Weekend Book Giveaway: Pyromantic

This week we’re giving away a brand new copy of Pyromantic by local author Lish McBride. Pyromantic is the sequel to Firebug. Isn’t this cover awesome?

From the publisher:

Ava is having a rough time. Getting rid of Venus didn’t set her free―she’s still Coterie. Her new boss seems like an improvement, but who knows if he’ll stay that way? The Coterie life changes people. And since Ava’s currently avoiding her friends after (disastrously) turning down a date with Lock, well, everything kind of sucks. And that’s not even taking into account the feelings she might have for him.

But when a mysterious illness starts to affect magical beings, it’s up to Ava and her team to stop its spread . . . or else one of them might be next.

For your chance to win tell us about a time something in your life didn’t go as planned but everything turned out for the best anyway. How did you turn a bad situation into something positive?

Winner will be picked on Tuesday, May 2nd with the assistance of Random Number Generator. Be sure to leave a name with your entry, and check back to see if you won. To win you must be a teen (6th-12th grade, or age 12-18) who uses a Sno-Isle Library.

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Top 3 Right Now: Lish McBride

This week we are featuring Lish McBride, author of the newly released Pyromantic. Lish is a local author with a dark sense of humor. Lish is definitely a sparkly unicorn, but if you meet her in person she may be missing her horn!
Lish confessed that she had a hard time picking three books. “So I cheated and picked three book series. Mu ah ha ha ha!”
Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil Series by Rosemary Clement-Moore

These books reveal what all of us already suspected–High School is a breeding ground for pure evil. Maggie–honors student, girl reporter, and all around sensible nerd–has to get to the bottom of some very strange happenings at her school. Funny, snarky, and with a Buffy the Vampire slayer vibe to them, these books introduced me to Rosemary Clement-Moore and made me read everything she’s written to date.

Giant Days by John Allison

This comic is so funny that I kept sending photos of the panels to my friends. It’s a smart, clever tale about three very different girls in their first year of college that have become friends because they live on the same floor. I am a fan of the quirk, and these books are full of it. Also, the art is delightful.

Darkest Power series by Kelley Armstrong

For anyone who’s read my books, it should not be a surprise that I picked a series about a necromancer. (In fact, one of Rosemary Clement Moore’s books is about a girl who can talk to the dead. Hmm. I sense a theme.) I have a soft spot for smart, pragmatic lead characters, and Chloe falls into that category. Chloe wants to be a director and is well on her way, when she starts seeing horrific visions during school. She’s shipped off to Lyle House, a center for disturbed teens. All she wants to do is get better…but it seems the staff at Lyle House have other plans.

And because I can’t follow directions, I have a runner up!

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood

While this book series is actually written for younger kids, the main character is fifteen and a governess that just graduated from Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females. Penelope is shipped off to an isolated estate to become the governess for three children that have been (quite literally) raised by wolves. There are so many weird and wonderful things in these books–howling children, a disastrous pirate play, mysterious and shady characters, possible werewolves, rogue ostriches, and so much MYSTERY. I read these books aloud to my son, and we both laughed a lot. I can also recommend them as audio books–it’s really fun to listen to the reader howl!

Thank you, Lish! These series look amazing!

If you would like to be featured on our T3RN, email teens@sno-isle.org and include:

  • The titles of the three books that teens would enjoy (they can be published for any age group).
  • One or two sentences describing what it is about each book that has you in its grip right now.
  • A photo of yourself.  We like wacky!
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Climate action and teens

Last weekend we celebrated Earth Day. At Sno-Isle Libraries we always have our planet on our mind. From compost bins in all of our community libraries to recycling used materials into new craft projects, we know our resources are limited and we try to be good stewards of the environment.

Recently two nationally recognized leaders on climate change brought their messages to Whidbey Island for the 2017 Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series. Speaking on “Climate Action: What Now? Reports from the Front Lines.” These activists included KC Golden and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, the Youth Director of Earth Guardians and a hip-hop artist.

There’s a brief and energizing video from the lecture:

How did you celebrate Earth Day last weekend? How are you inspired to help the planet? If you’re looking for something to read, take a look at our Eco-Fiction: Where Could Climate Change Take Us booklist!

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Trailer Tuesday: You Don’t Know My Name

Trailer Tuesday: You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

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Readers’ Corner: Music Fiction

If you’re one of those people who are really into music, you’ll like this week’s featured teen booklist: Music Fiction. It includes stories in which music plays a vital role. It may be new music or old music, real music you’ve heard or inventions of the author’s imagination. It could center on those who make music, or those who listen to the music, or a little of both. The common bond is the importance of music in life, and especially in the lives of teens.

Music Fiction: Sno-Isle Teens Booklist

So, for this final week of National Poetry Month, enjoy some poetry you can dance to.

Happy reading!

Melleny @ Mukilteo Library

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Featured Event: Robotics for Tweens and Teens

Robotics fans won’t want to miss this event –

Robotics for Tweens and Teens
@ Mill Creek Library
Saturday, April 29
9-10 am
Join the Skunkworks Robotics team 1983 from Raisbeck Aviation High School for robot demonstrations, building small Lego robots, and learning more about the robotics team. For grades 3 and up.

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The Reading Without Walls Challenge

Have you heard about the Reading Without Walls Challenge? National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and author Gene Luen Yang wants you to expand your reading horizons, and get out of your comfort zone. Here is Gene to tell you more:

Reading outside your own experience gives you a better understanding of other people and the world, making you more empathetic and compassionate. Need some ideas of books to try? Some of our Sno-Isle Teen Ambassadors have books that expanded their horizons:

Anna – Camano Island

The best book that I read which opened my eyes a little more was called The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. It’s an autobiography, telling her story growing up with mentally ill parents without many funds.  I started reading it because my step-mom told me that the girl underwent some struggles similar to my own when I was little, but as I read, I realized that Jeannette and her siblings were in such a worse situation. They were all but homeless, and her father spent all of their money on gambling or drinks. I realized that not everyone who is homeless is so because they don’t have a choice, and that you shouldn’t judge a person by what’s happened to them. Jeannette Walls went to college in New York City and became a successful author. She didn’t let her challenges get in the way of doing what she wanted in life, and that inspired me.



Dani – Lynnwood

When I was around 11 or 12, I read a book called Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. It’s about a brilliant girl named Melody with cerebral palsy who is often just defined by the label of being “mentally challenged” despite her being incredibly smart. This book made my younger self realize how the social bias I had and made me rethink the way I had shallowly looked at students who were different.




Vaishu – Mill Creek

The best book that was “out of my walls” would be To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. We’ve all heard the stories of a black man or a white man during the racial segregation times, but have we ever heard the story of a young girl. This novel not only gave an insight to the culture of the world, but also how to cope with them. The sacrifices and the ‘coming of age’ the protagonist experiences led me to open my perspectives and also face the world.



Jonathan – Lynnwood


In 1984, the people were under constant surveillance.  Much like 1984, our modern society has a lot more cameras ranging from security cameras to street cameras to our phone cameras.  Reading this book has made me realize that even though we live in a “free” world, our actions can be easily monitored and traced through the internet.



Helen – Edmonds

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is one of my favorite books that is “outside of my walls.” This coming of age novel, set in the South antebellum society, opened my eyes to the harsh reality of slavery and racism back then. Furthermore, an important theme (especially in the ending) of the novel reminds us that change for the better is difficult – particularly regarding racism – which is unfortunately relevant to our world today.




Daniela – Camano Island

Prior to reading Red Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang, I had very little knowledge of Chinese culture and history but I was fascinated by the story of China’s Cultural Revolution and the policies meant to inspire patriotism that gradually created turmoil and unrest as well as political brainwashing. This book was one of, if not the first, books to show me the many shades of gray in the political world. Despite the seemingly good intentions of the Cultural Revolution to advance China, many deeply negative consequences emerge for the cause of the greater good.



Caroline – Mukilteo

My favorite book I’ve read that was “outside my walls” is Half the Sky by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas D. Kristof. This nonfiction text opened my eyes to the injustices targeting women around the world, and I’d absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for a powerful call to action. The authors present the stories of these oppressed women in such a compelling way that I couldn’t put it down.




What is your favorite book outside your walls? Or, what book are you reading to meet this challenge?


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Weekend Book Giveaway: The One Memory of Flora Banks

This week we’re giving away an advance reader’s copy of The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr. It’s not published until May 2nd, so you can be one of the first to to read it! The book is being described as the movie Memento meets We Were Liars and Everything, Everything.

From the publisher:

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So, when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world—in Svalbard, Norway—Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.

But will following Drake be the key to unlocking Flora’s memory? Or will the journey reveal that nothing is quite as it seems?

Doesn’t this sound fantastic?

For your chance to win tell us about one of your favorite memories. Why is it one of your favorites?

Winner will be picked on Tuesday, April 25th  with the assistance of Random Number Generator. Be sure to leave a name with your entry, and check back to see if you won. To win you must be a teen (6th-12th grade, or age 12-18) who uses a Sno-Isle Library.

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Trailer Tuesday: Held

Trailer Tuesday: Held by Edeet Ravel

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Readers’ Corner: Immigrants, Refugees, and Human Rights Abuses

This week’s featured teen booklist is a tough one, but a very important one. The books on this list tell the difficult stories of young immigrants, refugees, and other people suffering human rights abuses. Most of them aren’t happy stories, but they have happy moments and they do offer hope. And the perspective you gain from learning about someone’s struggles is invaluable. I hope you will take the time to pick a book from this list and open your heart to their incredible journeys. Maybe it will inspire you to learn even more and find out how you can help people in similar situations.

Sno-Isle Teens Booklist: Immigrants, Refugees, and Human Rights Abuses

Happy reading!

Melleny @ Mukilteo Library

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