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Teen Top Ten Announced

The votes are in.  The winners in order of popularity are:

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Splintered by A.B. Howard

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

I’ve read Eleanor & Park; The 5th Wave; The Testing; Steelheart; and The Eye of Minds. Which ones have you read?

Hannah’s new Logo


I have my own logo! Big Thank You to Rosa Nevarez, the wonderful artist who created it for me (she used to be one of my TAB Teens)! She has since gone on to bigger things and graduated from art school!


If you all see this Logo on anything then it should be something that I created. Anytime I create anything from now on with my thoughts on something you will see this logo to know that its me.

Author Read Posters!

Game (Jasper Dent #2) By Barry Lyga




In an effort to prove murder didn’t run in the family, Jazz teamed with the police in the small town of Lobo’s Nod to solve a deadly case. And now, when a determined New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz’s door asking for help, he can’t say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple–and its police force–running scared. So Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer’s murderous game.
1. I hate Barry Lyga
2. I hate Barry Lyga
and 3…
Alright, down to business.
First of all I take back what I said because Lyga is a freaking story telling genius and he knows way too much about how to kill someone and get away with it sooo…
Second, I thought I Hunt Killers was amazing, but Game  is ridiculously good. I literally did not stop reading it when I picked it up until I had to go to sleep.
Lyga is a master at story telling and weaving intricate tales and Game  definitely lives up to his potential. There are about a billion OH MY GOD moments through out the story.
There are also a billion moments where I want to reach into the story and slap the heck out of Jazz and Connie.
You know a book is good when you throw it down the stairs, and then run to get it,a  and pick it up, and continue reading it.
Seriously, Lyga did an amazing job of developing Jazz as well as other characters. Billy Dent is one psycho mother, and Lyga does a great job getting that point across. Too great. He did some mad research for sure.
Or did he?
Major cliff hanger. MAJOR.
Blood of My Blood, book 3, comes out in September. You can imagine my pain. Read this book so you can share it with me. 🙂

Libba Bray’s Miles and Miles of No-Man’s Land

Although Depression Awareness Day this year isn’t until October 10, this blog post by one of my fave authors says soooo much about how it feels, and also takes another step in the direction of helping the rest of the world become more aware of the illness that cannot be ignored and is not the sufferer’s fault, no matter what people may think right now.

Having been through this maelstrom on and off since I was 11, I am aware of the discomfort learning about it causes in those who don’t suffer from it, and the wall that seems to come up between them and those who learn about it firsthand. Libba Bray puts the whole crappy mess of it into a beautiful, dark analogy.

Read it and weep. But before you do, I want you to know that you are NOT alone; there IS a light at the end of the tunnel, and that might mean living chemically-assisted; and you are one of MANY who need to be treated with kindness and understanding, not fear, disdain, loathing, or ridicule. I know; I’m right there in the ranks with you.


-Angie, Eola Road Branch Teen Librarian


Disscussion Boards

Hannah ChibiIt’s that time again!!!!!! Here is the topic at hand.

“Throwing books”

I had a discussion with one of my TAB members at our last meeting that got me thinking. We were talking about how when she gets really into a book she wants to toss is across the room when certain things happen. I on the other hand do the opposite. If I’m reading a book that I’m really into and something (for example: like the end of the final book of the Divergent series) happens then I yell at the book, but I don’t throw is across the room. I only have the urge to throw a book when it is incredibly dull, nothing is happening to keep me with it, and yet I have to read the whole thing because it is required!!

So my question(s) to you all is this:

How often do you get the urge to throw a book you are reading across the room? And what does the book have to do to get you to do such damage to it?


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.


I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to get around to reading this book. I’d heard all the buzz about it, and then the movie came out and I thought I should really read that book. And so here I am a year later, and may I just say that reading this book was quite the experience. There were so many times throughout this book where I would read a line, put the book down, think about my life, pick the book back up, read the line again, put it back down, maybe cry a little bit, etc. Some of the stuff just hit my soul, y’know? And it may be just the fact that I’m a moody teenager like so many others out there, but… you have to read this book if you haven’t. And maybe you should read it again if you already have. It just puts a lot of things in perspective. Charlie is probably one of the most awkward characters I’ve ever read about and along with, but I’m glad I did. I’m still a bit confused about some things, but I plan on having a discussion with someone. Now, I’m going to watch the movie [insert cringe] hopefully it isn’t that bad.

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr


Jill MacSweeney just wishes everything could go back to normal. But ever since her dad died, she’s been isolating herself from her boyfriend, her best friends—everyone who wants to support her. And when her mom decides to adopt a baby, it feels like she’s somehow trying to replace a lost family member with a new one.

Mandy Kalinowski understands what it’s like to grow up unwanted—to be raised by a mother who never intended to have a child. So when Mandy becomes pregnant, one thing she’s sure of is that she wants a better life for her baby. It’s harder to be sure of herself. Will she ever find someone to care for her, too?

As their worlds change around them, Jill and Mandy must learn to both let go and hold on, and that nothing is as easy—or as difficult—as it seems.


So this is the book that my book club at school read last month. I was a little unsure of reading it at first, just because I’m not really in to stories like these, but I didn’t want to judge to soon. And I’m really glad I did. Read the book, that is. It was one of those stories that make you appreciate all of the things you have in life, the good and the bad. I was especially able to relate to Jill’s relationship with her father. All in all, the book was great. And remember, folks: Try a little tenderness.

The Rising (Darkness Rising #3)




Things are getting desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the powerful St. Clouds and now a rival Cabal as well, they’re quickly running out of places to hide. And with the whole world thinking they died in a helicopter crash, it’s not like they can just go to the authorities for help.

All they have is the name and number of someone who might be able to give them a few answers. Answers to why they’re so valuable, and why their supernatural powers are getting more and more out of control.

But Maya is unprepared for the truths that await her. And now, like it or not, she’ll have to face down some demons from her past if she ever hopes to move on with her life. Because Maya can’t keep running forever.


I was kind of… actually a lot disappointed with this final installation. It was utterly unsatisfying. I was expecting a lot more. It was nice to see the cross over and the return of some characters, but from Maya’s point of view, they kind of seemed boring. At the end of The Calling, they hinted that the kids from Canada would be meeting up with characters from the The Darkest Powers trilogoy, and I got super excited, but I was let down. I felt like they were just running around getting captured and “rescued” all the time. There honestly wasn’t much development in anything. I mean, if you’ve come this far already, I would just finish it. Heck, Armstrong might even branch off from this series again, so you better catch up on your reading.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey


After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.


I know they say not judge a book by it’s cover, but as soon as I saw that this book was by Rick Yancey, I immediately checked it out. And may I just say that I was wise with this choice. This book was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Amazing, just in case you didn’t get that first part. It didn’t end the way I thought it was going to, and there were a few times I yelled at the characters in the book, hoping that in some impossible way they’d listen to my advice, but of course, authors write to break our hearts, and so that is what happened. And that is the joy of this book. There’s absolutely everything you could want out of a book in The 5th Wave, and plus Rick Yancey’s beautiful writing. That man really does have a way with words. I was surprised to find Yancey writing from the female perspective (and a wee bit firhgtened), and I obviously was worried for nothing because Cassie was perfectly bad a$$. Any who, if you haven’t already read it, READ IT! Like, right now. Oh, and I just found out that there’s going to be a sequel, so yeah, I’m happier than a mother that just gave birth.