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Unreliable Narrators and other Plot Twists

Who's telling the truth here? What is dream or reality? Can you figure out the twist before the reveal? These are stories that require some sleuthing to figure out what's real and what's fake.

We were liars by E. Lockhart

A monster calls: a novel by Patrick Ness ; inspired from an idea by Siobhan Dowd ; illustrations by Jim Kay

Code name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Going bovine by Libba Bray

Movies from Children's Literature

See your favorite stories on the big screen. Read the book to earn your Bookworm badge, then watch the movie to earn your eLectrified badge.

Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day by Judith Viorst ; illustrated by Ray Cruz

Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day [videodisc] by Disney presents a 21 Laps/Jim Henson Company production ; produced by Shawn Levy ; screenplay by Rob Lieber ; directed by Miguel Arteta

Shrek! by William Steig

Shrek [videodisc] by produced by John H. Williams, Aron Warner, Jeffrey Katzenberg ; directed by Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson ; written by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson ; retold by Naomi Lewis ; illustrated by Christian Birmingham

True Stories Take a Creative Turn: Graphic Novels

Some of these graphic novels describe true events outright, and others are based on real stories, but all of them turn history into a visual treat.

Hidden: a child's story of the Holocaust by written by Loïc Dauvillier ; illustrated by Marc Lizano ; color by Greg Salsedo ; translated by Alexis Siege

Houdini: the life of the great escape artist by Agnieszka Biskup ; illustrated by Pat Kinsella

To dance: a memoir by Siena Cherson Siegel ; with artwork by Mark Siegel

The great American dust bowl by written & illustrated by Don Brown

El deafo by Cece Bell ; color by David Lasky

True Stories take a Creative Turn: Graphic Novels

Some of these graphic novels describe true events outright, and others are based on real stories, but all of them turn history into a visual treat.

Hidden: a child's story of the Holocaust by written by Loïc Dauvillier ; illustrated by Marc Lizano ; color by Greg Salsedo ; translated by Alexis Siege

Around the world: three remarkable journeys by Matt Phelan

Houdini: the life of the great escape artist by Agnieszka Biskup ; illustrated by Pat Kinsella

The Korean War by Gary Jeffrey & illustrated by Terry Riley

To dance: a memoir by Siena Cherson Siegel ; with artwork by Mark Siegel

Camp Out with Your Favorite Characters: Easy Readers

The camping trip by Catherine Hapka ; pictures by Anne Kennedy

Flat Stanley goes camping by created by Jeff Brown ; by Lori Haskins Houran ; pictures by Macky Pamintuan

Rocky and Daisy go camping by Melinda Melton Crow ; illustrated by Mike Brownlow

Bert and Ernie go camping by illustrated by Ernie Kwiat

Olivia goes camping by adapted by Alex Harvey ; based on the screenplay written by Patrick [sic] Resnick ; illustrated by Jared Osterhold

Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood: Michigan People

True stories about people with a connection to Michigan. For more stories about real people, try our JBIO collection.

Little Stevie Wonder by Quincy Troupe ; illustrated by Lisa Cohen

Tim Allen by Terri Dougherty

Malcolm Little: the boy who grew up to become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz ; illustrated by AG Ford

Henry Ford by Steven Roberts ; [illustrations, Planman Technologies]

After A Fault in Our Stars: What Next?

Not all are about romance, but find stories about friendships and illness and life.

After ever after by Jordan Sonnenblick

Side effects by Amy Goldman Koss

Small steps: the year I got polio by Peg Kehret

The honest truth by Dan Gemeinhart

My sister's keeper: a novel by Jodi Picoult

Going bovine by Libba Bray

Two girls staring at the ceiling by Lucy Frank

Set in Michigan

Chasing tail lights by Patrick Jones

 

The goddess test by Aimée Carter

 

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

 

Altered by Jennifer Rush

 

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

 

The vanishing season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

 

Movies from Teen Books

Popular fiction that's already been turned into film. Read the book to earn a Bookworm Badge, then watch the movie for eLectrified!

The giver [videodisc] by the Weinstein Company and Walden Media present ; a Tonik/As Is Productions production ; in association with Yucaipa Films ; produced by Nikki Silver, Jeff Bridges, Neil Koenigsberg ; directed by Phillip Noyce

The fault in our stars [videodisc] by Fox 2000 Pictures presents ; a Temple Hill production ; produced by Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen ; screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber ; directed by Josh Boone

The maze runner [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox presents ; a Gotham Group/Temper Hill production ; produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein ; screenplay by Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers and T.S. Nowlin ; directed by Wes Ball

Divergent [videodisc] by Summit Entertainment presents a Red Wagon Entertainment production ; director, Neil Burger ; writers, Evan Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor ; producers, Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher, Pouya Shahbazian

Teen Books to Movies

Popular fiction that's already been - or should soon be - turned into film. 

The giver by Lois Lowry

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Daughter of smoke & bone by Laini Taylor

It's kind of a funny story by Ned Vizzini

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Food on Film for the Whole Family

Sink your tastebuds into a good movie this summer.

Ratatouille [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios film

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs [videodisc] by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation

How to eat fried worms [videodisc] by Gran Via ; Imagine Entertainment ; New Line Cinema ; Walden Media ; produced by Mark Johnson, Philip Steuer ; screenplay by Bob Dolman ; directed by Bob Dolman

Bee movie [videodisc] by produced by Jerry Seinfeld, Christina Steinberg ; written by Jerry Seinfeld, Spike Feresten, Barry Marder, Andy Robin ; directed by Steve Hickner, Simon J. Smith ; music, Rupert Gregson-Williams

My Favorite Girls: Chapter Books

Whether you're revisiting old favorites or experiencing them for the first time, here are some great characters, beloved of one life-long reader.

Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

Dealing with dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Little women by Louisa May Alcott

Ballet shoes by Noel Streatfeild

Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace ; illustrated by Lois Lenski

The Baby-sitter's Club. Vol. 1. Kristy's great idea by Ann M. Martin ; artist, Raina Telgemeier

The Artists: Picture Book Biographies

Read about your favorite artists and creative types. Get inspired this summer to be creative yourself!

Gordon Parks: how the photographer captured black and white America by Carole Boston Weatherford ; illustrations by Jamey Christoph

Draw what you see: the life and art of Benny Andrews by Kathleen Benson ; illustrated with paintings by Benny Andrews

A home for Mr. Emerson by Barbara Kerley ; illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

Edward Hopper paints his world by Robert Burleigh ; paintings by Wendell Minor

The noisy paint box: the colors and sounds of Kandinsky's abstract art by Barb Rosenstock ; illustrated by Mary GrandPre

Video Game Themed Movies and TV Shows

The last starfighter [videodisc] by Universal

Level up [videodisc] by produced by Gideon Amir ; written by David Schneider, Derek Guiley ; directed by Peter Lauer

Pac-man and the ghostly adventures [videodisc]: let the games begin! directed by Moto Sakakibara



Ra.one [videodisc] by produced by Gauri Khan ; story and direction by Anubhav Sinha

Spy kids 3: [videodisc] game over by Dimension Films ; Los Hooligans Productions ; Troublemaker Studios



Sword art online. Vol. 1 [videodisc]: Aincrad arc, part 1 by director, Tomohiko Ito



Sword art online. Vol. 2 [videodisc]: Aincrad arc, part 2 by director, Tomohiko Ito

Global Tales for Teens

See the world from the comfort of home in these novels set in various locales around the globe.

My best friend, maybe (Greece) by Caela Carter

Subway girl (China) by Peter Jacob Converse



How my summer went up in flames (United States) by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski



Just one day (France) by Gayle Forman



Just one year (Global travels) by Gayle Forman

The conspiracy of us (Europe) by Maggie Hall

Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Battle!

August 12, 7:00 - 830 PM. Never played before? Doesn't matter. We'll supply the cards for you and teach you how to play. Come battle with monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh! style. No Registration required.