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Late Night Study Halls: Tuesday December 16th-Thursday December 18th

Every finals week, the Library stays open an extra two hours, just for high school students who are studying for finals. 

Upcoming Late Night Study Halls:  12/16-12/18, 9-11 PM

coffeeIt’s finals week and all you want is some place where you can study (either in groups or alone) after school closes, refuel (with sweets and coffee), and take a break every now and then to catch up with your friends. Well, you’re in luck! The Mill Valley Library will be staying open, just for high school students, an extra two hours: from 9-11 PM. Grab a friend and a cup of coffee and get your finals-acing self down to the Library. Contact Katie with any questions.

 

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TBT: The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Published March, 2010 by Dial

288 pages

The sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet. Lennie Walker lives in a town of hippies and dreamers in northern California, and her family fits right in. After her mom left, Lennie and her sister, Bailey, have lived with their eccentric grandmother and uncle. Then Bailey dies of a sudden heart condition, and Lennie is left rudderless and alone in her grief.index-1

With colorful, beautiful, awe inspiring language, Jandy Nelson creates a world that swirls with feelings. Lennie, Gram, and Uncle Big start the book picking up the pieces of their lives after Bailey passes. Mixed in with Lennie’s poems and heartbreaking stories of her sister’s short life, Lennie tries to continue living hers. In marches Joe Fontaine, a boy with music in his heart who never knew Bailey. Meanwhile, Bailey’s boyfriend Toby keeps showing up at their house, and Lennie doesn’t know how to handle his grief and hers in one. As Lennie tries to balance all of her burgeoning emotions, this book becomes a fantastically realistic case study of human emotion.

Readers like me, who can identify with a small, quirky, California town, will feel right at home in Lennie’s world. Lennie, short for Lennon (like John Lennon), is a strong character who agonizes about what her heart is telling her, and how best to follow it.

Fantastically well-written and guaranteed to make you cry, The Sky is Everywhere is one of the most underrated books published in the past several years.

Genre: Realistic Fiction/Romance

Keywords: Romance, grief, sisters, family, love

Best Quote: “When he plays all the flowers swap colors and years and decades and centuries of rain pour back into the sky.”

 

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Pictures from Dauntless After Dark: After Hours Scavenger Hunt and Capture the Flag

We began the evening with a game of glow in the dark Capture the Flag…on both floors of the Library…

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The “flag” had two keys attached to it. Each team broke up into two smaller groups and went in search of the locked boxes that would lead to their next task

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Inside were Soduku puzzles that even the brightest Erudites would have trouble cracking…

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Correctly answering the Sodoku led each team to a different Dewey Decimal Number…

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Inside the correct book was an envelope full of paper images…

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The final challenge was a test of balance and speed….

DAD40 DAD34 DAD35 DAD33 DAD36And the first team to complete all the challenges took first place!

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How to Access Shmoop.com’s Premium Content

You may be familiar with Shmoop.com’s free study tools, which are endlessly helpful for shmoopeverything from algebra to statistics. With your Mill Valley Library card, though, you can access Shmoop’s Premium content–including test prep for any AP Exam you can think of as well as SAT, ACT, and all of those other fun times standardized tests (scroll to the bottom of the page to see their complete course catalog). There’s also business and career info, writing help and much, MUCH more.

To get started…

1) Just click here

2) You will see something that looks like this:

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3) Click “Let’s Go” and you will be taken to a page that looks like this:

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4) Where it asks you for a “Magic Word,” enter your Library Card Number (starts with 211110)

5) Create a Username and Password

6) Click “CREATE”

After creating your account, you can log into shmoop.com with your username and password and click on “My Passes” to see your test prep!

*Don’t have a Library Card? Maybe you lost it sometime in the 5th grade? No worries. Just fill out the online application below and stop by the Library to pick up your (free!) card.

Online Library Card Application

What, exactly, do you get with Shmoop’s premium content? Oh, just this:

COMPLETE COURSE CATALOG

Health, Physical Education, and Counseling
Technology and Computer Science
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Creative Writing Workshops; Wednesday nights from 7-8:30 PM

creativewritinginstagramForget essays and homework; discover what it means to let creativity run wild and write for pleasure at these weekly creative writing workshops. We will read and discuss poetry, fiction, non-fiction, slam poetry, and any other type of writing that strikes our fancy. These workshops offer the opportunity to explore your writing skills in a relaxed, informal environment. Creative Writing Workshops aren’t about getting a good grade or writing a critical analysis, they are about trying new things and creating something exciting to put on a blank page.

313393_283129255049078_100000560186552_1070834_1377457794_nIf you don’t feel like writing, that’s fine too, you are always welcome to just hang out, eat candy, and listen to what others have to say. 

Student writing can be found here.

Like our Facebook page here.

Creative Writing links of interest can be found here.

Contact Katie (workshop facilitator and Young Adult Librarian) here. 

Workshops are open to high school students only

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Get a Personalized Ready List (PeRL)

Not sure what to read next?

Why waste your time reading book description after book description when you could have a librarian (me!) create a reading list for you, based on your personal preferences? Just contact me and we will set up an interview, either in person or through email. Open to high school students. 

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Book Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Published October, 2014 by Balzer + Bray

422 pages

This book could have been so good, and it wasn’t, and there is no one big reason why–just lots of little reasons. The writing isn’t anything to be excited about, but that doesn’t always make or break a story. Snow Like Ashes is about a girl named Meira, who has been living with a rebel group her whole life. The group is from the Kingdom of Winter, which was vanquished just after Meira’s birth, and they have spent Meira’s whole life on the run, trying to restore their land.index

I think my biggest problem was with Meira herself–and with all of the characters, for that matter. None of the relationships are at all believable. Meira’s best friend, Mather, is the heir to Winter’s throne and she is supposed to be in love with him. And while I certainly believed her love because of how much she whined about it, there was very little friendship between Mather and Meira. Based on all but one of their interactions, I wouldn’t have guessed they ever spoke to one another.

Then there is Sir (or William), the general of Winter’s fallen army and the leader of the group. He basically raised Meira, but treats her with distrust and disdain that is never fully explained. None of the other refugees are ever given enough of a personality for me to have disliked them, so let’s move on to the plot.

The plot of this book moves quickly, and if for the most part interesting, in not cliché. The biggest issue I had with the plot was whenever the love story was brought up. Meira spends 200 pages complaining that she loves a boy who will never love her back, and when that starts to change, she completely loses interest for no reason. In general, the characters in this book don’t behave enough like real people to be interesting, despite the creative setting and other redeeming qualities.

Genre: Fantasy

Keywords: royalty, war, love (?), hope, future

Best Quote: “No matter what happens, no matter who turns on me, no matter what pompous swine thinks he has power over me, I am still me. I will always be me.”

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New Books for December!

Stronger Than You Know

by Jolene Perryhspace=2

Published 2014 by Albert Whitman & Company

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780807531556

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After police intervention, fifteen-year-old Joy has finally escaped the trailer where she once lived with her mother and survived years of confinement and abuse. Now living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in a comfortable house, she’s sure she’ll never belong. Wracked by panic attacks, afraid to talk to anyone at her new school, Joy’s got a whole list of reasons why she’s crazy. With immense courage, Joy finds friends and grows closer to her new family. But just when hope is taking hold, she learns she must testify in her mother’s trial. Can she face her old life without losing her way in the new one? Will she ever truly belong in a world that seems too normal to be real?

One Death, Nine Stories

by Marc Aronsonhspace=2

Published 2014 by Candlewick Press (MA)

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780763652852

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How could one teenage boy’s life elicit other kids’ first experiences — even after he dies? Nine interconnected stories from nine top YA writers.

Kev’s the first kid their age to die. And now, even though he’s dead, he’s not really gone. Even now his choices are touching the people he left behind. Ellen Hopkins reveals what two altar boys (and one altar girl) might get up to at the cemetery. Rita Williams-Garcia follows one aimless teen as he finds a new life in his new job — at the mortuary. Will Weaver turns a lens on Kevin’s sister as she collects his surprising effects — and makes good use of them. Here, in nine stories, we meet people who didn’t know Kevin, friends from his childhood, his ex-girlfriend, his best friend, all dealing with the fallout of his death. Being a teenager is a time for all kinds of firsts — first jobs, first loves, first good-byes, firsts that break your heart and awaken your soul. It’s an initiation of sorts, and it can be brutal. But on the other side of it is the rest of your life.

With stories by

Chris Barton

Nora Raleigh Baskin

Marina Budhos

Ellen Hopkins

A.S. King

Torrey Maldonado

Charles R. Smith Jr.

Will Weaver

Rita Williams-Garcia

 

Some Assembly Required: The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen

by Arin Andrewshspace=2

Published 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781481416757

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Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in this winning memoir.

We’ve all felt uncomfortable in our own skin at some point, and we’ve all been told that “it’s just a part of growing up.” But for Arin Andrews, it wasn’t a phase that would pass. He had been born in the body of a girl and there seemed to be no relief in sight…

In this revolutionary memoir, Arin details the journey that led him to make the life-transforming decision to undergo gender reassignment as a high school junior. In his captivatingly witty, honest voice, Arin reveals the challenges he faced as a girl, the humiliation and anger he felt after getting kicked out of his private school, and all the changes–both mental and physical–he experienced once his transition began. Arin also writes about the thrill of meeting and dating a young transgender woman named Katie Hill…and the heartache that followed after they broke up.

“Some Assembly Required” is a true coming-of-age story about knocking down obstacles and embracing family, friendship, and first love. But more than that, it is a reminder that self-acceptance does not come ready-made with a manual and spare parts. Rather, some assembly is always required.
Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

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Published 2014 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780385755115

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“Michaela is nothing short of a miracle, born to be a ballerina. For every young brown, yellow, and purple dancer, she is an inspiration!” –Misty Copeland, world-renowned ballet dancer

The extraordinary memoir of Michaela DePrince, a young dancer who escaped war-torn Sierra Leone for the rarefied heights of American ballet.

Michaela DePrince was known as girl Number 27 at the orphanage, where she was abandoned at a young age and tormented as a “devil child” for a skin condition that makes her skin appear spotted. But it was at the orphanage that Michaela would find a picture of a beautiful ballerina en pointe that would help change the course of her life.

At the age of four, Michaela was adopted by an American family, who encouraged her love of dancing and enrolled her in classes. She went on to study at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at the American Ballet Theatre and is now the youngest principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She has appeared in the ballet documentary “First Position,” as well as on “Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America,” and “Nightline.”

In this engaging, moving, and unforgettable memoir, Michaela shares her dramatic journey from an orphan in West Africa to becoming one of ballet’s most exciting rising stars.
Elite Bicycle: Portraits of Great Marques, Makers and Designers

by Gerard Brownhspace=2

Published 2013 by VeloPress

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781937715083

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Jacket Notes:

“The Elite Bicycle” brings together intimate portraits of the world’s greatest bicycle artisans, examining the philosophies, the meticulous workmanship, and the eccentric personalities behind cycling’s most prestigious brands. Their materials and methods could not be more disparate, yet their pursuit is the same: the perfect bicycle.

In chapters featuring some of cycling’s greatest craftspeople, “The Elite Bicycle” offers up a conversation with the men and women who make the most coveted bicycles. Lavish, oversize photographs and personal interviews invite readers into their workshops to show the melding of old-world craftsmanship with space-age materials in fascinating studios and factories that fabricate superb machines.

“The Elite Bicycle” is both an homage to the bicycle maker and a collector’s piece in its own right, celebrating the stories behind the greatest bicycles and components in the world.

Famous Last Words

by Katie Alender

Published 2014 by Pointhspace=2

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780545639972

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Hollywood history, mystery, murder, mayhem, and delicious romance collide in this unputdownable thriller from master storyteller Katie Alender.

Willa is freaking out. It seems like she’s seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It’s almost as if someone — or something — is trying to send her a message.

Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles — a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa’s strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There’s Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there’s Reed, who’s ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There’s also Wyatt, who’s super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer.

All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life.

Acclaimed author Katie Alender puts an unforgettable twist on this spine-chilling tale of murder, mystery, mayhem — and the movies.
Laughing at My Nightmare

by Shane Burcawhspace=2

Published 2014 by Roaring Brook Press

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781626720077

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With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw’s “Laughing at My Nightmare” describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a “you-only-live-once” perspective on life. While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye-opening perspective on what it is like to have a life threatening disease.

 

Good Sister

by Jamie Kainhspace=2

Published 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781250047731

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The Kinsey sisters live in an unconventional world. Their parents are former flower-children who still don’t believe in rules. Their small, Northern California town is filled with free spirits and damaged souls seeking refuge from the real world. Without the anchor of authority, the three girls are adrift and have only each other to rely on.

Rachel is wild. Asha is lost. Sarah, the good sister, is the glue that holds them together. But the forces of a mysterious fate have taken Sarah’s life in a sudden and puzzling accident, sending her already fractured family into a tailspin of grief and confusion. Asha has questions. Rachel has secrets. And Sarah, waking up in the afterlife, must piece together how she got there.

Jamie Kain brings us “The Good Sister,” a stunning debut young adult novel about love in all its joyful, painful, exhilarating manifestations, and about the ties that bind us together, in life and beyond.
Perfectly Good White Boy

by Carrie Mesrobianhspace=2

Published 2014 by Carolrhoda Books

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781467734806

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After losing his virginity to an older girl who dumps him at the end of summer, Sean decides to join the Marines. However, he must first get through his senior year of high school.
Seventeen Ultimate Guide to College: Everything You Need to Know to Walk Onto Campus and Own It!

by Ann Shoket

Published 2014 by Running Press Book Publishers

Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780762451937

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Jacket Notes:

Starting college can be a totally angst-ridden experience. “Seventeen” offers advice on manuevering life on campus.

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Pictures from First Thursday: The Art of Screen Printing Workshop

Huge thanks to Sam, Nina, and James from Chromaculture Screen Printing and Design for spending their Thursday evening showing us how to make our own screens, press, and design and print our own clothes!

Sam, Nina, and James explain the wonderful world of screen printing

Sam, Nina, and James explain the wonderful world of screen printing

James demonstrates a very easy, DIY way to make a screen

James demonstrates a very easy, DIY way to make a screen…and how to look uber hip whilst doing it…

We check out what fancier screens look like...

We check out what fancier screens look like…

James reads from "Damn Good Advice"

James reads from “Damn Good Advice”

Pay attention!

Pay attention!

Picking out shirts...

Picking out shirts…

Sam demonstrates the process...

Sam demonstrates the process…

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And now it's our turn

And now it’s our turn

Hey, they match!

Hey, they match!

Having three printing stations allowed us to have twice the printing experience!

Having three printing stations allowed us to have twice the printing experience!

 

Out of all the designs, how could this not be my favorite?

Out of all the designs, how could this not be my favorite?

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New Books for November!

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Minecraft: Construction Handbook: An Official Mojang Book
(Fourth book in the Minecraft series)
by Inc. Scholastic
Published 2014 by Scholastic Inc.

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780545685177

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Jacket Notes:
If you can dream it, you can build it in Minecraft! This OFFICIAL guide will give you tips and tricks on how to be a creative genius!

You can make theme parks with incredible waterslide rides, or entire pirate coves complete with galleons! Is there nothing that can’t be achieved in Minecraft? Here the experts talk you through amazing constructs which range from awe-inspiring cathedrals to wacky inventions–like the hilarious animal cannon that catapults cows out to sea! Find out which are Notch’s personal favorites and get step-by-step instructions to fuel your own creative genius. Be ORE-some!

Egg & Spoon
by Gregory Maguire
Published 2014 by Candlewick Press (MA)

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780763672201

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Jacket Notes:
In this tour de force, master storyteller Gregory Maguire offers a dazzling novel for fantasy lovers of all ages.

Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father has been dead for years. One of her brothers has been conscripted into the Tsar’s army, the other taken as a servant in the house of the local landowner. Her mother is dying, slowly, in their tiny cabin. And there is no food. But then a train arrives in the village, a train carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and a noble family destined to visit the Tsar in Saint Petersburg — a family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elena’s age. When the two girls’ lives collide, an adventure is set in motion, an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and — in a starring role only Gregory Maguire could have conjured — Baba Yaga, witch of Russian folklore, in her ambulatory house perched on chicken legs.
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
by Stephanie Perkins
Published 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781250059307

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Jacket Notes:
If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with “My True Love Gave to Me” Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers (Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de La Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Tayler and Kiersten White), edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future
by A S King
Published 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780316222723

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Jacket Notes:

In this masterpiece about freedom, feminism, and destiny, Printz Honor author A.S. King tells the epic story of a girl coping with devastating loss at long last–a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and that the present needs her even more.

Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities–but not for Glory, who has no plan for what’s next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way…until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions–and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying: A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do anything to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.

On a Clear Day
by Walter Dean Myers
Published 2014 by Crown Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780385387538

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Jacket Notes:

Young heroes decide that they are not too young or too powerless to change their world in this gripping, futuristic young adult novel by the “New York Times” bestselling author of the Printz Award-winning “Monster.”

It is 2035. Teens, armed only with their ideals, must wage war on the power elite.

Dahlia is a Low Gater: a sheep in a storm, struggling to survive completely on her own. The Gaters live in closed safe communities, protected from the Sturmers, mercenary thugs. And the C-8, a consortium of giant companies, control global access to finance, media, food, water, and energy resources–and they are only getting bigger and even more cutthroat. Dahlia, a computer whiz, joins forces with an ex-rocker, an ex-con, a chess prodigy, an ex-athlete, and a soldier wannabe. Their goal: to sabotage the C-8. But how will Sayeed, warlord and terrorist, fit into the equation?

Walter Dean Myers was a prolific author for young people, writing over one hundred books and receiving every major award in the field of children’s literature during his lifetime. He was the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature during 2012 and 2013.

Pen & Ink: Tattoos & the Stories Behind Them

by Isaac Fitzgerald

Published 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781620404904

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Jacket Notes:

Every tattoo tells a story, whether the ink is meaningful or the result of a misguided decision made at the age of fourteen, representative of the wearer’s true self or the accidental consequence of a bender. These most permanent and intimate of body adornments are hidden by pants legs and shirttails, emblazoned on knuckles, or tucked inside mouths. They are battle scars and beauty marks, totems and mementos. “Pen & Ink” grants us access to the tattoos-and the stories behind them-of writers Cheryl Strayed and Roxane Gay; rockers in the bands Korn, Otep, and Five Finger Death Punch; and even a porn star. But it also illuminates the tattoos of the ordinary people living in our midst-from professors to thrift store salespeople, cafe owners to librarians, union organizers to administrators-and their extraordinary lives.Curated and edited by Isaac Fitzgerald, who sports twelve tattoos himself, each story “is like being let in on . . . secrets by . . . strangers who passed you on the street or sat across from you on the train” (Strayed) and features Wendy MacNaughton’s gorgeously rendered full-color illustrations of the tattoos on black-and-white drawings of the bearer’s body. At its heart, beneath its colorful skin, “Pen & Ink” is an exploration of the decision to scar one’s self with a symbol and a story.

Get Even
by Gretchen McNeil
Published 2014 by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen

Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780062260857

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Jacket Notes:

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process.

Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common–at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought–and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.
Of Scars and Stardust
by Andrea Hannah
Published 2014 by Flux

Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780738740829

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Jacket Notes:

After the attack that leaves her little sister, Ella, close to death in a snowy cornfield, Claire Graham is sent to live with her aunt in Manhattan to cope. But the guilt of letting Ella walk home alone that night still torments Claire, and she senses the violence that preyed on her sister hiding around every corner. Her shrink calls it a phobia. Claire calls it the truth.

When Ella vanishes two years later, Claire has no choice but to return to Amble, Ohio, and face her shattered family. Her one comfort is Ella’s diary, left in a place where only Claire could find it. Drawing on a series of cryptic entries, Claire tries to uncover the truth behind Ella’s attack and disappearance. But she soon realizes that not all lost things are meant to be found.
At All Costs
(Fourth book in the Red Zone series)
by Patrick Jones
Published 2014 by Lerner Classroom

Paperback, English. ISBN: 9781467744751

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Jacket Notes:
Kyle and Mike dream of playing college football. But Mike has taken some serious hits in their high school games. To keep Mike playing, Kyle helps him cheat the school’s concussion tests. But at what risk?
Blood of My Blood
by Barry Lyga
Published 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780316198707

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Jacket Notes:
Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in the clutches of Jazz’s serial killer father, Billy. And his best friend Howie is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz’s own home in tiny Lobo’s Nod. Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors their lives have become and find a way to come together in pursuit of Billy. But then Jazz crosses a line he’s never crossed before, and soon the entire country is wondering: “Like father, like son?” Who is the true monster?

The chase is on, and beyond Billy there lurks something much, much worse. Prepare to meet…the Crow King.

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