Archive | December, 2009

Teen Choice Book Award Logo Contest!

28 Dec

Like to draw?


Create a new logo for the Massachusetts Teen Choice Book Award.

What:  The Massachusetts Teen Choice Book Award is a new award for teen literature. We need an original logo for our posters, bookmarks, flyers … for all our publicity and correspondence.  Please create an original color drawing that represents the best in teen literature. Send only one entry per person.

How:  Send original art no larger than 11 x17 “by snail mail” or send a digital image in jpeg, .gif or .png format by e-mail.

Who:  Any teen (aged 12-18) that lives or goes to school in Massachusetts can enter.

When:  The contest runs from December 1st, 2009 to February 28, 2010.

Submit to:  Maureen Ambrosino, Youth Consultant

Central Massachusetts Regional Library System

8 Flagg Rd.

Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Further Instructions:  Entries must be submitted with completed entry/release form.  Forms and artwork must be submitted at the same time.  Incomplete entries will not be accepted.  It is the teen’s responsibility to make sure entries are complete.


  • The MTCBA Committee will select 5 finalists. Teens will select the winning logo through an online poll.
  • This contest will have one winner, and a prize will be awarded to the winning artist.
  • The name of the artist (and any subjects) may be used in promotional materials.
  • The artist must not break any copyright laws. It is the artist’s responsibility to determine if any elements of their design are copyrighted.
  • Obscene artwork will not be accepted.

Entries that do not comply with these rules will be disqualified.

Email submissions:

  • Print out a copy of your artwork.
  • Attach a copy of the entry/release form to the printout as verification, and snail mail it to Maureen Ambrosino at the above address.  Here is the link to the Contest Entry/Release form.

Check out this website for Booklists and Recommendations!

19 Dec

I just came across a website that looks really interesting for getting suggestions on good books to read.  It is called Flashlight Worthy — their tagline is “Handpicked book recommendations on hundreds of topics”.  Here’s what they say about themselves:

Amazon sells every book in print, but the choice can be overwhelming. Flashlight Worthy is here to help:

  • We don’t list the best selling books — we list the best books.
  • We don’t list 6,072 results when you search for John Irving (including 251 versions of Garp!) — we list only his best books just once.
  • We don’t make you hunt around for hours to find the very best books on parenting — we do the work for you.

Flashlight Worthy is nothing but thoughtful, hand-picked recommendations…
Organized into hundreds of useful, interesting, fun lists…
And all we do is books. 🙂

Currently they have 53 different categories, 331 unique lists, and 4.532 great books for you to peruse.  They also say they welcome YOUR ideas and contributions with regard to new lists.  So have a look; your next fantastic read may be just a click away!

Watch Book Trailers to Find Good Books to Read!

12 Dec

Reading a “blurb” on the inside front cover of a hardbound book or the back cover of a paperback is probably the most common way we decide on a book, when we’re browsing for something to read.  How about trying something new…. a book trailer!  Like movie trailers, these short videos give you a small taste of the plot and mood; the intent is to tell you just enough to capture your interest.  Here’s one for the Night World Series by L. J. Smith:

Teen Reviews from 2009 Summer Reading Program

11 Dec

As part of our annual Summer Reading Program here at Newton Free Library, teens not only keep track of their reading with an online logbook, but they may choose to write brief reviews, complete with a rating/recommendation, to share with other readers.  In the genre of Science Fiction, here are three of the books that were read and recommended:

Firestorm by  David Klass

Rating: 4 – I really liked this book

Review: Jack is a kid who has ambitions, but he’s held back by his parents, who keep telling him not to stand out.  One day, he learns that he’s from the future; he possesses supernatural powers and is hunted by unknown people.  As he tries to escape from them, he meets up with an ESPer dog named Gisco, and a cold-hearted ninja girl, Eko.  Together, they try to recover Firestorm: an object said to prevent the destruction of the world.  This was the first book I had ever read by David Klass, and it was phenomenal.  I’ve been hooked on his other books as well, such as Danger Zone and Breakaway Run.  I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action and sci-fi novels!

The Declaration by Gemma Malley

Rating: 5 – Don’t miss this one!!

Review: It’s the year 2140, and it’s a crime to be born.  Anna is a surplus, who hates her parents for bringing her to this world.  With a new surplus, Peter, her world changes forever.  Twists and confessions make you turn the pages.

The Resistance by Gemma Malley

Rating: 5 – Don’t miss this one!!

Review: The sequel to the amazing “The Declaration”.  Surpluses are having more of a use than they ever thought, and Longevity is brainwashing many.  There are more characters involved and captured in this book.  I’m hoping that this will be a trilogy or a series!  A must read!

Elijah of Buxton Book Review

8 Dec

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis is an excellent book about a young boy named Elijah who lives in Buxton, Canada. Buxton is a town where the slaves went when they escaped to Canada. This book is an account of his adventures there and in northern Michigan.

More YA Authors

2 Dec

Take a look at these great YA author websites (and there are even more on the “YA Authors” page link above).

Lauren Myracle- her official website and her blog

Sonya Sones- official website

Stephenie Meyer- official website

Carolyn Mackler- her official website and her blog

Wendy Mass- official website and her blog

The official Alice Blog by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Melissa Kantor- official website

Natasha Friend- official website and her blog

Justina Chen Headley- official website

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