November 2017: New to YA

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Grades 8-10


Grade 8

Hoops – Walter Dean Myers (YA FIC MYERS)

A Little Something Different – Sandy Hall (YA FIC HALL)

The Memory of Light – Francisco X. Stork (YA FIC STORK)

All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven (YA FIC NIVEN)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han (YA FIC HAN)

The Cardturner – Louis Sachar (YA FIC SACHAR)

Historical Fiction

Grade 8

Codetalkers – Joseph Bruchac (YA FIC BRUCHAC)

The Book Thief – Marcus Zusak (YA FIC ZUSAK)

Crossing into Brooklyn – Mary Ann McGuigan (YA FIC MCGUIGAN)

Between Shades of Gray – Ruth Sepetys  (YA FIC SEPETYS)

These Shallow Graves – Jennifer Donnelly (YA FIC DONNELLY)

Codename Verity – Elizabeth Wein (YA FIC WEIN)

Salt to Sea – Ruth Sepetys (YA FIC SEPETYS)

The Hired Girl – Laura Amy Schlitz (YA FIC SCHLITZ)

Adventure and Fantasy

Grade 8

Incarceron – Catherine Fisher (YA FIC FISHER)

Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard (YA FIC AVEYARD)

The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey (YA FIC YANCEY)

Cinder – Marissa Meyer (YA FIC MEYER)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Seth Grahame-Smith (FIC GRAHAME-SMITH)

Illuminae – Amie Kaufman (YA FIC KAUFMAN)

An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir (YA FIC TAHIR)

Etiquette and Espionage – Gail Carriger (YA FIC CARRIGER)

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making – Catherynne M. Valente (YA FIC VALENTE)


Grade 8

Cuckoo Song – Frances Hardinge (YA FIC HARDINGE)

I Am Princess X – Cherie Priest (YA FIC PRIEST)

Echo – Pam Munoz Ryan (YA FIC RYAN)

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman (YA FIC GAIMAN)

A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness (YA FIC NESS)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs (YA FIC RIGGS)

Found – Harlen Coben (YA FIC COBEN)


Grade 8

Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll (J CARROLL)

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien (FIC TOLKIEN)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne (FIC VERNE)

Dune – Frank Herbert (FIC HERBERT)

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (FIC BRONTE)

The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros (YA FIC CISNEROS)

That Fall Feeling

Fall Feeling

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own–and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The classic that defined a generation. Scout is just a girl as she watches her father becomes the subject of harsh criticism in their small town when he defends a man of color from accusations of rape.

Watership Down by Richard Adams
A small group of rabbits leave their comfortable warren based solely on the word of a runt named Fiver, who has seen visions of its coming destruction. The new home they seek is called Watership Down and they must survive endless perils, both within and without, before reaching it.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
This story of four sisters captures the essence of a post-Civil War era household in the United States. It is filled with fireplace stories and fall romances.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fireplaces take a different perspective in this dystopian novel of historic proportions. Guy Montag is a fireman, a man hired to burn illegal books. When a woman dies over the loss of her books, doubts about the value and power of books overwhelm him.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cat is going to college, but she doesn’t want to. She has her life writing Simon Snow fanfiction and that is all the life she’s ever wanted. When her twin sister starts growing apart from her and a boy drops into the picture, Cat needs to learn–fast–how to stand on her own.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Dan is a psychic whose abilities, alcoholism, and rage were all inherited from his father. His only solace in his adult life is living quietly and helping take away the pain from patients at the local hospice. When a young girl creates a psychic link to both him and a serial killer’s cult, he is forced to enter a world of monsters to save her.

The Memory Book by Laura Avery
When a rare genetic disorder steals away her memories and then her health, teenaged Sammie records notes in a journal to her future self, documenting moments great and small.

Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen
Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast . . . unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
After a prom-night spell goes badly wrong, witch Sophie Mercer is exiled to an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, supernaturally gifted teenagers, where she learns that an unknown predator has been attacking students.

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Every October, Cara and her family become mysteriously and dangerously accident-prone, but this year, the year Cara, her ex-stepbrother, and her best friend are 17, is when Cara will begin to unravel the accident season’s dark origins.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts–and a violent destiny.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony’s true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.

Jackaby by William Ritter
Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings, and she helps him delve into a case of serial murder which, Jackaby is convinced, is due to a nonhuman creature.

Beast by Brie Spangler
After falling off the roof, fifteen-year-old misfit Dylan must attend a therapy group for self-harmers where he meets Jamie, a beautiful and amazing person he does not know is transgender.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school’s annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson descendants, Charlotte and Jamie, students at a Connecticut boarding school, team up to solve a murder mystery.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.

The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell
In Japan, teenaged Abe Sora, who is afflicted with “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” finds friends online and elicits their help to end his suffering.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda’s freshman year in high school.


Teen Advisory Group 09.20.17

All updated Volunteer Activities are now on our SignUp Calendar! Click here to see the full view.


Hannah L. started the meeting with introductions and the project for the night, examples for the DIY Haunted House Contest. Each TAG member decided to make their own example Haunted House and submit them as early entries to the contest.

Old Volunteer Activities:

Volunteer activities already in place are the following:

  • Future TAG Meetings
  • Chess Club on 10/16, 11/13, 12/12
  • Linda’s Maker Programs every other Friday

New Volunteer Activities:

The attending members voted on which volunteer activities to host in the fall and each task’s frequency. Each decision was a unanimous vote.

  • Craft Prep Mondays
    • This is to occur every two weeks from 4-5PM.
  • Teens Teach Kids Tuesdays
    • To occur once a week.
    • This was changed from Fridays to Tuesdays.
    • The time was changed to 3:15-4:00PM because elementary schools do not get out until 3PM.
    • Hannah L. is to send out notifications to volunteers if no children have registered.
  • Adopt-a-Shelf Thursdays
    • This is to occur once a month from 3-6PM.
    • Volunteers must be trained to do this activity.

Outside Updates:

TAG Members informed Hannah L. that the most inconvenient times for programs and volunteer activities are Wednesdays and Fridays. When talking about social media, they said that the most popular apps are Instagram and Snapchat, with Twitter being popular in minor areas and minor Tumblr usage. There was some discussion on if cyber-bullying was still an issue online with the different apps and all agreed it happens on occasion still.

For advertising, all attending agreed that they primarily find out about programs and clubs through flyers at school. Members also said that they think it would be cool if the library partnered with the local volunteering clubs at high school. Hannah L. asked what some of the reasons for certain clubs’ popularity and most said it was the annual trips and incentives that different clubs had.

Members said that one of their favorite things that they’d like to see in the library would be more movie nights and casual ways to hang out with their friends. Holidays are a big incentive for social activities.

Library Updates:

Hannah L. shared some of the upcoming fall programs. She gave out flyers for the upcoming Halloween program, the after-hours library scavenger hunt Ghost Hunters.

Due to questions about volunteer tasks that could be put on a resume, the librarian will now assist with consultations about resume creation. Many of the volunteer tasks at the library, if done regularly, can be considered work background on a resume.


Hannah L. thanked everyone for attending. She informed them that the minutes would be posted and their haunted houses would be shared on Instagram. The group cleaned up after their projects were completed and signed out.

Teen Summer Reading 2017

This summer, get more bank for your books! By registering for Summer Reading and recording at least 1 book starting June 20, you will be entered in a chance to win a $50.00 Visa Gift Card. The more books you read, the more chances you will have to win!

If you read 7 books in 7 weeks over the summer, you will automatically win a prize of a free 3D Print from the library. This can be anything within a 2-hour print limitation, which includes Minecraft swords, customized fidget spinners, and anything else you can dream up.

You must be a West Caldwell or Caldwell Resident going into 6th-12th grade to enter. You can start an account at

Want to Attend Events at West Caldwell Public Library? Register Here.

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