How to Arm Knit

Don’t forget to come by the library for the last day of the Teen Spring Break Drop-In Events!

Today we’ll be learning how to ARM KNIT!  Stop by the Teen Space anytime between 3:30-5:30 pm for a demonstration.

Arm KnittingIf you’re trying this from home:

Printable instructions can be found here: How to Arm Knit

Watch the video here: Arm Knitting for Beginners

Good luck!

Eden!*As always, proceed with caution

(especially if you have a kitty):

Questions, comments, and concerns?  Feel free to e-mail the Teen Services Librarian at:



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Spring Break Drop-In Program: Personality Tests

Now that you’re out of school, let’s take some tests!

There’s been a crazy amount of personality tests circulating all over Facebook and BuzzFeed.  I’ve collected a couple fun ones (all related to books, of course) for you to take.  While these are all good and fun, I want to point out that these tests only capture a tiny part of your complex and amazing personality.  Since no one will be grading these or will even see your results unless you choose to share them, there’s no pressure to answer one way or the other.  So, I encourage each and every one of you to answer honestly and to not be discouraged by your results, but instead to love them because they are apart of you.  You are awesome and the more you know about yourself the more you can understand how you fit in the world.  So without further ado…


Aptitude Test

Simulated Aptitude Test


Which Divergent Character are You?

Harry Potter

Which Harry Potter Character are You?Which Harry Potter Character are You?


Which Hogwarts House do You Belong in?

What is Your Harry Potter Patronus?

Hunger Games

Which Hunger Games Character are You?

Which Hunger Games Character are You?


Percy Jackson

Which Percy Jackson Character are You?Which Percy Jackson Character are You?


Which Camp Half-Blood Cabin do You Belong in?

Here are some other (non-literary) tests:

Right or Left-Brained?Right or Left-Brained?




What Color is Your Personality?

The Myers-Briggs test measures various aspects of your personality.  It’s a long and detailed test and usually costs lots and lots of money, but here are a few free on-line knock-off tests that give you fairly accurate Myers-Briggs Type Indicators:

16 Personalities

Jung Typology Test

Now that you have your Personality Type Indicators, compare them to some of your favorite fictional characters:


Divergent MBTIDivergent




Harry Potter MBTIHarry Potter




Hunger Games

LOTR MBTILord of the Rings




Percy Jackson

Star Wars MBTIStar Wars




Vampire Academy

Thanks for participating!  Hope you learned a lot about your personality (and if you already know yourself, Congrats! You’re ahead of the game!).  Feel free to stop by the library to chat about the tests.  I’d love to hear about your results or your test taking experience.

Comments, questions, and concerns?  E-mail me at:
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One Choice Can Transform You…

Calling all Initiates!

The long awaited Divergent movie finally comes out on Friday, March 21st!  To celebrate its release, the library will be hosting a Divergent Party with activities, games, and possibly some Dauntless chocolate cake!  It’s Saturday, March 22nd from 2-4pm.    Registration is highly encouraged, but feel free to drop-in if you like.  Open to anyone in grades 7-12.


Divergent Party Flyer

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Be Brave, Tris.

Finish the Divergent series?

DivergentDon’t know what to do with yourself now?  Check out one of these Divergent *read-alikes!  Click on the title or picture to look up the item’s availability at the library.

*Read-alikes are titles that are similar in characterization, genre, location, narration, pacing, point-of-view, subject matter, tone, or even writing style.  They are not meant to be exact replicas because where would the fun be in that?

FeedFeed by M. T. Anderson

[Candlewick Press, 2002]

In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

The TestingThe Testing by Joelle Charbonneau (first in the Testing series)

[Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013]

#2 Independent Study, #3 Graduation Day

Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.

The Maze RunnerThe Maze Runner by James Dashner (first in the Maze Runner series)

[Delacorte Press, 2009]

#2 The Scorch Trials, #3 The Death Cure

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

Little BrotherLittle Brother by Cory Doctorow (first in the Little Brother series)

[Tor Teen, 2008]

#2 Homeland

After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, seventeen-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

When We WakeWhen We Wake by Karen Healey (first in the When We Wake series)

[Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013]

#2 While We Run

In 2027, sixteen-year-old Tegan dies and wakes up 100 years in the future as the unknowing first government guinea pig to be cryogenically frozen and successfully revived. Appalling secrets about her new world come to light, and Tegan must choose to either keep her head down or fight for a better future.

LegendLegend by Marie Lu (first in the Legend series)

[G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2011]

#2 Prodigy, #3 Champion

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

CinderCinder by Marissa Meyer (first of The Lunar Chronicles)

[Feiwel & Friends, 2012]

#2 Scarlet, #3 Cress, #4 Winter (2015)

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

StartersStarters by Lissa Price (first in the Starters series)

[Delacorte Press, 2012]

#2 Enders

To support herself and her younger brother in a future Beverly Hills, sixteen-year-old Callie hires her body out to seniors who want to experience being young again, and she lives a fairy-tale life until she learns that her body will commit murder unless her mind can stop it.

Under the Never SkyUnder the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (first in the Under the Never Sky series)

[Harper, 2012]

#2 Through the Ever Night, #3 Into the Still Blue

Aria and Perry, two teens from radically different societies–one highly advanced, the other primitive–hate being dependent on one another until they overcome their prejudices and fall in love, knowing they can’t stay together.

Num8ersNum8ers by Rachel Ward (first in the Numbers series)

[Chicken House/Scholastic, 2009]

#2 The Chaos, #3 Infinity

Fifteen-year-old Jem knows when she looks at someone the exact date they’ll die, so she avoids relationships and tries to keep out of the way, but when she meets a boy named Spider and they plan a day out together, they become more involved than either of them had planned.

Can you think of other titles that belong on this list?  Feel free to submit your suggestions by e-mailing me at:
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Books to Box Office Voting Instructions

To vote for our favorite Teen book to movie adaptations we will be using a free web service called Poll Everywhere.  Since we’re starting with the books, the categories are loosely organized by genre.  Below is a copy of the ballot that includes all the “nominated” book titles and authors.  When we start voting, the polls will have pictures of the corresponding movie title (so for movies that have been re-made multiple times throughout the years, we have provided a specific title to be considered).

[*Winners added: March 15, 2014]

Books to Box Office BallotSo, how does Poll Everywhere actually work?

We have provided links to each poll where you can see the live results from our voting.  Instructions are also provided on each poll, but basically you’ll be texting your responses.  You simply send a text message to the five digit number 22333. In the body of the message, you’ll type a keyword or set of numbers exactly as you see it on the poll.

Live Results Poll

Poll Everywhere is super serious about privacy. We cannot see your phone numbers, and you’ll never receive follow-up text messages outside this voting process.

Standard text messaging rates apply, so it may be free for you or up to twenty cents on some carriers if you do not have a text messaging plan.  If you would rather not text or don’t have a cell phone, we have also provided links to vote via the web.  Below is a screen shot of our first poll.   All you do, is click on your choice and it submits your vote to the live results poll (pictured above).

Web Voting

Don’t worry if you haven’t read the book and only seen the movie (or vice versa or even neither).  We’re here to have fun, so feel free to make your judgement based solely on commercials and trailers you’ve seen or what you think your cat would like best.

Let’s get started!

Click on the titles of each category to access the live results texting polls.  And don’t worry, the web voting links are provided too!

Happy voting!

Best Animated Movie

  • The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

[And the winner is: Coraline]

Best Classic Tween Movie

  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

[And the winner is: The Wizard of Oz]

Best Classic Teen Movie

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Romeo + Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

[And the winner is: The Great Gatsby]

Best Teen Fantasy Movie

  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • The NeverEnding Story by Michael Ende
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

[And the winner is: The NeverEnding Story]

Best Teen Fantasy/Fairy Tale Movie

  • Beastly by Alex Flinn
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson

[And the winner is: The Princess Bride]

Best Movie Adapted from a Graphic Novel

  • Hellboy by Mike Mignola
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore
  • V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore
  • Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley

[And the winner is: Watchmen]

Best Teen Historical Fiction Movie

  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable by John Boyne
  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

[And the winners are: Hugo and The Book Thief]

Best Teen Non-Fiction Movie

  • The Diary of a Young Girl (movie title: Diary of Anne Frank) by Anne Frank
  • Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth
  • The Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruewell
  • Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

[And the winner is: Soul Surfer]

Best Tween Realistic Fiction Movie

  • Hoot by Carl Hiassen
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
  • Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
  • Holes by Louis Sachar

[And the winner is: Where the Red Fern Grows]

Best Teen Realistic Fiction Movie

  • Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal by Chris Colfer
  • Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  • Youth in Revolt by C.D. Payne
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

[And the winner is: The Outsiders]

Best Realistic Fiction Tearjerker Movie

  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safron Foer
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

[And the winner is: The Perks of Being a Wallflower]

Best Teen Romance Movie

  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  • I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle
  • Romeo + Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
  • Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

[And the winner is: Romeo + Juliet]

Best Teen Paranormal Romance Movie

  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  • The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

[And the winners are: City of Bones and Warm Bodies]

Best Awkward Love Triangle

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Host by Stephanie Meyer
  • The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer
  • Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

[And the winner is: The Hunger Games]

Best Teen Science Fiction Movie

  • I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  • City of Ember by Jeanne DPrau
  • I am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

[And the winner is: Jurassic Park]

Best Teen Science Fiction/Extra-terrestrial Movie

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  • The Host by Stephanie Meyer

[And the winner is: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]

Worst Teen Movie

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  • A Princess of Mars (movie title: John Carter) by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

[And the winner is: Best Teen Series

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

[And the winner is: The Lord of the Rings]

Best Teen Movie of 2013

  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  • The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

[And the winner is: Catching Fire]

Most Anticipated Teen Movie of 2014

  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth

[And the winners are: The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent]

Thank you for participating!

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Books to Box Office

Come walk the Grayslake Red Carpet!

The 86th Annual Academy Awards is on Sunday, March 2nd.  In preparation for the celebration please join us Saturday, March 1st, at the library to discuss and vote on your favorite Teen books that have been adapted to the big screen.  Come dressed as your favorite literary character to win a prize.  Registration is highly encouraged, but you are also more than welcome to stop by and join in on the fun!  Open to anyone grades 7-12!

















In the meantime…

The following books are all rumored to be “in development” (according to IMDB).  Make sure to checkout these awesome reads before they are made into movies!  Click on the title or picture to look up the item’s availability at the library.

Pure by Julianna Baggott Pure by Julianna Baggott

In a post-apocalyptic world where those undamaged by the cataclysmic events are kept safely inside the Dome, a young girl on the outside teams up with a boy on the inside to search for his missing mother.


Shadow and Bones by Leigh BardugoShadow and Bones by Leigh Bardugo

Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protege of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.


Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave BarryPeter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry

Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.


Looking Glass Wars by Frank BeddorLooking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

When she is cast out of Wonderland by her evil aunt Redd, young Alyss Heart finds herself living in Victorian Oxford as Alice Liddell and struggles to keep memories of her kingdom intact until she can return and claim her rightful throne.


Heist Society by Ally CarterHeist Society by Ally Carter

A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop’s father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.


Marked by P.C. CastMarked by P.C. Cast

Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird is Marked as a fledging vampyre and joins the House of Night where she will train to become an adult vampyre.


Artemis Fowl by Eoin CoiferArtemis Fowl by Eoin Coifer

When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.


Matched by Ally CondieMatched by Ally Condie

All her life, Cassia has never had a choice. The Society dictates everything: how to play, where to work, what to eat and wear, when to die, and most importantly to Cassia, who to marry. When she is Matched with her best friend Xander, things couldn’t be more perfect. But why did her neighbor Ky’s face show up on her match disk as well?

L.A. Candy by Lauren ConradL.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad

When nineteen-year-old Jane Roberts is cast in a new reality show, she discovers that the fame and fortune of her new life come at a high price to herself and her friendships.


Tempest by Julie CrossTempest by Julie Cross

After his girlfriend Holly is fatally shot during a violent struggle, nineteen-year-old Jackson uses his supernatural abilities and travels back in time two years, where he falls in love with Holly all over again, learns that his father is a spy, and discovers powerful enemies of time who will stop at nothing to recruit him for their own purposes.

Incarceron by Catherine FisherIncarceron by Catherine Fisher

To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.


The Paladin Prophecy by Mark FrostThe Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost

A fifteen-year-old boy who has spent his entire life trying to avoid attention finds himself in the middle of a millenia-old struggle between titanic forces when he is simultaneously recruited by an exclusive prep school and followed by sinister agents.


The Graveyard Book by Neil GaimanThe Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard have raised him.



Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler; art by Maira KalmanWhy We Broke Up by Daniel Handler; art by Maira Kalman

Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.


Switched by Amanda HockingSwitched by Amanda Hocking

When Wendy Everly was six years old her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her, and eleven years later Wendy learns that her mother was right and that she is actually a changeling troll, who, at the age of seventeen, must be returned to her rightful home.


Firelight by Sophie JordanFirelight by Sophie Jordan

When sixteen-year-old Jacinda, who can change into a dragon, is forced to move away from her community of shapeshifters and start a more normal life, she falls in love with a boy who proves to be her most dangerous enemy.


The Immortal Rules by Julie KagawaThe Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

After Allison is forced to flee the city, she joins a band of humans who are seeking a legend — a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the creatures threatening humans and vampires alike.


Origin by Jessica KhouryOrigin by Jessica Khoury

Pia, an immortal girl, is raised in the depths of the Amazon discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home–and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life. Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, and together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia’s origin.

Legend by Marie LuLegend by Marie Lu

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.


Shatter Me by Tahereh MafiShatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Ostracized or incarcerated her whole life, seventeen-year-old Juliette is freed on the condition that she use her horrific abilities in support of The Reestablishment, a post apocalyptic dictatorship, but Adam, the only person ever to show her affection, offers hope of a better future.


Wicked Lovely by Melissa MarrWicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Seventeen-year-old Aislinn, who has the rare ability to see faeries, is drawn against her will into a centuries-old battle between the Summer King and Winter Queen, and the survival of her life, her love, and summer all hang in the balance.


Cycler by Lauren McLaughlinCycler by Lauren McLaughlin

Seventeen-year-old Jill is a fairly normal high school senior whose focus is on getting a certain boy to ask her to prom, but four days a month she transforms into surly Jack who decides it is time he had his own life and a chance with the girl he wants.


Wake by Lisa McMannWake by Lisa McMann

Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people’s dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power.


Wildwood by Colin MeloyWildwood by Colin Meloy

When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness–a dangerous and magical forest in the middle of Portland, Oregon–and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants.


The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick NessThe Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Pursued by power-hungry Mayor Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony’s true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.


Before I Fall by Lauren OliverBefore I Fall by Lauren Oliver

After she dies in a car crash, teenage Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself.


This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth OppelThis Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

When his twin brother falls ill in the family’s chateau in the independent republic of Geneva in the eighteenth century, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein embarks on a dangerous and uncertain quest to create the forbidden Elixir of Life described in an ancient text in the family’s secret Biblioteka Obscura.

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiement by James PattersonMaximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the “birdkids,” who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.


Wings by Aprilynne PikeWings by Aprilynne Pike

When a plant blooms out of fifteen-year-old Laurel’s back, it leads her to discover the fact that she is a faerie and that she has a crucial role to play in keeping the world safe from the encroaching enemy trolls.


The Wee Free Men by Terry PratchettThe Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom RiggsMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.


Under the Never Sky by Veronica RossiUnder the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.


The Alchemyst by Michael ScottThe Alchemyst by Michael Scott

While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, 15-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.

Unwind by Neal ShustermanUnwind by Neal Shusterman

In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives “unwound” and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs–and, perhaps, save their own lives.


Shiver by Maggie StiefvaterShiver by Maggie Stiefvater

In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.


The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Sargent’s gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the Aglionby Academy, she discovers that together their talents are a dangerous mix.


The Scorpio Races by Maggie StiefvaterThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini TaylorDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.


Uglies by Scott WesterfieldUglies by Scott Westerfield

Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally’s best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.


Blood Red Road by Moira YoungBlood Red Road by Moira Young

In a distant future, eighteen-year-old Lugh is kidnapped, and while his twin sister Saba and nine-year-old Emmi are trailing him across bleak Sandsea they are captured, too, and taken to brutal Hopetown, where Saba is forced to be a cage fighter until new friends help plan an escape.

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Okay? Okay.

Looking for, The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green?

The Fault in Our StarsSo is everyone else and their mother.

Make sure to add your name to the HOLD LIST, and while you wait check out these *read-alikes.  Click on the title or picture to look up the item’s availability at the library!

*Read-alikes are titles that are similar in characterization, genre, location, narration, pacing, point-of-view, subject matter, tone, or even writing style.  They are not meant to be exact replicas because where would the fun be in that?

Me and Earl and the Dying GirlMe and Earl and the Dying Girl written by Jesse Andrews

[Amulet Books, 2012]

Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

If I StayIf I Stay written by Gayle Forman

[Dutton Books, c2009]

Seventeen-year-old Mia has an out-of-body experience when she is in an accident that claims the lives of her entire family.  While in her coma, she must decide whether or not to succumb to the overwhelming sadness of her loss or wake up and persevere.

The Survival KitThe Survival Kit written by Donna Freitas

[Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011]

Rose, a junior in High School, has just lost her mother and uses the tokens she left behind to create a Survival Kit that helps her cope through her grief.  With the help of her friends and the Survival Kit, Rose is able to heal and find joy again.

In the Sea There are Crocodiles: Based on the True Story of Enaiatollah Akbari: A NovelIn the Sea There are Crocodiles: Based on the True Story of Enaiatollah Akbari: A Novel written by Fabio Geda, translated by Howard Curtis

[Doubleday, 2011]

As an illegal immigrant being shuttled between countries, Enaiat sees the best and the worst of humanity but never lets the ugliness of life deter him from his dream of a better future.  He is abandoned in Pakistan by his mother as she hopes that he will escape the rule of the Taliban.

A Love Story Starring My Dead Best FriendA Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner

[Dial Books, 2010]

As she tries to sort out her feelings of love, seventeen-year-old Cass, a spunky math genius with an introverted streak, finds a way to memorialize her dead best friend by finishing the musical she started before her unexpected death.

Side EffectsSide Effects written by Amy Goldman Koss

[Roaring Brook Press, 2006]

After being diagnosed with stage-four Hodgkins lymphoma, Isabella discovers the harsh realities of cancer treatment and survival at the tender age of 14.  Her story is told authentically with honesty, frankness, and a little bit of comedy.

Sunrise Over FallujahSunrise Over Fallujah written by Walter Dean Myers

[Scholastic Press, 2008]

Instead of going to college, Robin Perry enlists in the army and is sent to Iraq.  He finds himself writing home about his struggles to maintain peace and the violent nature of his job.  Myers’s able to bring to light the modern-day soldier’s perspective.

Sorta Like a RockstarSorta Like a Rockstar written by Matthew Quick

[Little, Brown, 2009]

Amber Appleton calls herself the Princess of Hope despite living on a school bus with her alcoholic mother.  When tragedy strikes, her life and faith are turned upside down and her friends and surrounding community rally together to cheer her up.

Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went CrazyStop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy written by Sonya Sones

[Harper Collins Publishers, c1999]

Told through haunting free verse, this is a story of how 13-year-old Cookie deals with the fact that her older sister has a nervous breakdown that results in institutionalization.  Sones thoughtfully brings to light how families cope in the face of mental illness stigmatization.

It's Kind of a Funny StoryIt’s Kind of a Funny Story written by Ned Vizzini

[Hyperion Books For Children, 2006]

Overwhelmed by the pressures to succeed at an exclusive private school, Craig Gilner’s depression gets the better of him.  After he calls a suicide hotline, he checks himself into a psychiatric hospital where he forms bonds with an eccentric cast of characters and learns to cope with his problems.

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