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Thursday, December 18, 2014

More Insurgent News!

You guys, the first full-length trailer for Insurgent was released! Check it out:

What do you guys think of it? Is it living up to your expectations or falling short? Comment with your opinion!

And speaking of falling, check out these new posters:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Gift from J.K. Rowling!!!

The amazing and wonderful author J.K. Rowling (a.k.a. Queen Jo) has a gift to share with the world this month: 12 new stories taking place in the Harry Potter universe! Apparently they'll feature brand-new "festive surprises and accompanying rhyming riddles" as well as "new potions and Moments" in the Pottermore website. New "gifts" will be released on Pottermore daily from Dec. 12-23.

(If you don't know what Pottermore is, it's an online Harry Potter resource, with games [you can make potions and cast spells!] and a very safe social aspect [it's completely anonymous]. You follow the course of the books through chapters--meaning you answer quiz questions written by Queen Jo herself to get sorted into a house at Hogwarts in the first one! Plus there is so much background on all your favorite characters, locations, potions... It's just really cool and fun! Wait until you read Professor McGonagall's background; she's fantastic.)

Queen Jo has been posting new HP information, backgrounds, and treats through the Pottermore site since it was released in 2011. More recently, she posted an article by Rita Skeeter about the HP crew in their 30's, as well as more background information about the notorious Dolores Umbridge.

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Don't you guys just love snow? Come into the Main branch to make your own snowflakes! I mean, they're made of paper, but they're cool--and we'll put them on display on our bulletin board! We have a few instructions printed out, but for awesome designs, look at samples online!

And speaking of snow, when people say, "No two snowflakes are alike," they're totally right. But they don't mention how incredible snowflakes are up close! Here are some samples from a photographer named Alexey Kljatov (who even teaches you how to photograph snowflakes on his blog!):

Unreal, right?!

And for more snowy weather fun, grab a mug of hot cocoa and settle in with one of these books for snowy days (all of which are available through the library system!):
  • Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
  •  Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Matt de la Pena, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White
  • Six Months Later by Natalie Richards
  • Starry, Starry Night: Three Holiday Stories by Lurlene McDaniel
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Brian's Winter by Gary Paulsen
  • The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan (we have the graphic novel and audiobook, too!)
  • Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
  • The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
  • Holiday Princess by Meg Cabot
  • Tug-of-War by J.C. Pearce
  • The Year the Wolves Came by Bebe Faas Rice
  • The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau
  • Far North by Will Hobbs
  • The Trap by John E. Smelcer
  • Winter On Her Own by Elizabeth Howard
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (or really any HP book; they have great winter scenes)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Literary Playlist: Books by Chuck Black

We were closed last week due to snow and Thanksgiving, so here's a literary playlist to make up for it!

The Kingdom Series and the Knights of Arrethtrae Series by Chuck Black contain something special at the end of each book: sheet music. Emily Elizabeth Black wrote a song for each book. The songs were then played on the audiobook versions in the background. They have all the songs on a soundtrack for each series. If you don't want to buy them or want to test them out first, some of the songs are available for preview on their website.

The Kingdom Series
  1. Kingdom's Dawn
  2. Kingdom's Hope
  3. Kingdom's Edge
  4. Kingdom's Call
  5. Kingdom's Quest
  6. Kingdom's Reign
The Knights of Arrethtrae Series
  1. Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione
  2. Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court
  3. Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart
  4. Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue
  5. Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor
  6. Sir Rowan and the Camerian Quest

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Exciting Adaptation News!!

Last night I had a dream that people were turning YA books into TV series and I could watch an in-depth, (hopefully) accurate adaptation of an awesome book series.

OH, WAIT! It's actually going to happen!!1!

Netflix is going to turn A Series of Unfortunate Events into an online series!! A VP at Netflix said: "The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny and relatable. We can't wait to bring it to life"!!! 


Netflix is also in the works to create four Marvel series and a mini-series starring Daredevil!!
And Mortal Instruments is going to become a TV series, too! A producer from one of the movie adaptations for MI praised the new showrunner, saying, "We wanted someone who shares our passion and love for these characters and stories." That's an awesome sign! Hopefully they'll take a lot of care to get it right!

Speaking of movie adaptations, John Green has been posting photos, videos, and teasers for the Paper Towns movie. Can it be released already?!
A photo posted by John Green (@johngreenwritesbooks) on

Also here are some awesome trailers for YA movie adaptations. (If you're going to see THG: Mockingjay Part 1 this weekend, let us know how it is! Comment with your review.)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bonus Post: Teens' Top 10!!

Speaking of YALSA, they released the names of the 2014 Teens' Top Ten Books! Teens and YA-lovers all over the country vote on the top ten books of the year, and we finally have a list for the books we received from YALSA. Here they are:
  1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  2. Splintered by A. G. Howard
  3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
  4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  5. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
  6. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
  7. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  10. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
Here's the list with synopses. If they look interesting to you, check them out!

Did you vote for one that didn't end up on the Top 10 list? Comment with your favorites of the year!

Book Publishers + Social Media

I know a lot of you guys are on social media. (I mean, come on--who isn't?) Here's a tip--look for your favorite book publishers to follow! You get immediate, up-to-date news straight from the source. If you follow Harper Teen on Twitter, you can find out about contests, giveaways, and new book releases before anyone else. You can send asks to the Penguin Teen Tumblr to find out about the publishing business and what's next for your favorite author. And who doesn't want to see cool links on their feed from Random House Children's Facebook or Scholastic's Pinterest? It's great news about stuff you're interested in, coming directly to your fingertips, and you don't have to pay anything. Amazing, right?

You can also follow YALSA on social media. (YALSA stands for Young Adult Library Services Association. You may remember that we have some supercool books from them.) They are the people who organize the Teens' Top Ten voting and hold Teen Read Week & Teen Tech Week. They're on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, Google+... you can pretty much virtually follow them however you want.(Check out their website for links.)

(While you're at it, follow us on social media, too! We're on Facebook and Twitter!)

And finally, we hope you're a little more generous with lit than this kid:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Insurgent News!

If you liked the movie adaptation of Divergent, you might be surprised at what changes are in store for the sequel. Although the first of the series was in 2D, they are shooting the rest of the series in 3D. That's right--Insurgent, which features scenes on a farm and in a truck and in a high-security building, will now be in eye-popping 3D. If you don't like 3D movies, don't worry--they'll still be releasing a 2D version.
They've also released some cool 3D posters for Insurgent. Check them out!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Literary Playlist: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

It's time for another literary playlist! This time we're in love with Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower. (It's often on bestseller lists, so you know it's gotta be good.) Part of the charm of protagonist Charlie is his newfound obsession with music. His friends introduce him to great tunes, including songs by David Bowie, The Smiths, and Nirvana. If you want the perfect background music as you're reading Perks, hit play:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Random News!

Ready for a bunch of cool news and links? Here we go:

From ScreenRant.com
  • In case you haven't already seen them, here are some amazing new pictures from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. How awesome does Cressida look? And Katniss looks completely different from Catching Fire, doesn't she?
  • CNN made a list of 40 new YA books released this fall that you should read! The list includes Rick Yancey's The Infinite Sea (sequel to The 5th Wave), Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield (author of the Uglies series), and On A Clear Day by the late Walter Dean Myers.

    [Is there anything on the list that you want to read but we don't have? You can request a book purchase! Pick up a form at the Circulation Desk or in the Children's Section.]
  • Are you excited for JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie? CinemaBlend came up with some possible spoilers and theories related to the characters. News also broke that Fantastic Beasts is going to be a trilogy! The three films are set to be released in 2016, 2018, and 2020. And HP director David Yates is back for Fantastic Beasts!

    [If you like this, be sure to see our post about Queen Jo's Fantastic Beasts Twitter hint! (Small spoiler alert for the link.)]
  • In other JK Rowling news, she's planning on building Hagrid's hut on her property! Here are the plans and more information. I mean, come on--who wouldn't love a perfect replica of Hagrid's hut in their backyard?
  • Want to read awesome YA book reviews? Check out Reading Rants! It includes reviews of awesome new books, book trailers, movie adaptation trailers, interviews, and more.

    [If you want to write a review for this blog, email it to ecorrea@mrlib.org]
  • Do you need Halloween costume ideas? Check out these YA costume ideas from BuzzFeed, Teen.com, Read Breathe Relax, and Forever Young Adult.
  • And finally, have you been looking forward to The Office writer BJ Novak's new children's book, The Book With No Pictures? Well, here's your chance to see him read it to an enthusiastic group of kids! It's definitely a use-your-imagination-and-a-silly-voice kind of book.