Vigo County Public Library

July 8, 2014

Reviews Day Tuesday!

Hannah and Zoe aren’t expecting much out of life, not in their tiny New Jersey town.  They are expected to graduate from high school, then spend the rest of their lives in trailers on the shores of the lake.  Hannah wants more than that.  So does Zoe, though Zoe goes about it in different ways.  Sometimes Zoe is so excitable that she can’t sit still.  Sometimes she sleeps for days. She channels her energy into The Museum of Intangible Things, a way to teach her brother, who has autism spectrum disorder, about emotions. Her habits have always been manageable until one fateful night, when Zoe is changed forever.

When Zoe wakes up, she drags Hannah out on the road, through New York City, Ohio, Michigan, South Dakota, and beyond, teaching Hannah about the intangible wonders of life.  At first, Hannah is glad for the chance at a wild road trip.  Soon, she realizes that what Zoe has planned might mean much more than a few nights away from home.  Can Hannah save Zoe from herself?

The Museum of Intangible Things is a contemporary YA masterpiece.  Sure, it paints a beautiful picture of a friendship, but it also faces the difficult task of portraying characters dealing with mental health issues.  Wendy Wunder is not afraid to give us multi-dimensional characters with real-life problems, and we love it.

Check out The Museum of Intangible Things at the Vigo County Public Library

July 7, 2014

Six Second Science Fair!

Our teens experienced so many fun science experiments on Thursday, whether we were expanding gummy bears, erupting some elephant toothpaste, painting with milk, or creating an iodine clock reaction!

Don’t forget, we still have three great teen programs left this summer at the VCPL!  Play Lazer Tag with a Librarian, survive our Zombie Apocalypse, and play for glory and prizes at our live game show, Do YOU Want To Be A Scientist?

July 1, 2014
Reviews Day Tuesday!
When Lucy finds herself stuck in the elevator of her NYC apartment building, the only thing that makes it better is Owen. The son of the building’s new superintendent doesn’t really fit into her high-class world, but somehow, they hit it off.  When they escape from the elevator and find that the whole city is blacked out, they decide to spend the whole night together gazing at the stars.
The next day, though, life kicks in, and Lucy leaves for London while Owen and his dad hit the road to an unknown destination.  Will they always just have that one night, or will they find themselves together again?
This sweet love story is rich with lyricism and heart. It will make you long for the open road as well as the cobblestones of London, the streets of Paris, and the skyscrapers of New York.  Check out The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith at the Vigo County Public Library

Reviews Day Tuesday!

When Lucy finds herself stuck in the elevator of her NYC apartment building, the only thing that makes it better is Owen. The son of the building’s new superintendent doesn’t really fit into her high-class world, but somehow, they hit it off.  When they escape from the elevator and find that the whole city is blacked out, they decide to spend the whole night together gazing at the stars.

The next day, though, life kicks in, and Lucy leaves for London while Owen and his dad hit the road to an unknown destination.  Will they always just have that one night, or will they find themselves together again?

This sweet love story is rich with lyricism and heart. It will make you long for the open road as well as the cobblestones of London, the streets of Paris, and the skyscrapers of New York.  Check out The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith at the Vigo County Public Library

June 25, 2014

diversityinya:

This week’s diverse new releases:

Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore (Disney-Hyperion)

“A decadent populace, a totalitarian state and a plague of vanishing people bring three young people into the heart of an anti-government plot. … This postwar, Jazz Age–inflected, slightly steampunk magical world is revealed through the eyes of these three teens as they try to save all their world’s victims, even those long since doomed.” — Kirkus

Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis (Amulet Books)

“Worlds collide as two teens fight for their lives. … Rich worldbuilding, convincing nonheteronormative relationships, balanced class issues, and nuanced, ethnically diverse characters add to the novel’s depth. The well-paced action builds toward an unexpected, thrilling conclusion that will leave readers eager for more from this promising new author. Original and compelling; a stunning debut.” — Kirkus, starred review

Drift by M. K. Hutchins (Tu Books)

“Original worldbuilding and cosmology spice up a save-the-world romantic adventure. … Readers will find watching Hutchins’ unusual magical rules bring about startling consequences for family and political structure utterly fascinating.Totally fresh.” — Kirkus

Caught in the Crossfire by Juliann Rich (Bold Strokes Books)

Book Description: Two boys at Bible camp; one forbidden love.

That is the dilemma sixteen-year-old Jonathan Cooper faces when he goes away to Spirit Lake Bible Camp, an oasis for teen believers situated along Minnesota’s rugged north shore. He is expecting a summer of mosquito bites, bonfires with S’mores, and photography classes with Simon, his favorite counselor, who always helps Jonathan see his life in perfect focus.

What he isn’t expecting is Ian McGuire, a new camper who openly argues against phrases like pray the gay away. Ian is certain of many things, including what could happen between them if only Jonathan could surrender to his feelings. Jonathan, however, tosses in a storm of indecision between his belief in God and his inability to stay away from Ian. When a real storm hits and Ian is lost in it, Jonathan is forced to make a public decision that changes his life.

Rebellion by Karen Sandler (Tu Books)

“Surprising new obstacles crop up in the Tankborn series finale. … With rebellions, ideological questions and a nonwhite, not-entirely-heterosexual cast, this series is a strong addition to the genre.” — Kirkus

Fan Art by Sarah Tregay (Katherine Tegen Books)

“A high school literary magazine becomes the vehicle for a number of awakenings in Tregay’s (Love and Leftovers) tender coming-of-age-and-coming-out story. … The fact that even with supportive adults, encouraging friends, and a gay-straight alliance, coming out can be a daunting prospect will make this story resonate with readers.” — Publishers Weekly

Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana (Simon Pulse)

“Seventeen-year-old Haley lives in present day Florida and has suffered one seizure, so she is carefully monitored by her divorced and remarried father. Forced to go on an unwanted summer trip to Disney’s Fort Wilderness with her Dad, her stepmother, and their twins, she meets a few teens. While participating in a scavenger hunt, she has another seizure and wakes up in 1982 in River Country, a now-closed water park in Disney World. Culture shock is ever-present from the clothes to (horrors!) no cell phones or mainstream personal computers.” — VOYA

More diverse goodness in the world of YA! Ask for them at the VCPL.