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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.

Top 10 Titles You Are Reading This Month

A collection of four pre-Divergent stories plus three additional scenes from Divergent, all told from Tobias's point of view, that follow Tobias's transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his Dauntless initiation, the first clues that a foul plan is brewing in the leadership of two factions, and the weeks after he meets Tris Prior.
10. A collection of four pre-Divergent stories plus three additional scenes from Divergent, all told from Tobias’s point of view, that follow Tobias’s transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his Dauntless initiation, the first clues that a foul plan is brewing in the leadership of two factions, and the weeks after he meets Tris Prior.
9. Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.
9. Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.
8. In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
8. In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
7. As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.
7. As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.
6. "As war surges in the dystopian society around her, sixteen-year-old Divergent Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love"-- Provided by publisher.
6. “As war surges in the dystopian society around her, sixteen-year-old Divergent Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves–and herself–while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love”– Provided by publisher.
5. Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.
5. Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.
4. The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered -- fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. But Tris's new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature -- and of herself -- while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.
4. The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered — fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature — and of herself — while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.
3. Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
3. Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
2. Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.
2. Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

 

And the #1 title in the Indy Public Library that you are reading right now is…

 

1. One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.
1. One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q’s neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

How many of these have you read? 

Click on the book covers to go to the catalog record and place a request!

How To Adult and How to Fight Back Against Stress

With many schools starting back up this week and next, we thought this might be an appropriate time to share this How To Adult video, featuring T. Michael Martin, on how to fight back against stress.

martinThe End Games by T. Michael Martin

Available in Print and eBook formats @ your Indy PL.

“In the rural mountains of West Virginia, seventeen-year-oldMichael Faris tries to protect his fragile younger brother from the horrors of the zombie apocalypse”– Provided by publisher.

 

 

 

How do YOU fight back against stress? Share your tips in the comments!

 

For Fans of The Walking Dead

Things have gone seriously downhill for the human race in these sometimes grim, often gruesome apocalyptic horror novels featuring zombies, epidemics and the undead.

If you like #TheWalkingDead you might like the following titles!

enclaveEnclave by Ann Aguirre.

Available in Print, eBookAudio CD, and Downloadable Audiobook .

In a post-apocalyptic future, fifteen-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong– and dangerous.

 

 

infectsThe infects by Sean Beaudoin.

Available in Print.

Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. These kids have seen zombie movies. They know the rules. Unfortunately, knowing the rules isn’t going to be enough.

 

ashesAshes by Ilsa J. Bick.

Available in Print, eBook and Audio CD.

Alex, a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world’s population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.

 

 

eatEat, brains, love by Jeff Hart.

Available in Print and eBook.

New Jersey teens Jake Stephenson and Amanda Blake are turning into zombies and, having devoured half of their senior class, they are on the run, pursued by teen psychic Cass, a member of a government unit charged with killing zombies and keeping their existence secret.

 

 

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