It is a sad fact that illegal drugs are readily available in our society. Here are some books that look at this controversial issue:
Tweak by Nic Sheff: Nic details his immersion in a world of hardcore drugs, revealing the mental and physical depths of addiction, and the violent relapse one summer in California that forever changed his life, leading him down the road to recovery.
Crank by Ellen Hopkins: Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul - her life.
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley: Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance.
How I Made it to Eighteen by Tracy White: After putting her fist through the glass, Stacy checks into a mental hospital. She hates it there but she slowly realizes she has to face the reasons for her depression to stop from self-destructing. Based on the author's experiences, How I Made it to Eighteen is a frank portrait of what it's like to struggle with self-esteem, body image issues, drug addiction, and anxiety.
Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos: Accompanied by her brother's friend, Tyler, sixteen-year-old Rachel ventures through San Diego and nearby areas seeking her brother, eighteen-year-old Micah, a methamphetamine addict who ran away from home.
Hole in my Life by Jack Gantos: Gantos relates how, as a young adult, he experimented with drugs and smuggling. He was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.
Me: Evelyn, a high school junior, first in her class, just visited Planned Parenthood to get birth control so her boobs will get bigger.
Him: Todd, Evelyn's not-exactly-boyfriend.
Them: The Stranger and The Lawyer, otherwise known as Evelyn's father and mother. Neither talks to her.
It: The fetus. Specifically, the fetus inside Evelyn.
Evelyn only found out she was pregnant because Planned Parenthood required her to take a pregnancy test before they'd give her birth control pills. Now she has 39 days to decide whether to get an abortion or keep the baby. Todd's no help, and she can't talk to her distant and fighting parents.
I read a lot of great books last year, and now all the sequels are coming out! Here are some of the sequels I'm excited to read.
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: This is the sequel to last year's Cinder, which was a cyborg cinderella story. This one continues Cinder's story, but also introduces Scarlet who is searching for her missing grandmother, and the handsome bad-boy Wolf, who just might be able to help.
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers: This is the sequel to last year's Grave Mercy, in which Ismae escapeed to a convent that trained her to be an assassin for the god of Death. This new story follows one of the other girls, Sybella, who returns to her childhood home to stop an attempted kidnapping.
The Elite by Kiera Cass: The sequel to The Selection, which involved a reality TV competition to find the new queen. In The Elite, America is one of the top 6 girls but she is still undecided about her conflicting feelings for the prince and for her first love, Aspen.
Game by Barry Lyga: The sequel to I Hunt Killers, where Jazz was trying to make ammends for his serial killer father. In the new one, Jazz travels to New York to help the police track down another killer.
And one more that's not out quite yet:
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (out 6/4) is the sequel to Shadow and Bone in which the Darkling trained Alina to destroy the monsters of the Fold. In the sequel, Alina and Mal are hunted as they begin to build an army.
Whoo Hoo! I'm excited about this! Lauren Oliver's Delirium trilogy has finished filming a pilot for Fox TV. The cast includes Emma Roberts and Daren Kagasoff. Delirium is a popular YA Dystopian novel packed with action, adventure and romance. The trilogy includes Delirium, Pandemonium and Requiem. It is also the first trilogy since the Hunger Games where I enjoyed each and every book! In Lena's world, love is the enemy - literally. Lena looks forward to the government mandated cure to prevent the delirium of love when, 90 days before her scheduled surgery, she does the unthinkable. She meets a boy and falls in love. Check out the fan made TV trailer above and the book.
Come to the library and cut up a book, yep you heard me right, cut up a book at the library. Lakewood Library is hosting an Altered Book contest. If you are looking for some inspiration or just need a space to get started stop in to our open session on Thursday, May 23rd from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Supplies and books will be provided.
An altered book is "any book, old or new that has been recycled by creative means into a work of art. It can be...rebound, painted, cut, burned, folded, added to, collaged in, gold-leafed, rubber stamped, drilled or otherwise adorned." - International Society of Altered Book Artists.
Entries will be accepted May 20th through 6 p.m. June 3rd. An awards ceremony reception and exhibition of all the works will take place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 in the Lakewood Library.
Entries will be displayed at the Lakewood Library as they are submitted and at the June 5th Awards ceremony reception. The top 3 winners in each category will remain on display at the Lakewood Library through the end of the month.
The contest is open to anyone 12-years-old or older. There will be a teen competition for ages 12-17, and an adult competition for ages 18 and older.
Game, by Barry Lyga is the follow up to I Hunt Killers, which was horrible in a good way. In the first book we meet Jazz, a 17 year old living in a small town which seems to have attracted a serial killer. Jazz, whose recently jailed father is one of the most prolific and terrifying serial killers in American history, tries to prove he is nothing like his dear old dad, by hunting down this deranged killer. Needless to say the book is full of blood and guts and wierdness to the nth degree... and it's GREAT!
Game picks right up where the first book leaves off and it does not disappoint! Fast paced, with tons of gruesome information you probably didn't know you needed to know, and plot twists galore, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. It will also keep you looking over your shoulder...
Look for YA M FICTION LYGA
Who knew one of the most deadly animals in the world would be a shrimp? With amazing vision that can see in both the ultraviolet and infrared spectrum not much gets past this feisty little creature. The two appendages on the front of its body can hit with the same force as a 22 caliber bullet! Check out the blog The Oatmeal for a fantastic introduction to the mantis shrimp.
Join us at Standley Lake and Arvada Libraries to welcome the Arvada Police Department as they give a brief introduction to their SHARP course.
The Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention (SHARP) course has been specifically designed to meet the needs of women, teaching principles and strategies for effectively reducing the likelihood of assault through actual techniques for countering an attack. Utilizing efficient and effective methods of subject control that do not rely on size and strength, PPCT Management Systems, Inc. has developed a training system that can be used by just about everyone who is interested in personal safety.
In other words, just because you are small and female, doesn't mean you can't defend yourself!
Participants will be able to learn more about signing up for the three session course, which is free to Arvada residents at the following events:
Standley Lake Library on Saturday, May 11th at 2pm
Arvada Library on Saturday, May 18th at 2pm