Books with Beat – The Half-Life of Planets

October 17-23 is Teen Read Week, and this year’s theme is Books with Beat. One of the newest items in our collection is currently being read by our Teen Services librarian. She swears it will be available to everyone else by Saturday (sixty pages to go!).

Books with Beat: Dance to the Beat of Your Own Drummer: The Half-Life of Planets by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin

Miss Kate has been reading The Half-Life of Planets this week, and the reason it’s taking her so long – she doesn’t want it to end. Liana and Hank, who tell the story in alternating chapters, are two high school students who have never met each other – until this summer. Liana Planet is into kissing, planetary sciences (she’s researching why stars twinkle) … and is giving up kissing ANYONE this summer. Hank is beyond obsessed with music – you mention a song, or hum a bar, and he can give you the entire history of the band. After a chance meeting in the women’s bathroom (a hysterically funny scene, if I may add), Liana and Hank fall into an interesting friendship. The story is sweet, the musical references are awesome, and it’s great to read about two people who dance to their own orchestras.
The Half-Life of Planets is available in hardcover in our YA section.

Teen Read Week- Books with Beat

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.