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Teen Picks

These catchy phrases will help you find new materials in the Kid Zone and Teen Spot. How? It's simple. They help you remember our color coding system. All new picture books, fiction books, and audiobooks in the Kid Zone have a pink sticker on the spine label, and new DVDs have a hot pink sticker on the top of the spine. All new teen fiction books and audiobooks have a red sticker. So "Think Pink" for new kids' stuff, and issue a "Code Red" when you want something new for teens.

P.S. This info is especially helpful for kids in Grades 4-6 who want to participate in This Just In! ,our newest book club.

As students head back to school, the Hoover Public Library wants to make sure that all children and teens have the most important school supply of all -- a library card. Owning a library card provides students with the resources they need to compete academically. Public libraries provide students free access to databases of news articles, encyclopedias and test preparation materials, as well as homework help and resources. In addition, public libraries are the number one access point for free Internet, an important resource for families without access at home.

A library card is serious business, but it's also an opportunity for fun! Library card holders of all ages can get their hands on tons of fantastic books, movies, video games . . . the list goes on and on.

Once you have died and gone to the Underworld, nothing will ever be the same. Seventeen year old Pierce is trying to put her life back together after she escaped from Death, but he just won’t let her go. And she isn’t sure if she wants him to.

The first book in bestselling author Meg Cabot’s new series creates a modern day retelling of Persephone. Riding high on the mythology trend, Abandon follows reckless and headstrong Pierce as she deals with the aftermath of her death. Though she was given a second chance at life, she cannot forget him. Abandon artfully sets up the trilogy and leaves you begging for more!

We are pleased to announce that we have just added 124 new, updated, full color Boy Scout Merit Badge books to our collection! If you're in the library, drop by the nonfiction section in the Kid Zone, specifically 369.43 BOY, to see for yourself. If you want to see what we have available before you make a trip to the Hoover Public Library, simply do a word search in our online catalog for either BOY SCOUTS or MERIT BADGE. We still have some older merit badge titles in our collection. If the call number is followed by the word NEW, you know it's one of our recent additions.

Do you know what MDBC stands for? Mother-Daughter Book Club. No, it's not a new program here at the library. It's a great book series for ten to fourteen-year-old girls. What makes it great? Two things --

1. Four very different middle schoolers are forced to join a book club. With their mothers. The horror! But instead of disaster, unlikely and unexpected friendships are forged.

2. Each book in the series is tied to a classic piece of literature. And, amazingly, the storylines in those books are still relevant to these modern girls' lives.

German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm first published Grimms' Fairy Tales in 1812. That was 200 years ago! And yet, to this day, young and old alike are familiar with their beloved stories. I've had a lot of Grimm thoughts lately. Tonight, my sister and I are volunteering to be characters from Hansel & Gretel at a friend's "A Night Dark and Grimm" party. Tomorrow, I'm hosting a Girl Scout tour centered around the Sisters Grimm book series by Michael Buckley. And I'm currently reading a teen book that fractures "The Little Mermaid" fairytale (Yes, you're right--that one came from Hans Christian Andersen. Thanks for clearing that up.) Actually, I read more than my fair share of fractured fairytales.

I grew up loving (and I mean LOVING) movies and TV shows that featured martial arts. Especially the original Karate Kid and the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But, even though I was a voracious reader, I never read a single book about karate, kung fu, the art of ninja, or the honor of samurai warriors. Maybe I was lazy and didn't look for any. Maybe there weren't any available. But kids and teens today are still crazy about the martial arts. They have their own Karate Kid and TMNT. They also have Kung Fu Panda, Avatar, and Lego Ninjago. And they are lucky enough to have tons of books to feed their mania. Here's a list of great fiction featuring