CONTEST: Advance Copy of The Bone Witch


The Bone Witch
by Rin Chupeco

Tea didn’t mean to raise her brother from the dead. It was a complete accident. While witchcraft is normal in her world, necromancy is another thing, and now she’s an outcast. Tea journeys to another land to learn more about her powers — powers that will come in handy as dark forces gain strength and threaten the land.

This is the first in a new series, due out in March.

Sound like something you’d enjoy? Leave a comment below for a chance to win an advance reader copy of The Bone Witch. Don’t wait! The door closes on this opportunity March 2.

Books With Buzz: The Hate U Give


The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

Every day, Starr Carter feels like she’s being torn in two. At home, she’s one person, at school she’s another. But really, she doesn’t feel like she fits in either place. She can’t be herself at the private prep school she attends because she is one of just a few black students. And she doesn’t fit in with her poor neighborhood because she attends a private prep school rather than the nearby public high school. It’s not easy, but she manages.

But then one day, she accepts a ride home from a party from a neighborhood friend, Khalil.

They get pulled over by the police.

Khalil is shot and killed.

Khalil is black.

The officer is white.

Khalil was unarmed.

As the only witness, Starr is suddenly in the middle of a national media frenzy.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Thomas explores race with an emphatic, approachable voice. The book’s not even out yet, but there is already talk about a movie adaptation. Rumor has it Amandla Stenberg, who you’d recognize as Rue from The Hunger Games, will star as Starr. Get your name on the hold list now.

2016 in Review: Books on the Big Screen

Are there any original ideas left? So many books were made into movies in 2016. In case you missed any of them, there’s still time to catch up. But do you have to read the book first?

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Holiday Reads

We’ve had the first snow. Thanksgiving has come and gone (though there may still be leftovers). The mall is full of people with a crazed look in their eyes. It must be time for the holidays! Cozy up and get in the spirit with a good read — warm beverage not required, but highly recommended.
The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily
by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

In the year since Dash and Lily met in Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, Lily has had a tough go. Can Dash bring back the magic of Christmas in only 12 short days?

What Light
by Jay Asher

Sierra knows better than to get involved with any guy she meets while selling Christmas trees on her family’s lot in California. Eleven months out of the year she lives in Oregon, on the tree farm, and it’s just not worth it. But this year she meets Caleb and decides that despite his flaws, he might be worth the risk.

Scrooge #worstgiftever

What if Scrooge had a smartphone? This is A Christmas Carol retold in texts.

Saving Red
by Sonya Sones

Molly Rosenberg volunteers to help with her community’s annual homeless count, just to get her school volunteer hours done and over with. But when she meets a girl called Red living on the streets alone, not much older than herself, Molly makes it her personal mission to reunite her with her family before Christmas. Written in verse.

Judge a Book by the Cover: Riding, Crossbows and Oil Rigs

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Let’s face it, we do it all the time. A good cover is designed to catch your eye, encourage you to pick up the book, and ultimately give it a read. Members of the Teen Library Council of Douglas County Libraries in Lone Tree hit the shelves in the YA section and totally judged some books by their covers. Would you want to pick up any of these books based just on the covers? Are their theories even close?

Stone Rider
by David Hofmeyr

“The story of a rider and how his love for the sport tears him apart and creates conflicts in his love life and what he does to keep his girlfriend while still riding. He has a broken past that led to his love of riding.” – EX



Grave Mercy
by Robin LaFevers

“A girl with a crossbow saves her entire kingdom with supernatural abilities.” – ME



The Rig
by Joe Ducie

“This book is about a boy who’s lost at sea and manages to find an oil rig to live on, only to find it’s scheduled to blow up. He needs to find an escape.” – JC

The views and opinions expressed in Judge a Book by the Cover are the personal views and judgments of members of the Teen Library Council of Douglas County Libraries in Lone Tree and do not reflect the views of the author, publisher, graphic artist, or anyone else who may have any of their own opinions of what the cover may or may not mean. Feel free to judge the book for yourself by checking it out from the library. Thank you, and have a nice day.