Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Teen Scene June 2016

Teen Scene
June 2016
"People were animals, and animals were nothing but teeth. You bit first, and you bit often. That was the only way to survive."
~ from Frances Hardinge's The Lie Tree
Recent Releases
The Star-Touched Queen
by Roshani Chokshi

Fantasy.  Despite being the raja's daughter, Mayavati can't escape her horoscope, which predicts that she will marry "death and destruction." With war looming and her father pressuring her to make a terrible sacrifice, Maya makes a risky decision: she marries the enigmatic Amar and goes with him to Akaran, his Otherwordly kingdom. As she explores Akaran, with its glass garden, Night Bazaar, and beautiful, sinister magic, Maya discover that there's more to her husband -- and herself -- than she dared imagine. Similar to Renée Ahdieh's The Wrath and the Dawn, this lush, romantic fantasy will captivate fans of fairy tales and Indian mythology. 
The Lie Tree
by Frances Hardinge

Historical Fantasy/Mystery. Faith Sunderly's family has only just arrived in the small island community of Vane when Faith's father, a disgraced naturalist, is found dead. Local gossip declares his death a suicide, but smart, headstrong Faith is certain it must be murder. Among her father's many secrets and specimens, she finds an extremely rare tree -- one that feeds on lies and bears fruit that reveals the truth.  Can Faith use the tree to find her father's killer, or will eating its fruit doom her to share his fate? Featuring shady archaeologists, disturbing visions, eerie post-mortem photography, and razor-sharp social commentary, The Lie Tree will please fans of mystery, fantasy, and horror alike.
The Incident on the Bridge
by Laura McNeal

Mystery. When 17-year-old Thisbe Locke disappears from the Coronado Bridge, she leaves behind her ex-boyfriend's stolen car and a lot of questions. For instance: Did she jump? Thisbe's sister Ted refuses to ask that question, but she has lots of others: Where is Thisbe? Is her disappearance related to her recent (and humiliating) break-up? And how could someone so level-headed be involved in such a bizarre situation? Told by multiple characters who all have different information about Thisbe, this complex, perfectly paced read is part mystery, part thriller, and entirely riveting.
Saving Montgomery Sole
by Mariko Tamaki

Fiction. Montgomery Sole doesn't quite fit in at her small-town California high school: she has two moms, she's obsessed with unexplained phenomena, and her best friends are her fellow "mystery club" members. Just because Monty is used to being an outsider, however, doesn't mean she's prepared to be targeted by a bigoted new classmate and his evangelist dad. Monty can only hope that her "Eye of Know" amulet ("visions untold" for just $5.99!) will give her insight into thorny issues of family, faith, and identity. If you like wry humor, diverse characters, and stories that ask deep questions without getting preachy, don't miss Saving Montgomery Sole.
Highly Illogical Behavior
by John Corey Whaley

Fiction. Ever since he had a disastrous, public panic attack in middle school, Solomon Reed hasn't left his house. Now 16, Sol takes online classes and finds support from his family and fandoms (Star Trek is his fave). Enter Lisa, Sol's hyper-driven former classmate. Secretly convinced that she can "cure" Solomon's agoraphobia and land a psychology scholarship, Lisa begins visiting Sol, bringing her boyfriend Clark with her. It's not until the experiment turns into a real friendship -- and Sol and Clark grow closer -- that Lisa begins to question her own motives. Pairing witty dialogue with "achingly real" (Kirkus Reviews) emotions, Highly Illogical Behavior is a perfect pick for readers of realistic fiction. 
Focus on: Urban Fantasy
Though it often takes place in a city, urban fantasy doesn't depend on geography -- it's about contemporary characters living in a world that looks like reality, but with a magical twist. To find out more, check out the books below. 
The Darkest Part of the Forest
by Holly Black

Urban Fantasy. Inside the American town of Fairfold there is a forest, and inside the forest lies a horned prince, asleep in a glass coffin. The locals know better than to bother him, or any of their other fearsome faerie neighbors. Siblings Hazel and Ben, however, used to protect the prince by hunting the monstrous fae in the forest, until secrets disintegrated their relationship. When the glass coffin is shattered and Fairfold is attacked, Hazel and her brother are forced to confront their painful past. Those who appreciate the atmospheric, unhurried style of Maggie Stiefvater or Charles DeLint should definitely pick up this intriguing urban fantasy.
by Michael Buckley

Urban Fantasy. Coney Island teen Lyric Walker is just as shocked as everyone else by the arrival of the Alpha, a beautiful yet brutal race of undersea warriors. But for Lyric, the shocks keep on coming when she discovers that her own family isn't entirely human. As violent intolerance erupts between the humans and the Alpha, Lyric's secret becomes increasingly difficult to hide -- especially after she finds herself powerfully attracted to Fathom, the proud, fierce Alpha prince. Blending supernatural romance, pointed social commentary, and high-stakes action, this series opener introduces a "race-against-the-clock world that's waiting to implode" (Kirkus Reviews).
The Chaos
by Nalo Hopkinson

Urban Fantasy. Toronto high schooler Scotch has her share of problems with school, her friends, and her multiracial family. But those problems seem mundane compared to the incurable rubbery spots on her skin and the floating horse heads she keeps seeing.  As Scotch's confusion grows, the Chaos arrives and turns reality inside-out: legendary creatures prowl, a volcano emerges from Lake Ontario, and Scotch's brother disappears inside a giant bubble. Determined to find him (and maybe herself, too), Scotch ventures out into the unstable city. While it has strong elements of urban fantasy, world mythology, and magical realism, "this multicultural mashup -- like its heroine -- defies category" (Kirkus Reviews).
by Daniel José Older

Urban Fantasy. When a local mural mysteriously begins to weep, Brooklyn teen Sierra Santiago is unsettled, but it's not until she's attacked by a walking corpse that she really gets scared -- and curious. Though her abuelo Lázaro seems to have some answers, a stroke has left him unable to communicate anything except cryptic messages about "shadowshapers." Stalked by a merciless enemy, Sierra will have to uncover the truth -- and tap into the spirit powers of her Caribbean ancestors -- in order to protect everyone she loves. Filled with intriguing magic, authentic dialogue, and a realistically multi-ethnic cast of characters, Shadowshaper is a must-read for fantasy fans.
by Amanda Sun

Paranormal Mystery. After moving from New York to Shizuoka, Japan, 16-year-old Katie meets Tomohiro, a brooding senior with a nasty reputation -- and the incredible ability to make his drawings come to life. Tomo's mysterious power turns dangerous when Katie is around, however, and soon their already risky attraction is complicated by forces both human (the Japanese mafia) and supernatural (the Kami, ancient Shinto gods). The high-intensity turmoil of Katie and Tomo's relationship will appeal to fans of shojo manga or paranormal romance, and the imaginative, suspenseful story will leave readers desperate for Rain, the next book in the Paper Gods series.
Contact your librarian for more great books!
Ouachita Parish Public Library
1800 Stubbs Avenue
Monroe, Louisiana 71201
(318) 327-1490


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!
Ouachita Parish Public Library
1800 Stubbs Avenue
Monroe, Louisiana 71201
(318) 327-1490