SCPL Teen Blog

July 6, 2011

It’s so Moo-ving!

Filed under: authors, awesomeness, books, East Regional Library — violettayls @ 8:54 pm

                                                               Book Review: Going Bovine by Libba Bray

       Going Bovine is an intricately woven novel exploring the meaning of life. Now that may sound boring, but with Libba Bray the questions of ‘why are we here?’ and ‘what is our purpose?’ become a well-paced race to find a cure.                                                                 The main character is relateable in an unrelateable way. Cameron is the typical, apathetic teenager just trying to scrap by without putting in too much effort, when BAM!, he is suddenly forced to ask the near impossible questions of the universe. From there on the reader follows him on his journey of discovery that could also be seen as an escape from his reality (right into another.) He is diagnosed with a terminal illness, but given a reason to hope in the form of a possibly-medically-induced-hallucination, punker-chick angel who insists there is a cure and that it’s up to him to find it. Along Cameron’s journey of self-discovery he runs into situations that are all very possible but depicted in such over-dramatized fashion that they are mostly unbelievable and even fantastical. Libba Bray satirizes everything from covertly religious cults to Reality TV and in such a hilarious, thought-provoking way that, as the reader, you are never bored. She also does a wonderful job of incorporating the different perspectives of a wide range of personality types. The plot is unpredictable and surprisingly organized. For those of you looking for a could-be-sci-fi-but-is-ultimately-a-novel-about-self-discovery that is jam-packed with funnies, but also a quite serious attempt to make you think, this is the book for you. Libba Bray is an incredible author and one to watch. This everything-n-one story is the ultimate representation of what a YA* novel should be. I give this a PG-13 rating. There is drug-usage and suggestive adult themes. A little heavy for tweens, but a definite recommendation to the 14+ audience! Check it out at the East or West Regional branch today!!

*young adult

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

October 14, 2010

Scott Westerfeld @ Octavia Books in New Orleans

Filed under: authors, awesomeness — SCPL Teens @ 7:46 pm

Scott Westerfeld will be at Octavia Books in New Orleans next Monday.

Westerfeld wrote a whole bunch of popular young adult novels like the Uglies series, the Midnighters series, and lately the steampunk Leviathan and Behemoth (third installment to come.) His tweets are funny and he seems like an all around very likable person.

I’d link to Westerfeld in our online catalog for you, but I’m not sure our new and improved catalog allows that. No static url thingies???

So happy to be of service in directing you to local awesomeness.

October 13, 2010

Two awesome young adult author blogs

Filed under: authors, blogs, NaNoWriMo, publishing — SCPL Teens @ 9:42 pm

So, as NaNoWriMo approaches, I’m offering up some internet goodies to inspire you writers out there.

Do you read blogs? Besides this one, I mean?  There are a lot of young adult writers who have a particular gift for speaking candidly about writing and other things you might bump into in life. Maureen Johnson and Jackson Pearce are a couple of my favorites.

Maureen Johnson, author of Suite Scarlett and 13 Little Blue Envelopes, has a great blog and one of the most popular twitter feeds on the planet. Why? Because she is awesome.  Her followers are all in little jars which she cares for and takes on airplane rides.  And other stuff– just go look.

Jackson Pearce, author of Sisters Red and the upcoming Sweetly, has recently begun a 30 Days of Vlogging project.  And she also has very entertaining tweets and defines being awkward as “socially alternative”.   I like her very much. 🙂


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