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Cafe Book Freedom Middle: Top Teen Picks 2013

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

What are the hottest books for teens? Check out these winners, voted on by seventh and eighth grade students from Freedom Middle School during Cafe Book this year! After reading from a selection of 20 books, they chose their Top Picks and Other Favorites.

Top Picks:

Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

 

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
Michael Vey seems like an ordinary teenager, but he has a unique power. After his mother is kidnapped he and his friends have to find his mother and fight the hunters to save other kids with the same powers. 

 

 

 

Apothecary by Maile Meloy

 

Apothecary by Maile Meloy

Follows a fourteen-year-old American girl whose life unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in 1952 and gets swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war. 

 


 

Other Favorites:

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonSweet Venom by Tera Lynn ChildsOutlaw by Stephen DavisStarters by Lissa Price

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Outlaw by Stephen Davies

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Starters by Lissa Price

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Right away Greg Gaines, the "Me" of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, fires a warning shot for readers unaware of what they are about to step into.

I learned absolutely nothing from Rachel's leukemia. In fact, I probably became stupider about life because of the whole thing.

Groundbreaking Reads: Teen Summer Reading Club Trailer

Groundbreaking Reads

Groundbreaking Reads is the theme for this year's Teen Summer Reading Club. And what is more groundbreaking than the fists of zombies as they claw their way out of the soil? Nothing.

That is why we decided to make a zombified promotional video highlighting the details, prizes, and fun of the Teen Summer Reading Club. Librarians from our Headquarters, Salem Church, and England Run locations worked with some of our talented teens to make this funny, informative trailer.  Even the most vacant, drooliest zombie can become a productive member of society with the power of reading!

Be sure to check out our video below and sign up for our Teen Summer Reading Club!

A Start Menu for Windows 8

A Start Menu for Windows 8

I can’t believe I haven’t written about this sooner. Though consumers are buying tablet computers in greater numbers than classic computers, that hasn’t removed the necessity for a laptop or desktop computer. Sooner or later these need to be replaced and that will now mean buying a PC that ispreloaded with Windows 8. And I can say without hesitation, folks despise Windows 8. I might be able to help with that.

Mental Health: Experience, Strength, and Hope

Mental Health: Experience, Strength, and Hope

Mental health is one of the subjects that everybody likes to talk about, and that’s just about where it stops: talk. Mental health is a big issue, and when someone in your family is facing a bout with mental illness it is very scary. I’m not going to tell you how to cure any illness, as I don’t possess those powers, nor am I going to tell you what is the correct decision for your family—that’s your decision to make. I’m writing this article to present to you various options available to you in the Fredericksburg area, and I will also include my personal experience.

Choose Privacy, Always

Choose Privacy

The American Library Association’s Choose Privacy Week was May 1-7.  Oops—dropped the ball on that one.  Still, one of the key points of Choose Privacy Week is that privacy awareness is something we all have to take seriously all the time, particularly online. A common mistake when considering privacy is assuming that it is something we possess naturally and have taken away from us by others. The reality is that privacy is something we have to actively claim for ourselves and work for every day. Our electronic world does not allow for anything less.  People become understandably indignant when their sense of privacy is violated. I’m not trying to blame the victim—indeed, the potential victims are any or all of us. Nevertheless, we need to recognize that today’s world of hyper-connectivity and big data doesn’t allow us the luxury of treating privacy as a given.  

First, let’s get real about privacy:

Cafe Book Spotsylvania Middle School: Top Teen Picks 2013

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Cafe Book participants at Spotsylvania Middle School have read, discussed and enjoyed the selected books of this year, but only the best titles make the list of "Top Picks."

Top Pick:

This year's favorite is clearly Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs.

Three teenaged descendants of Medusa (the once beautiful gorgon maligned in Greek mythology) must unite and embrace thier fates to overcome the monsters walking hte streets of San Francisco.
 

Other Favorites:

Everneath by Brodi Ashton A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness  

Starters by Lissa PriceWonder by R. J. Palacio

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Starters by Lissa Price

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Cafe Book Rodney Thompson Middle School: Top Teen Picks 2013

Cold Cereal by Adam Rex

The votes are in and the winners have been chosen.  The 7th and 8th grade students at Rodney Thompson Middle School have chosen their favorite titles for this year's Cafe Book program.

Top Picks:

Cold Cereal by Adam Rex
A boy who may be part changeling, twins involved in a bizarre secret experiment, and a clurichaun in a red tracksuit try to save the world from an evil cereal company whose ultimate goal is world domination.

 

Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans



Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25
 by Richard Paul Evans

Michael Vey seems like an ordinary teenager, but he has a unique power. After his mother is kidnapped he and his friends have to find his mother and fight the hunters to save other kids with the same powers.

 

 

 

Other Favorites:

Starters by Lissa Price Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Apothecary by Maile Meloy Curveball by Jordan Sonnenblick

Starters by Lissa Price

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

Apothecary by Maile Meloy

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

Cafe Book Gayle Middle School: Top Teen Picks 2013

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Gayle Middle School's 7th and 8th graders have voted on the top picks of this year's Cafe Book titles to determine which ones are their absolute favorites.

Top Pick:

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
Michael Vey seems like an ordinary teenager, but he has a unique power. After his mother is kidnapped he and his friends have to find his mother and fight the hunters to save other kids with the same powers.


Other Favorites:

Everneath by Brodi AshtonSweet Venom by Tera Lynn ChildsGirl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Sheltr by Harlan CobenStarters by Lissa Price This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel


Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Shelter by Harlan Coben

Starters by Lissa Price

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

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Cafe Book Dixon-Smith Middle School: Top Teen Picks 2013

Starters by Lissa Price

Seventh and eighth graders at Dixon-Smith Middle School have chosen their favorite titles from this year's Cafe Book program. Check 'em out!

The Top Pick:

Starters by Lissa Price

In a future Beverly Hills, biological warfare has made sixteen year-old Callie and her younger brother orphans. In order to survive, Callie agrees to the newest fad – body renting – where seniors use her body to re-live their youth, but she ends up caught in a web of lies and assassins. 


Other Favorites:

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Everneath by Brodi Ashton Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans Outlaw by Stephen Davis Sheltr by Harlan Coben Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonThis Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

 Wonder by R. J. Palacio

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Outlaw by Stephen Davies

Shelter by Harlan Coben

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel

Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Cafe Book is supported by a generous donation from the Carver family in memory of their mother Ruth---middle school librarian, literacy advocate, and lover of reading.