August 29, 2014

by Alix-Rae

The MTV Video Music Awards took place last Sunday night and as usual all of the hottest stars in pop music were out wearing their best (or worst?) get-ups and  many were ready to shine on the stage with some stellar performances. One highlight for me was Beyoncé's amazing performace that highlighted all of the songs from her new album. I have to say it was quite darling when Jay-Z brought their daughter on stage to present her with her award.

Although I'm not a huge fan of Top 40s music I do find it interesting to watch the big award shows just to keep myself informed about what's popular and since the shows are live - it's fun to see if anything crazy or unexpected is going to happen - and it usually does!

On the topic of music, today's blog post features a variety of teen books where the titles are also song titles. How many of these song titles are familar to you? If you want to take a listen to the song you can check out Hoopla and stream it right away. If you happen to think of any other titles that were inspired by songs leave a comment after this post!

Books with titles that are song titles too!

I Am (Not) The WalrusI Am (Not) The Walrus by Ed Briant (song: I Am the Walrus byThe Beatles)

As the singer and bass player for a Beatles cover band, Toby embarks on a quest to increase his sex appeal, a plan that derails when he finds a mysterious note inside his old bass guitar.

With Or Without You With or Without You by Brian Farrey (song by: U2)

When eighteen-year-old best friends Evan and Davis of Madison, Wisconsin, join a community center group called "chasers" to gain acceptance and knowledge of gay history, there may be fatal consequences.


SSince You've Been Gone ince You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson (song by: Kelly Clarkson)

Quiet Emily's sociable and daring best friend, Sloane, has disappeared leaving nothing but a random list of bizarre tasks for her to complete, but with unexpected help from popular classmate Frank Porter, Emily gives them a try.


Hold Me Closer, NecromancerHold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lisa McBride (song: Tiny Dance (Hold Me Closer) by Elton John)

Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.


Black Hole Sun Black Hole Sun by David Mcinnis Gill (song by: Soundgarden)

On the planet Mars, sixteen-year-old Durango and his crew of mercenaries are hired by the settlers of a mining community to protect their most valuable resource from a feral band of marauders.


School's Out ForeverSchool's Out Forever by James Patterson (song: School's Out by Alice Cooper)

After a short stay with an FBI agent who gives them a chance to attend school and live a normal life, the six genetically-altered, winged youths head toward Florida and Max's ultimate destiny--to save the world, whether she wants to or not.


AAcross the Universecross the Universe by Beth Revis (song by: The Beatles)

Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her.


TToxicoxic by Sara Shephard (song by: Britney Spears)

Toxic is the fifteenth--and second-to-last--volume in Sara Shepard's bestselling Pretty Little Liars series. High school seniors Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna barely survived their most recent encounter with A. And it's not over yet. . . . The police don't believe that the real A is still out there, but the girls know what--and who--they saw. If they don't track down this final tormentor soon, A will silence them forever.

I'll Be ThereI'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan (song by: The Jackson Five)

Raised by an unstable father who keeps constantly on the move, Sam Border has long been the voice of his silent younger brother, Riddle, but everything changes when Sam meets Emily Bell and, welcomed by her family, the brothers are faced with normalcy for the first time.


And to top of this list here are some more books in which bands or songs are significantly featured:


Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto by Eric Luper

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Beat the Band by Don Calame

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirsten Cronn-Mills

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

Happy Reading!

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August 21, 2014

By Brenda

118188_WIC_240x208_1(1)On Broadway and around the world, Wicked has worked its magic on critics and audiences alike. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times).  Wicked is set to return to Winnipeg’s Centennial Concert Hall August 20-30… but before you go, you’ll want to do some reading first!

Many have heard of the musical Wicked, but did you know that it started life as a book? Wicked: the Life and Times of Wicked Munchkinland Tourthe Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire is the author’s revisiting of the familiar Wizard of Oz story. In it, he steps away from the childhood tale and adds darker twists to his spin. The story centres on Elphaba, the girl who grew up to be the Wicked Witch of the West, and develops through three sequels. Son of a Witch follows Elphaba’s son Liir. A Lion Among Men picks up the plot several years later, and is told through the perspective of the Cowardly Lion. Out of Oz closes the series with the story as seen by Rain, Elphaba’s granddaughter. This long, dark tale is available on CD and in print, perfect to while away the hours on a long road trip. Musical fans may want to check out the Broadway cast recording, or flip through Wicked: the Grimmerie by David Cote, a companion to the Broadway musical.

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Those looking for more family-friendly entertainment can head to the original inspiration. L. Frank Baum wrote the well-known classic Wizard of Oz on which Maguire’s books are based. The original is available at the library in many formats—book, graphic novel, CD, movie score, DVD, and streaming video. But did you know he wrote at least a dozen other titles in the series? WPL has many of them, including Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, The Emerald City of Oz, and Glinda of Oz. Go back to the source and find out where all the popular characters originated and what happened to them!

So read up, then check out the musical Wicked this summer!  You won’t regret it!

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August 14, 2014

par Mirabelle

Le beau temps est enfin arrivé! J’ai toujours profité de ces longues journées chaudes et paisibles pour faire de la lecture. Évidemment, je rigole en disant cela, car je m’adonne à cette activité 365 jours par année! Au moins, en été, je peux faire de la lecture dehors et profiter un peu du soleil. À cet égard, je voulais partager avec vous mes coups de cœur de l’été.

Je veux d’abord vous faire connaître un livre qui s’intitule Le Théorème des K(atherine) de John Green. Ce roman constitue un parfait compagnon pour une journée d’été, car il porte sur les aventures de deux garçons qui entreprennent un voyage pendant leurs vacances d’été. Je ne veux pas trop dévoiler l’intrigue, mais si vous voulez savoir ce que l’archiduc François-Ferdinand d’Autriche, 19 jeunes filles nommées Katherine, des anagrammes, un jeune génie, son meilleur ami et des formules mathématiques ont en commun, je vous suggère de lire ce livre! Cet ouvrage est très amusant et intelligent et les personnages sont fort aimables. John Green sait comment se mettre dans la tête des adolescents! En effet, l’aspect le plus intéressant du roman, selon moi, est sans doute l’amitié entre Colin et Hassan qui est l’élément central de l’histoire. Je vous invite à en faire la lecture – vous n’en serez pas déçu!

Mon deuxième coup de cœur est une série en trois tomes : Le Livre de Saskia par Marie Pavlenko. Vous y trouverez les aventures d’une adolescente qui se nomme Saskia. Celle-ci vit une vie très ordinaire jusqu’à ses dix-huit ans, année durant laquelle elle commence à faire des cauchemars bizarres et est attaquée par une créature mystérieuse dans un cimetière. Cette trilogie possède toutes les qualités d’une bonne série du genre fantastique : un monde fascinant, de l’aventure, de l’action, du suspense et des personnages complexes et attachants. Le parcours de Saskia est réellement passionnant! Bon, je sais que vous avez déjà envie de vous plonger dans le fabuleux monde de Saskia. Vous avez de la chance, car les trois tomes sont déjà disponibles!

Enfin, mon troisième coup de cœur est le premier tome dans la série La Vallée des secrets par Krystyna Kuhn, une auteure allemande. Cette série a connu un grand succès mondial. Le premier tome s’intitule Le Jeu et se déroule dans une école isolée dans les forêts majestueuses de la Colombie-Britannique. Robert et sa sœur Julia arrivent à cette école dans des circonstances mystérieuses. Beaucoup de mystères entourent ce bâtiment isolé, et nos protagonistes tenteront de les élucider. L’école, un bâtiment gothique, est presque un personnage en soi. Celui-ci, et la forêt qui l’entoure, contribuent à établir une ambiance sombre et angoissante. Vous serez envoutés par l’atmosphère de mystère et de suspense que Krystyna Kuhn a élégamment créée.

Je vous remercie de votre attention et je vous souhaite un excellent été! Les titres mentionnés ci-dessus sont tous disponibles dans le catalogue de la Bibliothèque publique de Winnipeg auquel vous pourrez accéder ici.

Mirabelle travaille à la Bibliothèque de Saint-Boniface. Pour elle, une journée d'été idéale serait constituée de soleil, d'un cornet de crème glacée et d'un bon livre.

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August 7, 2014

By Arryn

With the overnight success of the new movie from Marvel Studios, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ I couldn’t help but think back to all of the other great comic book characters and crime fighting groups that deserve a movie (or TV show?) of their own!

This is one the fans have been hounding Hollywood about for years. The Wade Wilson AKA Deadpool AKA ‘The Merc with the Mouth’ is a quirky anti-hero with a tendency towards the slightly insane. He was played by Ryan Reynolds in the less than spectacular Wolverine: Origins movie. Fans revolted at what Marvel chose to do to his character in that movie and since then have been begging for a true treatment worthy of the crazy assassin. Lucky for them, a clip of  CGI test footage was revealed at San Deigo’s Comic Con provides some hope for a full length movie.

Now hear me out on this one! I know it seems kinda weird to have such specific powers, like breathing underwater and control over sea-life. Not super helpful unless every battle you ever get into is under the water… Despite all that I still think it would be cool to see Hollywood try and tackle such a different superhero. A reluctant ruler of a strange kingdom (Atlantis) but also a champion for good! I definitely see some potential there, and who knows, with the rumored Justice League movie maybe there’s a spot for Aquaman!

Last but not least, well in my mind anyway, is Gambit. This Cajun, card slinging, smooth talking, X-men is one of the more mysterious characters in comics. His past is just as shadowy as Wolverine’s and sometimes more sinister! I was very upset when they didn’t include him in the X-men movies and I’ve waited for an appearance in at least a background roll ever since! His origins as the head of the thieves’ guild would make for an interesting movie and I can see it fitting into the rebooted X-Men movies quite nicely.

Hopefully this short list gets you interested in a few of the lesser known super heroes! I love taking a walk through our graphic novel section and pulling out a few stories on heroes (or villains!) I’ve never heard of. Check out some of the library's great graphic novels including
Marvel and DC comics


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July 31, 2014

By Lindsay

The hot weather is finally here, and that means it's time to grab an iced lemonade, a lawn chair, and a great book!  Celebrate summer with this vacation-themed reading list! 

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Destination: Private island estate
A beautiful and distinguished family.  A private island.  A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.  A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.  A revolution. An accident. A secret.  Lies upon lies.  True love.  The truth.

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Destination: Lakeside cottage
Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. It's a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
Destination: Private estate (non-island variety)
On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century; it's the kind of place where swimming boldly is required and the children twirl sparklers across the lawn during cocktail hour. Mabel falls in love with the midnight skinny-dips, the wet dog smell lingering in the air, the moneyed laughter carrying across the still lake, and before she knows it, she has everything she's ever wanted: wealth, friendship, a boyfriend, and, most of all, the sense, for the first time in her life, that she belongs.

But as Mabel becomes an insider, she makes a terrible discovery, which leads to shocking violence and the revelation of the true source of the Winslows' fortune. Mabel must choose: either expose the ugliness surrounding her and face expulsion from paradise, or keep the family’s dark secrets and redefine what is good and what is evil, in the interest of what can be hers. 

Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy
Destination: Camp
Calla loves summer because summer means Duncan. They've been best friends for years, but Calla has never worked up the nerve to tell him how she really feels. This summer, the summer before college, is Calla's last chance.

Violet isn't much of a rule breaker in real life. But this isn't real life, this is summer, and Violet is determined to make the most of it. Besides, a little sneaking out never hurt anyone. And sneaking out with James is 100% worth the risk...even though James is completely off-limits.

Daisy has never been the sister that boys notice, but when sparks fly with Joel at the first bonfire of summer, it seems so easy and right. So why is being his girlfriend so complicated?

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani
Destination: Camp (with horses!)
It is 1930, the midst of the Great Depression. After her mysterious role in a family tragedy, passionate, strong-willed Thea Atwell, age fifteen, has been cast out of her Florida home, exiled to an equestrienne boarding school for Southern debutantes. High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with its complex social strata ordered by money, beauty, and girls’ friendships, the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls is a far remove from the free-roaming, dreamlike childhood Thea shared with her twin brother on their family’s citrus farm—a world now partially shattered. As Thea grapples with her responsibility for the events of the past year that led her here, she finds herself enmeshed in a new order, one that will change her sense of what is possible for herself, her family, her country.

What are your favorite books set in a summertime vacation destination? Let me know your picks for warm weather reads.  Happy summertime reading!

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