South Kingstown Public Library Teens

Bonechiller

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Bonechiller by Graham Mcnamee

I don’t scare easily; I enjoy everything about zombies, monsters and other things that go bump in the night. I find very few things scary (except, perhaps the movie The Descent). So imagine my surprise when I realized that while reading Graham Mcnamee’s new book, Bonechiller, I was holding my breath a bit, every so often glancing up wide eyed and stealthily checking out my very quiet house.

Bonechiller takes place in the far north of Canada, in the sparsely populated town of Harvest Cove, where the days are short and the nights are long and cold. Danny and his father are relatively new to the town, trying to escape the memory of his recently deceased mother. One night after hanging out with friends, while on his way home, Danny is attacked by…something. He’s unable to get a good look, but he knows it’s bigger than any dog, wolf or bear he’s ever seen. It sticks to the shadows, slowly toying with him—stalking him like prey—until it corners him and bites or stabs him (Danny’s not really sure) and then runs off into the night.

The next day, he’s pretty sure he may have imagined the whole thing; until he noticed a small blue mark on his hand and finds animal type footprints at the spot where he was attacked. As strange things beginning happening, Danny realizes that there is something out there in the darkness, and that he and his friends must stop it before they just disappear into the Arctic night.

Combining monsters and aspects of Inuit folklore, Mcnamee’s Bonechiller is a riveting read, perfect for those who enjoyed Darren Shan’s books and are now looking for another creepy title.

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2009 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Winner

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Young adults from across Rhode Island chose Michael Scott’s The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel as their favorite book for the past year in a statewide election. As a result, Scott’s book was awarded the 2009 Rhode Island Teen Book Award. The award is sponsored by the Rhode Island Educational Media Association and the Rhode Island Library Association. Runners up for the award include Devilish by Maureen Johnson and Just Listen by Sarah Dessen.

In the novel that kick’s off a series, which is scheduled to have six volumes filled with magic, mythology, and vampires; readers are introduced to Sophie and Josh Newman, the 15-year-old twin children of archeologists. They have taken summer jobs across the street from one another, Josh in a bookstore and Sophie in a coffee shop. When a sinister man in a sleek, dark car arrives to change their lives, he turns the bookstore to rubble using powerful magic. The bookstore owner turns out to be Nicholas Flamel, a 14th century alchemist, who, with his wife Perenelle, guards the secret to immortal life … and the sinister man is Dr. John Dee, a magician/astrologer from the court of Queen Elizabeth I, who has been chasing the Flamels across time and space, determined to steal the book that gives them their powers.

Josh and Sophie are immediately caught up in an epic battle between these powerful magicians and the ancient beings of myth and legend that they call upon. With Perenelle held captive and Flamel’s powers waning, the safety of the entire human race may depend on Josh and Sophie learning to use their own latent powers, but can they survive their “awakening?”

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Big Fat Manifesto

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Big Fat Manifesto by Susan Vaught

Being fat isn’t easy. Clothes don’t fit you. People stare at you or pretend that you are not there; they feel uncomfortable around you. They whisper, wondering if you know how big you are and, if so, why don’t you just do something about it?

Jamie Carcaterra knows how it feels first hand how it feels to be fat, and frankly she is sick of how people act around her. She knows she is overweight. She is fat. In fact, she is Fat Girl, author of the Fat Girl features in her school newspaper, The Wire. Started as a way to win a journalism scholarship, she uses her column to explore what it’s like to be fat in such a weight obsessed, skinny world, as well as to dispel myths such as “Poor Fat Girl needs to be educated about her problem” and “all Poor Fat Girl wants to do is lose weight”.

However, column and her life take an unforeseeable turn when her boyfriend Burke decided to undergo a risky gastric bypass surgery. Now Jamie is forced to think about the questions that really matter. Will Burke still love her when he’s thin? Is being fat all she is? Is she really committed to being the “fat girl activist spokesperson”? And why does it seem like Heath, her co-editor on the paper, might like her as more than just a friend? Doesn’t he know she’s fat?

Although at times a bit predictable and preachy, Vaught has written a funny yet thoughtful look at what it’s like to be a Fat Girl in today’s world.

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Teen Contests!

Like contests?
Like trivia?
Like chocolate?

Starting this month, the Peace Dale Library will be holding teen trivia contests! Stop by the teen area to enter the March contest The First Woman To…

Do you know who was the first American woman in space? How about the first woman to win a Nobel Prize? Or maybe the first African American woman to win a Best Actress Oscar?

Come tell us the answers by March 31st and be entered to win a delicious candy prize!

New contests will be held each month, so don’t miss out!

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And the winner is…

It’s awards season, and not just for movies. Many young adult books have been honored in the past few months….here are the winners:

Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
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Jellicoe Road
by Melina Marchetta

Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn’t a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs is back in town, moody stares and all.

In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her, Hannah finding her then and her sudden departure now, a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear, a boy in her dreams, five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago, and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does. If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she might just be able to change her future.

2009 Michael L. Printz Honor Books

  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II, The Kingdom on the Waves by M.T. Anderson
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
  • Nation by Terry Pratchett
  • Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

National Book Award: Young People’s Literature
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What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

When Evie’s father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than just good war stories. When movie-star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served in Joe’s company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes.

She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the secrets that surround him . . . until a tragedy occurs that shatters her family and breaks her life in two. As she begins to realize that almost everything she believed to be a truth was really a lie, Evie must get to the heart of the deceptions and choose between her loyalty to her parents and her feelings for the man she loves.

2009 National Book Award Honor Books

  • Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks by E. Lockhart
  • The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
  • The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

YALSA’s 2009 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults

  • It’s Complicated: The American Teenager by Robin Bowman
  • Waiting for Normal by Leslie Conner
  • Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena
  • Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher
  • Baby by Joseph Monninger
  • Nation by Terry Pratchett
  • Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
  • The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees

These are just some of the winner and lists of what was tops last year. Check out more on the library’s website at www.skpl.org/teenbookawards!

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Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

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Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

The Maximum Ride series focuses on a group of six very special kids. As babies, they were part of a scientific experiment conducted at the School, where their DNA was grafted together with avian DNA. The result: along with other varied powers each of them now has wings.

The Angel Experiment opens several years after they had escaped from the School. Unable to live normal lives, the six of them (led by Max) have lived as a family, safely in seclusion from the rest of the world. That safety is broken when the youngest of the flock, Angel, is kidnapped by Erasers. Erasers are another School experiment, humans crossed with wolves and raised as brutal hunters.

Max and the others vow to save Angel, and set out on a rescue mission where they not only encounter danger at every turn, but start to learn more about who they are and where they came from. This new found knowledge leads them from the School in Death Valley across the country to New York in search of answers.

The writing of the book is a little choppy, with the short 2-3 pages chapters. However, this is easily overlooked as Patterson quickly lures you in with action and plot twists; and of course, leaves you with so many unanswered questions at the end that you just have to pick up the next book.

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7th-9th Grade Book Club

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Just a reminder….on Thursday, March 5th, from 4-4:45pm, the 7th-9th grade book club will be meeting to discuss Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson.

Copies of the book will be available in advance at the Peace Dale Library. Snacks will be served, no registration is required. New members always welcome.

Next meeting: April 2nd
Book: Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller

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Get in the Game…Books About Sports

The days are getting longer and nicer (except for yesterday’s snow). It’s time to start thinking about getting out and playing sports. Check out the new display in the teen area at the Peace Dale Library: “Get in the Game…Books About Sports”

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Born in Sin by Evelyn Coleman
Despite serious obstacles and setbacks, fourteen-year-old Keisha pursues her dream of becoming an Olympic swimmer and medical doctor.

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Gym Candy by Carl Deuker
Football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick, who works hard for a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life.

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Offsides: a novel by Erik E. Esckilsen
Tom Gray, a Mohawk Indian and star soccer player, moves to a new high school and refuses to play for the Warriors with their insulting mascot.

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Boost by Kathy Mackel
Thirteen-year-old Savvy’s dreams of starting for her elite basketball team are in danger when she is accused of taking steroids.

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