Teens http://www.bpl.org/teens Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:21:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ctrl+Z: Teen Services Instagram and Camera Phone Photography Fun http://www.bpl.org/teens/2016/07/22/ctrlz-teen-services-instagram-and-camera-phone-photography-fun/ http://www.bpl.org/teens/2016/07/22/ctrlz-teen-services-instagram-and-camera-phone-photography-fun/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:18:24 +0000 http://www.bpl.org/teens/?p=6227 I’d like to invite you to follow the Boston Public Library’s new Teen Services Instagram account, @bplbostonteens. In our feed you’ll find pics of the variety of programs happening across the system, book recommendations, fun facts, and get to know the community of your teen library spaces. Please check it out!Instagram-v051916

Camera phones are ubiquitous enough to have made social apps like Instagram and Snapchat huge hits. Beyond ways of sharing and communicating with our photos, a plethora of apps have been developed to make our on-the-fly snapshots look unique and polished. From apps for iOS, Android, and Microsoft, such as Pixlr that allow you to both edit and get wildly creative with your pictures, to YouCam Perfect designed to let you touch up (or radically distort) your selfies, there are fun options that allow amateur photographers to create works of art. There are lots of fun web resources with tutorials and photography guidance, for example, one that focuses on the iPhone is iphonephotographyschool.com 

Adobe software such as Photoshop and Lightroom are professional tools for photo editing and manipulation. For a taste of this software, or for use on the go, check out the free mobile app versions of Photoshop and Lightroom for your phone. For those looking for greater control and exposure to the full desktop version of these professionals tools, the Lab at Teen Central, at the Central Library in Copley Square, provides access to Adobe Creative Cloud products. The library is also a great place to explore books about digital photography. One title is an eBook specifically about tips, tricks, and getting the most from your camera phone, Clever Digital Photography Ideas: Starting to Make the Most From your Camera or Camera Phone. With your library card you have access to digital magazine collections where you can read the latest copy, and back-issues, of Popular Photography.

Whether photography is your passion or not, the library is a place where you can pursue any of your hobbies and interests. Let us know how we can help!

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams 

Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow a book? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.

*”Ctrl+Z” is all about fearlessly exploring technology. Look here for info about teens, technology, and having fun with new media by Catherine, Teen Technology Coordinator at Teen Central, on the fourth Friday of every month.

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Teens Leading in the Community: The Upcoming Year for Boston Latin School http://www.bpl.org/teens/2016/07/19/teens-leading-in-the-community-3/ http://www.bpl.org/teens/2016/07/19/teens-leading-in-the-community-3/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:05:10 +0000 http://www.bpl.org/teens/?p=6213 This post is written by Anna, a SuccessLink teen working in Teen Central this summer and a student at Boston Latin School.

The upcoming year for Boston Latin School


The mission of BLS seeks to ground its students in a contemporary classical education as preparation for successful college studies, responsible and engaged citizenship, and a rewarding life.

Some of you may know of a woman named Dr. Lynne Mooney Teta, known as LMT amongst her students. She was the headmaster of the exam school, Boston Latin School, which prides itself in preparing students for college and eventually life. It provides a sink or swim environment forcing incoming seventh or ninth graders to work as hard as they possibly can to keep up with academics, athletics, extracurriculars, peer influences, and mental health. This stress can become overwhelming, but the bright students who come into the school would then leave as aware young adults who had been studying global issues and act as leaders in their community.

It is not only rewarding to go to a school that prepares on this journey to success, but also being around the type of people who would one day become such great leaders. Said leaders will stand up for what they are passionate in, no matter how much time it would consume. This school, although seemingly picture perfect, has been in the media numerous times in this past year. With the racist allegations towards Dr. Lynne Mooney Teta, this has not been a good year for her nor the school. Dr. Teta tried to hold various assemblies addressing the racial issues present at the school on top of the workshops that were held in students’ english classes, homerooms, and lunch periods. These workshops gave students a chance to speak their mind on the present problems around them. I say students in a technical term, however it may be more fitting to describe them as young leaders. These young leaders throughout the school, whose ages range from 12-18, bespoke their determination on moving forward as a school in the right direction.

On June 21st, a letter was sent out to students, parents, and faculty announcing Dr. Teta’s decision to resign as headmaster from the school. In a school filled with such passionate students, there were many opinions being thrown around in real life and on social media. Many were relieved and many were upset about this decision.

On June 23rd, Malcolm J. Flynn, an assistant headmaster in BLS submitted his resignation letter, in which he explains his reason for his decision. He believed that Boston Public Schools Office of Equity portrayed BLS in a untruthful light. He talks about the real atmosphere of the school and how it not only makes students feel safe, but also is safe. Flynn goes on to voice his disappointment that Dr. Teta was only praised for her work as a headmaster, after she resigned. Moreover, Flynn decided that it was best for him to resign after 52 years because he felt it was impossible to continue.

This fall, students at BLS will return from summer vacation and meet their new headmaster. Alumnus of the class of 1957, former headmaster Michael Contompasis is coming out of retirement and serving in the interim while the district decides on a permanent headmaster.

What does this mean for the students of BLS this incoming year of 2016-2017? While many students are still upset over the fact that their former headmaster had resigned, their goal is still crystal clear: step forward as a school to provide a fair and safe learning environment for all of its students. These young leaders did not lose hope in what they fought for and will continue to do whatever it takes to achieve their goal. It is incredibly rewarding to go to school everyday with these types of people. My peers are all very driven and I am just glad to be seeing change happen as well as excited to see more changes. Keep doing what you’re doing!


jessi250-150x150Are you interested in learning more about leadership opportunities? The Boston Public Library, Teen Central has a Teen Leadership Council that meets monthly in Teen Central and there is a job help page that provides information on  job opportunities, volunteer and internship opportunities.

Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow a book? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.

*”Teens Leading in the Community” features interviews and stories about teens leading in their communities by Jessi, the Teen Services Team Leader, Central, on the third Tuesday of every month.

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Get Crafty: Travel Tic-Tac-Toe http://www.bpl.org/teens/2016/07/15/get-crafty-travel-tic-tac-toe/ http://www.bpl.org/teens/2016/07/15/get-crafty-travel-tic-tac-toe/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:00:30 +0000 http://www.bpl.org/teens/?p=6136 Welcome to this month’s installment of Get Crafty:

This month, we will be making a Tic-Tac-Toe game you can take on the road when travelling or play with your friends when visiting Teen Central. There are so many creative ways to make the Travel Tic-Tac-Toe board. I will show you examples of four Travel Tic-Tac-Toe boards.

Suggested supplies you will need:








  • A metallic box like an Altoids or gift card box
  • Scrapbook paper or cardstock paper or washi tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue (either E6000 glue, hot glue gun or some strong adhesive)
  • Paint – acrylic or even nail polish works great
  • Strong magnets (either small round or strips you can cut small)
  • 10 Small pieces – buttons, beads, Scrabble letter tiles, Glass Marble Magnets or  Lucky Stars. You need 5 pieces each of the same type/color/pattern. You can use just about anything. Be creative!

Step 1: Decide if you want to have your tic tac toe board on the outside or inside your box.

Step 2: Now it’s time to get crafty and create your own designs. Use whatever supplies help you make the box and pieces that say “you”!

Here are some pictures to inspire you.

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You can use scrapbook paper and washi paper to design the inside of the box and use buttons with magnets as your pieces.

This design comes from the online magazine, Canadian Family.








You can use red craft foam glued onto the inside top of the tin and a Sharpie is used to create the tic-tac-toe board. You also could use thin washi tape to create the board. Magnets were painted black and white and when dry, the X’s and O’s were painted on the opposite color.

This design comes from the blog, Crafts4Boys.




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This box was decorated on the outside with patterned paper, washi tape and a few craft buttons.



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Inside, washi tape was used to decorate the inside of the box as well as making the tic-tac-toe board. The pieces were made from bubble caps but you can easily use Glass Marble Magnets.

This design was made by Amanda Coleman on her blog, Popper and Mimi.




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This box is decorated on the outside by glueing scrapbook paper and Scrabble craft tiles.




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The star beads used in this box do not have any magnets glued to them but if you use a really strong small magnet, you could glue them on. You can use star buttons or make Lucky Stars and attach the magnets to them with glue.

This design was made by Joanna on her blog, The Blue Barn.


Step 3: Store pieces inside the box. Place in bag or travel activity box to carry around.

Step 4: Take out and play often.


Magnetic Tic-Tac-Toe is just one of the fun games you can make using metallic boxes and magnets. Explore the Internet to find more magnetic board games to create.

Have fun and Get Crafty!


manga-me-150x150Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow a book? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.

*”Get Crafty” features craft projects by Mary, a Teen Librarian at Teen Central, and is posted on the third Friday of every month.

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Hack the System!: Introducing Technology Life Hacks http://www.bpl.org/teens/2016/07/13/hack-the-system-introducing-technology-life-hacks/ http://www.bpl.org/teens/2016/07/13/hack-the-system-introducing-technology-life-hacks/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:00:40 +0000 http://www.bpl.org/teens/?p=6084 puppy

Life can be frustrating sometimes. Dealing with technology can be even more frustrating. But what if we put these two together to make life just a bit easier and a bit more fun? The solution – technology life hacks!

So what is a life hack? Life hacks refer to any tool, trick, skill, shortcut, or method that makes an aspect of someone’s life easier and more efficient. You may incorporate life hacks into your every-day life and not even realize it. For example, have you ever thrown a dryer sheet into your dirty laundry pile to mask the smell? Life hack! Or, you only have a little bit of Nutella left in the jar so you decide to add 2 scoops of ice cream to it – ultimate life hack! These are just two shortcuts to make life smell fresher and taste more delicious.

According to lifehacker.com, the term “life hack” was created in 2004 by technology journalist, Danny O’Brien, to describe ways members of the tech community utilized playful shortcuts to simplify and accelerate their workflow. This term quickly gained popularity and is now used every day, by tech geeks or not, to describe people’s attempts to circumvent this complex thing we call Life.

As I start my new job here in Teen Central, life hacks may become my lifeline as my desk piles high with ideas, computer wires, technology workshop gadgets, and 3D printed toys. Each month, I will highlight my latest life hack creation and invite teens from Teen Central to craft, explore, and test out new hacking devices.

To keep you busy until then, geek out on these simple, everyday technology life hacks:

1. Dirty computer keyboard? Slide the sticky part of a post-it note between the keys to grab dust, dirt, and left-over lunch crumbles.



2. Bent or frayed charger cord? Take the spring from an old pen and wrap it around the top of the cord to keep it straight.





allyWant to create your own technology life hack? Stop by Teen Central during Open Lab time.

*“Hack the System!” features examples of technology life hacks created by Ally, the Youth Technology Librarian at Teen Central. Check back on the second Wednesday of each month for her latest post.

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Reading Backwards, Watching in Japanese: Appleseed Alpha http://www.bpl.org/teens/2016/07/12/reading-backwards-watching-in-japanese-appleseed-alpha/ http://www.bpl.org/teens/2016/07/12/reading-backwards-watching-in-japanese-appleseed-alpha/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:00:26 +0000 http://www.bpl.org/teens/?p=6110 appleseed alphaHello again Otaku! This month we continue with the SciFi genre, even with the same author! Appleseed is another cyborg-mecha SWAT team action franchise by the author of Ghost in the Shell, Shiro Masamune.  Anime Club at the Hyde Park branch got it’s first glimpse of the Appleseed franchise several years ago with the DVD release of Appleseed Ex Machina. This earlier film was a full CGI rendered feature with excellent animation and lifelike flow. I was impressed with the detail and model counts in scenes as well as lighting and soundtrack. A great example was the copious inclusion of bright brass shell casings flying all over the screen and clanking around the floors! Our DVD copy sadly bore the scars of frequent borrowing by our avid teen patrons and wound up with a scratch that made it unreadable. But luckily we are in the age of streaming and the full franchise is available for streaming on Kissanime. To spice things up a little more, we watched Alpha instead last week. It’s a later film but a prequel. Graphics have improved as well as modelling and facial expressions. In fact, the hero’s best “frenemy,” Two Horns, has a mostly cyborg body like his own, but the mouth and facial structures are highly detailed and well animated. This was an obvious focal point of the production and a distinct leap forward in CGI cinema. The soundtrack includes great supporting music for an action movie. The most notable styles are the popular Dub Step and Hip Hop complete with bass drops, releases, and edgy samples.

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The story begins with Deunan and Briareos, future ESWAT officers, on a mercenary mission after another world war has ravaged major cities. This is before the new city of Olympus was founded. Deunan is the fully human heroine. She is a highly athletic, well trained, combat veteran and weapons expert. A brave heart and loyal spirit mark her character and her relationship with Briareos.

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“Bri” is her boyfriend/partner/combat buddy who a has been though the horrors of war with her and suffered massive injuries yet still survived. He is mostly cyborg now and is characterized by his metal helmet with compound digital camera eyes and ear-like sensor antennae. They are a bit smaller in this later film which I think is an improvement. After the story opens, we find Deunan and Briareos making their way through a deserted cityscape to meet their employer and find help. Bri is suffering some kind of malfunction and his power resources are very low. He needs repairs and they head to a shop that can help them. This is where he meets Two Horns and the story takes off.

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It turns out he still owes his frenemy a debt and the dispute escalates. Bri is forced to do another job for this mobster in order to get the repairs he needs in this difficult post war environment. Along the way they encounter another hostile force and the action ensues. It turns out Hitomi, a bioroid or clone and future city administrator, is in a motorcade that drives into an ambush.

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No spoilers here, so if you liked Ghost in the Shell, check out the Appleseed franchise. Characters are reversed here with the hero being cyborg and the heroine being human. Drama, romance and action are all present in Appleseed, with a good bit more emphasis on action. Ghost in the Shell was deeper existentially with more sophisticated writing, but both excel at modern SciFi, mecha, cyberbnetic, and SWAT team story lines. I recommend them both.


john250-150x150Did you know that in addition to physical books and DVDs, your library card gives you access to anime and graphic novels online? The BPL subscribes to Hoopla, a streaming service that allows you to check out and enjoy the media you love on your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can learn more about the BPL’s digital media collections here.

Want company while you’re watching anime? The Hyde Park Teen Anime Club meets on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.

*”Reading Backwards, Watching in Japanese” features reviews of anime and manga by John, the Teen Librarian at the Hyde Park Branch, on the second Tuesday of every month.

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Cooking with Caren: Macaroni and Cheese http://www.bpl.org/teens/2016/07/08/cooking-with-caren-macaroni-and-cheese/ http://www.bpl.org/teens/2016/07/08/cooking-with-caren-macaroni-and-cheese/#comments Fri, 08 Jul 2016 13:00:44 +0000 http://www.bpl.org/teens/?p=6079

The people have spoken!

1. Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Cook 8 ounces of elbow macaroni in the boiling water for about 8 minutes. Stir occasionally until pasta is cooked through, but firm to the bite.  Drain and set aside.

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2. Over medium heat melt 1/4 cup butter in a saucepan.  Stir in 1/4 cup of flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a pinch of black pepper.  After 5 minutes,   slowly add 2 cups of milk while stirring continuously.  Keep stirring until mixture is smooth and bubbly.

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3. Add 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese to mixture.  Stir for about 3 minutes, until cheese is melted.

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4. Fold macaroni into cheese sauce mixture.

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4.5.  Take liberties with your mac and cheese and make it your own! We decided to eat one pan as is, and one pan we added some Parmesan  cheese, more cheddar cheese on top and put in the oven at 350 degrees. 

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5. Eat and enjoy!

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icon of carenAre you still looking for more recipes? The Boston Public Library has a huge collection of cookbooks that you can browse, check out and take home.

Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow a book? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.


*”Cooking with Caren” features recipe posts by Caren, the Teen Librarian at the Mattapan Branch, on the second Friday of every month.

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Stop the Press: Brexit-what? http://www.bpl.org/teens/2016/07/05/stop-the-press/ http://www.bpl.org/teens/2016/07/05/stop-the-press/#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2016 11:00:06 +0000 http://www.bpl.org/teens/?p=6041

Though it still sounds to me like some sort of shredded-wheat cereal, Brexit happened last week and it is a big deal. It’s all over the news and social media. You must have heard of it, but does it make any sense to you? Brexit has already affected American and world stock markets, and part of being a global citizen is knowing and understanding what is going on in the world around us. So here I’ll try to break it down in the most non-boring way possible. What better way to do that than with The Simpsons?!


This is the flag of the European Union (Lisa).

  This is the flag of Great Britain (Bart.)

Brexit= British + Exit. The possibility of Great Britain leaving the European Union, which currently includes these countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

After the Second World War there was a new movement to create unity between Germany and France, which would ultimately lay the foundations for the European Union four decades later, in 1993.

The European Union, or EU, gives those living in EU countries the right to travel, work and live in any other EU country.

Each of the countries within the Union are independent but they agree to trade under the agreements made between the nations.

(Credit The Telegraph)

A referendum – a vote in which everyone (or nearly everyone) of voting age can take part – was held on Thursday 23 June, to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union.

Leave won by 52% to 48%.

(Credit BBC)

So now you have a basic understanding of what everyone is talking about! From this point you can do your own research or listen to the news for the short and long-term implications of what went down.


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Are you interested in keeping up with the news and current events? The Boston Public Library has subscriptions to newspapers that you can read in the library or online.

*”Stop the Press” features current events posts by Rebecca, the Teen Librarian at the Grove Hall Branch, on the first Tuesday of every month.

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Curl Up & Read: The Blessing Way http://www.bpl.org/teens/2016/07/01/curl-up-read-the-blessing-way/ http://www.bpl.org/teens/2016/07/01/curl-up-read-the-blessing-way/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2016 16:00:37 +0000 http://www.bpl.org/teens/?p=5778 the blessing way

This book is on the BPS Grade 9-12 Summer Reading Mystery List!

Title: The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman

Read by: Anna, Teen Central Librarian

Summary: On a Navajo reservation, horses are injured, sheep are slaughtered, and a man is killed. Lt. Joe Leaphorn of The Navajo Tribal Police is on the case, hunting what many believe to be a Navajo Wolf, otherwise known as a werewolf, or a witch. Meanwhile, college professor and Ethnologist, Bergen McKee, finds himself fighting for his life in the mountains against a Navajo man who has threatened to kill him if he doesn’t cooperate.

Genre/sub-genre: Navajo Mystery

Series/Standalone: Book 1 of 18

Length: 294 pages

Personal thoughts: 

Told from multiple points of view, this story does take awhile to get into as there doesn’t seem to be much of a mystery in the first few pages. And yet, that’s what makes the mystery that much more mysterious once it picks up. Unfortunately, the main character, Lt. Joe Leaphorn, does not feature in this story as much as one would think, and therefore, we don’t get to know much about him. That said, Leaphorn is still a great detective. He knows his people and he knows the best thing he can do is to listen to what they have to say, because in listening, he is able to hear clues in what is said, how it is said, and even in what is not said. Leaphorn, as well as other recurring characters, do develop further throughout the eighteen book series.

Speaking of characters, the Southwest landscape plays such an integral part in this novel, it’s almost as if it’s a character in and of itself. Given Navajo names such as Sacred Mountain of Blue Flint Woman and Many Ruins Canyon, the place names tell a story all on their own. Mythology and symbolism permeate the story right from the beginning, which may take a little getting used to for some readers, but is also a great way to immerse the reader into the true Navajo culture.

Halfway through the novel, the mystery turns into a thriller/suspense, when we spend more time with Dr. McKee running for his life. This is when the story really picks up and becomes a quick read to the end. Both the mystery and suspense elements are solid, ensuring the reader won’t be able to put the book down once completely immersed. Plus, while the book was written, and set, nearly fifty years ago, the story holds up really well and doesn’t read as dated. Readers will be clamoring for book two as soon as they turn the last page on this one.

Originally published in 1970, this series was groundbreaking in that Hillerman was not Navajo himself, but clearly researched his subject and wrote about The People in a modern setting with respect, and as realistically as possible without dwelling on any negative aspects. This series was popular when it first came out, and continues to be so to this day. In fact, Hillerman has inspired other authors to write their own mysteries involving Native American people.

It is important to note that while author Tony Hillerman passed away in 2008, his daughter, Anne Hillerman, has continued the series with SPIDER WOMAN’S DAUGHTER and ROCK WITH WINGS.


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This book is on the BPS Grade 9-12 Summer Reading Mystery List!

Looking to borrow this library book? Look no further! This is also available in ebook format if you require it.

Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow this book? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.


*”Curl Up & Read” posts book reviews by Anna, Teen Librarian at Teen Central, the first Friday of every month.


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On the Radar: Five Books to Check Out in July http://www.bpl.org/teens/2016/06/28/on-the-radar-five-books-to-check-out-in-july/ http://www.bpl.org/teens/2016/06/28/on-the-radar-five-books-to-check-out-in-july/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:00:39 +0000 http://www.bpl.org/teens/?p=6024 Get your library card handy and reserve your place in line for these new July releases! If you place a hold now, they can be in your hands before they even hit the shelf.

Please note: all summaries are taken from the Boston Public Library catalog unless otherwise noted. They may have been edited for length and clarity.


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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Summary: Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city–a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent–but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

Why We’re Excited: I heard it on the water, on the wind. (Okay, actually I heard it on the internet, but give me some room for poetic license.) Could it be? A YA fantasy novel without the obligatory love triangle? A YA fantasy novel with, in fact, no romance whatsoever? I won’t really believe it until I read it, but this I want to see.


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Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

Summary: June, Bette, and Gigi are competing one final time for a spot at the prestigious American Ballet Company. With the stakes higher than ever, these girls have everything to lose…and no one is playing nice. June is starting to finally see herself as a prima ballerina. But being the best could mean sacrificing the love of her life. Legacy dancer Bette is determined to clear her name after she was suspended and accused of hurting her rival, Gigi. And Gigi is not going to let Bette–or the other dancers who bullied her–go unpunished. It all comes down to this last dance. Who will make the cut? And who will lose her dream forever?

Why We’re Excited: If there’s one thing I learned from being best friends with a ballet dancer in grade school, it’s that ballerinas are hard-core. Dancing your toenails off (and having to look graceful while you’re doing it)? It sounds like something out of a horror movie to me, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg of what dancers go through to achieve their dreams. This follow-up to last year’s Tiny Pretty Things promises to deliver even more of the drama and the dark side of ballet.


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All the Feels by Danika Stone

Summary: When uber-fan Liv’s favorite sci fi movie character is killed off, she and her best friend Xander, an aspiring actor and Steampunk enthusiast, launch a campaign to bring him back from the dead.

Why We’re Excited: Let’s be honest, I’ve been in this protagonist’s shoes before. When my favorite character dies (or, to move this into sports fandom, my favorite player gets sold to another team), do I deal well? Nope. Not at all. There is no dealing, only grief and bitter recrimination. And sometimes it’s a lot of fun to see the fangirl life on the page! If All the Feels can live up to Fangirl, the Rainbow Rowell novel that kicked off this recent fandom craze in YA literature, I will be well satisfied.


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Dinosaurs of the Deep by Larry Verstraete and Julius Csotonyi

Summary: A gigantic sea dwelling mosasaur rises from the watery depths and saves the day in the summer blockbuster Jurassic World . However, these fearsome waterborne predators were anything but heroic, at nearly 50 feet in length and 50 tonnes, mosasaurs made tyrannosaurs look like cuddly puppies. Since their discovery almost two hundred years ago, dinosaurs have captured the imaginations of children and adults alike. What many don’t know is that “dinosaur” the term refers specifically to land born prehistoric reptiles. Despite being discovered nearly 50 years before the before the first dinosaur fossils, prehistoric aquatic creatures like mosasaurs and plesiosaurs have been largely overshadowed by triceratops, apatosaurus and the fierce T-rex. Dinosaurs of the Deep looks to change this by shedding light on the incredible diversity of prehistoric life that was living just beneath the water’s surface.

Why We’re Excited: Uh, terrifying sea monsters need an explanation? The things living at the bottom of the ocean now are scary. Can you even imagine what horrifying creatures were down there when T-rex roamed free? (Including this book is technically cheating on my part because it comes out on the last day of June, but I was more interested in TERRIFYING SEA MONSTERS than release dates.)


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Flying by Carrie Jones

Summary: People have always treated seventeen-year-old Mana as someone in need of protection. She’s used to being coddled, being an only child, but it’s hard to imagine anything could ever happen in her small-town, normal life. As her mother’s babying gets more stifling than ever, she’s looking forward to cheering at the big game and getting out of the house for a while. But that night, Mana’s life goes haywire. First, the hot guy she’s been crushing on at school randomly flips out and starts spitting acid during the game. Then they get into a knockdown, drag-out fight in the locker room, during which Mana finds herself leaping around like a kangaroo on steroids. As a flyer on the cheerleading squad, she’s always been a good jumper, but this is a bit much. By the time she gets home and finds her house trashed and an alien in the garage, Mana starts to wonder if her mother had her reasons for being overprotective…

Why We’re Excited: CHEERLEADER ALIEN HUNTER. It’s like Buffy in space!


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Hold the Popcorn! : Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows http://www.bpl.org/teens/2016/06/28/hold-the-popcorn-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-out-of-the-shadows/ http://www.bpl.org/teens/2016/06/28/hold-the-popcorn-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-out-of-the-shadows/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:30:43 +0000 http://www.bpl.org/teens/?p=6010 Teenage_Mutant_Ninja_Turtles_Out_of_the_Shadows_poster
Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michaelangelo, everybody’s favorite NYC sewer dwelling, crimefighting, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back on the big screen in Out of the Shadows. Vern (AKA “The Falcon”) has taken all of the credit for capturing Shredder in the last movie from the Turtles. Unfortunately for everyone, Shredder manages to escape from custody while being transferred from one prison to another. He ends up in another dimension with a strange alien creature named Krang, whose sights are set on taking over the Earth. Shredder agrees to help Krang gather the pieces to a portal which will allow him to realize his dream of taking over the Earth in return for Krang’s assistance in eliminating the Turtles once and for all. After a lot of intense crimefighting action throughout the film, the Turtles are faced with a difficult choice.

Out of the Shadows is a fun summer movie that is easily accessible even to those with no previous exposure to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Tyler Perry (the creator of the “Madea” films) delivers a strong performance as evil scientist Baxter Stockwell. Out of the Shadows contains a lot of comic book style action and violence and loud noises which might not be suitable for very young children, but should not be a problem for a teenage audience.



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