Friday, February 5, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Radio Post: "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" by the Ramones

As we're getting closer to Valentine's Day, today's pairing is all about romance:

This is a pretty perfect slow dance. Great for gymnasiums and proms, you can picture the streamers and smell the hairspray...

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Isiah and Rachel are perfect candidates for your high school dance spotlight moment. Isiah is a misunderstood boy from the wrong side of the tracks who can't get the golden girl who has an obsession with Mustangs out of his head.

There's a lot going on in their lives, family pressures for Rachel and all sorts of dangerous situations in Isiah's, but out on the dance floor that would disappear. Here's two and a half minutes without any of the stuff weighing them down.

More to read

Katie McGarry Week: Crash Into You

Katie McGarry Week: Read This/ Watch That

Teen Wolf Week: Top 5 Not Your Sidekick Books for Stiles

Katie McGarry Week: A Teen Review of 'Crash Into You'

Author Interview: Katie McGarry Talks to Us About Riding Motorcycles and Writing Chemistry!




Monday, January 25, 2016

Middle School Monday: Perfect Shot by Debbie Rigaud

Perfect Shot by Debbie Rigaud

London is at home behind the volleyball net. She's got dreams of being on an Olympic team. But, she's got to get her skills polished to make that happen that means doing things like going to intensive volleyball camp this summer. That's an expensive way to spend her vacation, so she's working as many shifts as possible at the local art store and looking for other ways to raise funds.

However, when she enters a local modelling contest, it's not money on her mind, it's the chance to meet the beyond cute photography intern, Brent. When Brent hints that there might be a cash prize at stake, suddenly this modelling contest seems a lot more important. More time with Brent, plus the chance to secure payment for the volleyball contest? Sounds like a win-win.

Of course, the path to gold is never easy and London's childhood rival Kelly is part of the contest and seems determined to throw London off the podium. Can London, who is more likely to wear her volleyball uniform to school than eyeliner, pull off the impossible and walk away with the prize money and the guy?

London is a girl who knows what she has to work on and strives to make positive changes even when she's juggling a job, a place on the team and a crush. This is a super fun, quick romance and it will leave you with a smile.

More to read:

Middle School Monday: Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Middle School Monday: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Middle School Monday: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander


Friday, January 22, 2016

Read This/Watch That: California Monsters Edition


Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
Everyone knows that Cole St. Claire is back and better than ever, making a new album, making new headlines and being the bad boy everyone loves to gossip about. And of course, he's staging his comeback in Los Angeles, where else could he get up to as much trouble?

Cole St. Claire is in Los Angeles again, even though he pretty much hates it. He's being filmed by the paparazzi again, even though he definitely hates them. All so he can be a little closer to Isabel Culpepper. But, she seems to be the one girl who is immune to his charms, which is fitting because she's the one girl he wants to see through his shell. He just wishes she liked what she saw.

Cole would be at home in the hazy Santa Cruz scenes of the movie below, and also since he happens to sometimes be a creature of the night...



The Lost Boys

Mike and Sam are new to town... but already they can tell that things are not exactly as they should be, especially after dark.

When Mike starts to seem different, less likely to be awake during the day, a lot less likely to wear silver... there are only a few conclusions he can jump to.

Cole St. Claire would probably be right at home with Mike's new friends too, and he would definitely get a kick out of their 80s fashion.

More to Read:

Up and Coming: Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater Week: The Raven Boys

A Blog Post From Maggie Stiefvater: I was a Library Ghost

Teen Author Sighting: John Corey Whaley and Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater Week: Casting the Raven Cycle

You Oughta be in Pictures: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

 Maggie Stiefvater Week: The Dream Thieves

 Teen Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

 The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff

 Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Monday, January 18, 2016

New E Only Novella: Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard

Whenever we get new E-Only Novellas from authors you love, we want to tell you about them. Here are a few ones to check out:

All descriptions are from our catalog.

Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard

In this digital prequel novella set in the Red Queen world, Captain Farley exchanges coded transmissions with the resistance as she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital. She was raised to be strong, but planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected—until she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation: Mare Barrow.

More to read:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

New E-Only Novella: The Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard

Friday, January 15, 2016

Top Five: For When Your Resolution is to Join the Circus

Here's five books for the folks who always perk up when they hear the circus is coming to town. Maybe you're thinking of taking lessons on trapeze flying or silks, tightrope or juggling.... but for right now, you can get be a circus expert... between the covers of a book:

Descriptions from the catalog unless otherwise noted:

That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard 

Lexi is a music snob born and bred in New York City. Not exactly the type of girl who you'd expect to find shoveling elephant manure in Florida. But, life is full of the unexpected and in one awful day Lexi finds herself without any of the things that used to make NYC her home. Suddenly this city girl is extremely happy for a bunk and a spot on the circus crew. 

It's another world from the one she left behind, one where the performers are part of families who have been working under the big top for generations and many of the crew are just as alone as she is.  But when someone from her past shows up in Lexi's new life will she be forced to deal with everything she's left behind? (from our full interview)

 Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

The carnival rolls in sometime after midnight, ushering in Halloween a week early. The shrill siren song of a calliope beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes. . .and the stuff of nightmare.

Circus Galacticus by Deva Fagan

Trix's life in boarding school as an orphan charity case has been hard but when an alluring young Ringmaster invites her, a gymnast, to join Circus Galacticus she gainss an entire universe of deadly enemies and potential friends, along with a chance to unravel secrets of her own past

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des R'ves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway:a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.

Pantomime by Laura Lam

Gene, the daughter of a noble family, runs away from the decadence of court to R.H. Ragona's circus of magic, where she meets runaway Micah, whose blood could unlock the mysteries of the world of Ellada. 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I Second That: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The town where Ben and Hazel live is small, everyone knows everyone else’s business and there’s a hardy tourist trade. Oh, and it also is right up against a fey filled forest. And there’s a boy with horns asleep in their backyard. And Ben’s best friend is a changeling whose human mother tricked his fairy family so she could keep him.

Ben and Hazel grew up going on pretend quests and learning as many fairy stories as they could from around the world, so that they’d know what to do when their adventure came. It was only a matter of time, because before Hazel was even born Ben had been touched by a fairy who gave him the gift/curse of being amazing at playing/writing music. But, for the most part (give or take that time Hazel made a deal with the Alderking to get her brother a music scholarship) nothing much happened.

Until the horned boy woke and broke out of his coffin. But the adventure that Ben and Hazel find themselves on isn’t nearly as much fun as they’d dreamed as kids. Their town and their family are in danger and magic and wishes turn out to be nothing to mess around with. 

If you like your fairy tales to be a little darker and scarier with seriously high stakes, than you should check out Holly Black's gorgeously written take on them.

More to read:  

Out of My Comfort Zone: White Cat by Holly Black

Middle School Monday: Doll Bones by Holly Black

Middle School Monday: The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

White Cat by Holly Black

Black Heart by Holly Black

Red Glove by Holly Black