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New Books (so many)

There are LOTS of new books this week! There are far too many to go into any great detail, so we will have to be mercilessly brief with most of them. Click through to the catalogue for more information about them why don’t you.

cofkA Conspiracy of Kings, by Megan Whalen Turner (316 pages) – This is the fourth in a series (the other titles are The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia) which has AT LONG LAST arrived. We’ve written about the series before, actually, because we like it a lot! This one seems to be more about Sophos? (I haven’t read it yet.) One of my favourite characters and so I’m as pleased as Punch.
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin, by Josh Berk (248 pages) – Will Halpin is ‘hefty’ and deaf, and when he is transferred to a new school he is bullied or ignored. This doesn’t stop him from teaming up with the second least popular kid at school, and solving the mystery that surrounds the death of a popular football player
Into the Wilderness : Book two of Blood of the Lamb Trilogy, by Mandy Hager (336 pages) – The first book in the series – The Crossing – is up for a NZ Post Book Award in the YA fiction category. The series is written by a Wellingtonian! And is about a not-too-distant dystopian future, set on a (fictitious) Pacific island
This World We Live In, by Susan Beth Pfeffer (239 pages) – The third book in a series; a meteor has crashed into the moon, and the Earth’s climate is catastrophically changed
Possessed, by Kate Cann (327 pages) – A girl gets a job in the country, away from her tedious London life, and is befriended by a spooky group of people in an eerie old house
Happyface, by Stephen Emond (306 pages) – Another school-transferral-type-story: this one told in an illustrated journal by someone who reinvents himself at his new school
Crazy Beautiful, by Lauren Baratz-Logsted (193 pages) – S0rt of a retelling of the Beauty & the Beast, shifted to the present and the beast is Lucius, who lost both hands in an accident and chooses to wear hooks
City of Cannibals, by Ricki Thompson (268 pages) – High drama during the English Reformation
Crash Into Me, by Albert Borris (257 pages) – Four suicidal teens find reasons to live during road-trip
A Non-Blonde Cheerleader in Love, by Kieran Scott (240 pages) – Non-blonde cheerleader falls in love?
The Billionaire’s Curse, by Richard Newsome (355 pages) – Book 1 of trilogy about teen billionaire sleuths
Back Home, by Julia Keller (194 pages) – A girl’s war-injured dad returns and he ain’t the same
Dawn, by Kevin Brooks (250 pages) – A teen girl’s abusive upbringing leads her to contemplate killing God
Day of the Assassins : A Jack Christie Novel, by Johnny O’Brien (211 pages) – Jack is sent back in time to stop WWI, but someone is out to stop him
The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod : Eleventh Grade Burns, by Heather Brewer (309 pages) – Vladimir Tod is the only half-vampire around, which is a bit like being the vampire world’s Harry Potter – special, but loads of enemies
The Crowfield Curse, by Pat Walsh (319 pages) – A medieval ghost story, shortlisted for the Times Children’s Fiction Competition 2008
My So-Called Afterlife, by Tamsyn Murray (184 pages) – Lucy is a ghost, who discovers that being dead doesn’t mean you can’t meet gorgeous guys and hunt down your murderer
Me, Myself, and Ike, by K. L. Denman (192 pages) – Kit used to have a lot of friends, but as he progressively develops schizophrenia he stands to lose everything
Beautiful : Truth’s Found When Beauty’s Lost, by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma (266 pages) – Ellie is beautiful, but when she loses her looks in an accident she must reconsider her life and her Christian beliefs
Duplikate, by Cherry Cheva (242 pages) – Kate somehow develops a computer-generated twin, handily
Coffeehouse Angel, by Suzanne Selfors (276 pages) – Katrina gives a cup of coffee to a homeless guy, who tells her that he’s an angel and in recompense will fulfill her deepest wish for true happiness
Cathy’s Ring, by Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman (149 pages) – The sequel to Cathy’s Book and Cathy’s Key
Tapas and Tears
, by Chris Higgins (264 pages) – Jaime is forced to go to Spain for a school exchange trip, and her life is changed FOREVER
Albatross, by Josie Bloss (229 pages) – “Taut and emotionally wrenching” – Meg Cabot
Nobody Girl, by Sara Manning (368 pages) – Bea heads to Spain but heads off to Paris to find her father, and falls in love on the way
Tangled, by Carolyn Mackler (308 pages) – Four teens stay in a Caribbean resort and their lives are changed FOREVER
They Never Came Back, by Caroline B. Cooney (200 pages) – A page-turner about identity, greed, and fugitives
Sweet, Hereafter, by Angela Johnson (118 pages) – Sweet leaves her family to live with Curtis, who has just been recalled to Iraq 🙁
The Squire’s Quest, by Gerald Morris (272 pages) – This is the ninth and latest book in The Squire’s Tales series, in which the hero goes on his longest and most fantastical adventure yet
Jameela, by Rukhsana Khan (177 pages) – Jameela lives in a devasted village in Afghanistan, and when her new stepmother doesn’t want her, she’s left alone in an orphanage 🙁
Daughter of Fire and Ice, by Marie-Louise Jensen (325 pages) – Thora is kidnapped by Vikings and manages to escape on a boat set for Iceland with the gorgeous Bjorn
Rikers High, by Paul Volponi (246 pages) – Martin is in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, but when he gets to go to the prison’s highschool he has a chance to turn his life around
After Ever After, by Jordan Sonnenblick (260 pages) – A ‘tender, hopeful, and funny story’ about Jeffrey, who is no longer a boy with cancer but rather a teen in remission
Epitaph Road, by David Patneaude (266 pages) – It is 2097 and the world is run by, and populated with, women, after 97% of men have been wiped out by a virus
Flash Burnout, by L. K. Madigan (325 pages) – A comedy romance about a boy with a camera, a girlfriend, and a friend who is a girl
The Ring, by Bobbie Pyron (252 page) – Mardie is a teenage girl whose life is going off the tracks, but when she joins a boxing club her life is changed FOREVER

Calling all supernatural creatures

Are there any more out there? The teen blog new books posts have been inundated by angels recently (see this, for example), and we’re told that they’re the new vampire. We were told previously that zombies were the new vampire, but it’s tough being a romantic love interest when you’ve got no brain (or is it?). Last year I thought maybe fairies would do the trick.

So, if you’re getting picky about your supernatural creatures (fair enough), then here’s a tip on how to search for them in the library catalogue: in the classic catalogue, choose a keyword search and then type, for example, zombies young adult fiction (or zombies fiction if you want to broaden your search). You’ll end up with a list that looks a little something like this. So, they’re all here: zombies, fairies, angels, vampires.

If you want to do some more in-depth browsing then Fiction Connection in MyGateway would be an excellent place to start.

Getting back to angels, here are a few novels that feature angels, but not necessarily in the dark, brooding, fallen romantic sense that you might be interested in:

Meridian, Amber Kizer (2010). While, yes, this does appear to be romantic, the angel is a girl angel, so worth noting.

Going Bovine, Libba Bray (2009). Going Bovine contains a bizarre collection of characters, including Dulcie, who is, I’m pretty sure, an angel, with pink hair and white wings even.

Skellig, David Almond (1999). Michael moves into his family’s garage as his premature baby sister fights for her life and his home becomes an anxious place. In the garage is Skellig, a creature that appears to be part owl, part angel, who is not doing too well, so Michael and his neighbour Mina nurse him back to health.

Dark Angel, L J Smith (1998). Once again, L J Smith is so cutting edge that she’s got in at least 10 years before others (the first Vampire Diaries book was published in 1991), and she’s already done angels. Angel saves Gillian’s life and becomes like her guardian angel, who only she can see. Gillian’s star is on the rise, thanks to Angel’s influence, and her crush starts to notice her, but then her life becomes increasingly dark and dangerous…

Music, Music, Music

gorillazDamon Albarn and his cartoon pals, Gorillaz, return with Plastic Beach. The so-called virtual hip hop is as catchy as ever, with the album’s many guests (including Lou Reed, Mos Def, De La Soul and the ever grumpy Mark E. Smith) turning in top performances. But adding in the visuals really puts the project over the top, as always the videos are stunning, but this time there’s even a game. What band could more embrace media than a band made entirely of media?

white stripesIf you, like me, have been enjoying Jack White’s side projects (The Raconteurs, Dead Weather) but have been longing for the simple old days of  the one guitar, the one drum set and three colours approach of The White Stripes I have good news. Under Great White Northern Lights is a 92 minute tour doco that follows Jack and Meg through an exhaustive tour of Canada. They play favourites old and new in bowling alleys, fishing boats and daycare centres, then they package it with a CD to boot. Treat of the week!

mint chicksSelf-described “troublegum” purveyers The Mint Chicks released Screens late last year and now the library has it. You’re welcome. After listening to the always great art-pop on the CD, head over to their website and have a go at designing a t-shirt for them and you could win prizes. Sweet, sweet prizes. They get my vote for best band going in New Zealand at the moment.

I Like Turtles is a mix put together by the omnipresent tastemaker, Diplo. It’s designed for the dancefloor and includes remixes of tracks by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nirvana, Queen, Mr. Vegas, Sizzla, Bart Simpson and others. Bart Simpson you say? Well, back in the days of cassettes he had a hit single with Do The Bartman, reaching number one in New Zealand. Here’s the video for anyone who wants to relive the wackiness that was 1990.

Californian metallers Atreyu say their latest Congregation Of The Damned is “darker” and “heavier” than albums previous they also say “it makes more sense” than earlier efforts. While coherence isn’t a necessity for a good metal album, darkness and heaviness certainly are. If you never heard Atreyu before, but fancy you some rifftastic loudness, this is a good starting point.

Also, two soundtracks and a compilation; Avatar : music from the motion picture and Fame : original motion picture soundtrack along with Now that’s what I call music 32

A picture of some new DVDs we’ve bought


(they’re not catalogued yet, but will be soon)

New Moon: Ready for Borrowing!

In the spirit of being really onto it, Wellington City Libraries has New Moon on DVD for you. Reserve it now (everyone else will)! It’s not even afternoon yet.

Special features include “Team Jacob v Team Edward: The Ultimate Love Triangle”.

Our copies came complete with three T-shirts, so there may be a giveaway right here on the blog soon.

New Magazines

Entertainment Weekly #1095 – Reviews! News!
Entertainment Weekly #1096 – News! Reviews!
Playstation Magazine April 2010 –  FFXIII reviewed, gets 8/10
Creme May 2010 – Blue is in | Dating deal-breakers | “They mock my boyfriend” | Make a bath bomb | 101 Strange Celeb Facts – Ashton Kutcher has webbed feet
Girlfriend April 2010 – How to be the class clown | “I was bullied for being a redhead” | New Zealand’s most dateable boy | Justin Bieber quiz
XBox 360 #53 – FFVIII reviewed, gets  9/10
Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror #10

Entertainment Weakly

Here is some entertainment news! Tickets for Eclipse go on sale tomorrow, WELL in advance of the first screening but you can’t never be too quick with these things can you? Reading Cinemas is on Facebook and Twitter, should you want more immediate information about this historic occasion.

Also a new series of Glee begins tomorrow in the US of A, at long last. But it’s difficult to find out when it begins on television here, unfortunately! A bit like Vampire Diaries, it is a mystery. So until then, here are a couple of promos.

Free Cooking Classes

Evolve and Motoko Aotearoa present FREE cooking classes for young people!

Jacinta Saeki is an experienced chef. For 7 weeks she will be teaching young people to cook cheap, healthy and delicious food at Te Ruru Hou (Evolve). Limited to 12 participants – this is a hands-on class where young people 14-24 years make the food and then eat it – YUM!!

Starts Monday 12 April 4.00-6.30pm

To register please email simon@evolveyouth.org.nz or phone 801 9150

The Almost Amazing Race: Registrations Closed!

Registrations for the Almost Amazing Race 2.0 are now sadly closed (on account of the race being less than a week away!).

Did you register as an individual saying you’ll register your team later? If you’ve done this then what you need to do now is email us (teenblog@wcl.govt.nz) with the details of your team (names, ages, email addresses, postal addresses, and your team name). We’ll be checking up on you probably anyway.

Want to find out more about the Almost Amazing Race and how come it’s almost amazing? Have a look at this post.

If you’re a registered racer you’ll be receiving vital information before next Friday, but you can always email us if you’ve got a query.

So, keep up with your training regimes (or not) and have an almost amazing time until we see you on Friday the 16th of April.

Potential Racers…

… You have only a few short hours left to get a team together for the Almost Amazing Race 2.0, as registration closes at 5pm today. At the time of writing there is less than four hours remaining! So make like an upward pointing sign and sign up here. Or something.

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