Rachel reviews Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
Lisabeth Lewis has a host of problems: 1.) She’s anorexic 2.) She’s contemplating suicide 3.) Death just knocked on her door, literally. Surely she was hallucinating that last one, right? Nope. Death just made her the one of the Four Riders of the Apocalypse – Famine, to be exact. Maybe she can ignore that fact and it will go away, along with the beautiful, black warhorse grazing in the front yard.

It’s not long before Lisabeth must face what she has become and rides out into the world as Famine. She sees gluttony where food is wasted and witnesses the swollen stomachs of children struggling with true starvation. She finds that has the power to turn food into ash, but also to nourish those who are in need. However, if she wants to help she must find the balance within herself as well. She can help, but can she do so when it requires her to eat?
Rachel reviews Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Lia and Cassie were best friends until their eating disorders put them in the hospital. Since then, Cassie hasn’t had anything to do with Lia, which is why Lia didn’t answer her phone that day. It rang 33 times. And then Cassie died.

Lia still struggles with anorexia, and now she is a better liar. She knows what they want her to say so they don’t feel like they have to send her back to the treatment center where the “fat cows” prod her and tell she has to eat. She knows how to tamper with the scales so that the number doesn’t change when they weigh her. At 95 pounds she still feels fat. Not only does she have to listen to her own voice obsessing about every calorie of food she consumes; now she has to deal with Cassie making her ghostly appearances. Can Lia find the strength to overcome her guilt over Cassie’s death and her own personal demons before it is too late?
February Teen Events!
Hey guys! Just a heads up about some cool events that are taking place in the next few weeks. That's right, always looking out for you. :)

Feb. 10, 2011 @ 3:30pm - Cupcake Craze Contest - Come decorate cupcakes for Valentine's Day. Cupcakes and decorating supplies provided.

Feb. 12, 2011 @ 10:00am - Tuition for Teens - Open to teens and their parents, use our new database to find money for college.

Feb. 15, 2011 @ 3:30pm - TAG! Meeting

Feb. 22, 2011 @ 5:00pm - Get Hooked! Crochet for Beginners - Come learn how to crochet. Please bring your own hook and a smooth, lightweight yarn to practice with.

Feb. 24, 2011  @ 3:30pm - Gaming Days @ the Library - Board, Card and Video Games for teens!****SOUTHWEST LIBRARY****
New Year, New Books!
To start off the new year, I thought what better than new books! Here's some of the latest and greatest now available at your library. Request your copy today!

Hey guys! I just wanted to give everyone a head's up that January's TAG! meeting is going to be super cool. We'll have new books, food (probably pizza unless someone tells me they want something different), a contest, and some rockin' music. Oh, and something to do with paint... but I'm not telling what. : )

We'll be in the Lake Room of the Beale Memorial Library, Tuesday, January 11th at 3:30 pm. It'll be lots of fun as we plan for the new year, so bring a friend and join us for an exciting time.

December Events, Ya'll
Okay boys and girls, here's a list of our upcoming teen events. Let me know if you have any questions. ;) 

Friday, 12/10 - Recycled Junk Jewelry. Jewelry for Steampunks & Junk Hounds @ 3:30 in the Lake Room

Tuesday, 12/14 - TAG! Teen Advisory Group meeting @ 3:30 in the Lake Room

Tuesday, 1/11 -  TAG! Teen Advisory Group meeting @ 3:30 in the Lake Room

Tuesday, 1/18 - Get Hooked! Crochet for Beginners. Open to all ages. Bring your own work or come to learn @ 3:30 in the Lake Room.

Gobble! Gobble!
I'm sure that all you are ready for some very yummy food next week. I know I am. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, rolls, pumpkin pie, chocolate pie, that fruit salad that always seems to be there... Yep, I'm ready.

This is just a quick reminder that the Kern County Library will be CLOSED Thursday thru Saturday (November 25th - 27th). Enjoy your holidays, eat lots of food, hang out with the family, and maybe squeeze in a little Black Friday shopping.  :)

Rachel reviews The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Bad things don't happen in Gentry. No floods, tornadoes, or earthquakes. No disease reaches the people of Gentry. Nothing bad happens.

Unless you count the children stolen from their cribs in the night, and offered up as human sacrifices days later. This is the price the town pays for their safety. Once a year, a child is taken and something else, something unnatural, is left in its place. The replacement is fragile, and usually doesn't survive. Parents bury the replacement and provide a headstone with their child's name on it.

That's what should have happened to Malcolm Doyle. Well, the replacement of Malcolm, anyway.

Mackie hates what he is. He lives his life just trying to blend in, and it generally works until Tate's sister is taken. Tate is determined to get her sister back, and she suspects that Mackie might be able to help her. Now, Mackie has to decide if he is willing to risk everything for Tate, by confronting the very monsters who left Mackie to die in a stranger's crib. Or will he, like the rest of the people in Gentry, choose to let Tate's sister pay the price for their safety?
Rachel reviews If I Stay by Gayle Forman
In the blink of an eye, Mia's entire life is forever changed. A day that begins as a cherished "snow day," one of those days where the universe grants you a special gift, no school, soon turns in to the worst day of Mia's life. One that takes everything she has. Now she must decide if she is strong enough to survive, or if she even wants to.

Witnessing her damaged body being pulled from the wreckage of her family's car is just the beginning. She listens as friends tell her it's okay to go, and as others tell her to stay. Intensely moving, this book explores the life that Mia had and what she has lost. If I Stay is a witty and fun book that manages to take a serious situation and turn it into a beautiful discovery. I highly recommend this book, and am looking forward to the sequel Where She Went which will be available April 2011. (Already available for requests!)

Quote of the day
"I don't want to be a man," said Jace. "I want to be an angst-ridden teenager who can't confront his own inner demons and takes it out verbally on other people instead."

"Well," said Luke, "you're doing a fantastic job."

 — Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes