Wednesday Comic Corner

Today will be a tribute to paper art! Basically, super genius creative people cut little tiny slits and whatnot into paper, fold it just so, and voila! Suddenly you have a sculpture!

I don't know what kind of geek you are, but there's probably something that tickles your fancy below:




I have not felt this inspired to cut out tiny pieces of paper and get all messy with glue like this since I was five.


Wednesday Comic Corner

Its officially December of 2012. Do you know what that means?

The Hobbit shall soon be upon us.

For all of you LOTR fans, I come bearing a pre-movie gift: A guide to how to write your name in Elvish.


Okay everyone, get ready to go there and back again!


Wednesday Comic Corner

Now that the excitement of the election and the release of a few highly anticipated video games have passed, its time to talk turkey.

The Avengers vs. X-Men series came to conclusion late last month, with the weigh in that everyone was a winner.


In summary, the phoenix force, through the use of several of the X-Men as hosts, undid Scarlett Witch's spell that powered down and prevented the birth of any more mutants, thus saving the X-Men series.

There was talk for a while that this would be the last serial before the epic relaunch of all the major Marvel titles, but we shall see. The AVX series was so popular, there may yet be some work to do with it.


Wednesday Comic Corner

In case you needed a boost of happy today, here is a post full of Totoro!

A Totoro bed~
Latte art is the yummiest art!
Okay, this one I'm not sure whether to think this is amazing or just kind of creepy.


Happy Movember

"Movember" brings awareness to men's health issues by encouraging men to grown a mustache all month long. Even if you can't grow your own, you can certainly sport a dashing mustache in many different forms! Draw one on your finger to hold above your lip, tape one to your dog's face (just kidding!), or pin a plastic one to your shirt to show your Movember spirt.

Oh yeah! You can also stop by the Green Valley Library Teen Lounge to see the Movember display. There might be a few suprises for you once you get there too ;-)


Happy Movember Everyone!


Halloween Wrap Up

Whew! Things are finally starting to calm down after that Halloween whirlwind! Here's what we did at Green Valley:

Thai String Dolls (One-Eyed One-Horned Flying Purple People Eater, and Merida from Brave)
Teens at the first annual All Hallow's Read book exchange

Youth Services staff in the Teen Lounge on Halloween

Hope your Halloween was as fun as ours was! 


Last Chance For Food Drive Donations!

Your community needs you! Our Green Valley Teen Advisory Group Food Drive will be ending this Saturday, November 3rd. Please bring a non-perishable food item or personal hygiene product to:

 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson NV, 89014.

Thank you!


Wednesday Comic Corner

Super Hero Halloween

Halloween costumes are expensive, especially ones officially certified Marvel, DC, etc. If you're on a budget but you're still feeling the "earth's mightiest" kind of vibe, try out some of these low-cost costume alternatives:


Okay okay, just kidding. These are called "low budget xmen" from the blog The Awesomer. There are four total, but these are my personal favorites.

In all seriousness you can still have your super hero costumes. Several different stores and websites carry tshirts resembling the top of superhero costumes.

You can also buy or make props for added effect, and if you're having a hard time finding the right color purple boot or something, here's a tutorial on how to make boots from duct tape:


Coffee House by the Teen Writing Club

Coffee House by the Green Valley Teen Writing Club
Tuesday, October 16th @ 4pm
Ages 12-17
Green Valley Library (Corner of Green Valley and Sunset)
Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and let the words flow! Bring an original piece of poetry or prose to share at the open mic, or just sit back, sip, and listen.  No registration necessary.


All Hallow's Read Book Exchange: Green Valley Library, October 30, 4pm

Neil Gaiman, Author of The Graveyard Book

You, too, can participate in this year's All Hallow's Read by bringing one spooky book to the Green Valley Library on October 30th, at 4pm. We will have some light refreshments, eerie sounds of the season, and you can make a creepy craft! Bonus points if you come in costume, you might even get a special treat! Swap your spooky book with a friend and, in turn, get a new title to add to your bookshelf. Hope to see you there! (Ages 12-17 only please!)

For more info about All Hallow's Read, visit: http://www.allhallowsread.com


Food Drive

The Green Valley Library Teen Advisory Group is sponsoring a food drive for Three Square! Please bring a non-perishable food item or personal hygiene product to donate to Southern Nevadans in need of our support!

For more information about Three Square, please visit: http://threesquare.org/


Banned Books Week: Sept 30-Oct 6

Celebrate your freedom to read during Banned Books Week! Don't know what that is? Here's a quote from the American Library Association:

"Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular."

Read more here: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned

To honor our right to read, we have a "Don't Read These Books" display in the Green Valley Library Teen Lounge. Stop on by and grab your copy of one of the most commonly banned or challenged books, such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, or Beloved by Toni Morrison.


Action Figures

Hi all!

This week we're featuring some really great comic related action figures. If only the ones you get at Toys R Us looked this good!




My, what a lovely figurine!

Talk Like A Pirate Day

Ahoy Maties!

It's the 10th anniversary of the international phenomenon, Talk Like A Pirate Day! To get your pirate on, visit these blimey websites and don't forget to walk the plank ye scurvy dog... Yar!




(warning: pirates were a rough and rowdy bunch, so some phrases and subjects could be considered PG13, viewer discretion advised)


October Events in Henderson

Looking for something to do in addition to library programs? Here are a few things happening around town this October:

All events descriptions, times, and locations can be found at hendersonlive.com/calendar/

Cowboy BBQ of Henderson
October 5-7, starting at 11am
Price: Free!
"It’s Henderson’s 1st BBQ Cook Off competition and festival. Count on the best BBQ vendors from across the country lighting their grills to take part. Notable award winners and locals will be selling their mouth watering and award winning “Ribs,” “Chicken,” “Sausage,” “Pulled Pork,” as well as many other specialty dishes.
Along with all this exceptional food you will also enjoy live entertainment, souvenir and merchandise vendors, other food and beverage vendors, carnival rides, midway games and much more. "
Age of Chivalry- Las Vegas Rennaissance Faire
Price: $10 for one day ticket
October 5, 6 & 7, 2012
Gates open at 10am

"For the 19th year, a medieval kingdom will unveil itself at our new location: Silver Bowl Park with lavishly costumed knights, knaves, fine ladies and wenches as Clark County Parks and Recreation present the annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival, Oct. 5 - 7.

Several stages will feature entertainment with costumed performers presenting more than 50 shows per day along with historical re-enactments, jousting tournaments, medieval pageantry and more than 100 artisans – including blacksmiths, stained glass designers, jewelers, wood workers, toy makers, perfume blenders, stone carvers and sword, dagger and armor craftsman -- to demonstrate and sell their wares. Authentic food, from fish and chips to an English feast, also will be available.

Concerts all weekend will feature local acts with nationally known acts as well as a royal parade with kings, queens, warriors and peasants, will take place on Saturday and Sunday."

6800 E Russell Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89122
fresh 52 Farmers & Artisans Market
Every Sunday Morning! 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: Samsone Park Plaza
Address: 9480 South Eastern Avenue
Contact Name: Carrie for vendor information
Email: info@fresh52.com
Phone: 702.481.6558
"Fresh52 is a lively, open air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate their community. Every Sunday morning the market features choice vendors with organic and pesticide free seasonal produce, fresh baked goods, gourmet olive oils, salsas, fresh herbs, spices, sauces, nuts, handmade modern crafts, artisans & more. On select dates you will find special events, live entertainment, chef demonstrations and free kids craft parties."
Hispanic International Parade
October 13, 2012
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Location: Water Street in the Water Street District
Address: 243 South Water Street
Phone: 702.267.2171
"Henderson will be celebrating the Twelfth Annual Hispanic International Day Parade.
21 Hispanic Countries were asked to submit a representative of their country to a crowning event that took place in May. The representative crowned that day will be participating in today’s parade.
The parade, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., will begin at Ocean and Water and continue down Water Street to Pacific Avenue.
This years parade theme is "Our Returning Troops." Serving as Grand Marshall will be three high ranking servicemen from U.S. Air Force & State Attorney General Catherine Cortez Mastos as the parade's Madrina.
After the parade you will want to stay for the Hispanic International Festival. There will be plenty of food, artists, commercial and sponsor vendors, and an information booth."
Sakespeare in the Park features HAMLET
October 13, 2012
7:00 PM

Location: Discovery Park
Address: 2011 Paseo Verde Parkway
Contact Name: Cultural Arts & Tourism Department
Phone: 702.267.2171
Shakespeare in the Park features “Hamlet”. Performances will be presented by The Las Vegas Shakespeare Company.
The following dates and locations will make enjoying Shakespeare in the Park convenient for you:
Saturday, October 13, 2012 7:00 pm performance
Discovery Park 6:00 pm Greenshow
2011 Paseo Verde Parkway
Greenshow by Green Valley Middle School
Saturday, October 20, 2012 7:00 pm performance
River Mountain Park 6:00 pm Greenshow
1941 Appaloosa Drive
Greenshow by Greenspun Middle School
Saturday, October 27, 2012 7:00 pm performance
Lake Las Vegas 6:00 pm Greenshow
15 Costa Di Lago
Don't forget to bring a blanket.
Admission is complimentary.


Fall Programs @ Green Valley Library

book pumpkin on a table in the library

Wow! Can you believe it's almost Fall? I am definitely ready to welcome the cooler weather, crisp apple scents, and pumpkins around every corner :-) Here is what I have planned for you for the next couple of months at the Green Valley Library:

Green Valley Teen Writing Club
September 18 @ 4pm
Registration recommended. Express yourself through writing! We meet on the third Tuesday of every month to practice with writing prompts, activities, and free writing. Twice a year we host a "Coffee House" open mic, and even prepare for the annual Teen Writing Contest. All skill levels welcome. Ages 12-17.

Cover2Cover Book Club (Scorpio Races)
September 25 @ 4pm
Registration recommended. Do you love YA books? Do you wish you could make something to remind yourself of the wonderful novel you just finished? Then this book club is for you! Meet on the last Tuesday of every other month to chat about the story, do a craft related to it, and pick up a new book for next meeting. Ages 12-17.

Movie in the Lounge
October 9 @ 3:30pm
Pop by the Teen Lounge to enjoy some popcorn and a movie! Feel free to wear your PJ's or bring your own snacks to share. Ages 12-17. No registration needed.

Coffee House by the Teen Writing Club
October 16 @ 4pm
Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and let the words flow! Bring an original piece of poetry or prose to share at the open mic, or just sit back and listen. Ages 12-17. No registration necessary.

"All Hallow's Read" Book Exchange and Thai String Doll Craft
October 30 @ 4pm
Come one, come all, and make a Thai String Doll! These creepy little guys will make a perfect addition to your Halloween. Arrive dressed in your costume and get a special gift! Also, bring one book to swap with a friend in our first annual "All Hallows Read" Book Exchange. Enjoy light refreshments and eerie sounds of the season. No registration necessary, ages 12-17 only please.

Movie in the Lounge
November 13 @ 3:30pm
Pop by the Teen Lounge to enjoy some popcorn and a movie! Feel free to wear your PJ's or bring your own snacks to share. Ages 12-17. No registration needed.

Teen Writing Club
November 20 @ 4pm
Registration recommended. Express yourself through writing! We meet on the third Tuesday of every month to practice with writing prompts, activities, and free writing. Twice a year we host a "Coffee House" open mic, and even prepare for the annual Teen Writing Contest. All skill levels welcome. Ages 12-17.

Cover2Cover Book Club (Going Bovine)
November 27 @ 4pm
Registration recommended. Do you love YA books? Do you wish you could make something to remind yourself of the wonderful novel you just finished? Then this book club is for you! Meet on the last Tuesday of every other month to chat about the story, do a craft related to it, and pick up a new book for next meeting. Ages 12-17.

Also check our calendar of events at http://events.hdpl.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp


Comic Corner Poll: Marvel or DC?

If you were a superhero, would you rather live in the Marvel or DC Universe?

Leave your answers in the comments!


Wednesday Comic Corner

Today's topic of discussion: female super hero outfits, and sometimes the lack thereof.

When one thinks of Wonder Woman, her iconic bathing suit-esque costume is what you typically envision. As awesome and patriotic as it may be, the costume is kind of impractical.


That comic sums it all up rather nicely in terms of fighting disadvantages. However I'd also like to point out where video games and comic books both seem to miss the target: vulnerability.

The human body (assuming the hero in question is humanoid) has some great strengths and some terrible weaknesses. We have self regulation of temperature, a nearly waterproof hide, and complicated body systems that fend off illness and prioritize the usage of nutrients to our individual needs.

In terms of weaknesses from the battle-ridden view of a fighter, vital organs and blood vessels are exposed to damage in skimpy, barely-there armor.

For instance, kidneys are essential to our survival because they filter out impurities in the blood and remove broken down blood cells from circulation. But the rib cage stops just short of providing them the same protection as the heart and lungs.
With a costume that exposes the lower back, you're putting a big target on the kidneys that says "Here, kick me and make me hurt real bad!" Kidney failure is not fun and in this case is totally preventable.

Midriff exposure speaks for itself. Almost all of your lower digestive tract is situated in your belly: your stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. There are no natural defenses for protecting your belly other than the instinct to curl up in the fetal position in the face of attack. Also, your belly is a relatively large target; one well placed attack and you're done for.

And now for Colossus Rant Part 1. Some costume designers are intelligent enough to understand the stupidity of exposing the torso for the sake of appeal. But they leave the neck exposed.
Damage to the neck can be fatal at worst and crippling at best. Neck wounds are very difficult to treat from a medical perspective, because of the delicate brain stem, the carotid artery, and the jugular vein. Any damage to those means fatality in a matter of moments.

Also, if you grab a hero by their long hair and they don't have neck protection, putting them out of a job and the land of the living would be quick work. Don't get me wrong. You can have long hair. But pin it back, put it up in a bun, or for the love of all things holy wear neck armor!

And now the finale, a.k.a. Colossus Rant Part 2: leg exposure.
Okay so you were smart enough to design armor that protects the torso and the neck. Congratulations. But there isn't enough appeal for you, so instead of pants or leg plates, you give them thigh high boots and assume thats enough protection. WRONG.
The gap between a bikini bottom, short skirt, or hot pants and a pair of thigh high boots is one of the weakest points in the body. Lesser known than its associates the carotid artery and the jugular vein is our friend the femoral artery. Providing blood to everything south of the pelvis, damage to the femoral artery would prevent a heck of a lot of blood from recirculating to the heart, and system shut downs would begin very quickly.

Thank you for taking this magical informative journey with me. I don't mean to squash anyone's creativity, however please keep these pointers in mind.

This argument doesn't really apply to undying entities, magic fights, or people who fight in the cockpit of a giant robot. (S)He whom has the Gundam makes the rules.



To celebrate Harry Potter's birthday on Tuesday, Green Valley teens created unique lightswitch plate covers! Be sure to check out the calendar of events so you don't miss out on any upcoming crafts. Nox!


Comic Corner

As many of you are aware, this Friday, July 20th is the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. For die-hard Batman fans as well as the recently inducted, this is not a movie you can miss.

After you've suited up in your best Bat-attire and you're standing in line for the midnight screening, you can read up on the origins of Bane in the Knightfall storyline's "The Man Who Broke the Bat."

If you're more of a Catwoman kind of person, I recommend any of the issues drawn by Adam Hughes, such as the issues follwing One Year Later.

If you're more of a hands on person and your true love lies with the video games Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, I recommend reading the No Man's Land storyline.

And now: FUN FACTS!

Five actors have played Batman in live action productions. In no particular order they are: Adam West, Val Kilmer, Michael Keaton, George Clooney, and Christian Bale

Before Warner Bros. decided to do the Dark Knight trilogy, they were considering a live action adaptation of the cartoon Batman Beyond with Keanu Reeves as the main protagonist.

Gotham City is in New Jersey.

Okay, I threw this in here because I almost died when I heard it. The important stuff starts at about 0:40.


Upcoming Programs @ Green Valley

Here is what's happening in the month of July @ the Green Valley Teen Lounge:

July 17, 4pm
Movie in the Lounge- Pop by the Teen Lounge to enjoy some popcorn and a movie! Feel free to wear your PJ's or bring your own snacks to share. Ages 12-17.

July 24, 4pm
Make snacks, drinks, and a craft that glows in the dark. Counts for 30 minutes toward Summer Reading! Ages 12-17.

July 31, 4pm
Registration required. Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday today by making a unique lightswitch plate cover! Ages 12-17. Regsiter HERE.


Outdoor Picture Show

Wondering what to do on a warm summer evening? Head on over the the District at the Green Valley Ranch Casino for a unique outdoor movie experience! Every Friday and Saturday night (through October!) they will be showing a movie outside on the lawn near Whole Foods Market. Popcorn is provided, but you can bring a blanket and a picnic for a perfect night. Head on over to the District website for more info, and here is the schedule for July and August:



Happy Feet


Happy Feet 2
13-JulChicken Run14-JulAntz
20-JulAlice in Wonderland21-JulLady and the Tramp
27-JulThe Adventures of Tintin28-JulHop



Honey I Shrunk the Kids


Honey I Blew Up the Kid
10-Aug The Lion King11-Aug Toy Story
17-Aug Beethoven18-Aug An American Tail
24-Aug  Zookeeper25-Aug The Lorax
31-Aug Journey to the Center of the Earth        1-SepJourney 2


Unicorns Win!

In our online poll, Zombies Vs. Unicorns, 70% of you voted that Unicorns would beat the pants off of the Undead! Thanks to everyone for participating!


May 29: Movie in the Lounge @ Green Valley Library

Hi all! We will be showing a Movie in the Lounge at Green Valley Library on Tuesday, May 29th, at 4:00pm. Pop by the Teen Lounge to enjoy some popcorn and a movie! Feel free to wear your PJ's or bring your own snacks to share. Ages 12-17 only please, no registration necessary :-)


Zombies Vs. Unicorns

In honor of Holly Black's book, Zombies Vs. Unicorns, we are holding a little poll here on the Teen Spot. Let's finally answer that age old question.... in a battle between zombies and unicorns, who would kick butt, and who would get stabbed with an enormous horn? Obviously you know who I am betting on! Weigh the strengths and drawbacks of each; flesh eating undead can sure take a beating, but they tend to be slow and dumb... unicorns have a mighty weapon right on their heads, but the rest of their body is left vulnerable, and let's not forget the reputation they have. You can decide for yourself, cast your vote now!



Avengers Mania

Did you see it? Huh? Did you wait til the very end? After all of the credits were through and the theater usher was tapping his foot to try and make you leave? Well I did. And it was glorious! If you, too, enjoy this modern take on the Avengers, please also enjoy these fun craft and party ideas inspired by the new movie.


The Next Big Thing

Take a look at the books in the running to become all the rage once the Hunger Games fervor cools down (I know. . . it won't happen any time soon). Here's a list of YA titles that either will beome or might become movies in the next couple of years. Which one are you excited about?

The first title on the list, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, is one of my favorite books from the past few years. It's always checked out, but I never really hear anyone talking about it. I have a feeling that will change come next February when the movie releases. What's it about? A Caster (a.k.a. much cooler name for witch) girl meets an unsuspecting southern guy, and things get complicated. Lena faces her sixteenth birthday with trepidation because she knows she will become either a good witch or an evil one on that day. What happens is unprecedented, and it leads into a series full of witchcraft, demons, and people who turn out to be more powerful than they appear. It's deliciously dark and intriguingly southern. Give it a try! Search the catalog!


So You Like the Hunger Games . . .

Yesterday while visiting Schofield Middle Scool, I overheard a teen say, "I've run out of books. I just keep reading The Hunger Games over and over." Do you find yourself in the same predicament? If so, read on for some book recommendations that you might enjoy (list created by Normal Public Library). Check our catalog here.

And if you haven't signed up for one of our Hunger Games events yet, head on over to the events calendar. Malcolm Library is offering Pages to Screen (March 22, 4:-5:15), a discussion about the book and the movie with free popcorn! Green Valley Library will hold Hunger Games at the Library (March 27, 4:30-6:30) where you can practice your suction dart archery skills, battle for the best Cornucopia items, and play Hunger Games trivia. Dress up as your favorite character for a shot at movie tickets.

To the following list, I would add Matched by Allie Condie, Incarceron by Catherine Fisher, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 1984 by George Orwell, and probably a few more I can't think of now!

Feed by M.T. Anderson
For Titus and his friends, it started out like any trip to the moon—a chance to party during spring break. But that was before the hacker caused their feeds to malfunction. And it was before Titus met Violet, who has decided to fight the feed. (S)
Spacer and Rat by Margaret Bechard
Those Earthies. First they ruin their own planet, and now they’re going to ruin the rest of the solar system! No wonder Jack and the other Spacers on Freedom Station call them “rats.” Then Jack meets Kit, a rat, and her sentient Bot, Waldo, and against his better judgment finds himself drawn into their orbit and fleeing for his life. (M, S)
Exodus by Julie Bertagna
Less than a hundred years from now, almost all land has disappeared beneath the sea. Only Mara has the vision and the will to lead her people in search of a new beginning in this harsh, unfamiliar world. (M)
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
When brilliant Andrew “Ender” Wiggin is drafted to Battle School to learn to fight against the aliens threatening humanity, what he thinks are just battle games carry some very real consequences. (A/YA)
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
When Thomas wakes up with no memory of his past life, he finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade – a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every 30 days a new boy is delivered. Then one day, the first girl arrives. And she brings with her a shocking message. (M, S)
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
While skipping school one day, technogeek Marcus is caught near the site of a terrorist attack on San Francisco and held by the Department of Homeland Security for six days of intensive interrogation. After his release, he vows to use his skills to fight back against an increasingly frightening system of surveillance. (S)
The City of Ember by Jeanne Du Prau
The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. Now she and her friend Doon must decipher the message before the lights go out on Ember forever. (M)
House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Matteo Alacrán is a clone of El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium—a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and the land that was once called Mexico. As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters who seem to want him dead. Escape is the only chance Matt has to survive. (M, S)
Gone by Michael Grant
In the blink of an eye, every adult in the world disappears. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. And the teens themselves are developing new powers that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen and war is imminent. (M, S)
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He’s lived his entire life in hiding. Then, one day Luke meets another shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows – does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? (M)
Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
Lyn is a neo-gladiator’s daughter, through and through. Her mother has made a career out of marrying into the high-profile world of televised blood sport, and the rules of the Gladiator Sports Association are second nature to their family. The rules help the family survive, but rules—and the GSA—can also turn against you. When a gifted young fighter kills Lyn’s seventh father, he also captures Lyn’s dowry bracelet, which means she must marry him… (S)
Epic by Conor Kostick
On New Earth, society is governed by a computer game, Epic. If you win, you have the chance to fulfill your dreams; if you lose, your life is forfeit. When Erik defies the rules of Epic, he and his friends must face the Committee. If they win, they have the key to destroying the Committee. But if they lose… (M, S)
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Jonas’s world is perfect. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back. (M)
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, everyone can hear what each other thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him – something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? (S)
The Inferior by Peadar O’Guilin
Stopmouth and his family know nothing but a savage, desperate existence, struggling to survive. But then, a strange and beautiful woman falls from the sky. It is a moment that will change Stopmouth’s destiny, and that of all humanity, forever. (S)
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Who is Jenna Fox? She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn’t remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers? (M, S)
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
After an asteroid knocks the moon closer to earth, worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun. In her journal, Miranda records the events of each desperate day, while she and her family struggle to hold on to their most priceless resource—hope. (M, S)
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to wake up on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed’s scheduled landing, Amy’s cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed. Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed’s passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir. Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again. (M, S)
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight to survive. If they make it to their 18th birthday, they can’t be harmed—but when every piece of them is wanted by a world gone mad, eighteen seems far, far away. (M, S)
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
Trella is a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. She’s got one friend, does her job and tries to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if she occasionally uses the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is her own…until she accidentally starts a rebellion and becomes the go-to girl to lead a revolution. (M, S)

The Comet’s Curse by Dom Testa
When a deadly virus begins killing the adult population of Earth, a renowned scientist proposes a bold plan: to create a ship that will carry a crew of 251 teenagers to a home in a distant solar system. (M, S)
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
In Tally’s world, your 16th birthday brings an operation that turns you into a pretty and catapults you into a paradise where your only job is to have a great time. But Tally’s friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns there’s a darker side to the pretty world. Then the authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. (M, S)