Monthly Archives: February 2013

YA Book Review- Jake, Reinvented by Gordon Korman

Jake Garrett is the new kid in town, and he’s taken Fitzgerald High by storm. The school year has barely started and he’s already a star football player who throws the craziest house parties anyone has ever seen. But who is he, where did he come from, and why is he bending over backwards to spend time with the quarterback’s girlfriend? Told from the perspective of high-schooler Rick, readers look on as Jake makes a huge impact on the town and things quickly spiral out of control.

This story is a re-write of the classic novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The author, famous for his sports-centric novels, takes a story originally set in the age of flappers and spins it to fit in a modern-day suburban high school. He takes great care to change things to fit the new setting, while keeping true to the elements of the original tale. Grab this up if you like new versions of old classics, high school drama, and football stories.

Jake Reinvented


Friday Crafternoon- Cereal Box Notepads

This is a great Do-It-Yourself craft if you have the right supplies. It doesn’t require much- just old cereal boxes, scissors (or a paper cutter if you have one), mod podge, and binder clips. If you need a cool gift idea, this is definitely a great choice! Follow this link to the directions.

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Valentine’s Day Program- Bookmarks

For Valentine’s Day this year, we held a Tween program at the library. The age group that we invite to our Tween events is 4th – 7th grade. Instead of making conventional Valentine’s, we gave it a library twist and put out supplies to make Bookmarks! Lot’s of lucky friends and relatives will have a fun, handmade Bookmark Valentine to use this year. Of course, when creativity was let loose with tons of craft supplies and the spirit of the holiday, some really beautiful “conventional” valentines were also made.

Here are some photos from the event!

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YA Book Review- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

For today’s review, we have a guest reviewer: Miss Darby our Children’s Librarian! Check out her blog here.

“Karou knows that her life isn’t normal.  She can step through doors that take her anywhere in the world, she receives fluency in foreign languages as birthday gifts, and she is paid in wishes for her part-time job collecting mysterious objects for the chimaera who raised her.  For the most part, Karou manages to hide her secret life pretty successfully – and aside from her bright blue hair and mysterious lack of family, the friends she’s made at her art school in Prague think she’s just another teenage girl.  But when things in Karou’s already unusual life start to get strange, even she isn’t prepared for the truth about her past and the reality of her future.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is categorized as a teen paranormal romance, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that it’s just another YA book taking advantage of the paranormal fad.  Laini Taylor has created a truly rich and satisfying world full of magic, mysteries, angels, and demons, and readers will be sucked into Karou’s tale long before the romance angle even enters the picture.  Karou is a tough, fend-for-herself main character with a sense of humor and a big heart.  With multiple facets to her personality and complicated feelings about the people she loves, she reads like a real person in ways that other female protagonists of the genre often don’t.  The first in a planned trilogy (the second, Days of Blood and Starlight, is already available), Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a satisfying read that will leave you wanting more.”DaughterofSmokeandBone

Blind Date With aBook Display

Happy Valentine’s Week everyone! We here in the New Brunswick Teen Room are celebrating with a Blind Date With a Book display. Wrapped books are available for free, and to keep- but wait until you get home to unwrap them. It’s the excitement of a blind date without all the pressure, and you get something new to read! All the books have the genre written on them, so you won’t be totally clueless about what kind of story you are taking home, and will be geared towards 7th through 12th grade reading levels and interests.

Come in and check it out today!


(photo credit: New Brunswick Library Teens)

Book Review- Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman is best know for his trilogy that begins with the story The Golden Compass, but with this new book he decides to rewrite some of the oldest and most popular fairy tales. Pullman takes a scholarly approach to translating the Grimm’s stories, and at the end of each fairy tale he gives some details about the structure of the tale and why he translated it the way that he did. Classic stories written beautifully combined with a look behind the scenes and in to their histories make this a great addition to the collection of any fairy tale enthusiast.

Give this to a classic story lover, or to someone who wants to know more about the origins behind the recent flood of books that take fairy tales and place them in modern times.

phillip pullman fairy tales