Teen News and Updates Archive

Book News: Teens’ Top Ten Winners for 2017

October 19, 2017
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The votes are in! Here are the winners of this year’s Teens’ Top Ten, the “teen choice” award where teens around the country nominate and select their picks for the best books of the previous year:

1. Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
2. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
3. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
4. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
5. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
6. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
7. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
8. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
9. Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout
10. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Book-to-Movie News: The Hate U Give

October 17, 2017
Hate U Give book cover

If you need any more reason to read the wildly popular and discussion-worthy novel, The Hate U Give, how about reading it before it becomes a movie? The novel by Angie Thomas, which has topped the New York Times Young Adult Best Seller list for 32 weeks now, is being adapted into a movie starring Amandla Stenberg (of The Hunger Games and Everything, Everything fame). Filming has been underway in Atlanta over the past month, and the movie is slated for release in 2018. Find a copy of the book or the audiobook in our lending system, and discover for yourself why this novel has been showered with accolades.

Last chance to vote for Teens’ Top Ten!

October 12, 2017
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The voting period for the annual teen choice award, Teens’ Top Ten, is coming to an end. Check out this year’s 26 nominated books which were selected by teen book groups across the country, and then cast your vote before October 14th. This year’s winners will be announced next week!

Book-to-Movie News: The Death Cure

October 3, 2017

For those of you patiently awaiting the final installment in the cinematic adaptation of James Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy, a film release date has been set for January 26th, 2018. The Death Cure had been delayed indefinitely last year, after its star Dylan O’Brien was seriously injured while shooting on the film’s Vancouver set. After a long recovery, O’Brien is thankfully back in action. An official trailer for The Death Cure was released last week:


Banned Books Week 2017

September 26, 2017
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Celebrate your freedom to read this September 24th through 30th!

“Banned Books Week” is a reminder to citizens of all ages of the detrimental impact of censorship in a democratic society. Every year hundreds of “challenges” are made by individuals and groups across the country in an effort to limit access to library or school books deemed objectionable. If a “challenge” is accepted by a library or school administration, that book will be “banned,” or in other words, removed or barred from use. As the American Library Association points out, in most cases, books that are challenged are not successfully banned–in large thanks to “the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.” This week is a celebration of that community involvement.

Every year the American Library Association compiles a list of the most frequently challenged books in schools and libraries. Out of the 323 challenges submitted to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, here are the top ten most frequently challenged in 2016:

1. This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Reasons: challenged because it includes LGBT characters, drug use and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes

2. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
Reasons: challenged because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint

3. George written by Alex Gino
Reasons: challenged because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels”

4. I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
Reasons: challenged because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints

5. Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan
Reasons: challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and it was considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content

6. Looking for Alaska written by John Green
Reasons: challenged for a sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to “sexual experimentation”

7. Big Hard Sex Criminals written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
Reason: challenged because it was considered sexually explicit

8. Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread written by Chuck Palahniuk
Reasons: challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness, and being “disgusting and all around offensive”

9. Little Bill Series written by Bill Cosby and and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
Reason: challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author

10. Eleanor & Park written by Rainbow Rowell
Reason: challenged for offensive language

John Green’s Newest Novel…

September 12, 2017
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Ok, it’s coming. The giant of YA literature, John Green, is releasing his first novel in 5 and a half years. Turtles All the Way Down will be published on October 10th. Reviews are scant, but anticipation is big. For those of you die-hard fans out there, Green gave a taste of what is to come last week, when he read aloud the first chapter on his Vlogbrothers channel. See below. Did he whet your appetite? Add your name to the growing hold list!


Graphic Novel News: Eisner Awards 2017

August 15, 2017
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This year’s San Diego Comic-Con featured the 29th Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Considered the “Oscars” of the comics industry, the Eisners are the preeminent awards for comic and graphic novel artists. You can find the full list of winners on the Comic-Con website, or check out some of the winning titles in our Adult and YA graphic novel collections:

Best Limited Series
The Vision by Tom King and Gabriel Walta

Best Continuing Series
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Best Reality-Based Work
March, Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Best Writer
Brian K. Vaughan for Paper Girls and Saga

Best Graphic Album—New
Wonder Woman: The True Amazon by Jill Thompson

Best Digital Comic

Bandette by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson

Summer’s Hottest YA Books

July 20, 2017
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We’re reaching the heart of summer, and these titles are the ones that have been climbing bestseller lists and that have critics and readers talking this year. Click on any of these hot titles to find a copy in our lending system, while the summer is still long and lazy!

Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali
Realistic fiction. Fifteen-year-old Janna Yusuf, a Flannery O’Connor-obsessed book nerd and the daughter of the only divorced mother at their mosque, tries to make sense of the events that follow when her best friend’s cousin–a holy star in the Muslim community–attempts to assault her at the end of sophomore year.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Historical fantasy. The daughter of a prominent samurai in feudal Japan is targeted by a dangerous gang of bandits who want to prevent her political marriage, a situation that compels her to disguise herself as a boy and infiltrate the gang’s ranks in order to stop the individual behind the plot.

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
Romance. Cynical about happy endings, Louna, the daughter of a wedding planner, initally holds Ambrose at arm’s length, but Ambrose has finally found someone to save him from his serial dating ways, and he’s not about be discouraged.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Historical fantasy.Two friends on a Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe stumble across a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt shaped by pirates, highwaymen and their growing attraction to one another.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (#3 in Court of Thorns and Roses series) by Sarah Maas
Fantasy.Hoping to gather information on Tamlin and the invading king threatening Prythian, Feyre plays a deadly game of deceit while trying to find allies.

The Battlemage (#3 in The Summoner series) by Taran Matharu
High fantasy. Pursued by Wyvern Riders and the albino orc Khan through the ether, Fletcher and his Vocans Academy classmates uncover clues about traitors in their midst and Fletcher’s demon, Ignatius, in a race against time to survive the region’s poisonous environment.

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Mystery. When one of five students in detention is found dead, his high-profile classmates—including a brainy intellectual, a popular beauty, a drug dealer on probation and an all-star athlete—are investigated and revealed to be the subjects of the victim’s latest gossip postings.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Romantic comedy. When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents’ obsession with “marriage prospects” but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting arranged marriage with him.

Crazy House by James Patterson
Dystopian science fiction. In a future world where teenagers are taken, imprisoned, and forced to fight for their survival, well-behaved Cassie will do whatever it takes to save her rebellious twin sister from Death Row.

Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
High fantasy. Tilla, the illegitimate daughter of Lord Kent, bands together with other outcasts in an attempt to prevent civil war and protect Lyriana, a sheltered, visiting princess whose life is in danger.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Realistic fiction. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.

Summer is the season for audiobooks!

June 22, 2017
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Looking for an audiobook as you hit the road on a summer trip? Or as you while away the hours on a lazy afternoon? Check out our selection of YA audiobooks on CD. Or check out the generous offerings from SYNC, a program sponsored by Audiofile Magazine which offers two free downloadable audiobooks every week for teens 13+. Here is the rest of the SYNC schedule for this summer:

June 22 – June 28
THE WITCH’S VACUUM CLEANER AND OTHER STORIES by Terry Pratchett, Narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt
THE WITCHES: SALEM, 1692 by Stacy Schiff, Narrated by Eliza Foss

June 29 – July 5
AMERICAN NIGHT: THE BALLAD OF JUAN JOSÉ by Richard Montoya, Developed by Culture Clash and Jo Bonney, Performed by L.A. Theatre Works
MY NAME IS NOT EASY by Debby Dahl Edwardson, Narrated by Nick Podehl and Amy Rubinate

July 6 – July 12
REBUTTAL by Jyotsna Hariharan, Narrated by Phoebe Strole, Michael Crouch and Nina Mehta
REMEMBER TO FORGET by Ashley Royer, Narrated by Will Lasley

July 13 – July 19
THE DORITO EFFECT: THE SURPRISING NEW TRUTH ABOUT FOOD AND FLAVOR by Mark Schatzker, Narrated by Chris Patton
SUGAR by Deirdre Riordan Hall, Narrated by Tara Sands

July 20 – July 26
GONE: GONE SERIES, BOOK 1 by Michael Grant, Narrated by Kyle McCarley
THE ONE SAFE PLACE by Tania Unsworth, Narrated by Mark Turetsky

July 27 – August 2
AIRBORN by Kenneth Oppel, Narrated by David Kelly
SHADOWS ON THE MOON by Zoe Marriott, Narrated by Amy Rubinate

August 3 – August 9
BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys, Narrated by Emily Klein
IN MY HANDS: MEMORIES OF A HOLOCAUST RESCUER by Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong, Narrated by Hope Davis

August 10 – August 16
SHADOWSHAPER by Daniel José Older, Narrated by Anika Noni Rose
METAMORPHOSIS by Franz Kafka, Narrated by Martin Jarvis

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Literature

June 9, 2017
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June is Pride month, and to celebrate, we’d like to share some of the new LGBTQ+ literature which has been added to our shelves in the past year. Find these books in our catalog or on display in the Teen Space.

Fiction:
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown (2016)
Joanna meets the perfect girl for her and must decide whether to break a promise that could change everything for her and her family or lose out on love.

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard (2016)
Pen, who looks and acts like a boy, just wants to be the kind of girl she’s always been, but the people in her life have a problem with it. Old-world parents, faltering friendships, and strong feelings toward other girls lead Pen to see that, in order to be who she truly wants to be, she’ll have to man up.

Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg (2017)
Ben Carver returns for the spring semester at the exclusive Natick School in Massachusetts determined to put his relationship with Rafe Goldberg behind him and concentrate on his grades and the award that will mean a full scholarship–but Rafe is still there, there is a girl named Hannah whom he meets in the library, and behind it all is his relationship with his distant, but demanding father. A companion book to Openly Straight.

Draw the Line by Laurent Linn (2016)
A teen boy survives a hate crime against another gay student through his art.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (2016)
Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (2017)
Secrets are revealed as OCD-afflicted Griffin grieves for his first love, Theo, who died in a drowning accident.

Nonfiction:
Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings (2016)
Teen activist and trailblazer Jazz Jennings–named one of “The 25 most influential teens” of the year by Time–shares her very public transgender journey, as she inspires people to accept the differences in others while they embrace their own truths.

The ABC’s of LGBT by Ashley Mardell (2016)
In The ABC’s of LGBT+, Ashley Mardell, a beloved blogger and YouTube star, answers many of your questions about: lgbt and lgbt+, gender identity, sexual identity, teens in a binary world, the LGBT family, and more.

Graphic Novels:
Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill (2016)
When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, the two band together to defeat a jealous sorceress with a dire grudge against Sadie.

Happy 75th Anniversary, Wonder Woman!

May 30, 2017
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This week Wonder Woman celebrates 75 years since her creation by William Moulton Marston in 1941. As you’ve undoubtedly heard, part of the celebration will be the opening of her first ever feature film on June 2nd. Want to explore the story of the most famous female superhero? Check out Entertainment Weekly’s article on the History and Life of Wonder Woman or browse some of our Wonder Woman titles here at Patten:

Wonder Woman, v. 1-2 by Brian Azzarello (2012)
When Wonder Woman learns the secret her mother Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, has kept regarding her father, her life shatters.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore (2014)
A cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character’s creation, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story.

Wonder Woman, v. 1-4 by George Perez (2004-2006)
Follows the adventures of Wonder Woman who faces many adversaries, including the Greek god Ares and the Olympian god Hermes.

Wonder Woman: The True Amazon by Jill Thompson (2016)
Jill Thompson’s storybook style reimagining of the early years of the Amazon Princess Diana, who would grow up to become Wonder Woman. When young Diana has the fawning attention of a nation, she soon grows spoiled. But a series of tragic events take their toll, and Diana must learn to grow up, take responsibility, and seize her destiny.

Book-to-Movie News: Everything, Everything

May 16, 2017
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The movie adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s best-selling YA novel Everything, Everything opens this week. When it was first published in 2015, Yoon’s romance charmed readers with its story of Madeline, a girl who is so allergic to the world that she lives her entire life in the bubble of her home, and Olly, the new neighbor who seeks to know her. Moviegoers will recognize Amandla Stenberg, the actress playing Madeline, from her role as the young Rue in the film adaptation of The Hunger Games, while Olly is played by Nick Robinson, seen in Jurassic World and The Fifth Wave.

The novel stayed on the New York Times best seller list for over a year. The coming weeks will demonstrate whether the movie has the same popularity and staying power. If you’re looking to compare the two, you’ll find Yoon’s novel Everything, Everything in Patten’s collection, as well as her highly praised 2016 release The Sun Is Also Star.

Book News: Edgar Award 2017

May 2, 2017
Girl in the Blue Coat book cover

Congratulations to Monica Hesse, author of The Girl in the Blue Coat and winner of this year’s Edgar Award in the Young Adult category! The Edgar Awards, named in honor of famed writer Edgar Allen Poe, are given annually by the Mystery Writers of America to the best mysteries published in the previous year. By receiving the Edgar, The Girl in the Blue Coat adds another honor to its already impressive list of accolades, including appearances on six “Best of 2016” lists. Set in 1943 Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, the book is a thought-provoking historical thriller. To experience it yourself, look for it on our shelves.

Book-to-TV News: 13 Reasons Why

April 13, 2017

If you haven’t already heard the hype, Netflix’s adaptation of the best-selling Jay Asher novel 13 Reasons Why is getting rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. The story addresses serious teen topics of suicide, cruelty, loneliness, and loss, and fans of the book will be relieved that most reviewers think the story has been adapted thoughtfully. The thirteen episodes of the series were released together on March 31st and are ready for bingeing for Netflix subscribers, and you can find the book in our YA collection.

Book-to-Movie News: Mortal Engines

March 24, 2017
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Okay, it’s still a long way off, but we thought that you science fiction fans would be happy to learn that Mortal Engines, the first in Philip Reeve’s “Hungry City Chronicles,” is being adapted to film. Robert Sheehan, who you might have seen in the role of Simon in Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, is set to star, and Peter Jackson of The Lord of the Rings fame is directing. While you’ll have to wait until December 14, 2018 to see the film, you’ll find the book edition in our collection now.

YA Fiction for Armchair Travelers

February 18, 2017
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Are you longing for a change of pace? A reprieve from Maine’s snowy landscape? Lose yourself in one of these novels set in foreign lands….

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (2010)
France
An angry, grieving seventeen-year-old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school travels to Paris to complete a school assignment and uncovers a diary written during the French revolution by a young actress attempting to help a tortured, imprisoned little boy–Louis Charles, the lost king of France.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman (2013)
France
Sparks fly when American good girl Allyson encounters laid-back Dutch actor Willem, so she follows him on a whirlwind trip to Paris, upending her life in just one day and prompting a year of self-discovery and the search for true love.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (2003)
Afghanistan
Traces the unlikely friendship of a wealthy Afghan youth and a servant’s son, in a tale that spans the final days of Afghanistan’s monarchy through the atrocities of the present day.

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill (2012)
England
During an educational trip to London, away from her friends and the boy she thinks she is fated to love, Massachussets high school junior Julia Lichtenstein is paired with her nemesis, Jason, and begins seeing many things differently.

Operation Red Jericho by Joshua Mowll (2005)
China
The posthumous papers of Rebecca MacKenzie document her adventures, along with her brother Doug, in 1920s China as the teenaged siblings are sent to live aboard their uncle’s ship where they become involved in the dangerous activities of a mysterious secret society called the Honourable Guild of Specialists.

Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet (2011)
England
In 1960s Norfolk, England, seventeen-year-old Clem Ackroyd lives with his mother and grandmother in a tiny cottage, but his life is transformed when he falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy farmer in this tale that flashes back through the stories of three generations.

In Darkness by Nick Lake (2012)
Haiti
In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, fifteen-year-old Shorty, a poor gang member from the slums of Site Soleil, is trapped in the rubble of a ruined hospital, and as he grows weaker he has visions and memories of his life of violence, his lost twin sister, and of Toussaint L’Ouverture, who liberated Haiti from French rule in 1804.

The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty (2004)
Australia
Three female students from Ashbury High write to three male students from rival Brookfield High as part of a pen pal program, leading to romance, humiliation, revenge plots, and war between the schools.

Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai (2005)
Sri Lanka
Although life for fourteen-year-old Amrith in 1980 Sri Lanka seems rather uneventful and orderly, things change in a hurry when his male cousin arrives from Canada and Amrith finds himself completely enamored with his new visitor.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer Smith (2012)
England
Seventeen-year-old Hadley’s father is getting remarried, and while Hadley is (much) less than thrilled about it, she’s traveling to England to be a part of his wedding. After missing her flight to London by just four minutes, Hadley gets rebooked on another flight…where she meets Oliver.

Sekret by Lindsay Smith (2014)
Russia
A group of psychic teenagers in 1960s Soviet Russia are forced to use their powers to spy for the KGB.

Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan (2013)
Tanzania
A Tanzanian albino boy finds himself the ultimate outsider, hunted because of the color of his skin.

Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein (2015)
Ethiopia
Having moved to Ethiopia to avoid the prejudices of 1930s America, Emilia Menotti, her black adoptive brother Teo, and their mother Rhoda, a stunt pilot, are devoted to their new country even after war with Italy looms, drawing the teens into the conflict.

The Fetch by Laura Whitcomb (2009)
Russia
After 350 years as a Fetch, or death escort, Calder breaks his vows and enters the body of Rasputin, whose spirit causes rebellion in the Land of Lost Souls while Calder struggles to convey Ana and Alexis, orphaned in the Russian Revolution, to Heaven.

Wildlife by Fiona Wood (2014)
Australia
Two sixteen-year-old girls in Australia come together at an outdoor semester of school, before university–one thinking about boys and growing up, the other about death and grief, but somehow they must help each other to find themselves.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (2005)
Germany
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

Book News: Printz Award 2017

January 26, 2017
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Congressman John Lewis’ graphic novel memoir, March: Book 3, took home a slew of awards at this year’s annual Youth Media Awards, announced by the American Library Association this week. After taking home the National Book Award in November, March: Book 3 took home the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award for literary excellence in young adult writing, the Coretta Scott King Award, the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction. Four awards!!! Check out some of this year’s other honored titles below. Click on any award to see a full list of winners, and click on any title to request it from our lending system.

Michael L. Printz Award
Winner:
March: Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Honor Books:
Asking for It by Louise O’Neill
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Nonfiction for Young Adults Award
Winner:
March:Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Finalists:
Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal
In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis
Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner and Gareth Hinds
This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne

Alex Awards (for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences)

Coretta Scott King Award (recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults)
March: Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

William C. Morris Debut Award
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award
March: Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Schneider Family Book Award (for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience)
When We Collided by Emery Lord

Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

Book-to-Movie News: Before I Fall

January 17, 2017
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If you’re a fan of Lauren Oliver’s YA fiction, then you’ll be happy to know that the release date for the movie adaptation of her debut novel Before I Fall is approaching. The best-selling novel centers around Samantha, a teen popularity queen who dies in a car crash, but gets caught in a cycle of reliving the day of her death over and over. The film, starring Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, and Logan Miller, will open March 3rd. Until then, you’ll find Before I Fall and Oliver’s other best-selling novels in our collection.

Book-to-Movie News: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

January 1, 2017
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We are happy to report that a YA novel which tops many of our staff-favorite-lists here at Patten, The True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, is now being developed as a movie. The novel, a perennial best seller since its publication ten years ago, has delighted readers with its irreverent humor about the trials of adolescence, its honest depiction of life on the Spokane Indian reservation, and its universal themes of growth and loss. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Alexie will be writing the script adaptation, and Hugh Jackman is already on board as both a producer and an actor. We promise more news about the film’s release as it is announced. In the meantime, we highly recommend the print edition or the audio edition voiced by Alexie himself.

Book News: “The Best of 2016” Lists

December 20, 2016
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Are you on the hunt for engrossing holiday vacation reads or last minute holiday gifts? Well, the book critics are unrolling their “Best of the Year” lists, and they are chock full of great reads. After winning the National Book Award, John Lewis’ graphic novel March: Book 3 continues to draw attention, appearing on a multitude of lists. Other repeat appearances are made by Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also a Star, the fantasy mystery The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge and the historical novel Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Click on the links below to see the full lists.

Amazon

Kirkus

New York Times

Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

Time Magazine

Book News: Goodreads Choice Awards 2016

December 6, 2016
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Thousands of readers have voted, and the results are in for the Goodreads Choice Awards for 2016. Ruta Sepetys carried the Best Young Adult Fiction category with a whopping 29,122 votes for her World War II novel Salt to the Sea. In the Best Young Adult Fantasy category, Sarah Maas won with A Court of Mist and Fury, the second in her A Court of Thorns and Roses series. And the Debut Author award was even nabbed by a Young Adult author, Alwyn Hamilton, with her fantasy adventure story Rebel of the Sands. Congratulations to all!

Book News: National Book Award Winner 2016

November 17, 2016
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Our hearty congratulations to Congressman John Lewis, co-writer Andrew Aydin, and illustrator Nate Powell, recipients of the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for March: Book Three. Their critically-acclaimed graphic novel series has charted the history of the Civil Rights Movement through the autobiographical voice of Lewis, one of the movement’s key leaders. This concluding installment in their trilogy begins with the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, follows the Selma to Montgomery March, and ends with the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Congressman Lewis accepted the award last night in an emotional acceptance speech (see below). You can find all three volumes in our YA graphic novel section, or click on the titles below to request a copy.

March: Book One
March: Book Two
March: Book Three

Teen Writing Contest deadline is November 18th!

November 1, 2016

The deadline for the 4th annual Teen Writing Contest is fast approaching. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, November 18th, 2016. Don’t miss this chance to have your literary efforts recognized!

The contest is open to all students in grades seven to twelve residing in the library service area or attending school in R.S.U. 1. First ($100) and second ($50) prizes will be awarded for short fiction and memoir in two age groups, grades seven to nine and grades ten to twelve. Entries will be judged by a panel of library staff, trustees, local teachers, and teen library council members, and winners will be honored in a public ceremony in January.

For full submission guidelines, click here. Questions? Contact Roberta Jordan at rjordan@patten.lib.me.us.

Book News: Teens’ Top Ten for 2016

October 18, 2016
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Over 28,000 votes were cast by teens around the world to select this year’s “Teens’ Top Ten” awards! Check out the winning books below:

1. Alive by Chandler Baker
2. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
3. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
6. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
7. The Novice: Summoner: Book One by Taran Matharu
8. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
9. When by Victoria Laurie
10. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

For Fans of…“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Children”

October 7, 2016
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Have you read all of Ransom Rigg’s Miss Peregrine series? Already read the graphic novel adaptation? Already seen the movie? Still looking for more?

Try one of these dark and creepy “read-alike” selections from our collection:

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky graphic novel that features five spine-tingling short stories, including the online webcomic sensation “His Face All Red.”

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
On an island off the south coast of Victorian England, fourteen-year-old Faith investigates the mysterious death of her father, who was involved in a scandal, and discovers a tree that feeds upon lies and gives those who eat its fruit visions of truth.

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (#1 in the Shades of London series)
Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill–an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.

Asylum by Madeleine Roux (#1 in the Asylum series)
Three teens at a summer program for gifted students uncover shocking secrets in the sanatorium-turned-dorm where they’re staying–secrets that link them all to the asylum’s dark past.

Everlost by Neal Shusterman (#1 in the Skinjacker trilogy)
When Nick and Allie are killed in a car crash, they end up in Everlost, or limbo for lost souls, where although Nick is satisfied, Allie will stop at nothing–even skinjacking–to break free.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns.

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read!

September 27, 2016
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This September 25th to October 1st marks the American Library Association’s annual “Banned Books Week.” It is an opportunity for readers of all ages to celebrate our freedom to read books of our own choosing. Schools and libraries are sometimes asked to restrict access to books that contain unorthodox or unpopular ideas, and Banned Books Week reminds us all to be part of the conversation. Check out some of the most frequently challenged books of 2015 for yourself, and exercise your first amendment rights!

Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2015
(as reported to ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom)

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green
2. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
3. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
6. The Holy Bible
7. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
8. Habibi by Craig Thompson
9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan by Jeanette Winter
10.Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Teens’ Top Ten Voting Has Begun for 2016!

August 18, 2016

Voting season has begun… for the 2016 “Teens’ Top Ten Award,” that is. No nastiness, no slandering, no negativity. No, we bring you a much different type of election! “Teens’ Top Ten” is the only readers’ choice award where teens nominate the books and teens vote for the winners. Check out this list of the 2016 nominees or watch the video below, then exercise your right to vote between now and October 15th. The winning books will be announced on October 17th, and we’ll be highlighting them here on our blog.

Book-to-Movie News: A Monster Calls

July 28, 2016

Fans of Patrick Ness’ dark and mysterious novel A Monster Calls will be pleased that critics and viewers are cheering the newly released film trailer. Critics, such as this one at Vanity Fair, are optimistic that the movie adaptation will live up to the book. Ness himself wrote the screenplay, and the film boasts accomplished stars Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, and Felicity Jones. It opens in theaters on October 21st, but in the meantime, check out the new trailer for yourself:

For Fans of… The CW’s “Supernatural”

June 30, 2016

Anxiously awaiting the next season of Supernatural? Feast your soul on these creepy horror and fantasy stories featuring demon hunters, angels, and more from the paranormal world. We’ll even throw in a bit of family dysfunction! Click on any of these titles to check their availability on our shelves or to request a copy from our lending system.

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong (#1 in the “Darkest Powers” series)
After fifteen-year-old Chloe starts seeing ghosts and is sent to Lyle House, a mysterious group home for mentally disturbed teenagers, she soon discovers that neither Lyle House nor its inhabitants are exactly what they seem, and that she and her new friends are in danger.

The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan (#1 in the trilogy)
Sixteen-year-old Nick and his family have battled magicians and demons for most of his life, but when his brother, Alan, is marked for death while helping new friends Jamie and Mae, Nick’s determination to save Alan leads him to uncover a devastating secret.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (#1 in the “Mortal Instruments” series)
Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizzare world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon (#1 in the “Chronicles of Nick” series)
Streetwise, tough, and savvy, Nick and his quick sarcasm are the stuff of legend… until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity. With his fellow students turning into flesh-eating zombies, how can he stop them… without getting grounded by his mom?

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel (#1 in series)
In the 18th century when his twin brother falls ill in the family’s chateau in the independent republic of Geneva, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein embarks on a dangerous and uncertain quest to create the forbidden Elixir of Life described in an ancient text in the family’s secret Biblioteka Obscura.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (#1 in trilogy)
When a dark prophecy begins to come true, sixteen-year-old Evie of the International Paranormal Containment Agency must not only try to stop it, she must also uncover its connection to herself and the alluring shapeshifter, Lend.

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey (#1 in series)
In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi.

Summer’s Hot New Books!

June 18, 2016
Lady Midnight Book Cover

Summer is here, and there are a host of new and recent YA releases that are poised to be this summer’s best sellers and “must-haves.” We’ve highlighted some of this season’s hot picks below, and you can click on any of these titles to find copies in our catalog. And remember, any book that you read this summer that is over 100 pages in length will qualify for a prize from our summer reading program. Come see us at the Information Desk to find out more or download info from our Summer Reading webpage.

Fiction:

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Realistic Fiction
Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Urban Fantasy
In this series opener from the best-selling “Mortal Instruments” author, Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs and her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, race to stop a demonic plot that threatens Los Angeles.

The Last Star by Rick Yancey
Science Fiction
In the epic conclusion to the 5th Wave trilogy, Cassie, Ben, Ringer, and Evan confront the Others’ plans for the fate of the human race and the planet.

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
Historical Fiction
In mid-thirteenth century Provence, Dolssa de Stigata is a fervently religious girl who feels the call to preach, condemned by the Inquisition as an “unnatural woman,” and hunted by the Dominican Friar Lucien who fears a resurgence of the Albigensian heresy; Botille is a matchmaker trying to protect her sisters from being branded as gypsies or witches–but when she finds the hunted Dolssa dying on a hillside, she feels compelled to protect her, a decision that may cost her everything.

Railhead by Philip Reeve
Science Fiction
In a world of drones and androids Zen Starling is a human thief, but mostly he just likes to ride the Interstellar Express, the sentient trains that travel through the K gates from planet to planet, something only the Guardians understand–but now the mysterious Raven wants him to steal the Pyxis, an object that could either open up a new gate, challenging the Guardians, or put the entire gate system, and the universe itself in danger.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Fantasy
Scorned and feared because of a formidable horoscope, Maya commits herself to her education only to land in an arranged marriage that culminates in her sudden elevation to the throne, a situation threatened by dark secrets and magic.

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Realistic Fiction
Minutes after the principal of Opportunity High School in Alabama finishes her speech welcoming the student body to a new semester, they discover that the auditorium doors will not open and someone starts shooting as four teens, each with a personal reason to fear the shooter, tell the tale from separate perspectives.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Realistic Fiction
When a scandal surrounding her father upsets all her carefully laid plans for her future, Andie must learn to accept a new relationship with her father and to embrace a little chaos in her life.

Graphic Novels:

Apollo: The Brilliant One by George O’Connor
Graphic Novel–Mythology
In this latest installment in the popular Olympians graphic novel series, mighty Apollo is known by all as the god of the sun, but there’s more to this Olympian than a bright smile and a shining chariot.

Lumberjanes, vol. 1-3 by Noelle Stevenson
Graphic Novel–Fantasy
Now in its third volume, this series features best friends Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley who spend a fun summer at Lumberjane scout camp where they encounter yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons while solving a mystery that holds the fate of the world in the balance.

The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
Graphic Novel–Fantasy
Every time it is invaded the City gets a new name, but to the natives, it is the Nameless City, and they survive by not letting themselves get involved–but now the fate of the City rests in the hands of Rat, a native, and Kaidu, one of the Dao, the latest occupiers, and the two must somehow work together if the City is to survive.

Congratulations to the Teen Library Council!

May 17, 2016

Our very own Teen Library Council has won the 2016 “Teen Video Challenge” for the state of Maine!  The Maine Humanities Council and the Maine State Library partner with a national organization, the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), to offer the contest, which carries a $150 prize for each state winner.

Our congratulations go to council members Emma Harrington, Jack Martin, Kyleigh Murchison for their acting, editing, and producing skills. Their creation, which spoofs the popular Welcome to Nightvale podcast, promotes the national summer reading theme “Get in the Game: Read.”  View their winning video submission below and check out the entire gallery of winners by state on the CSLP website.  You can see all the Maine entries on the Maine Humanities Council website by clicking here.

 

This Summer’s Free Audiobook Downloads Are Here!

May 5, 2016
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Once again, our friends at AudioFile magazine are offering free teen audiobooks all summer long through their generous SYNC program. Starting this week, they will offer free downloads of two thematically paired audiobooks. To take advantage of their program, all you need is to load the Overdrive App to your device, and then visit www.audiobooksync.com to download the audiobooks. You can also sign up for text alerts, so you’ll know when new titles are available to download. Enjoy this year’s lineup!

May 5 – May 11
VIVIAN APPLE AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Katie Coyle
THE GREAT TENNESSEE MONKEY TRIAL by Peter Goodchild

May 12 – May 18
THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER by Melinda Salisbury
DIVINE COLLISION: AN AFRICAN BOY, AN AMERICAN LAWYER, AND THEIR REMARKABLE BATTLE FOR FREEDOM by Jim Gash

May 19 – May 25
100 SIDEWAYS MILES by Andrew Smith
THIS BOY’S LIFE by Tobias Wolff

May 26 – June 1
EVERY LAST WORD by Tamara Ireland Stone
SPOON by Gregory Maguire

June 2 – June 8
WORDS IN THE DUST by Trent Reedy
THE BOY BORN DEAD: A STORY OF FRIENDSHIP, COURAGE, AND TRIUMPH by David Ring, David Wideman, John Driver

June 9 – June 15
ZAC AND MIA by A.J. Betts
I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson

June 16 – June 22

HOW IT WENT DOWN by Kekla Magoon
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN EX-COLORED MAN by James Weldon Johnson

June 23 – June 29
BOY MEETS BOY by David Levithan
DONNY’S BRAIN by Rona Munro

June 30 – July 6
THE OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA:THE SECRETS BEHIND WHAT YOU EAT, YOUNG READERS EDITION by Michael Pollan
GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith

July 7 – July 13
THE YOUNG WORLD by Chris Weitz
SYMPHONY FOR THE CITY OF THE DEAD: DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH AND THE SIEGE OF LENINGRAD by M. T. Anderson

July 14 – July 20
FAT ANGIE by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo
ON THE JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta

July 21 – July 27
MANDELA: AN AUDIO HISTORY by Nelson Mandela
THINGS FALL APART by Chinua Achebe

July 28 – August 3
JUBA! by Walter Dean Myers
PENNIES FOR HITLER by Jackie French

August 4 – August 10
THE BOOK OF UNKNOWN AMERICANS by Cristina Henríquez
MOST DANGEROUS by Steve Sheinkin

August 11 – August 17
BONE GAP by Laura Ruby
CLASSIC AMERICAN SHORT STORIES by Jack London, Ambrose Bierce, Stephen Crane, Kate Chopin, James Fenimore Cooper, Mark Twain, and O. Henry
 

Book News: The 2016 “Teens’ Top Ten” Nominations

April 28, 2016
Teens' Top Ten

Teen reading groups across the country have selected their nominees for this year’s “Teens’ Top Ten,” a YA literature award selected entirely BY and FOR teens. Gather reading suggestions from the nominee list all summer long, and then enter your votes online starting August 15th. Be a part of choosing the final top ten winners!

2016 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees:

Alive by Chandler Baker

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

Powerless by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

You and Me and Him by Kris Dinnison

The Summer After You and Me by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

When by Victoria Laurie

The Novice: Summoner: Book One by Taran Matharu

The Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielsen

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

Con Academy by Joe Schreiber

The Ghosts of Heavenby Marcus Sedgwick

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Book News: Walter Award

April 11, 2016
All American Boys Book Cover

The campaign #We Need Diverse Books (a nonprofit created in 2014 to address the lack of diverse representation in the children’s publishing industry) has announced the winner of its inaugural Walter Award for Outstanding Young Adult Literature. Named in honor of the prolific author and champion of diversity in young people’s writing, Walter Dean Meyers, the award aims to honor fiction or nonfiction books written “by diverse authors whose work feature[s] a diverse main character or address[es] diversity in a meaningful way.” Click on the winners to find a copy in our lending system!

2016 Winner:

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn’s alternating viewpoints.

2016 Honor Books:

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
Follows the childhood of the civil rights leader to his imprisonment at age twenty, where he found the faith that would lead him to his path towards activism and justice.

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings by Margerita Engle
Offers an account of the first fourteen years of the author’s life in poems, telling of her time spent between her mother’s native Cuba and her home in Los Angeles, until the revolution in Cuba dramatically alters relations between the two countries she loves.

Book-to-Movie News: “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

March 22, 2016

Fans of the bestselling books in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs, will be happy to know that the first official trailer has been released! The film is being directed by Tim Burton, who is known for his quirky directorial and authorial work on films like Beetlejuice, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Alice in Wonderland. It will feature teen stars Ella Purnell (Maleficent) and Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and A Brilliant Young Mind).  Look for it in theaters September 30, 2016.

Planning Teen Summer Nights—Give us your votes!

February 24, 2016

Yes, we’re getting ready for summer, and we want to hear your ideal movie line-up for our annual Teen Summer Nights series. Enter your picks in the survey below before Friday, March 18th!

Book News: YA author Ruta Sepetys on a roll…

January 28, 2016
"Salt to the Sea"

Alright Ruta Sepetys fans, we know you’re out there. Sepetys might not have the name recognition of James Patterson, but for those of you who know her, you are familiar with the swift pace of her writing which sweeps you into historical fiction with the force of a thriller. Her debut novel Between Shades of Gray (2011), based on her own family history in the WWII Siberian work camps, garnered a lot of critical attention upon its release, and its popularity among teens and adults soared with word-of-mouth. And now the novel is a much anticipated motion picture starring Bel Powley and Jonah Hauer-King due in theaters this November under the title Ashes in the Snow.

Since publishing her debut novel, Sepetys released another well-received novel, the historical mystery Out of the Easy (2013). But now she’s back with another YA historical fiction novel Salt to the Sea (2016) which is racking up serious praise even before its release. It tells the true story of the sinking of the ship Wilhelm Gustloff, an often overlooked WWII tragedy which claimed the lives of 9400 passengers fleeing Europe in 1945. The novel hits library shelves the first week in February, but a hold list is already started, just click on “Request” in the catalog.

Book News: Printz Award 2016

January 14, 2016
Bone Gap Book Cover

This year’s winners of the American Library Association’s youth media awards were announced this week. Taking home the top YA honor, the Michael L. Printz Award for literary excellence in young adult writing, was Laura Ruby’s novel Bone Gap. Check out some of this year’s other honored titles below, and click on any title to request it from our lending system.

Michael L. Printz Award

Winner:
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Honor Books:
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

Alex Awards (for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences)

William C. Morris Debut Award
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Nonfiction for Young Adults Award
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin

Schneider Family Book Award (for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience)
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

Hunger Games Withdrawal?

January 7, 2016
What Will Katniss Read in Retirement? List

Ok, Hunger Games fans, we know that the landscape might look a little empty now that the last of the Hunger Games movie adaptations has officially hit theaters (and in some cases already left theaters!). The DVD release in March is the last milestone on the horizon. But take comfort with us in pondering this profound question: “What Will Katniss Read in Retirement?” Our favorite reading database, NoveList, has the answers. Click here to view their full recommendations for Katniss.

And as you search for your next literary obsession, may the odds be ever in your favor….
(But come talk to us at the Information Desk. We can boost your odds!)

Book News: The “Best of 2015” lists are here!

December 18, 2015
Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin

It’s that time of year again, when magazines and newspapers weigh in on their favorite books of the past year. Interestingly, the nonfiction spy story Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin is enjoying wide acclaim, appearing on six of this year’s lists so far. Repeat listers also include: the graphic novel Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, the nonfiction work Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson, the nonfiction graphic novel Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown, and the novel Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. If you’re looking for last-minute holiday gift ideas, take a peek at some of these YA listmakers!

Amazon

Kirkus

New York Times

Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

Time

Get your “Star Wars” fix here!

December 8, 2015
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is fast approaching! But if December 18th still feels miles away, tide yourself over with some of the new books published by the Star Wars franchise this year. Many of these books have been penned by popular writers, and a few of them contain hints about the new movie. Click on any of the titles below to request a copy. May the force be with you as you wait….

YA Fiction:

Lost Stars by Claudia Gray
The arrival of the Galactic Empire to their planet allows Thane and Ciena to bond over a love of flying, but once Thane witnesses the horrors of the Empire and joins the Rebellion, Ciena is forced to choose between her love and her allegiance. (Contains hints and clues about the new film!)

YA Graphic Novels:

Darth Vader, Vol. 1 by Kieron Gillen
Ever since Darth Vader’s first on-screen appearance, he has become one of pop-culture’s most popular villains. Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A New Hope into his own solo adventures– showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side!

Skywalker Strikes, Vol. 1 by Jason Aaron
Luke Skywalker and the ragtag rebels opposing the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory so far– the destruction of the massive Death Star. But the Empire’s not toppled yet!

Princess Leia by Mark Waid
In the aftermath of the Rebel Alliance’s victory, Princess Leia grapples with her loss, as a new mission finds her in the underground world of Sullust.

YA Nonfiction:

Ultimate Star Wars by Patricia Barr
Become an expert on the Star Wars galaxy! This book is an in-depth visual feast exploring the characters and storylines from the Star Wars galaxy.

Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know by Adam Bray
Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know is crammed with weird and wonderful Star Wars trivia, strange-but-true facts and fascinating “Did you know?” Find out who cleans the floors of the Death Stars and what takes 1,000 years to digest its victims!

 

And don’t miss these books in our Juvenile and Adult collections—

Middle Grade Fiction:

The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy: An Original Retelling of “Star Wars: A New Hope” by Alexandra Bracken

So, You Want to Be a Jedi?: An Original Retelling of “Star Wars: Empires Strikes Back” by Adam Gidwitz

Beware the Power of the Dark Side!: An Original Retelling of “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” by Tom Angleberger

Adult Fiction:

Star Wars: Aftermath by Chuck Wendig (Contains hints and clues about the new film!)

Book News: National Book Award Winner 2015

November 19, 2015
Challenger Deep Book Cover

At last night’s National Book Award ceremony, Neal Shusterman’s Challenger Deep took home the award for Young People’s Literature. Shusterman’s novel explores one fourteen year old boy’s experience of the onset of schizophrenia. Shusterman based his work in part on his own son’s experiences, and his son contributed the illustrations to the novel. The novel has also received accolades from all of the major critics, including Booklist which called the book “haunting, unforgettable, and life affirming all at once.” Our congratulations to Neal and Brendan Shusterman!

Last Call for Writing Contest Submissions

November 12, 2015

Calling all aspiring writers!

Wednesday, November 18th is the closing deadline for Patten Free Library’s Annual Teen Writing Contest. You could win first prize ($100 gift certificate) or second prize ($50 gift certificate) in either the short fiction or the memoir categories. You can find all the submission guidelines here. Winners will be announced in January. You could be one of them!

Book News: Teens’ Top Ten for 2015

October 27, 2015
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Over 27,000 teen readers have finished voting, and the results of the 2015 Teens’ Top Ten Awards have been announced. Here are the 2015 winners:

1. The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen
2. I Become Shadow by Joe Shine
3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
4. My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak
5. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
6. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
7. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
8. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
9. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
10. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Congratulations to all the authors! And many thanks to all the voters out there for giving us a great list to use the next time any of us are looking for our next fun read!

The Carn-evil is coming….

October 20, 2015

The Teen Library Council is hard at work to ensure that its very creepy circus arrives in town tonight, Saturday, October 24.  Tours run between 6:30-9:30 p.m. and take 10-15 minutes. Advanced reservations are now closed, but walk-ins are welcome, space permitting.  For sixth grade up to age 99, as long as your heart can take it. Meet at the Gazebo.

Questions?  Contact Roberta Jordan (rjordan@patten.lib.me.us or 443-5141, ext. 25).

Banned Books Week: September 27th to October 3rd

September 29, 2015
Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian Book Cover

As part of this year’s Banned Books Week Celebration, the American Library Association (ALA) has released its list of the top ten books which were challenged most frequently in school libraries and public libraries during the year 2014. As you can see, several YA books made this year’s list, including Sherman Alexie’s classic YA novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian which tops the list. Check out the full statistics on the ALA website. While there, you can also read more about Banned Books Week which celebrates “the freedom to read” and “the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”
 

Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2014

 
1) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”

2) Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”

3) And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”

4) The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”

5) It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris

Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “alleges it child pornography”

6) Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Reasons: Anti-Family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group. Additional reasons:

7) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence

8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”

9) A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group

10) Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Reasons: sexually explicit

Book-to-Movie News: “The 5th Wave”

September 22, 2015

The movie adaptation of Rick Yancey’s popular dystopian YA novel, The 5th Wave, is on its way! Starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Maika Monroe, the movie opens in theaters on January 15th. Whet your appetite with the newly released trailer below. And for those of you who love to read the book first, you’ll find copies of The 5th Wave and the second novel in Yancey’s series, The Infinite Sea, in our catalog.

 

Teens’ Top Ten Voting Has Begun!

September 3, 2015
Teens' Top Ten Logo

Let your voice be heard! The voting for the 2015 “Teens’ Top Ten Award” is open now through October 24th. “Teens’ Top Ten” is the only readers’ choice award where teens nominate the books and teens vote on the winners. Check out the list of this year’s nominees or watch the video below, then be a part of the selection by voting here. The winning books will be announced at the end of October.

Book-to-TV News: “Mortal Instruments”

August 13, 2015
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instrument novels, rejoice! Although the 2013 movie adaptation of the first book in the series may have been a disappointment to critics and many fans, Hollywood is taking another crack at adapting it. ABC Family has announced that they will be creating a TV spin-off series entitled “Shadowhunters” premiering early next year. The show is already being filmed, and you can keep up with the production progress on their website. And if you’re wanting to join the legions of enthusiastic fans of the series, start now with the first book City of Bones!

Book-to-Movie News: More John Green!

July 24, 2015
Let It Snow Book Cover

Yes, for those of you anxiously awaiting today’s opening of the movie adaptation of John Green’s Paper Towns, there is more good news. You can expect to get your next fix of John Green cinema on December 9th of 2016! Universal studios has announced that it will produce Let It Snow, a collection of three intertwining holiday stories written by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. Adaptations of Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines are still in the works, but the waiting game will have to continue for more details….

Summer’s Hot New Books

July 2, 2015
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Here are some of the titles that are shaping up to be this summer’s bestsellers and must-haves. Click on any title below and click “request” in our catalog to add your name to a hold list!

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Realistic Fiction
The release of this year’s critically acclaimed movie adaptation has brought this 2012 book back to the attention of readers. Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Dystopian Fantasy
When her latent supernatural powers manifest in front of a noble court, Mare, a thief in a world divided between commoners and superhumans, is forced to assume the role of lost princess before risking everything to help a growing rebellion.

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Realistic Fiction
Sydney’s older brother, Peyton, has always been the center of attention in the family but when he is sent to jail, Sydney struggles to find her place at home and the world until she meets the Chathams, including gentle, protective Mac, who makes her feel seen for the first time.

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Realistic Fiction
Fourteen-year-old Audrey is making slow but steady progress dealing with her anxiety disorder when Linus comes into the picture and her recovery gains momentum.

The Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas
Fantasy Fiction
The human world is in peril. Feyre, a semi-literate girl, hunts for her family’s survival. After she kills an enormous wolf, a fierce fey shows up at her doorstep seeking retribution. Feyre is led to beautiful eternal springs, but the journey is not without danger. Maas masterfully pulls the reader into this new dark fantasy series which feels like a mix of fairy tales, from Beauty and the Beast to Tam Lin.

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
Fantasy Romance
When Delilah is united with Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairytale, the line between what is on the page and what is possible is blurred, and all must be resolved for the two to live happily ever after.

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Magical Realism
Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Graphic Novel
Lord Blackheart, a villain with a vendetta, and his sidekick, Nimona, an impulsive young shapeshifter, must prove to the kingdom that Sir Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
Graphic Novel
Best friends Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley spend a fun summer at Lumberjane scout camp where they encounter yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons while solving a mystery that holds the fate of the world in the balance.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Fantasy Fiction
Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

Nonfiction:

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pederson and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose
The true story of a group of boy resistance fighters in Denmark after the Nazi invasion.

Popular Series Additions:

The Heir (#4 in The Selection series) by Keira Cass
Science Fiction
When the time comes for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own, she does not expect a fairy-tale love story like her parents, but the princess discovers her own happily ever after may not be as impossible as she thought.

Scorpion Mountain (#5 in the Brotherband Chronicles) by John Flanagan
Adventure Fantasy Fiction
The Herons and Rangers join forces in order to stop the Scorpion Cult from assassinating Princess Cassandra after a previously unsuccessful attempt.

The Wicked Will Rise (#2 in the Dorothy Must Die Series) by Danielle Paige
Fantasy Fiction
Amy’s job as assassin didn’t work out as planned. Dorothy is still alive. The Order has vanished. And the home she couldn’t wait to leave behind might be in danger.

Summer Reading Season Is Around the Corner!

June 11, 2015
Summer Reading

Patten Free Library’s summer reading program “R.S.U. 1 Reads!” officially starts on the last day of school. You can earn coupons and prizes from participating Bath businesses for every book that you read between Friday, June 19th and Tuesday, August 4th.

Friday, June 19th also begins our annual “Teen Summer Nights” movie series. As an added bonus this year, we are offering a “Book-to-Movie” challenge. Read any of the books that inspired the movies in our Teen Summer Nights series, and then complete our “Critic’s Survey” to win extra coupons and prizes.

We can’t wait to get started. Download details on all of our summer programs below.
See you soon!

“R.S.U. 1 Reads!” Instructions and Reading Log

“Teen Summer Nights” Movie Schedule

“Book-to-Movie Challenge” Instructions and Survey

Another summer of free audiobook downloads!

May 25, 2015
SYNC logo

Once again our friends at AudioFile magazine are offering free teen audiobooks all summer long through their generous SYNC program. Every week they offer two complete audiobook downloads: a current young adult title along with a thematically paired classic or required summer reading title. To take advantage of their program, all you need is to load the Overdrive App to your device. Visit the SYNC website and sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download. Enjoy this year’s lineup!

May 7th-14th
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

May 14th-21st
Dodger by Terry Pratchett
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

May 21st-28th
X by Ilyasah Shabazz
Here in Harlem by Walter Dean Myers

May 28th-June 4th
The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz
Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan

June 4th-11th
A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
Dracula by Bram Stoker

June 11th-18th
The Living by Matt de la Pena
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger

June 18th-25
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies and Alison Leslie Gold

June 25th-July 2nd
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Lord of the Flies by William Golding

July 2nd-9th
Echoes of an Angel by Aquanetta Gordo and Chris Macias
Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja

July 9th-16th
The Explorers Club by Nell Benjamin
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

July 16th-23rd
Crows & Cards by Joseph Helgerson
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

July 23rd-30th
March by Geraldine Brooks
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

July 30th-August 6th
Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles by Tanya Lee Stone
John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night adapted by Matt Pelfrey

July 6th-August 13th
Under a War-Torn Sky by L.M. Elliott
The Old Brown Suitcase by Lillian Boraks-Nemetz

Book News: The 2015 “Teens’ Top Ten” Nominations

May 1, 2015
Teens' Top Ten Logo

Teen reading groups across the country have selected their nominees for this year’s “Teens’ Top Ten,” a YA literature award selected entirely BY and FOR teens. Gather reading suggestions from the nominee list all summer long, and then enter your votes online starting August 15th. Be a part of choosing the final top ten winners!

2015 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees:

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Midnight Thief Livia Blackburne
Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Into the Dark: The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Unhinged by A.G. Howard
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen
My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott
I Become Shadow by Joe Shine
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Boys Like You by Juliana Stone
We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Book-to-Movie News: “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”

April 14, 2015

Another highly anticipated YA book-to-movie adaptation is headed to a theater near you…. Jesse Andrews’ 2012 YA novel took an irreverent look at cancer and friendship in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. As Kirkus Reviews commented upon its release, “Though this novel begs inevitable thematic comparisons to John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (2011), it stands on its own in inventiveness, humor and heart.” Now the movie adaptation is garnering equally affectionate praise. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, endearing itself to audiences and critics while winning the “Grand Jury Prize” and the “Audience Award” for a U.S. drama. It opens in theaters June 12th, but check out the newly released trailer in the meantime.

Book-to-Movie News: “Paper Towns”

March 27, 2015

Calling all John Green fans–

It’s really coming! The adaptation of Green’s novel Paper Towns is coming to theaters July 24th. (Yes, 20th Century Fox bumped the opening day from June 5th to July 24th. How dare they!)

Check out the official movie trailer released this week:

Book News: Audie Award Finalists 2015

March 18, 2015
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

For those of you who enjoy audiobooks, you know that they are not all created equal. When listening to a story for six+ hours, the quality of the narration can make it a delight or a bore. To honor those narrators, casts, and producers that bring a story to life, the Audio Publishers Association awards the “Audies” annually. The finalists for 2015 have been announced, and you can listen to clips from the teen category finalists, as well as clips from finalists in 29 other categories, on the Audiofile website. Winners will be announced at the end of May. In the meantime, check out a copy of one these teen finalists available in our lending system:

The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp; Narrated by Steve West

Boston Jacky by L.A. Meyer; Narrated by Katherine Kellgren

Cress by Marissa Meyer; Narrated by Rebecca Soler

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson; Narrated by Julia Whelan and Luke Daniels

Teen Summer Nights are coming….

February 27, 2015

Yes, we’re already thinking about summer. We want to hear your ideal movie line-up for our Teen Summer Nights series.
Enter your picks in the survey below before March 15th!

Books News: Printz Award 2015

February 4, 2015

This week brought the announcement of this year’s Printz Award winners for literary excellence in Young Adult writing. It’s like the Oscar for YA authors! I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson took home the big prize. Below you’ll find some of this week’s many other awards sponsored by the American Library Association. Click on any award name to view the full details, or click on any book’s title to find copies in our lending system.
Michael L. Printz Award for literary excellence
Winner:
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Honor Books:
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

William C. Morris Debut Award
Winner:
Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Finalists:
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston
The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

Nonfiction Award
Winner:
Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen
Finalists:
Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming
Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business—and Won! by Emily Arnold McCully
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

Schneider Family Book Award (for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience)
Winner:
Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

Alex Awards (for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences)

Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

Best Fiction for Young Adults

Congratulations to the winners of our 2nd Annual Writing Contest!

January 22, 2015

We want to shout out a big “thank you” to all of the students who submitted entries in this year’s Teen Writing Contest. We appreciate all of the time, thought, and hard work that went into this year’s submissions. You made it a success. The judges have announced the results, and we are pleased to congratulate this year’s winners in the short fiction category and the memoir category for two separate age groups:

Short Fiction

1st Prize ($100)
Grades 7-9: William Rines, “How to Handle the Apocalypse”
Grades 10-12: Jassmine Goldman, “Goodbyes”

2nd Prize ($50)
Grades 7-9 (tie): Ryan Fitzmaurice, “The Inmate” & Laurel Swanson, “Equinox”
Grades 10-12: Elizabeth Porter, “The Weaver”

Honorable Mention ($25)
Grades 10-12: Emma Harrington, “This Is a Story About You”

Memoir

1st Prize ($100)
Grades 7-9: Gabrielle Taylor, “Gymnastics”
Grades 10-12: Emma Berkowitz, “The Road Home”

2nd Prize ($50)
Grades 7-9: Dylan Haycock, “Everything Is Terrible”
Grades 10-12: Carl Suter, “Guarded by Dragons and Ducks”

Keep writing, everybody!

Book News: Adult Books for Young Adults

January 9, 2015
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Maybe you like to read about characters of all ages. Maybe you like books with historical settings. Maybe you like books with thought-provoking themes. You can find books with those qualities in the YA section, but you also might be surprised at how many adult books may suit your taste. This time of year, magazines and reading organizations begin announcing their favorite “adult books for young adults” released in the previous year. School Library Journal is the first to announce their selections. Here are some of their “adult books for young adults” which we have here at Patten, or view their entire list of adult picks for you.

Fiction

The Fever by Megan Abbott
High school girls are beset by a mysterious fever, causing the entire community to panic about HPV vaccines, teen sex, and any and everything else, in this powerful, thought-provoking novel.

2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
Three narratives converge, leading up to New Year’s Eve at a Philadelphia jazz club. In one, Madeleine dreams of singing at the club after being expelled from school for retaliating against a bully.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Darrow is a Red, lowest in the caste-system of laborers tasked with transforming Mars into a habitable planet. When his wife is executed for a simple defiance, Darrow is taken in by rebels who persuade him to infiltrate the Golds, the ruling class, in order to avenge her death.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This page-turning, suspenseful novel cuts back and forth between time periods and among the story lines of three main characters–two young people on opposite sides of the war and one Nazi officer searching for precious jewels–who are bound to intersect, but exactly how and when?

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
By turns a compelling tearjerker, a mystery, and a painful family drama, Ng’s debut novel follows the lives of a dysfunctional family, focusing on the trials of middle child Lydia as she deals with racism and sexism in 1970s Ohio.

Lock In by John Scalzi
Scalzi’s latest is a science-fiction thriller in which the world has been changed by Haden’s syndrome, a virus that left one percent of its victims “locked in”—fully aware and conscious, but unable to move their bodies. An FBI homicide investigation delves into the corporate greed controlling research on the epidemic.

The Martian by Andy Weir
After a freak dust storm, Mark Watley is left behind on NASA’s third manned mission to Mars, believed dead. He uses his problem-solving ability (and mechanical engineering and botanist training) to survive the unsurvivable, which he tracks in near-daily, often hilarious, log entries.

Non-Fiction

My Salinger Year by Joanna Smith Rakoff
Rakoff recounts the year she dropped out of grad school to move to New York City and write poetry. To make ends meet she worked as the assistant to a venerable, traditional publisher whose most famous client was J.D. Salinger.

Book News: PFL’s “Best YA Fiction of 2014”

December 27, 2014
Best of 2014

2014 was another great year for YA fiction. Before we ring in the new year, we couldn’t resist making our own list of YA favorites for 2014. Here are a few of our top picks pulled from all the solid YA fiction published this year. (PFL owns all of these novels, so just click on any title to check if our copy is available or to request a copy from another library.)

Bev’s Picks:

Panic by Lauren Oliver
A high-stakes competition marks a summer in a small isolated community and compels graduating seniors Heather and Dodge to tap inner strengths while hiding dangerous secrets and forging unexpected alliances.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Quiet Emily’s sociable and daring best friend, Sloane, has disappeared leaving nothing but a random list of bizarre tasks for her to complete, but with unexpected help from popular classmate Frank Porter, Emily gives them a try.

Cress (#3 in the Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer
Working to overthrow Queen Levana, a fugitive Cinder and her companions search for Rapunzel-like hacker Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood and who has received orders from Levana to foil Cinder’s efforts.

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a “normal” life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives.

Roberta’s Picks:

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Spending the summers on her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan
Brilliant fifteen-year-old Josie has a knack for languages, but her sister’s engagement has Josie grappling with the nature of true love, her feelings for her best friend Stu, and how anyone can be truly herself, or truly in love, in a social language that is not her own.

Laurel’s Picks:

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words and worrying about her fragile father.

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
An aristocratic girl who is a member of a warmongering and enslaving empire purchases a slave, an act that sets in motion a rebellion that might overthrow her world as well as her heart.

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs
In 1909 London, as the world of debutante balls and high society obligations closes in around her, seventeen-year-old Victoria must figure out just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.

Book News: The “Best of 2014” lists are here!

December 21, 2014
We Were Liars Book Cover

‘Tis the season when magazines and booksellers unveil their lists of the best books released in the past calendar year. Topping every YA list this year is the best seller We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, which has been recognized on a whopping nine lists so far. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson and I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson are also showing up on numerous lists. Take a peek at some of the full lists below for great last-minute gift ideas for friends and siblings–or for inspiration for  your own “to read” list!

Time

Amazon

New York Times Review of Books

Kirkus

Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

Book-to-Movie News: “Insurgent”

December 12, 2014
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Check out the official movie trailer for Insurgent released today and get your adrenaline pumping!  The adaptation of the first in Veronica Roth’s trilogy, Divergent, was an instant success when released last spring. Fans are hoping that this second installment follows in its footsteps. Only a few more months until the real thing comes to a theater near you. Save the date: March 20, 2015.

YA Holiday Books– New and Old Favorites at Patten

November 30, 2014
My True Love Gave to Me, ed. Stephanie Perkins

For those of you who warm to a good holiday tale, we highly recommend a new volume of short stories which we’ve just added to the teen collection. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories has been edited by popular YA romance author, Stephanie Perkins, and it features an impressive roster of your favorite best-selling YA authors:  Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, David Levithan, Jenny Han, Ally Carter, Kiersten White, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Holly Black, Kelly Link, and Myra McEntire. In her introduction, Perkins explains that the inspiration for the book came out of her fondness for holiday Hallmark TV movies, and the book reflects that romantic spirit, but also so much more. Each story is thoughtful, well-crafted, and surprisingly fresh. Critics are praising the book with starred reviews, and we think readers will agree!

And take a peek at other holiday stories in our collection by clicking on any of the titles below:

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

Ex-Mas by Kate Brian

Holiday Princess by Meg Cabot

Snowed In by Rachel Hawthorne

O.Henry’s The Gift of the Magi (a graphic novel) adapted by Joel Priddy

Book-to-Movie News: “Paper Towns”

November 20, 2014
Paper Towns by John Green Book Cover

Fans of John Green and “Nerdfighters,” mark your calendars! The release date for the movie adaptation of John Green’s novel Paper Towns has been set: June, 19th, 2015. Yes, if you hadn’t heard, the beloved author of The Fault in Our Stars already has another film in the works. Shooting began last week (purportedly in Charlotte, North Carolina), and he posted this vlog from the first day on the set. It features a lot of John Green being John Green-ish. Enjoy!

Book News: The 2014 “Teens’ Top Ten” Award List

October 28, 2014
Teens' Top Ten Logo

This year’s “Teens’ Top Ten” list has been announced!  Teen book groups around the country nominated 25 of their favorite fiction titles last spring, and then teens like you voted on their favorites this summer and fall. The ten titles with the most votes made the list. Click on any title to see more details about each winner in our catalog or to request a copy:

1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

2. Splintered by A. G. Howard

3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

5. Monument 14: Sky on Fire (bk. 2) by Emmy Laybourne

6. Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

7. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

9. Siege and Storm (bk. 2) by Leigh Bardugo

10. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

“Haunted Patten” Opens This Saturday! Reserve a Spot Now!

October 20, 2014

The Teen Library Council is organizing a fantastic first-time tour of Patten Free Library’s haunted basement. Guaranteed to be a frightfully good time for fearless souls in grades seven and up. (Adults are welcome, too.) Tour times will be scheduled at ten-minute intervals between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Please arrive at least five minutes before your scheduled time. To request a tour time on line, click here. To download and print a reservation request form, click here. You may request a reservation as an individual or as a group of up to six people. There is no admission charge, but there is a suggested donation of three dollars per person. We’ll have a bake sale in the waiting area (around the Gazebo). For more information, contact Roberta Jordan at 443-5141, extension 25.

Book-to-Movie News: “Counting by 7s”

October 9, 2014

Yes, another of your favorite YA books is being developed into a movie! News broke this week that the popular novel Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan is being adapted to the screen and will feature up-and-coming star Quvenzhane Wallis. The novel received numerous accolades when it was published last year, and it is a nominee on this year’s Maine Student Book Award list. Wallis will play 12-year-old genius Willow Chance, the novel’s precocious and offbeat narrator who must rebuild her life after the death of her adoptive parents in a car accident. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out before it hits the screens!

Welcome to the Teen Space!

September 2, 2014

We love having our own little corner of PFL’s new web site to go with our own little corner of the library; we hope you will take the time to check out both as the school year begins. Our teen space is a great place to hang out with friends after school, whether it’s to play chess, browse the YA collection, read a magazine, or participate in our weekly “Teen TGIF” (snacks included!). Our reference staff is always glad  to help you get started on your next book or your next homework assignment.   The web site includes a teen calendar of events, a changing collection of photos, and links to and information on other teen resources and programs.  Check it out!

Photo Gallery

Haunted Patten, Laser Tag, and Drilled Pumpkins: October at PFL