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02/20/2018 - 10:10am
If you like the CW's Riverdale

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Riverdale (2017 TV Series)
Riverdale is an American teen drama television series based on the characters of Archie Comics. Originally conceived as a feature film adaptation for Warner Bros. Pictures, the idea was re-imagined as a television series for Fox. In 2015, development on the project moved to The CW, where the series was ordered for a pilot. The series features an ensemble cast based on the characters of Archie Comics, with KJ Apa in the role of Archie AndrewsLili Reinhart as Betty CooperCamila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, the series' narrator. The cast also features Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom. Other characters in the series include Fred AndrewsAlice CooperFP Jones, and Hermione Lodge, the parents of Archie, Betty, Jughead, and Veronica respectively. The thirteen-episode first season premiered on January 26, 2017 to positive reviews, before concluding on May 11, 2017. On March 7, 2017, The CW renewed the series for the second season of 22 episodes, which premiered on October 11, 2017. See the season 1 trailer here.

If you like the teen drama and mystery that surrounds the town of Riverdale, check out these teen book titles that are filled with the same darkness behind a perfect facadè of a small town. To check out our collection of Archie Comics, go here.

02/14/2018 - 9:47am
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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The Bad Beginning (Book One in A Series of Unfortunate Events) 
This series chronicles the unfortunate lives of the Baudelaire children: Violet, 14; Klaus, The Bad Beginning 12; and the infant, Sunny. In Bad Beginning, their parents and possessions perish in a fire, and the orphans must use their talents to survive as their lives move from one disastrous event to another. Surrounded by dim-witted though well-meaning adults, the Baudelaires find themselves in the care of their evil relative, Count Olaf, a disreputable actor whose main concern is getting his hands on the children's fortune. (Library Journal)

A Series of Unfortunate Events is an American black comedy-drama television series from Netflix, developed by Mark Hudis and Barry Sonnenfeld, based on the children's novel series of the same name by Lemony Snicket. It stars Neil Patrick HarrisPatrick WarburtonMalina WeissmanLouis HynesK. Todd Freeman, and Presley Smith. The first season, which premiered on January 13, 2017, consists of eight episodes and adapts the first four books of the series. The series was renewed for a second season in March 2017, intended to consist of ten episodes that adapt books five through nine of the novel series, and was renewed for a third season a month later, which is expected to adapt the remaining four books. The second season is scheduled to be released on March 30, 2018. See the trailer below.

02/13/2018 - 12:30pm
If you like Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
In the not-so-distant future—the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday's fortune. Stuffed to the gills with action, puzzles, nerdy romance, and 80s nostalgia, this high energy cyber-quest will make geeks everywhere feel like they were separated at birth from author Ernest Cline. 

Ready Player One is an upcoming American live-action/animated science fiction action film produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on Cline's 2011 novel of the same name. The film stars Tye SheridanOlivia CookeBen MendelsohnT. J. MillerSimon Pegg, and Mark Rylance. The film is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. in the United States on March 29, 2018. See the trailer below.

If you like Cline's Ready Player One, check out these titles.

02/13/2018 - 11:42am
If you like Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Love, Simon) by Becky Albertalli

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Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity—and that of his pen pal—will be revealed. 
 

Love, Simon is an upcoming American romantic teen comedy-drama film directed by Greg Berlanti. The film stars Nick RobinsonKatherine LangfordAlexandra ShippJorge Lendeborg Jr.Miles HeizerKeiynan LonsdaleLogan MillerJennifer GarnerJosh Duhamel and Tony Hale. Robinson stars as Simon, a closeted gay boy in high school who is forced to balance his friends, his family, his email pen pal Blue, and the blackmailer threatening to out him to the entire school. The film is scheduled to be released on March 16, 2018. See the trailer below.

If you're looking for more teen LGBT romantic and comedy, check out the titles below.

02/12/2018 - 12:27am
Cover to The End of Our Story by Meg Haston

In The End of Our Story, by Meg Haston, we meet Wilson and Bridget, a young pair who seem meant to be together.  

Bridge and Wil have always been together. First, they grew up together. They became inseparable friends soon after and then, even more so, as a couple. Until Bridge broke Wil’s heart, that is. Then, suddenly, the pair that always was just isn’t anymore.

02/13/2018 - 10:52am
If you like A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Meg Murry learns that her astrophysicist father Dr. Alex Murry has exceeded time and space, and is now being held captive on a distant planet. She, her young brother Charles, and classmate Calvin join three astral travelers on a mission to save him and the planet from the utmost evil. (from the list Books on the Big Screen, Winter-Spring 2018)

There are four other books in L'Engle's Time Quintet series:

01/30/2018 - 12:13pm
If you like Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Once again, the Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a final assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who can defeat the aliens. But who? Ender Wiggin is brilliant, ruthless, and cunning, a tactical and strategic master, and a child. Recruited for military training by the world government, Ender's childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battle School. How will Ender perform in real combat conditions? After all, Battle School is just a game. Isn't it? (catalog summary)

Other books in the Ender's Game saga:

Speaker for the DeadXenocide
Children of the Mind

If you enjoyed Ender's Game, check out these other teen and adult science fiction titles.


Dune by Frank Herbert


Dune
by Frank Herbert

Follows the adventures of Paul Atreides, the son of a betrayed duke given up for dead on a treacherous desert planet and adopted by its fierce, nomadic people, who help him unravel his most unexpected destiny. (catalog summary)




 

01/12/2018 - 12:04am
If you like The Maze Runner series by James Dashner

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01/08/2018 - 9:38am
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess book cover

In Victorian England, bloodthirsty demons called the Ancients terrorize humanity and threaten to destroy the country. Only one hope remains: the prophesied one, a sorcerer who will the defeat the Ancients with fire.

Henrietta Howel has kept her magical abilities hidden for her entire life. Women with powers are considered untrustworthy and dangerous, possibly even on the side of the Ancients, and so Henrietta lives in fear of accidently revealing her gift of fire to anyone other than her closest friend, Rook.

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