Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Up and Coming: We Were Liars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Release Date: May 13, 2014

During the school year, the four of them barely talk. But during the summer, the Liars are inseparable. Cousins Cadence, Mirren and Johnny plus Johnny's best friend Gat spend their summers on the family's island, getting sunburned and trying to stay away from all the family scheming that happens in the main house.

Summer fifteen is more intense from the beginning. Cady locks eyes with Gat and realizes that she's madly in love with him. The aunts are at each others' throats and the littles (the little cousins) are running around like wild things. It's a summer where the Liars are closer than ever. But it's also a summer where Cady has an accident,a traumatic head injury that leaves her with blinding migraines and memory loss.

Now, two summers later, Cady is still trying to piece together what happened that night in summer fifteen. Her family is holding strong to the idea that she needs to remember at her own speed so summer seventeen is a mystery of hits and clues and accusations. The reader can only hang on as the mystery gets more and more twisted.

If you like your mysteries with beautiful writing, E. Lockhart's newest book is for you. She sketches whole characters with just a few words and there is just as much said between the lines of each conversation as in them. In only 128 pages We Were Liars will send you spinning and leave you thinking about the ending loooong after you turn the last page.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Next Tuesday: Shut Up and Write Author Panel

Shut Up and Write is a series of panel discussions on writing Young Adult Fiction, moderated by author Jon Skovron.

The fourth session will focus on the trick of revising your work.
Our panel of YA Lit experts will feature authors Lindsay Smith, Miranda Kenneally and Danielle Ellison. The panelists will also take questions from the audience.

The authors’ books will be available for purchase and signing thanks to One More Page Books.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Books to Pack: Road Trip Edition

If there was a job where someone could spend all day picking the perfect roadtrip books, Katie would be the CEO.

The May after I finished college was spent road tripping along the New England coastline, lazy days spent going from New York to Maine and back with one of my oldest friends. Those long stretches in the car accompanied by whatever radio stations we could find and broken up by stops in towns large and small and the rugged Maine coastline are the inspiration for these two great spring break reads.

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Graham Larkin is a movie star in California. Ellie O’Neill is a small town girl in Maine. Once upon a time, in the not-so-distant past their paths in life would never have crossed. But one email mishap later involving a pig named Wilbur, and a long distance correspondence is begun. One thing leads to another when you are a much-sought-after celebrity, and Graham manages to find himself on a movie set in a small town in Maine one summer…

If you want to spend your spring break thinking about lobster rolls, whoopie pies, beaches, boats, sunny days and movie sets, then this is the book for you. Graham and Ellie’s romance is sweet, but it’s the setting that will really transport you.

 Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Morgan Matson writes books that are made for spring break adventures and summer vacation. Amy & Roger was her debut a few years ago, and if you still haven’t picked it up (despite our repeated attempts to convince you that you should), now is the time. Because let’s face it: Spring break was invented to be spent on the road.

This is another coast-to-coast romance, but in this case, no movie star is pulling the strings. In fact, the circumstances are far more sobering. Following the death of Amy’s father, her mother has decided to move the family from California to Connecticut right before Amy’s senior year. And she won’t be making the trip alone. Roger, the son of her mother’s friend and a guy she barely knows, is to be her road trip buddy. Not exactly the stuff of spring breaker dreams. But Amy and Roger’s journey lives up to the book’s title--complete with fun pit stops, a great soundtrack, and romance along the way.

Read More:

Up and Coming: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

 This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

 Up and Coming: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

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What I Want to Read: Playlists and Kick Butt Girls

Kady Takes Us on an American Road Trip

Road Trip Double Feature


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Want to be a Teen Volunteer for the Library?? Here's How:


Apply Now for Summer 2014 Openings

Looking for something interesting to do this summer?
Become a Library volunteer and you could help run Summer Reading, prep for storytime, fill hold requests, or capture video of cool programs!

Fill out an online application

Application Deadline: Thursday, May 15, 2014

Current Openings
Storytime Craft Assistant: July 8 – Aug. 9
Make craft time run smoothly! Set up the craft materials, help kids make their crafts, and help the librarian clean up.
Storytime Craft Prep Assistant: July 8 – Aug. 9
Must be available to volunteer 1 hour per week for five weeks. Prepare craft materials. May include cutting, gluing, and sorting materials into individual packets.
Summer Reading Sign-Up Assistant: June – August
Sign kids up for summer reading on the library laptop, explain how the program works, and give kids all the materials they need. When not signing kids up, you will be making packets of materials, writing reviews of teen books, or putting carts of books in order.
Teen Display Creator: July or August
Come in once a week to set up a new display in the teen area. You pick the theme, use the catalog to find teen books that fit the theme, and create a sign to explain what the books are about.
Jack/Jill of All Trades: July – August
Help with morning delivery of holds or afternoon weeding projects and reports on weekdays, or the morning paging list on Saturday mornings.
Videographer: May – July (possibility to extend into fall)
Take video of irregular evening events such as Theater Talks and Author Panels. Most programs start at 7:00 p.m., with set-up at 6:30 p.m. Qualifications: We are looking for someone with experience using a video camera. Applicants for this position must be in 11th grade or older; those 18 years and older must consent to a background check.
 Applicant Qualifications:
  • Arlington resident
  • Middle school or high school
  • Willing to commit to a regular schedule and set number of hours
  • Reliable, dependable, & enjoy working with the public and helping people

For more information please contact Barbara Dean, Library Volunteer Coordinator, at 703-228-7688 or volunteercoordinator@arlingtonva.us.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Books to Pack: Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

On a vacation, sometimes the perfect book is one that'll make you laugh your head off. Jennie has just such a book: 


Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

I love to read series books when I travel—I love being able to stay in the same world, with the same people, for the duration of my trip. One series in particular is one that reminds me of traveling, mostly because I read so much of it while on the move.

I came across Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal snogging at The Tattered Cover, a very cool bookstore in Denver, when I was on a spring break tour with my college choir and read it on the long bus ride back to Iowa. A year later, I read the sequel, On the Bright Side, I’m now the Girlfriend of a Sex God while on a layover, sitting at the gate, waiting for my flight. Sadly, it was my book for the plane, so I was stuck watching stupid movies once we finally boarded.  When the 10th and final book came out, I had it pre-ordered, but then I was in London for a friend’s wedding, and walking through Heathrow on the way home, I saw a HUGE stack of Are These My Basoomas I see Before me? Because it wasn’t out in the US yet, but it was out in England. Of course I bought it and read it on the flight!

All the books in this series are the diaries of Georgia Nicolson, a girl with boy issues, crazy friends, a huge cat, a hilarious little sister and slightly insane parents.  The series follows Georgia as she tries to navigate the cake-shop of love (don’t worry—it makes sense when you come to it) while staying besties with her mates, who have their own issues with luuuuurve. To use Georgia’s lingo, these books are fabity-fab-fab and full of hilariousity.* That last bit can cause a wee bit of an issue while traveling, as this truly is a laugh-out-loud book. You WILL burst  out into loud laughter and people WILL look at you oddly. But you’ll be too amused to really mind. Despite the weird looks issue, this is the perfect travel series, because it’s easy to lose yourself in it (so the boring bits of long flights and car rides go quickly) but it’s an easy, fun read that you can also put down and come back to when real-life adventures happen without losing the plot. Plus, the all the laughing puts you in the perfect mood to enjoy your vacation.

AND, so you don’t have to lug them all around with you—the library has most of the series available as ebooks.

*Don’t worry. All of the books come with a glossary to translate the British-isms, but also the words and phrases that Georgia just makes up. Lucky for us, Georgia wrote the glossary herself, so it’s also full of hilariousity.


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Books to Pack: The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson

Looking for a fast-paced thriller to make your road-trip go quickly? Maria has the perfect title:

The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson

Written by a former CIA operative this novel will keep you turning the pages.

Laila, a 15 year old, daughter of a Middle East dictator killed in a coup, immigrates to a new life “somewhere near Washington, DC” along with her mother and 7 year old brother Bastien.  While she is trying to adjust to her new school, friends, and American ways, her mother is conspiring with the CIA and others to regain power –for her young son.  Along the way Laila becomes aware of secrets her mother has been  keeping and must decide whether to act on that information which would completely change their lives or to ignore her discoveries.   

 A fascinating take on international politics, gripping, riveting and timely.

Books to Pack Week: Just in Time for Spring Break

We know what's making your luggage heavy, it's not the tennis racket, extra shoes or bug spray! It's your travel reads! This week we've got tons of recommendations for books to squish into your carry-on!

Also, check out our previous spring break and travel suggestions!

Top 5 Beach Reads for 2011

Beach Week: Beach Lane by Melissa de la Cruz.

Beach Week: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Beach Week: Short Sandy Stories

Beach Week: Gates of Paradise by Melissa de la Cruz

Beach Week: Up and Coming: All I Need by Susane Colasanti

Beach Week: Neeka's Beach Read is Deliciously Trashy

Beach Week: Firecracker by David Iserson

Take Me Away

What I Would Have Read: Travel Stories

From the Archives: One to Send Libby on her Way

Radio Week: Jonsi - Gathering Stories

Alex Award Watch: The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost by Rachel Friedman

Postcard Friday: Mysterious Prague

Post Card Friday: Travel to Central America with 2 Up and Coming Titles!