Teens & YA @ BPL

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.


Coming Up in YA:

Here are some upcoming events you might enjoy!

Monday, May 2 and Monday, May 16, 4:00-5:30 pm - Eat lots of Pocky and other snacks while watching some awesome Anime at AniManga Club!

Monday, May 9, 4:00-5:00 pm - Make sure your voice is heard at the Teen Advisory Board meeting. We really need your input to make the Brookfield Library's teen area great! Snacks are provided.

Go high tech with Maker Madness on Wednesday, May 11 from 4:00-5:00 pm! Create anything from spaceships to houses to game pieces using Tinkercad and the Library's 3-D printer! Registration required.

Friday, May 13, 3:30-5:30 pm- Gamers' Paradise - Join us for video games, computer games, and board games to end the week with some fun! Snacks are provided, BYO friend.

Learn how to create a robot in Dynamic Droids on Saturday, May 21 from 2:00-3:30 pm! Work in a small group to build and program a LEGO Mindstorms robot. For kids and teens ages 9 through high school. Parents are welcome. Registration required.

Finals are almost here - are you ready? Join us for The Final Countdown on Sunday, May 22 from 1:00-5:00 pm and on Monday, May 23 from 6:00-8:30 pm. Come study at the Library where we'll have snacks, pizza, and a quiet space to study. High school students only; must present valid school ID to attend.

Come to the Teen Coloring Party on Monday, May 23 from 4:00-5:00 pm. We'll provide coloring sheets, sharpies and colored pencils, music, and of course snacks!

After the library closes it's time for our monthly young adult night of fun, After Hours on Friday, May 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Come for an evening of internet gaming, board games, and Super Smash Brothers tournament play. Snacks will be provided. Please note: you must be at least 12 years old to attend this event. No exceptions will be made.

Hope to see you in May!!!

Staff Book Pick of the Week: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

This week's staff pick is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell! Fans of Harry Potter and fans of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl should check out this book!

It is Simon Snow’s last year at Watford School of Magicks, but he still struggles with controlling his magic. Not only that, his girlfriend broke up with him, the Mage is avoiding him, ghosts are appearing all over the school, and the Humdum– a monster that is causing magic to vanish– is still on the loose. Not only that, his infuriating roommate hasn’t bothered to show up for term and Simon is going crazy trying to figure out why! With plenty of magic, mystery, and romance, Carry On is a great fantasy stand alone for teens and adults alike.