Friday, May 20, 2016

May is Mental Health Awareness


Mental illness is a reality that millions of Americans face every year.  Many times those affected are afraid to admit they have a mental illness because of the stigma.  Stigma is often caused by ignorance.  To understand more about mental illness try reading one of these young adult fiction books dealing with mental illness. 


Body Dismorphia

Highly Illogical Behavior
Anxiety Disorder     

Monday, May 09, 2016

May Teen Scene

Teen Scene
May 2016
"I've been on teams and in clubs my whole life, surrounded by people who are united by a common purpose, and I have never felt anything like this."
~ from E.K. Johnston's Exit, Pursued by a Bear
Recent Releases
Essential Maps for the Lost
by Deb Caletti

Fiction. While swimming in Seattle's Lake Union, 18-year-old Mads Murray makes a shocking discovery: the body of Anna Floyd, a woman who jumped off a nearby bridge. Though Mads is supposed to spend the summer focusing on real estate classes to please her unstable mother, she can't stop herself from obsessing about Anna. She even tracks down Anna's son, Billy. The two teens bond quickly over parental issues and a shared love of a quirky children's book...but can their fragile relationship survive if Mads tells Billy about her connection to his mother? Told in alternating voices, Essential Maps for the Lost offers a sensitive look at grief, guilt, and finding yourself. 
The Great American Whatever
by Tim Federle

Fiction. Hiding in your room with your phone off for months might sound awful, but for aspiring screenwriter Quinn, it's easier than facing the world after his sister Annabeth's death last winter. Now it's summer, however, and Quinn can't hide anymore -- he lets his persistent friend Geoff drag him to a party, where he meets Amir, a hot college guy. As the attraction between him and Amir grows, Quinn (who tends to narrate his life like a screenplay) sorts through his messy past while trying to make sense of his future. By turns witty, sardonic, and heartbreaking, The Great American Whatever is a great pick for fans of Jesse Andrews' Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.
Girl in the Blue Coat
by Monica Hesse

Historical Fiction. "Nothing in this war is what it seems." That's certainly true of innocent-looking Hanneke, who cycles through Nazi-occupied 1943 Amsterdam without anyone suspecting that she's a black market smuggler. Grieving the loss of her soldier boyfriend, Hanneke tries her best to ignore the war -- until a customer asks for her help in the search for a missing Jewish girl, drawing Hanneke into the Dutch resistance and forcing her to confront the limits of her courage. Similar to Elizabeth Wein's Code Name Verity, Girl in the Blue Coat combines wrenching emotional truths, a vivid setting, and a gripping pace to create a truly unforgettable read.  
Exit, Pursued by a Bear
by E.K Johnston

Fiction. Every graduating class from Palermo Heights, Ontario, has one student who dies and one who gets pregnant -- it's practically a tradition. Cheer captain Hermione Winters never would have guessed that she'd be the pregnant one...or that it would be a result of being drugged and raped at cheer camp. In the aftermath of the assault, Hermione's confidence is shattered, as is her reputation and her relationship with her boyfriend. Yet with the support of her best friend and the reassuring routine of sports, she holds tight to her identity as not a victim, but a survivor. Inspired by Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale, this emotionally charged story will speak to readers who relish unflinching, empowering realistic fiction.
The Glittering Court
by Richelle Mead

Fantasy. Facing an unwanted arranged marriage, the Countess of Rothford decides to run away and take her chances in Adoria, the New World. Adopting her maidservant's name and identity, the countess (now called Adelaide) joins the Glittering Court, a school that teaches upper-class manners to lower-class girls before sending them off to find husbands on the Adorian frontier. Well-bred Adelaide does her best to fit in, but keeping her secret isn't easy -- especially not after she finds herself falling for Cedric, the son of the Court's owner. Intriguing world-building, forbidden romance, and sweeping adventure all come together in this series debut from the author of the Vampire Academy series.
Focus on: Athletes
A Matter of Heart
by Amy Fellner Dominy

Fiction. Competitive swimming is Abby's life, but if she keeps pushing herself, it might also cause her death. Just when she's about to qualify for Olympic trials, Abby faints at a swim meet and is diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It's not fatal, but it could be if she doesn't take medication that slows her down in the pool. After being so focused for so long, Abby's not sure who she is if she's not swimming. Is achieving her dream worth risking her life? If you prefer sports stories with a healthy side of drama, A Matter of Heart is for you; for a more upbeat spin, try Catherine Gilbert Murdock's Dairy Queen series. 
by Matthew Quick

Realistic Fiction. In a dismal Pennsylvania town that has more than its share of violence, Finley, a.k.a. "White Rabbit," is the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball team. He keeps his head down and his mouth shut, focusing most of his energy and attention on the game -- and on escaping his messed-up town with his girlfriend, Erin. But then Finley's coach insists that he befriend a new player, Russ, a wealthy African-American guy who has an odd way of coping with the trauma of his parents' murder: he claims that he's from outer space and calls himself Boy21. If you like carefully crafted characters and intense stories of friendship, conflicting loyalties, and tragedy, don't miss this "unusual and touching" (Booklist) read.
by Andrew Smith; illustrated by Sam Bosma

Fiction. As the youngest guy in his 11th grade class and the skinniest player on the rugby team, Ryan Dean knows what it's like to be the underdog. His over-the-top attitude gets him in trouble with teachers and sports rivals alike, and his awkwardness with girls (especially his friend Annie) leads to a lot of hormonal frustration. Like Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Winger offsets angst and tragedy with realistically raunchy teen guy talk and hilarious comics.  For a memorable novel with an "unexpectedly ferocious punch" (Booklist), check out Winger and its sequel, Stand-Off.
Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town
by Warren St. John

Nonfiction. After immigrating to the United States from war-torn countries all over the world, many of the boys in Clarkston, Georgia's refugee resettlement center were learning a common language besides English: soccer. Led by their determined coach, Luma Mufleh, the boys formed 3 soccer teams known as the Fugees, and though they didn't have much when it came to equipment and fans, their unusual team spirit began to attract attention. Pairing play-by-play action with the all-too-real struggles of adjusting to life in a new country, this "uplifting underdog story" (Kirkus Reviews) is a winner for sports fans and nonfiction readers alike. 
The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen

Realistic Fiction. Jessica is a runner -- it's her identity and the only thing she wants to do -- but after a tragic car accident leaves her a partial amputee, she thinks that her life might as well be over. As Jessica tries to cope with physical therapy, adjust to using a prosthetic leg, and catch up on all the work she's missed in school, she has a revelation and decides that she will run again. This ultimately upbeat and inspiring story will captivate readers who like tales of triumph over adversity (such as Bethany Hamilton's faith-focused memoir Soul Surfer).
Contact your librarian for more great books!
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1800 Stubbs Avenue
Monroe, Louisiana 71201
(318) 327-1490

Monday, April 11, 2016

Teen Scene: April 2016

Teen Scene
April 2016
"If you're going to live, you might as well do painful, brave, and beautiful things."
~ from Jeff Zentner's The Serpent King
Recent Releases
Seven Black Diamonds
by Melissa Marr

Fantasy. Lily Abernathy has a dangerous secret, and it's not the fact that her father is a crime lord. In a world where the faerie Queen of Blood and Rage seeks to destroy humanity, it's illegal for humans to have fae heritage. But with her father's protection, half-human, half-fae Lily has stayed safely hidden. That safety is shattered, however, when Lily discovers her violent birthright: she's the last of the Black Diamonds, a fae sleeper cell designed to take down the human world from the inside out. With a potent blend of timeless faerie legends and edgy modern issues, Seven Black Diamonds will captivate fans of author Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series.
Burn Baby Burn
by Meg Medina

Historical Fiction. Summer, New York City, 1977: disco music wafts from radios, arson is on the rise, and a serial killer called Son of Sam is murdering young couples. Amidst it all is 17-year-old Nora López, trying to hold on to both her family and her hopes for the future. Though money is painfully tight and her delinquent brother's abuse is becoming more frightening, Nora's summer still has potential: high school is over, opportunities for women are expanding, and her relationship with "stone-cold Latin fox" Pablo is getting hotter than the sizzling summer air. Loaded with emotion, atmosphere, and pop culture references, Burn Baby Burn is a "uniquely authentic slice-of-life" (Kirkus Reviews).
Thanks for the Trouble
by Tommy Wallach

Fiction. Five years ago, Parker Santé stopped speaking. Since then, he's also stopped caring about most things, except for skipping school and writing in his journal. One day he meets Zelda, a silver-haired girl with a stack of cash, a plan to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge, and an outrageous claim that she's 246 years old. Parker's not sure if he believes Zelda's story, but he agrees to her deal: she'll spend her final days (and her final dollars) with him if he applies to college. What follows is a eccentric and bittersweet tale of firsts and lasts from the author of the popular We All Looked Up.
by Dan Wells

Science Fiction. If you've ever struggled to get a phone or wi-fi signal, "djinni" implants might sound like a dream come true -- djinnis connect the Internet directly to the brain, and they're the norm in 2050 Los Angeles. Seventeen-year-old Marisa lives in L.A.'s Mirador neighborhood, but she spends most of her time gaming with her friends in virtual reality. After Mari's friend Anja has a shocking reaction to Bluescreen, a hot new digital drug, Mari throws herself into a dangerous investigation of Bluescreen's origin. High-stakes action (both online and off) drives this future-noir thriller, the 1st in a series. For a deeper dive into provocative ideas about technology, try M.T. Anderson's Feed or Alex London's Proxy.
The Serpent King
by Jeff Zentner

Fiction. Dillard Early Jr. shares a name with his snake-handling preacher father, and with Early Sr. disgraced and in jail, Dill faces bullying and judgment  in his rural Tennessee hometown. Thankfully, Dill has his friends: quirky Lydia, whose popular blog might help her get to college, and kind-hearted Travis, who uses fantasy books as an escape from his father's abuse. Graduation looms for all three high school seniors, laden with the tantalizing hope of freedom…but also the heartbreak of separation. If you like this angsty, sensitive portrait of teens surviving rough circumstances, you may also enjoy The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock.
Love, Pain, and Poetry
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces
by Isabel Quintero

Fiction. During her tumultuous senior year, Gabi Hernandez's journal becomes her lifeline. In it, she can experiment with her blossoming poetry skills, as well as spill the details of her complicated home (where her mom nags her about her weight and her dad can't kick meth), her best friends Cindy and Sebastian (who are each dealing with their own challenges), and her confusion about love and dating. Filled with "vulgar humor and raw honesty" (Kirkus Reviews), Gabi's insights into family, culture, sexuality, and identity are messy yet utterly authentic and hopeful. For another memorable Latina character weathering a tough year, try Meg Medina's Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass.
Kissing in America
by Margo Rabb

Fiction. You can blame it all on poetry and romance novels. It's from reading those (to help soothe the ache of her beloved father's death) that Eva Roth gets her ideas about love -- ideas that lead to an unchaperoned cross-country road trip. After Eva's passionate relationship with understanding Will is cut short by his sudden move from New York to California, Eva and her friend Annie Kim concoct a scheme to travel across the country for a surprise reunion. The unexpected results of their trip are funny, heart-wrenching, and sprinkled with snippets of poetry -- just right for readers who love Deb Caletti and Sarah Dessen.
Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets
by Evan Roskos

Fiction. There's no denying it: talking to an imaginary pigeon therapist is weird. But James' parents (aka the Banshee and the Brute) won't let him see a real therapist, and they kicked his sister out of the house, and he's got to talk to someone about his consuming anxiety and depression, right? Barely clinging to his mental health, James takes comfort however he can, whether it's from hugging trees or imitating the "barbaric yawp" of his favorite poet, Walt Whitman. Managing to be thoughtful, poignant, and hilarious all at once, Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets will appeal to fans of John Green's Whitman-infused Paper Towns
Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia
by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Fiction. Loner artist Frenchie Garcia is confused when her secret crush Andy suddenly takes her on a strange all-night date...and that confusion escalates the following morning, when she learns that Andy has committed suicide. Now, months later, Frenchie still can't understand Andy's actions, and the only person she can confide in is an imaginary version of Emily Dickinson, whose bleak poetry echoes Frenchie's own feelings. Will retracing the events of that fateful night help Frenchie find closure? Find out in this authentic, emotionally charged story. For a darker, more lyrical look at a grieving girl finding solace in Emily Dickinson, try Jenny Hubbard's novel-in-verse And We Stay.
by Meg Wolitzer

Magical Realism. Struggling with the traumatic loss of her boyfriend, Jam Gallahue is in good company at the Wooden Barn, a boarding school for "highly intelligent, emotionally fragile" teens. There, she's selected for "Special Topics in English," a class dedicated to studying poet and novelist Sylvia Plath. Each student is given a journal, and Jam and her classmates soon discover that the journals have highly unusual properties which allow each student to revisit -- and maybe recover from -- their past. Readers who like a touch of fantasy with their psychological dramas will be intrigued by Belzhar