Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani

Claire’s never known much about her father. But on the tenth anniversary of his death she finds an old letter that threatens to destroy her life – her father was a Japanese criminal.  Claire is desperate to outrun his legacy — but why is she being sent coded Japanese messages and followed by a mysterious black car?

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Summer has just started, and Sierra plans to enjoy it, hanging out with her friends in their Brooklyn neighborhood and painting a mural at the local junklot. Then things start to get weird. While she is talking to fellow artist Robbie at the first party of the summer, a zombielike creature disrupts things, Robbie disappears, and she is left to discover that she lives in a world full of magic that she knows nothing about. As she slowly pieces together the mystery of her heritage, Sierra discovers her own powers of ancestral magic and battles the evil professor who is trying to steal them.  (Amazon.com)

Two Weeks to go in Teen Summer Reading Program

 

We have just a little less than two weeks to go in this summer’s Teen Summer Reading Program, “Unmask!”  This year, there were 69 teens who signed up to participate, a 32% increase over last year’s program.  Thank you to those of you who participated!  To date, 14 teens have turned in reading logs, amounting to a total of 362 books!  We have given out 14 Chill Zone beverages at Cumberland Farms, 5 gift certificates to Top It Frozen Yogurt Bar, 4 free Italian sandwiches at Sam’s, and 2 gift cards ($10) to Books A Million.  Although the program is winding down – with the finale party on Friday, August 14th – there is still time to turn in your reading log to win prizes, and there are still plenty of prizes left!  Stop by the Reference Desk with your completed log today!

 

Those teens who signed up are invited to join us for the finale party on Friday, August 14th!  Dress as your favorite superhero for a chance at a door prize.  There will be pizza, and we will do the drawing for the 4 finale prizes.  You could win a free pizza party and movie for you and 9 friends here at the Library, a $50 gift card to Bull Moose Music, a $50 gift card to the Auburn Mall, or a Kindle paperwhite.  Although you do not need to be present to win, you will have one week from the time you are contacted to claim your prize.  If we do not hear from you, another name will be drawn.

 

If you are planning to attend the party on the 14th, please contact the Reference Desk (207-333-6640, ext. 4) to let us know.  That will help to make certain we have plenty of pizza for all!  The party takes place in the Androscoggin Community Room from 4-5 p.m.

 

 

Bunker 10 by J.A. Henderson


A book review by Madeline Soucie

 

This book has a rather complex plot filled with a few dark turns.

Pinewood Military Installation was located in the middle of nowhere and no one knew about it except for the people working with it, including seven children. But of course there are secrets at Pinewood.

Secrets that led to its explosion on Dec. 24, 2007 for an unknown reason killing all 185 military personnel on the base and the seven children. This story tells their last day…

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Henderson, J.

Teen Summer Comic Book Premieres

The writers and illustrators of this summer’s APL Presents Super Special No. 3 held their premiere party yesterday here at the Library.  This summer’s staff was comprised of eight teens who each created their own character and together they created the villain, T.E.D. (That Evil Dude).  To see more about the production as well as photos, visit Mike Jordan’s website, bigredapress.com.  If you are interested in obtaining a copy of Super Special No. 3, call or stop by the Reference Desk at the Library.

We are currently talking with Mike Jordan regarding the possibility of creating a quarterly magazine if there is enough interest.  If you like writing and/or illustrating comic books and are between the ages of 12-17, call or stop by the Reference Desk to let Donna know.

Thanks to the staff for their work on this issue: Daisy, Brianna, Madison, Kacie, Cassidy, Bryce, Graesyn and Xander; and special thanks Mike Jordan and Jennifer Babineau for their time and care of this project.

TEENS! Comic Book Workshop

Just a reminder that our APL Presents Comic Book Workshop with Mike Jordan is coming up on July 14th & 21st.  Teens who like to draw and/or write and are between the ages of 12-18 are invited to be a part of the staff for this special summer issue of APL Presents.  This program requires pre-registration, and teens registering must be available on both dates. There are still a few spots available. To register, go to the program calendar or call the Reference Desk at 333-6640, ext. 4.

Teen Summer Reading Program Kicks Off on June 23!

Teens!  Be sure to join us on Tuesday, June 23, as we kick off our 2015 Teen Summer Reading Program, “Unmask!”  For this year’s program as we turn our attention to heroes, we are pleased to welcome local heroes from the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society.  The GAHS are heroes to the many lost, surrendered and abandoned animals in our community.  Come meet some of the amazing people who do this great work at GAHS (along with a furry friend or two), hear about how they do what they do, and teens can learn about how they can help.  Teens who bring a donation of pet food for the shelter will be entered into a drawing for three door prizes.  This program will take place in the Androscoggin Community Room from 3-4 p.m.  Although sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program is just for teens, ages 12-18, other family members are invited to attend this event.

 

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