Teens & YA @ BPL

Staff Pick of the Week: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Our newest staff pick is Illuminae: The Illuminae Files _01 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff!

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Kady is already having a rough day. She has just broken up with her boyfriend, Ezra, and he’s not taking it well. But the day is only about to get worse. Soon, her tiny speck of a planet is invaded by a huge corporation, and she and Ezra have to fight their way to evacuation– and the fun doesn’t end there.

Told through interviews, instant messages, e-mails, and other hacked documents, Illuminae documents the incredible story of a spaceship with a warship in pursuit, and artificial intelligence that may be trying to kill them, and a deadly virus that is spreading and mutating. Chances of survival seem slim, but Kady doesn’t give up easily. Brace yourself, this is a pretty thrilling ride.


Teen Suggestion Box Reply

Recently we got a wonderful suggestion in our teen suggestion box (located in the teen section near the new books):

"Hello, Where the Newbery Award-Winning Young Adult Books are on the kids' shelf, teens might not see them. Could they possibly go with the other YA books? Thanks :)"

This is a great point, and something we will keep in mind, however we do want all the Newbery books to stay together. While they are nearer to the kids' fiction books than to the young adult fiction books, the Newbery books are really their own section.

Also remember that the kids' section has some books that would also appeal to teens, and the teen section has some books that would also appeal to older kids! There is frequently overlap in interest level with books.

What we could do at some point is create a booklist of teen books that won the Newbery, and/or do a display. Thanks so much for the suggestion and for using the library!

Staff Book Pick of the Week: The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye

This week's Staff Pick is The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye.

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart,imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love... or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear... the Crown’s Game is not one to lose. 

Staff Pick of the Week: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

This week's staff pick is Bone Gap by Laura Ruby.

Bone Gap is a bit of a mysterious place. Located in central Illinois, it is filled with whispering corn fields, mysterious people, and it’s where Finn saw Roza kidnapped by a man who moves in a distinctive way. That’s the only way Finn knows how to describe him, and soon people stop believing she was kidnapped at all.

Roza always was a mystery. And she was so beautiful, why would she stay with Finn and Sean O’Sullivan? While the townspeople are disbelieving, Finn knows the truth. And he knows that he has to find Roza.

Meanwhile, Roza is trapped in an unbelievable and mysterious place, and has to rely on her own strength and intelligence to try to find an escape…

Bone Gap is a beautiful book full of mystery, heartbreak, terror, and just a bit of magic.

Staff Book Pick of the Week: House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle

This week's staff pick is House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle.

"The hour has come to speak of troubled times. It is time we spoke of Skullyville." Thus begins Rose Goode's story of her growing up in Indian Territory in pre-statehood Oklahoma. Skullyville, a once-thriving Choctaw community, was destroyed by land-grabbers, culminating in the arson on New Year's Eve, 1896, of New Hope Academy for Girls. Twenty Choctaw girls died, but Rose escaped. She is blessed by the presence of her grandmother Pokoni and her grandfather Amafo, both respected elders who understand the old ways. Soon after the fire, the white sheriff beats Amafo in front of the town's people, humiliating him. Instead of asking the Choctaw community to avenge the beating, her grandfather decides to follow the path of forgiveness. And so unwinds this tale of mystery, Indian-style magical realism, and deep wisdom. It's a world where backwoods spiritualism and Bible-thumping Christianity mix with bad guys; a one-legged woman shop-keeper, her oaf of a husband, herbal potions, and shape-shifting panthers rendering justice. Tim Tingle—a scholar of his nation's language, culture, and spirituality—tells Rose's story of good and evil with understanding and even laugh-out-loud Choctaw humor.