Stand Off by Andrew Smith

Ryan Dean’s coach wants him to take over the rugby team. His roommate is twelve and has a crush on his girlfriend. His art isn’t doing what it used to for him. And his best friend’s brother has reappeared. What’s going on? This book is a sequel to Winger, and a very honest look at recovering from loss.

Whippoorwill by Joseph Monninger

Clair Taylor’s neighbors have chained a dog up in their yard and she can’t just ignore it. Wally isn’t trash, and she forms an unlikely bond with him.  What she feels for Wally catches her by surprise, as does Danny Stewart, who — like her — believes that every living being should have a chance at happiness.

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

A book review by Madeline Soucie       

 

Ever since Gretchen Muller’s father died while protecting her uncle when she was a child, Gretchen has grown up in Munich under her Uncle Dolf’s wing. She is like his little pet, protected by the National Socialist Party from the bad parts of the world and taught to hate the “dirty” Jews.

But when she meets a Jewish reporter who claims to know a different side to her father’s death, she must choose between taking a leap of faith and trusting him — and altering her life forever — or staying safe under her uncle’s protection. After all, Uncle Adolf would never lie, right?

This story uses fictional characters and real events to tell a part of Adolf Hitler’s life that not everyone may know about: How he became the head of the Nazi’s and their anti-Jew campaign.

 

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

 Ashes by Kathryn Lasky

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Gaby has a happy life, living in Berlin, Germany with her astronomer father and violin teacher mother. She and her best friend Rosa are in the same class, her teacher is her idol, and her sister Ulla has a nice boyfriend. They spend their summers at the lake house next door to Albert Einstein’s. But all is not right — World War II has broken out right there in Berlin, and Nazi activists are turning up everywhere, trying to get Gaby and Rosa to join their ranks. And there is something weird about Ulla’s boyfriend, something not quite right. Worst of all, people are burning Gaby’s beloved books!

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Lasky, K.

Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

A book review by Madeline Soucie

 

Cynthia’s school has a new librarian and her best friend, Annie, has fallen in love with him. Understandable given his good looks and how he is youngish and very friendly. Plus he’s making Annie a library monitor.

But Cynthia can tell from the beginning something isn’t right about Mr. Gabriel. Could it be his literally memorizing black eyes (creepy), the bad feeling she has about him, or maybe those horns and wings he was sporting when no one was looking. Yeah the new librarian is definitely a demon.

Now on top of being the tech director of the school musical, Sweeney Todd, and not being a fool in front of her crush (who is by the way the  only other person who knows Mr. Gabriel is a demon), Cyn must find a way to step up and destroy Mr. Gabriel and save her best friend before he can suck the life out of the entire school.

 

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

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Meg’s father has been missing for years. Too many. And he’s not even on this planet. He’s somewhere deep in the reaches of space. Meg is ready to go find him.

With the help of three mysterious old ladies, her genius four-year-old brother Charles Wallace, and her new friend Calvin, Meg tessers into the unknown to save her dad. She discovers strengths that she didn’t know she had, and that even weaknesses can be used for good. She is the only one who can get them home in one piece and there is only one weapon that can save them. But she doesn’t know what it is!

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA Large Type L’Engle, M.

College Night (for Teens and Parents)

The Auburn Public Library is pleased to announce its 3rd annual College Night on Thursday, October 15, in the Androscoggin Community Room.  Designed to provide information early in the college process to teens and their parents, this event will feature representatives from eight Maine colleges and universities:  Bates College, Central Maine Community College, Husson University (just added!), Maine College for Health Professions, Kaplan University, University of Maine (Orono), University of New England, and University of Southern Maine/USM Lewiston Auburn College.  Also joining us this year will be a representative from the University of New Hampshire, as well as a college access counselor from the Finance Authority of Maine.

The evening will begin at 5:30 with a panel discussion facilitated by Maggie Davis of College for ME Androscoggin.  Whether a teen is in middle school, just starting high school or a senior applying for college, it is hoped this evening will get them – and their parents – thinking about their future and/or provide answers to some of the many questions which arise as they begin talking about and looking at colleges.  Discussion topics will address admissions, affordability and financial aid, academics, campus and student life, and careers upon graduation.

If time permits, the panel will be followed by a brief Q&A session.  The second part of the evening will feature a mini college fair, whereby each admissions representative will be available with specific information about their school and programs offered.

For more information or to register (requested), visit the Library’s website at www.auburnpubliclibrary.org.  You may also call the Reference Desk at 207-333-6640, ext. 4.

 

Audacity by Melanie Crowder

 

A book review by Madeline Soucie

 

This story is based on the life of Clara Lemlick, a Russian Jewish immigrant who grew up in Russia and then moved with her family to America on the East Side of New York in the early 1900s. Clara worked in a cloth factory in horrible conditions for little pay to help support her family. Her working conditions inspired her to fight for improvement of work conditions for women and never gave up despite the challenges she faced.

Though this is historical fiction, it is based on true events and gives a little bit of an insight of how immigrants worked and lived when they first entered the country in the old days.

 

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

Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez

A huge explosion in New London in 1937 opens this story, which then flashes back to Naomi, a Mexican, and Wash, a Negro, who have fallen in love in a time of deep segregation. No one in this town can cross the racial barriers.  This work of historical fiction is “A powerful, layered tale of forbidden love in times of unrelenting racism.” (author’s note taken from Kirkus Reviews)

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