Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde re-tellings

hydeI had to share this book with you because it sounds so GOOD!

The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr.

Coming soon in Print. (On Order, place a request now!)

This steampunk fantasy intrigues me because it is a twist on the familiar Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde story. I absolutely love the cover of this first book in the new Electric Empire series.

The Diabolical Miss Hyde is about the daughter of Dr. Henry Jekyll, Dr. Eliza Jekyll, who is a crime scene investigator. Cue the song “Who Are You” by The Who.

The setting of The Diabolical Miss Hyde is an electric-powered Victorian London with lots of interesting tech gadgets for Eliza to use in her search for a new killer that is on the loose.

Much like her father, Eliza has a secret. A seductive and impulsive side that exhibits itself with the help of her father’s elixir.

The story doesn’t stop with hunting down a killer and an alternate personality. There is also an element of magic involved when Eliza is accused of being a sorceress.

I’m really looking forward to this twisted re-telling of the classic Hyde story.

If you are in the mood for another Jekyll/Hyde re-telling with a bit of Edgar Allan Poe, you might want to check out this next book.

madOf Monsters and Madness by Jessica Verday (author blog).

Available in Print, and Ebook.

“In 1820s Philadelphia, a girl finds herself in the midst of a rash of gruesome murders in which her father and his alluring assistant might be implicated”– Provided by publisher.

I really enjoyed this fast-paced first book in the “Of Monsters and Madness” Gothic series. It was a cross between Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde, with a bit of a Northanger Abbey flavor. Add to that the historical element of including Edgar Allan Poe and it was an interesting read. Be on the lookout for the next book in this series, coming soon, called “Of Phantoms and Fury“!

– Michelle Frost, Indy PL Librarian

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Review of THE ONLY THING TO FEAR by Caroline Tung Richmond

fearThe Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond

Available in Print.

What if Germany had won World War II? The life you know would not exist – you would not exist. There would have been no Beatles, no Martin Luther King, no walk on the moon, no President Obama. Everything we have known for that last 70 years would not have happened.

Knowing the premise, I expected that Germany would have won the war by changing one thing in history (like they built the atomic bomb first), but it turns out that they created genetically altered superhumans. That’s how they overran Europe and eventually the United States. The US has been divided up: Germany controls the East, Japan the West, and Italy the Dakota region.

Zara lives in the same year we do now, but you wouldn’t recognize it. Nazi’s live in big, fancy houses in the center of town. Zara lives with her Uncle Red in a shack on a farm in the country. She is the descendant of Americans – even worse for her, she is part Japanese. Mixed race people are looked down upon even more than non-Germans.

Zara’s uncle is a resistance fighter, but lost all energy after her mother was killed for being part of the resistance, too. Zara wants nothing more than to be part of the resistance and fight the Nazi’s but her uncle refuses to let her. She lives a dreary life being a cleaning girl in a fancy prep school during the day and working on the farm until dark. The Nazi rule has left little hope for anyone not in step with the regime.

Zara is also an anomaly, a person with special powers (just another bit of science fiction). She can control the wind, even creating a tornado if she chooses. If the Nazi’s found out, they would kill her for sure. It is this secret and her family’s connection to the resistance that make Bastian’s attention so unnerving. Bastian is a student at the prep school and the son of one of a ruthless Nazi colonel. Zara must choose her words carefully when he speaks to her, because she does not know his motive for the conversations.

As the Nazi atrocities hit closer to home, Zara is swept up in the movement to help restore America. The action and suspense will not disappoint.

~Review by Will Smither, Indy PL Librarian and Teen Services Committee. You Know You Wanna Read It Blog.

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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.

Did you find this information helpful? Want to see more of this type of information here? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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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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