Monday, October 18, 2010

Teen Read Week - Books with Beat

Teen Read Week started yesterday.  This year's theme is "Books with Beat".  So what does THAT mean?  Music?  Romance?  Beatnik hipsters?  Hearts beating with fright or excitement? The pounding beat of hammers and jackhammers?  All of the above.

There is a colorful display of YA Books with Beat on the counter in front of the YA shelves to celebrate Teen Read Week.  Check some of these fun, frightening, fierce titles out this week.  Click here for a book list of some of these titles.

On Friday, Oct. 22nd at 7 pm, Andrei Maurer of the Locksmiths Band will share tips on writing music with beat here at the Parkland Community Library.  Sign up in advance by calling 610-398-1361 ext. 19 and requesting a space.

Some brand new titles that did not make the list mentioned above are:
Hold me closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride.  Just in time for Halloween!  Here's the story of Sam, who discovers that he can raise the dead. The other necromancer in town is not too thrilled about Sam's new powers.

The curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey.  Will James tells the story of his apprenticeship with a New England doctor who hunts down real monsters.  The Wendigo starves, even as it gorges on human flesh! 

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger.  Here's scary of a different kind.  Imagine that you find yourself referred to as the DUFF - "Designated Ugly Fat Friend".  So how would you deal with that?  Bianca deals by hooking up with the biggest womanizer of all.  Suggested for mature audiences. (15 and up.)

The freak observer by Blythe Woolston.  A teen suffering post traumatic stress disorder tries to cure herself using physics and problem solving.  The human heart on the cover makes me wonder what Lisa's trauma was to begin with.  

The cruisers by Walter Dean Myers.  Four friends use an alternative newspaper to change the inevitable end of the mock Civil War waging at their school.  They learn just how much freedom of speech they really have.

So get the beat or march to your own beat!  Either way, find Books with Beat at the Parkland Community Library.

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