Black Out by Robison Wells

A book review by Clarissa Estrada

 

Having superpowers would be cool, right?

Wrong.

Not when the government wants to make use of them — hunt them down and catch them all, with intent to find out just how far their powers can go. Until a new group rises up.

A group of teens use their abilities to crush government sites, and spell out ‘danger’ in everyone’s mind.

Suddenly, experimenting with their powers doesn’t seem as important anymore. Now, they need to use them to their advantage. So they give them a choice: work for us, or die.

 

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One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

A book review by Clarissa Estrada

 

‘Everyone has secrets. Right?’ The characters of One Of Us Is Lying certainly do, and they are not too willing to let them get out, especially when the consequences could ruin their reputations. But when Simon, the school’s source of gossip, dies from a peanut allergy, it leaves everyone confused and four suspects.

One. Bronwyn, the nerd. She’s a straight A student, and previously wasn’t doing too well in chemistry, but miraculously brought her grades back up due to ‘hard work’ and ‘studying’.

Two. Nate, the criminal. He’s currently on probation for dealing drugs, and is still dealing behind their backs.

Three. Cooper, the jock. He’s known all around the school for being the best on his team. However, there is one little detail about his life that could change other’s views about him forever: he’s gay.

Four. Addy, the princess. She ran for homecoming queen, but won princess instead. She has a boyfriend, and a good life. Other than the fact that she cheated on her boyfriend. Oops.

All four of them have secrets. The question is: would they kill to keep them quiet?

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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