Spotlight on Young Adult Books


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (#1 of Legacy of Orisha Series)

Zélie, her brother Tzain, and princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.

Goodreads rating:  4.22/5 stars


Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson (#1  of Truly Devious Series)

When Stevie Bell is finally able to return to Ellingham Academy after identifying the culprit in the murder of a classmate, she begins to wonder if the case was really resolved and attempts to uncover the truth about the school’s founder.

Goodreads Rating: 4.06/5 stars


The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Natasha, whose family is hours away from being deported, and Daniel, a first generation Korean American who strives to live up to his parents’ expectations, unexpectedly fall in love and must determine which path they will choose in order to be together.

Goodreads Rating:  4.10/5 stars


King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (#1 of  Nikolai Duology)

When the dark magical force within him challenges his effort to forge new alliances and build a defense against a new threat, Nikolai Lantsov, the young king of Ravka, embarks on a journey to his country’s most magical places to vanquish it.

Goodreads Rating: 4.27/5 stars


Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

After falling for Kate, her unexpected death sends Jack back in time to the moment they first met, but he soon learns that his actions have consequences when someone else close to him dies.

Goodreads Rating: 4.12/5 stars


One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

When one of five students in detention is found dead, his classmates–including an intellectual, a popular beauty, a drug dealer, and an athlete–are investigated and revealed to be the subjects of the victim’s latest gossip postings.

Goodreads Rating: 4.06/5 stars


Renegades by Marissa Meyer (#1 of Renegades Series)

Seeking to establish order from ruin, Nova grows close to justice-seeking Renegade Adrian, but her allegiance to the villains could destroy them both.

Goodreads Rating: 4.15/5 stars


Scythe by Neal Shusterman (#1 of Scythe Series)

In a world in which the only way to die is to be killed by a scythe, Citra and Rowan compete to earn a position as a scythe’s apprentice–a competition that will see the loser die by the hand of the winner.

Goodreads Rating: 4.36/5 stars


Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas (#3 DC Icons Series)

Returning to Gotham as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees, Selina Kyle teams up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn to wreak havoc on the city while Batman’s off on a mission.

Goodreads Rating:  4.14/5 stars


WarCross by Marie Lu (#1 of Warcross Series)

After hacking into the Warcross Championships’ opening game to track illegal betting, bounty hunter Emika Chen is asked by the game’s creator to go undercover to investigate a security problem, and she uncovers a sinister plot.

Goodreads Rating: 4.20/5 Stars


Don’t forget to check out the Spring Teen Newsletter here.


Join our book club at APL to discuss a YA book each month. We will next meet on April 30th at 6:30pm to discuss our next book: Dry by Neal Shusterman. Request the book and find out more information at the library!


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Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge: A Travel Memoir

The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.


We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A travel memoir.”


When in French: Love in a Second Language by Lauren Collins


We’ll Always Have Paris: A Mother/Daughter Memoir by Jennifer Coburn (available on Overdrive/Sunflower eLibrary)


Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother and Daughter Journey to the Sacred Places of Greece, Turkey, and France by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor


Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
A Year in the World: Journeys of a Passionate Traveller by Frances Mayes (available on audio book)
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner
Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes (available on Overdrive/Sunflower eLibrary)


Happy Reading!

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New Graphic Novels – February 2019

Black Panther: The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda (6)

Captain Marvel 5

The Life of Captain Marvel (1-5)

Daredevil: The Death of Daredevil (8)

Ladycastle (1-4)

The Life of Fredrick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave’s Journey from Bondage to Freedom

Neil Gaiman & Charles Vess’s Stardust: Being a Romance within the Realms of Faerie

The Problem with Susan and Other Stories

Letter to Survivors

Ian Fleming’s James bond: The Body (7)


Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra

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New DVD and Audio Books – February 2019

New DVDs

A Star is Born

Bohemian Rhapsody

The Grinch


The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Reign of the Superman

Robin Hood

Safe Haven

Sgt. Will Gardner

Tristan + Isolde



New Audio Books

The Monk of Mokha, 92 Alkhanshali, Mokhtar

A Serial Killer’s Daughter: My Story of Faith, Love, and Overcoming, 364.15 Rawson, Kerri

Liquid Rules: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances that Flow Through Our Lives, 530.4 Miodownik, Mark

The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington, 973.4 Meltzer, Brad

The Lost Carousel of Provence by Juliet Blackwell

Daughter of Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

War of the Wolf by Bernard Cornwell

A Justified Murder by Jude Deveraux

Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joann Fluke

Munich by Robert Harris

The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman

Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin

Circe by Madeline Miller

Noir by Christopher Moore

The House Next Door by James Patterson

Winter World by A.G. Riddle

Daughter of War by Brad Taylor

A Delicate Touch by Stuart Woods

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