Halloween Reads for Teens

Halloween is fast approaching! What better way to celebrate than to give you one final list filled with books that will chill, thrill, and fill you with dread? You’ll find classic tales and new books alike. These are best read under the covers, late at night, by flashlight. Check them out or request them from the library…if you dare!halloween2014

  • Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  • Carrie by Stephen King
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
  • Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Amphigorey by Edward Gorey
  • The Call of the Cthulu by H.P. Lovecraft
  • Bonechiller by Graham McNamee
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
  • Edgar Allen Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness by Edgar Allen Poe, Illustrations by Gris Grimly
  • Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
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Now available: Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang

New to the library this week, Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang. These two volumes tell the story of the Boxer Rebellion that took place in China from 1899 to 1901. Stop by the library and pick up both books today!

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Here’s a blurb: “In two volumes, Boxers & Saints tells two parallel stories. The first is of Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy whose village is abused and plundered by Westerners claiming the role of missionaries. Little Bao, inspired by visions of the Chinese gods, joins a violent uprising against the Western interlopers. Against all odds, their grass-roots rebellion is successful.

But in the second volume, Yang lays out the opposite side of the conflict. A girl whose village has no place for her is taken in by Christian missionaries and finds, for the first time, a home with them. As the Boxer Rebellion gains momentum, Vibiana must decide whether to abandon her Christian friends or to commit herself fully to Christianity.”

So You’d Like to Start Reading X-Men Comics…

The latest movie in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past, will be released this Friday!  If you’re like me, superhero movies are inspiration to delve further into  the comics to seek out character backstories and classic story lines. But sometimes it’s not as simple as just picking up the latest issuefrom the library or comic book store, especially in the case of the X-Men.  Marvel’s X-Men is a notoriously complicated universe to delve in to without a little guidance. There are a number of different timelines; a multitude of story arcs that may or may not connect with each other; and, like, a bajillion characters that at one time have belonged to the X-Men.  Buzzfeed has even created a list ranking 95 members of the X-Men (I don’t necessarily agree with their ranking, but you get the point; if a Marvel character has mutant powers, chances are they have been or will be a member of the X-men).

With this in mind, here is a list of X-Men titles to get you started on your mutant-filled comic odyssey.  Of course, these can all be requested from the library!

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Graphic Novels @ the Library: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1

New to the library! Read the comic before you see the movie this summer! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1: Cosmic Avengers will introduce (or re-introduce) you to an eccentric, eclectic team of heroes that protect the galaxy.

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Blurb-ery awaits you! “There’s a new rule in the galaxy: No one touches Earth! But why has Earth suddenly become the most important planet in the galaxy? That’s what the Guardians of the Galaxy are going to find out! Join Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Groot and — wait for it — the Invincible Iron Man as they embark upon one of the most explosive and eye-opening chapters of Marvel NOW! The secrets these galactic Avengers discover will rattle Marvel readers for years to come! But while London deals with a brutal invasion by the Badoon, the fate of the Guardians may have already been decided millions of miles away! Why wait for the movie? It all starts here!”

Graphic Novel Thursday!

This week our featured graphic novel is Batgirl: The Lesson by Bryan Q.  Miller, Dustin Nguyen and Pere Perez. Did you know that at one point Batgirl was a librarian. Well, the second incarnation of Batgirl, Barbara Gordon, was a librarian. The Batgirl featured in this book, Stephanie Brown, is not. Anywhoo, I digress…

Batgirl_The_LessonHere’s the description of the story:

“It’s a new year and a new look for Batgirl as superstar artist Dustin Nguyen joins the creative team! Stephanie Brown’s second semester at Gotham U. starts like any other – new classes, new allies, a vigilante stalker – everything a gal could want! But what Gotham City’s Batgirl isn’t prepared for is the arrival of the mysterious “Order of the Scythe.” Who are they, and why have they set their sights on her? “The Lesson” begins here! The “Order of the Scythe” has drawn first blood, framing Batgirl for a crime she didn’t commit. Can she outrun Gotham City’s Finest long enough to prove her innocence? The birth of Batgirl’s gallery of rogues begins here as “The Lesson” continues! Batgirl has been given her first sanctioned Batman Incorporated assignment solving a series of high-profile kidnappings, and she’s thrilled! Well, she was – until Robin decided to ride shotgun. Can the Dysfunctional Duo stop fighting long enough to save the children of Gotham City’s elite? Patience may be a virtue, but can Batgirl stand still long enough to stop a super-speedster foe? “The Lesson” continues as the mysterious Order of the Scythe unleashes its first weapon in their war on Batgirl – Slipstream!”

Graphic Novel Thursday! Wolverine Season One

Welcome to another new feature on the blog: Graphic Novel Thursday. Every Thursday we’ll showcase a graphic novel from our collection. We’ll try and include both new and classic books as we go. First up: Wolverine, Season One written by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker and illustrated by Salva Espin and Cam Smith.

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Here’s the book description: “Discovered as a feral mutant prowling the wilds! Recruited as a covert operative by a secretive government agency! Destined to pursue a dream of peaceful coexistence between man and mutant! Witness the birth of the Wolverine as the man called Logan makes his journey from animalistic wildling to beloved X-Man. Including Logan’s first blockbuster battle with the Hulk, as well as pivotal appearances by Sabretooth and Wendigo, this blood-splattered tale features a contemporary retelling of the Clawed Canuck’s formative years!”

Avengers Vs. X-Men: Comic Book and Graphic Novel Club

This month’s selection for our Comic Book and Graphic Novel Club for teens is Avengers Vs. X-Men (aka AvX). Copies are available to pick up here at the library.  We’ll meet Saturday January 25th to talk all things comics and superheroes. Snacks will be provided. Hope to see you there!

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