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Ellen Hopkins quickly became a household name in teen literature after the publication of her first novel, Crank.  Written in verse, it is based on her older daughter's addiction to crystal meth.  All her subsequent novels have also been written in verse and all deal with tough issues, from drug abuse to prostitution.  Her lastest release, Smoke, continues the riveting story of Pattyn Von Stratten, whom we first met in Burned.  Find all Hopkins titles in the Teen Spot at Hoover Public Library.
1. Crank (also on CD)

My coworkers were surprised when I first started blogging, and they were shocked when I decided to post something every day.  It's not because I struggle with words.  In fact, I've often been accused of narrating my life as I live it.  No, it's because I do not usually embrace technology.  I don't have cable or internet at my house.  I don't know how to use the Kid Zone's storytime iPod.  I refuse to trade in my reliable flip phone for a smartphone.  I'm not on Facebook or Twitter.  Technologically speaking, I seem to be trapped in the 1990s.  Why did I tell you all of that?  To demonstrate how easy it is to track your reading history through the Hoover Public Library's website.  Even I can do it! 
STEP 1: Go to
STEP 2: Log in at the top of the page by typing in your name and barcode (the long number on the back of your library card)
STEP 3: Click the "My Reading History" button (second from the left on the top of the page)
STEP 4: Click the "Opt In" button (by itself at the bottom of the page)

See?  I told you it was easy.  Now everything you check out on your library card will be saved in your Reading History list, even after you turn it in.  Isn't that enormously helpful?

Love this author's hair.  Don't love the scary covers of his books.  Alexander Gordon Smith penned the Escape from Furnace series -- creepy on the outside, horrific on the inside.  I am a well-established chicken, so I cannot read his stuff.  But it seems like I'm the only one.  He is über popular.  That's why I'm gathering all my courage to write a blog about his newest title The Fury, which came out today, July 23, 2013.  It is the first in a new series.

Imagine if one day, without warning, the entire human race turns against you.  Every single person you meet becomes a bloodthirsty, mindless savage, hell-bent on killing you – and only you.  Friends and family – they will turn on you, and they will murder you.  And when they have, they will go back to their lives as if nothing has happened.  The world has the Fury.  It will not rest until you are dead.

Haven't yet discovered Alexander Gordon Smith?  This list will help you start your descent into darkness.
1. Lockdown
2. Solitary
3. Death Sentence
4. Fugitives
5. Execution


Do you have the travel bug, but no money?  Or transport?  Or travel buddy?  Don't worry too much.  One, you're still young and will have lots of opportunities in your future.  Two, you can browse our travel section and start planning your dream trips.  Three, you can live vicariously through the characters in these books until it's your turn to make your own memories.
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Adventure at Simba Hill by Susan Runholt
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Finding Somewhere by Joseph Monninger
Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
How to Be Bad by E. Lockhart
The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams
Karma by Cathy Ostlere
Killer Cruise by Jennifer Shaw


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