Friday, October 14, 2016

Horrors: the Long and the Short

Unearthly creatures and mysterious creepy phenomena; here are a few shivery tales to tingle your spine.

Horror Fiction in the Teen Collection
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall, by Katie Alender, 2015. Murdered by a spirit in her house, which was previously an insane asylum, 16-year-old Cordelia wanders the house, meeting other trapped ghosts and learning the houses dark secrets, searching for a way to save her family, and perhaps herself.

Teen Frankenstein, by Chandler Baker, 2016. When science prodigy Tori Frankenstein accidentally kills a teen boy in a midnight car accident, there's only one thing for her to do--use her science project to bring him back to life. Classics inspired.

Little Dead Man, by Jake Bible, 2014. Decades after the zombie apocalypse, 17 year old Garret Weir just wants to be a normal teenager. As if dealing with the zombies isn't hard enough, his annoying twin brother refuses to leave him in peace. And it's not like Garret can just go to his room and shut the door to get away. His brother Garth is a zombie and conjoined to the top of Garret's spine. Good times.

Lucid, by Jay R. Bonansinga, 2015. At the urging of her psychologist, high schooler Lori Blaine faces her fear by going through the door that's been haunting her dreams and finds herself in a terrifying world that serves as the channel between nightmares and reality.
Wax, by Gina Damico, 2016. Seventeen-year-old Poppy stumbles into a secret workshop at the infamous Grosholtz Candle Factory and soon, a wax boy called Dud is helping her uncover an evil plot that threatens her hometown of Paraffin, Vermont. Funny.

The Girl From the Well, by Rin Chupeco, 2014. Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.
The Accident Season, Moira Fowley-Doyle, 2015. Every October Cara and her family become mysteriously and dangerously accident-prone, but this year, the year Cara, her ex-stepbrother, and her best friend are 17, is when Cara will begin to unravel the accident season's dark origins.
The Fall, by Bethany Griffin, 2014. A retelling of Edgar Allen Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher' in which Madeline and her twin brother, Roderick, suffer from the Usher family illness but she hears the House talking to her, filling her dreams, controlling her actions, and ensuring she never leaves the property. Classics inspired.

13 Days of Midnight, by Leo Hunt, 2015. When his estranged father dies, 16-year-old Luke inherits eight spirits who want revenge for their enslavement, and with Halloween fast approaching, he has only thirteen days to give them their eternal rest or he may join their ghostly ranks. Humorous.
The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch: At the Edge of Empire, Daniel Kraus, 2015. The story follows Zebulon Finch, a teenager murdered in 1896 Chicago who inexplicably returns from the dead and searches for redemption through the ages.

And the Trees Crept In, by Dawn Kurtagich, 2016. Sisters Silla, seventeen, and Nori, four, are trapped in their aunt's cursed manor and can only escape with the help of a mysterious boy.

Quicksand House, by Carlton Mellick III, 2013. Tick and Polly have never met their parents. Living in a dark corner of their parents' vast crumbling mansion they worry their parents have forgotten them. When the machines that provide them with food and water stop functioning they are forced to venture out of the nursery. But the rest of the house is much larger and stranger than they ever imagined.
The Madman's Daughter, by Megan Shepherd, 2013. Dr. Moreau's daughter, Juliet, travels to her estranged father's island, only to encounter murder, medical horrors, and a love triangle. Gothic horror. Classics inspired.
The Walls Around Us, by Nova Ren Suma, 2015. Orianna and Violet are ballet dancers and best friends, but when the ballerinas who have been harassing Violet are murdered, Orianna is accused of the crime and sent to a juvenile detention center where she meets Amber and they experience supernatural events linking the girls together.
In the Shadow of Blackbirds, by Cat Winters, 2013. In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, 16-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to seances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns.

Short Horror Stories 

The Living Dead, edited by John Joseph Adams, 2008. A collection of short stories about zombies includes contributions by Sherman Alexie, Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Stephen King, and George R.R. Martin.

Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales, edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant, 2014. An anthology of stories explores the intersection of fear and romance, ambition and sacrifice, loneliness and rage, love requited and avenged, and the boundless potential for connection, even across extreme borders.
Great Tales of Horror, by H. P. Lovecraft, 2012. Includes classic stories such as: "The Rats in the Walls," "Pickman's Model," "The Colour out of Space," "The Call of Cthulhu," "The Dunwich Horror," "The Shadow over Innsmouth," "At the Mountains of Madness," "The Shadow out of Time," and "The Haunter of the Dark."
Scary Out There, edited by Jonathan Maberry, 2016.  Multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry compiles more than twenty stories and poems--written by members of the Horror Writers Association--in this collection about worst fears.
Gothic!: Ten Original Dark Tales, edited by Deborah Noyes, 2004. Drawing on dark fantasy and the fairy tale as well as horror and wild humor, ten authors pay homage to the gothic tale. Authors include: M.T. Anderson; Neil Gaiman; Gregory Maguire; Garth Nix; and Celia Rees.

Steampunk Poe, by Edgar Allan Poe, 2011. Presents a collection of Poe's short stories and poems, including "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Fall of the House of Usher," and "The Raven," accompanied by steampunk-inspired illustrations.

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke, 2015. An anthology of stories inspired by classic horror tales.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Teens' Top Ten Nominees for 2016

Have you read any of the nominees for this year's Teens' Top Ten? I've read six, but there are a few more I'd like to read. This year the books for Teens' Top Ten were nominated by 15 teen book groups from across the country. Now it's your turn; if you are a teen you may vote for up to three of the nominated books. You have until October 15th to vote.
Cast your vote here: 
Alive, by Chandler Baker,2015. After finally receiving a heart transplant, 17-year-old Stella throws herself into her new life, but her recovery is marred with strange side effects and hallucinations, and when she meets Levi Zin, a mysterious new boy at her Seattle prep school,Stella soon realizes that she and Levi have more in common than she could ever imagine. Paranormal fiction. Thriller/Suspense.
Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo, 2015. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction--if they don't kill each other first. Fantasy fiction.

The Darkest Part of the Forest, by Holly Black, 2015. In the town of Fairfold, where humans and fae exist side by side, a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives awakes after generations of sleep in a glass coffin in the woods, causing Hazel to be swept up in new love, shift her loyalties, feel the fresh sting of betrayal, and to make a secret sacrifice to the faerie king. Fantasy fiction.
The Witch Hunter, by Virginia Boecker, 2015. Set in an alternative 16th-century England, Elizabeth Grey is the only girl in the king's elite group of witch hunters. When she's framed for being a witch herself, Elizabeth finds freedom at the hands of the world's most wanted wizard and her loyalties are tested. Historical fantasy.
The Game of Love and Death, by  Martha Brockenbrough, 2015. In Seattle in 1937 two 17-year-olds, Henry, who is white, and Flora, who is African-American, become the unwitting pawns in a game played by two immortal figures, Love and Death, where they must choose each other at the end, or one of them will die. Magic realism. Romance.

Powerless, by Tera Lynn Childs, and Tracy Deebs. 2015. Kenna feels inferior because everyone else has some talent or power, so when villains break into the lab where she interns she will not let criminals steal the research that will make her extraordinary too, but secrets are spilled and one of the villains saves her life, leading her to think what it means to be powerful and powerless. Science fiction. Superhero story.
Mechanica, by Betsy Cornwell, 2015. A retelling of Cinderella about an indomitable inventor-mechanic who finds her prince but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale happy ending after all. Steampunk fiction. Fairy tale/Folklore inspired.
You and Me and Him, by Kris Dinnison,  2015. Maggie Bowers thinks she knows what to expect her junior year of high school, but when she and her out-of-the-closet best friend Nash have feelings for the same boy she wonders if winning someone's heart means losing her soul mate. Realistic fiction.

The Summer After You & Me, by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, 2015. A year after Superstorm Sandy, Lucy's life is returning to normal at the New Jersey shore, where she has grown up surfing with her twin brother, crabbing and long-boarding with friends, and working at Surf Taco, but the torch she holds for summer resident Connor, the center of The Big Mistake, still burns. Romance.
The Devil You Know, by Trish Doller, 2015. Exhausted and rebellious after three years of working for her father and mothering her brother, 18-year-old Arcadia "Cadie" Wells joins two cousins who are camping their way through Florida, soon learning that one is a murderer. Thriller/Suspense.
Charlie, Presumed Dead, by Anne Heltzel, 2015. Told in separate voices, Lena and Aubrey, each hiding her own secrets, set off in search of the truth about Charlie, including if he is really dead, after meeting at his funeral and learning that he was dating both of them. Mystery.
Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman, and Jay Kristoff. 2015. The planet Kerenza is attacked, and Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, while their ship's artificial intelligence system and a deadly plague may be the end of them all. Science fiction.

When, by Victoria Laurie, 2015. Sixteen-year-old Maddie Flynn cannot help but see the death date of everyone she meets or sees in a photograph or on-screen, and her alcoholic mother exploits this by having her do readings for money, but when Maddie predicts the death of a young boy, she becomes the center of an FBI investigation. Paranormal fiction. Thriller/Suspense.
The Novice: Summoner: Book One, by Taran Matharu, 2015. When Fletcher, a blacksmith's apprentice, learns he can summon demons, he travels with his demon to an academy for adepts where he is to train as a Battle mage in the Empire's war against the orcs, but he discovers that all is not as it seems. Fantasy fiction.

Mark of the Thief, by Jennifer A. Nielsen, 2015. Forced to enter a sealed cavern that reputedly holds the lost treasures of Caesar, slave boy Nic discovers an amulet imbued with divine power and finds himself at the center of a conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War. Historical fantasy.
All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven, 2015. Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school--both teetering on the edge--it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another. Realistic fiction.
I Am Princess X, by Cherie Priest, Illustrated by Kali Ciesemier, 2015. Libby and May invented Princess X when they were in 5th grade, but when the car Libby is in goes off a bridge, she is presumed dead, and the story came to an end--except now, three years later, Princess X is suddenly everywhere, with an underground culture focused on a webcomic, and May believes her friend must be alive. Mystery. Graphic novel hybrid.
Hold Me Like a Breath, Tiffany Schmidt, 2015. Penny Landlow, 17, the overprotected daughter of a powerful crime family, has rarely left the family estate due to a blood disorder but when tragedy strikes and she is left alone in New York City, she must prove she is not as fragile as everyone believes. Thriller/Suspense. Fairy tale/Folklore inspired.
Con Academy, by Joe Schreiber, 2015. Con man Will Shea may have met his match in scammer Andrea Dufresne as they make a high-stakes deal that will determine who gets to stay at ConnaughtonAcademy, one of the most elite and privileged preparatory schools in the country, and who must leave. Realistic fiction.
The Ghosts of Heaven, by Marcus Sedgwick, 2015. Four linked stories of discovery and survival begin with a Paleolithic-era girl who makes the first written signs, continue with Anna, who people call a witch, then a mad twentieth-century poet who watches the ocean knowing the horrors it hides, and concluding with an astronaut on the first spaceship from Earth sent to colonize another world. Science fiction.
The Glass Arrow, by Kristen Simmons, 2015. Stolen from her home, and being groomed for auction, Aya is desperate to escape her fate and return to her family, but her only allies are a loyal wolf she's raised from a pup and a strange mute boy who may be her best hope for freedom ... if she can truly trust him. Science fiction. Dystopian.
Black Widow Forever Red, by Margaret Stohl, 2015. Natasha Romanov, called the Black Widow, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, rescues a young girl from Ivan, the man who once trained her as an assassin--and eight years later she is called upon to protect the teenage Ava from a threat from the past--and possibly from S.H.I.E.L.D itself. Superhero story.

Every Last Word, by Tamara Ireland Stone, 2015. Consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off, a girl coping with Purely-Obsessional OCD learns to accept herself and take control of her life through her experiences in poetry club. Realistic fiction.
Zeroes, by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti. 2015. Told from separate viewpoints, teens Scam, Crash, Flicker, Anonymous, Bellwether, and Kelsie, all born in the year 2000 and living in Cambria, California, have superhuman abilities that give them interesting but not heroic lives until they must work as a community to respond to a high stakes crisis. Science fiction. Superhero story.
Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls, by Lynn Weingarten, 2015. They say Delia burned herself to death, but June does not believe it was suicide, because she and Delia used to be closer than anything, but a year ago everything changed when they and June's boyfriend Ryan let their good time get out of hand, and now, June owes it to Delia to know if her best friend committed suicide or was murdered. Mystery.
Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon, 2015. The story of a teenage girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challengeseverything she's ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more. Romance.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Get in the Game: Read Sports Fiction and Nonfiction

Get in the Game: Read! was this year's national summer reading theme. A display of sports fiction and nonfiction books has been up in the teen area all summer. If you missed it, or saw something there and can't remember the title, here is a list of some of the books. Titles listed are linked to the Library's online catalog.

Authors in the Young Adult collection who mainly write sports fiction are:
Chris Crutcher -- Carl Deuker -- John Feinstein -- Tim Green -- Robert Lipsyte -- Mike Lupica.  Also see the sports fiction series: Orca Sports

Sports Fiction

The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander, 2014. Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. Realistic fiction. Novel in Verse. 750L

Tangerine, by Edward Bloor, 1997. Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight. Realistic fiction. Ecofiction. 680L

Shift, by Jennifer Bradbury, 2008. When best friends Chris and Win go on a cross country bicycle trek the summer after graduating high school and only one returns, the FBI wants to know what happened. Realistic fiction. 770L

Tumbling, by Caela Carter, 2016.  After sacrificing their childhoods, Grace, Leigh, Camille, Wilhelmina, and Monica are competing in the two days of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, after which their lives will change forever. Realistic fiction. 690L

Summerland, by Michael Chabon, 2002.  Ethan Feld, the worst baseball player in the history of the game, finds himself recruited by a 100-year-old scout to help a band of fairies triumph over an ancient enemy. Fantasy fiction. 950L

Eleven Things I Promised You, by Catherine Clark, 2016. While competing in a bike race with her high school teammates, 17-year-old Frances is determined to complete ten tasks compiled by her best friend Stella. Realistic fiction.

Deadline, by Chris Crutcher, 2007. Given the medical diagnosis of one year to live, high school senior Ben Wolf decides to fulfill his greatest fantasies, ponders his life's purpose and legacy, and converses through dreams with a spiritual guide known as "Hey-Soos.". Football. Realistic fiction. Humorous. 880L

Tall Story, by Candy Gourlay, 2011. Sixteen-year-old Bernardo, who is eight feet tall and suffers from a condition called gigantism, leaves the Philipines to live with his mother's family in London, much to the delight of his 13-year-old half sister Andi, a passionate basketball player. Realistic fiction. Humorous. 670L

Second Impact, by David Klass, 2013. When Jerry Downing, star quarterback in a small football town, gets a second chance after his drunk driving had serious consequences, Carla Jensen, ace reporter for the school newspaper, invites him to join her in writing a blog, mainly about sports. Realistic fiction. 980L

Zeroboxer, by Fonda Lee, 2015. As seventeen-year-old Carr 'the Raptor' Luka rises to fame in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, he learns a devastating secret that jeopardizes not only his future in the sport, but interplanetary relations. Science fiction. 870L

Dairy Queen, by Catherine Murdock, 2006. After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, 16-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her. Realistic fiction. Humorous. 990L

Out of Nowhere, by Maria Padian, 2013. Performing community service for pulling a stupid prank against a rival high school, soccer star Tom tutors a Somali refugee with soccer dreams of his own. Realistic fiction. 670L

Keeper, by Mal Peet, 2003. In an interview with a young journalist, World Cup hero, El Gato, describes his youth in the Brazilian rain forest and the events, experiences, and people that helped make him a great goalkeeper and renowned soccer star. Magic realism. 780L

Jockey Girl, by Shelley Peterson, 2016. When Evie learns that her mother is alive, she hatches a plan to enter the Caledon Horse Race and win enough money to find her and leave her unloving father. Realistic fiction.

Pretty Tough, by Liz Tigelaar, 2007. Two feuding sisters from Malibu, California, take their rivalry to the soccer field when both girls make the high school team. Realistic fiction. 690L

The Running Dream, by Wendelin Van Draanen, 2011. When a school bus accident leaves 16-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again. Realistic fiction. 650L

The Final Four, by Paul Volponi, 2012. Four players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large. Realistic fiction. 870L

Muckers, by Sandra Neil Wallace, 2013. Inspired by a true story. Felix O'Sullivan, standing in the shadow of his dead brother, an angry, distant father, and racial tension, must lead the last-ever Muckers high school football team to the state championship before a mine closing shuts down his entire town. Historical fiction. 860L

Now is the Time for Running, by Michael Williams, 2011. When soldiers attack a small village in Zimbabwe, Deo goes on the run with Innocent, his older, mentally disabled brother, carrying little but a leather soccer ball filled with money, and after facing prejudice, poverty, and tragedy, it is in soccer that Deo finds renewed hope. Realistic fiction. 650L
Away Running, by David Wright, 2016. Matt and Free are playing American football in Paris, where Matt deals with racial tension and Free tries to forget what's going on at home in Texas. Realistic fiction. 720L

Sports Non-Fiction

Following are sport books recently added to the YA nonfiction collection. 

Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution, by Jonathan P. D. Abrams, 2016. Explores the trend of teenage basketball stars skipping college and going right into playing professionally, resulting in the 2005 age limit requirement instituted by the NBA, mandating that all players must attend college or another developmental program for at least a year.

Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football's Make-or-Break Moment, by Carla Killough McClafferty, 2013. Offers a look at the origins of football and the latest research on concussion and traumatic brain injuries in the sport.

Doping in Sports: Winning at any Cost?, by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson, 2016. An examination of the use of performance-enhancing drugs in athletics explores the pressure athletes face for success, investigations held by anti-doping agencies, and the long-term effects of some steroids.

Basketball Now!: The Stars and Stories of the NBA, by Adam Elliott Segal, 2015. Segal provides action-packed profiles of the best professional basketball players on the planet. He reflects on the best clutch shooters of all time; counts down the history of the NBA draft; and pays homage to the greatest dunks every witnessed.

This is Your Brain on Sports, by Jon L. Wertheim, 2016. The executive editor of Sports Illustrated and a psychologist join forces to examine the behavior of those involved in professional sports, explaining how athletes can successfully put aside personal trauma on game day and why people love to root for a loser.

Fair Play: How LGBT Athletes are Claiming their Rightful Place in Sports, by Cyd Zeigler, 2016. Examines the experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender athletes, coaches, and other sports figures, especially in the United States, including the risks they face, coming out or remaining closeted, and other considerations.

Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance: The World's Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide, by Lennard Zinn, 2015. From basic repairs like how to fix a flat tire to advanced overhauls of drivetrains and brakes. An illustrated step-by-step guide explains the tools you'll need and how to know you've done the job right. Hundreds of hand-drawn illustrations and exploded parts diagrams.

A Few Nonfiction Sports Books of Note:
  • A Passion For Victory: The Story of the Olympics in Ancient and Early Modern Times, by Benson Bobrick, 2012.
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown, 2013.
  • Friday Night Lights: a Town, a Team, and a Dream, by H.G. Bissinger, 2004.
  • In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle, by Madeleine Blais, 1995.
  • One Shot at Forever: a Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season, by Chris Ballard, 2012.
  • Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team that Changed a Town, by Warren St. John, 2012.