A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Conor’s mother’s illness isn’t getting better, no matter what kind of medications the doctors are giving her. At 12:07 PM, unable to sleep, he gets up and looks out the window – and sees a monster. The monster that looks just like the yew tree in the backyard.

The tree-monster makes a deal with Conor – it will tell him three stories. In return, he must tell it his story, the one with the terrifying truth. And it’s possible, Conor believes, that the monster will be able to save his mother.

During the day, Conor struggles to take care of his mom, whose chemo is making her constantly sick. He attends school and is bullied. His grandmother is staying with them, making things even more difficult for him.

But every night at 12:07, the monster returns. And things begin to change.

 

Find it in Auburn PL Teen Fiction YA FIC Ness, P.

Author Maria Padian to visit for Teen Life Skills Series

In our Teen Life Skills series during the month of February, each week we will focus on Dating Violence Awareness Month — turning our attention and discussions toward Healthy Relationships.  To further bring awareness to and continue the conversation on this topic, on Thursday, February 23, we will welcome Maine author Maria Padian back to the Auburn Public Library.  She will join us to read an excerpt from her newest book, Wrecked, and lead a discussion about issues of consent in relationships.

Also joining us for this discussion will be community educators Whitney Parrish from Safe Voices and Hannah Johnson from the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services.

Copies of this book will be available for sale and there will be a signing session immediately following the discussion.

This program, which runs from 3-4 p.m., is open to teens and new adults, ages 12-21, and will take place in the Androscoggin Community Room.

For more information or questions, please contact Teen Librarian Donna Wallace at 207-333-6640, ext. 2009, or via email at dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org

 

Also Known As by Robin Benway

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

This is Maggie Silver’s first spy mission on her own. She’s the daughter of two world-class spies, and they all work for a corporation that brings down villains to do good for the world. Her entire life has been spent breaking into secure facilities and performing her specialty – cracking safe codes and stealing their contents.

But now she has to attend a normal high school in New York City’s Greenwich Village, and the guy whose safe she’s supposed to crack is the dad of the coolest boy in school.

Suddenly, Maggie has issues with forming ordinary friendships, being fashionable, and guys who really like her. She’s faced tough stuff before, but nothing like this. What’s a girl who’s never had a social life to do?

 

Find it in Auburn PL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Benway, R.

Girl, Stolen by April Henry

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Cheyenne was just going to stay in the back of the car while her stepmom ran into the drugstore to pick up a prescription for Cheyenne’s pneumonia. Cheyenne is blind and left her guide dog at home, which turns out to be a mistake — a big mistake.

Griffin is the son of a car thief and a criminal. When he sees a Cadillac sitting running in the parking lot with no one in it, he can’t resist. What he doesn’t realize is that the daughter of Nike’s president is in the back of the car.

Cheyenne finds herself being held prisoner, desperately sick and desperate to escape. And for the first time, Griffin is caring for someone other than himself. But will that be enough to get Cheyenne out before it’s too late?

 

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

All-American Girl by Meg Cabot

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Samantha just wants to draw pictures in her own way and not get in trouble for being in love with her big sister, Lucy’s, boyfriend. But when Lucy is the most popular girl at school and her younger sister, Rebecca, is a nationally certified genius, Sam feels forgotten by everyone.

Things begin to look up when Sam skips art class and ends up saving the president from an assassin. But when Sam realizes that the president’s son, David, is in love with her and that she’s been named the Teen Ambassador to the United Nations, things get way more complicated.

 

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

The Ashleys by Melissa de la Cruz

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

At Ms. Gamble’s School for girls, the Ashleys rule. There are three of them, all the same grade, all gorgeous, all rich, and all named Ashley. They’ve reigned uncontested for years now, but there’s a new challenger to the throne — Lauren Page.  Lauren’s father recently engineered a new video-sharing site that has made his family into multi-billionaires. Lauren’s ready to change seventh grade, but Ashley Spencer, Ashley Alioto, and Ashley Li are not going down without a fight.

Better watch out, Ms. Gamble’s!

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC De la Cruz, M.

Princess in the Spotlight (The Princess Diaries, #2) by Meg Cabot

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Mia’s mom and her Algebra teacher are expecting a baby, and they’re getting married. Her grandmother is obsessed with giving them the royal wedding of the century. And she has a secret admirer who’s sending her letters and emails under a fan name. Her chest is still tiny and her best friend Lilly seems to be infatuated with Mia’s cousin, Hank. And even with all of this Mia still has to take princess lessons from her grandmother and try to be a vegetarian.
What’s a princess who didn’t even know she was a princess to do?
Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Cabot, M.

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.