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Big Announcement! Hunger Games Quiz!

We’re very excited to bring you a Hunger Games quiz via our Facebook page and even more excited to give away a $100 iTunes voucher for the winner!


Correctly answer the questions carefully compiled by the Teen Blog Quiz Committee, supply your name, YA library card number and email address and you go into the draw. Tell your friends to enter too. Tell them to like the page as well, ok?

You’ve got until 5:30 pm on Monday June 18 to submit your answers. The draw will take place on Tuesday June 19 and we’ll let you know as soon as we can after that who the winner is!

Good luck!

Book Cover Lookalikes

A librarian with a very sharp eye noticed this:


She’s a double agent!

More about the books:

After the moment, Garret Freymann-Weyr – “When seventeen-year-old Leigh changes high schools his senior year to help his stepsister, he finds himself falling in love with her emotional disturbed friend, although he is still attached to a girl back home.” (catalogue)

172 hours on the moon, Johan Harstad – we mentioned this one in an upcoming books post in March, and it’s been a popular choice!

New Books

There is, we hope, something for almost everyone in this week’s selection of new books!

Endure, Carrie Jones (262 pages) – This is the climactic conclusion to Zara’s story! “When evil pixies cause mass destruction and chaos in Bedford, Maine, sixteen-year-old Zara prepares for war, aligning her team of pixies with the humans she loves so much, a task made more difficult by her growing feelings for pixie king Astley.” (catalogue) Nick, or Astley? Astley, or Nick? I couldn’t decide!

First sentences: “Do you want some more spaghetti?” Nick’s voice is so abrupt and unespected that it actually makes me jump in the dining room chair.

This might possibly be a bit like: Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr; Wings, Aprilynne Pike; Abandon, Meg Cabot.

The Last Echo, Kimberly Derting (360 pages) – the next in the Body Finder series. Violet is now working with a special investigative team, and hopes that her ability to sense the dead will do some good, and save lives and catch killers. But her life is about to get very complicated: she has a connection with Rafe, her partner, which creates tension with her boyfriend, Jay. And then “the collector” appears to have her in his sights: will she be his next victim?

First sentence: Violet strained, searching for the sensation through the suffocating blackness.

This might possibly be a bit like: The Dark Divine, Bree Despain; The Vision, Jen Nadol; Deadly Little Voices, Laurie Faria Stolarz.

Radiant Days, Elizabeth Hand (287 pages) – Merle is in her first year of art school and it’s 1978. Arthur Rimbaud is a young poet on the verge of genius and it’s 1870. “The meshed power of words and art thins the boundaries between the present and the past – and allows these two troubled, brilliant artists to enter each other’s worlds.” (cover) Arthur Rimbaud really was a teenage poet.

First sentence: Clea was twenty-three, five years older than me.

This might possibly be a bit like: Revolution, Jennifer Donnelly; Francesca Lia Block.

The Book of Blood and Shadow, Robin Wasserman (431 pages) – “While working on a project translating letters from sixteenth-century Prague, high school senior Nora Kane’s best friend is murdered, with her boyfriend the apparent killer. She is caught up in a dangerous web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all searching for a mysterious ancient device purported to allow direct communication with God.” (catalogue) A new thriller from the author of Skinned!

First sentence: I should probably start with the blood.

The Final Four, Paul Volponi (244 pages) – Four basketball players face off in college basketball’s equivalent of the NBA play-offs. As the clock ticks down we find out how they all came to be here – and eventually (we hope!) who will win: the Spartans or the Trojans? (Will history repeat?)

First sentence: Just because the game clock has stopped, don’t believe for a single second that the hearts of the ten basketball players on the court have quite pounding.

The Berlin Boxing Club, Robert Sharenow (403 pages) – Karl Stern is a Jewish boy living in Berlin. Hitler’s Nazi party is in power, and even though Karl’s family are not practising Jews, they are under attack, and Karl longs to prove his worth. Max Schmeling is a German boxing champion who makes a deal with Karl’s father – he will give Karl boxing lessons. Through these lessons Karl gains the confidence to protect his family, but at the same time things are escalating towards World War 2. Max Schmeling really was a boxing champion.

First sentence: As Herr Boch finished the last lecture of the school year, I sketched one final caricature of him into the margins of my notebook.

Deadly Little Voices, Laurie Faria Stolarz (343 pages) – this is the second to last book in the Touch series. Camelia feels like she’s on the brink of losing it: not only can she sense the future, but now she can also hear voices, telling her she’s worthless. So, when she senses that someone’s in danger can she hold it together to help them?

First sentence: A voice startles me awake.

This might possibly be a bit like: The Dark Divine, Bree Despain; The Vision, Jen Nadol; The Last Echo, Kimberly Derting.

The Obsidian Blade, Pete Hautman (308 pages) – and this, the cover tells me, is the first book of The Klaatu Diskos. What then is the Klaatu Diskos? This is a hint: “The first time Tucker saw the disk, his father disappeared into thin air. The Reverend Adrian Feye had climbed onto the roof to fix a loose shingle – and suddenly he was gone. An hour later, the Reverend came walking up the road, tattered and sunburned, bringing with him an unspeaking, yellow-haired, dark-eyed girl.” (cover)

First sentence: The first time his father disappeared, Tucker Feye had only just turned thirteen.

This might possibly be a bit like: I Am Number Four, Pittacus Lore; 172 Hours on the Moon, Johan Harstad.

Fashion Friday

I want to tell you about an awesome new database the library has just aquired.  Yes, it’s true – though database and awesome are rarely used in the same sentence! – it IS great.   If you love fashion and fashion history I think you’ll really enjoy it.


The library now has access to the Vogue Archive, which is all the copies of US Vogue from the very start in 1892 to the current issues in 2012.  You can look at the whole issue – articles and photos or illustrations – and all you need to do so is your library card.  Its on our website and part of the MyGateway databases page.   (Go to the homepage, then to Mygateway, then select the ‘Vogue Archive’ from the alphabetical drop-down menu or its the top entry under the Arts and Design section).
From there its incredibly simple to search – you can search by keyword or browse by issues/years.  And its absolutely filled with great images (in colour where applicable) which can be printed or saved.  There’s also an extremely comprehensive, but easy to use, advanced search where you can look for specific fashion items, like ‘dress’, ‘kimono’ OR ‘yoke collar’, and limit by year/decade.

You can access this database from within the library, at home or anywhere really.  Please come in and ask us if you want a demo on how to use it.

Coming soon to our Facebook Page

High up in Teen Blog Towers we’re working on something very exciting for all our readers, and it won’t be long before we can unveil it …

coming soon

Head over to our Facebook page and “like” it to be the first to see what we’ve got in store for you in the next week or so. I can’t reveal any details at the moment, but hopefully there are enough clues in the above .gif to whet your appetite.

In the meantime, care to guess what it could be?

Waiting on Wednesday

This week we look forward to: two books in which vampires are wrecking the future, and one about celebrity pregnant twins. Reserve them if they grab your interest!

The Hunt, Andrew Fukuda – this sounds really interesting: it’s been described as like a vampire version of the Hunger Games. I know!

“Seventeen-year-old Gene struggles to survive in a society where humans have been eaten to near extinction by the general population. When Gene is chosen to participate in the government-sponsored hunt for the remaining humans, he must learn the art of the hunt but also elude his fellow hunters whose suspicions about his true human nature are growing… ” (author’s website)

Thanks Steph for the recommendation! And on the subject of futuristic vampires:

The Immortal Rules, Julie Kagawa – “In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity. Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked-and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters. Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad…” (from the Syndetics summary)

Thumped, Megan McCafferty – the sequel to Bumped. “It’s been thirty-five weeks since twin sisters Harmony and Melody went their separate ways. And now their story has become irresistible: twins separated at birth, each due to deliver twins…on the same day! Married to Ram and living in Goodside, Harmony spends her time trying to fit back into the community she once believed in. But she can’t forget about Jondoe, the guy she fell for under the strangest of circumstances. To her adoring fans, Melody has achieved everything: a major contract and a coupling with the hottest bump prospect around. But this image is costing her the one guy she really wants. The girls’ every move is analyzed by millions of fans eagerly counting down to “Double Double Due Date.” They’re two of the most powerful teen girls on the planet, and they could do only one thing to make them even more famous: Tell the truth.” (author’s website)

Reader Review by Katie

The Catastrophic History of You and Me, Jess Rothenberg

Dying of a broken heart is just the beginning – Welcome to forever! This enchanting story of 16 year-old Brie starts with her dying and being catapulting into the afterlife. This novel is inspirational, heart wrenching, romantic and difficult to put down. Brie is a relatable and charismatic character who is journeying through the 5 stages of acceptance, with a little help from the charming, off- beat, and gorgeous Patrick who is a resident lost soul. With soaring highs and bottomless lows, this story takes you on the roller coaster ride of the afterlife, in novel which is called “gorgeous, funny and heart-breaking” by Lauren Oliver (New York Times best seller, and writer of Before I Fall). The Catastrophic History of You and Me is a novel I highly recommend.

~ Katie, Churton Park

YA in the Central Library Booksale

The library booksale is on now! There are some interesting bits and pieces to be found in the sale, like I spotted:

Lots of Tamora Pierce, several Gossip Girls, John Marsden (various Tomorrow When the War Began), Princess Diaries, some Travelling Pants, and even a stray Eldest (by Christopher Paolini).

In other words: come to the Central Library and have a look at the booksale! All YA books are $1.00 each, and you might find something really excellent.

Why is there a booksale? It’s a question of space: we get new stuff on a daily basis, and have finite-sized buildings. So twice a year we sell library items that we’ve got too many copies of, or have been sitting on the shelf for a while, or have been replaced with shiny new titles. It’s the circle of library life.

Starters by Lissa Price

Set after a war where most adults have been killed by a biologogical weapon, the people remaining are mostly either children or teenagers (Starters) or the elderly (Enders). The Starters are unable to work and if an adult doesn’t claim them they can’t get accommodation, and can be arrested if they are caught. Enders are at the other end of the scale. They have health care to keep them alive until well into their hundreds, near limitless wealth and live in huge mansions.

Callie lives in an abandoned building with her friend Michael and her younger brother Tyler. Tyler is only seven, and unwell but they have no access to any kind of health care and no way of getting help. However, Callie has heard of one way she might be able to earn enough to get them a house and some safety. Prime Destinations run a body bank where Enders can rent the bodies of Starters, be young again, play sports, all that sort of thing. Callie should be asleep while the Ender is having fun being her, but the chip used to control her is defective and she wakes up to find out that the Ender who hired her wasn’t just planning on playing tennis or going dancing – she wants to use Callie’s body to kill someone.


Starters is a really good read, highly recommended if you are looking for more dystopia, and especially if you liked Scott Westerfelds Uglies trilogy.

Lissa Price’s blog is here.

Fashion Friday


WAH – it’s cold!  Which is a bit of a silly thing to say really, cos it’s technically almost winter and the winter weather has definitely started.  And to be honest there’s nothing better than using a cold afternoon or evening to settle down on the couch  with a fashion magazine.  Yes – a good old-fashioned, hard-copy MAGAZINE.

Do you know that the library has an awesome selection of fashion magazines?  All the big ones, like US, British, Australian and French Vogues.  (Vogue Paris is my fave even though I speak no French whatsoever – I just look at the pictures).  As well as Teen Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, and good old Frankie (if you’re into vintage and twee).  I’m absolutely devoted to British Elle, don’t know why, but I love it and look out for it every month.

Now, it does cost 50c to take out magazines, but it’s free to take out Teen Vogue if you’ve got a YA card and all magazines are only issued for one week.  But don’t forget it’s free to read them in the library and it’s always warm in here!

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