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April is Drowning in Good Reads

The Tragedy of the Titanic
You’ve probably seen the movie with Leo and Kate, but there’s more to the story of the sinking of the Titanic.  In honor of the 100th anniversary of the sinking April 15th, check out one of these titles:

Bewitching by Alex Flinn
Fateful by Claudia Gray
Distant Waves: a novel of the Titanic by Suzanne Weyn
The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices From the Titanic by Allan Wolfe

Color Me Green: Dystopias About the Environment
Hot dystopian titles like The Hunger Games trilogy and Divergent have featured oppressive governments, but there are other fascinating themes that authors explore, one being a ravaged and ruined environment: drought; floods; famine; volcanoes –  you name it.  In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, check out some of these reads:

X Isle by Steve Augarde
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Exodus by Julie Bertagna
The Secret Under My Skin by Elizabeth McNaughton
Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

-Lynn H., CADL Youth Services Specialist

Love Is In the Air: Romance Reads for Teens

February is here, and with it, Valentine’s Day.  Red hearts, cupids, chocolate and romance are in the air.  If you’re looking for a teen read to satisfy your inner romantic this holiday, check out one of the following stories, where love always prevails in the end.

Fire by Kristin Cashore

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohen

Undercover by Beth Kephart

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

-Liz V., Youth Services Librarian

Read Like a Rock Star: Teen Books Where Music Takes Center Stage

The written word is always entertaining, but it’s even better if you can tie your reading habits in with your other interests.  If you’re a musician, or just a music lover, there’s no better way to relate to a book than to find yourself a story with music as a main theme.  If you’re in the market for a rockin’ YA read, try one of the following titles where music plays a central role.

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen: Remy doesn’t really believe in relationships, until she meets rock-band member Dexter.

Beat the Band by Don Calame: Coop tries to increase his social status by entering his terrible band in the Battle of the Bands.

Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick: Stephen uses music to help deal with his younger brother’s leukemia.

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway: Audrey deals with newfound, and unwanted, fame when her rock star ex-boyfriend writes a break up song about her.

Beige by Cecil Castellucci: Katy leaves home to spend time with her estranged, punk rock legend father.

Jane by April Lindner: In this retelling of Jane Eyre, nanny Jane falls in love with her rock star employer.

-Liz V., Youth Services Librarian

Hot Books for Cold Weather

As the snowy season continues to approach, and frost needs to be scraped off the car every morning, the time has come to brace ourselves for the freezing phenomenon known as a Michigan winter.  Many an evening will be spent inside, snuggling into a favorite chair with a warm blanket and a cup of cocoa.  To keep yourself company in the cold, check out one of these hot new teen reads out right now.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins:  Lola has no idea what to do when the boy who broke her heart moves back in next door.  Is love in the air again, or will Lola ignore the past and look towards a different future?

The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff: Daphne must leave her home in Pandemonium to navigate the perils of Earth, in order to save her little brother.

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr:  Jill and Mandy are two very different girls who must learn to get along when Jill’s mom decides to adopt Mandy’s baby.

Destined by P.C. Cast: Fans of the House of Night series will not be disappointed in this ninth installment, in which Zoey continues to battle Neferet for the good of all humanity.

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini:  The Inheritance Cycle ends in this gripping fourth novel, Eragon battles to topple the evil king once and for all.

-Liz V., Youth Services Librarian

Fright Night: 10 Scary YA Books to Read Before Halloween

The time of year for thrills and chills has finally come around again. The leaves turn, the air grows cooler and all you want to do is curl up at night with a good book that will scare you sleepless. If you’re looking for a great scary story to help keep you entertained between now and the upcoming Halloween holiday, check out one of the following novels from CADL’s collection.

Uninvited by Amanda Marrone: Jordan’s undead ex-boyfriend sits outside her window, night after night, begging to be let in.  If Jordan falls for his smooth talk, it will almost certainly be the last thing she does.

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Krause: Vivian, a werewolf, falls hard for human Aiden.  But will her pack ever accept him, and can she keep him safe from her own desperate hungers?

Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan: Horrifying things begin to happen when Darren and his friends sneak out in the night to see a freak show.

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales by Edgar Allen Poe: The master of classic horror brings terrifying tales to life.

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan: After covering up the accidental death they caused, four friends must escape from a killer who knows the truth about what happened that night.

Evernight by Claudia Gray: Evil forces are at work at Bianca’s new boarding school.

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly: A monster, assembled from parts of corpses, is brought to life with terrifying consequences for his creator.

In the Forests of the Night by Amerlia Atwater-Rhodes: Risika seeks a bloody revenge against the vampire who has been her nemesis for three centuries.

Tenderness by Robert Cormier: A chilling tale of a teenaged serial killer, Eric, and the hapless Lori, who falls in love with him, despite the fact that she knows the truth about his violent obsessions.

The Haunting by Joan Lowry Nixon:  Lia tries to rid her new home of the evil spirits which inhabit it.

If you prefer to listen to your scary stories, instead of reading them, make sure to check out the spooky fun that will be hosted at CADL Leslie on Thursday, October 20 at 6:00 pm.  Ages 10 and up can visit the library for Scary Stories for Halloween Night, where scary stories and spooky snacks will add up to a fun filled night!  Registration is required for this program; call 517-589-9400.

– Liz V., Youth Services Librarian

If High School Wasn’t for You: GED Resources for Teens

A lot of information is passed around this time of year on back-to-school resources for teens.  What are not mentioned as often are the numerous resources for teens who, for whatever reason, are not able to finish high school.  Check out the following GED resources available at your local CADL library:

On-Line Library Resources:

Visit our Education Resources website to see what electronic resources are available free through the library.  Use the Learning Express Library to take practice GED tests.

Check out our collection:

We have numerous books on GED testing available at the library.  Some are available for checkout, and some are reference books, which are kept on the library shelf and available for in-house use when you visit the facility.  Here are a few great books to help you study for your GED:

Barron’s GED, High School Equivalency Exam by Barron’s.

The GED for Dummies by Murray Shukyn.

Kaplan’s GED by Caren Van Slyke.

Paterson’s Master the GED 2010 by Ronald Kaprov.

For additional information on GED resources in your area, consider contacting your local alternative education school, or your area’s Community Education program.  If you need help finding the right resource, make sure to call your local CADL library branch.

Liz V., Youth Services Librarian

Don’t Judge a (Teen) Book by Its Cover

It seems like many of the YA books out there have covers which are designed to deter readers.  Headless bodies!  Angst-ridden teens staring off into the distance!  The shelves abound with covers that most adults, and many teens, would not want to be seen reading in public.  But, if you can get past the embarrassing covers bombarding the teen market today, you can find some fantastic literary gems.  Here are a few suggestions to get you started on your quest beyond the cringe-worthy cover, to the fantastic content within.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Behind this cheesy cover is an amazing story of Anna, who desperately tries to adjust to life in a new country while balancing a new love.


Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead:  Ignore the ridiculous celebrity look-alike on this cover, because the pages hold an original vampire story with an awesome heroine and tons of snappy dialogue.

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen:  A clichéd headless torso graces this cover, but the engrossing and realistic tale of Annabel and her struggles with her family makes it well worth flipping the book open.

Hex Hall
 by Rachel Hawkins:  This cover is just embarassing, but it hides a witty and original supernatural novel.

Suggested by Liz V., CADL Youth Services Librarian at Holt-Delhi Library