More teen read week!

We have lots and lots of new books in the Teen area. – there is so much to read But if you need a suggestion here is another top ten list


1.Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Disney/Hyperion)
2.The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic/Scholastic Press)
3.Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen Books)
4.Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (Harlequin Teen)
5.Poison Princess by Kresley Cole (Simon & Schuster)
6.The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic/Scholastic Press)
7.Crewel by Gennifer Albin (Macmillan/Farrar Straus Giroux)
8.Every Day by David Levithan (Random House/Alfred A. Knopf)
9.Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross (Egmont)
10.Butter by Erin Jade Lange (Bloomsbury)

and don’t forget to Vote for the Teen Top Ten list for 2015

teen read week – go vote!

you  can  vote for the  best  teen  books  of 2015 here!

here is a list of the 2012 Winners:

1). Roth, Veronica. Divergent. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books. 2011. (978-0062024022). Abnegation (selfless), Erudite (intelligence), Candor (honesty), Amity (peace), or Dauntless (brave): where would you fit? Beatrice lives in a society where she must choose either to remain with her family’s faction or set off towards independence and her beliefs. And what happens when the unity between these factions begins to fall apart?

2). Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars. Penguin Group/Dutton Juvenile. 2012. (978-0525478812). Hazel and Augustus meet and forge a relationship at a support group for kids battling cancer. As Hazel and Augustus struggle with the “side-effects of dying,” they come to learn the strength of wishes, the complexities of long human lives, and the wondrous ways of the universe.

3). Lu, Marie. Legend. Penguin Group/Putnam Juvenile. 2011. (978-0399256752). June, a fifteen-year-old military prodigy, is hunting Day, the outlaw she believes is responsible for her brother’s death. What will happen when the two meet and discover the government is corrupt?

4). Riggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Quirk Books. 2011. (978-1594744761). When Jacob was little, his grandfather would tell him stories of the fantastical children’s home where he grew up and the seemingly magical kids who lived there with him. When his grandfather is killed, Jacob sets out to find the home where these children lived, unearthing a magical secret and uncovering his true heritage.

5). Dessen, Sarah. What Happened to Goodbye. Penguin Group/Viking Juvenile. 2011. (9780670012947). Ever since Mclean’s parents divorced, she has lived in four towns in two years – each time taking on a new persona. Mclean expects to leave Lakeview in six months, but soon finds that she doesn’t want to – she just wants to be herself.

6). Revis, Beth. Across the Universe. Penguin Group/Razorbill. 2011. (9781595143976). Cryogenically frozen centuries ago, Amy and her parents are on their way to a new planet aboard the spaceship, Godspeed. Unplugged from her cryo chamber, Amy discovers she has been awoken 50 years early, in a failed murder attempt. With Elder, the future leader of the ship, by her side they are on an adventure filled with murder, lies, dreams, and stars.

7). Meyer, Marissa. Cinder. Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends. 2012. (978-031261894). A futuristic retelling of the classic Cinderella, Cinder, a cyborg and talented mechanic, lives with her cruel stepmother and two stepsisters in the plague-ridden New Beijing. Soon after meeting Prince Kai, Cinder must find the truths of her past, which may help to save the future.

8). Stiefvater, Maggie. The Scorpio Races. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 2011. (9780545224901). Every November, the beaches of Thisby come alive with the Scorpio Races. The water horses are vicious, the terrain is treacherous, and death is likely, but the reward can be beyond anything you could imagine. Puck Connolly is racing for her family, Sean Kendrick for his passion—but only one can win The Scorpio Races.

9). Forman, Gayle. Where She Went. Penguin Group/Dutton Juvenile. 2011. (9780525422945). This sequel to Gayle Forman’s If I Stay is narrated by Adam, Mia’s ex-boyfriend. Shortly after the devastating accident that killed Mia’s family, the talented cellist moves to New York, where an accidental meeting brings them back together.

10). Cabot, Meg. Abandon. Point. 2012. (978-0545040648). Pierce has experienced death before and barely escaped. When she moves from her old town to a town called Isla Huesos – Island of Bones – for a new start, she realizes that death wants her back. Can she escape death once again?

teen top ten

here is a past list from 2011

1.Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster)

2.Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)

3.Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (Simon & Schuster)

4.I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins)

5.The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin)

6.Matched by Ally Condie (Penguin)

7.Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson (Little, Brown & Company)

8.Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (HarperCollins)

9.Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins)

10.Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (Penguin)

and here is where you vote: Vote! Teen Top Ten 2015

need to review some of the choices? Look at this video:

Teen Read Week

October 18 through  the  24th   is  Teen  read  week – this years  theme:   Get  Away  @ you  library.

So – no  books  about school,  or  how  to  get  into  college, or  fitness  for  teens just escape.   Do you  want  to read about travel to  a  real country?   Or  a world similar  to  ours  with  magic?  to  another  land?   or  space? Or  a fantasy  world?

if  you  are  looking  for  a  new  world-  try Updraft by Fran Wilde

Here is the summary from the publisher:

“Welcome to a world of wind and bone, songs and silence, betrayal and courage. Kirit Densira cannot wait to pass her wingtest and begin flying as a trader by her mother’s side, being in service to her beloved home tower and exploring the skies beyond. When Kirit inadvertently breaks Tower Law, the city’s secretive governing body, the Singers, demand that she become one of them instead. In an attempt to save her family from greater censure, Kirit must give up her dreams to throw herself into the dangerous training at the Spire, the tallest, most forbidding tower, deep at the heart of the City. As she grows in knowledge and power, she starts to uncover the depths of Spire secrets. Kirit begins to doubt her world and its unassailable Laws, setting in motion a chain of events that will lead to a haunting choice, and may well change the city forever–if it isn’t destroyed outright”–Provided by publisher

I just finished it. It starts out interesting, gets really fast, then soars, dives and spins to a finish. The flight scenes are vivid ( I know one person that got vertigo ). Kirit  is an interesting  character,  but there are many more  characters that  you  want  to know,  including  the city.

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Teen read week October 18-24th

Every year – we celebrate – Reading. Yes, Just reading. Also every year at this time you can vote for you favorite book. All of the books on the list were nominated by teens – and any teen interested can vote.

Here are the winners from 2010

  1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  2. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  3. Heist Society by Ally Carter
  4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  5. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  6. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  7. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  8. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  9. Fire by Kristin Cashore
  10. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

and here is where you can vote for this years winners :Vote for the 2015 Teen Top Ten!

National Teen Lock-In: Masquerade Madness!

LockIn FlierHey Teens!

Newark Library is proud to host an afterhours event just for teens in the Tri-City Area on National Teen Lock-in Night! Teens from Fremont, Union City and Newark are invited to join us for an evening of Masquerade Madness on July 31st from 7-10 PM!

Join us before the Lock-in on Tuesday July 28th at the Newark Library for a mask making crafting session!

Please join me for big screen gaming, “maker” activities, a treasure hunt, food and an evening of fun! Bring your friends and enjoy having the library all to yourselves.

For ages 12 – 17*, a permission slip is required to attend, please fill out and return to the Newark Library.

*High school students who are 18 years old may attend but must show proof of age & school ID

For more information contact your local Teen Librarian:

Becky Machetta @ 510-284-0682 or

Joan Weagle @

Valentina Santilli @ 510 745-1413 or

Beth Buchanan @ 510-745-1430

Location: NEWARK BRANCH – Get Directions

Full Metal Alchemist #5 book review

A book review of Full Metal Alchemist #5 by Purav D. from Newark

In Full Metal Alchemist #5, Edward Elric, Alphonse Elric, and Edward’s auto-mail mechanic Winry head to Izumi Curtis, Edward’s alchemy teacher. They take a quick stop in Dublith, but soon find themselves chasing after a mysterious pickpocketer. In this high action-packed manga graphic novel, you’ll find yourself glued to the book. With an unforgettable plot, this series and this book are a must read to all of you manga fans. Travel with hardcore Edward, fun-loving Winry, and lost Alphonse in an epic tale.


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