Thursday, May 27, 2010

Some Youth Booklists Updated

Hi Youthers.

Trish here. Just wanted to let you all know that some of the Youth booklists on the F Drive have just been updated (by me!). The updated lists are Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. Just in time for SRP!

Also, I updated the "special interest" kids booklists: "Kids Love Dinosaurs, Priates and Dragons;" "Princess Books" and "Transportation Books for Young Ones." These are not on the F drive. Let me know if you want me to send you samples.

I especially wanted to include outstanding new books. I also made many adjustments to be sure there were 4 copies of each book and to correct for our new cataloging system for Readers.

I am happy for you to use these booklists, but please DO NOT change them. I am however, VERY happy to have your input and I will consider it for future changes. (Okay, I am a little possessive.) We are printing them here at Sunset in tiny batches, so it will be easy to incorporate suggested changes.

More soon.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

This highly touted British fantasy novel is an inventive and engrossing adventure. Set in a future world where "Protocol" is in effect (nothing can be automated, no machines allowed), the tale centers on two characters who live in drastically different environments. Claudia is betrothed to the prince of the land, Caspar, yet she is feisty, rebellious and intelligent and has no interest in marrying the doltish prince. Her tutor, Jared, is a Sapient, a group of intelligent inventors. Jared has taught her about science and machines and she is closer to him than she is to her father, the Warden, whom she is always trying to subvert. When she breaks into her father's office and discovers a crystal key, she makes contact with Finn, a young man who lives in Incarceron, the prison her father oversees. Finn has lived in Incarceron since he can remember and is on the run from his former gang with another Sapient, Gildas, his oathbrother, Keiro, and Attia, a former slave. Finn has also discovered a crystal key and through this can communicate with Claudia. The bulk of the novel details the efforts of Finn and his friends to escape from Incarceron and of Claudia's desperate attempts to evade her impending marriage and help Finn. A true page-turner, the reader is compelled to learn if Finn and Claudia escape from their respective imprisonments. Despite a few episodes of sloppy writing and confusing plotting, this novel is a gem. The sequel is only available in the UK at the moment and I can't wait for it's US release.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mockingjay is On Order!

The third book in the Hunger Games trilogy won't be published until August 24, but it is already in Workflows. I've put up signs in our youth area urging people to get on the holds list now. There are currently only 10 holds on it.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Just finished this book by Neil Gaiman, and we have it in JF. Older readers might enjoy it as well, for the mystical qualities and ties to Norse mythology.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Gone Series by Michael Grant

This YA series has just popped up on my radar. Has anyone read it? It is immensely popular at Sunset.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


This is a forum for CPL youth staff to share book reviews, observed trends and reading inquiries. I hope that by sharing our combined knowledge and experience we can help each other improve our readers' advisory capabilities.