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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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)
This book revisits Hurricane Katrina in graphic novel format. Its style will appeal to all audiences – children, teens and adults. The excellent writing and high quality artwork captures both the devastation caused by this disaster and the human responsibility necessary for recovery. Additionally, the book also captures the triumph of New Orleans through its cleanup and rebuilding.
Each fall, Cara’s family enters the accident season – a time when they all become terribly accident-prone . The rest of the year, her family is just like any other family. Some years are worse than others, and this year may be the worst one yet. But Cara, Sam (her ex-step brother), and her best friend Bea are going to try to solve the mystery of the accident season for once and for all.
Tyler has everything going for him – he’s popular, a football star with a hot girlfriend, headed to a good college – until his mother commits suicide the summer before his senior year. After that, he lets everything go and shuts himself off. When his childhood friend, Jordyn, comes back into his life she offers him some solace and her love. Can Tyler open himself up to her and find happiness again? This is a very raw, and – at times difficult – read and deals with issues of abuse which can be graphic and unrelenting. That being said, it is also powerful and unforgettable.
Maggie has spent every summer of her life at a girls’ camp in Kentucky. Now, at age fifteen, she’s fallen in love with her counselor – another girl. This is a graphic memoir about first love –and first heartbreak – which is both poignant and insightful.