Category Archives: CADL Teen

Formerly an independent blog, the CADL Teen category includes all posts for, by, and about our teen patrons.

Link, Luke and the Doctor

Rather than pretend I know myself, I decided to ask some actual teens what they are reading and enjoying. I have two teenagers who live right in my own home so it was an easy decision to start with them.hyrulehistoria
This month: Ben is 14 years old and loves Star Wars, The Legend of Zelda, Doctor Who, and other nerdy stuff like that.
He is super excited about the long-awaited The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia finally being released in English! The Legend of Zelda Nintendo game franchise has been luring fans since the first game was released in 1986, and is just as big now. The Historia includes the official Legend of Zelda timeline, which has been a hotly debated topic among Zelda fans for many years. You might want to check out the manga too. If you are the sort of obsessed fan who might have, say, a life-size Hylian shield replica and/or your own ocarina, you probably also love the mysterious music from the games. Some examples can be found at CADL  in the Greatest Video Game Music collections.
Ben and I are both really looking forward to Star Wars Day on the May 4 (you know, “may the fourth be with you”). Capital Area District Libraries will be hosting events at both the Downtown Lansing and Haslett locations. Costumes are welcome and there will be a variety of activities. The Downtown Lansing Library will show the movie that started it all.
I’ve run out of room to discuss much for those of you who know all about the dangers of blinking and the importance of having a sonic screwdriver in your pocket at all times, but there is plenty for you to love here at CADL too. Using the library for your books and movies will help you save money for that TARDIS you’re building in the back yard. dr who

The Book Wars: Which Book Will Survive?

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ItsKindOfAFunnyStoryInspired by the hugely popular Hunger Games series, the Okemos Teen Advisory Board decided to create their own game of survival, The Book Wars. However, the players in this game would not be kids. They would be books. Six members of our board created a display featuring all six tributes (or books). Patrons are voting for their favorite and, in turn, determine which book will survive. Who do you tSavvyhink will win?

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
“I recommend this book to any and everyone who is looking for a great read that captivates the heart and inspires the mind.” – Sarah V.

RulesSavvy by Ingrid Law
“Mibs, her brother, and friends have an exciting and thrilling adventure.” – Seunghyun L.

Rules by Cynthia Lord
Rules is a realistic fiction novel about 12-year-old Catherine and her younger brother David, who has autism. This is a HPAndTheSorcerorsStonemust read.” – Maddie S.

Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
“I would recommend this book to anyone who is a big fan of the fantasy genre or just loves the magic of books and wizards as much as I do.” – Allison B.

GracelingGraceling by Kristin Cashore
“Readers will know that they have struck gold the second their eyes hit the page. Romance, action, and fantasy lovers, this is the book for you.” – Kendra P.

Midnighters: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfield
“The novel is a great mix of science fiction and romance. The Midnightersmain character, Jessica Day, find out that everything she thought she knew, was wrong.” – Libby B.

- Teen Advisory Board at CADL Okemos

10 Best Adult Books That Appeal to Teens

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ImageThe Young Adult Library Serivce Association’s Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to teens, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing so the 2013 winning titles were actually published in 2012.

If you are having trouble finding something new to read, consider checking out a different section of the library.  Broaden your horizons!  You might be a bit hesitant at first, but if you start with books like the ones listed below, it could be easier than you think.  Besides, did you know there are already a ton of adults reading teen books?!  All’s fair in the library!

JacketCAPMMTNVCaring is Creepy, by David Zimmerman, published by Soho Press, Inc.

Girlchild, by Tupelo Hassman, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Juvenile in Justice, by Richard Ross, published by Richard Ross

JacketCAKUT2BWMr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

My Friend Dahmer, by Derf Backderf, published by Abrams ComicArts, an imprint of Abrams

One Shot at Forever, by Chris Ballard, published by Hyperion

PurePure, by Julianna Baggott, published by Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

The Round House, by Louise Erdrich, published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt, TellTheWolvesI'mHomepublished by Dial Press, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, by Maria Semple, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

- Cassie V., Children’s Services Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing

Can Love Conquer All?

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Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

I have found a new favorite teen author: David Levithan. Ok, I knew about him already since he co-authored Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist with Rachel Cohn, BUT, Every Day blew me away.

The main character who is simply referred to as “A,” has no innate race and no innate religion. “A” has grown up without friends and without family. Every day “A” wakes up in a different body – male or female, any ethnicity, any socio-economic status, any size, but always 16-years-old and after inhabiting Justin’s body, always in love with Rhiannon.

Read it if you love “love,” and if you have a box of Kleenex handy. Now gender presumptions are going to be examined and challenged in this book, so if you are uncomfortable with same sex relationships, this book may make you uncomfortable. But, if you’re up for the challenge of questioning whether love truly conquers all – everything, any circumstance – then check it out.

- Cassie V., Children’s Services Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing

Our Favorite Teen Reads of 2012

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What a year it’s been for young adult books. From the first Hunger Games screening to the final Twilight movie — and let’s not forget all associated merchandise (including handmade jewelry on Etsy) — it seems young adult fiction is on everyone’s radar these days. Not every great young adult title is optioned for a blockbuster movie, but that doesn’t make them less worthy of your attention.

Here are some of our favorite reads for 2012:Son

  • Son by Lois Lowry – Hands down my favorite book of the year. This is the final installment in The Giverquartet. It’s also great in audio.
  • Crewel by Gennifer Albin – A suspenseful tale about a society in which spinsters weave the fate Crewelof the citizens. Fans of Veronica Roth and Lauren Oliver, will love this.
  • Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore – This epic fantasy set in a world first introduced in Graceling and Firebrings together the characters and plots from these novels.
  • Reached by Allie Condie – This is the exciting conclusion of the Matched trilogy. Find out what happens to theMissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren Society and what the future hold for Cassia, Ky and Xander.
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Ribbs – After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.
  • Every Day by David Levithan- Every morningEveryDay, A wakes in a different person’s body, in a different person’s life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until his wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon.
  • Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh – Jepp, a teenage dwarf living in 16th century Europe, Seraphinaleaves home to seek his destiny.
  • Seraphina by Rachel Harman – In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce, Seraphina grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals.

- Lynn H., Youth Specialist Librarian & Cassie V., Children’s Services Librarian

And the winner is…


Cover Image (Click for Reviews & Other Information)The Michigan Library Association has announced The Fault in Our Stars written by John Green as the winner of the 2012 Thumbs Up! Award, garnering top votes from both teens and librarians around the state.

The Fault in Our Stars is the story of 16-year-old Hazel, who was diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13 and was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs…for now. Two years after the miracle, Hazel is forced to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the 17-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee.

John Green first began to garner attention with the 2005 release of his award-winning young adult novel Looking for Alaska.  Though (thankfully) he continues to write in his deftly mixed profound yet casual style, Green also creates regular video blogs. In 2007 along with his brother Hank, they began their Brotherhood 2.0 project — a year where they would cease all text-based communication and instead communicate only through short video blogs posted on YouTube.  After the completion of that year, the two continued to create short, information, educational and entertaining vlogs on their channel Vlogbrothers.

In addition to The Fault in Our Stars, three top honor titles were selected by the 2012 Thumbs Up! Committee: Divergent by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books), This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel (Simon & Schuster), and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Candlewick).

The Thumbs Up! Award was established in 1986 to recognize and promote an outstanding contribution to teen literature that has both literary quality and appeal for those 13 to 18 years of age. A committee of Youth and Teen Librarians from all over the state determined the winner. Since 2001, the Thumbs Up! Award selection process has also included a teen vote, which this year allowed teens to vote online for their favorite book.  Check out previous winners on the Michigan Library Association Website.

- Cassie V., Youth Services Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing

Edgar Allan Poe: Retro Horror for Today’s Readers


The Reader Roundup blog on Friday, Oct. 12 offers some great suggestions for horror reads. I’ll readily admit that horror doesn’t top my list of go-to reads, but I am fond of one of the godfathers of American Horror — Edgar Allan Poe.  I remember listening to a recording of The Tell-Tale Heart as a kid and getting caught up in the suspense and thrill, and yet not getting scared enough to have nightmares about it. When Halloween rolls around I think about re-reading Poe, and while my attention to him is seasonal and fleeting, there are some serious Poe devotees. Take for example The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore which holds an annual visit to Poe’s grave in the Westminster Burying Grounds on Halloween night. Duff Goldman and his crew at Charm City Bakery created an Edgar Allan Poe cake for the Annabel Lee Tavern on Food Network’s Ace of CakesA tavern and a fabulous cake dedicated to a writer – this guy has a serious following. 

Not only did Poe exhibit incredible talent and imagination, but he portrayed it in two of the most accessible formats, poetry and short stories. So even if you’re a horror lightweight like myself or short on free time, there’s no excuse not to fit some Poe into your Halloween season.

For the complete works of Poe try:

The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

For alternative access to Poe:

Graphic Classics.  Edgar Allan Poe (a graphic novel)

Dark Graphic Tales By Edgar Allan Poe (a graphic novel)

Steampunk Poe illustrated by Zdenko Basic & Manuel Sumberac

The works of Edgar Allan Poe in eBook format is available by clicking here.

The works of Edgar Allan Poe for listening on Book on CD or downloadable audio, available by clicking here.

And if you just can’t get enough of Poe, check out these websites dedicated to him:

The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore

The Museum of Edgar Allan Poe

The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

- Lynn H., CADL Youth Services Specialist

The Perks of Being a Wallflower


Love, confusion, anxiety;  torn between desperately wanting to fade into the background while simultaneously yearning for a place to belong; such is the life of a teenager.

In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Charlie begins 9th grade as a friendless observer of life.  Often poignant, sometimes funny reflections shared as letters to an anonymous person chronicle Charlie’s inner and outer struggles during high school including friendships, drugs, alcohol, sex, sexual abuse and mental illness.

Ten years after its publication, Stephen Chbosky adapts his unique, award-winning novel for the big screen. This highly anticipated film features such young, talented stars as Emma Watson, Logon Lerman and Ezra Miller.  The film is rated PG-13. I am quite anxious to see how they handled the mature themes in order to keep the rating down while still being true to the book.

Though the film was not only written, but also directed by the author himself and will more than likely be the most honest representation of his written word, remember to read the book first!

- Cassie V., Children’s Services Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing

Graphic Novel Round-up: Hulk Smash!

We’re half-way through 2012, so I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the books and see what people have been interested in checking out.  With all of the great based-on-comic-book films hitting the theaters this summer, I decided to first check out graphic novels.  A quick run of the numbers showed that the top most circulating titles – the titles you are interested in – all center on superheroes!  Ok, that really wasn’t much of a surprise; I mean really, who doesn’t like a superhero?!  If you would like to check out a few of the popular titles, take a look at the list:

  1. The Incredible Hulks : heart of the monster ,   New York : Marvel, c2011.
  2. Fantastic Four. [Vol. 4, Three] ,   New York : Marvel, c2011.
  3. X-Force. Vol. 2, Old ghosts ,   New York : Marvel, c2009.
  4. Ultimate comics : Avengers vs. New Ultimates : death of Spider-Man,  New York : Marvel, c2012.
  5. Ultimate Spider-Man : [death of Spider-Man] New York : Marvel, c2011.
  6. Fall of the Hulks : [prelude]New York : Marvel, c2010.
  7. Brightest day. Volume 3 ,  New York : DC Comics, c2011.
  8. Flashpoint New York, N.Y : DC Comics, c2011.
  9. Hulk. Volume 5, Fall of the Hulks ,  New York : Marvel, c2010.
  10. World war Hulk : X-MenNew York : Marvel Comics, c2008.

- Cassie V., Children’s Services Librarian at CADL Downtown Lansing

This Isn’t Your School Summer Reading List!


The summer break is well underway and by now you might be looking for something to read beyond The Hunger Games trilogy.  Not to say that those books aren’t terrific, but there are so many other great titles.  And if you have a reading list for school…you weren’t planning on tackling that until August, right?

For suggestions that are almost definitely not on your school reading list, try the Thumbs Up! Award, sponsored by the Michigan Library Association.  This award recognizes outstanding teen lit selected by teens.  All you have to do is read any or all of the nominated titles and vote online.  It’s just that easy!  Voting takes place through August 31.  Click here to vote.

The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan

And if you have an Apple gadget, you can download the Teen Book Finder app by the Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA).  I’ve given it a test drive and it’s easy to use and has lots of great features.  Download the app now!  An Android version is planned for later in 2012.

-Lynn H., CADL Youth Services Specialist