Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Doug’s family is a disaster. His oldest brother Lucas is in the army fighting the war in Vietnam, and they haven’t heard from him in almost a year. His parents do nothing but fight, and his dad seems to hate his three sons.

But Doug may have the opportunity for a new life when his family moves to a small town in Northern New York State. Here he meets a girl named Lil Spicer, who rides a pink bike and teaches him to drink a really cold Coke; an old man at the library who shows him how to draw; and Doug gets a job as a grocery delivery boy for Lil’s father. But just when he thinks he may be okay in this town, his brother Christopher is accused of stealing from multiple stores, and there is no way to convince the police that he is innocent.

Doug is capable of rising to the occasion, but will it be enough?

 

Find it in Auburn PL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Schmidt, G.

The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Tiffany is nearly a woman now. She’s seventeen and ready to take on her own steading — or district — to which she provides poverty relief. The Nac Mac Feegle are behaving themselves, finally, and she has a wonderful boyfriend named Preston.

But then things start to fall apart. Granny Weatherwax is old now and will die very soon. None of the witches are quite certain what to do without her, and they don’t know if they are capable of protecting Discworld without her guidance. And the gate into the Fairy Kingdom that Tiffany entered at the age of 9 to rescue her brother is glowing again.

The elves want revenge.

 

Find it in Auburn PL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Pratchett, T.

Poison Ivy by Amy Koss

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

For years, Ivy has been bullied by her classmates, led by Ann. Now she has finally brought her complaint to her social studies teacher – who thinks that it would be a great opportunity to practice what they’ve been learning about American court systems and sets up a mock trial.

Ivy and her painfully shy lawyer, Daria, are to present an accusation against Ann and her friends. Ann and her lawyer, Owen, know that they don’t have anything to worry about – but the jury may end up being in favor of Ivy. And there’s only a couple of witnesses who know the truth – but which side will they take?

 

Find it in Auburn PL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Koss, A.

Safekeeping by Karen Hesse

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Radley went to Haiti to do volunteer work and to get away from the impending threat of the American People’s Party, who are likely to take over in the next election. When she gets home, she discovers that they have, and that the country is in an uproar.

Her parents have vanished and it’s not safe for her to stay at home. So Radley starts walking down the roads of Vermont, heading for Canada, where she may be safe. On the way there she meets another young woman named Celia, who is obviously hiding something. But what is it? Will there be safety in Canada? Will Radley ever find her parents again? You will have to read the book to find out!

 

Find it in Auburn PL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Hesse, K.

Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett (The Tiffany Aching Adventures, book 3)

A book review by Faith Thompson
Tiffany thought her problems were over when she rescued her little brother Wentworth from the Fairy Queen. Now she’s thirteen and living away from home in order to train to become a real witch when she grows up. But then she makes a horrible mistake – in a crucial dance for the changing of the seasons.

Now the Wintersmith, Lord of Winter, thinks that she is the Summer Lady and is in love with her. People are dying when they crash into icebergs shaped like her on the ocean, and the world is covered in snowflakes shaped like Tiffany.

With the help of her friend Roland, some eccentric witches, and the Wee Free Men, Tiffany will have to try to fulfill her new role as the Summer Lady and make it to spring – and stay away from the Wintersmith. Because now he wants to marry her. And he is still not quite a man.

 

Find it in Auburn PL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Pratchett, T.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Sophie’s life is settled. While her sisters go off to seek their fortunes, here she will be, at home, working in the family’s hat shop. But then she insults the Wicked Witch of the Waste one day, and the Witch gets revenge – turning her into an old woman.

Sophie is determined to resume her natural state and ends up moving into the moving castle of Howl, a dangerous wizard who is rumored to steal girls’ souls. She meets his strange accomplices and begins to see that he is not as dangerous as he seems. But it will take everything she’s got to find a bunch of missing persons, save Howl himself, and go back to her natural age.

 

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The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Maurice is a cat. He has a group of rats — talking, intelligent rats — that do his bidding because he pays them. They make money by doing a fake Pied Piper act, complete with a stupid-looking kid named Keith to play the pipe. The rats are tired of the act, so the town called Bad Blintz will be the last one.

But Bad Blintz is no ordinary town. There is something evil lurking in the tunnels under the town — something that talks into your head, something that is stealing all of the food from the people who live there. It’s up to Maurice, the rats (especially Peaches, Darktan, and Dangerous Beans), the kid named Keith, and the mayor’s daughter Malicia to solve the mystery and save Bad Blintz from crippling famine.

 

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Ender is only six when he is discovered by the Battle School to be a brilliant leader. Taken from his family, including his beloved older sister, Valentine, Ender is isolated in space, where he must learn all he can, as quickly as he can. There is a war going on – a war against the buggers, creatures from deep space who want to destroy the humans on earth so that they can colonize the planet.

Ender finds himself excelling at everything, even while he is loathed by the other children in the school. He plays game after game of simulation, but in the end – is this a game? What are they training them for?  Or is he training himself?

 

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Teen Summer Reading Program Wrap Up!

Now that this summer’s teen reading program has come to a close, here is a recap of what went on here this summer, as well as the prize winners.

For this summer’s theme, “Get in the Game: READ!” we turned our attention to Mind & Body Wellness.  Our 8-week program kicked off on June 21st with a visit from triathlete Angela Bancroft.  Our schedule was jam packed with programs like the smoothie challenge, a Step Count Challenge, make your own zen garden, yoga and — of course — reading, including a book club!

In the smoothie challenge, teens formed teams of 2 and had to put together their best recipe using a liquid, at least 2 fruits and/or veggies, and had the option of adding healthful extras and spices or sweeteners.  Our winning team, Marcus Mitchell and Monique Market, went for chocolate — and lots of it — and each won a smoothie cookbook!

During the month of July, for the Step Count Challenge, teens were issued pedometers and kept track of their steps for the month.  Our winner, Mitchell Bean, logged a total of 398,272 steps during July. For his efforts, he won a $25 gift card to Olympia Sports.

Winning the prize for the most number of programs attended was Chris Cloutier.  Chris attended 20 programs and won a backpack filled with school supplies.

With 42 teens signed up to read with us this summer, there was lots of reading going on — with a total of 245 books read!  Our Pizza & Pages Book Club read and discussed 3 books with a common theme of the main character having to overcome setbacks to achieve in their sports of running, swimming and baseball.  Thanks to Center Street Dental, participants got to keep a copy of the book(s) they read, and our local Domino’s supplied the pizza for this book group!

Our top reader this summer was Lily Vincent, who read 30 books.  For her efforts, she won a book bundle of 6 popular young adult books.

Faith Thompson was the winner of this summer’s grand prize, a FitBit Charge, donated by Best Buy.

Congratulations and thanks to all who participated in the 2016 Teen Summer Reading Program.  Special thanks to our sponsors — Best Buy, Portland Sea Dogs, Center Street Dental, Top It Frozen Yogurt, Domino’s Pizza and Hannaford!

Believe it or not, we’ve already started thinking about the 2017 Teen Summer Reading Program. Next summer’s theme: “Build a Better World.”  If you’d like to help in the planning, contact Donna Wallace at the Reference Desk!

 

 

 

Heat by Mike Lupica

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Michael is twelve years old and has no birth certificate to prove it. He has the best pitching arm anybody in the Little League has ever seen – which is why the rival coaches suspect that he is lying about his age and is actually much older.

Michael’s coach, downstairs neighbor, best friends, and brother Carlos all know that he isn’t lying. But with his dad dead, Michael has no way to prove his age and that may take him out of the game. Unless they can get his birth certificate from Cuba in time for the championship game. And he and Carlos are ready to try.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Lupica, M.

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