Freaks of Nature by Wendy Brotherlin

Written by a local author, this is the first book in The Psion Chronicles.  A global ebola panfreaksdemic is causing children to be born with “psionic” or paranormal powers.  Years later, six of them are captured by the government and sentenced to death, as they are feared by “baselines” (those without powers).  But their powers are so different … can they find a way to work together to save themselves before it’s too late?

On Two Feet and Wings by Abbas Kazarooni

In this memoir, Abbas Kazarooni is forced to flee his home in Tehran before he’s even ten.  He ends up in Istanbul, alone and on his own, with nothing to guide him.  Abbas must conquer his fear in order to survive in a country where he doesn’t even speak the language.  This is a story of courage and resilience and readers will be rooting for Abbas every step of the way.

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The Cost of All Things by Maggie Lehrman

cost of all thingsWhen Ari was little and her parents were killed in a fire, the trauma was almost unbearable.  To forget, she took a spell.  Years later, Ari visits a hekamist to get another spell to erase all memory of Win, her boyfriend who recently died.  But there are consequences to taking multiple spells … Told from four different points of view, the past and present are woven together and brings to light the truth behind a terrible tragedy.

Another Day by David Levithan

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When we met A in Every Day, he was a teen with no attachments and no commitments – until he met Rhiannon, they shared a perfect day and fell in love.  This companion tells the story from Rhiannon’s perspective – how she copes with loving A (now known as Justin), as she seeks to understand her love for him, and tries to decide whether it’s worth the emotional toll.

The Third Twin by CJ Omololu

A book review by Madeline Soucie            

 

When they were little, Lexi and Ava made up a third twin -Alicia – to blame things on. Someone ate the last cookie or broke a vase? Alicia did it.

Now that they are seniors in high school the twins use Alicia to date boys they usually wouldn’t date and then break it off. It’s all fun and games and no one gets hurt.

That is until boys Alicia dates start showing up dead and Lexi wants Alicia gone. But evidence starts piling up and pointing towards Lexi. Now she must run and try to clear her name and figure out who did this. Figure out if her own twin is behind the murders or if Alicia is real….

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Omololu, C.

Become a Teen Volunteer!

The Auburn Public Library is now accepting applications for Teen Volunteers for the fall (September-November) .  If you are between the ages of 12 and 18, love the APL, and would like to give back to your community, this is the place for you!  We have the following volunteer positions available  —

Shelf Reader (2 positions) – Shelves books, refiles periodicals, and does shelf-reading (making sure that books are in proper alphabetical and numerical order), ensuring that books are where they belong.  Straightens shelves so books look neat and appealing to customers.  At the beginning of each month, shelf readers will also assist in pulling books to be taken off the “NEW” status as directed.

Program AssistantAnime Club (1st Wednesday), Gaming Hour (2nd Wednesday & 4th Friday), DIY (3rd Wednesday) – Must be available on these days for 1 ½-2 hours to assist in set up, remain during the event to provide help as needed, and assist with take down and clean up following the event.

Book Reviewer – For the teen who is an avid reader (and writer!), this person will write a weekly or bi-weekly book review, 1 to 2 paragraphs in length, which will get posted to our webpage, “Teens Talk Books.”

Book Display/Flyer Design Assistant – This teen will create flyers for book displays and upcoming programs.  This position also includes putting together book lists for upcoming displays, pulling books for these, and switching out the displays.

Teen Tech Tutor – This position involves assisting one afternoon or evening a week in either our MacIntosh Media Lab or PC Computer Lab.

For more information or to complete an application, contact Donna Wallace at 207-333-6640, ext. 4 or at dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org.

 

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Sal’s mom left a year ago, and Sal is desperate to see her again and bring her back. Her grandparents decide to take her from Ohio to Idaho for a visit, and along the way, as entertainment, Sal decides to tell them the story of her past year with her friend Phoebe. Phoebe’s mom left, too, but much more mysteriously, and Phoebe is convinced that her mother has been kidnapped by her next door neighbor. Nothing is as it seems, whether it be why Phoebe’s mom is kissing a “lunatic” or even why Sal’s own mother left her. Sprinkled with just the right amount of humor, and a few blackberry kisses, this is a sweet story that I think people should read.

 

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

Teen Summer Reading Finale Party

Teens who signed up for our Teen Summer Reading Program are invited to join us for our Finale party on Friday, August 14.  Teens may dress up as their favorite super hero (optional), there will be pizza, and drawings for the four finale prizes!  (Although teens do not need to be present to win, if your name is drawn, you will have one week from the time you are notified to claim your prize; if we do not hear from you, another name will be drawn.)

Finale prizes include a movie and pizza party for you and 9 friends at the Library, a $50 gift card to the Auburn Mall, a $50 gift card to Bull Moose Music (donated by Center Street Dental), a Kindle paperwhite (donated by Best Buy).  There may also be a few door prizes, as well!

So that we have enough pizza for all who plan to attend, please either email or call us to let us know you’re coming (dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org; or 333-6640, ext. 4).

The party takes place from 4-5 p.m. in the Androscoggin Community Room!

Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Braden has always wanted to think that his father is a good man, but now he’s been accused of murdering a police officer, and Braden is the key witness at his trial. He has no idea what to do, and baseball, his normal getaway from his broken family, isn’t the refuge it used to be now that he has to play against the nephew of the murdered officer.

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