October 17-23 is Teen Read Week, and this year’s theme is Books with Beat. Over the next few days, titles that are guaranteed to make you burst into song, rock out, or bust a gut laughing will be reviewed on the blog.
All these titles are available downstairs in our Young Adult collection in book and audiobook format (CD, tape, playaway). Several lucky titles are available to our patrons through Live-Brary in e-book and MP3/iPod compatible formats.
Here are some titles guaranteed to make you tap your toes, burst into song, or rock out. All these titles are available in our Young Adult collection – and a lucky few are also available either as e-books or audio books. Check out our catalog for more details.
Awesome Book With Beat: Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Our Teen Services librarian read this back in May or June, and was bouncing around for a good week afterward. Audrey is your average music-loving girl – who just happens to have a song written about her. Think that’s awesome? It’s not in her case. Throw in a wisecracking best friend (“My name is Victoria, like the Queen”), a job at the Scooper Dooper, and a potted plant that serves as a hall pass – and you’ll be cracking up and downloading almost every song Robin Benway even *references*. (Miss Kate’s favorite song from the book: Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J).
Audrey, Wait! is available in hardcover in our YA section.
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
Raised in the British colony of Valparaiso, Chile, pregnant Eliza follows her lover to California at the height of the Gold Rush and finds adventure and adversity on her road to independence and love.
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
A young Haitian girl comes of age torn between two cultures–the Haiti of her Tante Atie and Grandmother Ife, and the New York of her mother Martine.
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
Follows Trudi Montag, a dwarf who serves as her town’s librarian, unofficial historian, and recorder of the secret stories of her people, in a novel that charts the course of German history in the first half of the twentieth century.
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
In India during the mid-1970s, after a “state of internal emergency” is declared, four very different people–a widowed seamstress, a student, and a man and his nephew who have fled their village’s caste violence–find their lives becoming inextricably intertwined.
The Rapture of Canaan by Sheri Reynolds
Ninah Huff, the teenage granddaughter of the founder of an isolated religious community, causes controversy when she is discovered to be pregnant with what she claims is a holy child.
Cane River by Lalita Tademy
Follows four generations of African American women from slavery to the early 20th century as they struggle for economic security and the future of their families along the Cane River in rural Louisiana.
Looking for a genuinely funny book to take to the beach? As NPR correspondent Heller McAlpin asks in this piece, “Who would think it would be so hard to find good books that are funny without being stupid?”