The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien

The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried is not only a novel, but could be considered a collection of short stories. Tim O’Brien makes each chapter unique by using powerful diction and tone. He keeps the reader interested by making each chapter a different account from the Vietnam War. These war stories vary from serious and sentimental to quite comical. This book is very powerful and exciting and recommended for anyone interested in the Vietnam War and what being a soldier is truly like.

The Things They Carried is also available as a downloadable e-book and an audiobook on CD

–Haley Kibby, Southport Branch Teen Advisory Board

New Books Coming Out!

I’m always excited about new book releases and there are a bunch of new titles coming out soon to be excited about. Here’s a selection of new books that the library has on order that you can place a request for right now!
Which new books are you going to read?

Midnight Thief


Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

“Kyra, a highly skilled seventeen-year-old thief, joins a guild of assassins with questionable motives. Tristam, a young knight, fights against the vicious Demon Riders that are ravaging the city”– Provided by publisher.





Zom-B Clans


Zom-B Clans by Darren Shan

“While saving the town of New Kirkham, B’s old friend, Vinyl, is kidnapped by the Ku Klux Klan. The Angels are prepared to do what it takes to save him, but B will have to make some very hard decisions about her loyalties”– Provided by publisher.




In Deep


In Deep by Terra Elan McVoy

“A competitive swimmer gets in over her head as she plays a wicked cat-and-mouse game with her wild best friend and a hot new college swimmer”– Provided by publisher.







Wild by Alex Mallory

“When Cade, a boy who has lived in the forest his whole life, saves a regular teen from a bear attack, he is brought into modern civilization for the first time”– Provided by publisher.

-Michelle Frost

Walter Dean Myers, 1937 – 2014

Walter Dean Myers, African American author of over 100 books for children and teens, passed away on July 1, 2014, after a brief illness. Myers’ award winning and realistic work has touched many over the years. “He wrote with heart and he spoke to teens in a language they understood,” Susan Katz, president and publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books, said in a statement. We celebrate the life and work of Walter Dean Myers by sharing some of his titles here, with you.




A teenage basketball player from Harlem is befriended by a former professional player who, after being forced to quit because of a point shaving scandal, hopes to prevent other young athletes from repeating his mistake.








While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book, 2000.




Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels

A coming-of-age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this is the story of Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteers for the service when his dream of attending college falls through. Sent to the front lines, Perry and his platoon come face-to-face with the Vietcong and the real horror of warfare. But violence and death aren’t the only hardships. As Perry struggles to find virtue in himself and his comrades, he questions why black troops are given the most dangerous assignments, and why the U.S. is there at all.

Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner, 1989.

Autobiography of My Dead Brother


Autobiography of My Dead Brother

Jesse pours his heart and soul into his sketchbook to make sense of life in his troubled Harlem neighborhood and the loss of a close friend.





Harlem Summer


Harlem Summer

In 1920s Harlem, sixteen-year-old Mark Purvis, an aspiring jazz saxophonist, gets a summer job as an errand boy for the publishers of the groundbreaking African American magazine, “The Crisis,” but soon finds himself on the enemy list of mobster Dutch Shultz.





Sunrise Over Fallujah


Sunrise Over Fallujah

Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him.

A Junior Library Guild selection







If Harlem high school senior Drew Lawson is going to realize his dream of playing college, then professional, basketball, he will have to improve at being coached and being a team player, especially after a new–white–student threatens to take the scouts’ attention away from him.

A Junior Library Guild selection





In 1863, fifteen-year-old Claire, the daughter of an Irish mother and a black father, faces ugly truths and great danger when Irish immigrants, enraged by the Civil War and a federal draft, lash out against blacks and wealthy “swells” of New York City.







Teenage Reese, serving time at a juvenile detention facility, gets a lesson in making it through hard times from an unlikely friend with a harrowing past.




The Cruisers


The Cruisers

Friends Zander, Kambui, LaShonda, and Bobbi, caught in the middle of a mock Civil War at DaVinci Academy, learn the true cost of freedom of speech when they use their alternative newspaper, TheCruiser, to try to make peace.




All the Right Stuff


All the Right Stuff

The summer after his absentee father is killed in a random shooting, Paul volunteers at a Harlem soup kitchen where he listens to lessons about “the social contract” from an elderly African American man, and mentors a seventeen-year-old unwed mother who wants to make it to college on a basketball scholarship.






Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry were friends in Virginia, but now that they are both involved in the Normandy invasion, the differences in their positions is uncomfortable, for Josiah is a white infantryman and Marcus is a black transport driver, the only role the segregated army will allow him.

Prequel to: Fallen Angels and Sunrise Over Fallujah.



Darius & Twig


Darius & Twig

“Two best friends, a writer and a runner, deal with bullies, family issues, social pressures, and their quest for success coming out of Harlem”– Publisher’s note.





The new novel by Walter Dean Myers, On a Clear Day, is scheduled to be released in September.

For more information on Walter Dean Myers, you can visit his site.

To see everything we have available by Walter Dean Myers, click here.

-Michelle Frost

Teen Top Ten Nominees, 2014 Part 4

Here are five more of the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association’s) nominees for the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten. The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country.

(View the complete listing of nominees here!)


Don’t forget, Teen Fiction books count as 25 points each for the Summer Reading Program!

Eleanor & Park


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try — Publisher’s note.

Also available as a downloadable e-book , a downloadable audiobook, an audiobook on CD and in Large Print.

 This Song Will Save Your Life


This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales.

Nearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey.

Also available as a downloadable audiobook.






Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson.

At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners–the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.

Also available as a downloadable e-book and an audiobook on CD.



The Rithmatist


The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson ; illustrations by Ben McSweeney.

As Wild Chalklings threaten the American Isles and Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice.

Also available as a downloadable audiobook and an audiobook on CD.



This is What Happy Looks Like

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.

Perfect strangers Graham Larkin and Ellie O’Neill meet online when Graham accidentally sends Ellie an e-mail about his pet pig, Wilbur. The two 17-year-olds strike up an e-mail relationship from opposite sides of the country and don’t even know each other’s first names. What’s more, Ellie doesn’t know Graham is a famous actor, and Graham doesn’t know about the big secret in Ellie’s family tree. When the relationship goes from online to in-person, they find out whether their relationship can be the real thing — Publisher’s note.

Also available as a downloadable e-book.

Let us know which ones you’ve read and what you thought about them in the comments below!
–Michelle Frost

Another 5 Teen Top Ten Nominees!

Below are 5 more selections from the Young Adult Library Services Association 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees. The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country.
(View the complete listing of nominees here!


The Clockwork Scarab: a Stoker & Holmes Novel


The Clockwork Scarab: a Stoker & Holmes Novel by Colleen GleasonIn 1889 London young women are turning up dead, and Evaline Stoker, relative of Bram, and Mina Holmes, niece of Sherlock, are summoned to investigate the clue of the not-so-ancient Egyptianscarabs–but where does a time traveler fit in?

Also available as a downloadable e-book.

Maybe I Will


Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray

Author Laurie Gray presents a compelling picture of the realities of sexual assault in Maybe I Will, drawing on her years of experience as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, dealing with crimes against children. The twist in the story is that we never know for sure if the victim is a boy or a girl, and we realize that it doesn’t matter, because it’s not about sex. -GoodReads



The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die


The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her. And that she must run. Follow Cady and Ty (her accidental savior turned companion), as they race against the clock to stay alive– Publisher’s note.



Openly Straight


Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg.

Tired of being known as “the gay kid”, Rafe Goldberg decides to assume a new persona when he comes east and enters an elite Massachusetts prep school–but trying to deny his identity has both complications and unexpected consequences.





Six Months Later

Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

Chloe didn’t think about it much when she nodded off in study hall on that sleepy summer day. But when she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can’t remember the last six months of her life. Before, she’d been a mediocre student. Now, she’s on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he’s her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won’t speak to her. What happened to her? And why can’t she remember?– Publisher’s note.

Also available as a downloadable e-book

-Michelle Frost