My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, by Annabel Pitcher

My Sister Lives on the MantelpieceJamie was only five years old when his sister Rose was killed by a bomb in London. Now ten, Jamie lives with his dad and Jas, Rose’s twin sister. When his mum and dad split up, each got a portion of Rose’s remains. Jamie’s mum ran off with a fellow member of a bereavement group and his dad has retreated into the comfort of alcohol and is barely aware of his and Jas’ existence. Life gets even harder with the start of school in a new place where he becomes a bully’s target. It seems that his only friend is to be Sunya, a girl whose family is from Bangladesh and who wears a hijab. “Dad would go mental if he knew.”

Pitcher’s first novel deftly tackles the death of a child and the struggles of the family left behind. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece was hard to put down! It reminded me of other favorites like About a Boy by Nick Hornby and Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Looking forward to more books by this talented British author! Check out her website at http://www.annabelpitcher.com.

Batman: The Black Mirror

Batman: The Black MirrorNews Flash! Batman fights monsters in Gotham city. However, these monsters are not your typical joker or penguin. In the black mirror Batman goes up against an organization that has thrived off of the imbedded evil in Gotham City for years. Batman, now Dick Grayson, has to fight his own inner demons to face an entrenched demonic organization that Gotham has never seen. Not only are there surprises along the way, there is one person who can’t wait to have his last laugh!
Batman: The Black Mirror

Forged by Fire, by Sharon M. Draper

Forged By FireForged By Fire, a Coretta Scott King Award winner and ALA Best Book for Young Adults pick, tells the story of two siblings fighting for survival in their world filled with neglect and abuse. In Sharon Draper’s second book of the Hazelwood High Trilogy, William and his sister, Angel, meet for the first time on his birthday. From that day forward, they are inseparable. It is the same day that he meets his abusive stepfather. Faced with such a man and a drug-addicted mother both band together to face the fight of their lives. The book has an appealing story line, strong characters and themes for teens. Its short chapters, fast pace and never-ending, unexpected twists will hold hostage even the most reluctant teen readers.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (and the Library’s Teen Films for July 15 – 21)

Code Name VerityHow do you confess to being a spy, and not really give away any information? That is the dilemma facing “Verity”, a very young British spy captured in Nazi occupied France. Forced to write a confession, she tells the story of how she and the pilot who became her best friend met and trained for the service. But who is “Verity”? And what is she really writing – a confession, or something much more? And what about the pilot? What really happened after “Verity” jumped out of that plane? This is one of those books that gets under your skin, and stays there. All the major characters are more than meets the eye, and a gripping, compelling story unfolds under the writings of “Verity”, and what happens after she’s done writing. Darkly moving, thought provoking, and unforgettable, Code Name Verity is a one of a kind experience. And, food for thought, the definition of verity is something that is true, as a principle, belief, idea, or statement: the eternal verities.

And here are the teen movies we’ll be showing July 15 – 21. Click on any title to see where else it will be playing this summer.

Joyful Noise

Wayne

Tue., July 17, 3:00 pm

Madea’s Big Happy Family

Pike

Tue., July 17, 5:45 pm

Joyful Noise

Glendale

Tue., July 17, 6:00 pm

Footloose

Southport

Wed., July 18, 6:00 pm

Joyful Noise

Warren Square

Fri., July 20, 1:00 pm

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Fountain Square

Fri., July 20, 2:00 pm

Stomp the Yard

Irvington

Fri., July 20, 3:00 pm

Joyful Noise

Spades Park

Fri., July 20, 3:00 pm

War Horse

Decatur

Fri., July 20, 3:00 pm

Stomp the Yard

Brightwood

Sat., July 21, 2:00 pm

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Eagle

Sat., July 21, 2:00 pm

Real Steel

College Avenue

Sat., July 21, 2:00 pm

“Insurgent” by Veronica Roth, (and the Library’s Teen Films July 1 – 7)

Insurgent

Insurgent picks up where Divergent left off….right in the middle of the action. From start to finish, this sequel packs the same kind of punch as the first book. In the not-too-distant future, the city of Chicago has been divided into five distinct factions. All are separate but equally important to society…until one faction tries to destroy the others. 16-year-old Tris Prior is fighting alongside others who want to stop a war from escalating. She feels a strong allegiance to several factions. But overwhelming guilt and sorrow for things in her past cloud Tris’s judgment until she can no longer trust her own instincts. With death and destruction all around her, Tris has to summon bravery, reason, and humanity….qualities she is not so sure she possesses. Now she must decide how to fight this war—as an insider or an outsider.

A powerful and worthy sequel.

And here are the teen movies we’ll be showing July 1 – 7. Click on any title to see where else it will be playing this summer.

Madea’s Big Happy Family

Glendale

Tue., July 3, 6:00 pm

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Warren

Fri., July 6, 1:00 pm

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Fountain Square

Fri., July 6, 2:00 pm

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Decatur

Fri., July 6, 3:00 pm

Madea’s Big Happy Family

Eagle

Sat., July 7, 2:00 pm

War Horse

College Avenue

Sat., July 7, 2:00 pm

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Brightwood

Sat., July 7, 2:00 pm