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Teen Read Week 2013

This week is Teen Read Week. This week is devoted to encouraging teens to read and gain literacy skills. To help draw teens into the library, we have a few events going on and all teens between 6th and 12th grade are invited! There is no specific time for these events. Just drop by the library and speak to Betsy to find out more information.

  • Scavenger Hunt: Search for some cards related to the clues given and for each one you find, receive one entry in a raffle for the book the hunt is based on. All cards must be found between October 15th and 19th.
  • Hoax Image/Photo: Using a photo the library provides, use a photo editor to make something cool/scary/funny/etc. appear in it. Participating earns you an entry into a raffle for a gift card for a small amount. This can be done at home if you have a program for it and there’s a program that Betsy can show you installed here. You do have to drop by to get the rules though. Entries will be posted on the teen blog.
  • Blind Book Drawing: Choose a book title from a box of titles, read the book and do a brief review to earn an entry into the raffle for the gift card (same as the hoax image). The more books you read/review, the more entries you can get. Reviews may be posted on the teen blog and on boards at the library.
    Note: Titles must be selected between October 15th and 19th. Reviews must be turned in by October 31st. Drawing will be held after that date.

Get the full rules for each event at the library!

Teen Read Week 2013 Flyer

Blind Book Drawing Flyer

Scavenger Hunt Flyer

Hoax Image Flyer

New Teen Books at Dalton

The teen department has some new books that are ready for check out!

  • Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne.
    See what the book jacket has to say:
  • “Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not–you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.
    Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.
    But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.
    Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.
    …Six high school students (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world–as they know it–apart.”

  • The Theory of Everything: A Novel by J. J. Johnson.
    See what the book jacket has to say:
  • “Just because everyone else thinks you should be over doesn’t mean you are.
    Last year, Sarah’s best friend Jamie died in a freak accident. At the time, everyone was sad; now they’re just ready for Sarah to get over it and move on.
    But Sarah can’t move on, because she can’t stop reliving what happened. She’s still wrestling with guilt. She’s questioning the meaning of life. And she misses her best friend. Her grades are plummeting, her relationships are falling apart, and her normal voice seems to have been replaced with a snark box.
    In a last-ditch effort to pull it together, Sarah befriends Jamie’s twin brother Emmett, who may be the only other person who understands what she’s missing. When she gets a job working for the local eccentric, Sarah finally begins to understand the threads that connect us all, the benefit of giving people a chance, and the power of love.”

  • iBoy by Kevin Brooks.
    See what the book jacket has to say:
  • “What can he do with his new powers–and what are they doing to him?
    Before the attack, Tom Harvey was just an average teenager. But a head-on collision with high technology has turned him into an actualized App. Fragments of a shattered iPhone are embedded in his brain. and they’re having an extraordinary effect on his every thought.
    Because now Tom knows, sees, and can do more than any normal boy ever could.
    But with his new powers comes a choice: To avenge Lucy, the girl he loves, will he hunt down the vicious gangsters who hurt her? Will he take the law into his own electric hands and exterminate them from the South London housing projects where, by fear and violence, they rule?
    Not even his mental search engine can predict the shocking outcome of iBoy’s actions.”

  • Croak by Gina Damico.
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  • “Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby has sucker-punched her last classmate. fed up with her punkish, wild behavior, her parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure.
    He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach her the family business.
    Lex quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated entirely by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. Along with her infuriating yet intriguing partner, Driggs, and a rockstar crew of fellow Grim apprentices, Lex is soon zapping her targets like a natural born Killer.
    Yet her innate ability morphs into an unchecked desire for justice–or is it vengeance?–whenever she’s forced to Kill a murder victim, yearning to stop the attackers before they can strike again. So when people start to die–that is, people who aren’t supposed to be dying, people who have committed grievous crimes against the innocent–Lex’s curiosity is piqued. Her obsession grows as the bodies pile up, and a troubling question begins to swirl through her mind: if she succeeds in tracking down the murderer, will she stop the carnage–or will she ditch Croak and join in?”

  • Will’s Choice by Gail Griffith.
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  • “On March 11, 2001, seventeen-year-old Will ingested a near-fatal dose of his antidepressant medication, an event that would forever change his life and the lives of his family. In Will’s Choice, his mother, Gail Griffith, tells the story of her family’s struggle to renew Will’s interest in life and to regain their equilibrium in the aftermath.
    Griffith intersperses her own finely wrought prose with dozens of letters and journal entries from family and friends, including many from Will himself. A memoir with a social conscience, Will’s Choice lays bare the social and political challenges that American families face in combating this most mysterious and stigmatized of illnesses. In Gail Griffith, depressed teens have found themselves a formidable advocate, and in the evocative and fiercely compelling narrative of Will’s Choice, we all discover the promise of a second chance.”

  • My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic by Michael Tompkins and Katherine Martinez, illustrated by Michael Sloan.
    See what the book cover has to say:
  • “Can you spare 30 minutes to feel less anxious?
    Go ahead. Think about how your life would be different if you were less anxious. What would change? Would you try out for the basketball team? Ask someone out on a date? Would you sleep better and feel less tense? Would you feel calmer and happier?
    My Anxious Mind outlines a simple and proven plan to help you understand and deal with your anxiety and panic. It is chock full of simple-to-use tools and strategies that easily fit into any teen’s busy routine.”

New Teen Nonfiction Books

We have two new teen non-fiction books available for check out!

  • The Duct Tape Book: 25 Projects to Make with Duct Tape by Jolie Dobson
    See what the book jacket has to say:
  • “Duct tape is exploding in popularity as an ultimate craft tool, going beyond its history of being a practical, magic fix-all tape. With bold colors and fun patterns on the market, the creative possibilities of duct tape are endless! Everything from prom dresses to artistic shoe repair is possible with this multi-purpose tape. This book contains 25 fascinating, original projects–some useful, all fun to do–that are sure to inspire duct tape artists everywhere. Easy-to-follow instructions and color photographs combine to guide anyone to produce unique and useful duct tape projects, including:

    • Bike buddy: Customize your ride with a practical pannier
    • Smart phone holder: Encased in decoration
    • Hot-pink handbag: A fashionable carry-all
    • This little piggy bank: Stick your money away
    • Passport pal and wallet: Personalized ID holder
    • Fab frames: Reframe your memories
    • Look great in tape: Sassy skirt; Cheeky Chaps; Wild wild vest
    • Plus many more seasonal projects and decorations.

    Arm yourself with a few rolls, tools, and some basic moves, join the fun and master the sticky stuff to be part of one of the most exciting and creative trends of the decade!”

  • The Rose that Grew from Concrete by Tupac Amaru Shakur
    See what the book jacket has to say:
  • Tupac Shakur’s most intimate and honest thoughts were uncovered only after his death with The Rose that Grew from Concrete, a collection of deeply personal poetry handwritten by Tupac in his own private notebooks over the course of his life–a mirror into his enigmatic world and its many contradictions written from the time he was nineteen.
    A complex life cycle encapsulated in seventy-two brief poems, The Rose that Grew from Concrete has become a legitimate modern classic and a touchstone for aspiring artists the world over. It is also the purest reflection of Tupac’s spirit, his energy–and his ultimate message of hope.”
    “‘In the Event of My Demise’
    Dedicated 2 those curious
    In the event of my Demise
    when my heart can beat no more
    I Hope I Die For a Principle
    or A Blieft that I had lived 4
    I will die Before my Time
    Because I feel the shadow’s Depth
    so much I wanted 2 accomplish
    Before I reached my Death
    I have come 2 grips with the possibility
    and wiped the last tear from my eyes
    I Loved All who were Positive
    In the event of my Demise!”

Another nonfiction title will be available starting the second week of October.
My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic by Michael A. Tompkins and Katherine Martinez.
See what the back has to say:

“Can you spare 30 minutes to feel less anxious? Go ahead. Think about how your life would be different if you were less anxious. What would change? Would you try out for the basketball team? Ask someone out on a date? Would you sleep better and feel less tense? Would you feel calmer and happier? My Anxious Mind outlines a simple and proven plan to help you understand and deal with your anxiety and panic. It is chock full of simple-to-use tools and strategies that easily fit into any teen’s busy routine.”

Teen Advisory Group

AreYouReady

We’re ready to listen to you!

The library’s starting a Teen Advisory Group and if you’re in 6-12th grade, you’re invited! Come speak up and tell us how to make the library better for you while earning volunteer hours, gaining new skills, winning prizes, and making new friends.

What Do I Get To Do
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Interested teens should contact Betsy by emailing powellb@ngrl.org, calling (706) 876-1365, or messaging the Dalton-Whitfield Facebook Page for more information.

Chalk Art

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The Dalton-Whitfield Teens made some awesome chalk graffiti on the library sidewalks as part of the August 2013 Summer Reading Program. This was our finale and we had 8 kids doing art. See the gallery below to see what they did. Click on an image to see the full picture.

New Teen Books at Dalton

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The teen department has some new books that are ready for check out!

  • The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda.
    See what the book jacket has to say:
  • “Don’t sweat. Don’t laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.

    Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him, and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night–a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

    When he’s chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible–and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever–but is it worth the cost of his humanity?”

  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman.
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  • “Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend the court as ambassadors and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

    Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered in suspiciously draconian fashion. Drawn into the investigation, Seraphina works with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift–one that is so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.”

  • The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour.
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  • “Colby & Bev have a long-standing pact: graduate, hit the road with Bev’s band, and then spend the year wandering around Europe. But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: She’s abandoning their plans–and Colby–to go her own way in the fall.

    But the show must go on, and The Disenchantments weave through the Pacific Northwest, playing in small towns and dingy venues, while roadie Colby struggles to deal with Bev’s already growing distance and the most important question of all: What’s next?”

  • In Darkness by Nick Lake.
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  • “Shorty is a Haitian boy trapped in the rubble of a hospital when an earthquake shatters the world around him. Surrounded by lifeless bodies and growing desperately weak from lack of food and water, death seems imminent. Yet as Shorty waits for a rescue that may never come, he becomes aware of another presence, one reaching out to him across two hundred years of history. It is a man named Toussaint l’Ouverture–the Haitian slave turned revolutionary leader whose life was marred by violence and whose own end came in darkness. As Shorty slips in and out of consciousness, scenes from his life and Toussaint’s play back and entertwine.”

  • Every Day by David Levithan.
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  • “Every day I am someone else. I am myself–I know I am myself–but I am also someone else. It has always been like this.

    Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

    It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with–day in, day out, day after day.”

  • Boy21: A Novel by Matthew Quick.
    See what the book jacket has to say:
  • “Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in broken down Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries. At home, his dad works nights, and Finley is left to take care of his disabled grandfather alone. He’s always dreamed of somehow getting out, but until he can, putting on that number 21 jersey makes everything seem okay.

    Russ has just moved to the neighborhood, and the life of his teen basketball phenom has been turned upside down by tragedy. Cut off from everyone he knows, he won’t pick up a basketball, but answers only to the name Boy21–taken from his former jersey number.

    As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, ‘Boy21′ may turn out to be the answer they both need.”

  • UnWholly book two in the Unwind trilogy by Neal Shusterman.
    See what the book jacket has to say:
  • “Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa, and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp, people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens, and in the same stroke, providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question.

    Connor has his hands full running the Graveyard, a safe haven for AWOLS, kids like him who escaped unwinding. Risa, paralyzed from the waist down after the attack on Happy Jack Harvest Camp, is afraid that she may be more of a burden than a help. And Lev finds himself involved in an underground movement to rescue tithes, where is practically worshiped as a god.

    One of them will be betrayed. One of them will go on the run. And one of them will cross paths with Cam, a teen who doesn’t exist, and make a startling discovery about the truth behind unwinding.”

  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.
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  • “‘There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve. Either you’re his true love…or you killed him.’

    Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

    His name is Gansey, and he’s a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionboys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

    But Blue is drawn to Gansey, ina way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

    For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.”

  • My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve.
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  • “Franziska Mangold is not Jewish. But in Hitler’s eyes, her Jewish ancestors are enough to make her the enemy. When her father is arrested by Nazis, she is smuggled out of Germany with hundreds of other children on the kindertransport.

    Confronting her future alone with a single suitcase, Frances courageously pieces together a new life in London with Jewish strangers who soon become more of a family than her own parents. But being German in England isn’t easy, and she is once again seen as the enemy. Undaunted, Frances boldy faces questions of identity, family, and love head on. But how will she cope when the war ends and she must choose whether to stay with her new family or return to the people she left behind?”

  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.
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  • “Oct. 11, 1943
    A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France.
    Its pilot and passenger are best friends.
    One of the girls has a shot at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun.

    When ‘Verity’ is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

    They’ll get the truth out of her. But it won’t be what they expect.

    As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot, Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confront her views on courage, failure, and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from a merciless and ruthless enemy?”

Have you read any of these books? If you have, post a comment with your thoughts. If you haven’t, post which one sounds the most interesting and then come and check it out!