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Ed Cho and Lee Cherolis Give Us Recommendations

Lee Cherolis & Ed Cho

Lee Cherolis & Ed Cho

Little Guardians, Book 3: Tane and the Spirit Dragon

Little Guardians, Book 3: Tane and the Spirit Dragon

During our YA Author Festival on September 10th, nine authors, including the creators of Little Guardians, Ed Cho and Lee Cherolis, joined us for panels, workshops, hang out sessions, book signings and a trivia contest. Ed and Lee make great trivia judges, in case you were wondering.
Not only did we ask them to tell us about the process of creating Little Guardians, but we also asked them to pull their favorite books from our collection!


After you read our copies of the Little Guardians, check out the creators’ favorites while you wait for their third book to hit our shelves!




Bad Machinery by John Allison

Maus: a Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

Bone by Jeff Smith

Cardboard by Doug TenNapel

Astronaut Academy, Zero Gravity by Dave Roman

Scott Pilgrim by Scott O’Malley

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Battling Boy by Paul Pope


If you still can’t get enough of Little Guardians, check out their website!

Save the Date: YA Author Fest Sept. 10th

We are excited to announce that will be hosting 8 authors and 1 graphic novel artist on Saturday, September 10th for YA Author Fest!  Find out how the authors got their books published, attend writing workshops, hangout with the authors, ask them your questions, and participate in a fun Trivia Throwdown with the authors!  You choose which workshops and panels to attend.  All authors will be signing their books. You can bring your own favorite copy from home or purchase one of their latest books for 15% off during the YA Author Fest.  Click here to sign up and learn more about the different workshops.

Below are the awesome authors that will be here!  Click on their name to find books available at our library.

Mindy McGinnis
Sarah J. Schmitt
Melissa Landers
Josh David Bellin
Amalie Howard
Stephanie Kate Strohm
Saundra Mitchell
Ed Cho & Lee Cherolis

Stayed tuned to the blog for interviews and more from each author!

What should I read next?

whatWhat should I read now? Have you ever finished the best book ever written and felt like there could not possibly be any books as good as that one. Never fear! You can find a great book to read again.

Our library has a fantastic online resource called Novelist.  All you need to do is type in the title or author of a book that you have read and really enjoyed.  Novelist will give you suggestions based on it and even given you a reason why it is similar to your favorite book.  Novelist lets you browse lists based on Genre, just click the TEEN tab first if you only want to browse teen books.

After you find your next great read, you need to check if we have it available.  If it is checked out, you can put a hold on it.  If we don’t have the book you can request to purchase it or we can try and borrow it from another library for you!

Now that you have found your next great book, HAPPY READING!



Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: A Review

Jay Kristoff, co-author of Illuminae, describes this book perfectly:

“It’s the classic tale of boy meets girl, girl loses boy…and parents….and planet…and ends up on a crippled spaceship….with a mad computer…in the middle of an interstellar war…”

Kady Grant and Erza Mason broke up the morning their home planet, Karenza, was attacked by a warship sent by the power-hungry corporation, Bei-Tech. Grudgingly and with much fighting, Kady and Ezra help each other escape their ravaged planet on one of three Karenza fleet shuttles.  Kady – an intelligent loner who’s a brilliant computer hacker – and Ezra – an outgoing athlete -type (who is secretly still pining for Kady)  struggle to understand what happened to their planet and why while being pursued by the very warship that attacked them. Meanwhile, a terrifying and mutating virus has been discovered on-board the Karenza fleet. To make matters more complicated, AIDEN – the fleet’s artificial intelligence starts questioning the humans’ ability to protect themselves as “HE” becomes increasingly volatile. Kady and Ezra will have to set aside their post-breakup feelings and work together to stay alive on the packed fleet shuttles with a population that may be losing its mind.

Illuminae is an epic space opera set in the year 2575. Shrouded in conspiracy, it’s part sci-fi, mystery, snappy wit, horror, with a dash of romance. If you like any of these genres, you will love this book. I’ve never read anything like Illuminae (and I read a lot of books!), and I was blown away. This book is achingly beautiful, and it will rip your heart out – and put it back – and rip it out again, but you will love every minute.

Not only is the story amazing, but the physical layout of the book is a new experience in itself. Classified files, journal entries, video surveillance, IMs, AI messaging, and ship schematics add to the mystery and intensity of Illuminae’s story.  Pair this book with the audio version to increase the story’s intensity. Performed by a full-cast – the space explosions, technology blips/beeps, and horror ramp up. I was listening to this story while walking outside one evening and it kept making me look behind my shoulder nervously!

Although this book tops out at 599 pages, it reads very quickly with short suspenseful chapters peppered with photos and illustrations.

Out of 5, I give it 20 glorious stars. Treat yourself and pick up Iluminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff today – because it will give you time to read it at least five more times before part 2, Gemina, comes out in October!

Happy reading!

Need More YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reading in Your Life?


The Science-Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced the nominees for the The Andre Norton Award. This award recognizes the best young adult science fiction or fantasy book published in the United States in the preceding year. If you’re looking for a new book, check out one of these today!

2015 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Nominees:

Seriously Wicked, Tina Connolly
Court of Fives, Kate Elliott
Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge
Archivist Wasp, Nicole Kornher-Stace
Zeroboxer, Fonda Lee
Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older
Bone Gap, Laura Ruby – *Also the 2016 Printz Award Winner & 2015 National Book Award Finalist*
Nimona, Noelle Stevenson – *A 2016 Battle of the Books book! & 2015 National Book Award Finalist*
Updraft, Fran Wilde