New April Releases

Here are some exciting new YA novels releasing in April 2017:

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Given to the Sea

by Mindy McGinnis
Genre(s): Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Political. This is the first in a new fantasy series by the author of The Female of the SpeciesNot a Drop to Drink, and A Madness So Discreet. Told from two teens in an arranged marriage, two siblings of the war-ridden native tribe, and a soldier with a secret. Dive into this world of magic, tradition and intrigue. Release date: April 11, 2017

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The Upside of Unrequited

by Becky Albertalli
Genre(s): LGBTQ+, Realistic Fiction, Humor. Molly is all about loving from afar and has never been loved back. Her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to get over it, but that’s easy for her to say when she is skinny and confident in her sexuality. But then Cassie’s new girlfriend brings along a hipster boy sidekick, just when Molly notices that her new co-worker is the right amount of nerdy. How can someone go from having no prospects to having too many? Release date: April 11, 2017

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Alex and Eliza

by Melissa de la Cruz
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Romance. In love with Hamilton: The Musical?  Then read this origin love story about Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler. It’s 1777, and Alex and Eliza meet for the first time at the Schuylers’ ball, beginning a love story that alters the course of American history. Release date: April 11, 2017

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Defy the Stars

by Claudia Gray
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Adventure, Suspense. Noemi is a space soldier for the planet Genesis. In the middle of a battle she gets stranded on a floating piece of machinery run by the AI, Abel. Their relationship grows complicated as Abel is forced to submit to Noemi as his commander and aid her as she journeys to save her planet, all while his feelings grow into something more human. Release date: April 4, 2017

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Letters to the Lost

by Brigid Kemmerer
Genre(s): Realistic Fiction, Romance. Juliet writes letters to her mother, an investigative international journalist. She continues to write letters, leaving them on her mom’s grave after her unexpected death. Declan reads one of these haunting letters and can’t help but write back. This begins a relationship neither one ever expected — discovering truths that might save them or tear them apart. Release date: April 4, 2017

 

Teen Photo Contest – Vote Now!

Voting is open for our 2017 Teen Photography Contest! Check out these amazing submissions and then vote for your top-three favorites in the comments section below the photos. You can also come by the Aloha Teen Tower at Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock, Philip S. Miller, to view the photos in person and vote there as well.

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Please vote for your three favorite photos in the comments section below (click here if you don’t see it). You must vote for three different photos for your vote to be counted. Simply list them like this:

 

First Place: photo # [fill in favorite photo number]

Second Place: photo # [fill in second-favorite photo number]

Third Place: photo # [fill in third-favorite photo number]

 

Comments with votes will be deleted as they are tabulated, but please feel free to leave general positive comments as well. One online and in-person vote per person, please.

Thanks for participating in this year’s contest, and please share this post with your friends and family so they can vote as well!

Explore the Art of Writing With YA Author Jessica Brody

Have you ever wanted to see your name on the cover of a book? In the credits at the end of a movie? This is the perfect program for learning how to get pen to paper and writing the story that is stuck in your head!

Explore the Art of Writing is a three-part writing workshop taught by bestselling YA author Jessica Brody. You’ll learn to write exciting plots, memorable settings, and awesome characters at these interactive sessions. Reserve your spot today!

Explore the Art of Writing
Thursdays: March 30, April 6, and April 13
5:30-7:30PM
Douglas County Libraries in Castle Pines
Registration is required

Some of Brody’s books include:

52 Reasons to Hate My Father

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A Week of Mondays

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The Unremembered trilogy, which is being turned into a film in 2018.

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Explore your inner writer! Register for the workshop today.

 

 

Teen Photo Contest Is Back!

 

 

2014 First Place Photo by Elle McCombs
2014 First Place Photo by Elle McCombs

 

After a three-year break, the Teen Photography Contest is back at Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock, Philip S. Miller (PSM)! Whether you’re an aspiring photographer or you just like snapping pics, we want your photos! We’re accepting entries from March 27-April 5.

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To register, bring your photo to the Aloha Teen Tower at the PSM branch in both a print and digital format. Entries will only be accepted from March 27-April 5.

Starting April 6, visit the 2017 Teen Photo Contest blog or stop by the library in person to view all the photos and vote on your favorites. Winners will be selected based on popular vote and by a panel of judges. Prizes will be awarded at the Awards Reception in the Aloha Teen Tower on Tuesday, May 2.

You can view and print the 2017 Teen Photography Contest Rules here, pick up a copy in the Aloha Teen Tower prior to submitting your entry, or email me at cdavidson@dclibraries.org to request a copy.

Now go take some photos!