New from the Author of Divergent

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)Hey, guys.  Now that all the Divergent books have been made into films, author Veronica Roth has begun a new series with Carve the Mark. Roth has continued to focus on futuristic dystopian fiction for young adults. In Divergent, society was split into five factions; in Carve the Mark, the protagonist’s home planet is divided into two completely separate and warring cultures. The peoples on either side of a vast plain have been caught in violent conflict for generations with multiple assassination attempts all around. So, naturally, there will be star-crossed lovers! I don’t want to get too into spoiler-territory so I’ll keep things kind of vague here.

Carve the Mark is full of space travel, fight scenes, love scenes, snarky sarcasm, teen angst, things that would cause people of any age to feel angst, and mystery. What it doesn’t have is an original plot. I fell like I’ve read this story before. And the name on that book was not Veronica Roth. It’s not uncommon to be able to tell a writer’s influences and inspirations from the stories they tell and how they tell them. And that’s fine, as long as they rework the bits and bobs that they’ve borrowed into something new and different. While Carve the Mark had a lot of exciting moments, it didn’t feel new and different.

If you enjoyed reading Divergent, I’d still recommend Carve the Mark.I But, if you read a lot of futuristic dystopian fiction for young adults (as I do), don’t be surprised if you experience a little literary deja vu.

2105 Teen March Madness Book Tournament Champion

And the winner is…Divergent bDivergenty Veronica Roth. After four rounds of voting, Divergent emerged as the final victor in our 2015 Teen March Madness Book Tournament.  Thanks to everyone that voted both online and at the library.  The winners of our gift card drawing are Tekayla (Grade 7), John (Grade 11), and Jeremiah (Grade 10).  Prizes were provided by the Friends of Fountaindale Public Library.

Championship Battle in Teen March Madness Book Tournament

Championship Book CoversIt’s the final round of our 2015 Teen March Madness Book Tournament.  Two books are vying to be the champion- Divergent by Veronica Roth and The Giver by Lois Lowry.  Teens in 6th – 12th grade can vote at the library or online here between March 19 – March 25.

Each ballot will be entered into a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card drawing.  Limit one ballot per person per round. The winner of the March Madness Contest and the gift card drawing will be announced Monday, March 30th.  This contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Fountaindale Public Library.  Visit fountaindale.org to view the complete contest bracket.

Final Four in Teen March Madness Book Tournament

Final Four Book CoversWe are down to the Final Four contestants in the 2015 Teen March Madness Book Tournament.  Teens in 6th – 12th grade can vote in the third round at the library or online here between March 12 – March 18.

Just a reminder that each ballot will be entered into a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card drawing.  Limit one ballot per person per round. The winner of the March Madness Contest and the gift card drawing will be announced Monday, March 30th.  This contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Fountaindale Public Library.  Visit fountaindale.org to view the complete contest bracket.  Happy voting!

Vote for Elite 8 in Teen March Madness Book Tournament

The first round of voting is complete in our 2015 Teen March Madness Book Tournament.  The “Sweet 16” was narrowed down to our “Elite 8.”

Elite 8

Elite 8 Book Covers

Teens in 6th – 12th grade can vote in the second round at the library or online here between March 5 – March 11.  Each ballot will be entered into a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card drawing.  Limit one ballot per person per round. The winner of the March Madness Contest and the gift card drawing will be announced Monday, March 30th.  This contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Fountaindale Public Library.  Visit fountaindale.org to view the complete contest bracket.  Happy voting!

2015 Teen March Madness Book Tournament

Teens in Grades 6 – 12 can vote for their favorite teen fiction books.  Sixteen contestants were selected from the most popular books at the library in the past year. Voting will start February 26th and continue on for 4 weeks through March 25th.

Pick up a paper ballot in the Vortex or vote online here.  Each voting ballot will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card.  Limit one ballot per person per week. The winner of the March Madness Contest and the gift card drawing will be announced Monday, March 30th.  This contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Fountaindale Public Library.

Voting Schedule:

• Sweet 16: Vote February 26 – March 4
• Elite 8: Vote March 5 – March 11
• Final 4: Vote March 12 – March 18
• Championship: Vote March 19 – March 25
• Championship Winner Announced March 30

“Sweet 16” Contestants

  • The Fault in our Stars by John Green
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  • Every Day by David Levithan
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • Matched by Ally Condie
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Teardrop by Lauren Kate
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer