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Numbers (Audiobook) by Rachel Ward

Jem stays away from people.  She is a loner and she likes it that way.  Then she meets Spider one day under a bridge in London.  As much as she tries, he won't leave her alone.  She rarely makes eye contact with people and for good reason.  When Jem looks into people's eyes she can see the day they are going to die.  She looks into Spider's eyes.  This is the basis for the story Numbers by Rachel Ward (audiobook version).

Despite Jem's efforts, she and Spider form a friendship, which eventually evolves into something more when they decide to run away together.  This happens after a trip to the London Eye.  Jem looks into the eyes of the people waiting in line to board the attraction and she realizes that they all have the same  death date...that very day.  Jem suddenly realizes that something catastrophic is going to happen and that she and Spider have to get away immediately.  While they are running away a tragic event occurs.  Jem and Spider are safe...but are they? The surveillance cameras capture their escape and suddenly they are wanted by authorities for questioning.  Jem and Spider steal a car and head west across England.   As they continue to outrun the authorities, their relationship grows. 

Fast paced and gritty ...this audio will keep you on the edge of your seat.  The reader is adept at the various accents found throughout England.  The story is touching and engaging.  Jem and Spider provide such compelling characters that you can't help rooting for them. 

The ending was stunning and completey unexpected...at least by me!!!

Reel Good Reads

It seems today that there are very few original screenplays.  Often when I go to a movie, I find out it was a book first.  So I started to do some research and that research turned into a list.  When it was all said and done, I created a list of books with teen appeal that have been made into movies.  

Be sure to catch the premiere of the Reel Good Reads booklist.  On it you will find some really great titles ...yes these were books before they were movies.  There are some old favorites and some new surprises.  You can find all of these titles at the library.  Place a hold on them through the catalog

Be the first to read them before everyone finds out!!!!

Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser

An anonymous blogger  named Str-S-d announces that she hates Lucy Cunningham and wishes her dead.  A few days later Lucy disappears. Madison Archer drove Lucy home the night she went missing.  Madsion receives messages that warn she could be next.  The mysterious blogger posts another name and that student goes missing...and then a third.  Madison decides that she needs to find her missing friends before it is too late. In addition to the strange blog postings, Madsion receives hastily scribbled notes from a "friend."  These notes provide clues as to the circumstances surrounding the disappearances of Madison's friends.

Madison is so freaked out by all of this that she hardly notices the attentions of Tyler.  He is the new boy in town and kind of mysterious.  No one knows much about him.  He and Madison work together to find their missing classmates.  As Madison and Tyler become closer, there are some details that are revealed about him.  He is not who he says he is and has a motive for being in that town that goes beyond going to the high school.

Another great book from teen favorite author Todd Strasser.  This one will keep you on the edge of your seat, and you won't believe the ending!!

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Cafe Book 2010 @ Heim Middle School

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Cafe Book 2010 has come to a close at Heim Middle School.  We had a great time sharing new books and talking about them all while eating lunch.  7th and 8th grade students came together, ate, and talked about new books in the school library.  After all the final votes were tallied ... the results are...

Top Picks:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

Eon Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman
Sixteen-year-old Eon hopes to become an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune and learn to be its main interpreter, but to do so will require much, including keeping secret that she is a girl.

Other Favorites:

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Messed Up by Janet Nichols Lynch

The Tomorrow Code by Brian Faulkner

Antsy Does Time by Neal Shusterman

If the Witness Lied by Caroline Cooney

The Students at Rodney Thompson Middle School have spoken

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams

Cafe Book is over at Rodney Thompson...it was great to get together at lunch and talk about books.  On May 5th, 55 students voted for the books their favorites.  Here are their favorites.

Top Picks:

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
In a polygamous cult in the desert, Kyra, not yet fourteen, sees being chosen to be the seventh wife of her uncle as just punishment for having read books and kissed a boy, in violation of Prophet Childs' teachings, and is torn between facing her fate and running away from all that she knows and loves.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

Other Favorites:

The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski
Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Eon Dragoneye Reborn by Allison Goodman
Comet's Curse by Dom Testa

Lit Bistro @ Porter

"What books did you talk about yesterday at Lit Bistro".....glad you asked.  Here are some of the latest titles causing a buzz and some spirited discussion...

Ghosts of War by Ryan Smithson...the true story of a 19 year old GI...".totally awesome "said one teen

Devils Kiss by Sarwat Chadda...."really creepy but good."

Eon Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman...."it's got to have a sequel"...it does!!!

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer....this is one that everybody agreed on ...they all loved it!!!

That is just a sampling of what goes on at Lit Bistro...so if you are looking for a book group...or just want to meet some teens who like to read and love to talk about it...join us for the next gathering on February 9th @4pm at the Porter Branch.  

Lit Bistro @Porter

We want to know what teens think about books!!!   Come to the next Lit Bistro meeting at Porter Branch and talk about books...any books.  We want teen readers. 

You can get together with other teens and talk about any book...you may also find out about some new books.

The next meeting is Wednesday, November 18, from 4-5 pm.

Lit Bistro@ Porter

The Lit Bistro group got together today to talk about books.  If you are a teen in grades 7-12 and like to read and talk about the books that you read....then this is the group for you.  We are very informal and you can talk about any book you want ...it can be an old book or a new book....there is no assigned reading....any book!!!!

Some of the books we have at our group are donated to us by a friend of mine....these books are so new that they are not even in the library system yet...but they are available to you when you come to Lit Bistro.

Lit Bistro @ Porter

Hi everyone ...the newly reworked Lit Bistro is in full swing for the Fall.  Our first meeting was in September...but don't worry if you missed that one because there is plenty of room for everyone.

What is Lit Bistro???? I'm glad you asked...Lit Bistro is a fusion of 2 other programs...Book Chat and Lit Bistro. 

There is no assigned reading.  It is a group of teens who meet once a month and talk about any books they want to...that is it.