Franklin teens give Cinder 4 stars

Franklin Pizza and Pages


This week at Pizza & Pages, the Franklin teens discussed Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Their average review was 4 stars out of 5. Cinder is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles, featuring a main character who is a cyborg and a mechanic. Its sci-fi element is sure to make this Cinderella-ish tale more appealing to guy readers–as well as gals–than the traditional fairy tale. Each book in the Lunar Chronicles will feature a different fairy tale character. Book two is already out and is titled Scarlet — any guesses on who our main character represents in this book?

For information on future Franklin Pizza & Pages book discussions, or at one of our other DMPL locations, see our events calendar!


The Hub Reading Challenge

YALSAthehubDo you ever get stuck in a reading rut? Reading challenges are a great way to get excited about reading again. Best of all, they connect you to others who are reading similar, if not the same, books.

YALSA’s 2013 Hub Reading Challenge has begun and lasts through June 22nd. Read 25 out of the 83 eligible teen titles to complete the challenge.

Even if you’re not in a reading rut, challenges like The Hub are lots of fun! There are prizes, too, so check it out!

For more information on how to participate click here.

Have you ever participated in a reading challenge before? If you decide to enter The Hub Reading Challenge, what will you read first?

Oh, “Crewel” world…

CrewelEnter a tangled world of secrets and intrigue where a girl controls other’s destinies, but not her own

Sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has always been special. When her parents discover her gift—the ability to weave the very fabric of reality—they train her to hide it. For good reason, they don’t want her to become one of the elite, beautiful, and deadly women who determine what people eat, where they live, how many children they have, and even when they die.

But Adelice is forced to into this powerful group, and she must learn to navigate the dangerous politics at play. Caught in a web of lies and forbidden romance, she must unravel the sinister truth behind her own unspeakable power. Her world is hanging by a thread, and Adelice, alone, can decide to save it—or destroy it.

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The first in a planned trilogy, check out a copy from your DMPL today! Or, view this book trailer if you haven’t already been hooked!

Are you looking for some teen chick lit to read this summer?

Nothing says summer vacation like hours spent reading by the pool or at the beach. Here are some titles that have summer written all over them (literally!). BTW, be sure to log the time you spend reading to earn great prizes through DMPL’s summer reading program. And if you have some extra time be sure to check out these authors’ websites: Jenny Han and Alyson Noel.


New Teen Mystery by John Feinstein

In the past six months, Susan Carol Anderson has grown an inch, gained fifteen pounds of muscle, and shaved more than ten seconds off her time in the 200-meter butterfly.

She’s gone from a good swimmer to a truly great swimmer. World Championships great. Olympics great!

And just as suddenly, agents and sponsors and publicists descend on her – all wanting to make Susan Carol the it-girl of the Games. America’s newest sweetheart. And – potentially – very, very rich. It’s thrilling and overwhelming and petrifying, all at the same time.

Susan Carol’s best friend (and boyfriend) and reporting partner, Stevie Thomas, watched it all with amazement. Usually, they cover sporting events together. Now he’s covering her. But along with the races, Stevie’s also watching the agents and sponsors racing around her – and he can’t shake the feeling that something’s not right. . .

In a sport where the difference between first and second place is measured in hundredths of a second – and hundreds of thousands of dollars – how far might anyone go to bring home the gold?

– From the book jacket

For more books like this, click on: Sports or Mystery.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

When it was first published in 2007, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher quickly picked up steam as being the “it” book to read. It has since won over a dozen awards, recently winning the Iowa High School Book Award for 2011-2012. It is also set to be released as a movie starring Selena Gomez in 2013.

Clay Jensen’s life changes when he discovers a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his front porch. Inside are cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush – who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list. 

Interested in talking about the book? Come to the Pizza and Pages Teen Book Discussion at the South Side Library on Tuesday, May 29 at 3:00 PM. We’ll eat pizza and discuss the book!

Road Trips

Do you have any road trips planned for the summer? Nothing goes better with a road trip than a great audio book. A few of our favorite audio books are: Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar, The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, and The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. You can check out teen audiobooks for FREE for three weeks! How awesome is that?

Check out this video of a group that went on a 965 mile road trip. Their destination? Taco Bell. They were on a mission to experience the new Dorito shell taco. Have you tried one yet? They’re DELICIOUS! I sure hope they had some great audio books to listen to on the way.