Teen Read Week: Some of our favorite titles

We thought we should share some of our favorite titles in the fantasy, SciFi and horror genres to help you get started with TRW.  Many of these titles have been reviewed right here, just type the title in the search window on the upper left hand side of the home page.

Ms. Provence

robopocolypse     Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson.  When an artificial intelligence begins taking over electronics and software systems around the globe, it begins the inevitable countdown to humanity’s war with robots the world over.

shadow and bone     Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.  Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

rot&ruin     Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry.  In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother’s footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

shadow of night     Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness.  Diana Bishop, an Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and Matthew Clairmont, an vampire geneticist, are in the center of the battle over an enchanted manuscript when they are unexpectedly sent on a dangerous journey together.

Ms. Goldstein-Erickson

224005_Sch_GregorJkt_0.tif      Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins. When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving humans, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.

going postal     Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.  Moist von Lipwig, alias Alfred Spangler, is given a choice of either reviving the Ankh-Morpork Post Office or death, but getting the system up and running again proves to be a near-impossible task.

startide     Startide Rising by David Brin.   The Terran exploration vessel Streaker has crashed on the uncharted water-world of Kithrup with a secret discovery aboard. Her human and dolphin crew battle to save her.

Ms. Fujikawa

i hunt killers     I Hunt Killers Barry Lyga. Seventeen-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious “Dear Old Dad.” Believing he can fight his own urges and right some of his father’s wrongs, Jazz helps the police catch the town’s newest murderer, “The Impressionist,” but, in doing so, he discovers he may have more in common with his father than he thought.
marbury lens     Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith.  After being kidnapped and barely escaping, sixteen-year-old Jack goes to London with his best friend Connor, where someone gives him a pair of glasses that send him to an alternate universe where war is raging, he is responsible for the survival of two younger boys, and Connor is trying to kill them all.
shining     The Shining by Stephen King.  A summer resort comes chillingly to life in the off-season when the Torrances arrive to take over as winter caretakers.

Teen Read Week @ Berkeley High

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This is our Library Assistant Caitlin in front of the display she created for Teen Read Week, Seek the Unknown.  The displays are full of fantasy, science fiction and horror titles.  These are some of our favorite types of reading; please ask one of us if you need advice finding a title.  We will be including some of our favorites later this week.

Some of the titles on display are:

graceling     Graceling by Kristin Cashore

enders game     Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

gifts      Gifts by Ursula LeGuin

railsea       Railsea by China Melville

golden compass      The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

shades children         Shades’s Children by Garth Nix

cujo         Cujo by Stephen King

Banned Books Week

Come up to the library to celebrate your freedom to read.  We have a great Banned Books display as you can see below.

banned books 2013

Here’s a cool video made by an online library friend:

This was created by Stacy Vandever Wells, MLS who blogs at girlsinthestacks.com.  Thanks for sharing with us, Stacy!

Come by and check out a Banned Book and a cool bookmark.  Heck, just come by for the bookmark if you want!

Click HERE for more information about this special week.

Young Adult Book Awards

Thanks to the wonder of technology, I watched the Live Streaming of the  American Library Association awards Monday morning from the Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.  While this may be a bigger deal to librarians than readers, it usually guarantees great reads for young adults.  We own many of these titles.  Please ask us if you need help finding one!

Morris Award 2013 (for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens): Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, published by Random House.


Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina’s tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they’ve turned the final page.

  • Four other books were finalists for the award:
    • Wonder Show, written by Hannah Barnaby, published by Houghton Mifflin, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers;
    • Love and Other Perishable Items, written by Laura Buzo, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.;
    • After the Snow, written by S. D. Crockett, published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group;
    • The Miseducation of Cameron Post, written by emily m. danforth, published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

wonder show     love and other     after the snow     miseducation

Printz 2013 (for excellence in literature written for young adults): In Darkness, written by Nick Lake, published by Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers.

in darkness

In darkness I count my blessings like Manman taught me. One: I am alive. Two: there is no two. In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake a boy is trapped beneath the rubble of a ruined hospital: thirsty, terrified and alone. ‘Shorty’ is a child of the slums, a teenage boy who has seen enough violence to last a lifetime, and who has been inexorably drawn into the world of the gangsters who rule Site Soleil: men who dole out money with one hand and death with the other. But Shorty has a secret: a flame of revenge that blazes inside him and a burning wish to find the twin sister he lost five years ago. And he is marked. Marked in a way that links him with Toussaint L’Ouverture, the Haitian rebel who two-hundred years ago led the slave revolt and faced down Napoleon to force the French out of Haiti. As he grows weaker, Shorty relives the journey that took him to the hospital, a bullet wound in his arm. In his visions and memories he hopes to find the strength to survive, and perhaps then Toussaint can find a way to be free …

  • Four Printz Honor Books also were named:
    • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division;
    • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, published by Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group;
    • Dodger by Terry Pratchett, published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers;
    • The White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna, published by Red Deer Press.

aristotle     code name verity     dodger     white bicycle

Stonewall 2013 ( given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:): Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, published by Simon & Schuster BFYR, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

Belpré Author 2013 (honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience): Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.


A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.  Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

YALSA Nonfiction 2013: Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, written by Steve Sheinkin, published by Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

race to build

In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world’s most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award 2013  (recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults)Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney is the King Author Book winner. The book is published by Disney/Jump at the Sun Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group.

hand in hand

HAND IN HAND presents the stories of ten men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day. The stories are accessible, fully-drawn narratives offering the subjects’ childhood influences, the time and place in which they lived, their accomplishments and motivations, and the legacies they left for future generations as links in the “freedom chain.” This book will be the definitive family volume on the subject, punctuated with dynamic full color portraits and spot illustrations by two-time Caldecott Honor winner and multiple Coretta Scott King Book Award recipient Brian Pinkney. Backmatter includes a civil rights timeline, sources, and further reading.

  • Two King Author Honor Books were selected:
    • Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group;
    • No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and published by Carolrhoda Lab, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.

each kindness     no crystal stair

Coretta Scott King Illustrator 2013: (recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults):

Bryan Collier, I, Too, Am America, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Langston Hughes, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

i too am america

The poetic wisdom of Langston Hughes merges with visionary illustrations from Bryan Collier in this inspirational picture book that carries the promise of equality.

Edwards Award 2013 (for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults): Tamora Pierce is the 2013 Edwards Award winner.

Pierce is a beloved young adult fantasy writer.  She is recently most well known for her Song of the Lioness series.

alana 1   tricksers choice

Schneider Family Book Award (for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience): Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am, written by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

somebody please tell

Ben has always had it pretty easy–with no acting experience, he landed the lead in his high school musical, and he’s dating the prettiest girl in school. Haunted by memories of 9/11, he makes the decision to enlist in the army–with devastating consequences. Somehow nobody ever thought Ben would be one of the soldiers affected, but after his convoy gets caught in an explosion, Ben is in a coma for two months. When he wakes up, he doesn’t know where he is, and he doesn’t remember anything about his old life. His family and friends mourn what they see as a loss, but Ben perseveres. Although he will never be the person he once was, this is the story of his struggle and transformation.

Alex Awards (for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences)

“Caring is Creepy,” by David Zimmerman, published by Soho Press, Inc.

“Girlchild,” by Tupelo Hassman, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

“Juvenile in Justice,” by Richard Ross, published by Richard Ross

“Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,” by Robin Sloan, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

“My Friend Dahmer,” by Derf Backderf, published by Abrams ComicArts, an imprint of Abrams

“One Shot at Forever,” by Chris Ballard, published by Hyperion

“Pure,” by Julianna Baggott, published by Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

“The Round House,” by Louise Erdrich, published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

“Tell the Wolves I’m Home,” by Carol Rifka Brunt, published by Dial Press, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette?,” by Maria Semple, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

caring     girlchild     juvenile in justice     penumbra     dahmer     one shot     pure     round house tell the wolves     where'd you go

Thanks Goodreads.com for all the plot summaries!



Thanks to our Parents!!!

At the recent fundraiser at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, a number of parents bought books for the library from our wish list   We would like to send out a huge thanks to all of you, and to everyone who supported the BHS fundraiser that weekend.


Teen Read Week 2012 – Horror

The Rot & Ruin Series by Jonathan Maberry

In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother’s footsteps and become a bounty hunter.

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Diana Bishop, an Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and Matthew Clairmont, an vampire geneticist, are in the center of the battle over an enchanted manuscript when they are unexpectedly sent on a dangerous journey together.

The Gone series by Michael Grant

In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have “The Power” and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.

Escape From Furnace series by Alexander Gordon Smith

When fourteen-year-old Alex is framed for murder, he becomes an inmate in the Furnace Penitentiary, where brutal inmates and sadistic guards reign, boys who disappear in the middle of the night sometimes return weirdly altered, and escape might just be possible.

Dead of Winter by Chris Priestly

In Victorian England an orphaned boy goes to stay with his strange guardian in a desolate, moated manor house during a cold and snowy Christmas, where he soon realizes that the house and its grounds harbor many secrets, dead and alive.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

For three years, seventeen-year-old Cas Lowood has carried on his father’s work of dispatching the murderous dead, traveling with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat, but everything changes when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before.

The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

When a plane lands at New York’s JFK airport with everyone on board dead, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather of the CDC investigates what he thinks to be an outbreak of a mysterious disease but instead he finds a parasite that turns its victims into vampires. He calls upon Abraham Setrakian, a Holocaust survivor and former academic, who has seen this before, to help him before the country and then the world falls victim to the strain.

I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells

John Wayne Cleaver, a teenager who is obsessed with serial killers, lives his life by a strict moral code to avoid becoming a killer himself. When a demon begins stalking John’s town killing in order to survive, John is determined to stop it regardless of the consequences.

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

After fifteen-year-old Chloe starts seeing ghosts and is sent to Lyle House, a mysterious group home for mentally disturbed teenagers, she soon discovers that neither Lyle House nor its inhabitants are exactly what they seem, and that she and her new friends are in danger.

Everything’s Eventual: Fourteen Dark Tales by Stephen King

A collection of  stories featuring “1408” and “Riding the Bullet.”

Teen Read Week 2012 – Mysteries

The Killer’s Cousin by Nancy Werlin

Recently acquitted of murder, David moves to Cambridge to live with his aunt and uncle, in order to proceed with his life. It starts out uncomfortable and quickly moves to scary when his 11 year old cousin begins to play terrifying tricks on him. It turns out she has a secret that can ultimately tear her family apart.

Reality Check by Peter Abrahams

After a knee injury destroys sixteen-year-old Cody’s college hopes, he drops out of high school and gets a job in his small Montana town, but when his ex-girlfriend disappears from her Vermont boarding school, Cody travels cross-country to join the search.

Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters by  Gail Giles

Fourteen-year-old Sunny is stunned when a total stranger shows up at her house posing as her older sister Jazz, who supposedly died out of town in a fire months earlier.

The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson

On the payroll as an assistant to her coroner father, seventeen-year-old Cameryn Mahoney uses her knowledge of forensic medicine to catch the killer of a friend while putting herself in terrible danger.

Ripper by Stefan Petrucha

Adopted by famous Pinkerton Agency Detective Hawking in 1895 New York, fourteen-year-old Carver Young hopes to find his birth father, but when he becomes involved in the pursuit of notorious killer Jack the Ripper, Carver discovers that finding the truth can be worse than ignorance.

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Adopted by famous Pinkerton Agency Detective Hawking in 1895 New York, fourteen-year-old Carver Young hopes to find his birth father, but when he becomes involved in the pursuit of notorious killer Jack the Ripper, Carver discovers that finding the truth can be worse than ignorance.

Paper Towns by John Green

One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q’s neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin

When hard-boiled, seventeen-year-old private investigator Dalton Rev transfers to Salt River High to solve the case of a dead student, he has his hands full trying to outwit the police, negotiate the school’s social hierarchy, and get paid.

Moon Spinners by Mary Stewart

As a secretary at the British Embassy on the island of Crete, Nicola Ferris takes time off for some rest and relaxation and meets two hiking companions, leading to an adventure filled with danger and romance.

The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie

Private investigator Hercule Poirot must decipher the cryptic messages of a clever serial killer who is choosing victims in alphabetical order.