Tumblebook Cloud is here!

What’s Tumblebook Cloud?   It’s an online collection of ebooks, enhanced novels, graphic novels, videos and audio books, which offers students and adults of all reading levels access to an amazing range of content.  We have a growing collection of Read-Alongs of Core Curriculum titles such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Hamlet, and The Great Gatsby. Plus, our enhanced novels include chapter/plot summaries, character sketches, and quizzes. In addition all of our books allow you to highlight portions of a book and add notes! Sweet!  Go to our downloadables page  to use your library card to get these free eBooks for anywhere and anytime.

–Michael Perry

Teen Top Ten Nominees

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YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association’s) has released the 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.
Check out some of the nominees. (View the complete listing of nominees here!)

 

Sky on Fire

 

Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

A group of survivors, originally trapped together in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, has split in two — one group heading to Denver airport on a repaired school bus, the other remaining in the Sanctuary trying to rebuild the community they lost. But the world outside is dark and filled with dangerous chemicals that turn people into bloodthirsty monsters.

 

 

Teardrop

 

Teardrop by Lauren Kate

Since Eureka’s mother drowned, she wishes she were dead too, but after discovering that an ancient book is more than a story Eureka begins to believe that Ander is right about her being involved in strange things–and in grave danger.

 

 

 

 

Splintered

 

Splintered by A.G. Howard

A descendant of the inspiration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice’s mistakes, she may save her family from their curse.

 

 

 

The Testing

 

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.

 

 

 

 

The Eye of Minds

 

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secret’s out.

 

Which ones would YOU vote for? Would you recommend these to your friends? Let us know in the comments below.

–sent by Michelle Frost

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (2 reviews)

Our first review is by your fellow teen Sara: I DON’T WANT TO SPOIL THE BOOK FOR ANYONE. SO I WILL JUST SAY THAT IT WAS AN AMAZING. FILLED WITH AMAZING DETAILS AND AMAZING CHARACTERS. YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THAT BOOK.

And now a review from librarian Michael Perry:

The Book Thief
“Here’s a small fact: You’re going to die.”
Sometimes a story gets written that endures past the “flash in a pan” stage. There have been some great series that have lasted for a decade or more. Remember “The Princess Diaries”? the whole “Gossip Girl” series? Sure they were fun to read, but if you are thinking of really great books, you probably would be talking about Scott Westerfield’s “the Uglies” series or Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” series or just about anything by John Green.

Keeping that in mind, here’s a book from 2006 that you really have to read. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Told with Death (Yup, Death itself!) as the narrator, this book takes place during World War II in Nazi Germany and explores the life of Liesel, a young girl who ends up in a foster home. At her brother’s funeral, she steals a gravedigger’s handbook. Here’s the twist. Liesel can’t read! Her foster father finds the title and then teaches her to read. Later, during a book burning in the center of town, the mayor is the only one who sees Liesel snatch a book from the pile. He takes a chance with her and shows her his dead son’s library. And there’s more.
The book is fantastic, one of the few that really put you in the place and time of the plot. Liesel comes alive through the pages and you will find yourself staying up into the late hours of the night as you turn pages, following her life.

Get this one. You’ll be glad you did.

The Book Thief on e-book
In addition to the book (on paper) we have this title as a downloadable e-book, a downloadable audiobook and an audiobook on CD. It came out as a movie in late 2013 and was released this spring on DVD and Blu-ray.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

heartsFriday is coming and with it, Valentine’s Day! Now you might be one of the ones who are thinking about flowers, cards, gifts and such. If so, congrats! However, you might be one of the ones who are celebrating Un-Valentine’s Day by doing something nice for yourself or with friends. Here’s a few suggestions: Write a list of something that makes you happy and put it on the mirror! Buy one of those chocolates-filled hearts and share with your friends! Or maybe (and yeah, we’re gonna throw it out there, cuz this *is* a library blog) you can read a book! In deference to the holiday, let us present some titles for your romantic reading pleasure!

Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes from Cleopatra to Camus

 

Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes from Cleopatra to Camus

 

All I Need

 

All I Need by Susane Colasanti

 

 

The Fault in Our Stars

 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

 

 

Eleanor & Park

 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

 

 

Keeping You a Secret

 

Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters

 

 

Two Boys Kissing

 

Two Boys Kissing

 

 

Matched

 

Matched by Ally Condie (Matched #1)

 

 

Anna and the French Kiss

 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

 

 

This Lullaby

 

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

 

 

The Summer I Turned Pretty

 

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

 

 

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award

Last week, we told you about the Printz award which given by ALA for the best book for teens each year. What’s that? You’d like more? Okay, how about the Morris award? The William C. Morris YA Debut Award is given for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. It celebrates impressive new voices in young adult literature. So it’s gonna be fresh, something you’ve never read and ideal to share with your friends.

Check one out. Read it. Let us know what you think in the comments below or on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/teenscene.

Winner
Charm & Strange

Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

 

 

Finalists:

In the Shadow of Blackbirds

 

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

 

 

Sex & Violence

 

Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

 

 

Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets

 

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos

 

 

Belle Epoque

 

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross