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The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

In The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, Princess Elisa is sixteen years old and getting married to a man she has never met – King Alejandro from neighboring country Joya d’Arena. Although plump Elisa often feels commonplace and dowdy, she is widely considered singular because she was chosen to bear the Godstone, a once-in-a-century occurrence. The living stone nestled in her navel marks her as God’s chosen one with a special destiny. Elisa has spent her years in Brisadulce living in her older sister’s shadow and studying the Scriptura Sancta in relative peace. Upon leaving, she is about to be thrust into a world of political intrigue and omnipresent danger for which she is ill prepared.

Friday Book Flick: Emily and Aili review Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska by John Green

During Dixon-Smith Middle School Cafe Book Get Together Day at Headquarters Library, Emily and Aili review Looking for Alaska by John Green.

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Looking for Alaska by John Green
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl by David Kherdian

The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl by David Kherdian

There was more than one wide-scale genocide in the 20th century. In 1916, the Turkish Minister of the Interior Talaat Pasha sent a letter to the government of Aleppo in Syria reminding them that all Armenians living in Turkey were be destroyed completely: “An end must be put to their existence, however criminal the measures taken may be, and no regard must be paid to either age or sex nor to conscientious scruples.”  It was an order that was to be echoed by Adolph Hitler in 1939 in pursuing the end of “the Polish-speaking race.” Hitler added, “After all, who remembers today the extermination of the Armenians?”

Friday Book Flick: Jacob & Ben Review Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

During Chancellor Middle School Cafe Book Get Together Day at Salem Church Library Jacob and Ben review Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry.

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Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother's footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

If you like Summer in the City by Elizabeth Chandler

Summer in the City by Elizabeth Chandler

This readalike is in response to a patron's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading  recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. See our other Book Matches.

Summer in the City by Elizabeth Chandler
Athletic Jamie isn't sure about spending the summer in the city with her romance-novel-writing mum. But when she meets irresistible Josh, Jamie realizes she could probably use all the romance advice she can get!

If you like Summer in the City, you might also like:

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Along for the Ride
by Sarah Dessen
When Auden impulsively goes to stay with her father, stepmother, and new baby sister the summer before she starts college, all the trauma of her parents' divorce is revived, even as she is making new friends and having new experiences such as learning to ride a bike and dating.



 

Beauty Shop for Rent: Fully Equipped, Inquire Within by Laura Bowers
Beauty Shop for Rent: Fully Equipped, Inquire Within
by Laura Bowers
Raised by a great-grandmother and a bunch of beauty shop buddies, fourteen-year-old Abbey resolves to overcome her unhappy childhood and disillusionment with the mother who deserted her. The "beauty shop buddies" are pretty funny and there's an unexpected romance.



 

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Dairy Queen
by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her. There also some romance with the quarterback. If you like this one there's a sequel - The Off Season.

 

God Is in the Pancakes by Robin Epstein

God Is in the Pancakes by Robin Epstein

Grace Manning is a fifteen-year-old candy striper at a local nursing home, Hanover House, with a spunky attitude. Her life has been in a free fall since her father recently left her mother, sister, and her to build a new life with a woman from the church where he used to take his daughters every Sunday. Grace's mother doesn't quite have a stance on her beliefs about God, but church was always the place Grace and her sister Sophie went with their father.  Now that their father is gone Grace has to come to terms with her religious beliefs. In God is in the Pancakes, by Robin Epstein, Grace must sort out life, love, friendship, and God. 

Friday Book Flick: Alysa Reviews The False Princess

The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal

During Freedom Middle School Cafe Book Get Together Day at Salem Church Library Alysa reviews The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal.

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The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal
For sixteen years, Nalia has been raised as the princess of Thorvaldor, but one day she learns that her real name is Sinda and that she is part of a complicated plot that would change the future of her country forever.

Winners of the 17th Annual Teen Art Show

Versus by Summer Shank

As spring arrives, so does the artwork! We in Youth Services always look forward to this time of year when the weather becomes nicer and we have the privilege of seeing the work of so many local talented artists. We had an amazing and thrilling turn out this year for our 17th Annual Teen Art Show. Once again, local artist Johnny Johnson honored us by judging grades 11-12, and the artists from grades 11-12 judged grades 9-10.

This year also saw the introduction of "Artists with Influence," a chance for our amazing teen artists to give back to the community. In this case, teens have the opportunity to donate their art to Hope House, which provides a safe haven for homeless mothers and their children residing in the Central Rappahannock region who want to learn the life skills needed to become self-sufficient. As they do so, our donated artwork will be placed in their homes.

The exhibit will be available from March 3 - March 26, in the Headquarters Theater and Atrium for public viewing during regular library hours, except when programs are scheduled in the theater.

On to the winners!

View this slideshow for all winning works (displayed in order). You can also view all winning works on Flickr.

Best in Show

Savannah Patterson for Safety Net - Massaponax High School

Grades 11-12

1st Place: Christine Stacy for Little Red Firecracker - Massaponax High School

2nd Place: Tiffany St. Julien for Black and White - North Stafford High School

3rd Place: Shannon Wright for Close and Personal - Massaponax High School

Honorable Mentions:

Caiti Wardlaw for Inked Expression - Stafford High School

Raven Souza for Serenade - North Stafford High School

Grades 9-10

1st Place: Isabella M. K. Nguyen Dillon for Self-Portrait  - Massaponax High School

2nd Place: Elizabeth Fauth for Spray of Color - Brooke Point High School

3rd Place: Summer Shank for Versus - Chancellor High School

Honorable Mention: Summer Shank for Jefferson's Berries - Chancellor High School

Victim Rights by Norah McClintock

Victim Rights by Norah McClintock

Ryan Dooley has always been in trouble. Victim Rights, by Norah McClintock, tells of his journey from one side of the law to the other. Dooley, as he prefers to be called, had a hard life growing up. He was forced to try to care for his mother, all the while taking care of himself because no one else was able to take care of him. However, when his ex-cop uncle found him in a juvenile detention center, he offers him an ultimatum. If Dooley will stay out of trouble, his uncle will provide for him until he turns eighteen in a couple months.

Friday Book Flick: Tara, Katie & Brandi Review A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

During A. G. Wright Middle School Cafe Book Get Together Day at Porter Library Tara, Katie & Brandi review A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz.

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A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. Based in part on the Grimms' fairy tales Faithful Johannes, Hansel and Gretel, The seven ravens, Brother and sister, The robber bridegroom, and The devil and his three golden hairs.