The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Youth Librarian

Teen Presidential Choices

Just about every day we are hearing news about possible presidential candidates for the 2016 election. asked teen board members this interesting question: If you could choose any book character to be the President of the United States, who would you pick, and why? 

See the teens' anwers in this article. Do you agree with their choices? Who would you choose?

Twilight Reimagined

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The wildly popular vampire romance Twilight is celebrating its tenth anniversary. In honor of this, author Stephenie Meyer has reimagined her story with reversed gender roles in her new companion book, Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined. The main character is now a boy named Beau who is attracted to a mysterious golden-eyed vampire named Edythe. Jacob fans, don't worry--he is in the story as Julie. The new book is packaged with the original for this tenth anniversary edition.

Do you think this is an interesting twist? Will Twilight fans love it or leave it? Check it out and see for yourself.

Voting Open for Teens' Top Ten

Voting is now open for the 2015 Teens' Top Ten. Help choose the books recommended by teens for teens. You may vote now until October 24 for your favorite titles of the previous year. This is a great place to find the best reads, and check out previous years' winners for more great reading suggestions.

Too bad I am too old to vote. My top fave is The Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielsen, the third book of the Ascendance trilogy--absolutely loved these books on audio!

2015 Teens' Top Ten List

Look what's arrived just in time for summer reading! Here is the 2015 list of nominees for the Teens" Top Ten--books nominated by teens for teens.

Movie Sequel to The Maze Runner

Check out the trailer for The Scorch Trials!

Free Audiobooks for Summer

Do you like to read with your ears? Seriously--great audiobooks can transport you to another world and make for great companions in the car or while relaxing at home. Listening while doing chores makes the task lighter, too.

Starting May 7 and running through August 13, you can download FREE audiobooks to keep from SYNC YA Literature program. Two audiobooks are available each week. Check out the link for the list of titles and enjoy movies for your ears!

The Red Queen

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Looking for that next young adult blockbuster book to read? The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard has been getting some buzz. Here is the description from the book:

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.


This is the first of a trilogy. Have you read The Red Queen yet? What did you think? It is on my soon-to-be-read list.

Spring Break Teen Movie

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Looking for something to do with your friends during spring break that is free and fun? Come to our teen movie showing of Mockingjay Part 1 (PG-13) on Thursday, April 2 at 1 p.m. at the Little Chute Library. We will serve free popcorn from Tom's. Adult fans of The Hunger Games are also welcome to attend. May the odds be ever in your favor.

Deets on a Duology

Attention, Divergent Fans! Veronica Roth is writing TWO new books--a duology! We have to wait a few years, but good things come to those who wait. Check out the details here.

Teen Book Awards Announced

The American Library Association has announced the 2015 award-winning books for teens:

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
I’ll Give You the Sun, written by Jandy Nelson, is the 2015 Printz Award winner. 
Four Printz Honor Books also were named: 
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard.
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley.
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith.
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki.

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia.
Bingo’s Run by James A. Levine.
Confessions by Kanae Minato, translated by Stephen Snyder.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.
Lock In by John Scalzi.
The Martian by Andy Weir. 
The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles. 
Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta.
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle.

Click the link to see the complete list of award winners: 2015 ALA Awards