SCPL Teen Blog

September 25, 2008

October 12-18 is Teen Read Week!

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October 12-18 is Teen Read Week!

Teen Read Week is all about reading for fun.
One way to participate is to vote for the Teens’ Top Ten— The list of 26 books chosen by the YA Galley Groups, a nationwide committee of teens like yourselves.

2008 teens’ top 10 nominations

Before I Die by Jenny Downham.

Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

Daemon Hall by Andrew Nance and Colin Polhemus, illus.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.

Extras by Scott Westerfeld.

Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks.

Genesis Alpha by Rune Michaels

Glass by Ellen Hopkins.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.

Ironside: A Modern Faery’s Tale by Holly Black.

Jango by William Nicholson.

Jinx by Meg Cabot.

The Luxe by Anna Godberson.

Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson.

Penelope by Marilyn Kaye

Saving Zoë by Alyson Noël.

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George.

The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

Tamar by Mal Peet.

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier.

Click here to download list of nominated titles.

July 17, 2008

Breaking Dawn Release August 2!

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Many of us are waiting with baited breath for the release of Stephanie Meyer’s latest, and sadly, last installment in her Twilight series. The library has quite a few on order, so place your hold now!

While you are waiting to devour Breaking Dawn, here are some ways to bide your time…

Read the first chapter of Midnight Sun, the tale told from Edward’s perspective.

Discuss the story in as much nit picky detail as you wish with like minded souls in the Twilight Lexicon forums.

Pour over Stephanie Meyer’s website.

Watch this YouTube video:

May 29, 2008

Twilight Movie!

Filed under: books, movies — Tags: , — SCPL Teens @ 11:38 am

Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight is now a movie! Am I the last to know this??? Here’s the preview. Watch it with reckless abandon. If you are at the library, this may not play, but you can watch it at home. Enjoy!

Check out this video: Twilight

Read about it on Stephanie Meyer’s Website!

“Bella adores beautiful Edward, and he returns her love. But Edward is having a hard time controlling the blood lust she arouses in him, because–he’s a vampire. At any moment, the intensity of their passion could drive him to kill her, and he agonizes over the danger. But, Bella would rather be dead than part from Edward, so she risks her life to stay near him, and the novel burns with the erotic tension of their dangerous and necessarily chaste relationship.

At school, she wonders about a group of five remarkably beautiful teens, who sit together in the cafeteria but never eat. As she grows to know, and then love, Edward, she learns their secret. They are all rescued vampires, part of a family headed by saintly Carlisle, who has inspired them to renounce human prey. For Edward’s sake they welcome Bella, but when a roving group of tracker vampires fixates on her, the family is drawn into a desperate pursuit to protect the fragile human in their midst.”

April 10, 2008

School’s Out Forever!.. the contest.

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Win a hardback copy of Maximum Ride: School’s Out Forever by James Patterson!
How, you ask?

1. Choose a book, any book.

2. Submit a short review. You can use our handy form, write it on a piece of paper, or email it to us.

3. We choose one review at random on May 1st.

School’s Out… is the sequel to Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment where we first met Max and her flock. Not familiar? I’ll try to catch you up, since I just finished reading The Angel Experiment. Max and her friends are “bird kids.” Scientists from The Institute spliced avian DNA with theirs in a creepy experiment to create bird-human hybrids. Max, Fang, Iggy, and the others escaped the cages they were kept in and were living on their own until the Erasers, wolf-humans, came to kick their tails back to the institute. Max, the oldest, leads her flock in flight to evade erasers, find their parents, and ultimately save the world.
There are four books so far in this series, a soundtrack and also talk of a movie. The Maximum Ride website is really cool…go see it.

January 24, 2008

Get Graphic!

Filed under: books, graphic novels, manga — Tags: — SCPL Teens @ 6:06 pm

Help us start our collection of Manga and Graphic Novels!

We want to know what you want. Got a favorite manga series like Peach Girl or Astro Boy? Do you like X-Men, The Dark Knight, Buffy or Electric Girl? Do you want books on how to draw your own?
Let’s talk about it! Leave your comments below or send Amy an e-mail.

Check out TeenSpace, ArtBomb, and NoflyingNoTights to learn more about graphic novels and manga.

November 12, 2007

2007 Top Teen Picks

Filed under: books, teen read week — Tags: — SCPL Teens @ 11:24 pm
More than 6,000 teen readers across the country chose “New Moon” by Stephenie Meyer as their favorite book in the annual Teens’ Top Ten. The online vote took place during Teen Read Week, October 14–20, 2007, with the second entry in Meyer’s popular vampire romance series winning easily.
Anything we don’t have in the library yet is on order.
The 2007 Teens’ Top Ten is:
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2006).
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (Viking Children’s Books, 2006)
How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles (Flux, 2006).
Maximum Ride: School’s Out – Forever by James Patterson (Hachette Book Group USA/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2006).
Firegirl by Tony Abbott (Hachette Book Group USA/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2006).
All Hallows Eve (13 Stories)by Vivian Vande Velde (Harcourt, 2006).
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Harcourt, 2006).
River Secrets by Shannon Hale (Bloomsbury, 2006).
Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe (HarperCollins, 2006).
Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks (Chicken House, 2006).
Thanks to everyone for voting! Check back here in April 2008 for the 2008 Teens’ Top Ten nominations

October 8, 2007

Cool Fantasy Books

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The City of Ember , by Jeanne DuPrau, is the first in a series called “Books of Ember.” This book tells the weird and suspenseful saga of the Emberites, a futuristic community living in total darkness, with only a failing old generator to power their lights. The People of Sparks tells what happens after the people of the City of Ember find the way out of their dark world. The Prophet of Yonwood comes out soon. We’ll be ordering that one for our collection (and your reading pleasure!)
If you liked The Giver, by Lois Lowry, but would rather skip the urge to cry, you might like the Ember books. There is also a map of Ember at the beginning which is cool.

If you have read any of these, leave a comment telling what you thought! 🙂

The movie version of The City of Ember is due to come out in October 2008. (Hurry up!)

EXCITING Review—
The dark city of Ember is a decaying place with no natural light surrounded by the vast Unknown. Although ancestors had arranged for information on leaving Ember to be made available after the inhabitants have spent 200 years there, a corrupt mayor lost the information many years before the novel begins. Two hundred and forty-one years later, Ember’s electrical lighting frequently fails, supplies are dwindling, and the populace is growing increasingly frightened. Twelve-year-old Doon and his acquaintance Lina are intent on finding a way to save Ember. After Lina finds a mysterious and fragmented paper titled “Instructions for Egress,” they think they have a way out. Can they escape from the villainous mayor and his soldiers? Can they figure out the missing letters and words in the message? Do they find their way out of Ember and up to a post-apocalyptic Earth? —from School Library Journal

September 24, 2007

Read a Banned Book

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“Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but unlike charity, it should end there.” —Clare Boothe Luce

Celebrate Banned Books Week with us. Officially it takes place September 29 – October 5 (but really we celebrate it all year long.)
What to read? Here are some suggestions. These were the top ten most frequently banned books of 2006.
The links will take you to our library catalog where you can put the book on hold if you like 🙂

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell *

Gossip Girls series by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz

Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

* And Tango Makes Three is on order.
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