Book Blog

NPR's 100 Best-Ever Teen Books

Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by Kelly_TeenLib

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone The votes are in! NPR has released the results of its poll on Teen literature. Take a look at the results of the '100 Best-Ever Teen Novels'. Harry Potter is leading the charge with the number one spot. There are some classics in there, and a few that I didn't expect (Ok, so there's some I don't think deserve to be on the list... ). . . . more »

Guardian of the Dead

Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 by GoddessDivine

Guardian of the Dead Guardian of the Dead Ellie, the main character, is a boarding student at Mansfield School in Christchurch. She has a crush on a mysterious, lonely boy in her Classics class. He turns out to be half patupaiarehe, a kind of Maori vampire, and she, of course, has latent magical powers too. A serial killer named the Eyeslasher is stalking random victims all over the Christchurch . . . more »

Bring summer camp home with you!

Posted on Monday, August 6, 2012 by lucia_l

The Parent Trap If you are like me, the long hot days of summer bring on the urge for gooey s'mores, campfires, crafts, and all sorts of summer camp related goodness. If a trip to the lake isn't going to happen this year, let SCCLD bring summer camp home to you. Just take a deep breath and smell the Coppertone. The classic summer camp movie. Hayley Mills plays . . . more »

Mermaids and Mermen, the newest books!

Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 by Nichole_TeenLit

Of Poseidon We are constantly updating our booklists, and one of the newest ones is called, "Mermaids, Sirens & Other Sea Creatures". It seems as soon as the list is updated about 20 more books come in that would have worked perfectly. So, this is an update to that list, a few more titles that just missed the cut. Of Poseidon Galen is the prince of the . . . more »

Get Inspired and Go for the Gold!

Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 by Cupertino_Library

Soul Surfer If you are anything like me, your eyes have been glued to the TV every night this past week watching the 2012 Summer Olympics. I mean, come on, this has been exciting! I’ve even caught myself nearing the edge of the couch and flexing my fingers while watching Badminton (a sport I’ve always equated with being as much fun as staring directly into the sun . . . more »

The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte --Book Review

Posted on Friday, August 3, 2012 by Robyn_Bookworm

The Club Dumas The Club Dumas -Arturo Pérez-Reverte I have vivid memories of reading this on summer vacation a few years ago, basking in the sun and frantically turning pages to find out what would happen next. Before reading this book, I had never thought much of mystery novels. When a friend insisted I bring this along on my trip I reluctantly gave it a try. I returned . . . more »

Beat the heat with a delicious treat!

Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 by klarakim

Don't these popsicles look easy and delicious? The hardest part of making these is waiting for them to freeze! Check out these popsicle recipe books from SCCLD, all of which have gorgeous photos and inventive recipes for the modern popsicle lover. People's Pops Paletas Pops! Perfect Pops . . . more »

It's Gilroy Garlic Festival Time!

Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 by LibraryAdministration

Book cover for The Stinking Cookbook Check out our garlic booklist! It's that time of year again! We've put together a complete list of books about your favorite stinking rose just in time for the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival this weekend. Enjoy! The Stinking Cookbook . . . more »

Road Trip! Books to Hit the Road With

Posted on Friday, July 27, 2012 by Robyn_Bookworm

The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test It’s summer and that means it's time for vacation! I just got back from a road trip to Las Vegas and when I asked for a reading recommendation on the SCCL Facebook’s Reading Recommendation Friday, lovely librarian Klara recommended The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. I loved the crazy antics of Kesey and his gang and it made the long drive more enjoyable. Here is a . . . more »

When She Woke, by Hillary Jordan

Posted on Thursday, July 26, 2012 by GoddessDivine

When She Woke When She Woke I can't decide if this updated fable, based on The Scarlet Letter, is a heavy-handed feminist parable or an interesting update on Hawthorne's classic. It is also quite reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale. Set in a dystopic future United States fractured into several republics, Hannah Payne lives in the fundamentalist Christian Republic of Texas. Instead of sewing a scarlet A on her . . . more »