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Jul 5, 2012 by julier

Looking to take a road trip this summer?  Tag along with friends (well sort of) Alice, Summer and Tiernan as they drive from Boston to Austin to catch a one-night-only show by their old favorite band, Level3, that broke up four years ago, just like their friendship. The trip is full of "interesting" adventures--skinny dipping with Santa anyone? Karmic meetings, cute Southern boys heading North for the summer and maybe, just maybe, friendship. Check out the book trailer for more. Check Our Catalog for a library copy of the book.

As part of the book's release, the publisher is having a Boston to Austin concert tour and on July 25th,Quincy is one of the stops! So grab a towel and your sunscreen for a teen concert on the lawn.

Ethan was abducted when he was 7 years old; now 16, he is reunited with his family. After living with his abductor, in a group home and on the street, it's hard for him to adjust to school, curfews and siblings.Tensions build as Ethan falls in love with Cami, the girl next door, and his brother Blake doubts his story. Why can't Ethan remember anything about his past or the day he was kidnapped? Dead to You is a believable story with likeable characters, and an ending that will hit you hard. Check Our Catalog

May 18, 2012 by julier

This book is a hard-to-describe addicting read, in fact I'm going to read it again tonight.  On the surface, Chopsticks is the story of 16-year-old piano prodigy Glory Fleming, who falls in love with the new boy next door, Fransico Mendoza, but pay careful attention and a whole other story emerges.   Beginning with a news broadcast of Glory's disappearance, the story is told through a collection of news clippings, photos, memorabilia, IM messages and other random items. The story is carefully constructed and engrossing, and you never know what the next page turn will bring. Check Our Catalog

Do not be fooled by the mediocre film of the same name!!  This is an amazing story that follows a menagerie of unique individuals led by Allan Quartermain and including Mina Harker, Dr. Jekyll, The Invisible Man, Dorian Grey and Captain Nemo as they pit wits and battle against two malicious enemies set out to destroy this alternate Britain.  The story is fast paced and the illustrations are just quirky enough to complement the action.  Check our Catalog

Nov 22, 2011 by ritas

Eighteen-year-old Fergus McCann is living in Northern Ireland in 1981. He and his parents are deeply involved in the Troubles because his imprisoned Republican brother decides to join other prisoners on a hunger strike. Fergus is studying for medical school, wants to be a doctor, and doesn't understand his brother's dedication to the IRA. Life becomes more complicated when he crosses from Nortern Ireland into the Irish Republic to steal peat for his uncle to sell as fuel and he discovers the perfectly preserved body of a young girl buried in the marsh 2000 years ago. This brings archaeologists to his small town and opens up new worlds for Fergus. Fascinating subject matter and a great read! Check Our Catalog

Nov 15, 2011 by julier

Strongarmed by his parents into taking geeky Lithuanian exchange student Gobija Zaksauskas to the senior prom, Perry Stormaire figures the night will be a disaster and he's right.  A dance floor attack by the school bully is just the beginning. What ensues--car chases in his father's Jag, assassinations and a leap out of a 47th floor window--certainly makes for an unforgettable night.  This no holds barred race against the clock is laugh out loud funny. Check Our Catalog

Not quite as powerful as the Death of Superman storyline, Batman: Whatever happened to the Caped Crusader? serves as a real tribute to the authors and artists who have made Batman the enigmatic hero he has become over the years.  Neil Gaiman (author) and Andy Kubert (illustrator) pay tribute to the evolution of the character from his introduction in 1939 to their interpretation of his death (2009).  However, DC Comics plans to reboot its iconic characters in 2011 and Batman will begin again with issue #1 to be released soon!! Check Our Catalog

Sep 9, 2011 by julier

Faced with a full year stuck indoors with the windows covered in strict mourning for their mother Princess Azalea and her 11 younger sisters go exploring inside the castle only to discover that some old magic still lingers.  At first the hidden pavilion where they can dance all the old dances that their mother taught them feels like a wonderful gift but as time passes Mr. Keeper, the pavilion's gaurdian, becomes more sinister.  In the end the anniversary of their mother's death is a day these 12 dancing princesses will never forget. Check Our Catalog

Sep 9, 2011 by julier

Someone once said to Libba Bray, "a plane full of beauty queens crashes on a deserted island and..." Her response is a hilarious mix of Lord of the Flies and the Miss Teen Dream Pageant not to mention pirates, man eating snakes, corporate espionage and mind altering fruit.  Oops! almost forgot the crazy dictator with a gun. Check Our Catalog

15-year-old Austin Gray wants nothing more than to be in the No-Jesus Christmas Parade. OK, maybe she also wants Dean Ottmer to stop bullying her, her mother to talk about her father's death, and to have a quinceanera like her best friend Maribel. But at the very top of her wish list is to be the Future Farmer's of America hood ornament. One thing can guarantee her spot: her bantam. Check Our Catalog

After the grisly death of this grandfather, sixteen year old Jacob Portman convinces his father to travel to an island off the coast of Wales in search of some answers. Were Grandpa Portman's unbelievable stories of monsters and a collection of circus freaks (floating girl, invisible boy, unnaturally strong twins) true? This book is an awesome combination of fiction and photography. Check Our Catalog

Caitlin thought she knew everything about her best friend Ingrid. But after Ingrid commits suicide—and leaves Caitlin a farewell journal—Caitlin realizes that there was more going on in Ingrid's life than Caitlin could have ever imagined. Chronicling Caitlin's year following Ingrid's suicide, this book is emotionally raw and poetically written. Check Our Catalog

Toby Klein likes to beat up football players, wear black and hack computer programs. You can imagine her surprise when she is invited to audition for the super selective varsity cheer squad. But Toby soon realizes that there is way more going on at Bayport High than she suspected—and those popular, blonde, pink-wearing cheerleaders? Underage, undercover government operatives. Who knew? Check Our Catalog

You'll get sucked into this book as fast as Janie, the main character, gets sucked into other people's dreams. A strange power, a hot boy and an absent mom—what's not to love? This is the first book in a trilogy; be sure to check out McMann's follow-ups, Fade and Gone. Check Our Catalog

Jul 1, 2011 by megana

A page-turning, futuristic love story that fans of The Hunger Games will love! Check Our Catalog



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