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YALSA Teen’s Top Ten Nominations for 2012

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) nominations for the best teen books of 2012 are here! These books have been selected by teen groups, just like our very own TAG, for a chance to be named one of the Top Ten Teen books of 2012.

Looking for a good read? Come out to your local library and try one of these fantastic nominees.


In a futuristic world where children are “cured” of bad behaviour through treatments that turn them into obedient, well-mannered citizens 15-year-old Maxwell Connors wonders if life outside of New Middletown might be a better alternative. When his younger sister Ally is targeted, Max and his family must make a choice: submit to vaccination, flee their home, or stay and fight…





When an electromagnetic pulse engulfs the Earth life as we know it comes to an abrupt end. No computers, no phones, no cars; all electronics are rendered useless in the catastrophe. With the world in chaos, and billions dying Alex must learn how to survive in this new world and who she can trust as society crumbles and humanity degrades.




A botched attempt to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years and females with a lifespan of only 20 years. Geneticists scramble for a solution and orphans crowd the streets as crime and poverty soar. In this nightmare world of genetic experimentation gone wrong, Rhine Ellery has been kidnapped and sold into marriage. With her life clock ticking out Rhine must find a way to escape her sordid marriage and sinister father-in-law before it’s too late.



Diagnosed with severe thyroid cancer at age 13, Hazel had prepared herself to die. Three years later, thanks to a miracle medical breakthrough able to drastically shrink the tumors in her lungs, Hazel grapples with the uncertain prospect of a long life. Tethered to an oxygen tank and reliant on a constant cocktail of chemicals to keep the cancer at bay, Hazel finds unexpected support in the guise of another cancer patient, Augustus. Together Hazel and Augustus re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define the legacy everyone leaves behind.


In this prequel to the classic Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein sets out to find the elixir of life in a desperate attempt to save his twin brother, Konrad. Delving into forbidden lore and risking life and limb, Victor and his friends prepare themselves to sacrifice everything to bring Konrad back from death’s door. Victor’s resolve will be put to the test however in this heroic venture as the cost for his brother’s life may be more than he ever dreamt.


Looking for more nominees you can find in the Wellington County Library collection? Try one of these acclaimed titles:

  • Abandon by Meg Cabot
  • Tempest by Julie Cross
  • What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • Eona: The Last Dragon by Alison goodman
  • Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Hourglass by Myra McEntire
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Shine by Lauren Myracle
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
  • All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin

What’s New at WCL

The holidays are almost upon us! Spend your time off with friends and family, but don’t forget to put in some quality “me” time, too! And what better way to relax and enjoy your holiday vacation by curling up with a good book. Here are just a few of the many new books at WCL!


VenomFionaPaulCoverVenom – Fiona Paul

 About the book (from Goodreads):

 Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancé, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin… and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancé, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?

Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself.


Colin Fischer – Ashley Edward Miller & Zach Stentz


About the book (from Goodreads):

Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions.

But when a gun is found in the school cafeteria, interrupting a female classmate’s birthday celebration, Colin is the only [one] for the investigation. It’s up to him to prove that Wayne Connelly, the school bully and Colin’s frequent tormenter, didn’t bring the gun to school.


DeathofKleptoDeath of a Kleptomaniac – Kristen Tracy

About the book (from Goodreads):

At sixteen, Molly is a girl who’s just started living–at last she’s popular. But for a girl who has everything, Molly feels like she never has enough. So she steals. At least there’s plenty of time to fix this last little problem. Except Fate has other plans for Molly. Like death. Suddenly dead and in denial, how can Molly move on when life was just looking up? Can she abandon her earthly ties or will she jeopardize her soul to stay close to her loved ones?


Book Review – Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances – Maureen Johnson, John Green, Lauren Myracle


About the Book – From Goodreads:

Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.


Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances consists of three separate stories that all take place during a holiday snow storm in a small town. The stories, each written by different authors, focus on separate casts of characters, and in each story, there are two characters navigating the slippery slopes of love.

This is a great lighthearted read for the holidays. It does revolve around Christmas, but there are characters in these tales that do not celebrate Christmas, too. The stories are all romances, so there is a bit of a gooey factor with this book. But the stories are also funny, and while there is some kissing and declarations of love, it’s not unbearably mushy. If you are looking for a good holiday read to flip through while snuggling by a fire or sipping hot chocolate at home (or in a Starbucks!), this could be a great choice for you.

My favourite thing about the book?  Although each story was written by a different author, and focused on different people, all of the stories were interconnected. The tales all take place in the same town, and there are certain minor characters that are present in all three tales. Plus, at the end of the final tale, everyone comes together, which is really cool.

My least favourite thing about the book? For being a holiday book, these stories are not really centered on the holidays themselves. The theme of this book is really love taking place because of a massive snow storm, and the book could easily have taken place in the middle of January…the holidays were somewhat present, but not nearly as important as they could have been.


Looking for similar titles?  Try these!

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares – Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Ex-mas – Kate Brian

The Fault in our Stars – John Green

Kissing Kate – Lauren Myracle

13 Little Blue Envelopes – Maureen Johnson

Snowed In – Rachel Hawthorne

Get Inspired to Make a Change!

Today we’ve got another fantastic guest post coming to you from Centre Wellington! This is a great topic, and it’s definitely worth checking out.


Be Inspired!

We Day, an amazing initiative started by Free the Children, held one of its annual concerts in Kitchener this November. The event inspires youth to be engaged in their communities, and to take local and global action in making the world a better place. Were you lucky enough to go?

Visit the website to find out more about the event, and how you can get involved

 We Day  – We Inspire Change

You might also want to check out the following motivational books:

Living Me to We: The Guide for Socially Conscious Canadians by Craig and Marc Kielburger LivingMetoWe

What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? By Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingowod, Jonnie Penn, and Duncan


From Goodreads:


It all started in a garage in 2006 when four friends decided they needed to make a drastic change.

They made a list of 100 things to do before they died, and began the journey to uncover their buried lives.


Get inspired. Make your list. Live your dreams.

If you are trying to find out how you can make a difference, check out the website and connect with organizations that need volunteers like you!

Let it Snow!

Yup, it’s begun! The snow is falling, and the temperature is cool. So what better thing to do than curl up inside and read?

Here are a few snowy choices for some wintry reading!

Trapped – Michael Northrop

About the book (from Goodreads):

The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. That for those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive. . . .

Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn’t seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially when distractingly hot Krista and Julie are sleeping just down the hall. But then the power goes out, then the heat. The pipes freeze, and the roof shudders. As the days add up, the snow piles higher, and the empty halls grow colder and darker, the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision. . . .


Winter Town – Stephen Emond

About the book (from Goodreads):

Every winter, straight-laced, Ivy League bound Evan looks forward to a visit from Lucy, a childhood pal who moved away after her parent’s divorce. But when Lucy arrives this year, she’s changed. The former “girl next door” now has chopped dyed black hair, a nose stud, and a scowl. But Evan knows that somewhere beneath the Goth, “Old Lucy” still exists, and he’s determined to find her… even if it means pissing her off.


Fury – Elizabeth Miles

About the book (from Goodreads):

It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems…

Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better–the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.

On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel…something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.

In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay.

Em and Chase have been chosen.

CW TAG: Favourite Fantasy Authors

Today we’ve got an awesome post straight from the Centre Wellington Teen Advisory Group. Check it out!


The members of Centre Wellington’s Teen Advisory Group (CW TAG) love reading fantastical stories. Our tastes range from mythical creatures to steampunk! Here is a list of our top 10 authors: 

1. Rick Riordan

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
  • Heroes of Olympus series
  • Kane Chronicles series

2. J.K. Rowling

  • Harry Potter series

 3. Cassandra Clare

  • The Mortal Instruments series
  • The Infernal Devices series

4. Lesley Livingston

  • Wondrous Strange series
  • Never series
  • Starling

5. Veronica Roth

  • Divergent series

6. Ally Condie

  • Matched series

7. Kelley Armstrong

  • Darkest Powers trilogy
  • Darkness Rising series

8. Pittacus Lore

  • Lorien Legacies series

9. J.R.R. Tolkien

  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • The Hobbit

10. Andrea Cremer

  • Nightshade series
  • Nightshade prequel series

Do you like these authors too? Come and share your favourite authors, and learn more of ours. CW TAG is always open to new members joining!

The last meeting of 2012 will be on Thursday December 13 at 3:45 – 4:45 pm in the Elora Branch Community Room. We will be taking a little break over the holidays and starting back up again on January 10th, 2013!

What’s New at WCL

We’ve been receiving tons of great new stuff here at the WCL libraries! Here are just a few highlights from our new stock…visit your local branch to see what’s on the shelf!

Dark Inside – Jeyn Roberts

About the Book (From back of book cover):

An ancient evil has been unleashed, and it’s turning friends into murderous strangers. For those who survive the brutal earthquakes and the first wave of the killing, the world is a different, deadlier place. Society has fallen apart. No one can be trusted. For four teens struggling to stay alive in a world determined to kill them, it means all they have is one another–if they can trust one another–and the hope that their future holds something greater than mere survival.


Way To Go – Tom Ryan

About the Book (From back of book cover):

Danny thinks he must be the only seventeen-year-old guy in Cape Breton–in all of Nova Scotia, maybe–who doesn’t have his life figured out. His buddy, Kierce, has a rule for every occasion. His best friend, Jay, seems unworried by bad grades. Danny’s dad nags him about his post-high-school plans, his friends bug him about his non-existent sex life, and a run-in with the cops means he has to get a summer job. But worst of all, he’s keeping a secret that could ruin everything.


Getting Over Garrett Delaney – Abby McDonald

About the Book (From inside jacket cover):

Seventeen-year-old Sadie is in love: epic, heartfelt, and utterly one-sided. The object of her obsession–ahem, affection–is her best friend, Garrett Delaney. For two long, painful years, Sadie has been Garrett’s constant companion, sharing his taste in everything from tragic Russian literature to ’80s indie rock–all to no avail. But when Garrett leaves for a summer literary retreat, Sadie is sure that the absence will make his heart grow fonder–until he calls to say he’s fallen in love. With some other girl! A heartbroken Sadie realizes that she’s finally had enough. It’s time for a total Garrett detox!

Aided by a barista job, an eclectic crew of new friends (including the hunky chef, Josh), and a customized self-help guide, Sadie embarks on a summer of personal reinvention full of laughter, mortifying meltdowns, and a double shot of love.

Poll: What Would You Like to See?

Today we’ve got another poll for you. We want to know what you’d like to see more of in the library. A better selection of books? More chances for you to volunteer? Some YA author visits? Take the poll below to let us know what you’re craving! (You can choose more than one answer!)

WCL & Teens: TAG Groups and beyond in Wellington County

Did you know you can earn community service hours by participating in one of Wellington County’s Teen Advisory Groups (TAG, for short)?  Yup, that’s right!

But what is a TAG group, anyways?  Well, Teen Advisory Groups are our way of making sure we’ve got the materials you want to see in the library.  Come in and meet with other teens to discuss what kinds of books, movies, and music you’d like to see at the library.  Play some games and eat some food, and find out all about what kinds of programmes and events we’ve got lined up for teens.  Give us your input and advice for what you’d like to see at the library, and why.

You can participate in a TAG group at the Elora (Centre Wellington) and Erin branches of the Wellington County Library, and keep up to date with them here at the blog.

And there’s more!  Not every branch of the county has a TAG group, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways you can actively participate with the library.  The Arthur branch hosts a Teen Book Club every month, and at Clifford there is a Pageturners Book Club open to teens and preteens!  In Mount Forest and Harriston, you can hang out at the Teen Café, where you can talk about books, movies, and more, and find out about gaining community service hours for school!  Other branches sometimes hold single-session teen programmes, too, so always keep up to date with that’s going on at your local branch, and check out the library’s website here to find teen programming all over the county.

Want to see a teen-related programme at a certain library branch?  Let a librarian know, OR post a message here on the blog!  Let us know what you’d like to see, and where.  If we get enough interest, your idea might just happen!

Chills of the Silver Screen

Or colour screen, anyways.

It’s Halloween! And I thought I’d make one final Halloween-related post here on the blog. Because, well…the library offers more than just books.  We have resources for doing research, programmes for fun and for information, computers you can use in the library, and Wi-fi you can use with your own laptop, too.

 And we also have movies.

I love movies, including horror movies.  We’ve done a couple of posts on Halloween-themed books, so how about some spooky movies, too?

                                                                               Paranormal Activity (1-3) – Rating: 14A

 In the first Paranormal Activity, a couple begins to record their house, in an effort to capture the weird things they’ve been experiencing, like bumps and crashes in the night.  They think they might be facing a ghost, but it soon becomes apparent that what is really haunting them is something worse…a demon.

 These movies are a great contribution to modern horror. The effects are seemingly simple, but are extremely well-done, often leaving you wondering how they were possibly done!  What is interesting about this series is that the first three instalments actually progress backwards in time, developing the storyline of the couple and (her) family more, instead of moving on to something completely unrelated (like a lot of horror movie sequels).

Paranormal Activity 4 is in theatres now, so catch up with the first three before you see the new release!

 The Woman in Black – Rating: 14A

 A young lawyer travels to a small village to go through the house of a recently deceased woman.  What he finds once there, however, is a furious ghost who is not, by any means, ready to rest.

 This is a fairly new movie, based on the novel by Susan hill and starring a post-Potter Daniel Radcliffe. It is full of dark, creepy scenes, and definitely has the “jump” factor.  If you are looking for a chilling ghost story, this may be a great choice.

Carrie – Rating: 14A

Carrie is shy, unpopular, and forced to live with an over-religious mother who doesn’t really understand the real world.  After discovering that she has telekinetic powers, Carrie tries to fit in with her school…but a cruel prom prank sparks something else within her, something dark and sinister.

 This classic, based on the novel by Stephen King, is about to remade…see the original before the new version comes out to theatres!  This is a teen-horror, meaning it is focused around the lives of teens. It is slightly gory, definitely creepy, and has a couple of jumps in it as well.

 So there you are, a few Halloween horror choices for your viewing displeasure.  Watch the movies, and even read the books! It’s all available through the Wellington County Library System.

Happy Halloween Everyone!