South Kingstown Public Library Teens

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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First Loves and Crushes

It’s that time of year when romance is in the air…check out First Loves and Crushes: Romance Books For Guys & Girls.

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Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
High school student Nick O’Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.

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An Abundance of Katherines by John Greene
Colin tends to fall for girls named Katherine. He goes on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which will predict the future of all relationships, realize his true genius, and win him the girl.

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The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper
When Kate wins an essay contest that sends her to Verona, Italy, to study Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, she meets both American and Italian students and learns not just about Shakespeare, but also about star-crossed lovers–and herself.

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Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman
Seventeen-year-old Vince’s life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.

Check out the whole list on the SKPL Teen Booklist Page.

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