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February’s feature on love is a great opportunity to showcase some of the great love stories you can find in the library.   In today’s post, I’m including a few books that we have that are GLBT teen love stories:Collage-tn titles

Boy meets boy by David Levithan (TN LEV)
Two boys kissing by David Levithan, David (TN LEV)
Promise me something by Sara Kocek (TN KOC)
Empress of the world by Sara Ryan (Jh RYA)
Ash by Malinda Lo (TN LO)
Ask the passengers : a novel by A.S. King (Jh KIN)
Boyfriends with girlfriends by Alex Sanchez, Alex (TN SAN)
If you could be mine : a novel by Sata Farizan (TN FAR)

Books with a Jh may be found in Youth Services, on the second floor; books with a TN may be found on the lower level, against the back wall.


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February’s feature is all about love — and you know we’ve got loads of love stories here in the library.  Here are just a few:

Dash & Lily’s book of dares by Rachel Cohn (TN COH)
What they found : love on 145th Street by Walter Dean Myers (TN MEY)
The summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han (Jh HAN)
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Jh ROW and TN ROW)

Titles with a Jh can be found in Youth Services, on the library’s second floor; titles with a TN can be found in the Teen books, on the lower level, against the back wall

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This is due to hit the New Teen Books display soon (lower level, across from the Connection Desk), and fits in with this month’s theme of Love:   Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge   (TN HOD)

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love. (summary courtesy of Goodreads)

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Passion for Pokemon

I recently got the Pokemon X game for the Nintendo 3DS, and my LOVE for Pokemon has not burned this bright since I first received the Pokemon Red game many years ago. I found a book on our new non-fiction shelves called Pokemon X & Pokemon Y: the official Kalos Region guidebook (794.8 POKEMON). Even though I beat the game, I love Pokemon so much that I can’t stop playing it. This book is a good guide to help with some of the elements you might be having trouble with:

-maps to show you the locations and rarity levels of every wild Pokemon; this is helpful if you’re trying to complete your Pokedexpokebook

-maps to show you the locations of all items

-information on the new features of Pokemon X and Y, such as Pokemon-Amie and the Super Training
-good walk-throughs and maps to help you not get lost or stuck on a task

-a chart of type match-ups, including the new Fairy type

Unfortunately, this book does not have a full Pokedex or provide all the answers on breeding, creating different berries, suggestions for the best way to win in the Battle Maison, or help for every single mystery. But it is helpful if you want a lot of information collected together into one book; maybe you could pick up a few tidbits of information you weren’t expecting! (And if you have a 3DS and you want to try Pokemon X or Y out, you can find them upstairs at Lisle, along with many other Pokemon guides and books! Or come downstairs and find many other video game guides!)

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You may have noticed our beautiful purple cart on the lower level, near the Circulation Desk (and if you haven’t, come on down and take a look!!).   This month, we’re offering readers to try their luck with a “Blind Date with a Book.”   All of our books have brown paper wrappers and a little description — no cover art, no authors, no title.

So, take a chance and try something new!  Who knows? You just might fall in love.   And, if your date isn’t so great, bring it back and try another one …..  honestly, we won’t take it personally.

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Looking for a different kind of love story in a book?   We have plenty to offer here at the library!    If you’re tired of the usual boy meets girl/girl meets boy kind of story, maybe try one of these:

Ashes to Ashes by Melissa C. Walker (TN WAL) — “If I Stay meets the movie Ghost in this first book in a teen duology about a teenage-girl-turned-ghost who must cling to the echoes of her former life to save the people she left behind.”  

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (Jh BLA) — “One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.”

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (F MAR) — “R is a young man with an existential crisis–he is a zombie…After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend.    And we also have the movie that was based on this book — you can find it in our DVD collection under DVD WAR.

Books with a TN may be found on the library’s lower level, against the back wall in the Teen Books. Books with a Jh may be found on the library’s 2nd level, in Youth Services.   Books with a F may be found on the lower level, in Fiction.

(all book summaries courtesy of Goodreads)

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Just in is When I Was the Greatest, by Jason Reynolds. It’s about three teens in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bed-Stuy– one who enjoys boxing, one who enjoys comic books, and one whose therapeutic knitting is for his Tourette’s syndrome–who must face the consequences of attending a dangerous party. Here’s the description, courtesy of Goodreads:

Author Jason Reynolds

Author Jason Reynolds

In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on yourhead—even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen. A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don’t really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing. Nah, not his thing. Ali’s got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. His best friend Noodles, though. Now there’s a dude looking for trouble—and, somehow, it’s always Ali around to pick up thepieces. But, hey, a guy’s gotta look out for his boys, right? Besides, it’s all small potatoes; it’s not like anyone’s getting hurt. And then there’s Needles. Needles is Noodles’s brother. He’s got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. It’s cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn’t mean anything by it. Yeah, it’s cool…until Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be…somewhere they never should’ve been—where the people aren’t so friendly, and even less forgiving.
Find it in the YS New Book shelf upstairs with the call number of Jh REY. You can always ask a librarian for help finding items.

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