is taken in by a widower and his daughter while she secretly continues making mirrors and slowly goes mad from mercury poisoning.
A retelling of Snow White from the evil step mother’s point of view as fifteen-year-old Dolce grows up on islands in a Venetian lagoon where she learns how to make mirrors, but when her mother dies she is taken in by a widower and his daughter while she secretly continues making mirrors and slowly goes mad from mercury poisoning.

Want to see more new or on order titles?  It’s really easy to do a search on our online catalog to see what’s coming. 

  1. First, click on this link: http://www.imcpl.org/.
  2. Then, in the upper right hand corner type “on order teen” into the search box.on order teen
  3. Click search.
  4. Select the “On Order” items from the top menu bar. On this particular search there are 91 results.on order
  5. Scroll down on the right side to where you see the options to limit search by “Age Group.” Select “Adolescent.” On this particular there are 31 results.adolescent
  6. Happy browsing!

Coming Soon to a library near you!

Want to know what is on order or new to the library? Today we are focusing on new Non-Fiction. Check these out. Click the book covers to be taken to our catalog record and request your copy today!

College minister Dan Conner is in the perfect position to help teenage boys tackle the issues of their day. A married father still in his twenties, he’s wiser than teens, younger than their parents, and ready to talk about real life stuff with no judgment or nonsense.   Respect, Confidence, Girls, Sexuality, Courage and Manhood.  In 10 Things I Want to Tell Teenage Boys, Conner takes on every topic with direct honesty, humor, and wisdom, guiding these young men toward truths that will save them from unnecessary stress, insecurity, and time wasted. “Here’s the secret: this real man that you’re supposed to measure up to doesn’t exist. The only man that you’ve got to worry about striving after is the man God created you to be.”
College minister Dan Conner is in the perfect position to help teenage boys tackle the issues of their day. A married father still in his twenties, he’s wiser than teens, younger than their parents, and ready to talk about real life stuff with no judgment or nonsense. Respect, Confidence, Girls, Sexuality, Courage and Manhood.
Do you have problems with anxiety? The Anxious Teen Survival Guide is a much-needed, go-to guide to help you finally break free from the worry and ruminations that can get in the way of reaching your goals.
Do you have problems with anxiety? The Anxious Teen Survival Guide is a much-needed, go-to guide to help you finally break free from the worry and ruminations that can get in the way of reaching your goals.
"This anthology of stories from acclaimed young adult authors examines the thought-provoking issues of gun violence, gun control, and gun ownership"-- Provided by publisher.
“This anthology of stories from acclaimed young adult authors examines the thought-provoking issues of gun violence, gun control, and gun ownership”– Provided by publisher.