Library Ninja: Book List
In honor of Celebrate Teen Literature Day, which falls every Thursday during National Library Week, this year's Teens' Top Ten Nominees have officially been announced.
Here are the nominees:
Which ones have you read and which one is next on your list?
Don't forget, to check back with YALSA between August 15 and Teen Read Week at www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens in order to vote for your favories. The winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.
Every time I read a good book, I am always so impressed by an author's ability to create an entire story with multiple characters, settings and twists. Many authors like to change things up once in awhile and collaborate with another fellow author to add a new different perspective and voice to their novels but I am even more impressed when a single author takes on such a challenge alone.
Here are some of my favorites:
This was my first Rainbow Rowell read and I was an instant fan. Eleanor & Park is a not-so-typical love story in the 1980s between quiet, ortracized, Eleanor and loved, but self-consious Park. Eleanor and Park come from two different background and have very little in common besides music and books but despite their practical notion that their love will not last, they give it everything they have anyway in each alternating chapter.
Bumped is a little known book from 2011 but it tells a thought-provoking tale about a futuristic world in which the importance of reproduction is encouraged among teenagers. In the year 2036, a virus has made anyone over the age of 18 infertile and girls are led to believe that they only have two choices in life: become high-priced Surrogettes or in the town of Goodside become ultraconservative wives and mothers. This short novel is told in the point of view of two sixteen-year-old twins separated at birth who are now leaving on opposites ends of the social specter. I love that you have to dig deeper into the irony of this book to discover the real message behind this novel and its characters.
I love when novels tell you the end of the story at the beginner, work their way backward and then throw you for a loop. Brother/Sister does just that. As twins, Will and Asheley tell their Californian adventure story to the police in Mexico, we slowly find out how the body count escalated and who is to blame.
Will and Asheley each take turns telling their tale in their different voices. Will is a bit of an outsider with an anger management problem while Asheley tries to easy-going and a social butterfly despite her family's dark past.
I believe Identical was the first book that I read by the ever-impressive, Ellen Hopkins. In almost all of her novels, Hopkins takes on the voice of two or more characters. In her 2009, Tricks, she takes on the role of five different characters. In Identical, Hopkins introduces two very different twin sisters, Kaeleigh and Raeanne, who deal with their troubled past in very different ways in alternating sections.
Kaeleigh, who is sweet and quiet, but suffers from an eating disorder and her father's unwanted advances. Raeanne is wild and tries to find the attentation that she lacks at home from drugs and strangers.
It is a tragic tale with one of the biggest twist endings I have ever read but which led me to become a life-long fan of Ellen Hopkins.
Here are some other novels with alternating points-of-view:
Hello APL Teens,
I just wanted to take some time to highlight some amazing new programs coming up in March. Take a look!
Teen Tech Week: Monday-Friday, March 10-14
We will host all sorts of technology related programs in honor of Teen Tech Week! Check out the online calendar for specific dates and locations. Programs include: Podcasting Basics for Teens, Mindstorm Robots: Robot Tug O' War, "Bored Already?", Animated gifs with GIMP, Creating Book Trailers with Animoto, Mindstorm Robots: Segway-Bot, Make a Meme.
Divergent Choosing Ceremony: Thursday, March 20, 5-7 p.m.
Test your knowledge of the first book in this new dystopian trilogy!
Where do you belong?
Book Sale, Friends of the Arlington Public Library: March 19-23
Looking for a sweet deal on a book, CD, or DVD? Purchase a used item and support the library!
Share your musical passion!: Tuesday, March 25, 5-7 p.m.
Record a review of your favorite song! We’ll post your podcast online so you can tell the world what they should listen to next. Feel free to record or talk about your own original music, too!
These events are only open to 7-12th graders.
Register for any of these events here: http://www.arlingtonlibrary.org/calendar
As you probably already know, many young adult authors these days are publishing books complete with a related playlist to go along with them. I find it incredibly fascinating to read about (and listen to) the playlist that authors create. Sometimes, these lists includes songs that inspired them or that they enjoying listening to while they were working on the novel. Other times, these songs actually represent certain parts of that novel.
As a HUGE music lover myself, I love reading novels that include music as one of their central themes or play a large role in creating them. I am a strong believer that one form of art can inspire another form of art. A photograph can inspire a song. A painting can inspire a poem. Music can inspire a story. Music and lyrics can be a very powerful force, a wonderful outlet and, at times, can give a person strength and peace of mind.
Here are some titles to help motivate you and inspire you:
Here is a list of YA blogs that include author playlists:
So, every year I try to read at least a 100 books, sadly, I was not able to complete that goal this year. Fortunately, I was able to read some amazing books. 2013 was a great year of discovering new young adult authors for me. Picking only 5 of my favorites is an extremely difficult but here goes:
5. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Oh my goodness! HILARIOUS! This novel was published in 2011 but I listened to this on audiobook early this year. I was hesitate at first because I never cared for any of Bray's other novels but I am so glad I gave it a chance. Beauty Queens is about a group of beauty pageant contestants who get stranded on a deserted island. Libba Bray, herself, is the narrator of this novel and performs the voice for every single character from a Texas twang to a Valley girl to a newscaster. It is amazing!
4. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
I love dystopian fiction and finding out what humans will do when faced with certain situations and decisions. I found this novel particularly interested because the survivors of the apocalyptic disasters end up trapped in a large superstore. Well, you may think, what could possibly go wrong when you are surrounded with so many supplies and food? Apparently, A LOT especially when the Dean, 16 and the protagonist, is stuck with a bunch of fellow high schools, his kid brother, half of dozen elementary children and adults in sight. I ened up reading this in one night. Great read from a debut author.
3. Splintered by A. G. Howard
A. G. Howard's novel combines my two favorite things: fairy tale stories and Tim Burton-like vision. Splintered tells the dark tale of Alyssa, a descendant of the famous Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Advertures in Wonderland, and her own trip through the Looking Glass. You think you know the story but this story is much more surprising and twisted than you could have ever imagined.
2. Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Allyson's life changes drastically after spending just one day in Paris with a complete stranger, Willem. Just One Day is just so many things: romantic, surprising, full of self-discovery and travel, even downright educational. I am afraid to even say too much. Forman has written some amazing, touching novels but Just One Day is so postive and so inspiring, you will immediately want to jump into the sequel Just One Year.
1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Rainbow Rowell is probably one of the best new authors that I discovered this year. In 2013, I not only read Eleanor & Park but I also read Fangirl (2013) and Attachments (2011). I am not really into realistic fiction but I absolutely fell in love with each and every one of this books. I love how none of Rowell's novel actually take place in the current year. She has taken us to 1986, 1999 and 2011. They are filled with real characters, real situations and real emotions that anyone could relate to. The protagonists are every day people you would see on the street, your brother, your best friend. They are not perfect, they are just you and me.
What are YOUR top 5 reads?
Good Monday to you all!
So, I know that you just went back to school after the holiday break and it is only the beginning of the month but we have some great new books coming our way in 2014!
Here is just a glimpse of what is to come in the new year.
Start requesting and be first in line for some amazing new books!
Good Friday to everyone!
The 2014 Taysha Reading List was recently announced this month and this year the committee has selected some amazing titles by some familiar YA authors and some awesome newbies.
So, starting putting some titles on request to hold you over during the cold Thanksgiving break.
Be aware that this list is created specfically for teens in high school because of some of the titles' mature content.
Here is the top ten titles of the 2014 Taysha Reading List:
For the complete list, click here.
So, you're heading back to school. I bet you are feeling all sorts of different emotions. Happiness? Fear? Excitement? Indifference? Absolute and utter dread? Well, regardless of whether you are happy to go back or just counting down the days until Thanksgiving Break, here are a few books that may help you get back into the rhythm of things.
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