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Friday Spotlight: Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is a national celebration that focuses on the freedom to read. The main idea of celebrating is to remind everyone that no matter what their age is, they have the right to read the books and materials they choose to read.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 by the American Library Association when they noticed a large number of books being taken out of schools and libraries. Every year, hundreds of libraries around the country celebrate Banned Books Week by putting up displays of books that have been challenged or banned from a school, bookstore, or library.

These are just some young adult books that have been challenged since 2005…are some of your favorites on there?

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Great Tree of Avalon by T.A. Barron
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Deadline by Chris Crutcher
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Romiette & Julio by Sharon Draper
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Lush by Natasha Friend
Shattering Glass by Gail Giles
Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L Going
Looking for Alaska by John Green
The Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Jake, Reinvented by Gordon Korman
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Vegan, Virgin, Valentine by Carolyn Mackler
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Whispers from the Dead by Jean Lowry Nixon
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

For more information on Banned Books Week, please visit

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Friday Spotlight: June is Audiobook Month!

I know, June is already almost over. You’re probably thinking, “It’s a little late in the month to start celebrating audiobooks”.

Nope, you’d be wrong about that!

See, the end of June also brings the end of the school year and the beginning of summer. And the long days on the beach. Or maybe the endless road trip with the family. Or maybe just the need to tune out a bored younger sibling. Or maybe (hint, hint) you are looking for something to listen to for the library’s Own the Night Teen Summer Reading Program. Maybe.

Regardless, all of these reasons make the end of June the perfect time to celebrate the audiobook.

Here are a few new ones that you can find at the library this summer:

Fault in Our Stars by John Green Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman’s athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he is becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.
Legend by Marie Lu In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.
Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

These are just some of the audiobooks in the teen section of the library. Need some more ideas? Check out the Young Adult Library Services Association List of Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults. It is updated every year, complete with a top ten list.

So what do you prefer? Listening to audiobooks? Or would you rather read the story right from the pages?

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Friday Spotlight:

Fairy Tales are everywhere lately! The TV shows Grimm and Once Upon a Time were both just renewed for a second season and there are not one, but TWO adaptations of Snow White coming to theaters this summer (Snow White and the Huntsmen starring Kristen Stewart actually opens in just one week–to see it or not to see it…hmmmmm).

Retelling fairy tales is definitely not a new practice…check out some of these fairy tale twists:

Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman New York high school student Elizabeth gets an after-school job as a page at the “New-York Circulating Material Repository,” and when she gains coveted access to its Grimm Collection of magical objects, she and the other pages are drawn into a series of frightening adventures involving mythical creatures and stolen goods.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce After a Fenris, or werewolf, killed their grandmother and almost killed them, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenaged girls, learning how to lure them with red cloaks and occasionally using the help of their old friend, Silas, the woodsman’s son.

Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love by Chris Roberson In this graphic novel retelling, supernatural artifacts from the Homelands begin surfacing in the modern world, and it falls to Cinderella, Fabletown’s best kept (and best dressed) secret agent to stop the illegal trafficking. But can Cindy foil the dark plot before Fabletown and its hidden, exiled inhabitants are exposed once and for all? And how does her long lost Fairy Godmother factor into the equation?

Belle: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Cameron Dokey
Belle is convinced she has the wrong name, as she lacks her sisters’ awe-inspiring beauty. So she withdraws from society, devoting her time to wood carving. Secretly, Belle longs to find the fabled Heartwood Tree. If carved by the right hands, the Heartwood will reveal the face of one’s true love. When Belle’s father stumbles upon the mysterious Heartwood — he encounters a terrifying and lonely Beast. Now Belle must carve the Heartwood to save her father, and learn to see not with the eyes of her mind, but with the eyes of her heart.

Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley The infant princess Briar Rose is cursed on her name day by Pernicia, an evil fairy, and then whisked away by a young fairy to be raised in a remote part of a magical country, unaware of her real identity and hidden from Pernicia’s vengeful powers.

Castle Waiting by Linda MedleyThis graphic novel tells the story of an isolated, abandoned castle, and the eccentric inhabitants who bring it back to life. A fable for modern times, Castle Waiting is a fairy tale that’s not about rescuing the princess, saving the kingdom, or fighting the ultimate war between Good and Evil — but about being a hero in your own home.

Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhem GrimmSometimes, it’s just good to read the originals…many of which are so much darker than the versions you may be used to!

What is your favorite fairy tale? Would you like to see it in as a movie? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Friday Spotlight: It’s Prom Time!

Looking at the new issues of our teen area magazines, I had a realization. Yup, it’s that time of the year. Prom. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s here! And to go along with it–some books about proms. Perfect proms. Not so perfect proms. Even zombie proms…

Pssst…these titles also will go along with the upcoming Teen Summer Program theme…Own the Night…stay tuned for more about that!

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber Perry’s parents insist that he take Gobi, their quiet, Lithuanian exchange student, to senior prom but after an incident at the dance he learns that Gobi is actually a trained assassin who needs him as a henchman, behind the wheel of his father’s precious Jaguar, on a mission in Manhattan.

The Anti-Prom by Abby McDonald On prom night, Bliss, Jolene, and Meg, students from the same high school who barely know one another, band together to get revenge against Bliss’s boyfriend and her best friend, whom she caught together in the limousine they rented.
Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin Feeling humiliated and confused when his best friend Tessa rejects his love and reveals a long-held secret, high school senior Luke must decide if he should stand by Tessa when she invites a female date to the prom, sparking a firestorm of controversy in their small Indiana town.

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
Eighteen-year-old Ash wants nothing to do with senior prom, but when disaster strikes and her desperate friend, Nat, needs her help to get it back on track, Ash’s involvement transforms her life.

24 Girls in 7 Days by Alex Bradley Jack Grammar, average American senior, has no date to the prom. Or so he thinks. Percy and Natalie, Jack’s so-called best friends, post an ad in the classified section of the online version of the school newspaper. They figure it couldn’t hurt. After all, there’s not much in this world sadder than Jack’s love life.

The Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby While trying to cast a love spell on her date on the eve of the senior prom, Mia inadvertently infects her entire high school class with a virus that will turn them all into zombies.
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Summer Reading Help

I know many don’t want to think about it…but in just a few short weeks, summer will be over and it will be time to go back to school.

How’s the required summer reading going? Finished already? No? Haven’t started? Not a problem. We can help. If you have specific titles you need to read, stop in, we can order them for you. Need suggestions on mysteries, science fiction, autobiographies or short stories? Try some of these:


The Red Blazer Girls: The Ring of Rocamadour by Michael Beil
Catholic-schooled seventh-graders Sophie, Margaret, Rebecca, and Leigh Ann help an elderly neighbor solve a puzzle her father left for her estranged daughter twenty years ago.

Scat by Carl Hiaasen
Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teacher goes missing.

Half Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer
Twelve-year-old private investigator Fletcher Moon, nicknamed “Half Moon” because of his shortness, must track down a conspiracy or be framed for a crime he did not commit.

Science Fiction

Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve
In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.

Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Thirteen-year-old Bethany’s parents have always been overprotective, but when they suddenly drop out of sight with no explanation, leaving her with an aunt she never knew existed, Bethany uncovers shocking secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.

Fourth World by Kate Thompson
Fifteen-year-old Christie and his older stepbrother, Danny, travel to the home and mysterious laboratory of the elder boy’s scientist mother, where they learn a shocking truth about the nature of her experiments.


Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah
When her mother dies giving birth to her, Adeline is considered bad luck by her family, thus when her father’s new wife begins to treat her poorly while spoiling the others, Adeline can turn to no one for comfort and must endure the difficult times on her own, in a dramatic true story of bravery and triumph over adversity.

How Angel Peterson got his name : and other outrageous tales about extreme sports by Gary Paulsen
Author Gary Paulsen relates tales from his youth in a small town in northwestern Minnesota in the late 1940s and early 1950s, such as skiing behind a souped-up car and imitating daredevil Evel Knievel.

The abracadabra kid: a writer’s life by Sid Fleischman
The autobiography of the Newbery award-winning children’s author who set out from childhood to be a magician.

Short Stories

Sideshow: Ten original tales of freaks, illusionists, and other matters odd and magical edited by Deborah Noyes
Ten original tales by modern-day masters of the bizarre. Meet mediums and mummies, spinsters and bearded ladies, circus freaks and monsters of every sort!

Geektastic: Stories from the nerd herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
From Trekkers to science geeks, Buffy fanatics to Dungeon Masters, nerds of all persuasions are sure to find themselves in the pages of this anthology.

Free? Stories celebrating human rights edited by Amnesty International
An anthology of fourteen stories by young adult authors from around the world, on such themes as asylum, law, education, and faith, compiled in honor of the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

These are just a few suggestions, be sure to check out other titles on the Teen Booklist Page of the South Kingstown Library website.


New Finds & Hidden Treasures

New Finds & Hidden Treasures is our new weekly book spotlight! Every Monday we’ll let you know about one of our great books from the new section as well as a related hidden treasure that you may have missed the first time around.

Check out this week’s fantasy titles!

New Find…
Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns . . .

Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. Fortunately, they’ve been extinct for a hundred and fifty years.

Or not.

Astrid had always scoffed at her eccentric mother’s stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend—thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to the prom—Astrid finds herself headed to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for centuries.

However, at the cloisters all is not what it seems. Outside, the unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from the crumbling, bone-covered walls that vibrate with a terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to—perhaps most dangerously of all—her growing attraction to a handsome art student . . . an attraction that could jeopardize everything.

And a Hidden Treasure…
Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

Other titles you may like:

  • Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Terrier: The Legend of Beka Cooper by Tamora Pierce

Sound good? Check the library catalog for availability. And don’t forget to check back for all new suggestions next Monday!

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New Finds & Hidden Treasures

New Finds & Hidden Treasures is our new weekly book spotlight! Every Monday we’ll let you know about one of our great books from the new section as well as a related hidden treasure that you may have missed the first time around.

Check out this week’s titles:

New Find…
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks Think vampires are romantic, sexy, and powerful? Think again. Vampires are dead. And unless they want to end up staked, they have to give up fanging people, admit their addiction, join a support group, and reform themselves.
Nina Harrison, fanged at fifteen and still living with her mother, hates the Reformed Vampire Support Group meetings every Tuesday night. Even if she does appreciate Dave, who was in a punk band when he was alive, nothing exciting ever happens. That is, until one of group members is mysteriously destroyed by a silver bullet. With Nina (determined to prove that vamps aren’t useless or weak) and Dave (secretly in love with Nina) at the helm, the misfit vampires soon band together to track down the hunter, save a werewolf, and keep the world safe from the likes of themselves.
And a Hidden Treasure…
Suck It Up by Brian Meehl Are you up to your neck in bloodsucking vampire stories?

Tired of those tales about dentally enhanced dark lords?

Before I wrote this book I thought all vampires were night-stalking, fangpopping, bloodsucking fiends. Then I met Morning McCobb. He’s a vegan vampire who drinks a soy-blood substitute called Blood Lite. He believes staking should be a hate crime. And someday he hopes to march in a Vampire Pride Parade. He was also the first vampire to out himself and try to show people of mortality, like you and me, that vampires are just another minority with special needs. Trust me—this is like no other vampire book you’ll ever feed on.

So, as my buddy Morning says, “Pop the lid, and suck it up.”

Other titles you may like:

  • Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer
  • Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez
  • Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (Maybe) by Kimberly Pauley

Sound good? Check the library catalog for availability. And don’t forget to check back for all new suggestions next Monday!

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New Finds & Hidden Treasures

New Finds & Hidden Treasures is our new weekly book spotlight! Every Monday we’ll let you know about one of our great books from the new section as well as a related hidden treasure that you may have missed the first time around.

Check out this week’s titles:

New Find…
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With the Great War brewing, Alek’s and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both their lives forever.

And a Hidden Treasure…
Airman by Eoin Colfer Conor Broekhart was born to fly.

It is the 1890s, and Conor and his family live on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. Conor spends his days studying the science of flight with his tutor and exploring the castle with the king’s daughter, Princess Isabella. But the boy’s idyllic life changes forever the day he discovers a deadly conspiracy against the king. When Conor intervenes, he is branded a traitor and thrown into jail on the prison island of Little Saltee. There, he has to fight for his life, as he and the other prisoners are forced to mine for diamonds in inhumane conditions.
There is only one way to escape Little Saltee, and that is to fly. So Conor passes the solitary months by scratching drawings of flying machines into the prison walls. The months turn into years, but eventually the day comes when Conor must find the courage to trust his revolutionary designs and take to the skies.

Other titles you may like:

  • Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
  • Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Sound good? Check the library catalog for availability. And don’t forget to check back for all new suggestions next Monday!

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Back to School Books

Going back to school after a nice long summer can be a bit of a drag…how does your school experience compare to the teens in these books? Check out these titles in more in the “Back To School” display at the Peace Dale Library.


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.


The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman
When fourteen-year-old Katie and her older sister, Michaela, move from New York City to upstate New York, Katie is horrified by the country life-style but is even more shocked when her sister adapts effortlessly, enjoying their new life, unlike Katie.


My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins and Fenway Park by Steve Kluger
Three teenagers in Boston narrate their experiences of a year of new friendships, first loves, and coming into their own.


The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.


Zen and the Art of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick
When thirteen-year-old San Lee moves to a new town and school for the umpteenth time, he is looking for a way to stand out when his knowledge of Zen Buddhism provides the answer–and the need to quickly become a convincing Zen master.

Check out a full list of titles on the Teen Booklist Page of the South Kingstown Library website.

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Writing Without Rules…

April is National Poetry Month…and before you brush off poetry as boring, check out these titles in more in the “Writing Without Rules…Novels in Letters, Verse and Diary Form” display at the Peace Dale Library.


Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham
After a shark attack causes the amputation of her right arm, fifteen-year-old Jane, an aspiring artist, struggles to come to terms with her loss and the changes it imposes on her day-to-day life and her plans for the future.


Sold by Patricia McCormick
Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi, though poor, enjoys her life until the Himalayan monsoons wash away her family’s crops and she is sold to a brothel in India by her stepfather. She remembers her mother’s wisdom, “Simply to endure is to triumph,” until the day comes that she can reclaim her life.


Monster by Walter Dean Myers
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.


Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge
When a fourteen-year-old baseball player catches mononucleosis, he discovers that keeping a journal and experimenting with poetry not only helps fill the time, it also helps him deal with life, love, and loss.

Check out a full list of titles on the Teen Booklist Page of the South Kingstown Library website.

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