Monday, November 8, 2010

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

We'll be reading Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson for our next meeting, which will be at the end of December/beginning of January.

I overrode the votes for this one...sorry, but I think it's important to read and discuss!

If you want a copy, please contact Natalie to get your own!

Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that's not safe. Because there's something she's trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Our meeting

We will be meeting on Friday, November 5th, around 4:15/4:20.

We'll meet at the Main Library this time, shortly after Harry Potter #2 is over.

We'll be discussing Impossible by Nancy Werlin.

Hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Lucy is seventeen when she discovers she is the latest recipient of a generations-old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation. Unlike her ancestors, though, Lucy has family, friends, and other modern resources to help her out. But will it be enough to conquer this age-old evil? And will she have the time--she has to figure it all out and break the curse before her daughter is born.

This is the next book for the Teen Book Club. Haven't gotten your copy yet? Make sure to let Natalie know!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I can't make it to the next meeting (today) but...

I loved Hunger Games, while being terrified of it at the same time because I'm a huge scaredy cat. : ) The suspense was killing me toward the last half of the book so I sat down and finished it. The ending was in your face and I was, again, terrified. I couldn't believe what the capital did with the losers of the game. I was shocked. I really wish Katniss understood Peeta more because Peeta=♥! lol anyway, it was supergood, and even after I finished it I couldn't stop thinking about it!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Katniss is a 16-year old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used to be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called "The Hunger Games". The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.
Finished reading The Hunger Games? Comment now on what you thought of it? Loved it? Make sure to check out Catching Fire and coming out next week, Mockingjay!

Monday, August 9, 2010


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I finished My Soul To Save like a week ago. It was so good!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Next Teen Book Club

Ok, the Teen Book Club has met again in person.

Our next meeting is July 16th, 4:00 pm, at the 30/31 Branch in Rock Island.

For our next meeting, bring a book that you really liked or hated to talk about. Maybe you'll get an idea of a new book to read!

The book we'll be getting that day is Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

Our next book is My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent.

Kaylee has a special gift--only she sees it as a curse. When she sees someone who is about to die, she has an almost uncontrollable urge to scream. She manages to keep it inside, since the last time she actually screamed, she was sent to a mental hospital for months.

One night, she and her friend Emma sneak into a nightclub and Kaylee sees a girl she knows is going to die. Somehow she manages to escape without screaming, and Nash, a guy from her school, calms her down before she can let the scream go. And then another girl dies, and then yet another. Kaylee can't help but think they're all connected--and all her fault. Nash seems to know more than he's letting on, but he hesitates to tell her what's going on.

Until Kaylee decides she has to figure out the connection between all the deaths and herself. Something that pulls everyone she cares about into the mess.

Leave your comments about the book!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Next book selection

Ok, it's that time to pick out the next book we'll be reading. I have a list of 5 to choose from, but again, if you have a suggestion, please let me know!

You can post a comment to this post to vote for the one you choose, or you can email me at struecker.natalie at to cast your vote that way! Please vote by June 4th!

Here are the choices:

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Feared as a killer since her childhood, Lady Katsa uses her unusual Grace (superhuman gift) in the service of her uncle, King Randa. She is beginning to rebel against his orders to kill or maim his more disloyal subjects when her path crosses that of Po. A young foreign prince with a mysterious Grace as well as wisdom beyond his years, Po convinces Katsa that she can stand up to the brutal king and put her gift to better uses. When Katsa joins Po on a quest, she throws herself headlong into a rescue mission and finds romance, self-knowledge, and justice along the way.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl, a charming but villainous twelve-year-old, takes on the dangerous world of the Fairy People in this unforgettable story, which became a national best-seller and instant cult classic with its hardcover publication in May 2000. The book received tremendous attention and created fans of all ages, around the world.
In this extraordinary adventure, Artemis kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon unit, to help him decode the fairy's magic book, which will lead him to a vast treasure of gold. But these are not the fairies of bedtime stories -- they're cunning and dangerous!
Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl opens up a riveting world of fantasy and mystery where anything, literally, is possible.

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
When a not-so-innocent twelve-year-old girl named Stephanie inherits her eccentric uncle`s estate, she has no idea what she’s getting into. While at her uncle’s home, she answers the door to find a skeleton on her doorstep. His name is Skulduggery Pleasant, and he’s determined to keep her safe. In order to do that, she must become his partner and save the world from an ancient evil.

Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14: Debate Club.
Her father's "bunny rabbit."
A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15: A knockout figure.
A sharp tongue.A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.
Frankie Landau-Banks. No longer the kind of girl to take "no" for an answer. Especially when "no" means she's excluded from her boyfriend's all-male secret society.Not when her ex-boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places.Not when she knows she's smarter than any of them.When she knows Matthew's lying to her. And when there are so many, many pranks to be done. Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16: Possibly a criminal mastermind.
This is the story of how she got that way.

My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
She doesn't see dead people, but...
She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.
Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next...

Monday, April 26, 2010

Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Stolarz

Some secrets shouldn't be kept...

Until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades, an okay relationship with her parents, and a pretty cook part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when a mysterious boy named Ben starts junior year at her high school, Camelia's life becomes anything but ordinary.

Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe he's trouble, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. Instead, she's inexplicably drawn to Ben...and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help--but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something...but he's not the only one with a secret.

Read the book? Please post a comment and tell us what you thought!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Welcome to the Rock Island Library's Teen Book Club Blog!

The Rock Island Public Library's Teen Book Club started this blog with the intent to post and comment about books the group reads--as a group or on our own.

If you would like to get involved in the Teen Book Club as a member, please contact Natalie at

Members of the Teen Book Club pick the books the group reads each month and get to keep a copy of each book read.

Members also get permission to post up their opinions about books they've read and the books we're reading for book club.