Archive | January, 2012


30 Jan

Test your Graphic Novel knowlege!

Poster in the Teen area @ Newton Free Library

poster in the teen area


1. Ed Brubaker

2. Alan Moore

3. Herge

4. Robert Kirkman

5. Frank Miller

a. Walking Dead

b. Batman

c. Captain America

d. V for Vendetta

e. Tintin in Tibet

Answers: 1. c (kind of a trick one, b/c he also worked on Batman, just not this volume); 2. d; 3. e; 4. a; 5. b


What’s New in Teen Fiction?

30 Jan

Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic

Seventeen-year-old Austin, aware that life is short, asks his best friend and secret love, Kaylee, to take him to visit people and places in and around Tacoma, Washington, so that he can try to make a difference in the time he has left.

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

In a dystopian kingdom where the classes are separated by the languages they speak, Charlaina “Charlie” Hart has a secret gift that is revealed when she meets a mysterious young man named Max.

Also Known as Rowan Pohi by Ralph Fletcher

After impulsively lying his way into an elite preparatory school, sophomore Bobby Steele hopes to escape the shame of his father’s well-publicized incarceration but keeps waiting for his secret to be revealed.

Fix Me by Rune Michaels

A sixteen-year-old girl endures a miserable life with her aunt and violent twin brother, but when memories of an even worse past resurface she runs away to a zoo, where she finds an unlikely sanctuary and allies.

Fracture by Megan Miranda

After falling through the ice of a frozen lake and being resuscitated by her best friend Decker, seventeen-year-old Delaney begins experiencing a strange affinity for the dead and wonders whether she is predicting death or causing it.

Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow: Four Novellas by Daniel Nayeri 

Written entirely on an iPhone, this collection of four novellas features four different genres: Western, Sci-Fi, Detective, and Romantic Comedy.

Prized by Caragh O’Brien

Book 2 of the Birthmarked trilogy, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone is in the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor to guide her when she is captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where she must follow a strict social code or never see her sister again.

The Sharp Time by Mary O’Connell

In the week following her mother’s death in a freak accident, eighteen-year-old Sandanista Jones finds small measures of happiness even as she fantasizes about an act of revenge against an abusive teacher at her high school.

love & leftovers by Sarah Tregay

When her father starts dating a man, fifteen-year-old Marcie’s depressed mother takes her to New Hampshire but just as Marcie starts falling for a great guy her father brings her back to Iowa, where all of her relationships have become strained.

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

Having spent several years in and out of hospitals for a life-threatening illness, pragmatic sixteen-year-old Cam is relocated by her miracle-seeking mother to a town in Maine known for its mystical healing qualities.

2012 Printz Award Winners Announced!

23 Jan

2012 Winners

Where Things Come Back  John Corey Whaley

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Cullen’s summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin’s death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother’s sudden disappearance.

2012 Printz Award Winner

2012 Honor Books

Why We Broke Up  Daniel Handler; art by Maira Kalman

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.

Why We Broke Up

Jasper Jones  Craig Silvey

Summary: In small-town Australia, teens Jasper and Charlie form an unlikely friendship when one asks the other to help him cover up a murder until they can prove who is responsible.

Jasper Jones

The Scorpio Races  Maggie Stiefvater

Summary: Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

The Scorpio Races

Let the Hunger Games begin!

12 Jan

Get your Hunger Games movie tickets!!

Tickets go on sale February 22!

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