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"Lunch and Learn" at the P-CEP

We're traveling to the high school to give teens some tips for getting that summer job. Need pointers on applications, resumes, interviews? Thursday, May 19, during A and B lunches, just bring your lunch to the Plymouth Career Center.
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Get Ready for Thor

Geeked about the new Thor movie? Well, take a look at the art of the movie, or prepare yourself by reading how Asgard dropped down in the middle of Oklahoma by Michael Straczynski, or start with the epic classic by Walter Simonson. Both authors will have a cameo in the movie, so keep an eye out!

A Bit of Romance

Looking for a book that has thrills, mystery, and, most importantly, a bit of love? check out this list:

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Beautiful creatures by Kami Garcia and Margie Stohl

I'd tell you I love you, but then I'd have to kill you by Ally Carter

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Pathfinder

Orson Scott Card, writer of Ender's Game, delivers another brilliant teenager in Pathfinder. Rigg has a gift; he can see people's paths through history, much like an animal leaving its tracks. On the day his father dies he is mysteriously charged to seek the sister he never knew he had, and from there the plot weaves together fantasy adventure with hardcore science fiction. This book may be a little slower than Ender's Game, and even repetitive at times due to the nature of its plot, but for all of that it's deeply philosophical, and fun. For an adventure book with one of the most original takes on time travel out there, it's worth reading.

Paranormalcy

Parnormalcy stands out from the rest of the paranormal romance books out there in that it's got something of an attitude. Yes, romance junkies, you can be sure there's plenty there to make your heart 'a flutter', but it's the tongue in cheek humor — a la Buffy the Vampire Slayer — and the very likable, kick-butt heroine, with her pink taser and sarcastic commentary, that makes this worth reading. This book isn't afraid to poke fun at itself while at the same time dishing out top notch suspense. Definitely worth checking out.

VIZ Bakuman Fan Art Contest

Attention aspiring manga artists, Viz is running a contest to find the best Bakuman fan art. Check it out. If you win, not only could you end up with some top of the line art supplies, but you could get your art in Shonen Jump magazine. Seriously! So, get cracking…

Tiffany Aching series

If you’re a firstcomer to Pratchett, then Wee Free Men is an excellent place to start; if you're an old fan, then rest assured that all of the trademark wit you've come to love is here. I found this book hillarious. I could tell you about a girl trying to become a witch, lost baby brothers, and little blue men, but it's the clever dialogue that sells this book. Oh, and the audio book is excellent too!

Help for College

Looking to score some money to help with college? Here's tons of scholarships targeted specifically for Canton and Plymouth residents! Read all about it. Or maybe you need help writing that perfect admissions essay? Then check out our books on college applications.
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Show why you love the library, and you could win some $$$$

The American Library Association is running a contest. Check this out. If teens create and enter a video about why they need their  library, the library in question could earn up to $3,000, and the creators of the winning video get $50 gift certificates each to an online bookseller. So, aspiring, young video makers, now's your chance to show your library love!
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Legal Suspense Thrillers

If you enjoy books by authors like John Hart, then check out this list:

Reversible errors by Scott Turow

The rainmaker by John Grisham

False testimony by Rose Connors

Fast Facts about Countries!

Looking for that fast fact about a country for school? Check out geognos.com. For instance, I just learned there are 1,084,748 people living in Cyprus, that they speak French, Swahili, and Kirundi in Burundi, that 42.4% of the people in Thailand work in the agricultural industry, and that there are only 34,000 cellular phone users in Micronesia. Plus, it's got neat lists like the 'Top 20 debtor Nations' (U.S. is #1, of course) and "Where the highest mountains in the world are'. Great for school projects.
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Fantasy, Adventure, and a Touch of the Unexpected

The tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler; illustrated by Sarah Gibb

Hippolyta and the curse of the Amazons by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris

Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Want Adventure Books?

You get 'em (cue heroic music)! If you enjoyed Percy Jackson and 39 clues, and you're looking for more books with that same sense of adventure, here's a list for you:

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

The angel experiment by James Patterson

Beautiful Clothing; Cute Stuffed Dog

Drama and friendship? Check. Gorgeously drawn clothing? Check. Stuffed animal as a main character? Double Check. Everything you love about CLAMP is here in their new series, Kobato. It's about a girl on a mission with a magical bottle that fills a little each time she helps heal someone with a broken heart. The only rule is that she can't fall in love with aynone whose heart she's helped fix. Yep, you know where this going... drama aplenty. So, what are you waiting for? Check it out.

Drama + Friendship + Romance

So, you like teen books with lots of drama, friendship, and romance? Well, check out this list:

This lullaby by Sarah Dessen

Dramarama by E.