Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

A book review by Faith Thompson


When Jack learns that he’s going to have a new foster brother, he’s eager to help him. But Joseph, age 14, has a unique set of problems — he has a four-month-old daughter. He has never met her, and that’s all he wants. Her name is Jupiter, and when the foster care people let slip who is taking care of her, Joseph and Jack will stop at nothing to find her so Joseph can meet her.

I picked this book because it is set in Maine. It’s funny at times, heartbreaking at times, and very fresh and real. If you like books that tear at your insides, this is a good one.


Find it in APL TEEN New Books YA FIC Schmidt, G.

Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

A book review by Faith Thompson


Cassie grew up hearing the legends of her mother Gail who was kidnapped by trolls, but never believed them. When she has a run-in with the Polar Bear King, however, who tells her that he can save her mother, she accepts his condition — she must marry him.

When Bear is taken from her right after Cassie discovers that she is pregnant, she embarks on a quest to save him from the trolls, a quest that will take her east of the sun and west of the moon, a quest that may ultimately cost her her life — and her baby’s.


Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Durst, S.

The Children of Hurin by J. R. R. Tolkien

A book review by Faith Thompson


The evil Melkor cursed his enemy Hurin’s children, Turin and Nienor, dooming them to a life of woe and misery. They can try to outrun him, but they will never get away. His most faithful servant, Glauthung the dragon, is ready to track them down. It’s his own personal mission to subject them to as much pain as he possibly can.

This story is a tragic romance by the author of Lord of the Rings, so if you like either of those things, this is the book for you.


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

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

A book review by Faith Thompson


When Kira’s mom dies, she is left to the mercy of the Guardians. Because of her disability, she has no way to support herself.  Kira is shocked to find the Guardians happy to give her a home and a job — repairing the robe that is worn every year at the Song Ceremony which relates to the world’s history. All is not as it seems, however, and Kira, her friends Thomas and Matt, and a little girl named Jo are the only ones who can figure it out.


Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Lowry, L.

Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John

A book review by Faith Thompson


Luke’s book, written at church camp, is suddenly a best seller. He’s off on a promotional tour down Route 66 — a tour which might get a little crazy. Matt, Luke’s happy-go-lucky brother, is driving him, Matt’s girlfriend Alex, and Alex’s sister Fran.  Completely the wrong group of people for this kind of road trip! Luke used to be in love with Fran — before she changed — and now he’s desperate to reclaim her as the girl she once was.


Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC John, A.

January’s Teen Life Skills Series features nutrition and yoga

For the 3rd year, from January through April, the Auburn Public Library will offer a Teen Life Skills Series. Each month, the APL will focus on a different topic aimed specifically at teens!

In January, the series will take a look at Healthy Lifestyles. On Tuesday, January 5, from 3-4 pm, Healthy Androscoggin will stop by the Teen Space for a nutrition class entitled “Teaching 10 Tips.” During this interactive class, teens will explore the USDA’s My Plate and gain knowledge on how to choose and prepare healthy meals and beverages. Teens will play a game and prepare a healthy, delicious snack together. Handouts, prizes and free gifts will be provided. To plan accordingly, registration is requested.

And on January 12, 19, and 26, the Library is excited to welcome Tisha Bremner from Inner Light Yoga of Maine for a 3-part series, “An Introduction to Yoga for Teens.” Learn the poses, breath techniques, and mindful attention practices in a fun and easy way in this class designed to inspire teens to relieve stress and take really good care of themselves. Teens should wear comfortable clothing in which they can move easily. A healthy snack will be provided at the conclusion of each class. This program will take place in the Teen Space from 3:30-4:15, and registration is required.

Teens may register for these programs by clicking on the Events tab on Auburn Public Library’s website; once there scroll to the program. Or call the Library at 333-6640, ext. 4.


The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

A book review by Faith Thompson


Mia just wants a normal life, with a date to the school dance, a better grade in Algebra, and a mom who’s not dating her dreaded algebra teacher. But then she finds out her dad is the prince of Genovia, a small country in France!

Suddenly everything gets a lot crazier. Mia’s grandmother is teaching her to be a “Proper” princess, and her dad is donating $100 a day to her favorite charity to get her to comply. And she still has no chance of getting to go to the dance.


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

Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill

A book review by Faith Thompson


Ann Putnam is tired of being outshone by everyone around her — ready to be different. Mercy Lewis is the beautiful servant with a troubled past — ready to put it behind her. And Margaret Walcott is madly in love and jealous of Mercy — ready to follow Ann. When the three of them, along with three others, Abigail, Elizabeth, and Betty, begin to accuse women and men in their town of being witches, they are opening up something huge.

They wanted to be celebrities — but is this the way?


Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Hemphill, S.

AUBURN PUBLIC LIBRARY receives ‘Great Stories Club’ book club programming grant for teens

Auburn Public Library has been selected to receive a competitive grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to host a reading and discussion program designed for at-risk teens.

As one of the 50 Great Stories Club grant recipients selected from across the country — and only one of two in New England — the Auburn Public Library, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine – Lewiston/Auburn Clubhouse, will work with groups of 6 to 10 teens to read and discuss modern novels.  The teenage years are a particularly difficult time for many, and it’s easy to become insular and detached from the people and ideas around you.   We are excited that, with support from the Great Stories Club program, we are offering our teens a new avenue in which to read, share and reflect on ideas that are relevant to their lives.

Under the theme “Hack the Feed: Media, Resistance, Revolution,” teens chosen to participate will read three titles: “Feed” by M.T. Anderson, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins,  and “March: Book One” by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. The titles — selected by librarian advisors and humanities scholars — were chosen to resonate with reluctant teen readers who struggle with complex issues.  Through book discussions and activities, participants will reflect on what part the media plays in shaping who we are and how we interact with one another.

The Auburn Public Library will receive copies of each of the three book selections for participants to keep.  Gatherings of the Great Stories Club at the Auburn Public Library will begin in January.  For more information, contact Donna Wallace, Teen Librarian. She can be reached by email at dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org or by phone at 333-6640, ext. 4.

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