July Programs

We miss our teens! We are so sad about this hiatus from teen clubs and hanging out. But we are so happy to have some great programming to offer for the month of July. Call us at 687-9227 to sign up as we have limited spots for each program, except for the End-of-Summer Party.

Sip & Paint – July 11, 3-4:30pm

Get your paint on with BHSU art students Hope and Katie. We are talking legit artists here. Check out their Instagram pages if you don’t want to just take our word for it.

https://www.instagram.com/hopechristofferson/?hl=en

https://www.instagram.com/kbhwolff/

We’ll provide the supplies: paint, canvases, brushes, and beverages. Limited to 8 participants.

Trivia Tuesday – July 14 & 28, 1:30pm

Bring your mythology knowledge July 14th and your sports knowledge July 28th  and compete for yummy prizes. Limited to 8 participants per challenge.

Fantasy Makeup – July 16 & 27, 1:30pm

Tim and Sarah Bessette of the Gillette Drama Guild will teach you the tricks of the trade in applying dramatic fantasy makeup. Each session limited to 8 participants. You may only sign up for one session. All supplies will be provided.

Escape Room – July 22, 1:30-4pm

Our Greek mythology inspired escape room is sure to test your logic, puzzle and problem solving skills. Four sessions available, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:00pm and 3:45pm. Limit 5 participants per session.

End-of-Summer Party – July 30, 1:30pm

We are thinking human tic-tac-toe, a Lego build challenge, charades, and a frozen t-shirt contest, but you’ll just have to come to find out exactly what we plan for this bash. All activities will be outside, including the drawings for our summer reading prize baskets.

Teen Summer Reading!

Are you participating in our Teen Summer Reading program?!

It’s super easy! Sign up now at http://ccplswy.readsquared.com/. Then all you have to do is read 150 minutes or 150 pages, whatever is easiest for you. You keep track however you want. Each time you read 150 minutes or 150 pages, you earn a take-home prize of your choice. You can win a free book, a drawstring backpack, a water bottle, pizza and so much more! Easy, right?

If you prefer, though, you can stop by the Teen Room for a paper log, and track your reading and prizes that way. In either the online or paper version, you will cross off squares on a bingo card as you read and complete other activities.

Take-home prizes may be collected at the CCPL Teen Room desk, or via curbside delivery, from June 15 through August 24.

A very special thank you to Domino’s Pizza of Gillette, the sponsor of the Teen Summer Reading pizza prize.

But wait, there’s more!!! Anytime you cross off a square on your bingo card, you get a raffle ticket! You can use those tickets to enter for a chance to win one of our SIX prize baskets. Each basket has a different theme: Lazy Saturday; Just Craftin’ Around; Movie Lovers; Baker’s Dozen;                        We  Sweets; and Movie Survival Kit.

Lazy Saturday comes with: a gift card to Dungeons and Dugouts; Arizona Arnold Palmer Lite Tea; Inflatable Flamingo; Water Blasters; Play-Doh; Goofy String; Imagine Your Story Water Bottle; Scented Bubbles; Shark Sunglasses;  and 2 Coconut Cups.

Just Craftin’ Around has a 6×8 drawing pad; 8 piece sketching tin; Arizona green tea; colored pencils; Scented candle; screen cleaner;  comic notebook; pencil sharpeners;  crayons; glitter glue; narwhal eraser; and a Hobby Lobby gift card.

Movie Lovers comes with buttered popcorn; Bugles;  Corn chips; five types of candy and a  gift card to Foothills Movie theater.

Baker’s Dozen comes with a Sweet Cakes gift card; cupcake mix; mug cake treats; measuring cups and spoons; whisk and ladle; screen cleaner; ring phone holder;  and  Gillette Chamber of Commerce Gold Bucks.

We  Sweets comes with an Alla Lala Cupcakes gift card; Ice Cream Café gift card; two Arizona teas; eight types of candy; and pretzel crisps.

Movie Survival Kit comes with a Foothills movie theater gift card; buttered popcorn; five types of candy; BBQ Bugles; corn nuts;  and Arizona raspberry tea

We will have our drawing for the grand prize baskets at our final party Thursday, July 30, 1:30-4 pm; you do NOT have to be present to win!

We can’t wait to see you! Stay safe and keep reading!

High School Drama

Are you missing the drama of high school? Fear not!! We’ve got you covered with some new additions to our graphic novel collection here in the Teen Room. Hop online and place a hold on one of these epically dramatic options!

Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz

Navigate the halls of Gotham High with Bruce, Selina and Jack, pre-Batman, Catwoman and The Joker.

 

 

 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: The Crucible by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

It’s Rosemary’s Baby meets The Omen meets The Exorcist in this deeply distressing reimagining of everyone’s favorite high school witch.

 

 

 

Kiss Number 8  by Colleen A.F. Venable

Kissing? It’s simple, right? Spend some time with Amanda and you’ll find out it’s anything but. Turns out it can get pretty complicated.

 

 

 

 

Sabrina the Teenage Witch by Kelly Thompson

Perhaps you prefer your high school witches to be a bit less terrifying. Lucky for you Sabrina is served up in a variety of flavors and this is one of the sweeter ones.

 

 

Welcome!

Welcome to the Teen Room! We hope even with the craziness of COVID-19 that you had a great last day of school. One exciting event for our sixth graders is you are now able to come hang out in the Teen Room… well, under normal circumstances you would! When we are finally able to have patrons age 15 and under in the building, you are able to visit the Teen Room! We wanted to take a minute and introduce ourselves, the Teen Room staff members, to you!

Hi, I’m Sarah and I have been with the library a little over 2 years now. I have been in Gillette almost my entire life; before that I grew up in Guernsey, WY. I went to college in Bismarck, ND and Gillette, WY, focusing on early education.  I am a fan of all things Whedon, Doctor Who, Supernatural, and Marvel. I like to read fantasy and horror novels; my favorite book is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I love to garden in my free time and cross stitch as well.

 

 

I’m Marie and I have worked at the library for 1.5 years. I will celebrate my 1-year anniversary in the Teen Room this July. I was born in Bergen, Norway but moved to a ranch in South Dakota when I was 3. I completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology from BHSU in Spearfish, SD and am currently working on a master’s degree in counseling from MSU-Billings. I love books and working for the library is my favorite job I’ve ever had. For me, trying to pick a favorite book is like trying to pick a favorite child; I just can’t. A YA novel that I especially love is The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. Currently, I read a lot of non-fiction and am particularly interested in anthropology and esoteric philosophy.

 

Hi, I’m Marcy, I’ve worked at the library for the past 10 years. I absolutely love what I do. I grew up in the military and got to live in some pretty exciting places, like Germany and England, before my dad retired and moved us to Gillette to be closer to my grandparents. I’m a fan of Supernatural, Grey’s Anatomy and The 100. I have two doggies, Jason a 12-year-old Golden Retriever and Lucy a 3-legged, 5-year-old Lab. I’m currently reading A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs.

 

Hi, I’m Darcy, and I’ve worked at the library since 2006; prior to that, I was an English and Spanish teacher.  I’m the Youth Services Librarian now, so I work with both the Children’s and Teen departments, but for the first eleven years of my job, I was exclusively in the Teen Room, so it’s still one of my favorite places in the library.  I grew up in South Dakota; graduated from Carroll College in Helena, MT with my B.A in English and Spanish a very long time ago; and completed my Master’s degree in Library Sciences in 2016.  I have six kids – mostly all grown – and one grandson. I read a little bit of everything; the YA novels I read most recently were Damsel and Red Hood by Elena K. Arnold, and I loved them.  I enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing, gardening, and traveling.

10 Lesser Known Book-to-Film Adaptations

If you had to think about young adult books that were turned into movies, chances are Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and Twilight are some of the first titles that pop into your head. There are many mainstream novels that have had film adaptations. This list is the opposite of that. Here are ten lesser-known young adult book-to-film adaptations.

Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson    

  

Speak is the 1999 book and the 2004 movie starring Kristen Stewart. The book/movie is about high school freshman Melinda Sordino. Melinda stops speaking and becomes isolated after she busts the end-of-summer high school party by calling the cops. Nobody will talk to her or acknowledge her. Only art class gives her some relief and therapy. There she is able to work through what really happened at that party, that an upperclassman raped her and is still a threat to her daily life. While trying to heal, Melinda learns the importance of speaking up for yourself.

The Spectacular Now –  Tim Tharp 

  

The Spectacular Now is the 2010 book and 2013 movie of the same name featuring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. This is the story of Sutter Keely: he’s a people person, the type of guy everyone wants at their party. He has no plans for college or work; he’s happy as long as he has plenty of ladies and Seagram’s. This all changes when he wakes up on a strange lawn, Aimee’s front lawn. Aimee is the opposite of Sutter, a social disaster. Sutter decides it up to him to show Aimee a good time and then let her go. But before he knows it, Sutter is in over his head. He realizes he can make a difference in someone else’s life or ruin it forever.

The Fallen – Lauren Kate 

 

Fallen is the 2009 book and 2017 movie of the same name. The movie features Jeremy Irvine, Addison Timlin and Harrison Gilbertson. The story follows Lucinda, “Luce”, Price as she arrives at the Sword and Cross boarding school for troubled teens. She meets some other students at the school, but she is instantly drawn to Daniel. He seems so familiar to her. Daniel, however, wants nothing to do with Luce, and he makes that clear to her. Luce will do whatever it takes to find out what Daniel is hiding from her, even if it kills her.

Cirque Du Freak – Darren Shan 

  

Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare is book one in the Darren Shan saga. The Vampire’s Assistant is the 2009 movie based on the books, starring John C. Reily, Josh Hutcherson, and Chris Massoglia.  When the freak show Cirque Du Freak comes to town, Darren and his friend Steve sneak out to attend a show. In the middle of the show, Steve realizes one of the performers is a vampire. Steve stays after to confront the vampire while Darren hides in the shadows watching. Soon Darren is in the middle of the dark and dangerous world of vampires and monsters.

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte 

  

Wuthering Heights is the 1847 novel and 2003 made for TV movie starring Erika Christensen and Mike Vogel. This is Emily Bronte’s only published novel,  a passionate love story between Catherine and Heathcliff. After Heathcliff’s adopted father’s death, he is bullied by Catherine’s brother. Heathcliff leaves Wuthering Heights but returns years later. He is now a wealthy man who seeks revenge for the past wrongdoings done to him. The movie is a modern twist on this classic tale.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky  

  

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the title of both this classic teen novel and the 2012 movie, starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller. Charlie is a high school freshman that is dealing with his best friend’s suicide while managing his mental illness. Sam and Patrick are two high school seniors who decide to take Charlie under their wing and show them what real life truly is.

Stardust – Neil Gaiman 

  

Stardust is the fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman and 2007 movie of the same name. The movie features Michelle Pfeifer, Dustin Hoffman, Charlie Cox, and Claire Danes.  The story follows young Tristan (Tristran in the book) and his adventures in the land of Faerie. Tristan has fallen in love with Victoria, and as a birthday gift offers to go fetch a fallen star on the other side of the wall.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews 

  

This book and 2015 movie of the same title stars Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, and Olivia Cooke.  Greg is a part of every social group at school without having any actual friends. That is, until his mom makes him befriend Rachel. Rachel is a girl he used to go to Hebrew school with who has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead 

  

Vampire Academy is the first book in the Vampire Academy series; the movie was released in 2014, featuring Lucy Fry and Dominic Sherwood. Vampire Princess Lissa and her guardian in-training Rose return to St. Vladimir’s Academy after a horrible incident made then run two years ago. One is focusing on mastering magic while the other studies physical training while trying to avoid the cliques, gossip, and plots of the other students.

I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith 

  

This 1948 book and 2003 movie starring Romola Garaj and Bill Nighy tell the story of Cassandra.  For six months of 1934, Cassandra tries to hone her writing skills. She fills her journals and notebooks full of stories of her rundown family castle home and her poor family.  By the time she writes her last entry, Cassandra’s life has changed greatly. The most important change is falling in love.

 

Soaring Eagle Sequels!

And the winner is…. Okay we don’t know the winner yet. Hopefully soon though! However, after going through and showing you all ten of the nominees for 2019-2020, several of those authors have published new titles! Some are sequels and some are not, but I wanted to take a minute to share with you a few new titles by some of our favorite authors.

Jennifer Lynn Barnes, author of Little White Lies, has the sequel published; the title is Deadly Little Scandals. This book continues to follow Sawyer as she searches for the truth some of the events that happened in book one. This one centers around Sawyer and her cousin Lily as they attempt to join a secret group called the White Gloves. This group is composed of girls from the most elite families and not just anyone can join. As the pair grows closer to the group, they discover secrets that are decades old, secrets that will change the life of the girls forever.

Becky Albertalli, one of the authors of What If It’s Us, is back again, cowriting the book Yes No Maybe So, with fellow author Aisha Saeed. This book follows Jamie and Maya. Jamie volunteers for a local senate candidate and does a lot of the behind-the-scenes-type things, but he will not knock on doors and talk to people about their views. Maya is already having one of the worst summers ever: her friends are busy; her trip has been cancelled; and to top it off, her mom has just signed her up to do political canvassing. As luck would have it, when Jamie hears Maya will be going door-to-door, he decides to sign up as well. As the two grow closer they must not only navigate the political world but also their cross-cultural romance.

Karen M. McManus is the author of the popular One of Us is Lying. Her newest book, One of Us is Next, happens a year after the events of One of Us is Lying and follows Bronwyn’s sister, Maeve. After Simon’s “About That” blog was taken down, no other gossip app could stand up, even though many have tried. Now students at Bayview are getting texts about a new game, Truth or Dare. As the students quickly learn, you should always pick dare. But as the dares get more and more dangerous, Maeve and her friends start searching for who is behind the text before the game turns deadly.

There you have three new books by some favorite authors. Follow us on Facebook at Campbell County, Wyoming Government for some virtual book talks!

World Poetry Day

Today, Saturday March 21, is UNESCO’s World Poetry Day. A day to take stock of how poetry affirms our common humanity. Poetry may be song or prose. It may be read or spoken. But no matter its form, it connects us to our deepest internal experiences, dreams, desires, hopes and aspirations through the words of another … giving us confirmation that we are indeed never alone, no matter how much we may feel that we are.

“Every form of poetry is unique, but each reflects the universal of the human experience, the aspiration for creativity that crosses all boundaries and borders of time, as well as space in the constant affirmation of humanity as a single family. That’s the power of poetry!”

—  Audrey Azoulay, Director-General UNESCO, on the occasion of 2019 World Poetry Day

So, consider taking a moment to write a poem or to read a poem or to simply lose yourself in your favorite song and know that in so doing you are tapping into an energy that unites us all.

We invite you to enjoy the following poem by Kurt Vonnegut and come check out the poetry books we have here at the library.

JOE HELLER

True story, Word of Honor:
Joseph Heller, an important and funny writer
now dead,
and I were at a party given by a billionaire
on Shelter Island.

I said, “Joe, how does it make you feel
to know that our host only yesterday
may have made more money
than your novel ‘Catch-22’
has earned in its entire history?”
And Joe said, “I’ve got something he can never have.”
And I said, “What on earth could that be, Joe?”
And Joe said, “The knowledge that I’ve got enough.”
Not bad! Rest in peace!

 

Kurt Vonnegut

The New Yorker, May 16, 2005

Recommended Poetry Books:

Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein

For Everyone, Jason Reynolds

Shout, Laurie Halse Anderson

Imperfect: poems about mistakes: an anthology for middle schoolers, Tabatha Yeatts, editor

Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems About Love, Pat Mora

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One, Amanda Lovelace

Light Filters In: Poems, Caroline Kaufman

Teen Technology

 

Hello again teens! Spring is in the air and it is time we start the buzz around Summer Reading! You have a lot of fun activities to look forward to this summer! But in order to best utilize our Teen Room supplies, this month we are having a Technology Fair! It is important to know what resources we always have on hand for teens to play around with, especially because a lot of our technology is stored in the office. This post is about the different technologies we have available for teens that you may not have known about. Also, we will be showcasing these technologies at our upcoming Teen Technology Fair on Wednesday, March 18, 1:30-5pm! Let’s jump into it!

Sphero

For those of you who have never seen one, a Sphero is a little BB8-like robot that you control on the iPads. These programmable robots are a STEAM-based educational tool that transform the way kids learn, create and invent through coding, science, music and the arts. We have two of them in the Teen Room along with Sphero obstacle course equipment, so they are really fun to explore with a friend!


Ozobots

Ozobots are like itty-bitty Roomba (minus the vacuuming) that follow lines. These little guys are much more than that, though. They will follow any line you make and help educate you about coding concepts. This is an awesome little robot for someone who enjoys problem solving, as it is excellent at showing how to work through things like cause/effect and debugging. Ozobots are yet another great hands-on robot!

LittleBits

If you have not played around with LittleBits, boy are you missing out! These little doodads are so much fun and so easy to use! They are preprogrammed gadgets that you put together to make different customizable inventions. Each LittleBit says what it does, then you connect the bits together till you make the invention you desire. And the best part is that they’re magnetic, so if you’re worried you might get lost or hook something up wrong, you can’t! The magnets won’t let you! You should absolutely fidget with this next time you visit the library!

Robotics

Thames and Kosmos Robotics are a fun spin on your basic DIY robot. With 8 sample projects of different robots to build, these robots are great for anyone who loves building things. The twist on these robots is in the power supply. The motor uses ultrasonic technology so that it can sense movement and sound. Plus, you can connect it on the iPad and control its programming and movement even more!

3D Pens

These cool little gadgets don’t need much introduction, as the name is in the title. 3D Pens! These awesome pens allow you to draw on and off the page. Draw vertically. Draw horizontally. The sky is the limit! 3D Pens work like a hot glue gun, but with fast-cooling plastic. The possibilities are endless!

 

Lego Robotics

Let your inner builder unleash the creative powers of Lego Mindstorms! Build robots that walk, talk, think and do anything you can imagine. These retro robots are an awesome resource for those of you who have Lego nostalgia.

 

Soaring Eagle 2019-2020-Voting now open!

Over the last few weeks we have shown you six of the ten Soaring Eagle nominees for 2019-2020. Hopefully you’ve read about at least one that sounds interesting to you but if not, we’ve got four more to show you. This week’s theme: series! The beautiful thing about a series is you get to see your favorite characters over the course of several books instead of just one. This makes getting attached to characters a little easier. Without further ado, here are our last four titles.

An Ember in the Ashes

By Sabaa Tahir

“As long as there is life, there is hope.”

Laia tries to live by these words, repeated by her grandmother, Nan, often as she was growing up.  But in the Martial Empire, hope is difficult to come by … because life, especially Laia’s life, is seen as cheap and exhaustible.

When Laia’s grandparents are brutally murdered and her brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a deal with an underground group that is working against the Empire; she must spy on the Empire from within the walls of its martial training academy, putting her own life and her own freedom at stake.

There, Laia meets Elias, a young soldier who is training for the Empire’s most elite force, but who lacks the drive – or the ruthlessness – that his fellow soldiers possess.  In a battle to become the emperor’s “Blood Strike,” Elias must choose between what is expected of him and what his soul tells him to do … and his choice forces him to flee the Empire, with only Laia as his ally.

An Ember in the Ashes combines adventure, magic, intrigue and unspeakable cruelty in an epic tale of friendship and, ultimately, hope. This is the first title in a trilogy; the other titles are A Torch Against the Night and A Reaper at the Gates, both of which are available for checkout.

Defy the Stars

By Claudia Gray

What would the world look like if robots took over all jobs? Not just the jobs that humans don’t want to do, but all jobs.

An interstellar war has broken out between the planets, Genesis and Earth. Earth has pushed the laws of mankind, creating machines to do everything and essentially stripping humans of their humanity. On the flip side, Genesis has seen the evils of what mankind can do and has not advanced their technology in hundreds of years. With the Earth’s advanced tech, Genesis must do whatever they can to gain more time. Out of options, Genesis starts preparing to delay the war by launching the Masada Run: a mission that will kill almost everyone who participates. Noemi is willing to die for her planet and in three weeks she will be joining the Masada Run. She’s come to terms with her imminent demise, until by accident, she stumbles upon Abel. Abel is a mech, a robot, who was abandoned in space for years. The unlikely duo team up to delay the war, if not stop it entirely. As Noemi and Abel travel to the other inhabitable planets, they start to question how much of what their home planets told them is true and how much is a lie.

Defy the Stars is the first book in the trilogy; the other titles are Defy the Fates and Defy the Worlds, both are available for checkout.

Onyx & Ivory

By Mindee Arnett

Kate and Prince Corwin were once childhood friends, until the day Kate’s father tried to assassinate Corwin’s father. Since then Kate has been living in exile, working as a courier for the Relay, a group of riders tasked with delivering various items and information to other villages. Kate is always careful to make it back home before night falls and the nightdrakes come out to feast. On one errand Kate runs into a massacre: problem one, the only survivor is Corwin; problem two, the drakes attacked during the day. With the threat of the night creatures being able to attack during the day, Kate and Corwin must put their past aside before Rime falls.

Their friendship is also strained because of Kate’s secret: she is a wilder, a person who possesses forbidden magic. Magic she can use to help save Rime, if she doesn’t get caught

Onyx & Ivory is the first book of the Rime Chronicles. The second and final book, Shadow & Flame, is available for checkout.

One of Us is Lying

By Karen M. McManus

On Monday, four teens meet with nothing in common, minus the fact that they all ended up in detention and watched Simon die. Now Yale-bound Bronwyn, homecoming princess Addy, all-American boy Cooper, and bad boy Nate are all being accused of conspiring against, and murdering, Simon.

The motive?

Simon runs “About That”, on online blog that exposes secrets you don’t want exposed, and on Tuesday he was going to post the next set of secrets, secrets about Bronwyn, Addy, Cooper and Nate. Secrets they all wish would never see the light of day. Simon wasn’t the only one who knew their secrets; the murderer knows them as well and won’t stop until the lives of the four are ruined forever.

Now the unlikely four must find the killer before one or all of them go to jail for a murder they didn’t commit… or did they?

One of Us is Lying is the first book in the Bayview High series. The second book, One of Us is Next just came out and is available for checkout.

There you have it: all ten Soaring Eagle Nominees. A reminder that voting for the Soaring Eagle Book Award is open now through March 15. You can vote at your public library or your school library. We hope that you found one book you are interested in reading. However, if you did not, stop by the library and we’ll hook you up with one you’ll love.

Soaring Eagle 2019-2020 Continue

Have you ever read an author that you really loved? You know- an author whose work you enjoy so much you can’t read just one of their books? Some authors just grab us with their writing style or characters. That’s why some authors show up on the Soaring Eagle list multiple times. This post will cover the three books by authors who have appeared on the list in the past.

 What If It’s Us

By Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

What If It’s Us is the story of two boys; Arthur and Ben, who meet at the post office in New York City. Ben is a New York local who is trying to move on and return a package of things left behind by his ex. Having been hurt before, Ben doesn’t trust the universe.

Arthur is a theater kid who’s only in New York for the summer, interning with his family’s law firm. Being in the city that has places like Broadway, Times Square, and so much diversity and theater culture, it’s a dream opportunity; but with no one to explore it with, Arthur feels stuck. Looking for a sign from the universe on how to get out of his loop of the same daily grind, Arthur meets Ben.

They have an epic first meeting in the middle of a flash mob proposal at a New York post office. Meeting at a time when both boys are at their lowest, it feels like fate to Arthur, but before he can make a move, Ben disappears.

Arthur is left feeling like the universe just sent him a big wakeup call and opportunity. So, with that, Arthur makes it his mission to test fate and find Ben again…in the middle of New York City… with no name or contact information… before the end of summer.

 

In 2017-20 18 Becky Albertalli stole our hearts with Simon Vs. the Home Sapiens Agenda. To read either of these or her other titles check out our What’s Hot Now display in the Teen Room. We also have more by Adam Silvera on the regular shelves.

 

Little White Lies

By Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Sawyer Taft is 18 years old, and accustomed to life as she knows it:  she lives with her single mom in a rented apartment, goes to school, works as an auto mechanic, and deflects the regular advances of the “good ole’ boys” who live in her small Southern town.

She’s also accustomed to her mom falling in love every other week, and often leaving for days with her newest romantic interest. So, when her mom texts her that she is leaving once again, Sawyer thinks nothing of it.

That day, however, a well-dressed elderly woman – who is clearly out of place in Sawyer’s small town – shows up at her front door.  She introduces herself as Sawyer’s grandmother, her mom’s mom, and offers Sawyer half a million dollars to come live with her for a year … with a catch.

Sawyer must participate in “the season”  – a series of balls, charitable events, and other public appearances that go along with being one of high society’s debutante girls – a Southern tradition full of glamour, money, and prim & proper behavior … something Sawyer’s always struggled with.

We meet Sawyer and her other debutante friends in a jail cell, dressed to the nines in ballgowns and elbow gloves. What follows is the month-by-month backstory of family secrets, skeletons in the closet, and covered-up crimes that landed the four of them there.

Jennifer Lynn Barnes terrorized us in 2017-2018 with her book The Naturals, the first book in a series of four. Little White Lies is the first in the Debutantes series; the second book, Deadly Little Scandals, is also out and available for checkout.

 

Renegades

By Marissa Meyer

Renegades is the story of Nova, a girl in a world of exceptional people with exceptional powers. Born with the power to never sleep and to make everyone she touches fall asleep, Nova is amongst a group of hero prodigies.

The Renegades are a powerful group of superhumans who strive for peace and order; serving as heroes, police, and lawmakers in their dystopian world. Since childhood, Nova has held a grudge against the Renegades and has made it her mission to take them down. Training with her uncle and his villainous gang of superhumans called the Anarchists, Nova works to overthrow the Renegades.

Then, in the middle of a mission she meets Adrian, the adopted son of two famous Renegade council members. Little does she know that the two of them have met before, as Adrian also has a secret identity he’s hiding from the Renegades. When Nova starts to become closer with her new team, she struggles to understand what she’s truly fighting for and just where her loyalties lie.

 

2015-2016 introduced readers to Meyer’s first book, Cinder, a steampunky-cyborgy retelling of Cinderella and the first book in the Lunar Chronicles. Readers can find The Lunar Chronicles on our All Time Favorites display; her other books can be found on the regular shelves.

 

We hope that one of the books in this post has caught your attention; however, if none of these sound interesting to you, don’t worry; we have four more titles to share. Don’t forget voting opens February 15. If you haven’t read three or more of the titles, all of them can be found at your school and public library. Happy reading!