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Have you voted on your favorite book from 2008 yet?

…because I’m about to change my own old vote, actually. Who says you can only vote once?

Well, today is my last day here before I turn the reins over to Maddie for good. And I have to admit that, though of course working with you all is just swell and all, probably the thing I’ll REALLY SELFISHLY miss most about this job is this easy access to the New Books shelf I have, scooping up the Latest and Greatest before anybody else can get their hands on it! I’ve read a lot of terrific titles this year, but last night I finished a book that was SO GOOD I just had to get on here and recommend it to you specifically.

That book is Nation by Terry Pratchett.
Nation by Terry Pratchett

It’s the story of the survivors of a tidal wave coming together to try to start again after everything they know is turned upside down. Mostly it is the story of Mau, who grew up on the island his people called The Nation, who’d been away on his trial of becoming a Man when the wave came and destroyed everyone he had ever known, who’s angry and numb and not sure who he is anymore; and the story of a girl from British nobility who prefers to be called Daphne (though that isn’t actually her name), who had her share of heartache even before becoming the sole survivor of the ship that crashed into the island during the wave (well, ALMOST sole, if you count the parrot).  Their story is full of bits that will make you cry and bits that will make you laugh; it’s full of adventure and danger and discovery; it’s full of healing and rebirth. It is a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, turning pages, and then wishing there was more when you’re done.

I already was a big fan of Sir Terry Pratchett (he just got knighted a couple weeks ago because he’s that awesome!) for his hilarious fantasy satires in the Discworld series (which we have a lot of in both our regular and paperback YA sections AND in the adult fiction section– check them out, too). Nation is a different sort of book entirely, but one you will never forget.

I put this book on the shelf in the Teen Room with the rest of the great new books on display in the corner, waiting for you to come and check out their awesomeness.  Come in and take a look at it and the rest of the books there, and don’t forget to vote for YOUR new favorite!

I’ll see you around after I become part of the crowd fighting to check out all the great new books like a normal person….



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Historical Fiction for You Today!

In the corner of the Teen Room, there has been a big display of Historical Fiction books. What comes to mind when you hear the words “Historical Fiction”? Little House on the Prairie? Stuffy old guys making laws in funny clothing?

If that’s as far as your thoughts take you, think again! Historical Fiction books bring some part– ANY part– of the past to life– and there’s a historical fiction book for ANYBODY’S taste.

Want a swashbuckling sea adventure? Try Beyond the Western Sea or The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, both by Avi.

Like romance? Try Brooklyn Rose by Ann Rinaldi or Evvy’s Civil War by Miriam Brenaman.

Are you one of those guys always in here playing Call of Duty on the XBox? Find out what the life of a soldier is really like in a book like Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers or Under a War-Torn Sky by L.M. Elliot.

Want something to make you laugh? How about Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman.

Like epic fantasy? Try something taking place in the distant past, mythical and legendary times– Song of Sparrow by Ann Rinaldi or Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett.

There’s even something for science fiction fans here– ever heard of Alternative History? Those are books that imagine something in history happened differently than it actually did, and show what the world might have been like instead…it can get a little creepy…. Try In War Times, by Kathleen Ann Goonan.

Come check out our Historical Fiction display and pull out something new to read. I expect to see some gaps in that shelf the next time I come in– I KNOW there’s something there for you. You’ll be surprised what you find.

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Teen Ink and they mean it

Over at the side of this page, under “blogroll, ” you’ll see a link that says “Teen Ink.” You might also have seen a few issues of the print version of Teen Ink, a newpaper-style magazine in the YA section upstairs.

This evening Mrs. Lee asked me if we should subscribe to Teen Ink for good now that we’ve tested it out here these past few months. My opinion is of COURSE we should, because it is possibly the coolest magazine in the YA collection! But I don’t know how many of you have noticed this yet, so here’s me encouraging you to check out this awesomeness.

Teen Ink isn’t an ordinary magazine for teens. It is a magazine written entirely BY teens. Teens just like you, or at least like some of your friends! There’s room in the magazine for any kind of article you can write: news, sports, book-movie-music reviews, true stories, fictional stories, poetry, opinion essays, and more. There’s even teen artwork and photography.

It’s definitely worth reading. But what I’d really love to see is you WRITING for it. Take a chance! Is there an article, short story, review, or work of art you’ve done that you think is pretty good? SHARE IT! Click on the Teen Ink link here, or check out a copy of the magazine from the library to browse for inspiration. Then find the “Submission guidelines” section– follow the directions– and see where your work takes you. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find yourself published…. 


Respond here with your thoughts!

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MINE FIRST! (evil cackling); or, a book suggestion

OOO! Librarian privilege! The library just got in three copies of the final book in Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart  trilogy, Inkdeath… and I’ve snatched our YA copy (there are also two copies in the children’s section,* but these are both already checked out, too)! I promise to read it quickly…

BECAUSE, if you haven’t read these books yet, and you love fantasy, and especially if you just love BOOKS, the most book-loving fantasy trilogy of all is a must-read! Cornelia Funke’s epic fantasies explore what happens when books come to life: what would happen if a bad guy from a book made it into our world? What would happen if you ended up in the world of a book? Who controls a book anyway, the author or the characters? These books are full of danger, mystery, and amazing things.

Read Inkheart first. Inkspell comes next, and then, finally, well I guess I will have returnedInkdeath by then…

* Note: just because the book happens to be also shelved in the children’s section does NOT by any means mean that it is babyish, stupid, or not exciting enough– just that many elementary school aged kids can enjoy it too (another note: I would NOT give it to your five year old brother, though). In my opinion, we probably also ought to have a copy in the adult section! So anyway, don’t let that dissuade you.

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Classics for a Reason

Hi, all,

Now that school is back in session, I’m sure you’re hearing a lot about the books you’re SUPPOSED to read– you know, The Classics, those books that were written decades or centuries ago that are supposedly Good For You, Educational, or just Important For Your Future Academic Career. To be honest, I think the idea that Classics are somehow Better For You is silly… but on the other hand, one thing IS true about reading the Classics: they are Classics today for a REASON. And NO that reason is not Old-Fashioned Language or Difficult Passages. Classics become Classics because years go by and people still read these books and think they’re great!

But Classics are not all alike– just like modern books, you’ll find some you love, some you’re indifferent to, and some you can’t stand. Everyone has their own tastes. But sometimes it’s hard to know which Classics you will like before you read them– unlike modern books,  which sometimes have nice stickers on the spine telling you whether it’s a romance or science fiction or adventure, the Classics tend to be lumped together even though they are NOT all the same.

So I’m curious– what Classics have YOU read that you’ve enjoyed and would recommend to someone else who likes books like you? Respond here and share the kind of books you like and the classics you’d recommend!

For example, when I was in 8th grade my favorite Classic book was Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, because I loved the adventure of orphaned Oliver trying to survive on the streets with a gang of pickpockets. In 11th grade I discovered my favorite Classic Author ever, Jane Austen, whose books I love because they are full of unique and funny characters. So what are the Classic books that YOU love, that you think other teens ought to try, too?


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Book vs. moive

          I recently read a book called A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle and then watched the movie. the book had a lot more details and had a lot more action. the movie was good too and had a lot of special affects like the way the people tessered, but still the book was better. This proves that the book is almost always better than the movie.  







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Breaking Dawn book review

You’ve all heard of Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse. Get ready for the exciting and breathtaking conclusion. Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn is the fourth and final book for this series (At least from Bella’s perspective). With all the same main characters, this time you not only hear the story from Bella’s point of view, but also from Jacob’s.

The book is about Bella’s choice to either be with Edward and become a vampire, or stay human and be with Jacob. Once she makes this choice, other problems arise when some infamous enemies come back to cause more trouble. Now everyone Bella knows is in danger and she must find a way to stop them with the help of a lot of new friends. (This is the non-spoiler way of telling the story)

I think this book was probably the best in the Twilight series. It has new powers, new friends, and lots of vampires. I liked the fact that some of the book was from Jacob’s perspective because you get to hear the thoughts of the other werewolves through Jacob’s mind, let alone read Jacob’s own thoughts. I definitely recommend this book to all the vampire fans out there or if you just want a good fantasy book.

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