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.

New This Month: February 2017

Here are six of the many new titles Douglas County Libraries added this month. Check them out!

piecingmetogetherPiecing Me Together by Renee Watson 

Jade believes she must get out of her neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Her mother says she has to take every opportunity, and she has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly white private school and even Saturday morning test prep opportunities. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful, like the invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for “at-risk” girls. Except really, it’s for black girls. From “bad” neighborhoods.

Jade doesn’t need support. And just because her mentor is black doesn’t mean she understands Jade. Maybe there are some things Jade could show these successful women about the real world and finding ways to make a real difference.

Friendship, race, privilege, identity — this compelling and thoughtful story explores the issues young women face.



tragickindofwonderfulA Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

For 16-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm’s length. When a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about how their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium.

As the walls of Mel’s compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst — that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she’s been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?



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Graphic Novel Book Club at Castle Pines

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Douglas County Libraries in Castle Pines is hosting a Graphic Novel Book Club in 2017 and we want you to be part of it!


Graphic Novel Book Club 

Who: Young adults (16+) and adults
What: Graphic novels (YA and Adult)
 Second Tuesday of the month, February-May, 6PM
Where: DCL in Castle Pines, 360 Village Square Lane

The book club will meet monthly February through May, then take a summer break. We’ll pick it back up in September.


Our first book is Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud, and we’re giving away copies of the book to all our book club participants.

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Register for our first meeting (or any others), and check out the graphic novel titles the book club will read this spring!


App Alert: Teen Book Finder

TeenBookFinderAppIf you are one of those people who does not find the “thrill of the hunt” all that thrilling, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) just released a tool to help you.

YALSA’s new Teen Book Finder is available online and as an app. Both formats are conveniently searchable, but my favorite part is how easy it is to access and peruse lists of YA award winners. If you are not familiar with these awards, or just do not have time for potentially underwhelming reading material, start with these for lists of quality teen lit.

  • The Alex Awards: These awards are given to books that are technically written for adults but have particular appeal to readers ages 12-18. Ten books are honored per year.
  • The Margaret A. Edwards Award: Think of the Edwards as the lifetime achievement award for the YA literature world. Instead of specific book titles, one author and his or her whole body of work is honored per year. Some past winners include greats like Judy Blume, Gary Paulsen, and Lois Lowry.
  • The Michael L. Printz Award: The Printz Award is your basic all-around gold medal. According to YALSA, it is awarded to books that “exemplify literary excellence in young adult literature.” One winner is chosen from a short list of five titles.
  • The William C. Morris Debut YA Award: If the full title of the Morris Award led you to believe it is presented to the teen work of a first-time author, you were right!
  • The Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production: If you prefer to listen to your literature, the Odyssey has you covered with one winner and three honorees per year.

If awards are not your thing, you can use the online tool and app to search non-award book lists, as well, using more standard search terms like “author” or “genre.”

Happy hunting!