Thursday, July 2, 2015


The WINNERS for Week #3's READING LOG drawings are:


Mohammad D. — $5 Wahoo’s card
Kayla S. — $5 Ben & Jerry’s card
Leila K. — $5 Starbucks card


Antonia N. — $5 Sharky’s card
Mariah S. — $5 Ben & Jerry’s card
Georgiana N. — $5 Starbucks card


Georgiana N. — $5 Wahoo’s card
Alyssa P. — $5 Ben & Jerry’s card
Isabella C. — $5 Starbucks card

Keep reading, keep writing, keep winning! Next week is our next "double" drawingfor both reading logs and book reviews.

Pick up your prizes at the reference desk at the branch where you won your prize. Bring some I.D.!

Speaking of writing book reviews, REMEMBER: If you only describe the book, it's a book REPORT. To make it a book REVIEW, you also have to tell us what you thought of it—did you love it? hate it? and WHY? Then it's a review.

Closed for Independence Day!

All branches of the Burbank Public Library will be CLOSED for TWO DAYS:
Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4.
The Buena Vista branch will be open on Sunday, July 5.

Happy 4th of July!

Our book log drawing will take place on Thursday at noon instead of on Friday!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Teen review: Maximum Ride Ends!

Reviewed by Amy Sepulveda, grade 11

Maximum Ride Forever by James Patterson is the ninth and last book in the Maximum Ride series. Those who love reading the adventures of Max, Fang, Angel, Iggy, Gazzy, Nudge, and the rest of the flock will love the final installment to the series that follows six children whose DNA has been altered with that of a bird’s, giving them wings from birth; the School that made them is chasing them down with other sorts of robots and mutants to try to kill the innocent kids. Maximum Ride Forever begins about three months after the drastic life- and human race-altering events from Nevermore (book eight), occur. Maximum Ride Forever can be heartbreaking to readers who are truly invested in the characters and plot, but will make them want to do nothing else but finish all 383 pages of the last book they will ever read about the strong flock that has been torn down countless times.

This is definitely one of my favorite series. I love the character development, and though it is a science fiction/ fantasy novel, it seems very realistic; even if it seems like none of these events could ever happen, it is possible they might someday. I was mesmerized by every word and plot twist, which James Patterson is fantastic at creating, making an irresistible novel. In my opinion, Maximum Ride Forever was not the best book of this series, but it is absolutely worth reading. Patterson makes readers feel as if they are quite literally hanging off the edge of a cliff, only a string keeping them from falling to their deaths. It is one of the best and worst feelings as a reader.

I would rate Maximum Ride Forever a 5/5 and recommend it to anyone who likes Max and her flock. However, if you have not read the series, please do not start with Maximum Ride Forever, because you will be entirely lost and will run into an incredible number of spoilers for the rest of the series! If you are interested in the series and have not yet read it, the first book is titled The Angel Experiment.

Editor's note: Some of you teen fans of this series may not know that the Maximum Ride gang actually first appeared in Patterson's adult books, When the Wind Blows, and The Lake House, before he wrote the YA series.

We have this final book of the series on order for the library, but it hasn't arrived yet, so keep checking the catalog!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Burbank Teens' Top Twenty

This is a list of the NEW Young Adult Fiction that was most popular with our library teens during the past three months:

I Was Here / Gayle Forman
          By the author of If I Stay (we're showing the movie tonight at 6:30 at Central!)
Vanishing Girls / Lauren Oliver
          Two sisters, terrible accident, they're not speaking, people go missing, suspense.
Saint Anything / Sarah Dessen
          Family, self-discovery, change, perpetuated by a drunk driving accident.
Shadow Scale / Rachel Hartman
          Sequel to Seraphina, set in the kingdom of Goredd, with humans and dragons in conflict.
The Heir / Keira Cass
          Book #4 of The Selection series, dystopian/romance.
The Bane Chronicles / Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson
          Eleven short stories about the wizard Magnus Bane.

The Wicked Will Rise / Danielle Paige
          Sequel to Dorothy Must Die, about the imagined aftermath of The Wizard of Oz.
Undertow / Michael Buckley
          Science fiction, aliens arrive on earth, humanity's only hope of survival, etc.
The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, Telt by Hisself  / David Almond
          A hidden child, a broken world, special gifts.

Bone Gap / Laura Ruby
          Missing, abducted girl, faithful friend who searches, town that doesn't care.
All the Bright Places / Jennifer Niven
          Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower...
Woven / Michael Jensen, David Powers King
          High fantasy with a ghostly knight, secrets, romance, a kingdom in peril...
The Winner's Crime / a novel by Marie Rutkoski 
          Sequel to The Winner's Curse, the further story of Kestrel and Arin.
Unhinged / by A. G. Howard
          Book #2 after Splintered in the retelling of Alice in Wonderland.
Fairest: Levana's Story / Marissa Meyer
          Book 3.5 in the Lunar Chronicles, the story of the queen of the Moon.
Breaking Sky / Cori McCarthy
          Futuristic thriller set at the Air Force Academy in 2048.
99 Days / Katie Cotugno
          ...until she leaves for college. Plenty of time to mess up her life and everyone else's!
How to Fall / Jane Casey
          Freya is dead, and her cousin Jess is determined to solve the mystery. (In Patrick's review, it says we don't own the book, but now we do--and the sequel!)
Gone Too Far / Natalie D. Richards

           A story of revenge...
Famous Last Words / by Katie Alender
          Murder, mystery, mayhem and the movies.

You can find all of these books (when they're not checked out!) on the New Books shelves in YA Fiction at each library. Let us know what you think--write reviews, either on the Teen Meetup in the Burb interface, or for the blog! And don't forget to note them down in your reading log, too.

All the books that have links have been reviewed by one of us or by our guest bloggers, either on YAThink! or on the regular Burbank Library Blog.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Meetups this week!

Central Library, 6:30 p.m.

Teen Cinema presents...

Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined...or move on.

107 minutes / PG-13
For teens in grades 7-12 only!
Refreshments and prizes...

Buena Vista Library, 7:00 p.m.


Book Café is a gathering place where teens (grades 7-12) can share what they're reading, trade books, and hang out for coffee house-style refreshments.Bring whatever you're reading with you, as well as your BOOKMARK from your swag bag! There are three more Wednesday-night sessions of Book Café this summer: July 1, 8*, and 22. If you attend three of the four sessions, you get a FREE BOOK! (You get to choose the one you want from our fabulous stash.)

This week, we welcome special guest and YA author  Holly Goldberg Sloan!

*Please note that the BROCHURE says our third Book Café meetup is on July 15, but it is ACTUALLY on July 8. There was a scheduling problem with the auditorium.

Not yet signed up for Teen Meetup in the Burb? You can do so here. There are a lot more meetups to come, so sign up today!