Survive the Night!

Now that fall is here, Halloween is already on my mind and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than to dive into Danielle Vega's newest teen horror book Survive the Night!

Don't let the cover fool you: this is a seriously creepy novel. In it, Casey and her friends go to an all-night rave called Survive the Night. The secret party is located underground in the subways of New York, and there are crazy rumors about what goes on in the tunnels below. When Casey wanders off down the subway line, she finds one of her friends has been violently, viciously murdered. When she gets back to the party, everyone but the rest of her friends have cleared out and the manhole exit is sealed. Casey realizes that the killer is still in the subway system, and the group is trapped down there with them. What was once a party quickly turns into a frantic fight for survival, as Casey and her group realize they are being hunted by whoever (or whatever) is down in the subways with them.

This book is not for everyone (especially not tweens or those with a weak stomach). Survive the Night requires a little suspension of disbelief and takes a while to get going, but once it does it's a non-stop thrill ride right up until the end. My heart was pounding as I raced through the last few chapters as things kept building and building.

This is Danielle Vega's second book. The first, The Merciless, is another great teen horror novel and the film rights were just acquired by Lionsgate Films. The Merciless isn't available through AADL yet, but can be found through our MeLCat lending system.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #555 - “All cannot be lost when there is still so much being found” ~ Lemony Snicket

The Book of Lost and Found by Lucy Foley. Art student Kate Darling does not know much about her mother, June. As an orphan, she was adopted by the childless heiress Evelyn Darling who nurtured and coached her to become a world renowned ballerina. A year after June's untimely death in a plane crash, Evelyn (Evie) unburdened herself of a guilty secret to Kate and bequest her with an exquisite drawing of a young woman who looked very much like a young June. This sent a grief-stricken Kate on a quest for the true identity of the woman in the portrait and her connection to her mother.

Her search takes Kate from London to Corsica, to Paris, and eventually to New York, revealing a love story that began in the wild 1920s and was disrupted by war, derailed by circumstances.

"Foley deftly handles narratives by multiple voices that move seamlessly back and forth from the 1920s to 1986, with a vivid section set in Nazi-occupied France, as (the star-crossed lovers) are separated by happenstance, war, and deceptions as painful as they are well meant. A lovely and moving debut."

Inspired by true events, The Girl Who Wrote in Silk, Kelli Estes' "brilliant and atmospheric" debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing, and the power of our own stories.

While exploring her beloved aunt's Orcas Island estate, Inara Erickson comes across an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. Working with Daniel Chin, a local professor of Asian studies, Inara learns the story of the sleeve's creator, Mei Lein, a survivor of the Chinese Exclusion Act, in the late 1800s to rid Seattle of its Chinese community.

Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth and the connection to her own ancestor, one who would soon be commemorated in a city park, forcing her to make an impossible choice.

"Carefully crafted and perfectly paced, the novel takes readers on a deeply satisfying, memorable journey. Part mystery and part romance, the novel is also a fascinating look at an often forgotten period of Pacific Northwest history and a moving reminder of the stories we all share."

PreK - "S" is for Shoes

Storytime was all about shoes this week.
SHOE TOWN … begins with Ms. Mouse in her empty shoe ... now that the children have moved on.
Banjo Betsy played her banjo and Ms. Rachel led the action song “Walk Walk Walk" around the block … which can be found on the CD RISE And SHINE by Raffi.
We learned the shoe song from Pete The Cat who loves his new shoes ... I LOVE MY WHITE SHOES.
It’s all GOOD!

Here are more shoe stories you might like:
SHOE BABY… rhyme and fantasy for the youngest kids.
A BOY Had A MOTHER WHO BOUGHT HIM A HAT … and shoes, and boots, and skis … and he always had them with him.
SHOEBOX SAM … shoes and dignity.
SAM BENNETT’S NEW SHOES … a growing story …

Don't forget ... Music on CD leads SHOES to dance!
I GOT SHOES with Sweet Honey In The Rock
RHYTHM IN MY SHOES with Jessica Harper
Now go ahead and … put on your choo-choo shoes!

Parent’s Corner: Brains!

The Parent Shelf is located in the downtown youth area, and here is where you’ll find a variety of parent-child related books on a multitude of topics- including everything from food and nutrition to potty training to time-outs to homework. These books are available for checkout and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf.” There are many books on cognition in child development. Here are a few to take a look at:

Thirty million words: Building a child's brain: Tune in, talk more, take turns

Smart parenting, smarter kids: The one brain book you need to help your child grow brighter, healthier, and happier

No mind left behind: Understanding and fostering executive control-- the eight essential brain skills every child needs to thrive

Bunny Drop a great manga for teens and older!

There is nothing normal about the beginnings of Bunny Drop, it starts with a death, Daikichi's grandfather dies and leaves behind a surprise for everyone in the family. He has an illegitimate daughter named Rin, who is only 6 years old. Follow the unlikely family as Daikichi and Rin learn how to live together and create a life together.
This manga is seriously cute, but it's not the cute that makes this manga worth reading (though cute is never a bad thing in a josei manga) it deals with the struggles of raising a child, especially one that is not biologically yours. It also deals with issues such as, abandonment, death, unexpected pregnancy, fame and friendship.

The library has all 9 volumes and so you can read the entire story from start to finish! So check out Bunny Drop!

Book to Film: The Scorch Trials

Now in theaters is The Scorch Trials, based on the book of the same name by James Dashner. This is the 2nd of 5 books in the popular dystopian science fiction Maze Runner series, and this new movie looks like another adrenaline rusher!

In The Maze Runner 16 year old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and he realizes he must work with those around him in order to stay alive and escape. Now in The Scorch Trials he and several others face even more obstacles as they struggle to fight for their lives in the Scorch.

2015 Ignatz Award Winners Announced

The Small Press Expo (SPX) announced the winners of the 2015 Ignatz Awards for excellence in independent comics, and women artists swept all categories! Winners receive a brick, a nod to Ignatz's weapon of choice in the classic comic strip Krazy Kat by George Herriman.

Also worth a read are the nominees.

New Art Prints - Ukio-e Heroes

Framed art prints by Ukio-e Heroes (llustrator and author Jed Henry and master carver David Bull) are now available for you to borrow.Your favorite game characters reinterpreted in the ukiyo-e style. Modern costuming has been traded for the medieval, but the essence of each character remains in these beautiful woodblock prints – Metroid, Mario Kart, Kirby, and Katamari Damacy.

Didn't know that you can borrow framed art prints? Find out more and browse the collection here:

Euphoria: a slim novel jam-packed with action and feeling

Many of us have heard of the fascinating 2014 Kirkus Prize winning novel Euphoria, by Lily King. The bright cover caught my eye almost a year ago, but I finally found the chance to read it just this past week. King’s novel is told from several perspectives, and tells the story of three young and gifted anthropologists studying the tibes of New Guinea in the early 1930s. Husband and wife team Nell and Fen have just finished studying the violent and superstitious Mumbanyo tribe, and their relationship and sanity are both on thin ice. When they encounter fellow anthropologist Bankson, he leads them to the peaceful, female-dominated Tam tribe to study and recover. However, an ensuing love triangle, and the misdeed’s of Nell’s husband Fen threaten their careers, their friendship, and their lives. This book is both a fascinating portrait of intimate relationships, and an accurate and shocking tale of what some of the first anthropologists encountered when they ventured out into the field.

It’s particularly interesting to note that King based the character of Nell Stone on real events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead. Mead’s Coming of Age in Samoa is her psychological study of tribal youth, and documents her travels to Samoa at age twenty-three, where she conducted her first fieldwork. It has been compared to Darwin's Origin of Species for its scientific relevance as well as its readability. You can also read Jane Howard’s biography of Margaret Mead, titled Margaret Mead: A Life, to find out even more about the amazing woman that inspired King to write Euphoria.

New Teen Fiction: Stand-Off by Andrew Smith

Stand-Off by Andrew Smith is the sequel to the acclaimed teen novel Winger. Ryan Dean West is now a 15 year old senior at Pine Mountain Academy, and in his last year he struggles with dealing with what happened last year at school, and is thus convinced that N.A.T.E. (the Next Accidental Terrible Experience) is lurking around every corner. He becomes captain of the rugby team and shares his dorm room with a 12 year old prodigy named Sam Abernathy who watches cooking shows and sleeps in soccer jammies. (I have to admit, scenes with The Abernathy were so laugh-out-loud hilarious!) A lot of things change this year and Ryan Dean isn’t always up to the challenge.

Ryan Dean is a very likeable character with such a great and realistic teen voice. If you haven’t read Winger, read that and then read Stand-Off. I didn't know a sequel was coming and as soon as it fell into my hands I scarfed it down and then wanted more.

Andrew Smith is one author who keeps knocking it out of the park with stellar teen fiction.

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