Books & More


SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2017



The American Library Association keeps track of books that are challenged or banned throughout the year.  If a book is challenged, it means someone wants it removed from wherever it has been, whether that's a school syllabus, a library shelf, or the whole library building!  When a book is banned, it means that person was successful in getting that book removed from the library or school.  

Books are challenged for many reasons, but usually it boils down to a member of the public not liking what a book as to say and deciding that you shouldn't like it either.  That's not fair!

Celebrate your right to READ this week!  Pick up a banned/challenged book today!  Use the lists below as a guide!



NPR's Book Concierge  This is a guide to the greatest YA novels of 2015. Check it out and see if you agree!


Check out these awesome reads at the Finkelstein Library:

Bull by David Elliot – This new take on the Greek myth of the minotaur is written in verse, but this is not your mama’s poetry!  Told from alternating perspectives, this book reads more like a Hamilton-esque rap than anything else.  Meet Asterion, a boy with the body of a human and the head of a bull, whose mother loves him dearly…but his stepfather has a grudge.  When Poseidon god of the sea gets involved, hilarity and misery ensues. 

The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah – Did you know October is Muslim Heritage month?  Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes with this novel set in Australia.  Mina is a Muslim Afghani refugee who has lived in Australia since she was a child.  Her family’s restaurant does well…when it’s not being targeted by the new political group Aussie Values.  Michael’s dad is the founder of Aussie Values, and until now Michael has blindly agreed with his parents political beliefs.  That is, until he meets Mina.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – Based on a quote from Tupac, this book investigates what it is like to grow up Black in America.  Starr is part of two worlds: her home like in the hood where is saw her childhood friend murdered in a drive by, and her school life in her private mostly-white school.  One night, her friend Khalil is shot by a police officer when he’s driving Starr home from a party.  Suddenly, the line between Starr’s home life and school life is wider than ever.


Teen Book Club

Each meeting will feature a chosen book, plus discussion about your favorite books!

Time: 5:00-6:00 pm                                                               Ages: 12-18

Dates and Books:

September 25: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson  

October 30: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness  

November 27: The Walls Around Us by Nova Suma  

December 18: Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin  

2017 Winner of The Michael L. Printz Award!

March, Book 3 by John Lewish & Andrew Aydin; Illustrated by Nate Powell – Winner of the 2017 Printz Award for excellence in YA literature, March Book 3 is the third volume in the graphic novel series by Civil Rights activist John Lewis.  Known for marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his successful political career, Lewis recounts the events of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement with engaging illustrations. This award is made all the more impressive, because it is rarely given to a graphic novel or to the third book in a series.  March Book 3 also won the 2017 Coretta Scott King Award, an award that recognizes an African-American author of outstanding books for children and young adults.  Check out March at the Finkelstein Library today!

Graphic novels not your thing?  Check out these Printz Honor books instead:

Asking For It by Louise O’Neill – After some compromising photo surface of a blurry night, Emma Donovan withdraws into herself as they wondering: did she ask for it?




The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry – Tracks the story of Dolssa, a heretic during the Spanish Inquisition who believes Jesus speaks to her.  Told in alternating perspectives by Dolssa, the heretic; Botille, a barmaid; and the monk to is writing Dolssa’s story many years later.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman – In a future where disease had been eradicated, scythes are trained to control over population by “gleaning” random members of society.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – On her last day in New York before being deported back to Jamaica, Natasha meets Daniel, a Korean American boy torn between being Korean or American.  There are a million ways their meeting can impact the universe, which one will they choose?  Winner of the 2017 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award.

2017 Alex Award Winners!

The Alex Award is given to exceptional books that are intended for an adult audience, but appeal to teens.  If you’re ready to move up the next step in your reading habits, consider giving one of these a try.

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst - Daleina is determined to keep her family safe from vengeance-seeking spirits, placing her in the crossfire of an insecure queen and powerful spirits.




The Regional Office is Under Attack! By Manuel Gonzales -  Fraught with explosive action, female assassins, teenage crushes, and even a cyborg, this fast-paced, dynamic story of revenge explores what happens to a group of woman hell-bent on defending the world from evil forces.

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero - After Diane Guerrero returned home from school one day to find her family deported, the 14-year-old went on to combat self-injury and suicidal thoughts, finish her education, and to become a successful actress and citizenship activist.




Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart - Candid and thoughtful, Hart’s memoir details her difficult childhood and rise to internet fame.

Arena by Holly Jennings - Virtual gaming: Kali's team is competing to win, not to die.




Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire - Sometimes kids disappear. Sometimes they come back. And when they come back, they need a place to go. At the Home for Wayward Children, everybody has a story, and some stories have better ending than others.

Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure by Ryan North - Take the lead in this choose-your-own-adventure graphic novel. Fantastic, dense illustrations draw you into a Romeo and Juliet retelling like none other you’ve ever experienced. Romance isn’t dead and in the end, maybe Romeo and Juliet aren’t either.

Die Young With Me: A Memoir by Rob Rufus - A story of punk rock, first love, cancer and the incredible power of music to get us through the hardest times in our lives. Rufus details his brave fight for his life in this tender and contemplative memoir.

The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon - Simon explores the benefits of evolution, in these odd yet compelling stories.

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach - He has no arms or legs. She has blood that is betraying her. They are the smartest people in the children’s hospital and the only ones who understand, and they take “star-crossed lovers” to a whole new level.

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2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award – Sarah Dessen!

The Margaret A. Edwards Award honors the lifetime achievement in writing for young adult authors.

Dessen’s books include:

The Truth About Forever  This Lullaby




Dreamland  and More!