unRequired Reading

Our unRequired Reading Blog features the latest picks for teens selected by library staff and volunteers.
Thu, 01/26/2012 - 10:17am
Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen

In his book Lawn Boy, Gary Paulsen has done a wonderful job of capturing an everyday job for a tween boy--like mowing the lawn--and expanding it into a hilarious summer experience. 

Lawn Boy is a great book for boys, but I think girls will enjoy it, too. Paulsen elaborates on experiences most all teens can relate to--like not having any money and being bored during summer vacation. They’re too young to drive but not that interested in toys, unless you consider video games toys. And if they want to get new video games to play, they have to come up with the funds to buy them.

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 11:37am
Trash by Andy Mulligan

In Trash by Andy Mulligan fourteen-year-olds Raphael and Gardo team up with a younger boy, Rat, to figure out the mysteries surrounding a bag Raphael finds during their daily life of sorting through trash in a third-world country's dump.

Check out this book trailer for this Cafe Book Favorite!

Wed, 05/30/2012 - 4:17pm
Trapped by Michael Northrop

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

Top Pick:

Trapped by Michael Northrop
Seven high school students are stranded at their New England high school during a week-long blizzard that shuts down the power and heat, freezes the pipes, and leaves them wondering if they will survive.

 

Other Favorites:

Brain Jack by Brian FalknerGirl, Stolen by April HenryHuman.4 by Mike LancasterRot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Ruby Red by Kerstin GierA Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam GidwitzYou Wish by Mandy Hubbard

Brain Jack by Brian Falkner

Girl, Stolen by April Henry

Human.4 by Mike Lancaster

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

You Wish by Mandy Hubbard

Sun, 01/29/2012 - 12:48pm
Rot and Ruin

Keep your eyes peeled for the top teen picks voted by students from Drew Middle School as part of their Cafe Book program.

Top Picks:

Rot and 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.

Brain Jack by Brian Falkner

Brain Jack
by Brian Falkner

In a near-future New York City, fourteen-year-old computer genius Sam Wilson manages to hack into the world's largest telecommunications company network and sets off a chain of events that have a profound effect on human activity throughout the world.

 


Other Favorites:

Girl, Stolen by April HenryHuman.4 by Mike LancasterA Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam GidwitzHero by Mike Lupica

Trapped by Michael NorthropEnd of the Line by Angela CerritoTrash by Andy MulliganYou Wish by Mandy Hubbard

Fri, 01/20/2012 - 11:08am
A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

The votes are in and the students at Shirley Heim Middle School have chosen their favorite titles from this year's Cafe Book program. 

Top Picks:

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.

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Rot and 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.





Other Favorites:

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta SepetysBrain Jack by Brian FalknerThe End of the Line by Angela CerritoThe False Princess by Ellis O'Neal

Okay for Now by Gary D. SchmidtRuby Red by Kerstin GierTrapped by Michael NorthropYou Wish by Mandy Hubbard

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Brain Jack by Brian Falkner

The End of the Line by Angela Cerrito

The False Princess by Ellis O'Neal

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Trapped by Michael Northrop

You Wish by Mandy Hubbard

Just click on a title to place a hold!

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 4:11pm
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

In the dark of night, a monster approaches Conor’s bedroom window. The massive, human-like gnarl of branches with its thunderous voice fails to frighten the boy. You see, Conor has already glimpsed the source of his personal terror. It lives in his nightmares.

A Monster Calls was written after Patrick Ness used outlines and ideas from the British writer Siobhan Dowd, a Carnegie Medal-winning author who died of cancer in 2007. The final product is a taut, suspenseful reflection on losing a loved one, accompanied by the message to be honest with one’s self.

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