Winter by Marissa Meyer

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Cinder and her allies have reached Luna, the one place where Levana’s reign holds full sway and their only shot at stopping her. Her iron fist reaches to the farthest parts of the moon. It will take all of Cinder and the others’ cunning to stop her.

Enter Winter, Levana’s crazy niece. She’s always been the most beautiful girl in Luna, and she achieves it without magic. Levana is threatened by her — and thus wants her dead.

When Levana tells Jacin, Winter’s lover, to kill her to prove his loyalty, Cinder’s path will be set on a crash course with Winter’s. There’s no telling who will walk away from this with benefits, but one thing is certain:

For everyone, there will be a cost.

 

Find it in Auburn PL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Meyer, M.

Teen Summer Reading Program: “Build a Better World”

Within this summer’s theme, “Build A Better World,” teens will have a chance to explore environmental and sustainability issues and what they can do to help build a better world for their generation– and future generations.

Did you know that Maine is the largest state in New England? Did you know that within our borders are spectacular mountains, unbroken forests, and bountiful waters? Did you know our rivers, lakes, streams, and forests are home to many different fish, plants, trees, birds, and wildlife?  The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) educates people about the beauty and value of Maine’s woods, waters, and wildlife. They share information about the challenges and opportunities our natural resources face and connect people with ways to help protect Maine’s environment.  NRCM is pleased to help kick off, “Build a Better World” at the Auburn Public Library. Come hear NRCM staff member Gabrielle Grunkemeyer talk about NRCM, what’s happening in our environment right now, and how you can help protect it.

This summer’s Teen Reading Program will run for 6 weeks, from June 28-August 9.  In addition to reading, programs and activities will include a river walk along the Androscoggin (with Androscoggin Land Trust), an opportunity to design a tiny house using Sketch Up and our 3D printer, an upcycle DIY, a composting workshop and more!  We also will bring back our Pizza & Pages Book Club, where we will read and discuss 3 books — “Ashfall” by Mike Mullin, “Not A Drop to Drink” by Mindy McGinnis, and “Trashed” by Derf Backderf.

For each book read and for each program attended, teens will have a chance to enter into a weekly drawing which will be a gift card to a local business.  The grand prize this year, a digital camera, will be awarded to the top reader (books must be read between June 21-August 9).  There will also be a prize — a gift card bundle — awarded for program participation.

The Teen Summer Reading Program is just for teens, ages 12-18 (entering 7th through 12th grade).  For more information, check out our 2017 Teen SRP slideshow, stop by the Library and pick up a brochure, visit our Events page( all Teen programs are listed in green), or give us a call!

 

Cress by Marissa Meyer

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Cinder, Scarlet, Wolf, and Thorne have all found each other. They’re hiding in space right now, busy trying to recover from devastating attacks on the earth – when they are paged by a girl trapped on a satellite, desperate to escape. Her name is Cress, and she’s hopeful that Cinder and Company are the chance she needs to get away from her cruel mistress.

But when the rescue attempt goes awry, Cinder’s party is separated. Cress and Thorne are stranded in the middle of a desert, while the others are all lost somewhere in space.

Can they find each other again and save Kai from marrying Levana?

 

The Lunar Chronicles, book 3

 

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Katniss Everdeen is just a girl trying to help her family survive in District 12, the poorest district in Panem. She illegally hunts in the woods with her best friend, Gale, and tries to protect her sister Prim.

But every year there is a reaping, in which a boy and a girl from each district are chosen to compete in the Hunger Games, a nationally televised competition from which only one kid can return alive. Katniss has taken steps to keep herself and Prim from being chosen, but on Reaping Day, her sister is selected.

Desperate to save Prim, Katniss volunteers to take her place. But as she continues down the road to the Hunger Games, she realizes that it will take everything she has to survive this game – and to retain her humanity.

 

The Hunger Games, book 1

 

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Conor’s mother’s illness isn’t getting better, no matter what kind of medications the doctors are giving her. At 12:07 PM, unable to sleep, he gets up and looks out the window – and sees a monster. The monster that looks just like the yew tree in the backyard.

The tree-monster makes a deal with Conor – it will tell him three stories. In return, he must tell it his story, the one with the terrifying truth. And it’s possible, Conor believes, that the monster will be able to save his mother.

During the day, Conor struggles to take care of his mom, whose chemo is making her constantly sick. He attends school and is bullied. His grandmother is staying with them, making things even more difficult for him.

But every night at 12:07, the monster returns. And things begin to change.

 

Find it in Auburn PL Teen Fiction YA FIC Ness, P.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Cinder and her new ally, Thorne, are on the run from the authorities in New Beijing. Having broken out of prison, they must escape the Eastern Commonwealth, or they will be doomed.

On the other side of the world, the French Scarlet Benoit searches for her missing grandmother, who the police have given up on. Scarlet knows her grandmother wouldn’t vanish without telling her where she was going, so she fears the worst – kidnapping or murder.

A street fighter named Wolf offers to help Scarlet find her grandmother, and she has no choice but to trust him. But as tensions between the Earth and Luna rise, things are growing more and more dangerous. Scarlet searches for her grandmother as Cinder looks for both of them, and if they can’t find each other, things will get even worse than they already are.

 

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Great Stories Club begins March 31st! (date change)

Structures of Suffering: Origins of Teen Violence and Suicide

The Auburn Public Library, in partnership with Outright LA, has been selected to receive a competitive grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to host a reading and discussion program about teen violence and suicide.

As one of 75 Great Stories Club grant recipients selected from across the country, the Auburn Public Library will work with a group of teens to read and discuss three books in which protagonists deal with issues surrounding teen violence, bullying and suicide.  The book titles, within the above theme, will include: “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini, and “Romeo & Juliet” (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels), illustrated by Matt Weigle.  These titles, selected by librarian advisors and humanities scholars, were chosen to resonate with reluctant readers who struggle with complex issues in their young lives.

The introductory meeting of Structures of Suffering will take place on Friday, March 31, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the library.  Meetings will continue every 2 to 3 weeks, concluding in early June.  Participants will get to keep copies of the books for their personal libraries.

Teens interested in being considered for this book club should contact Donna Wallace via email at dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org or by phone at 207-333-6640, ext. 4.

 

Son by Lois Lowry

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Claire is a young woman in Jonas’s community who is chosen for the unexciting but vital job of birth mother at the age of twelve. She is to produce three children who can be adopted by families in the community and further its good.

But then Jonas disappears from the community, taking Claire’s first son, Gabe, with him. Claire, desperate to find her son, follows them, nearly drowning in a storm when the boat she is on sinks. She is saved by people in a community which is neither dystopian nor utopian – full of people who want to just live their lives in a quiet, rural place.

Claire has just allowed herself to think that she could be happy here when she decides that she still has to find her son. But it will take everything she has to get there.

 

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

The Eastern Commonwealth of Earth is ravaged by a fearsome disease, letumosis, which kills you within days of its contraction. Cinder, a young cyborg who is the most gifted mechanic in New Beijing, does her best to stay healthy and stay out of the way of her stepmother, who blames her for most of the family’s problems.

But then Cinder’s stepsister, Peony, contracts letumosis. Cinder’s stepmother, frantic with worry, thrusts her into the palace laboratory, where she will be experimented on as the emperor’s scientists try to find a cure for the disease. Here she meets Kai, the emperor’s charming son, and learns of his possible impending engagement to the Lunar queen, Levana.

All is not as it seems and it is up to Cinder to figure it out.

 

Find it in Auburn PL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Meyer, M.

Author Maria Padian to visit for Teen Life Skills Series

In our Teen Life Skills series during the month of February, each week we will focus on Dating Violence Awareness Month — turning our attention and discussions toward Healthy Relationships.  To further bring awareness to and continue the conversation on this topic, on Thursday, February 23, we will welcome Maine author Maria Padian back to the Auburn Public Library.  She will join us to read an excerpt from her newest book, Wrecked, and lead a discussion about issues of consent in relationships.

Also joining us for this discussion will be community educators Whitney Parrish from Safe Voices and Hannah Johnson from the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services.

Copies of this book will be available for sale and there will be a signing session immediately following the discussion.

This program, which runs from 3-4 p.m., is open to teens and new adults, ages 12-21, and will take place in the Androscoggin Community Room.

For more information or questions, please contact Teen Librarian Donna Wallace at 207-333-6640, ext. 2009, or via email at dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org

 

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