New Book Friday

We’re entering our last month of book reviews before the Teen Summer Reading Club kicks off at the end of June.  Community service letters will be sent out in early February to all participants in our Winter Read a Book, Write a Review program. If you’re desperate to earn an extra four hours of service, here are our newest titles that can sate your need:

I can already recommend a few books: Teen Cyberbullying Investigated: where do your rights end and consequences begin? by Judge Tom Jacobs. I read it earlier this week, and if you need information on various court cases, computer crimes, and on what has happened to several victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying – this book is a great print resource.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White stars sixteen-year old Evie, who just wants to be a normal human being: normal friends, prom, lockers, curfew. This just doesn’t mesh with her life: a bagger-and-tagger for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. Things go from business-as-usual to really weird when something starts killing off paranormals. Can Evie stop the threat in time? Will she ever see a real-live locker? Read and find out.

Time Magazine Best Fiction of 2010

The top ten fiction books of the year from Time magazine.

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

Lord of Misrule: A Novel by Jaimy Gordon

Wilson by Daniel Clowes

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu

The Passage: A Novel by Justin Cronin

Faithful Place by Tana French

Read a Book, Write a Review

Loved it? Hated it? Have no idea *what* the librarian was thinking when she ordered (insert any title here)? Thought it was so funny that you then went out and read everything else by the author? Or … you really just want those community service hours?

Wait, what? Community service hours … for reading?!!?

Here’s the deal: starting on November 1st, you can ask a Youth Services librarian for a Book Review form. You can read the latest teen fiction and non-fiction (books must be from the YA section in the library, or could be found in the YA section of a library on Long Island.  The “latest” refers to books published from 2009 to present).

Read the book. Answer a few simple questions about the book (what’s it about, how awesome is it, what was your favorite {or least favorite} part). Then, bring your form back to the library and hand it in to a Youth Services librarian.  To make everyone happy, please PRINT your first and last name on your form.  If you hand in something without your name, you cannot earn community service.

If you’re waffling about what to read, either check out our New Books Friday and click on the title (and -gasp!- the publication year will reveal itself to you!) or ask Miss Kate about the newest YA titles.

Read a Book Write a Review Form

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