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Teens’ Top Ten 2016 Announced!

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Here are the titles that made this year’s Teens’ Top Ten, which are selected by teens nationwide who vote for their favorites during Teen Read Week! For more info., visit the Teens’ Top Ten page on YALSA’s website here: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten

  1. Alive by Chandler Baker. Disney/Hyperion. 9781484706831.
  2. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. Random House/Alfred A. Knopf. 9780385755887.
  3. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books. 9780545668347.
  4. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Macmillan/Henry Holt & Co. 9781627792127.
  5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Random House/Delacorte Press. 9780553496642.
  6. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone. Disney/Hyperion. 9781484705278.
  7. The Novice: Summoner: Book One by Taran Matharu. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends. 9781250080059.
  8. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  Random House/Alfred A. Knopf. 9780553499117.
  9. When by Victoria Laurie. Disney/Hyperion. 9781484700082.
  10. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls. By Lynn Weingarten. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 9781481418584.
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TEEN ADVISORY GROUP (TAG)

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You know you want to join! All teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join us on Wednesday, September 28th from 4:00-4:45 for a re-boot of the library’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG). If you have ideas for what you’d like to see for teens here at McArthur — be it programs, books, movies, music, or video games — this is the group for you! Come have some snacks and tell us what’s on your mind!

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Summer Reading at McArthur Public Library!

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Teens, come sign up for our summer reading program – then read what you want and earn prizes, all summer long! Join us for weekly activities and for the teen summer reading finale!

Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Teens in grades 6-12, come take in a showing of the 1980 classic film “Flash Gordon” featuring an incredibly catchy musical score by Queen. Enjoy some popcorn and practice your comic-style drawing during the film!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 2:00 PM

All ages! Join us as comic book artist Jay Piscopo provides a how-to workshop about painting.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Teens and kids, join us for our first ever summer talent show! Come show off your skills!

Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Teens in grades 6-12, drop in for this week’s summer reading activity and try your hand at making Superhero crafts and playing Superhero-themed video games!

Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Teens in grades 6-12, drop in to make magnetic silly putty, balloon zip lines and other superpower activities inspired by science!

Friday, August 7, 2015 from 4:45-8:00 PM

Teens in grades 6-12 who’ve participated in our summer reading program are invited to an after hours event! Join us for games, snacks, crafts and glow-bracelet Hide and Seek in the dark after the library has closed for the evening. Permission slip required!

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YALSA’s 2015 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

The 2015 nominees for the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Teens’ Top Ten books have been announced! Read them and vote for your favorite beginning in August. The official Top Ten will be announced during Teen Read Week in October. This is a great list that is selected by teens for teens!

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Maine Student Book Award 2014-2015

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The Maine Student Book Award is a statewide program in which any Maine 4th-8th grader who reads 3 or more books from this year’s nominated list can vote for their favorites in the spring of 2015. Teens up to 8th grade, please talk with Brooke at McArthur Library, Ms. White at the Biddeford Middle School library or Ms. Bellavance in the Biddeford Middle School Literacy Lab for more information. And stay tuned for upcoming book groups where you can share your thoughts with other readers of the MSBA Book Award nominees!

Visit the MSBA website at http://msba.umeedu.maine.edu/ to see this year’s nominated titles and learn more about them!

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Book Review: Ruins by Dan Wells

 

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Kira’s desperate journey to find two cures and save the world continues in this third installment. Not only is her path to success unclear and fraught with obstacles, but her heart is pulling her in two different directions. She thought her destiny was to save the world — can she do it?

This is a thrilling continuation of a series ripe with suspense and littered with plot twists. Dan Wells’ clear and compelling style draws you into read and re-read. In his realistic, dystopian world, primal emotions splash across pages to excite any with a love of action. Recommended for ages 11 and up.

Reviewed by Marissa, grade 11.