Category Archives: Young Adult

Harry Potter at Home

Today’s resource of the day is for wizards and muggles alike! Now through April 30, we have unlimited simultaneous user access to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in both e-book and e-audiobook formats in multiple languages through eRead Illinois: This access was provided free to our library patrons through Baker and Taylor and Pottermore Publishing as part of the Harry Potter at Home program! You can find more great Harry Potter at home activities here:…/harry-potter-at-home.

New Teen Reads

Looking for something good to read?

Look no further than Schmaling’s YA shelves!

The new titles we have added in January include:
What Light, by Asher Jay
King’s Cage, by Victoria Aveyard
Moon Chosen, by P.C. Cast
The Reader, by Traci Chee
The Price of Creation (The Historian Tales: Book 1), by Lance Conrad
The Edge of Everything, by Jeff Giles
Girl In Pieces, by Kathleen Glasgow
Ask Me How I Got Here, by Christine Heppermann
The Great Hunt, by Wendy Higgins
Freeks, by Amanda Hocking
I am Number Four, The Power of Six, and The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacy series), by Pittacus Lore
The Midnight Star, by Marie Lu
Replica, by Lauren Oliver
Last Seen Leaving, by Caleb Roehrig
Carve The Mark, by Veronica Roth
The Sun Is Also A Star, by Nicola Yoon

Highlight: The Historian Tales

photo of a new YA series lined up alongside the windowsill

A new YA series is available at Schmaling that we feel will interest many of our YA readers.  The Historian Tales is a trilogy consisting of The Price of Creation, The Price of Nobility, and The Price of Loyalty; written by Lance Conrad — a laser-building, gourmet vinegar-loving new author.  He shared in an interview with Smashwords, an e-book publisher, that “his passion for writing comes from the belief that there are great lessons to be learned as we struggle with our favorite characters in fiction.

The Historian Tales pulls the reader along with the central character, the Historian, as he literally struggles to uncover his true, unknown, identity.   Traveling through time and worlds with him, the reader encounters various technologies, cultures, and magic as the historian discovers his own destiny in the life-stories and choices of those he meets.

“I’ve always felt very influenced by Louis L’Amour. The man taught as he wrote and he worked hard at it. Following his characters through their struggles did a lot to shape my young mind. Concepts like bravery, respect for women, and true manhood are concepts I think this world could use a lot more of, especially now.” — Lance Conrad

In addition to this trilogy, we also have the first book of Conrad’s next series The Sword Bearer Chronicles, entitled The Weight of Swords.  This series seems more action-packed; its plot centers around an ancient warrior caste dedicated to the defense of their people against the ravenous, ever-encroaching, local dragon population (Samurai dragon-hunters, basically).  To complicate matters, their leader is abducted by foreigners in the middle of a dragon-siege.

Hopefully many of you will enjoy these two new series from Lance Conrad.  And remember: if the book you desire is currently checked out, we  can reserve it for you so that you receive it first upon its return.


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Crisp and Cool YA Titles

Some of the exciting new Young Adult titles on the shelves at Schmaling include:
TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY (Companion book to The Mortal Instruments series), by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman
THE WEIGHT OF SWORDS (The Sword Bearer Chronicles: Book 1), by Lance Conrad
MAXIMUM RIDE: Volumes 7 and 8, by Lee NaRae and James Patterson
HEARTLESS, by Marissa Meyer