Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on The Naturals by: Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

13597723Cassie Hobbes always knew she was different. It wasn’t just because her mother was “psychic” and dragged her around from state to state as a child, or that she never really knew her family, or even that she witnessed her own mother’s murder scene. No, Cassie’s different because she can’t shut her brain off. She’s always looking at people, always observing and trying to get into their heads. And she can’t stop it. It is maddening.

And then one day she meets a boy who hands her an FBI agent’s card and her world changes. She realizes she is what the government calls a “Natural,” someone who is extremely gifted in one specific area that is essential to helping catch serial killers and murderers. For once in her life, Cassie meets people who are like her and she feels a little less alone.

But then things start happening. Someone out there knows what Cassie is doing and where she is. Someone knows she’s helping catch killers. And someone wants her dead. Someone who, very possibly, was involved with the murder of her mother five years before. It’s a race against time as Cassie pushes her gifts to their limits as she tries very desperately to save her own life.

The Naturals is a mix of every crime show you’ve ever loved. It’s funny, it’s thrilling, and it will have you on the edge of your seat. If you’d like to reserve a copy of this book, please fill out a book request form.

Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on Saints by: Gene Luen Yang.

Yang-SaintsFour-Girl has been cursed since birth. She is the only one of her siblings to live past infancy and shortly after she was born, her father died. Her grandfather wants nothing to do with her and thinks she is a devil-child. He won’t even give her a real name. So Four-Girl decides that if she is called a devil, then she will actually become a devil.

She gets her chance one day when some foreigners show up in her village and smash a statue of the local god. Four-Girls hears everyone call the foreigners and their God “Foreign Devils” and she knows she has to join up with them to become what her grandfather says she is. Except the foreigners aren’t devils. They’re Christians.

The Christians accept Four-Girl for who she is and give her a new name, Vibiana. They teach her their religion and philosophies and although she is confused, she tries her best to live up to what the Christians say her destiny is. This is complicated by the fact that Vibiana starts to see a mysterious figure in the woods who tells her that she must become a warrior maiden in order to keep her native land of China whole.

This graphic novel is the companion to Boxers, also by Gene Luen Yang. It tells the same story of the Boxer Uprising, but through the eyes of a Chinese Christian. The two stories cross over with each other, but it is not necessary to read them in a particular order. It is a perfect blend of fantasy, history, and fiction that will make learning about this actual historical event entertaining and also shed light on the complicated reasons behind this major even in Chinese history. To reserve a copy of this book, please fill out a book request form.

Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on I Hunt Killers by: Barry Lyga.

huntkillersJasper Dent is the son of one of the most infamous serial killers in the United States. While his father has been locked away in prison for years now, Jazz’s life has never really recovered. He’s got a few friends, but everyone else in town treats him like he’s going to snap at any minute and follow his father’s footsteps. Even Jazz isn’t so sure that he’s entirely safe to be around.

Then the murders start. Someone calling himself The Impressionist starts killing people in ways eerily familiar to Jazz. In fact, they are almost exact copies of the murders his father committed years ago. The police are in a frenzy trying to discover the identity of the killer, but Jazz is surprisingly calm.

You see, he knows something they don’t. He has first-hand experience with the psyche of serial killers and he knows how they think. He’s convinced that he can use what he learned from his father for good. Jazz wants to beat The Impressionist at his own game and catch him before any one else dies. And if Jazz does this, he hopes that it means he’s a better person than the one his father trained him to be.

I Hunt Killers is an action-packed thriller mystery. There are some scenes of gristly violence and graphic situations, but the more horrifying stuff is left “off-camera”. If you enjoy crime shows and slasher films, you’ll definitely want to check this book out. It’s also one of the 2015 Louisiana Teen Reader’s Choice Awards nominee books. To reserve a copy, please fill out a book request form.

Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on The Book of Dead Days by: Marcus Sedwick.

The_Book_of_Dead_Days_coverBoy is just that: an orphan boy with no name, no family, and no place to call his own. He works as an assistant for the great buy eccentric magician Valerian. Valerian is rude and cruel to him, but he’s given Boy a roof to sleep under, so Boy doesn’t object.

Lately, Valerian seems distracted and Boy is the only one that notices. There is something after him, something dangerous and deadly, and Valerian must find a special book in order to stop this horrible fate. But the book has been lost for centuries and no one has any clue how to find it. Valerian and Boy (along with a plucky young girl named Willow) must brave the city, the countrysides, and all of its dark secrets in order to find this mysterious book and save Valerian’s life.

the Book of Dead Days is a supernatural mystery full of danger and suspense. It is the first book in a two-part series by Marcus Sedgwick. It’s a spooky read, perfect for the month of October. If you’d like to reserve a copy of this book, please fill out a book request form.

West Baton Rouge Parish Library Anime Club

anime club logoThe West Baton Rouge Parish Library had it’s first meeting of the new anime club on Tuesday, September 30th. Seven teens showed up and watched two episodes of anime, enjoyed several Japanese snacks like mochi and Pocky, and made and ate their very own onigiri, Japanese riceballs flavored with seaweed.

The anime club will meet once a month from to watch and discuss anime. The meetings will be on the second to last Saturday of the month from 2:30-5:00pm. Membership is open to any teenager ages 13 and up. If you’d like to sign up, send me an email at kmansur@wbrplibrary.us and I’ll help you take care of it. The next meeting of the club will be on October 25. Come in and bring a friend!

Read on below the cut to see some of the riceballs our teens made.

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Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on Through the Woods by: Emily Carroll.

through-the-woods-coverWhat would you do if your father disappeared on a hunting trip and left you and your sisters trapped in the snow? Would you leave for your neighbor’s house like he told you, or would you stay in the house to see the strange man who only appears at night and who might not be entirely friendly?

Or what if you had just married a wealthy man and heard an eerie, murderous song at night? No one will tell you what it is, although they all clearly hear it too. Would you go looking for it? Even if you knew you might not make it out alive?

Or what if you’d killed your brother three days ago only to have him turn up good as new as if nothing happened. Would you accept it? Or would you go out into the woods to make sure you’d actually done the deed?

Emily Carroll answers all of these questions and more with her book Through the Woods. Just in time for the month of October, it’s a graphic full of creepy short stories and vibrant illustrations, all of which have an element of the supernatural. If you’re up for a good scare and a quick read, you’ll definitely want to check this book out. To reserve a copy, please fill out a book request form.

Teen Scene Progress

This past Tuesday night, the Teen Scene Advisory Board met again to pick a new design for the teen area of the West Baton Rouge Parish Library. At the last meeting, art students from both Brusly and Port Allen high schools picked a color scheme for the space and this week, they decided how exactly it would be implemented.

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Ms. Janeece Fonts, the art teacher at Port Allen High School drafted up a drawing of the teen area  as it is now and the students used colored pencils in the shades of the paint swatches they chose in order to see how they might want to arrange the colors.

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When they’d all finished designing the area, the teens looked at all of the designs and voted on which one they liked best.

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Pictured are Phillip Bessix, Louis Cador, Trevor Hopkins, Leo Gaspar, Jacqueline Begue, and Sydni Tibbitts with the winning design.

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The design was by Port Allen student Jason Wade and modified by the rest of the students. It features bright green walls and orange shelves with a design on the ceiling that features quotes from the teen’s favorite books.

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Here is Jason working on the winning design.

The teen space at the West Baton Rouge Library might be noisy in the next few weeks as we empty the shelves and begin painting. Keep an eye out in the library and here on this blog for updates!