Pitch Perfect Readalikes

Do you love the Pitch Perfect movies? Then you might like these books!

rockonRock on : a story of guitars, gigs, girls, and a brother (not necessarily in that order) by Denise Vega.

Available in Print.

High school sophomore Ori Taylor, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter in a nameless rock band, has always been known as the easily-overlooked younger brother of Del, a high school sports star, but when Del suddenly returns home from college just as Ori is starting to gain some confidence in himself, Del expects everything to return to the way it used to be.

 

djDJ rising by Love Maia.

Available in Print.

Sixteen-year-old Marley Diego-Dylan’s career as “DJ Ice” is skyrocketing, but his mother’s heroin addiction keeps dragging him back to earth.

 

 

 

 

virtuVirtuosity by Jessica Martinez.

Available in Print.

Just before the most important violin competition of her career, seventeen-year-old prodigy Carmen faces critical decisions about her anti-anxiety drug addiction, her controlling mother, and a potential romance with her most talented rival.

 

 

 

rivalRival by Sara Bennett-Wealer.

Available in Print.

Two high school rivals compete in a prestigious singing competition while reflecting on the events that turned them from close friends to enemies the year before.

 

 

 

thunderThunderbowl by Lesley Choyce.

Available in Print and Spanish.

Jeremy wants to make it in the music business. Does he have what it takes? Jeremy is spending most nights in a rowdy club, trying to keep the band together and while his life is falling apart, he is forced to make some tough choices.

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Teens, thinking about getting a job?

Here are some quick tips from Janet, Job Center Assistant for Southport Library, for teens who are looking for employment. (Thanks, Janet!)

To get started, this article has great tips for teens who are looking for jobs for the summer.

Almost all food chains and stores want an online application first.  Then they suggest going to the establishment and introducing yourself to the manager.

The zoo hires for the summer, mainly in their concession areas. (The Indianapolis Zoo).

A great job that is always in demand is life-guarding.  The City of Indianapolis hires 300 every summer.  YMCAs, recreation centers, and parks do too.  The Red Cross offers life-guard training, CPR and First Aid Classes.

American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis
William Fortune Building
441 E. 10th St.
Indianapolis , IN 46202
Phone: 317-684-1441
Toll-free: 888-684-14

Click here to apply for life-guarding jobs for Indy Parks.

Be sure to check out the Indy PL Teen Scene Resources Page for more helpful links that will assist you in your job search.

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2015 YALSA Alex Awards

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.

The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to many librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

lightAll the light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Available in Print, Ebook, Downloadable Audiobook, and CD Audiobook.

“Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris and is blind by age six. Her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, so she can memorize it and navigate the real streets. When the Germans occupy Paris, they flee to Saint-Malo on the coast. In Germany, Werner grows up enchanted by a crude radio he finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, which wins him a place with the Hitler Youth. Werner travels throughout Europe, and finally to Saint-Malo, where his meets Marie Laure.”

bellBellweather Rhapsody, by Kate Racculia

Available in Print and EBook.

A young music prodigy goes missing from a hotel room that was the site of an infamous murder-suicide fifteen years earlier, renewing trauma for a bridesmaid who witnessed the first crime and rallying an eccentric cast of characters during a snowstorm that traps everyone on the grounds.

 

 

bingoBingo’s Run, by James Levine

Available in Print, Downloadable Audiobook, and EBook.

A tale set against the backdrop of Kenya’s poverty-stricken slums and luxury resorts follows the experiences of a young drug runner who makes deliveries to a reclusive artist before his witness of murder leads to his adoption by a woman who tests his sense of morality.

 

 

confessionsConfessions, by Kanae Minato

Available in Print.

“After calling off her engagement in wake of a tragic revelation, Yūko Moriguchi had nothing to live for except her only child, four-year-old Manami. Now, following an accident on the grounds of the middle school where she teaches, Yūko has given up and tendered her resignation. But first she has one last lecture to deliver. She tells a story that upends everything her students ever thought they knew about two of their peers, and sets in motion a maniacal plot for revenge. Narrated in alternating voices, with twists you’ll never see coming, Confessions explores the limits of punishment, despair, and tragic love, culminating in a harrowing confrontation between teacher and student that will place the occupants of an entire school in danger”–Page 4 of cover.

everythingEverything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng

Available in Print, Downloadable Audiobook, EBook, and Large Print.

Lydia, the middle and favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill dreams they were unable to pursue – in Marilyn’s case that her daughter becomes a doctor, in James’s that she is popular with a busy social life. When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the balancing act that has kept the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart.

LockLock In, by John Scalzi

Available in Print and EBook.

“Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis inhistory. And one percent find themselves “locked in“–fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. One per cent doesn’t seem like a lot. But in the United States, that’s 1.7 million people “locked in“…including the President’s wife and daughter. Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can restore the ability to control their own bodies to the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, “The Agora,” in which the locked-in can interact with other humans, both locked-in and not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can “ride” these people and use their bodies as if they were their own. This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse….John Scalzi’s Lock In is a novel of our near future, from one of the most popular authors in modern science fiction”– Provided by publisher.

martianThe Martian, by Andy Weir

Available in Print and EBook.

“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old ‘human error’ are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit–he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?” — from publisher’s web site.

sonThe Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice, by Zak Ebrahim

Available in Print, Downloadable Audiobook and EBook.

“What is it like to grow up with a terrorist in your home? Zak Ebrahim was only seven years old when, on November 5th, 1990, his father El-Sayed Nosair shot and killed the leader of the Jewish Defense League. While in prison, Nosair helped plan the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. In one of his infamous video messages, Osama bin Laden urged the world to “Remember El-Sayed Nosair.” In The Terrorists Son, Ebrahim dispels the myth that terrorism is a foregone conclusion for people trained to hate. Based on his own remarkable journey, he shows that hate is always a choice and so is tolerance. Though Ebrahim was subjected to a violent, intolerant ideology throughout his childhood, he did not become radicalized. Terrorist groups tap into certain vulnerabilities that are usually circumstantial poverty, oppression, disenfranchisement, lack of resources and options. Ebrahim shows how those same vulnerabilities can create great strengths, leading people to form great reserves of empathy and tolerance. He believes that, because we all have a deep capacity for empathy, humans have the choice-and can find the will-to reject negative ideology.”–Provided by publisher.

deadThose Who Wish Me Dead, by Michael Koryta

Available in Print, CD Audiobook, Downloadable Audiobook. and EBook.

“When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he’s plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare. The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him. Now all that remains between them and the boy are Ethan and Allison Serbin, who run the wilderness survival program; Hannah Faber, who occupies a lonely fire lookout tower; and endless miles of desolate Montana mountains. The clock is ticking, the mountains are burning, and those who wish Jace Wilson dead are no longer far behind” — from publisher’s web site.

wolfWolf in the White Van, by John Darnielle

Available in Print, EBook, CD Audiobook, and Downloadable Audiobook.

Isolated by a disfiguring injury, Sean Phillips crafts imaginary worlds for strangers to play in. From his small apartment in southern California, he orchestrates fantastic adventures where possibilities, both dark and bright, open in the boundaries between the real and the imagined. As the creator of Trace Italian– a text-based, role-playing game played through the mail– Sean guides players from around the world. Lance and Carrie are high school students from Florida, explorers of the Trace. But when they take their play into the real world, disaster strikes, and Sean is called to account for it.

Want to see who previous winners of the Alex Awards were? Click here!

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2015 Printz Award Winners and Honors

The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.  The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

Congratulations from the Indy Public Library!

Winner:

sunI’ll Give you the Sun, by Jandy Nelson

Available in Print, CD Audiobook, and Ebook.

“A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah”– Provided by publisher.

 

 

 

Honors:

stayAnd We Stay, by Jenny Hubbard

Available in Print, Ebook, and Downloadable Audiobook.

Sent to an Amherst, Massachusetts, boarding school after her ex-boyfriend shoots himself, seventeen-year-old Emily expresses herself through poetry as she relives their relationship, copes with her guilt, and begins to heal.

 

 

brayThe Carnival at Bray, by Jessie Ann Foley

Available in Print, and Ebook.  

Uprooted from Chicago to rural Ireland, Maggie searches for her place in the country she now calls home before enduring a tragedy that sends her on a pilgrimage to fulfill her uncle’s request.

 

 

 

jungleGrasshopper Jungle, by Andrew Smith

Available in Print, Ebook, and Downloadable Audiobook.

“Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong”– Provided by publisher.

 

 

summerThis One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki

Available in Print.

Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. It’s her summer getaway, her refuge. Her friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had, completing her summer family. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and Rose and Windy have gotten tangled up in a tragedy-in-the-making in the small town of Awago Beach. It’s a summer of secrets and heartache, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other. (Graphic Novel).

Check out the YALSA Teen Book Finder App! YALSA’s Teen Book Finder is a free app to help teens, parents, librarians and library staff, educators, and anyone who loves YA literature access to the past three years’ of YALSA’s awards and lists on their smartphone.

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Read your favorite magazines online for free

Did you know that the library offers access to your favorite magazines online? Check out Zinio, the world’s largest newsstand. Zinio offers full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment. Browse from your library’s collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.

  • Mobile apps — Read magazines on 95% of today’s mobile devices including iOS (Apple), Android, Win8, and Kindle Fire/HD/HDX.
  • Current Issues — New issues are released simultaneously with the print edition. Many are available before they arrive at your library and are ready for immediate download.
  • Back List — As your collection grows, so does the digital backlist for anytime checkout and reading.
  • Easy browsing and checkout — Browse your library’s collection of titles one at a time, search for your favorite magazines by title or use the convenient category feature to find new magazines which meet your interests.
  • Manage your collection — Using the personal account you create, you will have the opportunity to checkout magazines and read them instantly on your computer (both PC and Mac) or access the content on a portable media device. (Note: viewing options, including the ability to download or view the content while online, may differ based on the device and/or magazine publisher).
  • No limit permanent check out — Check out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account as long as you wish
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