Friday, March 25, 2011

New Books in YA

Check out these books that are new to the young adult collection:

Chime by Franny Billingsley
In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister's horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.
Grades 8+

Recovery Road by Nelson Blake
While she is in a rehabilitation facility for drug and alcohol abuse, seventeen-year-old Maddie meets Stewart, who is also in treatment, and they begin a relationship, which they try to maintain after they both get out.
Grades 9+

Strings Attached by Judy Blundell
When she drops out of school and struggles to start a career on Broadway in the fall of 1950, seventeen-year-old Kit Corrigan accepts help from an old family friend, a lawyer said to have ties with the mob, who then asks her to do some favors for him.
Grades 8+

Wither by Lauren DeStefano
After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.
Grades 9+

Afterlife by Claudia Gray
When a shocking twist of fate turns Bianca into a wraith and Lucas into a vampire, the star-crossed lovers have no choice but to return to the sinister Evernight Academy to deal with the repercussions.
Grades 8+

Two teenagers who are living on the streets and barely getting by become involved in a complicated criminal plot, and make an unexpected connection with each other.
Grades 9+

Eighteen-year-old Robert tries to help his half-brother Xan, a seventeen-year-old misfit, to make better choices as he becomes increasingly attracted to a variety of protesters, anarchists, and the like.
Grades 9+

Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta
After his favorite uncle's violent death, Tom Mackee watches his family implode, quits school, and turns his back on music and everyone who matters, and while he is in no shape to mend what is broken, he fears that no one else is, either.
Grades 9+

The political and romantic tensions that began when Aislin became Summer Queen threaten to boil over as the Faerie Courts brace against the threat of all-out war.
Grades 7+

It's the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions that offer glimpses of the future. When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia's world is thrown into chaos.
Grades 9+


Marooned in a broken-down Houston neighborhood--and in a Mexican immigrant family where making ends meet matters much more than making it to college--smart, talented Marissa seeks comfort elsewhere when her home life becomes unbearable.
Grades 9+


Told in their separate voices, thirteen-year-old soccer star Kevin and police sergeant Brown, who knew his father, try to keep Kevin out of juvenile hall after he is arrested on very serious charges.
Grades 7+

Across the Universe by Beth Reves
Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her.
Grades 9+

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like her by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil.
Grades 8+

Sixteen-year-old Jamie Gordon had a taste of praise and recognition at age fourteen when her unflattering photograph of an actress was published, but as she pursues her dream of being a celebrity photographer, she becomes immersed in the dark side of fame.
Grades 9+

A teenage girl's beloved brother returns home from the Iraq War completely unlike the person she remembers.
Grades 9+

Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer
Two high school rivals compete in a prestigious singing competition while reflecting on the events that turned them from close friends to enemies the year before.
Grades 9+

See What I See by Gloria Whelan
When eighteen-year-old Kate arrives on the Detroit doorstep of her long-estranged father, a famous painter, she is shocked to learn that he is dying and does not want to support her efforts to attend the local art school.
Grades 9+

Miles From Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams
As her mother's mental illness spins terrifyingly out of control, thirteen-year-old Lacey must face the truth of what life with her mother means for both of them.

Grades 7+

Click on any title for more information or to reserve your copy today!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Knoword is a free online challenge for word fiends and students in need of improving their vocabulary and spelling.  Knoword gives a randomly selected dictionary definition along with the first letter of its corresponding word. You must complete the word to gain points and extra time.  So give it a try.  It's fun...and totally addictive.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

We have a Winner!

The votes came pouring in for our Catch Your Pet Reading Photography Contest and winners were announced last night at our mini reception:

K-6 Category Winner:
Serious About Reading by Paul Tuma

Adult Category Winner:
Sharing a Love for Reading by Jodi Maurici

Did your favorite win?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Celebrating reading by connecting teens and authors

Saturday, April 30, 2011
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Grades 6-12
St. Joseph's College, Patchogue NY

A FREE full-day event open to everyone, but teens get preferred seating.  Meet dynamic authors of young adult literature.  Break out sessions with the following authors: Tonya Hurley, Robert Lipsyte, George O'Connor, Rita Williams-Garcia, Maryrose Atwood, Coe Booth, Tricia Rayburn, Daniel Ehrenhaft, Anna Godbersen, Alyssa Sheinmel, Adam Gidwitz and Jim McCann.  Cool giveaways, books for sale and autographing will be available.  LIMITED tickets for teens will be available at the library beginning on April 1, 2011. Please note: this program takes place at St. Joseph's College, Patchogue, NY and attendees are responsible for their own transportation to and from this event. 

As if that's not enough....

24 lucky Suffolk County teens will be selected to volunteer to pair with an author for the entire day.  Applications for this opportunity my be submitted by Friday, March 18, 2011.  What better way to earn volunteer credit than by doing something as fun as hanging out with an author all day?

Fora copy of the volunteer application and more information visit the Reference Desk at the library or visit the Authors Unlimited page.