Teen News, Reviews & Info

  • Tue, 07/29/2014 - 7:13pm

    2014 marked a banner year for graphic novels.  Superheroes and anime being all the rage, and Comic Con wrapping up its 45th Anniversary, it’s not surprising that Batman turns 75 years old this year!

    The first story published in 1939, originally written for pulp genre, established  Batman as a counterpart to Superman.  With his famous bat shaped caped was inspired by a sketch from Leonardo da Vinici, parts of his character can be traced to Zorro and The Scarlet Pimpernel, while other parts shadow pulp characters like The Shadow, Dick Tracy and Sherlock Holmes.

    Robin, Catwoman, the Joker, Killer Croc and Harley Quinn added to his dark and mysterious adventures. Over the years Batman’s universe expanded, from alternate versions of the "Caped Crusader", to a jump from print to television and movies, and beyond.  Batman continues to make his mark in and outside of the comic book universe.

    Comic Con hosted an all-star panel of the people who were instrumental in creating and developing this legendary hero. You can read about the event here. (A tribute short video dedicated to Batman's 75th Anniversary was made by producer Bruce Timm - check it out!)


    Batman: Arkham Unhinged #1 by Derek Fridolfs, Marly Halpern-Graser, Sefton Hill, Paul Crocker, Mike Miller (Illustrator)

    In these stories originally available only online and tying into the bestselling videogame BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY, Dr. Hugo Strange has gained control of Arkham Asylum and is determined to keep the city's criminal element behind bars. But with Catwoman and Two-Face still on the loose, Strange will go to any lengths to capture them - even if it means battling Batman along the way.





    Batman: Streets of Gotham, Vol. 1: Hush Money (Batman: Streets of Gotham #1)  by Paul Dini, Dustin Nguyen (Illustrator), Derek Fridolfs (Illustrator)

    How will the police feel about this new Batman -- and can he control the crime in Gotham the way the old Batman did? Commissioner Gordon's about to find out as teams with the new Batman to combat the fiery threat that Firefly has spread across Gotham City. Then, Bruce Wayne has seemingly returned,, promising to lead his city into a new golden age. But while this phony devotes his fortune to rebuilding Gotham City, he fights violent opposition from Batman, Robin and a host of DC Universe heroes



    Nightwing, Vol. 3: Death of the Family (Nightwing Vol. III #3) by Kyle Higgins, Eddy Barrows (Illustrations)

    After having his face sliced off one year ago, the Joker makes his horrifying return to Gotham City! But even for man who's committed a lifetime of murder, he's more dangerous than ever before. The Joker sets his twisted sights on the members of the Bat-Family and attacks them all where it hurts—and for Dick Grayson, that means going after the family he's built up for the past year at Haly's Circus!


  • Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:56pm

    Do you like books with a lot of bite?  The vampire is one of the oldest creatures in literature.  Over the past years, vampires have gained a large following.    Here are some titles that give a new twist to a classic character.

    Vampire Academy(Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Meade

    St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .


    Last Breath (The Morganville Vampires #11) by Rachel Caine

    With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville's latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn't merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely?


    Lost In Time: a Blue Blood’s Novel (Blue Bloods #6) by Melissa de la Cruz

    The stakes have never been higher for the young Blue Bloods of Manhattan. After their brief yet beautiful bonding ceremony in Italy, Schuyler Van Alen and Jack Force depart for Egypt, to find the elusive Gate of Promise before Jack must face his twin for a blood trial. Schuyler and Jack take up arms, only to realize that there is a much graver threat simmering in the Kingdom of the Dead.


    Teeth by Ellen  Datlow
    Sink your teeth into these bite-sized tales exploring the intersections among the living, dead, and undead. Features stories by Neil Gaiman, Melissa Marr, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Garth Nix, and many more




    Don’t forget to sign-up for the Summer Reading Finale scheduled for July 29th at 3:00 pm in the Large Auditorium.  Reservations are encouraged so we can get an accurate headcount for pizza.  Please contact Leslie West at 205-332-6620 or lwest@bham.lib.al.us.

  • Mon, 07/21/2014 - 5:01pm

    Join us for a pizza party and the movie Vampire Academy at our finale of this year's summer reading program. Our film features Rose Hathaway, who is a Dhampir, half human - half vampire, and guardian of the Moroi, a tribe of peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from their arch-enemy, the bloodthirsty, immortal Strigoi. 



    Tuesday, July 29, @ 3:00 pm in the large auditorium 


    Reservations requested are for pizza headcount.

    Please contact:

    Leslie West, 205-332-6620 or, lwest@bham.lib.al.us