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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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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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Prizes are Pouring in!

I hope you all are getting ready to read a lot all summer long because the prizes are rolling in for our weekly prize drawings!


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So I hope you’ve come by and checked out a huge pile of books to get you through your first week because you don’t want to miss out. Trust me.





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If you were worried about our limited graphic novel collection, never fear with Kelly’s expert ordering it’s steadily growing!

This week we received many titles from the Flight, The Sandman, and + Anima series. There are way too many books to list any in particular but come by and check them out. Just by the cover I think the books look like they’ll make for some great summer reading (or school year reading, whatever).

We’re not just bringing in graphic novels! Our fiction and non-fiction collections are also growing. While putting out some of the new books this one in particular caught my eye.

American Shaolin

“Re-enter the dragon- Matthew Polly’s gerbil style will totally defeat your dragon style! Just call him a hard boiled egg: white on the outside, yellow on the inside. The most Asian of Kanasans will Wu-Tang you into the apocalypse.” – Mark Oppenheimer, author of Thirteen and a Day

“A lot of people talk about becoming a real live ninja and don’t do a thing. That’s bullcrap. But this guy actually did it! In conclusion, Matthew Polly is the complete opposite of a wimpy baby.” – Robert Hamburger, author of REAL Ultimate Power: The Official Ninja Book.

Goodluck checking it out – Kelly and I both want to read it.




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Notice, the teen materials are not on the second floor.

The Young Adult collection has been moved to the first floor so that it is closer to the Teen Reading Room.  Pay careful attention as I lay it all out for you, as things are not all in one place!

New Fiction, Nonfiction, & Graphic Novels:  Located on the shelves just outside the Teen Reading Room.

Books on CD: Are also located on the shelves just outside the Teen Reading Room.

CDs:  Are located just inside the Teen Reading Room (look to your left when you walk through the door).

Fiction, Nonfiction, Magazines, Graphic Novels, Paperbacks, Paperback Classics, & CliffsNotes: Are all on the first floor near the elevator.  Look for the labels on the end of the shelves.  They will tell you what call numbers are on the shelves.

Have questions?  Ask at the desk outside the Teen Room or at the Circulation Desk.

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