Upcoming Cover Reveals!

Harry Potter Book 1 covers

(If you haven’t heard about the new Harry Potter covers yet, check out our last post!)

We left you on Monday with the following questions:

Does a cover really matter? Do you judge a book by its cover?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, you are among the majority of readers. The cover of a book is the first thing you see and publishers use that artwork as their main means of marketing. The question then becomes:

How do you judge a book by its cover?

  • Do you go off of a gut instinct and just grab a book that looks awesome?
  • Does a great cover stop you in your tracks, but you still have to look it over to be sure?
  • Is it more about the title?
  • Do ‘bad’ or ‘uninteresting’ covers stop you from picking a book off the shelf?

Eleanor & Park         Uses for Boys

Here are a few covers that DMPL currently has on order. Take a look and decide if you would check them out based on cover alone. Click on the book, be guided to the DMPL catalog, and put the item on your request list! If you can’t decide on cover alone, scroll down to receive some more information.

  Dualed           When We Wake

Eleanor & Park Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

Uses for Boys

Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, it was just the two of them against the world. But now her mom’s gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, the next stepfather. Anna gets used to being alone, until she discovers that she can make boys her family, from Desmond to Joey to Todd. But filling the void comes at a price.


Dualed by Elsie Chapman

Two of you exist. Only one will survive. The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate–a twin raised by another family–and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage–life. Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt.

When We Wake

When We Wake by Karen Healey

In 2027, sixteen-year-old Tegan is just like every other girl–playing the guitar, falling in love, and protesting the wrongs of the world with her friends. But then Tegan dies, waking up 100 years in the future as the unknowing first government guinea pig to be cryogenically frozen and successfully revived. Appalling secrets about her new world come to light, and Tegan must choose to either keep her head down or fight for a better future.

Does a cover matter? Share your thoughts in a comment!

New Harry Potter Cover Art!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1)         'Harry Potter' Books Get New Covers!

Scholastic has announced that they will be unveiling new cover art for the Harry Potter series in celebration of its 15th anniversary. The artwork comes from Kazu Kibuishi and will debut in September as a box set.

Books often need to be re branded in order to appeal to a new generation of readers. Publishers, like Scholastic, do this by redesigning the cover. Here are a just a few examples:

1. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

  Re-Covered Books: The Outsiders      The Outsiders

2. Forever by Judy Blume


3. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

                  Uglies (Uglies Series #1)

(all links will transport you to the DMPL catalog!)

Does cover design really matter? Do you judge a book by its cover?

What do you think of the Harry Potter cover makeover?

Check back with us on Wednesday for some upcoming cover reveals!

Teen Topics–Autism

Do you have a classmate, a family member, or friend with autism? Check out this list of books with different perspectives on autism and its related disorders available at the Des Moines Public Library.

Colin Fischer

by Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz

Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions.But when a gun is found in the school cafeteria, interrupting a female classmate’s birthday celebration, Colin is the only for the investigation. It’s up to him to prove that Wayne Connelly, the school bully and Colin’s frequent tormenter, didn’t bring the gun to school. Goodreads

A copy of this book is available at the Des Moines Public Library.


A Certain October

A Certain October

by Angela Johnson

Scotty compares herself to tofu: no flavor unless you add something. And it’s true that Scotty’s friends, Misha and Falcone, and her brother, Keone, make life delicious. But when a terrible accident occurs, Scotty feels responsible for the loss of someone she hardly knew, and the world goes wrong. She cannot tell what is a dream and what is real. Her friends are having a hard time getting through to her and her family is preoccupied with their own trauma. But the prospect of a boy, a dance, and the possibility that everything can fall back into place soon help Scotty realize that she is capable of adding her own flavor to life. Goodreads

A copy of this book is available at the Des Moines Public Library.


The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules: The Handbook of Not-So-Obvious Social Guidelines for Tweens and Teens with Asperger SyndromeAnything But Typical

How to Talk to an Autistic KidHarmonic Feedback

Classics Rewritten

Many classics have been rewritten lately. It’s always interesting to compare a classic to its remake:  Do the characters act differently? Are there new characters? Is the novel even set in the same time period?

Take for instance Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which takes Jane Austen’s original text and modifies it to include “Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!” The words are nearly identical to Austen’s original except for where Grahame-Smith adds the zombie parts.

Other rewritten tales don’t just modify the original classic text but rather write an entire new story line, adding characters and creating a new perspective from which to understand the classic. Such remakes reimagine the story.

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd retells H.G. Wells’ sci-fi classic The Island of Dr. Moreau. If you like stories of the strange and bizarre then you should try Wells’ classic. In The Madman’s Daughter, Shepherd introduces a significant new character, 16-year-old Juliet Moreau, daughter of the mad scientist.

The novel promises to be “a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.” This title comes out on January 29th. DMPL has ordered copies so place your hold with you library card today!

Here are other classic remakes to check out:

Classic: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Remake: Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Classic: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Remake: Jane by April Lindner

Classic: Persuasion by Jane Austen
Remake: For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Happy Reading!

2013 Possible Teen Trends

2013 1

Now that we have said goodbye to 2012, it is time to look forward to what 2013 will bring us in terms of young adult fiction. Here are 3 possible trends we are forecasting:

1. Mermaids

We have made it through the wizard craze, the vampire hype, and the zombie sensation successfully. Those trends, while still trickling in, are in the past and it is time to focus our attention on the next teen fiction fad: mermaids. Want to get ahead of this trend? Check out these amphibious creatures at your library!

Wake (Watersong Series #1)   Monstrous Beauty  Lost Voices (Lost Voices Trilogy Series #1)

(click on the cover to be transported to the DMPL catalog!)

2. More Teen Fiction Showing Up on the Big Screen

With the success of The Hunger Games (Wordwide Gross of $686,533,290!!!), more young adult fiction than ever before is being optioned for films in 2013. Here are just a few of the books coming out in theaters in 2013:

Beautiful Creatures (Movie Tie-In) City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Series #1) Ender's Game (Ender Wiggin Series #1)

(clicking on a cover will send you to the DMPL catalog!)

3. More Covers Featuring Girls Wearing Glamorous Dresses

While this trend was very evident in 2012, certain series continuing into 2013 make it easy to predict this fad’s continuance. Here are a few examples to get you started:

The Selection Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin Trilogy Series #1) The Luxe (Luxe Series #1)

(choose a cover to be sent into the DMPL closet (catalog)!)

What trends do you think we will see in 2013? Share your answers in a comment!

Cozy Christmas Reads for Teens

Looking for a good book for winter break? Check out one of these Christmastime stories from your Des Moines Public Library branch!

Mistletoe: Four Holiday Stories by Hailey Abbot, Melissa de la Cruz, Aimee Friedman and  Nina Malkin

Glittering white snowflakes. The handsome blond ski instructor. The sparkle on a cashmere skirt. Hot cocoa and kisses in front of a crackling fire. The holiday season is the ESSENCE of magic…and romance. Four of today’s bestselling teen authors bring us delectable tales of love and lust and holiday cheers (and tears) in this one-of-a-kind collection that teens will devour faster than a plate of Christmas cookies.

Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

Ex-mas by Kate Brian

When seventeen-year-old Lila Beckwith’s parents go on vacation, her plans to throw a huge Christmas party are thwarted by her younger brother and his best friend, who leave on a mission to save the North Pole from global warming, and she must join forces with her ex-boyfriend to get the youngsters safely home.

Starry, Starry Night by Lurlene McDaniel

The star that led the three wise men could be the same star wished upon by those longing for a wish to come true. In the opening novella, “Christmas Child,” 15-year-old Melanie feels cheated when her baby sister, born at Christmastime, lives only a few days. But the brief life of her sister shows Melanie the lasting value of love. Brenda struggles between noble intentions and real desires when she becomes the last chance for happiness for a dying boy in “Last Dance.” The final story, “Kathy’s Life,” describes a girl who appears to have it all. Kathy is beautiful, intelligent, and has the perfect job as a live-in caregiver for a couple’s baby boy. But not everything is as perfect as it seems: Should Kathy give up the one person she loves most in the world?

Express Yourself!

How do you let the world know who you are? How do you let out everything that has bottled up inside you?

Express Yourself!!!

Through Music & Dance:

  • Head to the BeatLab! Create your own beats and add sounds with the click of a mouse, then share your tracks.
  • You could also go to UJAM to create songs, remix your favorites, or create ‘Hollywood Moments’ with their app!
  • Audition for a musical or chorus! Go to the Des Moines Playhouse  or The Iowa Youth Chorus for more information.
  • Check out these books at your library! (click on the cover for the Des Moines Public Library’s catalog)

            Shiva's Fire           Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

Through Art:

  • Go to Big Huge Labs and turn your images into posters, puzzles, wallpaper, pop art and more. 
  • Create your own artwork in the style of Jackson Pollock here.
  • Check out these books at your library! (click on the cover for the Des Moines Public Library’s catalog)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian     Autobiography of My Dead Brother  Just Duct Tape It!

Manga for the Beginner Shoujo: Everything You Need to Start Drawing the Most Popular Style of Japanese Comics

Through Writing:

  • Take just five minutes a day to jot down your thoughts in a journal.
  • If you like writing, try weebook. It is an online community where you can share your works, get feedback from other writers & readers, and find other books to read.
  • You can also submit your work to  TeenInk. They depend entirely on teen writers for their national magazine.
  • Check out these books at your library! (click on the cover for the Des Moines Public Library’s catalog)

Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems  Bronx Masquerade    Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing


Try something new today!