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The Red Queen

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Looking for that next young adult blockbuster book to read? The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard has been getting some buzz. Here is the description from the book:

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

 

This is the first of a trilogy. Have you read The Red Queen yet? What did you think? It is on my soon-to-be-read list.

Spring Break Teen Movie

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Looking for something to do with your friends during spring break that is free and fun? Come to our teen movie showing of Mockingjay Part 1 (PG-13) on Thursday, April 2 at 1 p.m. at the Little Chute Library. We will serve free popcorn from Tom's. Adult fans of The Hunger Games are also welcome to attend. May the odds be ever in your favor.

Deets on a Duology

Attention, Divergent Fans! Veronica Roth is writing TWO new books--a duology! We have to wait a few years, but good things come to those who wait. Check out the details here.

Teen Book Awards Announced

The American Library Association has announced the 2015 award-winning books for teens:

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
I’ll Give You the Sun, written by Jandy Nelson, is the 2015 Printz Award winner. 
Four Printz Honor Books also were named: 
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard.
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley.
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith.
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki.

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia.
Bingo’s Run by James A. Levine.
Confessions by Kanae Minato, translated by Stephen Snyder.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.
Lock In by John Scalzi.
The Martian by Andy Weir. 
The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles. 
Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta.
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle.

Click the link to see the complete list of award winners: 2015 ALA Awards

Winter Reading Fun

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Looking for something to do in the long, cold month of January? Participate in our fun all ages winter reading program based on the movie Frozen. The program runs January 12-February 7, and sign-up starts January 5. Pick up a Frozen BINGO card and complete reading activities. We have mini prizes each week plus chances to win a grand prize. 

We also have programs for tweens (anyone in grades 4-8)  to fit the Frozen theme. Check out our after school tween scene on the following Tuesdays at 3:30-4:30 p.m.

1/13--Ice Experiments (painting with salt and ice plus make ice bubbles)

1/20--Snowy Pet Rocks (create pet rocks inspired by the Frozen trolls)

1/27--Silly Putty (make glitter gak and magnetic silly putty)

2/3--Snowy Woods Art (paint a snow scene inspired by a famous poem)

Be sure to check out the new book shelf for some great teen reads. Read away the winter blues with an engaging story--maybe you'll discover a fabulous book before it becomes a movie hit. We also have magazines, graphic novels, CDs, and video games. Come see all the library has to offer.

Be A-Mazed Over Break

Looking for something to do during break? The Maze Runner movie will be shown on Monday December 29, at 1:30 p.m. at the Little Chute Library. Based on the popular novel by James Dashner, this movie event is for teens and adult fans of teen literature. Free popcorn will be provided.

Teens' Top Ten 2014

Teens, it is time to vote for your favorite books of the previous year! Let your voice be heard about great books that teens recommend to other teens. Voting is open now until October 18.The top ten will be announced on October 20.

Haven' t read many of the books? Now you have a teen-recommended list of titles to start your wish list. Stop by the library or use InfoSoup to find these books--and many more!

Free Homework Help Resources

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As you begin a new school year, keep in mind that the library offers a great selection of online research tools available 24/7 and completely free. You have access to many newspapers and journals, genealogy sites, health information, and even practice tests for the ACT, SAT, and AP exams. All you need is your library card! If you don't have a card yet, you can get one for free. Stop in with your parent or guardian and have them bring a photo ID and proof of address, and you can be the proud owner of an InfoSoup card good at all the libraries in Outagamie and Waupaca counties. It will be the best card you will ever own!

Teen Summer Reading Grand Prize Winners

Congratulations to all of our summer reading grand prize winners!

  1. iTunes gift cards--Connor L.
  2. Board Games--Emily S.
  3. Badger Sports Park Package--Megan N.
  4. Target gift card--Paige F.
  5. Divergent Trilogy--Melanie W.
  6. Kohl's gift card--Jenna V.
  7. Barnes & Noble gift card--Amber S.
  8. iPad mini--Eli G.
  9. Chocolate & Coffee Bistro gift certificate--Liberty M.

All of the winners have been notified. Thank you to all of our readers who participated in our Spark a Reaction summer reading program. Be sure to keep checking our website and Facebook page for future teen events, and stop in to check out the great teen reads that arrive every month.