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Books for guys who like to read, and girls who like to read about guys August 30, 2012

Filed under: Adult Fiction for Teens,Fast Paced,Fiction Reviews,humor,Realistic — thommyfordreads @ 12:03 am

If you’re wondering where all of the guys who are kind of like you are in books – you know – guys who don’t fight dragons and aren’t descendants of superheroes and live in the era of Facebook and cell phones – this is the list for you.  And girls?  Want a little insight into the male psyche?  Look no further.

Me, The Missing, and the Dead

by Jenny Valentine

When a series of chance events leaves him in possession of an urn with ashes, sixteen-year-old Londoner, Lucas Swain, becomes convinced that its occupant, Violet Park, is communicating with him, initiating a voyage of self-discovery that forces him to finally confront the events surrounding his father’s sudden disappearance.  If you like this one, also check out Valentine’s Double.


Playing with Matches

by Brian Katcher

If seventeen-year-old Leon Sanders didn’t have his twisted sense of humor, he’d have nothing at all. So it’s no wonder to Leon and his friends that the gorgeous Amy Green will never even look twice at him.  However, there is one girl who might: Melody Hennon. Everyone keeps their distance from Melody because she was burned in a childhood accident. Leon has avoided her, too, until the day he tells her a bad joke and makes her laugh. Although Leon worries what people will think of him dating Melody, he’s happy to have someone in his life who thinks he’s special. That is, happy until Amy asks him out after Leon saves her from getting detention.


Fat Kid Rules the World

by K.L. Going

Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.  This is a book that anyone who knows how music can change your life has to read.  Now an indie movie in limited release, check this out now before the movie makes it big and you can tell everyone you knew Troy and Curtis first.


An Abundance of Katherines

by John Green

Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.


Where Things Come Back

by John Corey Whaley

In the remarkable, bizarre, and heart-wrenching summer before Cullen Witter’s senior year of high school, he is forced to examine everything he thinks he understands about his small and painfully dull Arkansas town. His cousin overdoses; his town becomes absurdly obsessed with the alleged reappearance of an extinct woodpecker; and most troubling of all, his sensitive, gifted fifteen-year-old brother, Gabriel, suddenly and inexplicably disappears.  Meanwhile, the crisis of faith spawned by a young missionary’s disillusion in Africa prompts a frantic search for meaning that has far-reaching consequences. As distant as the two stories initially seem, they are woven together and merge in a surprising and harrowing climax.


Ordinary Ghosts

by Eireen Corrigan

Sometimes when life haunts you, you’re better off becoming the ghost. Emil Simon feels invisible enough. He counts as a nonentity at his elite preparatory school and makes barely a dent in his father’s thoughts. When his older brother runs away, he entrusts Emil with a master key to Caramoor Academy. Soon Emil is sneaking into the school at night to explore … and falling for a faculty daughter who sneaks in for reasons of her own. This is a novel about living with disappearances… and willing yourself to appear.


Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky

This cult classic is about to be a major motion picture.  Read it now before the movie spoils it for you!

standing on the fringes of life . . .

offers a unique perspective. but there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

since its publication, stephen chbosky’s haunting debut novel has received critical acclaim, provoked discussion and debate, grown into a cult phenomenon with over a million copies in print, and inspired a major motion picture.

the perks of being a wallflower is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. the world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. of sex, drugs, and the rocky horror picture show.

of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.


Romance? Drama? Adventure? Tragedy? TITANIC! April 14, 2012

The Titanic hit an iceberg and started sinking into the freezing Atlantic 100 years ago tonight.  It was a terrible tragedy, but it has given way to some great NEW books for teens with a wide variety of reading interests.  Here are some to choose from:

Fateful by Claudia Gray

If Bella and Jacob were on the Titanic, this might have been their story.

The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott

A young seamstress survives the Titanic, but what she sees that night puts her at risk.

Unsinkable by Gordon Korman

The first in a trilogy (followed by Collision Course and S.O.S), this is the action packed story of four teens that circumstance throws together who struggle to survive the sinking – and their pasts.

The Watch That Ends the Night

The events of 4/14/1912 told from the perspective of some key players… including the iceberg.


No Moon by Irene Watts

A14 year old overcomes her fear of water, only to sail on the fateful voyage, where she is responsible for saving the wealthy children she is nannying.

Not enough Titanic for you?  There are more on the staff picks blog.


Hunger Games Everywhere! March 30, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heather @ 1:25 pm

ImageYou read the books, you saw the movie – now what?

You could enter the video review contest at Common Sense Media

You coud pick up a new book to try like one from this list or this one or this one (my favorite matches are Maze Runner and Under the Never Sky)

You could come on in to the library and write your movie predictions on the big posters

You could stop by a craft shop, get a few supplies, and make a Mockingjay pin or medallion 

You could make a Hunger Games feast for your family & friends

You could host a book club


Or maybe you just need a break from the post apocalyptic survival of the fittest political maneuverings and need something totally different!  We got a bunch of new books in this week and you can find them on the New cart in the Teen Lounge, or check out some great suggestions here or here.  

Happy reading!



Teen Tech Week Fun – Day 3 March 7, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heather @ 10:03 pm

Today we’re mashing up tech with the traditional.  Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to create a piece of book spine poetry, like the picture here.  Use the books you’ve got at home, at school, or in the library.  Snap a photo, then either post it on our Facebook page, post it on yours and tag us, email it to me, pop up on Pinterest, or onto your tumblr and tag us or send us the link, – however you want to get the picture out there.  Be sure to tag or notify us if you do.  All book spine poetry pics will be entered into a random drawing and I’ll notify the winner of the iTunes gift card by the end of the week.


Need some inspiration?  Check these out or search on Pinterest!


Teen Tech Week Fun, Day 2 March 6, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — thommyfordreads @ 1:00 am

Are you a gamer?  When did you fall in love with videogames?  Take a trip down memory lane, or venture faaaar into the past with the Consollection, an online museum of video game consoles.  Don’t forget to write on the Geektacular Wall of Fame in the Teen Lounge today.  What are you a total geek about?  The Hunger Games? Harry Potter? Beauty products? Texting? We’re all geeks about something


Teen Tech Week Fun Day 1 March 5, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — thommyfordreads @ 1:00 am

It’s Teen Tech Week! This is a week to celebrate all things tech that impact and enhance your lives and the way you interact with the world around you… including the library!

To start the week off in the spirit of the theme of connecting, here are TTTTT (Ten Thomas Ford Teen Tech Tools)* for connecting with the library.

You can connect with us on:

1. Facebook

2. Twitter and

3. Pinterest as well as through our website and this blog.

You can search for books, place holds, renew items, check your record, sign up for favorite author or subject alerts, and pay fines all online using the

4. SWAN catalog

You can get personalized reading suggestions by filling out this

5. quick online form or use

6. Novelist to find great books to read on just about any topic you can think of.

You can download some of our hottest sources as apps on your phone, like

7. Mango for learning languages

8. Gale Virtual Reference, a great source for 24/7 research when you forget about your paper till after we’re closed

9. And Overdrive for downloading e-books and audiobooks for you Kindle, Nook, phone, and more.

And finally, if you want to know about the best new books we’re getting, you can subscribe to specialized notices on

10. BookLetters through Good Reads.

That’s it?  No, that’s actually not it.  There are WAY more than ten ways to connect with the library.  You can email us or call us, read our newsletter, sign up for programs online, use our WiFi, and though it’s not very high-tech, we’re a friendly bunch around here that are always happy to help you when you stop by.

*This year’s Teen Tech Week theme is “Geek Out” and librarians are super geeks about acronyms ;)


Click-Download-Test Prep September 21, 2011

Filed under: e-books,Nonfiction — Heather @ 11:29 pm

Each year, we update the YA Study Center with the current year’s test prep books for high demand high school tests: ACT, SAT, and many of the AP courses.  This year is no different, but instead of needing to lug these giant books around, you can easily download many of them to your computer, e-reader, or other digital device.  Here’s a list of some of the most recently added test prep books, available to you now with your Thomas Ford Library Card at www.mediaondemand.org




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