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What’s new in teen fiction?

12 Jul

Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams

As the tragic death of her older brother devastates the family, teenaged London struggles to find redemption and finds herself torn between her brother’s best friend and a handsome new boy in town.

One Moment by Kristina McBride

Rising high school senior Maggie remembers little about the accidental death of her boyfriend, Joey, but as she slowly begins to recall that day at the gorge with their long-time friends, she realizes he was keeping some terrible secrets.

Reunited by Hilary Weisman Graham

Alice, Summer, and Tiernan were best friends who broke up at the same time as their favorite band, but four years later, just before they are preparing to go off to college, the girls reluctantly come back together, each with her own motives, for a road trip from Massachusetts to Austin, Texas, for the band’s one-time-only reunion concert.



The Fault in Our Stars

10 May

Our copies have arrived! Newton South High School has chosen The Fault in Our Stars by John Green as their “One School, One Book” choice for this summer and we bought a few extra copies… In the middle of it right now. Stayed way too late and read half of it last night. Couldn’t put it down.

Jasper Jones anyone?

24 Apr

What I’m reading this week…

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Jasper Jones was nominated for a Michael Printz Award, so why haven’t I heard anyone really talking about it?? Maybe I’m in a hole or something, but this book is good. I mean really good. Think Mark Twain goes down under. It is definitely not for those sensitive to violence, (I hope I’m not giving too much away), because in the first pages Charlie Bent is called out of his bedroom window in the middle of the night by the shady Jasper Jones, who has a reputation for trouble. What happens next is terrifying and confusing. Charlie follows his intuition and decides to trust the seemingly unreliable Jasper.

Why We Broke Up

13 Apr

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler; Art by Maira Kalman

I’m in the middle of the Printz Honor book, Why We Broke Up and recommend it thus far. It’s the story of Min, short for Minerva, a film junkie, and Ed, a high school basketball star. They are an unlikely couple, but when they meet at a “Bitter” Sixteen Party (instead of sweet), it’s love. Each chapter features a great illustration by Kalman of the objects that Min has saved over the course of their relationship as she’s packing them in a box to give back to Ed after they’ve broken up.

Kalman is the author of one of my favorite books, The Principles of Uncertainty, an incredible book.

Handler also started The Why We Broke Up Project. Add your own story of heartbreak.

The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature 2011

20 Jan

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.  It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

2011 Printz Winner

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Ship Breaker

by Paolo Bacigalupi
published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group

In Ship Breaker, near a drowned New Orleans ravaged by hurricanes and global warming, Nailer and his young crew eke out a meager existence by scavenging materials on the ship-littered coast.

“This taut, suspenseful novel is a relentless adventure story featuring nuanced characters in thought-provoking conflicts. Bacigalupi artfully intertwines themes of loyalty, family, friendship, trust and love,” said Printz Award Committee Chair Erin Downey Howerton.

2011 Printz Honor Books

The committee also named four Printz Honor Books:

StolenPlease Ignore Vera DietzRevolverNothing

Stolen by Lucy Christopher, published by Chicken House, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

The rugged Australian outback becomes Gemma’s prison after she is drugged and abducted by a handsome, obsessed stranger in a first novel filled with searing imagery and archetypal characters.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Vera Dietz wants to be ignored, but the ghost of her ex-best friend won’t leave her alone in this dark comedy that examines relationships, identity, grief and flowcharts.

Revolver written by Marcus Sedgwick, published by Roaring Book Press, an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

In Sedgwick’s grim, chilling story set in the Arctic Circle, Sig finds his father’s frozen corpse as human predator Wolff arrives seeking retribution and a hidden Gold Rush treasure.

Nothing written by Janne Teller, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

Pierre Anthon’s nihilism causes his classmates to begin a search for life’s meaning in this bold, unsettling parable translated from Danish.

YA Books for Giving!

13 Jan

Take a look at this list of new YA books perfect for giving…Just click on the link below:

YA Holiday Books

Here’s a good book for the summer! Candace Bushnell has just penned her first book for teens. Find out about Carrie Bradshow (Sex and the City) in high school! First come first served for the book…there’s already a waiting list.

24 Jun

“The Carrie Diaries” by Candace Bushnell.

This book, not surprisingly, has a long waiting list for a YA book. I bet many adults want to read it too. In her first entry into the lucrative teen market, Bushnell focuses on Carrie’s senior year in high school in Connecticut. (Inquiring minds want to know). Carrie Bradshaw is the oldest of three girls and grew up with her widowed father. She’s applying to Brown and spends most of her time “questioning relationships; worrying about friendships; developing a funky, independent sense of fashion; flirting with boys while dating two at one; and having a gay male friend.” Bushnel does write about partying, smoking, sex and shoplifting. The novel got decent reviews in Booklist and School Library Journal. Certainly, for the older teen.

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