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Aspect of Winter More Info Borrow
By Tom Early. From Harmony Ink Press.
(14 reviews) Amazon rank #2,832,790

2nd Edition

High school isn’t easy for any gay teen, and on top of everything, Fay struggles to understand his supernatural powers―and keep them hidden from everyone but his best friend Sam. It’s almost too much for anyone to cope with, and it’s all Fay can do to endure.

Then Fay and Sam come to the attention of a representative from Janus University, a college for people who display magical potential.

carefully everywhere descending More Info Borrow
By L.B. Bedford. From Harmony Ink Press.
(20 reviews)

Audrey Anderson has one chance to escape poverty―excel academically and get into a good school. She’ll let nothing stand between her and her goal: not dating and certainly not snotty Scarlett West. The girls can’t stand each other, so why is Scarlett hanging around Audrey and getting under Audrey’s skin―in more ways than one?

Scarlett needs a tutor, and Audrey doesn’t want the job. She still resents Scarlett offering to pay Audrey to do her homework, but her compassionate best friend talks Audrey into giving Scarlett a second chance.

Failstate: Nemesis (Failstate Series) More Info Borrow
By John W. Otte. From ENCLAVE PUBLISHING.
(2 reviews) Amazon rank #1,112,319

Abaddon will destroy you all! Robin Laughlin (a.k.a. the superhero Failstate) has finally achieved his dream. Not only is he a licensed vigilante, but he’s respected by his fellow heroes, feared by criminals, and he’s finally achieved peace in his family, especially with his brother, Ben (a.k.a. the superhero Gauntlet). That, plus the love of his girlfriend, Charlene, has made life good. But then Failstate learns a secret about his father. Rather than the loving family man he remembers, Failstate’s father was a criminal who got himself killed when he crossed the wrong people.

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Into the Dark More Info Borrow
By Caroline T. Patti. From Month9Books, LLC.
(10 reviews) Amazon rank #1,350,484

A “sweet sixteen” party is supposed to be among the most memorable events of a girl’s life. But on the night of her party, Mercy Clare wakes up in the waiting room of a hospital with no memory of how she got there. To make matters worse, she’s wearing something she would never be caught dead in: her best friend Lyla’s clothes. Mercy’s nightmare is just beginning. The doctor tells her, referring to her as Lyla, that Mercy is lying in the hospital bed waiting to die.

The Other Inheritance More Info Borrow
By Rebecca Jaycox. From Rocking Horse Publishing.
(21 reviews) Amazon rank #1,743,351

Seventeen-year-old Reggie has been having a tougher time than usual. As if dealing with her alcoholic mother and fighting school bullies isn’t enough, this biker dude shows up in her dreams, babbling about magic and a world called the Other. Then, in biology class, her finger brushes a dead frog set out for dissection and it leaps off the table, scaring everyone, including her. Reggie’s life is changing, and she has no idea why.

The Sister Pact More Info Borrow
By Stacie Ramey. From Sourcebooks Fire.
(73 reviews) Amazon rank #50,492

In Electronic Format Who holds your secrets?

Allie is devastated when her sister commits suicide-and it’s not just because she misses her. Allie feels betrayed. The two made a pact that they’d always be together, in life and in death, but Leah broke her promise and Allie needs to know why.

Her parents hover. Her friends try to support her. And Nick, sweet Nick, keeps calling and flirting. Their sympathy only intensifies her grief.

But the more she clings to Leah, the more secrets surface.

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When a scheming lord tears Jess's family apart, she must rely on her unlikely friendship with Kal, a high-ranking Patron boy, and her skill at Fives, an intricate, multi-level athletic competition that offers a chance for glory, to protect her Commoner mother and mixed-race sisters and save her father's reputation.
When a scheming lord tears Jess’s family apart, she must rely on her unlikely friendship with Kal, a high-ranking Patron boy, and her skill at Fives, an intricate, multi-level athletic competition that offers a chance for glory, to protect her Commoner mother and mixed-race sisters and save her father’s reputation.
Isis Carter learned early about surviving in the streets. When she was robbed, she took back what was hers. When her brother was killed and her mom left, Isis fought to stay strong. After her dad abandoned her for his new family, 16 year old Isis was on her own--until a run-in with the law shattered her world.
Isis Carter learned early about surviving in the streets. When she was robbed, she took back what was hers. When her brother was killed and her mom left, Isis fought to stay strong. After her dad abandoned her for his new family, 16 year old Isis was on her own–until a run-in with the law shattered her world.
In this heart-stopping sequel to The Diviners, Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray takes readers deeper into the mystical underbelly of New York City.
In this heart-stopping sequel to The Diviners, Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray takes readers deeper into the mystical underbelly of New York City.

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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!

BANNED BOOKS WEEK Y’ALL!

Banned Books

Hear ye! Hear ye! It is that special time of year where we celebrate our intellectual freedom (a.k.a the right to read what we darn well please)- that most special of bookworm holidays- Banned Books Week. (Yes, I realize that was a horrible run on sentence.)

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) releases a top ten list, each year, of the books that have been most challenged over the course of the year. A book challenge sadly defers from a reading challenge in that it is considerably less awesome, and also does essentially the opposite.

According to the ALA’s Frequently Challenged Books website:

“Challenges are documented requests to remove materials from schools or libraries, thus restricting access to them by others. In some cases OIF may get numerous details about who challenged a book, why they are complaining about the book, what happened during the challenge, and the current status of the book. In other cases, few details are supplied beyond the fact of the challenge and the reasons for the challenge.”

So without further ado, here is the ALA’s——–

“The top ten most frequently challenged books of 2014 are: 

indian1) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,

 by Sherman Alexie

Summary:”Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.” -From sherloc.imcpl.org

Reasons for challenge: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”

 

perspolis2) Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi

Summary:”An intelligent and outspoken only child, Satrapi–the daughter of radical Marxists and the great-granddaughter of Iran’s last emperor–bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.” -From sherloc.imcpl.org

 

Reasons for challenge: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”

 

tango3) And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell

Summary:”At New York City’s Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.” -From sherloc.imcpl.org

Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”

blue4) The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

Summary: “Pecola Breedlove, a young eleven-year-old black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dreams grow more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity.–from publisher’s description.”-From sherloc.imcpl.org

Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”

normal5)  It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris

Summary:”Introduces human sexuality, describes the changes brought about by puberty, and discusses sexual abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS, and pregnancy.”-From sherloc.imcpl.org

Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “alleges it child pornography”

 

 

saga6) Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Summary:”When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.” -From Amazon.com

Reasons: Anti-Family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

 

 

 

kite7) The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

Summary: “Traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghan youth and a servant’s son in a tale that spans the final days of Afghanistan’s monarchy through the atrocities of the present day.”-From sherloc.imcpl.org

Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence

 

 

 

perks8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

Summary:”The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.” -From Amazon.com

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”

life9)  A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard

Summary: “The memoir of Jaycee Dugard who was kidnapped on June 10, 1991, when she was 11 years old, and was missing for over 18 years before her reappearance in 2009.”-From sherloc.imcpl.org

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group

 

 

 

drama10)  Drama, by Raina Telgemeier

Summary: “Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.” -From sherloc.imcpl.org

Reasons: sexually explicit

 

 

 

(Out of 311 challenges as recorded by the Office for Intellectual Freedom)”

Sadly, I have not read every book on this list. So I cannot attest to all of their pros-cons. And therefore, I will not bore you with reviews.

Essentially that is the point of the list, to let you know that my opinion of a book and yours may differ. And that is totally cool. However, my opinion of a book (or the opinion of any other reader) should not keep you from having access to read it, if you want to.  And vice versa. That is not cool.

That is the what Intellectual Freedom is all about. It’s the right of equal access to books for everyone.

So go on with your bookworm self, and read what you wanna. Because, the more you read, the more you know and “oh the places that you’ll go”….Okay…. I’ll stop now.

-Blog post by Children’s Librarian, Kasey Panighetti. You can read more from her at her blog.

Some things you can do to celebrate the #freedomtoread. Tweet selfies of yourself with your favorite banned or challenged book using the hashtags #BannedBooksWeek and #ireadbannedbooks.

If you’re feeling inspired to read aloud, you can submit a banned book reading video to the Virtual Read-Out page on YouTube.

You can also join the #litchat on Twitter on Friday, October 2 from 4-6 pm EST and use the #bannedbooksweek hashtag.