Teen Reads – June 30, 2015

H2O by Virginia Bergin

With all odds against her, Ruby has survived the killer rain that had infected the entire population of Great Britain, except the .27 lucky enough to be immune. With all her friends and family most likely dead from the infected rain, Ruby has a very hard reality to face… should she stay by herself, safe from the dreaded rain, or travel in search of her father? And if she does, what will the outcome be? This action filled, dystopian novel is gripping and will keep your attention until the very last page. Along with a fantastic and well developed storyline, I particularly enjoyed the main character, even despite a few unintelligent decisions and lucky breaks, her spirit throughout the book was great! (Reviewed by Anna Wilson)

One Stolen Thing by Beth Kephart

While Nadia Cara is in Italy, she meets a native boy and is mesmerized, but there’s a problem no one else has seen him. She’s changing; she steals, keeps secrets, and when she tries honesty, her words are lost. While her dad explores the flood that nearly destroyed Florence years back, Nadia reveals deep questions, can she be saved? In a beautifully written novel told be Nadia herself, the reader truly struggles with her while she tries to communicate with the rest of the world. The book is complex and definitely is not an easy read, but the beauty within the pages is worth checking out! (Reviewed by Anna Wilson)

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Hazel and Ben Evans live in Fairfold, a place full of what people thought was only in stories and myths. Creatures from folklore live and coexist with humans in their evil and blessed ways. In the center of the forest lives the horned boy, Severin, who has been sleeping in his casket since the beginning of time, never to awaken. Until one day word spreads that the casket has been smashed open. Hazel and Ben have always cherished the thought of the horned boy and have sworn themselves into protecting him. Can Hazel and Ben save the day? Find out in this outstanding book of Folklore, “The Darkest Part of the Forest.” (Reviewed by Colton Warren)

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

16 year old Aysel Seran is on the verge of committing suicide due to a tragic event that her father thrust upon her life. Aysel has thought of many ways to die; however, she refuses to do it alone. When she uncovers a website called “Suicide Partners” and meets FrozenRobot (Roman) she thinks she’s found her solution. Roman is a 17 year old who also does not want to die by himself, and has done something atrocious making him unable to continue living. Aysel and Roman decide on a day to die (April 7) and how they will do it. Will they go through with their suicide pact, or will they find in each other a reason to live? Find out in the book “My Heart and other Black Holes.” (Reviewed by Colton Warren)

The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin

Adara is a Winter child. She is very different from other children; brooding and untroubled. The Ice Dragon is the dragon that comes out when a dangerous Winter is coming. Adara enjoys the winter because both the cold and her friend the Ice Dragon come. Every Winter she meets and rides the Ice Dragon; one of the few times she laughs. But on summer, war comes to Adara’s home. She will have to call The Ice Dragon. What will happen to Adara and the Ice Dragon? Find out in the bewitching story the Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin. The special relationship between Adara and the Ice Dragon results in many exciting and thrilling adventures that are sure to please dragon lovers. (Reviewed by Magan Stuhr)

Lock-In by John Scalzi

Agent Chris Shane is a member of the F.B.I.- and infected with Haden’s syndrome. Haden’s is a disease where the infected is unable to move or respond, but is still fully aware. This is commonly known as lock-in. He, like many others, had a computer put into his brain so he could live in a machine called a threep, modeled like a person, but metal. He is investigating a murder case including Integrators, people who have recovered from Haden’s and had computers put into their brains also so some of the locked-in can use their body. But this case is more complicated than it seems… How many secrets will be revealed after this one murder? Discover what happens in the thrilling book Lock-in by John Scalzi. This book has a different thought than any other dystopian fiction. The case is very complicated like real F.B.I. cases, with surprising things being discovered around every corner. It is exciting to have so many things going on in just a week’s time. This book also combines modern F.B.I. investigation with future diseases, giving humans super-power- like abilities. (Reviewed by Magan Stuhr)

  • H2O

    By Virginia Bergin

    One Stolen Thing

    By Beth Kephart

    The Ice Dragon

    By George R. R. Martin

    Lock-In

    By John Scalzi

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    Teen Reads – June 4, 2015

    The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

    Molly and her brother Kip travel from Ireland to England in search of work. They are hired by the Windsors, a seemingly ghostly family. Molly works as a servant keeping house, while Kip is the gardener and tames the ugly landscape. There is one thing he is not allowed to touch- an old, ugly tree that has become part of the house itself. Even stranger than the tree is a mysterious man who wanders the house at night. Who is he, and what is he doing? Find out in the haunting book, The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier. I enjoyed this book because there is a sense of magic as Molly an Kip learn more about the odd house, its inhabitants, and strangest of all- the night man. It drew me in because it was quite unique. It has a variety of different characteristics weaved together, such as the story behind the night man and why he wanders the house. The plot is very different from any other book I’ve read, which makes this book stand out from all others. Surprises jump out at you, followed by problems that are solved in ways you would never think of.

    The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

    Six people are in a dorm. There is no escape. They have all been kidnapped by The Man Upstairs. They don’t know what he wants, or what he’s going to do to them. All they know is that they have to survive. A lift comes down every day with the basic necessities they ask for. Linus is the narrator, he writes down daily events in a notebook provided in one of the rooms. The Man Upstairs plays games with them. Linus watches in horror as his bunk mates change. He goes through life everyday thinking he can learn to live like this, when all of a sudden… things take a turn- for worse. I didn’t enjoy this book because I think the ending threw the whole book off-track. The book has no purpose, as the problem has no solution. The ending of the story is quite abrupt. All questions that are asked in the beginning are never answered, so you never quite get that full satisfaction feeling that you get when you finish a book. The middle is exciting enough, but far enough before the end, it starts to decay, dropping the excitement factor much lower.

    (Reviewed by Magan Stuhr)

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    What’s Happening of the Library

    May was National Pet Month and the staff at Andover Library loves fuzzies of all kinds (Well, not spiders. We have a couple staff members who can’t handle fuzzies of the eight-legged variety)! In honor of the month we held a “Pets Caught Reading” photo contest. We received some absolutely adorable entries! Our winner was a very studious pooch who doubted his owners ability to train him.

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    What’s Happening at the Library

    National Poetry Month

    April was National Poetry Month, for those of you who didn’t know. We celebrated here at the library by displaying poetry books for all ages and holding a poetry contest. In this contest you had to use the titles on the spines of books to make up a poem (limit 4-6 books). It went pretty slowly for the first week, but then one morning I was astounded to see my inbox flooded with them. Apparently a local teacher had come across the contest and encouraged her students to enter. The poems were amazing! Ranging from hilarious to dire warnings about the future of our planet.

    Our judges were hard pressed to pick just one poem to win. It was impossible. So we decided that instead of just one winner, we’d give prizes to first and second place, as well as two “honorable mentions”. Even then it was hard to choose as everyone had different favorites. But here are the final choices!

    First Prize went to “The Triumph of Survival”

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    Second Prize went to “The Trouble with Animals”

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    Poem: “Pardon?” Said The Giraffe

    What Are You Doing In My Bed?

    I’m Really Sorry

    Animals Do The Strangest Things

    And our two “honorable mentions” were:

    “Immigration”

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    Poem: War, Terrible War

    My Chlidhood Under Fire

    Into a New Country

    Built To Last

    “Boys”

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    Poem: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

    Dirt on My Shirt

    “Don’t Make Me Count to Three!”

    The Blessing of Little Boys

    We hope everyone enjoyed the contest! May is National Pet Month, so in honor of that we’re doing “Pets Caught Reading.” Does your beloved companion love to nibble on a good story? Take a picture and send it in for a chance to win a great prize! Look at our event links for instructions.

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