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Hello Library Teens!!

Spring is finally here and Summer is just around the corner! Check in the Teen Events area below for more information about upcoming events. Remember to check our website and stop by the library for new and upcoming information about Teen Events at the La Vergne Public Library. We have added new information about our Teen Book Club and the Anime Club, and we have also added to our “New YA Titles” tab. Keep checking for more updates! We look forward to seeing you at one of our Teen Events! Also check out the Library's new Google Virtual Tour.


YA Program Coordinators,

Carol, csmallwood@lavergnetn.gov
Molly, mdevine@lavergnetn.gov



P.S. If you have any questions or comments, please feel from to drop us a line! You can call the La Vergne Public Library at (615) 793-7303 or you can email either Carol  or Molly. We would love to hear from you!

Teen Events

All events are free and open to everyone age 12-18. They are held in Meeting Room 1 (front of the Library) unless otherwise noted.

Summer Reading Program

2015 Summer Teen Reading Program for June

2015 Summer Teen Reading Program for July

Anime Club

What could be better than spending time watching Anime? Watching anime with friends! Come join Molly and other teens who love to watch anime. There is nothing fancy, just an anime hangout, usually snacks are involved.

When: Every 2nd Monday of the month

Where: Meeting Room 1 (when you first walk into the lobby go down the hallway to the left and it is the 1st door on the right.)

Time: 5:00pm

Questions? Comments? Please contact either Molly (mdevine@lavergnetn.gov) or Carol (csmallwood@lavergnetn.gov) We would love to hear from you! Hope to see you soon!

Teen Book Club

Join our brand new Teen Book Club! This is the book club you've wanted – designed by you, for you! Each month we'll decide what book, genre, author, etc… we'd like to read, and then discuss those books at the next meeting. Of course, we'll also have snacks!

When: Every 3rd Thursday of the month

Where: Meeting Room 1 (when you first walk into the lobby go down the hallway to the right and it is the 1st door on the right.)

Time: 6:00pm

Come with your discussion ideas and questions about the books you’ve been reading.

The books to read for October are books that have been (or will be) movies. This covers MANY different books, so come to the meeting ready to discuss anything from Harry Potter to To Kill a Mockingbird.

Hope to see you there!

If you have more questions or comments on how we can make Teen Book Club better, please contact either Carol (csmallwood@lavergnetn.gov) or Molly (mdevine@lavergnetn.gov). We would love to hear from you!)

 New YA Titles

It’s cold outside! Stay warm inside with these new books!
*book reviews taken from www.amazon.com *


The Second Trial by Rosemarie Boll [YA BOL]
Life has been turned upside down in an instant for Danny. Or so it seems to him. One night he heard his parents fighting, and when he emerged from his room he found his mother unconscious at the bottom of the stairs. He had no idea that the phone call to 9-1-1 would start a chain of events that would change everything forever. Now he and his mother and little sister are about to start a whole new life, complete with new names and new identities. Danny is furious with his mother for forcing him to leave everything he loves behind and begins to bury himself in bitterness and anger. What will it take for Danny to come to terms with his new life?

The Exorsistah by Claudia Burney [YA BUR]
Ever since her mom went crazy, Emme’s been wary of the gift they share for seeing demons, but she’s not about to let one get to her. So when an ugly beast lurks into Walgreens behind a dude who’s clearly up to no good, Emme tells it exactly where it can go. Problem is, the beautiful guy beside her at the magazine rack just helped her conquer the nasty duo, and now he wants her to join a group of demon-fighters led by an aging exorcist bombarded by requests to deliver people from evil. Shoot, and all she really hoped for was some breakfast.

The Genius Wars by Catherine Jinks [YA JIN]
*this is the final book in the trilogy – read “Evil Genius” and “Genius Squad” before you start this one!*
Boy-genius Cadel Piggot has a new name (Cadel Greenaius), a new family, and a new life. No more illegal hacking, no more false identities, and most of all, no more Prosper English. But when his best friend Sonja is attacked, it is up to him to figure out who was behind it. Before he knows it, Cadel is crossing oceans and continents, barrelling back into the depths of the criminal activity he thought he had left behind, and coming face to face with Prosper English once again. Can Cadel track down Prosper before it is too late? And what rules will he have to break in the process?

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce [YA PEA]
For Scarlett and Rosie March, the world is not what it seems. Werewolves, called Fenris, live among them in the form of good-looking men who prey on pretty young girls. When a Fenris attacked the March girls, it killed their grandmother and left them emotionally and, for Scarlett, physically scarred. Since then, they have taken action and revenge. With the help of a friend, Silas, the girls are on a mission—to destroy as many Fenris as they can. Rosie and Scarlett are true heroines; smart, tough, and determined, but their special bond is put to test when the relationship between Rosie and Silas becomes more than just friendship.

Happyface by Stephen Edmond [YA SAC]
Happyface is a shy, artistic sophomore, awkwardly coping with life from the sidelines. When horrific tragedy tears his family apart, he finds himself living in a ratty apartment with his newly sober mom and attending a new high school. Bottling up his grief and fear, he pastes a big smile on his face and makes a fresh start as the class clown. It works for a while but, inevitably, the suppressed inner feelings build until Happyface blows up, finally giving him the chance to come clean and make an authentically fresh start without hiding behind a mask. The author tells the story via the illustrated journal, authentically capturing his up-and-down emotions with pencil-and-ink sketches, comics and doodles.

Simply Divine by Jacquelin Thomas [YA THO]
The daughter of two Hollywood superstars, Divine Matthews-Hardison lives the privileged life most fifteen-year-olds only dream of: she is all about designer clothes, awards ceremonies, parties, and having a name that opens doors. Divine could be a model, an actress, anything she wants. But then her family falls apart. Divine is sent to her uncle, a Georgia pastor with a modest country home and a big heart. Divine can not believe she has been sent to live with the family of her mom in the sticks. Doing chores, getting an allowance, and church-going are hardly what she is used to. But as the love and faith of a good family take hold in her heart, miraculous changes start to occur.

It’s kind of a funny story by Ned Vizzini [YA VIZ]
*read the book before you see the movie!*
When 15-year-old Craig Gilner is accepted by a prestigious Manhattan high school, the pressure becomes taxing, and he finds himself battling depression. Partying and drugs do not help. As his illness intensifies, he is aided by his supportive family and perceptive therapist. A prescription for Zoloft improves things, until Craig decides that he is better and stops taking it. In a revitalized state of depression, he calls a suicide-prevention hotline and then checks into a hospital, where the only space available is in the adult psychiatric wing. There, he receives the help he needs, discovers his hidden artistic talents, and connects with the quirky patients who have plenty of problems of their own, including Noelle, a girl his own age.

Rucker Park Setup by Paul Volponi [YA VOL]
Rucker Park—a place where basketball’s greatest pro players go up against street legends. Best friends Mackey and J.R. have waited their whole lives to win the basketball tournament here. But when the day of an important game arrives, J.R. is fatally stabbed. While Mackey didn’t wield the knife, he feels responsible. Now he has a score to settle, but the killer is watching his every move. Mackey is determined to finish the final game of the Rucker Park Tournament on his own terms. The question is, can he do it?


Paranormal Phenomena [YA 130 PARA]
This volume explores the topic of paranormal phenomena by presenting varied expert opinions that examine many of the different aspects that surround this issue. The editors investigate topics such as the existence of ghosts, psychic abilities, reincarnation, and extraterrestrial spacecraft. Scientists, parapsychologists, theologians, and others consider whether research and study of the paranormal is scientifically viable.

American Mythology [YA 398.20973 NARD]
Discusses various American myths, with background information describing the history, geography, religious beliefs, and values of the culture that created the mythology.

This is not a writing manual: notes for the young writer in the real world [YA 808.3 MAJO]
This is Not a Writing Manual is an inspirational writing memoir targeted to young/teen writers. It takes a mentor's approach, written especially for the young writer who desperately needs real world writing advice at the start of the writing journey.

Kennedy's Last Days: the assassination that defined a generation [YA 973.92209 OREI]
Kennedy's Last Days is a gripping account of the events leading up to the most notorious crime of the twentieth century. Author Bill O'Reilly vividly describes the Kennedy family's life in the public eye, the crises facing the president around the world and at home, the nation's growing fascination with their vigorous, youthful president, and finally, the shocking events leading up to his demise.

Graphic Novels/Manga

Demon Diary [YA GRAPHIC HEE – Vol. 1–7]
Follows the story of a new Demon Lord who just can't grasp the subtleties of his job, much to his mentor's disappointment.

Faeries' Landing [YA GRAPHIC HYUN – Vol. 1-3,5]
Welcome to Faeries' Landing, a place where the real world and the Faerie realm collide. 16-year-old Ryang, like most people, doesn't realize that supernatural beings descend to his town at night but when he stumbles upon a Faerie bath, he ends up becoming the guardian to a grounded faerie.

Pretear: the new legend of Snow White [YA GRAPHIC NARU - Vol. 1-4]
Himeno's troublesome life changes dramatically when she meets a young boy who transports her to a fantasy world desperately in need of help from a girl called “Pretear.”

YA Sound Recordings

Need something to listen to in the car? In your room? Check out our collection of new YA books on CD! Experience your favorite books in a brand new way. Be sure to pick up one next time you are in the library!

New YA Sound Recordings @ La Vergne Public Library

Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
 With his mother working long hours and in pain from a romantic break-up, eighteen-year-old Logan feels alone and unloved until a zany new student arrives at his small-town Missouri high school, keeping a big secret.

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

 When his parents insist that Perry take Gobi, their quiet, Lithuanian exchange student, to senior prom but after an incident at the dance he learns that Gobi is actually a trained assassin who needs him as a henchman, behind the wheel of his fathers precious Jaguar, on a mission in Manhattan.  

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

 In a distant future, Lugh is kidnapped, and while his twin sister Saba and nine-year-old Emmi are trailing him across bleak Sand sea they are captured, too, and taken to brutal Hopetown, where Saba is forced to be a cage fight.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

 By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.

Defiance (Strange Angels; 4) by Lili St. Crow

 When the fears of sixteen-year-old Dru come true and Sergej kidnaps her best friend Graves, she embarks on a suicidal rescue mission in which she will test Christophe and his training and try to defeat her mothers betrayer, Anna, for good.

Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando

 Jane, her twin brother Marcus, and their father have been on the road since her mothers departure years ago, but when they inherit a house on Coney Island, Jane not only begins to find a home, she learns much about her mother, too.

Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry

 In post-apocalyptic America, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura and his friends set out into the great Rot & Ruin hoping to find a better future but are soon pitted against zombies, wild animals, insane murderers, and the horrors of Gameland.

Fallen in Love: A Fallen Novel in Stories by Lauren Kate

 A collection of four love stories featuring Shelby, Miles, and other characters from the Fallen series.

Fox and Phoenix by Beth Bernobich

 Sixteen-year-old Kai, a magicians apprentice and former street tough, must travel to the Phoenix Empire, where his friend Princess Lian is studying statecraft, and help her escape so she can return home before her father, the king, dies.

The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines

 In 1942 New York City, fifteen-year-old Iris grieves for her mother who committed suicide and for the loss of her life of privilege, and secretly helps her father with his detective business since he, having lost a leg at Pearl Harbor, struggles to make ends meet.

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

 Told in alternating voices, an all-night adventure featuring Lucy, who is determined to find an elusive graffiti artist named Shadow, and Ed, the last person Lucy wants to spend time with, except for the fact that he may know how to find Shadow.

The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms; 3) by Cinda Williams Chima

 Thief-turned-wizard Han Alister joins forces with Raisa ana Marianna, heir to the Queendom of the Fells, to defend her right to the Gray Wolf Throne.

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

 Told from their own viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Jill, in grief over the loss of her father, and Mandy, nearly nineteen, are thrown together when her mother agrees to adopt unborn child of Mandy, but nothing turns out as they had anticipated.

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

 Two years after sixteen-year-old Chloe discovered the dead body of classmate London floating in a Hudson Valley reservoir, she returns home to be with her devoted older sister Ruby, a town favorite, and finds that London is alive and well, and that Ruby may somehow have brought her back to life and persuaded everyone that nothing is amiss.

Irises by Francisco X. Stork

  Kate, eighteen, and Mary, sixteen, must make some adult decisions about the course their lives should take when their loving but old-fashioned father dies suddenly, leaving them with their mother, who has been in a persistent vegetative state since an accident four years earlier.

Lost in Time by Melissa De la Cruz

  Schuyler Van Alen and her love Jack Force go their separate ways after their trip to Florence, Italy, with Schuyler going to Egypt to fulfill the Van Alen legacy, while Jack returns to Manhattan to face his twin sister, Mimi, but things get even more complicated when Mimi jets off to Egypt while the Coven threatens to fall apart around her.

Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

  Beka, having just lost her fiancé in a raid by slavers, is able to distract herself by going with her team on an important hunt at the request of the queen, unaware that the throne of Tortall depends on their success.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

  Having survived the Hunger Games twice before, Katniss Everdeen is lucky to be alive. However, she is far from safe. With the Capitol and President Snow blaming her for the strife plaguing District 12, Katniss must sacrifice herself to protect her loved ones.

Scrawl by Mark Shulman

  When eighth-grade school bully Tod and his friends get caught committing a crime on school property, his penalty–staying after school and writing in a journal under the eye of the school guidance counsellor–reveals aspects of himself that he prefers to keep hidden.

Torn by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  Time travelers Jonah and Katherine arrive in 1611 to rescue missing child John Hudson, son of the explorer Henry Hudson, but just as the mutiny on the Discovery is supposed to start, Jonah and Katherines knowledge of history is tested once again, and they fear that more is at stake than just one boys life. Author s note includes facts about the explorations of Henry Hudson.

Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson

  Almost seventeen-year-old Alison, who has synesthesia, finds herself in a psychiatric facility accused of killing a classmate whose body cannot be found.

Unleashed by Nancy Holder

  Orphaned Kat McBride, nearly seventeen, must leave California to live with her grandfather in small-town Arkansas, where she is drawn into a paranormal world of feuding werewolf clans.

Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury

  Seventeen-year-old Agnes Wilkins is about to make her debut into 1815 London society at a lavish party, where she meets Lord Showalter, a wealthy and eligible man who collects Egyptian antiquities and who is hiding a dangerous secret.

Helpful Links

Homework Help

Study guides for literature, U.S. history, and more – http://www.shmoop.com

Guide to websites covering every subject – http://www.discoveryeducation.com/students/index.cfm

Online dictionary – http://dictionary.reference.com/

Find articles from lots of different magazines, newspapers & scholarly journals – http://www.findarticles.com/

Literature study guides – http://www.sparknotes.com/

Good comprehensive reference guide – http://www.factmonster.com/

Foreign language translator – http://babelfish.yahoo.com/?lin=fr&translate_me=yes

Writing style guide – http://webster.commnet.edu/mla/index.shtml

Evaluating Internet sources – http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/college/11605_12337.cfm


Search for information about your favorite movie, movie star, director, etc.
Movies – http://www.imdb.com/

Movies – http://www.allmovie.com/

Cool News – http://www.aintitcoolnews.com/

Music – http://www.allmusic.com/

Music – http://www.mtv.com/

Game reviews, cheat codes and more – http://www.gamespot.com/

Gaming home page – http://www.gamespy.com/


For all your NFL needs… http://www.nfl.com/

Gnash and the rest of the Preds… http://www.nashvillepredators.com/

Your Nashville Sounds… http://www.nashvillesounds.com/

Basketball (even though we do not have a local team…yet)… http://www.nba.com/

Major League Baseball… http://mlb.mlb.com/

U.S. Soccer… http://www.ussoccer.com/

Help and Advice

If you can not talk to your parents or friends about your problems, or need more information from an impartial source, these sites may be of some help.

Al-Anon/Alateen – http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/

Child Abuse – http://www.childhelpusa.org/

Ask the Dietitian – http://www.dietitian.com/

Cool Nurse – http://www.coolnurse.com/

Go Ask Alice! (health questions) – http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – http://www.missingkids.com/

Teen Advice Online — for teens, by teens – http://www.teenadviceonline.org/

Teen Advice – http://teenadvice.about.com/

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) – http://www.saddonline.com/


No Flying, No Tights (graphic novel reviews) – http://www.noflyingnotights.com/

Booklists based on genre or author – http://www.seemore.mi.org/booklists/fiction.html#Like

Search for a poem by title , keyword, poet, first or last line, etc. – http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/display/

The Slam — post your poems or short stories here for feedback from readers – http://www.cricketmag.com/activity_display.asp?id=208

College and Careers

Links to colleges and universities around the world, study abroad information, and more. – http://www.allaboutcollege.com/

Links to TN colleges and universities. – http://www.collegefortn.org/

The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid, including links to various financial aid forms. – http://www.finaid.com/

By the author of What Color is Your Parachute – http://www.jobhuntersbible.com/

Enter your specifications and get matched with the college of your dreams. – http://www.mycollegeguide.org/

Career, College and Job Guide – http://www.quintcareers.com/

Federal Student Aid website – http://studentaid.ed.gov/

Information about how to get into and pay for college. – http://www.supercollege.com/

Search jobs, post a resume, get career advice – http://www.monster.com/