October 20, 2014

Spooky Stories @ Your Library

by MandyTheLibrarian

Spooky stories

Absent by Katie Williams


Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Asylum by Madeleine Roux

The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
girl well

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Rotters by Daniel Kraus

White Space by Ilsa J. Bick

October 23, 2014

Read + Review: Sleep No More, by Aprilynne Pike

by LisaTheLibrarian

The story starts off with Charlotte Westing recalling a past event within her life time. During this scene, we find out that Charlotte is an Oracle, a person who can see the future. Charlotte lives her daily life avoiding her visions because her aunt Sierra told her it was best not be seen. But when the visions start getting stronger to the point were she can’t hold them back, she finally gives in. She sees visions of students getting murdered which causes her lonely life to become something interesting. Charlotte begins a crazy chase trying to unmask the killer from her visions. As the story goes on, the visions start to effect Charlotte emotionally, which makes this story very suspenseful.

The number one reason I liked this book, is because it’s something I have not read before. The story is gripping, making you want to keep on reading. I liked how the story had a mixture of suspense and a little bit of romance. One of the things I did not like is that Charlotte’s aunt Sierra wasn’t that big of a character as I was expecting. It is pretty clear that Sierra was an important character, but never showed up in most of the important scenes. I really felt that Sierra could of had more of an major role than just staying in her house all day, while Charlotte was out and about.

One of my favorite scenes from the book would be when Charlotte had to stand up for herself and not give in to the mind games. Charlotte is first brought out to be a quiet girl, then becomes the heroine of her own nightmares.

four stars

Reviewed by Renee, grade 8, Tuckahoe Area Library

October 23, 2014

Read + Review: Unstoppable Octobia May, by Sharon G. Flake

by LisaTheLibrarian

Octobia May is a young African-American girl who is living in a time where Jim Crow Laws are still in full effect. After she nearly dies, she gets to live with her Aunt Shuma, who gives her all the freedom she could ever ask for. Unfortunately for Mr. Davenport, she uses this freedom to spy on him because she believes that he is a vampire. She then uncovers something greater than she could have ever expected with the help of her friends Jonah and Bessie. Along her journey, she discovers the true meaning of freedom.

I enjoyed the fact that the book showed what life was like for African-Americans in the past. There were great characters, lots of action, and an interesting setting. I thought that the author’s writing style was confusing at times. The dialogue was really hard to follow and I got confused on which character was talking at that time. Overall, I thought that the book was enjoyable even though I thought that the author’s writing style could have been better.

The most memorable thing about this book is when Octobia May lets Jonah give her a perm. It didn’t end well for her and she ends up hairless for a while.


Reviewed by Janine, grade 7, Glen Allen Branch Library

October 23, 2014

Cookies & Covers Reading List

by LisaTheLibrarian

Some of the books we talked about at Dumbarton last night:


author Brandon Mull

Vanished, by Meg Cabot

N.E.R.D.S. series

Heir series, which begins with The Warrior Heir



We like to find out about books from friends, online reviews, Goodreads, and – oh, maybe even this website (use the tag cloud at right to see book reviews).

October 20, 2014

Read + Review: The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

by LisaTheLibrarian

Fault in our stars

Hazel Grace Lancaster is a girl who is not ordinary. She has cancer, and it has taken a huge toll on her life. Hazel stays at home a lot and watches TV. She dreads going to her support group. Hazel finds life very dull and boring, until one guy shows up at the meeting. His name is Augustus Waters and he lost a leg to cancer. After support group is over, they meet each other and start a conversation. Immediately, Augustus claims that Hazel is beautiful and extraordinary. They start to hang out together, and they hold a long lasting bond that will never be destroyed.

I thought that this book was magnificent in all ways that are possible! The characters are portrayed very well. Hazel and Augustus have very different personalities, but they still get along very well. I love how the book is in the point of view of Hazel because she is one of the main characters and you can see everything from her perspective. Throughout the book, there are many twists and turns that make the book very unique. Every aspect of the book is wonderful. Throughout the book, you can feel the emotions taking a toll on you. You can definitely feel love and pain through your own emotions because this book is so realistic. The book gives a great message to readers, and tells them you don’t have to be perfect to have a wonderful life. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves romance, adventure, and a wonderful story line that will leave you in tears at the end.

My favorite thing about this book is that you can feel the emotions inside of you. This book is very descriptive and explains the love, tragedies, pain, and happiness many people go through. The book is so amazing and gives you a different perspective of life, and what it means to be alive.


Reviewed by Mitali, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library


October 20, 2014

Ghouls & Gals Teen Dance Party @ TU

by MandyTheLibrarian


October 17, 2014

Read + Review: Tape, by Steven Camden

by LisaTheLibrarian

This book is about a boy who records a tape that a girl listens to a couple of decades later. Ryan is a kid whose mother died in a car crash. Ryan’s dad gets remarried to a lady named Sophie. Sophie isn’t that bad of a mother. The problem, however, is that Sophie brought along her son, Nathan with her, whom Ryan hates. Ryan records his thoughts and feelings during that time into a tape recorder. Years later, a girl named Ameliah, who has also lost her mother, finds the tape in the house she’s moved into. She hears Ryan talk about his thoughts and feelings throughout the book.

I think that this book is interesting, because of the way the author narrates it. First, it would show a chapter of Ryan’s life, then a chapter of Ameliah’s life. It would sway between the two separate stories, until the story became one, whole, wonderful story to read. You might not understand it at first, but if you read the chapter over and over again, you will understand it. Altogether, this book is a nice book to read sometime.

One memorable thing about the book is how it entwines the two separate stories into the book itself. The book goes over all sorts of emotions: Happiness, Sadness, Anger and Hate, and turns it into one memorable story.

four stars

Reviewed by Adithya, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library

October 15, 2014

Northside TAB Recommends

by LisaTheLibrarian

This is a very special issue of our monthly Northside TAB recommends and that is because it is our 100th issue!!!*

Haha. Ha.  Just kidding, I actually have no honest clue as to which issue this is however it will most definitely be the best.  And why is that you might ask?  Well because we are officially announcing the release of our upcoming Thriller video (guest starring Madoc as Shakira and James as Beyonce)!  That’s right, you heard it here first.  The Northside TAB will be debuting this video in response to an inter-TAB challenge *coughcoughtwinhickorytuckahoecoughcough.*  Of course Northside TAB will be throwing down the hippest, raddest, most awesomest Thriller video library TABs have to offer.  Let this be a warning to Northwest and West End TABs,  “We are coming for you. And we will dance you to death.”  Get it?  “To death,” like zombies.  He. hehe. he.

All jokes aside, please stay updated on TeenScene posts to be on the lookout for the upcoming poll because ITS UP TO YOU!  That’s right, you, the reader, will get a chance to watch every TAB’s Thriller Videos and vote for your favorite!  That, is what we recommend for you all this fine afternoon.  Stay tuned and vote for your favorite, that is all.

On another note, I figured I’d recommend some other cool things.  For starters, this past season of Anime included a few great series that you should check out as soon as physically and emotionally possible.  Tokyo Ghoul, Akame Ga Kill, Sword Art Online 2, and Aldnoah were particularly mentally stimulating and exciting.  Prepare yourself before watching these brilliant animes as they will make you laugh, cry, and fangirl/boy yourself to the netherworlds.

Hmmmm……is there anything else for this extra special issue?  Let’s ask someone other than myself.   As I write these words the many volunteers heed my call with a resounding PSYCHO-PASS.  That is an anime for all of you who are unaware of what this is.  I also thought it was particularly OK.  BLOOD OF OLYMPUS is being recommending very loudly from the seat next to me.  That is a book for all of you who geek books out in the internetosphere.

(more by this author)

*Editor’s note: according to WordPress, it is our 20th post titled “Northside TAB Recommends,” so that’s a nice landmark number.

October 15, 2014

Top 3 Ways to Celebrate Teen Read Week

by LisaTheLibrarian

Teen Read Week

3. VOTE for your favorite recent release at the Teens’ Top Ten website.

2. Read or write POSTS tagged #teenreadweek on your fav social media platform

1. READ a book for fun! Need a suggestion? Use our 3 Books 4 Me form to ask us for ideas.


October 15, 2014

Read + Review: The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Vol. 1

by LisaTheLibrarian

The Graveyard Book is about a young boy called Bod, short for Nobody, Owens. He lives in a graveyard with his parents, Mistress and Master Owens. His friends are all ghosts, who protect him after a murderer tries to kill him. His guardian, Silas, is neither living nor dead, and is Bod’s best friend. Later, Bod befriends a living girl, and when she moves away, the ghost of a witch.

I loved it, and this graphic novel version represented the characters very well. I especially liked the effects on the ghosts. Silas, though, was depicted very vampire-like with red eyes, which I disliked a lot. It made everything seem creepy, because the book never mentioned Silas’s eye color. The art bothered me a bit, though, because it seemed to be drawn hastily instead of carefully outlined.

I like how the graphic novel is done in volumes. It makes everything easier.


four stars


Reviewed by Maggie, grade 8, Twin Hickory Area Library


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