Thursday, January 29, 2015

New YA Books - February 2015

Fairies, devils, hypnotism, space travel, and even the're sure to find a surprise or two in our new YA books!

PolarisPolaris by Mindee Arnett
The thrilling sequel to the book Avalon. Jeth Seagrave and his crew are on the run from the ITA, an insidious group holding Jeth's mother in a remote research lab and intent on acquiring the metatech secrets Jeth's sister Cora carries inside her DNA. Jeth must make a dangerous deal to rescue his mother and start a new life outside the Confederation. 
The darkest part of the forest
In the town of Fairfold, where humans and fae exist side by side, a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives awakes after generations of sleep in a glass coffin in the woods. This event sweeps Hazel up in a new love and forces her to make a secret sacrifice to the faerie king.
Vivian Apple at the end of the world
Vivian Apple returns home after the alleged "Rapture" to find her devout parents gone and two mysterious holes in the roof. Vivian never believed in the Rapture, or the uber powerful Church of America. Now that she has been left behind, Vivian's quest for the truth begins.

Hellhole by Gina Damico
Max Kilgore has accidentally unleashed a devil---and now the big, evil oaf is living in his basement. If Max doesn't meet the devil's demands (which include providing unlimited junk food and a hot tub), everyone and everything he holds dear could go up in smoke.

Stolen by Melissa de la Cruz
Book 2 of the Heart of Dread series. Nat risked her life to reunite with her drakon in the defense of the Blue, but Wes, seeking his sister Eliza, is forced to rejoin the military, placing him and Nat on opposite sides of a war that could destroy what is left of the world.
Waiting for unicorns

Waiting for Unicorns by Beth Hautala
After her mother dies, Talia goes to the Arctic with her whale researcher father, where she meets strange, new friends and learns that stories have the power to connect us, to provide hope, and to pull us out of the darkness.
Killing time in Crystal City

Seventeen-year-old Kevin tries to reinvent himself when he runs away from home and the father he hates, but living with a mysterious uncle and befriending two homeless girls just adds more complications.

Twisted fateTwisted Fate by Norah Olson
Told from separate viewpoints, a story unfolds about how sisters Sydney and Ally's relationship changes as they get involved with their new neighbor, Graham, an artist with a video camera who has a mysterious--and dangerous--past.

The lostThe Lost by James Patterson
Part of the Witch & Wizard series. Magical teen siblings Whit and Wisty Allgood struggle against a mounting public opposition to magic and a brutal crime wave led by a powerful wizard intent on ruling the City.

Hold tight, don't let goHold Tight, Don’t Let Go by Laura Rose Wagner
In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Nadine goes to live with her father in Miami while her cousin Magdalie, raised as her sister, remains behind in a refugee camp. Magdalie dreams of joining Nadine, but wonders if she must accept that her life and future are in Port-au-Prince.
The cure for dreaming

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
Olivia Mead, a suffragist in 1900 Oregon, is hypnotized by the intriguing young Henri Reverie, who is paid by her father to make her more docile and womanly. Instead, she gains the ability to see people's true natures as she secretly continues fighting for women's rights.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Making the Right Decisions for College

Tuesday, February 3 7:00 - 8:00 PM
West Caldwell Public Library Community Room

Wondering if you should take the SAT or the ACT? Can't tell the difference between early decision and early action regarding your college application?

Join us for an informative talk with CollegeLink Consulting founder David Twersky as he provides advice on a number of college-related topics, including making the best choices on your path to college acceptance.

Open to high school students and their parents or guardians.

Register by calling 973-226-5441 or clicking HERE.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Teen Game Show Night January 27 @ 5:30

Think you've got what it takes to be a winning game show contestant?

Come to our Teen Game Show Night and play Family Feud and Minute to Win It games for prizes!

Open to teens in grades 6-12.

When: Tuesday, January 27 5:30-7:00 PM
Where: West Caldwell Public Library Meeting Room, 30 Clinton Road, West Caldwell NJ 07006

Call 973-226-5441 or click here for more info.

See you there!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New YA Books - January 2015

Ready to get energized and start on all those New Year's resolutions?!!!..........uh, maybe later. We've got a whole batch of new books to read!
Assassin's creed : renaissance

Monkey warsBetrayed by the ruling families of Italy, Ezio vows to exact his revenge and restore his family's honor by using the skills he has learned from such great minds as Da Vinci and Machiavelli to become a righteous assassin.

Monkey Wars by Richard Kurti  
There will be liesWhen rhesus monkeys are brutally massacred on the streets of Kolkata by a troop of power hungry langur monkeys, a young langur soldier's life is changed forever.

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake
Shelby Cooper has been overprotected by her single mother all her life but after a car accident, Shelby's mother steals her away from the hospital, revealing that Shelby's father is not dead, but rather a violent man who promised to hunt them down.

HiddenHidden by Donna Jo Napoli
When a marauding slave ship captures her sister, Melkorka, Brigid is lost at sea but survives, disguised as a boy, and sets out to rescue Melkorka.

Isabel’s War by Lila Perl
Isabel's warTwelve-year-old Isabel has no interest in the war in Europe until her family welcomes Helga, a German war refugee, into their home in the Bronx.

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
Boy in the black suitGhosts of heavenSoon after his mother's death, Matt takes a job at a funeral home in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood and, while attending and assisting with funerals, begins to accept her death and his responsibilities as a man.

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
XFour linked stories begin with a Paleolithic-era girl who makes the first written signs, continue with Anna, who people call a witch, then a mad twentieth-century poet who watches the ocean knowing the horrors it hides, and concluding with an astronaut on the first spaceship from Earth sent to colonize another world.

X by Ilyasah Shabazz
This riveting and revealing novel follows Malcolm X from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.

We should hang out sometime : embarrassingly, a true storyJosh Sundquist, a Paralympic ski racer and cancer survivor, never had a steady relationship. Was he a freak? Some sort of anti-social monster? To find out, he tracked down each of the girls he had tried to date since middle school and asked them straight up: What went wrong?

FDR and the American Crisis by Albert Marrin
YA 973.91 MAR
FDR and the American crisisThe definitive biography of president Franklin Delano Roosevelt for young adult readers. Follow Roosevelt from his early political career through his struggle with polio to his time as President during the horrific events of World War II.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

If You Like....The Hunger Games

Looking for more heart-pounding reads like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins? Try out some of these other books with murky futures, non-stop action, and strong characters you can cheer for! 

GracelingGraceling by Kristin Cashore (2008)
In a world where some people are born with extreme skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

The selectionThe Selection by Kiera Cass (2012)
America Singer is living in a caste-divided nation that formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection--a contest to see which girl can win the heart of a prince--but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.

The maze runner
The Maze Runner by James Dashner (2009)
Grave mercyThomas 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.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (2012)
In fifteenth-century Brittany, Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage to the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain. There she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts---gifts that will make her the perfect assassin.

LegendLegend by Marie Lu (2011)
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 (2012)
As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, 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.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (2009)
The knife of never letting goOn an alien world where everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts, Todd makes a disturbing discovery at a spaceship crash site and is soon on the run from a power-hungry tyrant with his dog and the ship’s mysterious occupant.

1984 by George Orwell (1949)
1984One of the most influential dystopian novels ever written. Winston lives in a desolate, totalitarian society where every move he makes is watched by the Thought Police. Can he find the strength to escape the system and experience love and independence? 

Life as we knew it
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (2006)
When a meteor hits the moon, Miranda must learn to survive the unimaginable. Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of her struggle to hold on to hope in an increasingly desperate world.

Divergent by Veronica Roth (2011)
DivergentBeatrice must choose among five factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she does not fit into any one group and that her “perfect” society is not perfect after all.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (2011)
The Scorpio RacesReturning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, a dangerous competition involving deadly water horses.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (2005)
UgliesAll Tally wants is to turn sixteen; on that day she will be transformed into a gorgeous “Pretty” whose only job will be to have a great time. But when her best friend runs away before the transformation, Tally must find her and turn her in….or never become pretty at all.

Other Authors You Might Like:

Jenna Black
Joelle Charbonneau
Cassandra Clare
Ally Condie
Jeanne DuPrau
Nancy Farmer
Lois Lowry
Lauren Oliver
Beth Revis
Neal Shusterman

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New YA Books - December 2014

Check out some hot new YA reads for cold December days!
No place to fall
No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown
Sixteen-year-old Amber Vaughn dreams of attending the North Carolina School of the Arts to pursue a dream of becoming a professional singer, but her family is falling apart and she is torn between two boys.
Top ten clues you're clueless 
The day before Christmas, money goes missing from a donation box at GoodFoods Market. Chloe and five of her co-workers try to identify the thief as they are held in the break room until the police arrive.
Princess of thorns 
The Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay
After ten years of exile among fairies who teach her to use her magically-enhanced strength and courage, Sleeping Beauty's daughter Aurora enlists the help of Niklaas, eleventh son of King Eldorio, in the fight to reclaim her throne.

The number 7The Number 7 by Jessica Lidh
When Louisa moves from North Carolina to her father's childhood home in Pennsylvania, a phone call from beyond the grave brings a buried family secret to life.
Now that you're here 
Now That You’re Here by Amy Nichols
When street smart graffiti artist, Danny, is jolted into a parallel world, only Eevee, an alluring science geek has the know-how to get him home. But as he falls for her, his motivation to leave dwindles. Part 1 of the Duplexity series.

Zodiac by Romina Russell
ZodiacWhen a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens, Rhoma Grace, a student from House Cancer, must convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac against Ophiuchus, the exiled thirteenth Guardian of Zodiac legend.

The perfectionistsThe Perfectionists by Sara Shepard
Forging a friendship based on their mutual hatred of a philandering boy, five girls imagine a perfect way to kill him and must prove their innocence when he is killed in the exact manner they envisioned.

Diamond Boy by Michael Williams
When Patson's family moves to Marange region of Zimbabwe, he begins working in the mines, searching for blood diamonds, until government soldiers arrive and Patson is forced to journey to South Africa in search of his missing sister and a better life.

YA 155.5 WIL
Psychologist Christopher Willard offers teens proven-effective, mindfulness-based practices to help them cope with anxiety, identify common triggers (such as dating or school performance), learn valuable time-management skills, and feel calmer at home, at school, and with friends.

YA 370.15 SHU
This book provides ten tools to improve executive functioning, described as "mental apps" that will appeal to digital natives. Featuring plenty of examples, practice assignments, and a playful tone, this book can provide an academic boost to any student.
Make up : your guide to beauty, style, and success--online and off

YA 646.72 PHA
The Babysitter's backpack : everything you need to be a safe, smart, and skilled babysitterYouTube sensation Michelle Phan collects her best advice, stories, and lessons into a book her fans have been asking for. It includes her trademark beauty and style tips and tutorials, as well as stories from her life and advice on the topics her fans ask her about most.

The Babysitter’s Backpack by Rebecca Rissman
YA 649.1 RIS
Do you want to get started as a babysitter? Everything you need to know is right here! You'll learn about basic childcare skills, staying safe while babysitting, and starting your own babysitting business.

Teen Holiday Madness Program next Wednesday @ 5:30

Teen Holiday Madness is next Wednesday, December 17 at 5:30 PM!!!

Stop by and make a t-shirt t-bone dog toy to donate to a dog at the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter this holiday season! Bring in a can or bag of wet or dry dog or cat food and be entered to win a prize!

We'll also have some cookie-decorating action, and tons of games.

Can't make the program but still want to make the craft? Stop by the youth services or reference desk and pick up a craft-to-go bag. It's got all the supplies you need to make the t-shirt t-bone!

For more info, email call 973-226-5441.

Open to teens in grades 6-12. See you there!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

International Games Day!

Do you have what it takes to be a game champion? 

We're celebrating International Games Day on Saturday November 15 with TWO Wii game tournaments and plenty of board games, card games, and more! 

For grades K-5: Mariokart Tournament starting at 10:00 AM.

For grades 6-12: Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament starting at 2:00 PM. 

The program is free and open to the public, but you MUST register if you'd like to compete. 

Sign up by calling 973-226-5441 or register online at

Location: West Caldwell Public Library Meeting Room, 30 Clinton Road, West Caldwell NJ 07006