this star won't go out
The First Book Cover is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

The Second book cover is This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl.

Both of these Cancer filled tragedies are very somber but written beautifully.
This post was written by Chesapeake Public Library’s teen blogger Caitlin.




Move Over Aunty Em!


Forget everything you thought you knew about OZ.

Shut your eyes.

Click your heels together three times.




Alright – open your eyes for the reading part.  Got a little carried away there.

From thoughtful to laugh out load funny, this story puts more twists and turns into the yellow brick road than you ever would have imagined.  Imagine Buffy the Vampire Slayer travels to OZ fight Dorothy-Gone-Wrong.

That’s right.  This is not OZ as you thought you knew it.  Fast forward from Dorothy making nice with the Wizard to a future in which the Wicked are now the good guys, a power-crazed Dorothy has gone over to the dark side, and the Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow are bad.  Very very bad.

This book has action, a little romance, fabulous characters, and (forgive the pun) a pace that will blow you away.  Highly recommend.

Battle Royale

Character Summaries:

Anne Dowling is unstoppable and determined to find out why her favorite teacher, Ms. Cross disappeared and the connection with Wheatley School.  (Read about Anne in Kara Taylor’s Deadly Little Sins)

Edie Kramer is strong enough to face her senior year and the power to make the bullies pay at Blackbriar Academy.  (Read about Edie in Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre)

Jessica Walsh is fifteen years old and a paranormal warrior, she is determined to find out why the people of Nightshade, California are dying in their sleep. (Read about Jessica in  Dead Is Just a Dream by Marlene Perez)



Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver is the first book in the Wolves of Mercy Fall Series.  I was excited when I started reading this series because 1.) Maggie Stiefvater is a local author, I got to meet her, get her autograph and a picture with her and she is awesome2.) It is a novel about werewolves and fantasy novels are right up my alley; I love to get out of the realm of everyday life and read about something fantastical!

I liked this book because it gives a different take on werewolves:

These werewolves change based on the temperature.  When it gets cold, they change into wolves.  In the summer they remain human.   Unlike most modern werewolf stories, when these wolves change, they no longer have human thoughts and emotions, they are all animal.  Also, these wolves can only change for a limited time, eventually their time as a wolf will become longer and longer until they never change back into human form again….I found this all very intriguing.

The story centers around Sam and Grace. 

When Grace was 11, she was attacked by a pack of wolves.  Sam, in wolf form, came to her rescue and saved her for some unknown reason.  Ever since that incident, she has been fascinated with the wolves, especially the yellow-eyed one that saved her.  She still sees him sometimes,  lurking in the woods at the edge of her backyard.  Most people who are bitten by a wolf either die or begin the change into a werewolf….but Grace has done neither as the book fast-forwards to when she is 17. 

Grace and Sam meet again when she is 17 and him 18.  She finds him shot, bleeding and naked on her back deck.  She brings him inside to help him and quickly realizes that this is her wolf when she looks into his yellow eyes….

Pick up Shiver at your local library and see what happens next!  Share your thoughts in the comments and remember that there are 2 other books in this series for you to enjoy :)



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Teen Book Battle: Spending the summer with Auntie

 Today’s battle : Books about vacationing with Auntie. 



Ratchet is sent to spend the summer with her two elderly great-aunts, Aunt Penpen and Tilly, in Maine.  During the summer, Ratchet listens to her aunts’ stories .

VERDICT: I didn’t enjoy this book at all.  There was no character development and it was a running chronicle of what Ratchet heard and experienced through the summer.  It did pick up a little in the middle but not enough for me to enjoy the book.



Davia wants to spend as much time as she can with her mom this summer, her Mom’s cancer is in remission but the fear of it coming back is haunting Davia (Davia’s fear #1- cancer coming back).  Mom has plans to take care of an aunt in Louisiana, so off they go to take care of great-aunt Mari, who is dying ( Davia fear #2- death).  At Aunt Mari’s, Davia meets another relative, Emilie, who died in 1853(Davia’s fear #3- ghosts).  Davia has to face her own fears and help Emilie find peace.

VERDICT:  I enjoyed seeing how the characters developed, found their way, and came to terms with death in their own way.  Overall, I liked the book, it did bring back memories for me of helping my own mom with my grandmother’s hospice care.



Amy goes to live with her great-aunt Mae to put some distance between herself and an abusive relationship.  A new town, school, and new friends is what she feels she needs. Amy gets all of that and a little extra in the form of Henry.  Amy and Henry become friends and the relationship deepens into love.  But, as always there is a problem, Henry lives across the clearing and in another time, 1944 to be exact.

VERDICT: I enjoyed this book. The story unfolded gradually,  the blossoming romance between Henry and Amy; Amy gaining confidence in herself after her bad relationship; and Henry coming to terms with the future. The characters and situations were realistically written (even it the story is a bit sci-fi).    I have to admit at one point I threw the book  down (softly) in frustration over something Amy did.  The one part I didn’t like was the ending, it was a bit of a surprise and a let down.  But endings to  good books sometimes are.


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It Came From a Book Teen Art Contest

Just saw this on an amzing blog I follow- Teen Librarian’s Toolbox and had to share! It is an art contest for teens and you can win some really cool things. For information, click the link.

Good Luck!

Rule Breakers


“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
George R.R. Martin

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Theodore Roosevelt

Six Word Summary Showdown: The Lost Island of Tamarind by Nadia Aguiar

by Nadia Aguiar

by Nadia Aguiar


Tamarind is not on any map!


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Anime Rule Breaker

TSUBAKIIzumiOre-samaTeacher07Oresama Teacher

Kurosaki Mafuyu was a juvenile delinquent and head of her gang before her subsequent arrest got her expelled from high school. Now that she’s transferred to a new high school, she’s determined to become an “ultra-shiny, super feminine high school student.” But with a new friend like Hayasaka-kun and a homeroom teacher like Saeki Takaomi (who may be more than he seems), will Mafuyu really be able to live a girly-girl high school life!?

This is a hilarious shoujo manga that often mistakes itself for a shounen with all the fighting bosses and such. When I read the first chapter I was like ‘Meh. Good, but I feel like I’ve read this before’. I warn you: Do not be fooled.

Since then, I have been laughing my head off at the strange situations the lead girl gets herself into. The art is quite good, complementing the story well. The character interactions are all very amusing too, and do serve somewhat to develop character.

All in all, this manga is extremely fun and entertaining. It may not have an intelligent plotline, but that’s because it doesn’t need to. Its charming just the way it is

Your best summer memory- rule breaker/poll

For this post, we’d like you to take over dear reader. Tell us about the best thing that happened to you this summer. Ours included giving away Kindle Fires to seven teen readers in Chesapeake and the End of Summer Reading Dance.


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