Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

Book Review: The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Title: The Catastrophic History of You and Me Author: Jess Rothenberg Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Romance Fiction. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: If I’d known right then that this was the kid who would grow up to break my heart beyond repair, maybe I would’ve stayed upstairs on the phone with… Continue reading Book Review: The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Book reviews and recommendations, Borrowbox, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Title: The Crossover Author: Kwame Alexander Genre: YA General Fiction Review: Orla O’ Brien (Kildare Town Library) Synopsis: A powerful novel in verse about twin brothers who are rivals both on and off the basketball court. Winner of the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Honor Award. Review: This is a captivating verse novel, which means it is written… Continue reading Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 12-15

Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Title: The Hunger Games Author: Suzanne Collins Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian fiction. Adventure. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: In a bleak future, twenty-four girls and boys are poised against each other in a live TV show called The Hunger Games.  There is just one rule: Kill or be killed. Sixteen… Continue reading Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Book reviews and recommendations, Borrowbox, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

Book Review: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Title: Just Listen Author: Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Fiction Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: When Annabel, the youngest of three beautiful sisters, has a bitter falling out with her best friend, (the popular and exciting Sophie) she suddenly finds herself isolated and friendless. But then she meets Owen, a loner,… Continue reading Book Review: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Adult Fiction, Behind the Books, Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 4

Low, Mundane, Magical Realism and Vampire Fantasy By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Low Fantasy Low Fantasy is the opposite of High Fantasy, and so has little emphasis on heroism and magic. The setting is more ordinary, such as the real world or a world very like the real world. Social commentary is often present, with… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 4

Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations, Borrowbox, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

Book Review: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Title: The Outsiders Author: S.E. Hinton Genre: Young Adult Fiction. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: The Socs or "Socials", and the "Greasers" are rival gangs from the opposite side of town. The Socs' idea of a good time is cruising around in their flashy cars and beating up long-haired Greasers like… Continue reading Book Review: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Adult Fiction, Behind the Books, Book reviews and recommendations, Educational, Young Adult 16+

Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 3

Children, Epic, High, Hard and Dragon Fantasy By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Epic Fantasy Epic fantasy usually features a world altering quest such as saving the world from a great evil or being destroyed. The focus is on the scale of conflict, with a large cast of characters engaged in a Good vs Evil story.… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 3

Borrowbox, Digital Services, Young Adult 12-15

Young Adult Groups at Kildare Libraries

Teens are often the hardest age category to engage in reading or attending the library, so Kildare Libraries works extra hard to facilitate the Teens that do want to have a place they can talk about reading or indeed writing. At present, Kildare Libraries have three online book clubs and one teen writing group, all… Continue reading Young Adult Groups at Kildare Libraries

Adult Fiction, Behind the Books, Book reviews and recommendations, Children 10-12, Educational, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 2

Children, Young Adult and Coming of Age and Anthropomorphic Fantasy   By Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Headquarters. Children’s Fantasy This is fantasy that is explicitly aimed at children, although adults will often enjoy some children’s series and books. Children’s fantasy tends to have younger but highly developed characters, a low level of violence, a variable level of… Continue reading Fantasy Series – A Closer Look at the Genre – Part 2

Book reviews and recommendations, Borrowbox, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Title: Apple and Rain Author: Sarah Crossan Genre: YA General Fiction Review: Orla O’ Brien (Kildare Town Library) Synopsis: A stunning novel from Carnegie-shortlisted author Sarah Crossan; moving and beautifully crafted, it explores the bond between daughters and mothers, forgiveness and the healing power of words. Review: The social pecking order at school can prey a lot on a teenager’s… Continue reading Orla’s YA Book of the Month