Monday, March 29, 2010

TextBook Synopsis #5 (last one!)

Be the first teen to identify this book and text the title to 864-381-SCPL (864-381-7275) to win the book and a $15 iTunes gift card!

"For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon - a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires."

Update: We have a winner! Harry from the Headquarters Library correctly identified the title as Feed by M.T. Anderson. Congratulations, Harry!

Monday, March 22, 2010

TextBook Synopsis #4

Be the first person to identify this book and text the title to 864-381-SCPL (864-381-7275) to win the book and a $15 iTunes gift card!

"Thirteen-year-old Johnny Turnbull has always known there was something different about him. It turns out he’s the first-ever human softwire—able to enter and communicate with computers with his mind. Now that JT and two hundred other orphans have been put to work in alien factories on the first ring of Orbis, things are going very wrong. The 'perfect' central computer is malfunctioning, and suspicious eyes are turning to JT. Could he be the one responsible?"

Update:
We have a winner! Jesse from the Middle Tyger location correctly identified the book as The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1 by PJ Haarsma. Congratulations, Jesse!

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Monday, March 15, 2010

TextBook Synopsis #3

Be the first person to identify this book and text the title to 864-381-SCPL (864-381-7275) to win the book and a $15 iTunes gift card!

"In a virtual reality game, there are way too many ways to get killed—and Giannine seems to be finding them all. Which is a darn shame, because unless she can get the magic ring, locate the stolen treasure, answer the dwarf's dumb riddles, impress the head-chopping statue, charm the army of ghosts, fend off the barbarians, and defeat the man-eating dragon, she'll never win.

And she has to, because losing means she'll die—for real this time."

Update:
We have a winner! Taylor from the Middle Tyger location correctly identified the book as Heir Apparent by Vivan Vande Velde. Congratulations, Taylor!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Introducing Jennifer!

 

Jennifer is our new Teen Services Assistant. Stop by the teen room and welcome her to the library!

HOMETOWN: Savannah, Georgia
THEN WHAT: Went to Georgia State University in Atlanta and earned a BA in English; moved back to Savannah where I became certified to teach high school English; got married and moved to the suburbs of Atlanta where I started teaching high school English; earned my M.Ed in Library Media; moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where I continued teaching high school English; moved to South Carolina.
FAMILY: Husband, Derek; two lovable dogs – Taylor and Booboo
HOBBIES: Reading, playing board games, and singing
FAVORITE QUOTE: "I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes." Edna St. Vincent Millay
FAVORITE TEEN BOOKS: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Crank by Ellen Hopkins
FAVORITE NON-TEEN BOOKS: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and books by Jodi Picoult
RECENTLY READ: How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg, Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, Tricks by Ellen Hopkins, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Monday, March 08, 2010

TextBook Synopsis #2

Be the first person to identify this book and text the title to 864-381-SCPL (864-381-7275) to win the book and a $15 iTunes gift card!

"'I'm not picking Cartwright just because I met Julian there. For all I know he'll change his mind and not even go! Although that would be a shame because I want him to be the father of my firstborn child. KIDDING! :-}'

While on a college visit, Chloe meets Julian, another prospective freshman, and infatuated, the two high school seniors begin a long-distance relationship. Chloe is thrilled that she'll have a boyfriend at college, although she doesn't know how to break the news to Eli, her best friend whom she's sort of dating. As Chloe and Julian prepare to meet again, they must face the question of whether their relationship is based on who they really are or who they imagine each other to be."

Update:
We have a winner! Evan from the Middle Tyger location correctly identified the book as Heart on My Sleeve by Ellen Wittlinger. Congratulations, Evan!

Monday, March 01, 2010

TextBook Synopsis #1

Be the first person to identify this book and text the title to 864-381-SCPL (864-381-7275) to win the book and a $15 iTunes gift card!

"In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives."

Update:
We have a winner! Nita from the Headquarters location correctly identified the book as Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Congratulations, Nita!