Saturday, April 30, 2011

Book Review: The Beautiful Between

The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Reviewed by: Rebecca S.

What's it about? A teenage girl gets befriended by a popular classmate because they share the tradgedy of losing a loved one.

Why I picked it up? It looked interesting, and the description was mysterious so I wanted to read more.

What I thought of it? It was a very quick read (interesting, short). I loved the friendship between the two main characters. Warning: lots of cursing, and under-age drinking/smoking.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Volunteer @ the Library!

Starting to think about something to do this summer?  Join the most awesome volunteer force in the city, have a great time, and help out the Library!
This year, you can volunteer for the entire summer, or just for a 4 week period.  Work starts on May 31.

Make sure you attend one of these meetings to start the application process.
  • Tuesday, May 3, 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, May 4, 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 7, 1 pm

Applications are due on Friday, May 13.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Book Review: Ghost Town

Ghost Town (Morganville Vampire Series Book #9) by Rachel Caine
Reviewed by: Kelly F.

What's it about: Series: Vampires need somewhere to live in relative safety - why not create a whole town for that purpose? This volume: Town residents tart losing their memories of the past three years and all hell breaks loose.

Why I picked it up: I started the series this April and have been blazing through it!

What I thought of it: Of the series, this book was one of the more interesting titles. Left off with a good cliffhanger for the next in the series.

Reserve your copy of Bite Club, Morganville Vampire Book #10, now!

Submit your own book review by filling out this form! Or stop by the Teen Zone and ask for a review slip. Get your review published on the TZ blog!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

T-Shirt Design Contest

Drum roll please!

This year's annual t-shirt design contest winner is Eric Palmquist! Eric will receive a $25 gift card and free t-shirts for himself and his family. He also gets to have his design featured on the Lawrence Public Library Teen Summer Reading Program t-shirt that will be worn by over 400 Lawrence teens!

Congratulations Eric and thanks to everyone who entered! We had some tough competition this year!

Check out Eric's design and the preview of the 2011 LPL Teen Summer Reading Program T-Shirts:

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Claim Your Art!

The Teen Zone Creative Station is coming down in preparation for the new furniture. If you've made something for us and have it posted on our glass wall come in a claim it! All of the art work will come down on  Monday, April 18th

 Don't worry if you can't get to it before then - we're not throwing any of it away. You'll have until the Summer Reading Program kicks off at the end of May to claim your work.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Book Review: Before I Fall

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Available in Hardcover and Audiobook
Description: What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?
Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.
Instead, it turns out to be her last.
Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

Review: I was really hesitant to read this book because of the plot line - a popular girl has to relieve her last day over and over until she learns to be nice? Eh, it didn't seem that original. Well, that is exactly the plot (well, almost), but it was so well executed that I couldn’t help but totally fall in love with this book.

Sam starts out as a pretty “typical” mean girl. Obviously, she’s mean and snotty for her own reasons - insecurity, peer pressure, etc. but as she’s forced to relive the same day over and over, she grows and her perspective changes, but not so drastically that she still isn’t Sam. That’s the real art in this story - the character changes for the better, but not so drastically that she still isn’t her; it’s a very subtle, but profound shift and brilliantly done.

I was blown away by the character arch in this book. Sam’s reactions to her Groundhog Day experience is very natural. She goes from “I must be crazy” into denial, anger, and acceptance - the full spectrum of grieving is covered. As each day progresses the reader discovers more and more of not only Sam, but of her friends. There’s real insight into the behaviors and tragedies of her past and her friends'. It makes the “mean girls” real and very sympathetic.

This book was heartbreaking but so well done that I can’t believe I waited so long to read it. I fell instantly in love with Lauren Oliver’s style and can’t wait to read her next book, Delirium.

Reviewed by Megan
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Book Review: Demonglass

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
Check it out here!
Description: After learning that she is capable of dangerous magic, Sophie Mercer goes to England with her father, friend Jenna, and Cal hoping to have her powers removed, but soon she learns that she is being hunted by the Eye-- and haunted by Elodie.

Review: Just like Hex Hall, Demonglass is fast paced and action packed - it made for a very quick and fun reading experience. Demonglass's plot is just complex enough to keep you guessing but not so convoluted that you spend hours trying to figure out the folklore and who’s who.

In Demonglass the reader gets to know a different part of Sophie’s - her heritage and family life are front and center. She finally has a chance to get to know her seriously absentee father. He actually comes across as likable, and his relationship with Sophie is very endearing. I liked breaking out of Hex Hall and seeing a different part of her world. I was also glad to have Jenna and Cal along. There were some fantastic and interesting surprises from Cal, and Jenna continued to be a delightful sidekick and friend.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of Archer, Sophie's love interest; he's so smug and self-righteous, but he’s around too and his and Sophie’s relationship is exactly how it was in Hex Hall - playful, fun, passionate and full of complications. I’m really looking forward to seeing how it plays out, especially with the twists in Demonglass.

Demonglass lived up to all of my expectations - it was just as good as Hex Hall, but be forewarned, this book ends on a major cliffhanger! It's not just unfinished business, but "Oh my God, someone might be dead"!

Bottom line: this is definitely a series worth reading if you’re a paranormal fan. It's fun, quirky, and delightful.

Reviewed by Megan
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Friday, April 8, 2011

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament!

Teen Vogue

We've updated our magazine collection, and I'm pumped to say the Teen Zone finally has...

Teen Vogue

Feel free to swing by and check out our newest addition. We don't yet have any that you can check out from the library, but you're more than welcome to bring some coffee, sit in one of our comfy chairs, and read away!

If you can't wait to get your "paws" on this issue (Thank you Lady Gaga) you can always check out their website. Keep it stylin'.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April's most requested books

April's Most Requested Books

Fabulous New Requests for the Month

Entwined, by Heather Dixon

Abandon, by Meg Cabot

We’ll Always Have Summer, by Jenny Han

Fantastic Books that Keep getting Requested

City of Fallen Angels, by Cassandra Clare


Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins

Awakened, by P.C. Cast


Angel, by James Patterson


I Am Number Four, by Pittacus Lore


Halo, by Alexandra Adornetto


Where She Went, by Gayle Forman


Desires of the Dead, by Kimberly Derting


Wither, by Lauren DeStefano


Unearthly, by Cynthia Hands

What Happened to Goodbye, by Sarah Dessen

The Gathering, by Kelley Armstrong

Hunger Games (Large Print), by Suzanne Collins

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

March's Most Requested Books

Our hot picks from March are in! Here are the most requested books for the Zone...

New Requests for March:

Dark and Hollow Places, by Carrie Ryan


Desires of the Dead, by Kimberly Derting


Wither, by Lauren DeStefano


What Happened to Goodbye, by Sarah Dessen

The Gathering, by Kelley Armstrong


Where She Went, by Gayle Forman

Halo, by Alexandra Adornetto


Scorpia Rising, by Anthony Horowitz

Repeat Requests From February:


Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins


Awakened, by P.C. Cast

I Am Number Four, by Pittacus Lore



Unearthly, by Cynthia Hand


City of Fallen Angels, by Cassandra Clare


Angel, by James Patterson

Beastly, by Alex Flinn

Unwind, by Neal Shusterman

Monday, April 4, 2011

T-Shirt Design Contest

 We want you to design the Lawrence Public Library Teen Summer Reading Program T-Shirt! 

The winning T-shirt will be one of the prizes for teens who complete the summer reading program. 
That means your design could be worn by 400 Lawrence teens! 

THE PRIZE:  $25 gift card and free t-shirts for your family
THE DEADLINE:  April 8, 2011
  • Designs should be inspired by the Summer Reading theme:
    “You Are Here” (loose interpretations welcome).
  • Designs must include the words: Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone.
  • The image must be created with 1 color.
  • Designs must be submitted on an 8 ½” x 11” piece of white paper.
  • Designs can be created on computer, hand drawn, or painted.
  • Open to teens in grades 7-12.
*Pick up the entry form and official rules @ the Teen Zone or online.