Soaring Eagles 2020-2021 Round 2!

The Soaring Eagle Nominee list is a list of 10 books picked by teens, 7th-12th grade, in the state of Wyoming. These are titles that other teens have said are amazing and should be read. This year’s list includes nonfiction, novels in verse, realistic fiction, fantasy, and mystery.

Our next three books are books in series. Ash Princess, Truly Devious and Wizard for Hire are all part of trilogies; Verify is the first part of its duology.

Ash Princess (Ash Princess Trilogy, #1)

Ash Princess

By Laura Sebastian

After ten years of Theo being held captive in her own country and palace, she thinks the Kaiser has taken everything from her. He’s taken her family, people and even her name, replacing Theo with Thora. Thora thinks that all she can do now is simply survive; she only has one hope at escaping, and they haven’t come for 10 years. The Kaiser also thinks she has nothing left to lose, until he makes her kill the person she thinks is her only hope at escaping. This breaks Thora in a way the Kaiser doesn’t think of and Theo makes the decision that surviving is not enough.  Now, she is determined to take the insult of Ash Princess and turn it into something to be feared. What the Kaiser doesn’t understand is that from the ashes, a queen will rise.

Truly Devious (Truly Devious, #1)

Truly Devious

By Maureen Johnson

Ellingham Academy is a private high school in Vermont, where the best and brightest students go. They didn’t even have an application to get in. The only information to get in was, “If you would like to be considered for Ellingham Academy, please get in touch.”

Stevie Bell is a true-crime aficionado, and her favorite unsolved crime is the “Truly Devious” kidnapping/murder that took place at the Ellingham Academy in 1936. When she got in touch with Ellingham Academy, she told them she wanted to go there so she could solve the “case of the century,” as some had called it. Shortly after arriving at Ellingham, strange things start happening and a student is murdered. Has “Truly Devious” returned? Stevie and her friends must dig into the past and the present to uncover the clues and try to solve this murder mystery.

Wizard for Hire

Wizard for Hire

By Obert Skye

When Ozzy was 7, life was close to perfect: he lived with his parents in a secluded cabin in the forest, filling his stomach with food from their large garden and his mind with stories from their large library. 

Life changed in an instant when, as Ozzy was down by the creek, his parents were kidnapped by large, angry men. Ozzy had to learn to survive on his own.

Fast forward 7 years.  Ozzy discovers two things that will change his life: a mechanical raven, Clark, that was invented by his father; and a newspaper ad that reads, “Wizard for hire,” and leads him to meet Labyrinth, or Rin for short.

Although Rin is nothing like the wizards that Ozzy has read about in his books, he hopes that whatever magic Rin controls will help him find out what happened to his parents, and hopefully bring them home.

What follows is an adventure that Ozzy never could have anticipated.  Was he wrong to trust Rin? Is there enough magic in the world to bring his parents home?

Verify (Verify, #1)

Verify

By Joelle Charbonneau

Meri’s life was changed when her mom suddenly died. Her father started drinking constantly, leaving Meri to fend for herself. Then on the last day of school she sees something she can’t believe; someone being arrested for having paper. Paper isn’t illegal, just very bad for the environment. Everything is digital now, but if you want to own paper, you can, as long as you pay the environmental tax that goes with it. The government has even set up recycling centers where you can take paper and get paid for it. Meri can’t stop thinking about the young man she saw arrested, so when she sees him again, she decides to follow him. When they meet, he shares secrets with her and tells her he was a hidden part of her mother’s life before she died. Meri soon realizes that “Just because you believe something, doesn’t make it true.”

To find these titles, stop by the Teen Room or your school library. Haven’t heard of one you might like? That’s okay; next time we’ll be talking about standalone titles.  If you don’t want to wait,  stop by the library for other recommendations!

Happy National Short Story Day!

Short stories are more direct and less detailed than novels and are usually fiction. They are closely related to spoken story-telling traditions. Did you know that a short story can be even be less than ten words? Here are some short stories to keep you entertained and help you celebrate today.

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America – Edited By Ibi Aanu Zoboi

Black Enough features some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing today and is edited by the National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi. This collection contains captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America today.

The Pit and the Pendulum and other stories- By Edgar Allan Poe

This collection of short stories by Poe is a must for any horror fan. It includes introductions at the beginning of each story, illustrations throughout and annotations to historical connections.

The End and Other beginnings: Stories from the Future – By Veronica Roth

This collection includes six stories taking place in the future where every world is like no other. New technologies and beings with advanced capabilities must still deal with human problems. Including two new stories from the Carve the Mark series, this set is great for Roth’s old and new fans alike.

19 Love Songs by David Levithan

This collection celebrating love has something for everyone. It includes nonfiction, fiction, and even a story in verse.

Look both ways : a tale told in ten blocks by Jason Reynolds

 

This set is made up of ten stories (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings. Each tale shows the funny side of the obstacles we all face in life.

Classic Reading Challenge

We are excited to announce a new reading challenge!

Read 12 “classic” books between 7th and 12th grade and you’ll get one of these sweet “Greatest First Lines of Literature” mugs.

How do I know if a book is a “classic” you say?

Here are the criteria it must meet:

  1. It expresses artistic quality.
  2. It stands the test of time.
  3. It has universal appeal.
  4. It is relevant to multiple generations.
  5. There is some consensus regarding its status.

Still not sure? Come down to the teen room and we’ll help you figure it out.

Want book suggestions? No problem. We’ve got lots of those, like The Great Gatsby or To Kill a Mockingbird or The Catcher in the Rye or Frankenstien or The Invisible Man or Farenheit 451 or Slaughterhouse Five

We could go on and on. Just come on down to the teen room and ask us.

Do any classics you’ve already read count? Absolutely.

To sign up go to http://ccplswy.readsquared.com/. If you have trouble or need help, stop by or call the teen room at 307-687-9227.

Now say it with us…

 

2020-2021 Soaring Eagle Nominees

As the weather outside turns cold and snowy what better way to spend the afternoons and evenings then by curling up with a good book? Follow us over the next few weeks as we highlight books from the 2020-2021 Soaring Eagle Nominee list.

The Soaring Eagle Nominee list is a list of 10 books picked by teens, 7th-12th grader, in the state of Wyoming. These are titles that other teens have said are amazing and should be read. This year’s list includes nonfiction, novels in verse, realistic fiction, fantasy, and mystery.

Our first three are quick reads. Shout and Solo are novels in verse, meaning the story is told in poetry format. Game Changer is told through text messages, emails and script like dialog.

  

Shout

By Laurie Halse Anderson

Twenty years ago, Laurie Halse Anderson wrote a book. It was a book about Melinda, a 9th grader who is hated at her new high school because she called the police to an end-of-summer party.  Melinda, bullied and cast out, becomes unable to use her voice.  Only farther in the story do we learn the real reason she called the police, the real reason for her silence. Twenty years ago, Speak, a book about rape and its aftermath, offered teens who had experienced sexual assault a place where their pain was understood.

In Shout, Melinda becomes “me” as Laurie Halse Anderson tells the story of her own rape at age 14, during a time when the culture blamed victims and exonerated the perpetrators. As the #MeToo movement has allowed women and men to speak about the unspeakable, Anderson adds her voice, this time in powerful, gut-searing verse, to their stories of shame.

But Anderson’s voice also trembles with rage, as she relays stories of her career as a writer, as the author who wrote “that book,” as her work is censored, and her speaking engagements cancelled because she speaks honestly with teens about sexual violence.  Through Anderson’s hard-hitting poetry, we learn that not much has changed since her own rape in the 1970’s, or even in the twenty years since Speak was published.

 

Solo

By Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess

Blade has it all. By material standards anyway. His family is rock and roll royalty with the mansion, cars and disposable income to back it up.

But when the ground he stands on is rocked to the core by betrayal, uncovered secrets and one too many unkept promises, Blade is left searching for something well beyond the material.

Float along on the rhythmic journey of this book in verse as Blade travels across the world and across his soul to find the things that aren’t really things that make life worth living. Be there when he realizes he really does have it all, not just by material standards.

 

Game Changer

By Tommy Greenwald

Walthorne Wildcats stick together: they win as a team and they lose as a team. Wildcats stand together no matter what, especially when one of their own falls into a coma after an injury at the football training camp. As Teddy’s family, team and community gather round him to support his recovery, the question comes up again and again; what really happened to Teddy that fateful day on the field?

Game Changer is a story told in multiple formats; dialogue, texts, articles, interviews and Teddy’s inner thoughts. Fans of football and sports will love reading about sticking together as a team and coming together when one of your own is hurt.

 

To find these titles, stop by the Teen Room or your school library. Haven’t heard of one you might like? That’s okay; next time we’ll be talking about series, or stop by the library and we can give you other recommendations!

 

Teentober

Happy Teentober! What is Teentober? It’s a nationwide celebration hosted by libraries in October celebrating you, the teens. We also want to promote our teen services to help you learn new skills and fuel your passions in and outside the library. Here are some of our services that you can use at our library.

Computer Lab – Our computer lab has computers and large tables that you can use for homework.
Teen-led Clubs – We have multiple clubs led by your fellow teens. Dungeons & Dragons, Card Club, and Anime Club are a few we offer. Contact the Teen Room for more information!
Technology – We have an array of technology in the Teen Room that helps teens learn new skills, fuel your passions and just have fun with. We have a 3D printer, 3D pens, Ozobots and more.
Volunteer Program– We offer a teen volunteer program to anyone in grades 7 and up. All you have to do is fill out an application and attend a training and orientation. Volunteering helps you try new activities and learn new skills. It also prepares you for the job world.
Books– Of course, we have books. Did you know that reading what you want reduces stress, increases your knowledge and vocabulary and helps with memory? Check out our fiction and nonfiction books, graphic novels, manga, and magazine collection.
Safe Place to hang out– We offer a welcoming atmosphere and environment for you to hang out, read, and play games.

Want to learn more about what the Teen Department and library can offer you? Check out our Conference Connections on Wednesday, October 21 and Thursday, October 22. Drop in to the Children’s Department and the Teen Room from 1-4pm to learn about online homework help, downloadable books and audiobooks, and more.

Painless Learning

Do you need a little extra help in school? Come down to the Teen Room and browse our titles in the 400’s and 500’s. In these Dewey ranges you’ll find books about learning languages, math and science. While we have many different books in those sections, this post will touch on one series in particular: the Barron’s Painless collection. These titles break down topics into smaller, more manageable chunks. Whether you need help with Spanish, grammar, math or science, we have you covered for your back to school needs. Several of the titles also include free online games to help you learn the concepts. Here are a few of the titles we have in the YA collection!

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Banned Books Reading Challenge

“We have an obligation to use the language. To push ourselves: to find out what words mean and how to deploy them, to communicate clearly, to say what we mean. We must not attempt to freeze language, or to pretend it is a dead thing that must be revered, but we should use it as a living thing, that flows, that borrows words, that allows meanings and pronunciations to change with time.” – Neil Gaiman

Our freedom to read is a great privilege and every year, libraries celebrate that privilege during Banned Books Week, September 27 through October 3 this year.  You can celebrate with us the whole month of September by participating in our Banned Books Reading Challenge via ReadSquared. Sign up by going to www.ccpls.org and clicking on the Teen Banned Books Reading Challenge link under events.

Every banned or challenged book you read during the month of September enters you into a drawing for a prize. Additional activities, called missions, are available in ReadSquared to earn more entries. Attending our Ted&Talk program on Wednesday, September 23 at 1:30pm gets you an entry as well!

Check out this website for list of frequently banned and challenged books: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks. You can also stop by the Banned Books Week display or our desk in the CCPL Teen Room, or call us at 687-9227. We will be happy to pair you up with as many books as you want and answer any other questions you might have.

The prize winner will be announced at our BYOBook discussion on Thursday, October 1 at 4pm.

 

Upcoming and Rumored Book to TV Adaptations

Have you ever read a book that you enjoyed so much that you thought, I would love to see that turned into a movie or television series? Of course you have! Television has a slight advantage over movies. While movies have about 2 hours to flesh out characters, develop a plot, and wrap everything up, television has seasons to do the same. A television season has, on average, thirteen episodes to develop the world and characters, making them perfect for book adaptations. Here are some young adult book-to-television adaptations rumored or coming in the near future.

 Love, Victor                                                                                                                           Hulu – Premiered June 19,2020

          

Love, Simon is the 2018 film based on the book Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The film followed 17-year-old Simon trying to find out the identity of the classmate he has fallen for online. Love, Victor is the follow-up television series to the movie and is narrated by Simon. Victor is a new student at Creekwood High School and is facing his own challenges with sexual orientation and home issues. He reaches out to Simon to help him.

 Cursed                                                                                                                                 Netflix – Premiered July 17, 2020

  

This new Netflix original series is based on the book by Thomas Wheeler. Cursed is a new twist on the classic King Arthur tale. Nimue has always had a connection to dark magic, something that makes her feared in her village. Her dying mother charges her with reuniting a sword with a legendary sorcerer. Along the way she finds a young Arthur while he is on his own quest.

 Shatter Me                                                                                                                               ABC Studios – Unknown release date

   

This series is based on the books by Tahereh Mafi. Seventeen-year-old Juliette has a special gift, but to her it feels like a curse. With one touch she can kill a grown man, and nobody knows why or how she has this gift. The Reestablishment only sees Juliette as an opportunity, as a weapon. Juliette must make a life changing choice: work with or against The Reestablishment. This series has been in the works for a while and sadly there has been nothing new posted since 2015.

 Shadow and Bone                                                                                                        Netflix- Late 2020

   

This new series is based on the Grishaverse; a world created by the Grisha Trilogy and the Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo. The world is split in two by a barrier of darkness called the Shadow Fold where unnatural evil creatures lurk and feast on humans. Alina Starkov is a soldier who uncovers a power that could unite her country. As she struggles to wield her power, dark forces are plotting against her.

 Percy Jackson and the Olympians                                                                           Disney + – Unknown release date

    

Percy Jackson has already been brought to the big screen in two movies, in 2010 and 2013, covering the first two books in the series. Most fans of the books did not like these adaptations due to the inconsistency between the books and the films. Recently Rick Riordan tweeted that he was in works with Disney + to develop a new series that is faithful to the books.  The plan is to have each season cover a different book and he promises he will be working closely to make sure the fans enjoy it. Percy Jackson is a twelve-year-old demigod on one of the most dangerous quests of his life. He must find who stole the ultimate weapon: Zeus’s lightning bolt.

 Throne of Glass                                                                                                                  Hulu – Unknown release date 

Queen of Shadows is the upcoming television series and named after the fourth book in the Throne of Glass book series by Sarah J. Maas. Calaena is an assassin trying to get her freedom. She must compete along with other thieves and warriors to become the next royal assassin. It was being developed by Hulu, but with no news since 2016 this series is only a rumor right now.

 They Both Die at the End                                                                                              HBO- unknown release date

   

It was reported in February 2019 that the book by Adam Silvera was being turned into a thirty-minute series on HBO. There has been no news since then regarding the series. Rufus and Mateo both receive a phone call by death cast telling them they will die later that day. They don’t know where or the exact moment. They meet each other by the last friend app and spend their last day alive living together.

 The Chronicles of Narnia                                                                                                   Netflix- unknown release date

In 2018 it was reported that The Chronicles of Narnia was being rebooted by Netflix into both a series and a new movie.  In June 2019 the project was updated with new information on the creative architect of the series.  Netflix’s deal includes access to all seven books making for a full Narnia universe.  The Chronicles of Narnia follow the Pensive children during World War II. They find a way into Narnia through multiple hidden entrances: a wardrobe, and even a painting, and get pulled into a world of ice queens, satyrs and another war.

National Paperback Book Day

Books have been around for hundreds of years. The first books were heavy wood covered in leather and had stitched spines. Some of these books were works of art themselves, with gold edging on the pages and beautifully drawn pages. While these were great, they were hard to haul around and were expensive. Enter the paperback book. Created in the 1930s by Penguin Books Publishers, paperback books were cheaper and easier to carry. Paperbacks were offered to the public on July 30, 1935; making every         July 30th National Paperback Book Day. Here are some popular paperbacks the CCPL Teen Room has to offer.

Dead is the New Black- Marlene Perez 

Dead is the New Black is the first book in the Dead Is… series. The book follows Daisy Giordano as she attempts to help her mother investigate a string of attacks on teenage girls in their small town of Nightshade, California.

Jay’s Journal- Edited by Beatrice Sparks 

 

 

 

 

Jay’s Journal is presented as a first-person journal-style entry. Jay is a bright high school student who is depressed. He falls in with the wrong crowd that dabbles in drugs and the occult. Jay finds himself in a life he no longer recognizes until he no longer sees a way out.

The Babysitter – R L Stine

The Babysitter is the first in the series of the same name. Sixteen-year-old Jenny should have known that taking the babysitting job was a bad idea. First there was the creepy Hagen house; then the prank phone calls she keeps receiving. Finally, she receives a threatening note in her backpack, and she realizes this isn’t just a harmless game to scare her.

Midnighters; The Secret Hour – Scott Westerfeld

The first book in a trilogy, The Secret Hour follows Jessica Day as she learns that she is part of a group of people who have special abilities that help them fight ancient creatures. These creatures live in an hour hidden at midnight, and they are determined to destroy her.

The Mediator – Meg Cabot

Susannah, or Suze, is a mediator between the living and the dead. That’s right, she sees the dead and they won’t leave her alone until she helps them with their unfinished business. After moving to California for a fresh start the last thing Suze wants is a ghost with revenge on its  mind. That’s what she gets though, and it seems that Suze is in the way. The Mediator: Shadowland is the first book in this nine-book series by Meg Cabot.

Golden- Cameron Dokey

“Once upon a time is timeless.” In this retelling, Rapunzel’s mother made a deal with a sorceress before she was born, giving up Rapunzel. After living with the sorceress Melisande for sixteen years, Rapunzel learns Melisande has a daughter named Rue. Rue was cursed by a wizard long ago and now needs Rapunzel’s help. They only have two nights and the day in between to break the enchantment and save Rue or she will be cursed forever.

A Matter of Trust – Ann Schraff

A Matter of Trust in the second book in the Bluford High series. These books are stand-alone novels so you don’t have to read them in order, but they share the same characters and take place at Bluford High School. Darcy and Brisana were friends when they were younger, but that all changed when they started at Bluford High. Darcy hangs out with “the zeroes,” a group that Brisana can’t stand. The girls become rivals and when Brisana goes after Darcy’s boyfriend, Darcy knows she must do something to stop it all.

The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells

An English Inn has a strange new guest with bandages covering his entire body except for a small area over his obvious fake pink nose. The guest demands his solitude with his chemicals and beakers and activities. Soon the guest starts to run out of money at the same time mysterious burglaries happen around the town.

The Princess Bride – William Goldman

Are you in the mood for an adventure, pirates, a love story, and rodents of unusual size? Well, then The Princess Bride is just what you need. In this classic tale, Westly must save the beautiful Buttercup from the bad guys. On his way, he meets some quirky characters and encounters some detours that delay his rescue.

Everworld: Search for Senna – K.A. Applegate

David had a normal life for a teenager. He went to school, had friends, and a girlfriend Senna. There was something strange about her though. Before David knows it, Senna is swallowed up by the earth. Now David must go after her and enter a world he never could have imagined. This is the first book in the twelve-part series.

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.