YALSA Top Ten Teen Novels

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) has recently just announced their top 10 titles for 2016!


  1. Alive by Chandler Baker

Stella Cross has received a heart transplant, but it has not stopped her emotional suffering. Then a mysterious boy named Levi Zin comes into her life. Stella’s pain goes away whenever she’s around Levi. However, Stella finds out a terrible secret about Levi. Can it be true?

  1. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Death plays a big role in the lives of high schoolers Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. He is constantly on the verge of suicide, and she is battling grief after her sister’s death. The Indiana teens come together to work on a project and soon develop a bond, showing each other what it’s like to live.

  1. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbroughgame-of-love-and-death

Set in Seattle in the 1920s, a romance develops between Flora, who is African American, and Henry, who is white. Despite some differences, the pair has much in common, including a shared love of jazz music. However, it turns out that Flora and Henry actually are pawns in a game played by two other characters – Love and Death. This book is full of intrigue and is, at times, heartbreaking, and will have the reader racing to the final pages.

  1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Young criminal genius Kaz Brekker is offered the chance to pull off a dangerous theft that can make him rich. He recruits a gang of six dangerous misfits to help him with the heist. The book follows the crew’s crazy adventure and features plot twists, betrayals, and schemes aplenty.


  1. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Maddy is a teenager with a serious autoimmune disease that prevents her from leaving the house. Yet, she seems content to stay home and read books. That is until a boy named Olly moves in next door. The two meet, and their quirky relationship is chronicled through emails, journal entries, IMs and old notes.

  1. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Samantha McAllister seems to have it all: she is beautiful, bright and part of the popular crowd in high school. But looks can be deceiving, and she is hiding the fact she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Samantha’s life changes after she visits a place at school called Poet’s Corner and she begins hanging out with new friends like Caroline and AJ.


  1. The Novice: Summoner: Book One by Taran Matharu

A blacksmith’s apprentice named Fletcher discovers he can summon demons from another world. He soon gets chased out of his village for a crime he did not commit, ending up at an academy for adepts, where he is trained to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire’s war against the savage Orcs. Eventually, Fletcher discovers the fate of the Empire is in his hands.

  1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Kady and Ezra have just broken up, and then their planet is bombed by a megacorporation. The pair escapes to a government ship, but must put their differences aside in order to survive and stop a plague that has resulted from the use of a bioweapon.


  1. When by Victoria Laurie

High school junior Maddie Fynn has special powers that allow her to see numbers above a person’s forehead, which she soon discovers are death dates. She identifies the death date of a young boy, but is unable to prevent his disappearance. Then, Maddie becomes a suspect in a homicide investigation.

  1. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

June and Delia were best friends who grew apart. Then, Delia commits suicide. Or, at least that’s what others have been told. June believes her former best friend has been murdered, and she goes on a quest to find the truth . . . which, it turns out, is very complicated.

Want to help decide what goes into the top ten for 2017? Cast your vote now!

Book Reviews – It’s the End of the World!

What would you do if you knew the world was about to end?

17332270This is the question posed by both Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts and We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach. Both stories follow a group of seemingly unconnected teens as they grapple with, not only their own mortality, but the inescapable end of everything they’ve ever known as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth. Both books ask the same question, but they offer very different possible answers.

We All Looked UpIn Tumble & Fall, three young people from Martha’s Vineyard search for truth and meaning and love during the last week of existence. They seek to solve personal mysteries and find solace in the ones that they love. We All Looked Up has a darker perspective. Told that they all have 2 months to live, most people shrug off rules and other people’s expectations and embrace their own desires. For some that means forgetting about their GPA and immersing themselves in music. For others, that means chaos and violence.

What would you do if you knew the world was about to end?

The question isn’t just about asteroids and disaster, is it? It’s really about what you want – from your life, from other people, from yourself. The question that is really at the core of these books is: why are waiting for these things, why aren’t you pursuing them today?

Tumble & Fall

By Alexandra Coutts
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We All Looked UpVivian Apple at the End of the World (Vivian Apple, #1)
By Tommy Wallach
Available for download on OverDrive and Axis 360 apps.
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And, if you want a more humorous approach to the Apocalypse, try:
Vivian Apple at the End of the World
By Katie Coyle
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Book Recommendation: Demigods & Magicians

demigods__magiciansGenre: Fantasy / Action Adventure

First Released: 2016

Part of a Series?: Yes
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
The Heroes of Olympus
The Kane Chronicles


“Magic, monsters, and mayhem abound when Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase meet Carter and Sadie Kane for the first time in this short story collection”

Where can I find it in the library?

This will be on the second floor of the library in the Vortex. Additional copies can also be found in the Children’s Department.

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After finally getting the chance to finish The Kane Chronicles, I fell into a deep despair, desperately missing the characters I went on adventures with. I began to imagine what would happen if Percy Jackson and the other demigods came across the Kanes. To my delight, Rick Riordan had done the same! He’s written a series of 3 short stories where the Kanes and the Demigods team up and work together to fight another threat! I have yet have the chance to finish the last story, so don’t spoil it for me!

Tweet-a-Book Challenge!

tweet-a-book-challengeBoy is sad. He goes 2 magic school, finds friends. Prof w/ man in hat tries 2 kill him. He drinks brew, plays chess, finds key. Wins rock.

If you guessed that this 140-character tweet was a summary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, you’d be right!  If you guessed that this tweet was the frenzied rambling of an unstable mind… you might also be right.  

Think you can do better?  Show us what you’ve got!  Tell us everything we need to know about your favorite book (or any book) in 140 characters or less.  (Remember emoji count as characters too.)

Anyone grades 6–12 is eligible to enter and all entries will be tweeted on the library’s twitter feed!  Make sure you follow us @FountaindaleLib to catch all the great book tweets! 

Entries can be emailed to fountaindaleteen@fountaindale.org or dropped off at the Vortex desk.  All entries must be received by Sunday, October 15.

Get tweeting!

Cosplay & Wigs

October 5th was our Wig and Makeup Usage program in the Vortex! Below in the slideshow take a peek to get an idea of what you missed! Another thanks to Arda Wigs for graciously donating two 15$ e-gift certificates for a drawing at the end.

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On October 12th, join us with our presenter to go over costume and basic prop creation! Register here today!

Also, don’t forget that registration is now open for our After Hours Cosplay Ball that takes place on October 28 at 5:30 P.M.! It’s sure to be a blast!

See you next week for more cosplay!



New Club!

Do you play YuGiOh?  How about Magic: the Gathering?  Pokemon?  Any other Collectible Card Game that I didn’t mention?  

If so, bring your deck to the Vortex after school on the first Thursday of each month.  Challenge old rivals and new allies alike to duels.  

No need to register!  Just drop in and play a round or two of your favorite CCG!
Club meets on the first Thursday of each month from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.




Love Card Games? Try Hearthstone!

Do you love card games but wish there was a way to take them with you anywhere without worrying about losing them down a sewer drain when they fall out of your backpack as you walk home from school? (Hey, it could happen. If you didn’t worry about it before, I’m sure you are now.)

Do you love magic and knights and assassins? Then try out Blizzard’s online card game Hearthstone!


Hearthstone is free to play and super fun and easy to pick up! All you need is a battle.net account if you don’t already have one it’s super easy to make! (How do you know if you already have one? if you play World of Warcraft, Overwatch, or Heroes of the Storm or any other Blizzard game then just use that login!) It’s also available to play on computers, tablets, and phones!

“But I don’t want to play against people online when I’m learning!” You may think.

I was the same way! But thankfully Hearthstone doesn’t make you do that. They have 5 tutorial sessions before you can even dive into practice mode. All of these are versus the computer! It gives you plenty of confidence for when you’re eventually ready to play against real people. You may be surprised at your ability! I know I was!

Try this great site if you need more help building a deck once you’ve accumulated more cards in your inventory!

Try out Hearthstone today!

Also, if you need even more Blizzard products in your life, feel free to see what the library has in stock!