Monday, February 22, 2021

Young Adult AudioBooks You'll Like

Hello Teens,

We hope you all made it through the winter weather safe and sound. As we wind down the month of February, I thought we would take a look at some of the latest audiobooks we have acquired for your listening pleasure. Sometimes we find ourselves with limited time to sit down and physically hold a book to read. Audiobooks are a great way to fill the time when traveling or waiting for that next event to begin. Listed below are a few of the latest audiobooks in our system. Give them a try and you might find your next best way to engage with a good book.

Here’s the link to our CMRLS YA AUDIOBOOK COLLECTION FEB 2021 which list the books below along with many others.

Don't call the wolf [CD] Author: Ross, Aleksandra, author.

Edition: Unabridged.

Physical Description: 11 audio discs (approximately 14 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in. Compact discs.

Abstract: A fierce young queen, neither human nor lynx, who fights to protect a forest humans have long abandoned. An exhausted young soldier, last of his name, who searches for the brother who disappeared beneath those trees without a trace. A Golden Dragon, fearsome and vengeful, whose wingbeats haunt their nightmares and their steps. When these three paths cross at the fringes of a war between monsters and men, shapeshifter queen and reluctant hero strike a deal that may finally turn the tide against the rising hordes of darkness. Ren will help Lukasz find his brother, if Lukasz promises to slay the Dragon. But promises are all too easily broken.

Subject Term: Shapeshifting -- Fiction. Monsters -- Fiction. Dragons -- Fiction.

Genre: Young adult fiction. Fantasy fiction. Audiobooks.

Hostile territory [CD] Author: Greci, Paul, author.

Edition: Unabridged.

Physical Description: 8 audio discs (9 1/2 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in. Compact discs.

Abstract: A catastrophic earthquake strands four teens in the Alaskan wilderness, and leaves them without a civilization to return to.

Subject Term: Earthquakes -- Fiction. Wilderness survival -- Alaska -- Fiction. Young adult fiction. Wilderness survival -- Fiction. YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories. YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic. YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense. Geographic Term: Alaska -- Fiction.

Genre:  Audiobooks. Apocalyptic fiction.

Ruthless Gods: a novel [CD] Author: Duncan, Emily A., author.

Edition: Unabridged.

Physical Description: 13 audio discs (16:0:0) : CD audio, digital; 4 3/4 in. Compact discs.

Abstract: Nadya doesn't trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn't belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who, and what, he's become. As their group is continually torn apart, the girl, the prince, and the monster find their fates irrevocably intertwined

Subject Term: Magic -- Fiction. Princes -- Fiction.  Gods -- Fiction. Fairy tales. YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / General.


Genre: Young adult fiction. Fantasy fiction. Audiobooks.

 Just breathe [CD] Author: McGovern, Cammie, author.

Edition: Unabridged.

Physical Description: 8 audio discs (9 1/2 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in. Compact discs.


David Scheinman is the popular president of his senior class, battling cystic fibrosis. Jamie Turner is a quiet sophomore, struggling with depression. The pair's unlikely friendship starts to turn into something so much more. But neither Jamie nor David can bring themselves to reveal the secrets that weigh most heavily on their hearts-and their time for honesty may be running out.

Subject Term: Cystic fibrosis -- Fiction. Depression, Mental -- Fiction. Teenagers -- Fiction. Honesty -- Fiction.

Man-woman relationships -- Fiction. Young adult fiction. YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Romance / Contemporary.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Disabilities & Special Needs. YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Depression.

Genre: Love stories. Audiobooks. Romance fiction.

The electric heir [CD] Author: Lee, Victoria (Author of young adult fantasy), author.

Edition: Unabridged.

Physical Description: 12 audio discs (14 hr., 58 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.. Compact discs.

Abstract: Six months after Noam Álvaro helped overthrow the despotic government of Carolinia, the Atlantians have gained citizenship, and Lehrer is chancellor. But despite Lehrer's image as a progressive humanitarian leader, Noam has finally remembered the truth that Lehrer forced him to forget, that Lehrer is responsible for the deadly magic infection that ravaged Carolinia. Now that Noam remembers the full extent of Lehrer's crimes, he's determined to use his influence with Lehrer to bring him down for good. If Lehrer realizes Noam has evaded his control and that Noam is plotting against him, Noam's dead. So he must keep playing the role of Lehrer's protégé until he can steal enough vaccine to stop the virus. Meanwhile, Dara Shirazi returns to Carolinia, his magic stripped by the same vaccine that saved his life. Dara fears Noam has only gotten himself more deeply entangled in Lehrer's web. Sooner or later, playing double agent might cost Noam his life.

Subject Term: Magic -- Fiction. Government, Resistance to -- Fiction. Gay teenagers -- Fiction. Virus diseases -- Fiction. Young adult fiction. YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Dystopian. YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBT. Genre: Young adult fiction. Dystopias. Science fiction. Fantasy fiction. Audiobooks.

Dystopian fiction. Gay fiction.

Where dreams descend [CD] Author: Angeles, Janella, author.

Edition: Unabridged.

Physical Description: 12 audio discs (approximately 14.5 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in. Compact discs.

Abstract: In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians faces off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes. As each act becomes more and riskier and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next. The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove shes the best no matter the cost The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide.

Subject Term: Magic -- Fiction. Contests -- Fiction. Missing persons -- Fiction. Ability -- Fiction. Secrecy -- Fiction.

Young adult fiction. Fantasy fiction. Audiobooks.

Wicked as you wish [CD] Author: Chupeco, Rin, author.

Edition: Unabridged.

Physical Description: 11 audio discs (13 hr., 17 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in..Compact discs.

Abstract: "Many years ago, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left desolate and encased in ice when the evil Snow Queen waged war on the powerful country. Its former citizens are now refugees in a world mostly devoid of magic. Which is why the crown prince and his protectors are stuck in...Arizona. Prince Alexei, the sole survivor of the Avalon royal family, is in hiding in a town so boring, magic doesn't even work there. Few know his secret identity, but his friend Tala is one of them. Tala doesn't mind--she has secrets of her own. Namely, that she's a spellbreaker, someone who negates magic. Then hope for their abandoned homeland reignites when a famous creature of legend, and Avalon's most powerful weapon, the Firebird, appears for the first time in decades. Alex and Tala unite with a ragtag group of new friends to journey back to Avalon for a showdown that will change the world as they know it." -- Amazon.

Subject Term: Magic -- Fiction. Princes -- Fiction. Identity (Psychology) -- Fiction. Friendship in adolescence -- Fiction.

Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction. Characters in literature -- Fiction. Friendship -- Fiction. Identity -- Fiction.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Fantasy / Contemporary. Genre: Young adult fiction. Fantasy fiction. Audiobooks.

 96 words for love [CD] Author: Roy, Rachel, author.

Edition: Unabridged.

Physical Description: 

8 audio discs (approximately 540 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in. Compact discs.

Abstract: A modern retelling of a classic Indian legend, that is a touching coming-of-age story that reads like Eat, Pray, Love for teens.

Subject Term: Ashrams -- Fiction. Cousins -- Fiction. East Indian Americans -- Fiction. Human trafficking -- Fiction.

Geographic Term: India -- Fiction. Genre: Young adult fiction. Romance fiction. Audiobooks.


Monday, February 15, 2021

Waiting to be Loved, Again.


Hey Guys! So it's February and love is in the air. Well, for some. Our poor skeleton has been waiting a long time for someone to love him again. Folks just look at him and pass on by. That, unfortunately, is what happens sometimes to old things. They get forgotten. They do not get used. They feel unloved. Everybody say, AWE.

But seriously, it does happen. Sometimes to people and sometimes to books. Sure, everyone wants to read the newest and hottest book titles that are out there. But, what about those older books. You know, the ones librarians call the classics, in hushed reverent voices. Those books are good, too. Just a little unloved. 

So this month, Library Lover's Month, challenge yourself to read at least one old book. Think, Old Yeller by Fred Gipson if you need a good cry or The Black Stallion by Walter Farley if you like horses. Pick up a Curious George book and relive your childhood. Solve a mystery with the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. Explore your tough side with The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. The possibilities are endless. 

Need a little incentive. Download the Beanstack app and sign up for the Library Lover's Challenge. Read ONE Book and log it on the app before March 1st and you could win a $25 Walmart gift card. Too easy. So get to your local library, find an old book that needs some love, read it, log it, and maybe you will win. Even if you don't, that old book does. 

Now, what to do about our skeleton friend? 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Swaying Elephants: It’s Complicated

Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s Day or Anti-Valentine’s Day, music will likely help set the mood. We will get back to Anti-Valentine’s later, but first, let us explore the relationship between music and love. It is such a powerful part of the human experience, choosing the perfect playlist to play when you are with your special someone can help make your Valentine’s Day magical.

First, a little history of this lovely day. The origins of Valentine’s Day are a little muddled, but we know that it started during Roman times approximately 500 A.D. Sadly, music, flowers, and chocolates were not involved. Poets Shakespeare and Chaucer romanticized this holiday into what we know it as today. Now, here comes the music part. Shakespeare, being the incredible artist that he was, recognized how music influenced people’s emotions well before scientific research proved it. In 1853, a scientific study was conducted on elephants to search for evidence connecting music to pleasure and love. Why elephants though? Elephants have intellectual and emotional similarities to humans (Bonus science lesson). Anyway, when the elephants heard the music, they began to experience pleasure and were observed touching and swaying with one another as if moving to the beat. Finally, in 1954, Oxford published a formal study in the journal Music and Letters. People, not animals, were tested and the study discovered how music directly stimulated the thalamus gland to produce excess endorphins that can either heighten or dampen one’s mood. Since 1953, many studies have been conducted that emphasize very similar findings, from elephants to endorphins and emotions.

Now for the not so loveliness of Anti-Valentine’s Day. Anti-Valentine’s Day or Singles Awareness Day (SAD) was started in 2001 by Dustin Barnes right here in Mississippi (Bonus history lesson). Dustin started it while in high school and carried the tradition on to Mississippi State University. It became official in 2005. And here comes the music part… in 2009, musician Joseph Vincent wrote a SAD song. It explains how many people actually feel about Valentine’s Day. Of course, many artists have written hundreds of anti-love songs so you can enjoy not being a victim of Cupid’s arrow.

So, whether you are dragging out your lutes and harps, 8 tracks, mixed tapes, or downloading songs from FreegalMusic to make the perfect playlist, music is the first thing you need for the perfect Valentine’s Day (or Anti-Valentine’s Day).

Friday, January 29, 2021

February Updates and Some Spoilers


You have been warned! If you have not done the crossword in this week's Take-Home kit, but intend to do so, DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER! Go forth and enjoy the activities, then return for the answers!

Now, on with the regularly scheduled blog.
Hello Teens!

That time of year has arrived again: February. Again, things look a bit different than in the past. But remember: we at the library are here for you! Don't forget that our Virtual Library Programs are ready and waiting for you each week, so don't forget to check out our group on Facebook at! Also, if you drop by the Brandon Public Library, we have our previously mentioned Take-Home kits for you! This previous week had the theme of Alice in Wonderland, so there were several activities and crafts for you to do.
For those of you who received the kit and did the activities, here are the answers to the crossword, word searches, and word scramble:

This next week's kit is about the Superbowl! There will be some interesting sports activities and crafts, so don't miss out on grabbing your kit while supplies last!

Now, about our upcoming holiday hours: the library will be closing Monday, February 15 for Presidents' Day. We will reopen Tuesday, February 16 at our regular hours. 

Stay safe, stay sane, and stay awesome!