Monthly Archives: June 2012

Teen Book Review

This week we’ve got a great teen book review of Veronica Roth’s hit book Divergent!

Divergent – Veronica Roth

Review By: Justine

Veronica Roth’s book Divergent is the next big phenomenon in dystopian literature. Roth has taken a radical new approach to the concept of a society gone wrong. Set in a future Chicago, the story follows Triss. In this future society, there are four”factions”, each valuing one quality (kindness, courage, honesty, and ingenuity). Citizens are allowed to choose which faction they would like to be a part of when they come of age. Triss must choose between staying with her family’s faction, or choosing her own. Her decision is complicated when she discovers that she is suitable for more than one faction

While most authors of this genre hold lack of knowledge responsible for humans turning on themselves, Roth takes the opposite viewpoint, and holds the manipulation of knowledge as what will lead to humanity’s downfall.
All in all, this book is an excellent read for anyone interested in stories about alternative societies.

Summer Reads

It’s Summer!  Which means that it’s the perfect time to kick back and relax with a good book.  Here are a few suggestions for awesome summer reading!

The Jade Notebook – Laura Resau

From Goodreads:

Down-to-earth Zeeta and her flighty mom, Layla, have spent years traveling the globe and soaking up everything each new culture has to offer. Now they’ve settled in the beachside town of Mazunte, Mexico, where Zeeta’s true love, Wendell, has an internship photographing rare sea turtles. At first glance, Zeeta feels sure that Mazunte is paradise—she envisions dips in jade waters, sunsets over sea cliffs, moonlit walks in the surf. And she is determined to make Mazunte her home . . . for good. But as she and Wendell dig deeper to unearth her elusive father’s past, Zeeta finds that paradise has its dark side.

A Confusion of Princes – Garth Nix

From Goodreads:

Taken from his parents as a child and equipped with biological and technological improvements, Khemri is now an enhanced human being, trained and prepared for the glory of becoming a Prince of the Empire. Not to mention the ultimate glory: should he die, and be deemed worthy, he will be reborn…Which is just as well, because no sooner has Prince Khemri graduated to full Princehood than he learns the terrible truth behind the Empire: there are ten million princes, and all of them want each other dead.

Babe in Boyland – Jody Gehrman

From Goodreads:

When high school junior Natalie-or Dr. Aphrodite, as she calls herself when writing the relationship column for her school paper-is accused of knowing nothing about guys and giving girls bad relationship advice, she decides to investigate what guys really think and want. But the guys in her class won’t give her straight or serious answers. The only solution? Disguising herself as a guy and spending a week at Underwood Academy, the private all-boy boarding school in town. There she learns a lot about guys and girls in ways she never expected-especially when she falls for her dreamy roommate, Emilio. How can she show him she likes him without blowing her cover?

The List – Siobhan Vivian

From Goodreads:

It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn’t matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up.

This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, “pretty” and “ugly.”

Check out these titles and more from your local WCL branch.  And tell us…what’s your favourite kind of summer read?  Do you like romance?  Adventure?  Horror?  Anything you can read at the beach?  Let us know!

Don’t forget there’s only one week left to enter the June Summer Blog Giveaway for your chance to win a $15.00 Chapters gift card.  Let us know what the best book you’ve read in the last year is, for your chance to win!

Teen Book Review

Today we’ve got a review of Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay, from a WCL Teen!  Interested in reviewing a book yourself?  Check out the Review a Book page for details!


Sarah’s Key – Tatiana De Rosnay

Review By: Madi

Sarah’s Key was an amazing book by Tatiana De Rosnay. It tells two different stories, both based around the “Vel D’Hiv” Roundup, and a young girl named Sarah.

This was a really great book because it was realistic and you really cared about the characters. I recommend this for anyone 16 and up because some parts were a little graphic, however, realistic.

Excellent Read!

Teen SRC Begins!

Today officially marks the beginning to the Teen SRC Registration!  Stop by your local WCL library branch to register for the TeenSRC, and then start reading.  You can bring your ballots back to the library starting July 2nd.

Remember, for every book you read/listen to this summer, you’ll get a ballot for one of our awesome grand prizes!  The prizes this year are:

14 $25.00 Chapters Gift Cards (1 Per Branch)

1 Kobo Touch E-Reader

All you have to do is read, and you’ll have the chance to win!  Plus, keep checking out the blog all summer for even more chances to win…just like the June Summer Blog Giveaway, where you can win a $15.00 Chapters Gift Card.

Register now, and get reading for your chance to win!

What’s New at WCL

Looking for something good to read?  Check out these new YA books at WCL!

Kill Switch – Chris Lynch

From Inside Jacket Flap:

Daniel wants to spend one final summer with his beloved grandfather, before Daniel leaves for college and his grandfather succumbs to dementia. But when Da, a former systems analyst for the Department of Agriculture, starts to let things slip about people he’s killed and countries he’s overthrown, his old “friends” come back to make sure he stays quiet. Was Daniel’s grandfather really involved in a world of assassinations and coups, or is all this just the delusion of a crumbling mind? Daniel and Da take to the road, fleeing from threats seen and unseen. Daniel doesn’t know if he can save his grandfather, or if Da even needs to be saved. Or what the transaction might cost Daniel himself.

The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers – Lynn Weingarten

From Inside Jacket Flap:

If there’s an upside to having your heart broken, it’s this: A broken heart makes you brave.

The first day of sophomore year doesn’t go the way Lucy planned. After a summer apart from her boyfriend, she’s ready to greet him with a special surprise and instead gets a shocking one in return: He’s breaking up with her. Beyond devastated, Lucy has no idea how she’s going to make it through homeroom, let alone the rest of her life.

Enter three stunning girls with the unnatural ability to attract boys and an offer Lucy can’t refuse: They can heal her heart in an instant. And then she’ll be one of them—a member of a sisterhood that is impervious to heartbreak and has access to magic distilled from the tears of brokenhearted boys. But to gain their power, Lucy must get a guy to fall in love with her the old-fashioned way, and then break his heart in the next seven days.

While the sisterhood may need another Heartbreaker, Lucy’s only desire is to get her ex back. But how far is she willing to go, and who is she willing to cross to get what she wants?

The Story of Us – Deb Caletti

From Inside Jacket Flap:

Cricket has a very long week ahead of her—her entire family has come together for her mom’s wedding, and it’s supposed to be a time for celebration. But for Cricket, the timing couldn’t be worse.

For years Cricket’s been half of the perfect couple, destined to be together forever. Now, because of what she’s done—something she would give anything to take back—Janssen has walked away. Maybe for good. Cricket has always panicked in the face of change. Now she is forced to face her fears and decide once and for all what she wants, and how she’s going to get it. Over the course of the week, secrets will be revealed, bonds will be tested, and Cricket’s confusion—and her desires—may very well send her spiraling down a path she never thought she’d take…with no idea where it will lead her.

Sound good?  Check out these books and more at your WCL branch.  And tell us your thoughts!  Read any good books lately?  Read any of the books listed here?  What’d you think?

And, don’t forget to submit your comment to the June Summer Blog Giveaway!

June Summer Blog Giveaway!

Welcome to the second Summer Blog Giveaway post for 2012!  If you want a chance to win a $15 Chapters Gift Card, simply follow the rules below!

The rules are:

  1. You must be between the ages of 12 and 19.
  2. You must have a valid Wellington County Library card, or if you are under 16, you or your parent or guardian must have a valid WCL card.
  3. You must leave a comment on this post answering the following question: What’s the best book you’ve read in the last year?

Post your comment, and check back here at the beginning of July to see who the winner is!

**This Contest is now Closed**

Countdown to Teen SRC!

It’s that time of year again…Wellington County Library’s Teen Summer Reading Challenge starts on June 18th!

If you don’t already know, here’s a little about the Teen SRC:

The TeenSRC is all about reading­­.  And prizes.  For every book/audiobook/graphic novel/magazine/e-book that you read/listen to over the summer, you’ll get a ballot.  And every ballot gets entered into a draw for one of our 15 Grand Prizes.

This year, the prizes are as follows: someone from each branch will win a $25.00 Chapters Gift Card, and 1 teen from Wellington County will win a Kobo Touch e-reader. 

These prizes are in addition to the prizes from the Summer Blog Giveaways!  So there are tons of chances to win.

The TeenSRC runs from June 18th – August 11th, and to sign up, just visit your local library branch.

Plus, this year we’ve got a little something extra.  When you sign-up for the TeenSRC this summer, you’ll also get a Teen Library Bingo Card.  On it, you’ll find tasks to do, such as suggesting a new teen programme for the library, downloading a library e-book, and even visiting the blog!  For every line you complete, you’ll get extra ballots towards the grand prize.

So don’t miss this summer’s Teen Summer Reading Challenge!  Lots of chances for you to win something cool, all just for reading whatever you want.  Registration begins June 18th, so make sure to visit your library branch then, and sign-up.

Plus, keep your eye on the blog for the June Summer Blog Giveaway post, coming soon!

May Blog Giveaway Winner!

It’s June!  And because it’s June, that means our May Summer Blog Giveaway is officially over!  And the winner is…

Rhiannon R., who is going to the Festival of Fear this summer!  (Which, by the way, sounds freaky and awesome!)

Congratulations Rhiannon, and thanks so much to everyone who participated!  Didn’t win?  Forgot to enter?  Don’t worry…the June Summer Blog Giveaway post will be up soon, with another chance to win a $15.00 Chapters Gift Card!