Just finish a book and wondering what to read next?? Look no further! Novelist Like one book? Want to read something like it? Try Novelist. (Must have your library card number with you!)
Love Steampunk? Not sure exactly what it is but think it
looks cool? Come to our Steampunk Creation session and let your imagination run
wild with all of our amazing "found” objects!
Come to the library (story time room) any time between 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26th
Best for Tweens and Teens ages 13 & older.
Please call 508-248-0452 ext.12 to register or visit the
Adult or Children’s Circ desk.
If you have an idea of what you would like to make, please
bring materials with you if you have them – i.e. hats, goggles, belts, or
whatever else you may want for your creation. We have lots of donated items,
but you may not find exactly what you want.
Teen & Tween Yoga
with Linda Davis
Thursday, November 21st @ 6:30 pm in Dexter Hall (3rd Floor of the Library)
For ages 8 & older. Wear comfy clothes and bring a mat, blocks, etc. if you have them.
Spaces are limited. Please register in the Children's Room or call 508-248-0452 ext.12.
NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, September 25th @ 3:30 pm (In the Story Time Room)
We're making bleach-pen t-shirts!! And eating junk food!!
You may qualify to join if you are:
a human being, aged 12-18
someone who eats food
of undetermined weight, but generally considered to be a "heavy reader"
known to wander aimlessly through libraries & bookstores
suffering from a reading addiction, and usually have one or two books with you at all times
for a great way to make friends, have fun, help the library, earn
volunteer hours & have something good to write on your college
Please register in the Young Adult Reading Area or in the Children's Room. Please email Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org more information.
Got the back-to-schoolblues?
Stop by the Library onThursday, Sept. 5th from 3-4 pmin the Community Meeting Room for ice cream sundaes, music, video games, free stuff, and a chance to win movie tickets!!
*For teens and/or anyone who participated in the Teen summer summer reading program.
(no need to register)
Zombie Apocalypse via Upworthy
Why The Government Wants You To Be Ready For Zombies
We all think we'll know exactly what to do when disaster
strikes, but do we really? The answer isn't exactly common sense — if
you're fortunate, these aren't common situations. The Centers for
Disease Control got a ton of young people to think about emergency
preparedness with a graphic novel. About zombies. Because as it turns
out, if you can survive the zombie apocalypse, then you're prepared for
Since there are already disparaging online reactions regarding the hair
color of the actresses in the film version of the paranormal romance Beautiful Creatures (Little, Brown, 2009), eyebrows are bound to be raised over many of the
other changes in this tale of dark desires under the elms. A lot has
been transformed here, with the blessing of authors Kami Garcia and
The 2011-2012 committee of the Rainbow Project, a joint task force of
the Social Responsibilities Round Table and the Gay, Lesbian,
Transgender and Queer Round Table of the American Library Association
proudly present our 2012 Rainbow Book List. Titles appearing in bold are selected as part of the Top 10 titles for this year’s list. http://glbtrt.ala.org/rainbowbooks/archives/953
Gifts for Teens to Make
Like most teens, you probably don’t have lots of
money to buy Christmas gifts for friends and family.
Why not MAKE them
to the library on Thursday, December 20th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in
the Local History Room and make some great gifts for free! We’ll have 3 or
4 different gifts to make and all the supplies. Plus there will be FREE FOOD! Register in the Children's Room or at the Adult Circ. Desk! 508-248-0452
Have You Read The Mortal Instruments.....?
Help Decorate the Teen Reading Area for the Holidays!
Create ornaments & decorations
Help with the holiday book display - we're making a Christmas Tree out of books!!!
Plus we'll be decorating & EATING cookies and other unhealthy snacks
AND.....earn volunteer hours just for showing up!
for teens and tweens who use our Young Adult collection and reading area
Wednesday, November 28th from 3:00 - 4:30 pm in the Teen Reading Area - please sign up at the adult circulation desk or email Molly: email@example.com
Scary Story Prize Winners!
1st Place: Trick-or-Treat by Emily Johnson
2nd Place: The Witches Basement by Conor Krochmalnnyckyj
3rd Place: Spook's Gives Spooks by Roman Krochmalnnyckyj
My Day on a Ship by Madeline Doyle Blood Suckers by Aislinn Ennis
Interview: Why Lauren Myracle’s Proud to Top ALA’s List of Most Challenged Books
This week marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week, an annual event that celebrates the
freedom to read. We caught up by email with bestselling author Lauren
Myracle, who ranked number one on the American Library Association’s
top 10 most frequently challenged books list in 2011 and 2009—and who
also made the list in 2008 and 2007.
What does it mean to top ALA’s list of most challenged books–not once–but twice?
Well, it means I get a little bit of attention for a few days. I like
that. I like attention! It also reminds me to do my best to stay on the
top of my game. If I’m going to be an advocate for intellectual freedom
which I sure try to be—then I better keep a close eye on myself. Where
do I fall short? What ideas am I uncomfortable with? How do I deal with
those ideas and the people who express them? +shrugs+ It’s tough. I am
still a total work in progress.
Are you proud? Sad? Mad?
PROUD, for sure. "Mad” went away a long time ago. (I didn’t just fall
off the turnip truck, you know. I’ve been on this list before.) "Sad”?
Well…maybe a little, in the broad way that I am sad that we silly humans
can’t get our acts together and sing in harmony. But I’m an eternal
optimist. We’ll figure it out, and conversations about tough topics—like
censorship—inevitably lead to growth.
This is your fourth time on the list in five years. Why’s it important that kids get to read books like yours?
Because they’re AWESOME. Can that be my answer? Okaaaay, fine.
Because ideas don’t kill people. Guns do. Except maybe gun-totin’ mamas
have a valid argument for strapping lady revolvers to their inner
thighs. Only how will I know if I’m forbidden from reading the
gun-totin’ mamas’ treatise: "How to Coordinate Your Pistol with Your
Pumps”? Hmmm???? (Um. My books have nothing to do with guns. My brain
just goes to weird places late at night…)
What is the most moving comment from a reader that you’ve received?
"I am a gay boy living in NC. If I hadn’t read yr book Shine (Amulet, 2011), I probably wldn’t be here today. Thx.”
Do book challenges have any effect on your writing?
Absolutely, and it’s a pain in the butt. I doubt myself all the time.
I want to reach tween and teen readers, but to reach them, I often have
to meet the approval of an adult parent/teacher/book buyer/etc. But I
don’t care about the approval of those adults. Do I? What if what I
write really *is* "wrong”? What if I try so hard to not censor myself that I go too far and fall over? What if I try so hard to not not censor myself that I teeter in my high-and-mighty heels and fall
over in the other direction? WHAT IF I SUCK? It is a mind game, see? But
for the record, I don’t wear heels. I am usually barefoot.
OK, an easy one. How do you feel about book banning and challenges?
Can my answer be "Awesome!” again? Kidding. I don’t feel awesome
about book banning. I feel crappy about it. Censorship hurts readers
(all readers) and hurts authors (especially those who have yet to
develop a thick skin). As Chris Crutcher said, "When you ban a book, you
ban a kid.” Uncool. On the plus side, the fact that we celebrate Banned
Books Week every year *is* awesome, because it draws attention to the
importance of our First Amendment rights and the power—and yes, the
absolute and utter awesomeness—of literature.
The ’80s come roaring back in Stephen Chbosky’s sensitive adaptation of his coming-of-age novel, The Perks of a Wall Flower (1999, MTV Books). Though the book and film take place in 1991, there’s
a distinct pre-hip hop, early MTV vibe, thanks to the soundtrack,
dominated by the likes of Dexys Midnight Runners and the Smiths, the
band responsible for the best break-up songs, according to the film. The
retro feel isn’t accidental. Even without the music, baby boomers and
Gen Xers will fondly recall any number of director John Hughes’s
character-driven ensemble dramadies, such as The Breakfast Club.
Narrator Charlie (a quietly appealing Logan Lerman) describes himself
as the "weird kid who spent time in the hospital,” following a bout
with depression after his best friend’s suicide. Completely without
friends, he’s already counting the days until he graduates from his
suburban Pittsburgh high school—1,385 to be exact. Like anywhere, the
cafeteria represents the social pecking order, and no one wants the
reticent Charlie at their table—not even his older sister who only hangs
out with fellow seniors. His luck changes when he takes charge and sits
next to a class clown at a football game, the openly gay Patrick (a tad
over-the-top Ezra Miller), and finally finds a friend. He’s then
initiated into the world of hip and brainy outsiders, who call
themselves the "island of misfit toys,” which includes Patrick’s
stepsister Sam (Emma Watson). However, hormones get in the way of their
friendship when Charlie falls for her, though she’s dating a college
boy, and, still feeling emotionally raw, Charlie’s just a breakdown away
from more treatment.
Emma Watson as Sam (Summit Entertainment)
Part of the film’s appeal lies is its timelessness. It could’ve taken
place anytime in the last 30 years as long as some theater somewhere
still has a midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show or there are eccentric teens that feel like they don’t quite fit in
with the popular crowd. The dialogue occasionally drops pop culture
references, but the wardrobe and hairstyles aren’t too specific—there’s
no big hair, shoulder pads, or acid wash anywhere.
For the most part, the debut director stays out of his cast’s way and
manages to showcase his young actors, whose camaraderie is effortless.
The tone’s edgy and frank enough for a PG-13 rating without downplaying
the book’s harder, sexual edge—it’s not more candid than, say, Glee.
Chbosky transfers huge chucks of dialogue from page to screen almost
verbatim so that his characters, though familiar, become
multidimensional and transcend stereotypes and the hot-button issues,
such as homophobia and physical abuse.
Taking on a character like Sam is a smart career choice for Watson,
who has loosened up considerably since her days as Hermione in the Harry
Potter series, where she often appeared bored. Here, any physical
awkwardness on her part works for her character, a brainy senior and
former bad girl. Watson’s a different sort of movie star, in the mold of
another British fashion plate, Twiggy (though not as androgynous), plus
her American accent is spot-on. This would be an attention-getting role
if she wasn’t already a household name.
Adapted and Directed by Stephen Chbosky
(Formerly known as TAB)
First meeting of the school year:
Thursday, September 20th @ 4:00 - 4:45 pm
Local History Room
(There will be ice cream sundaes!!)
You may qualify to join if you are:
a human being, aged 12-18
someone who eats food
of undetermined weight, but generally considered to be a "heavy reader"
known to wander aimlessly through libraries & bookstores
suffering from a reading addiction, and usually have one or two books with you at all times
looking for a great way to make friends, have fun, help the library, earn volunteer hours & have something good to write on your college applications!!
Please register in the Young Adult Reading Area or in the Children's Room. Please email Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org more information.
Teen Advisory Board Meeting!
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: Teen Reading
the private study rooms)
·We’ll be talking about MORP (backwards PROM) and
putting together a dance committee.
·Teen summer programs & the Summer Reading Program
volunteer hours just for attending the meeting!
Also…There will be food!!!
Anyone in Grades 6-12 (or
equivalent for homeschoolers) is welcome to join the Teen Advisory Board.
Please sign up for the
meeting at the Adult or Children’s Circulation desks.
nothing cozier than curling up with a good story. But four new YA
titles shake up their book-loving protagonists, pulling them out of
their armchairs and into adventures of their own.
Ophelia and her eccentric bookseller aunt Emily, both poets, also share a connection to the supernatural in Michael Bedard’s The Green Man.
Emily has vivid, unsettling dreams; "O” glimpses great poets of the
past roaming the bookshop. Whether or not readers are familiar with
French poet Arthur Rimbaud’s belief that one must be mad to be a poet,
this imaginative explication of the idea makes for an entertaining tale.
(11 years and up)
Protagonist Tina ponders identity and the universe in Keshni Kashyap’s graphic novel, Tina’s Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary.
During her semester-long journaling project for philosophy class, the
high schooler comes to find existentialism a useful tool for navigating
adolescence. Tina is surprisingly relatable, and her unusual perspective
is enlightening. Mari Araki’s expressive illustrations range from
realism to more abstract depictions of Tina’s imagination. (14 years and
In Aidan Chambers’s Dying to Know You,
a famous author agrees to help Karl (who’s dyslexic) write a letter to
his dream girl, Fiorella. Since the author happens to be Fiorella’s
favorite, the plan seems flawless, but the deception doesn’t
last long. Chambers delivers a satisfying novel with equal parts
philosophy and repartee. (14 years and up)
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman follows high school senior Nora as she cracks the code of an ancient manuscript and uncovers the key to the Lumen Dei,
an alchemical device intended to give man limitless knowledge and
communion with God. She’s caught between two secret societies racing to
build the device — both of which will kill to find out what Nora knows.
Wasserman weaves contemporary American adolescence, sixteenth-century
occultism, and atmospheric history into a complex plot. (14 years and
Looking for something to read after The Hunger Games?
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day
tobe a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city,
perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.
Feed by M. T. Anderson
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to
control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared
skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own
horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young
fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the
daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of
its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and
Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's
true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers
from Old World.
Maze Runner by James Dashner
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze
and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself
if he is to escape.
The Roar by Emma Clayton
In an overpopulated world where all signs of nature have been
obliterated and a wall has been erected to keep out plague-ridden
animals, twelve-year-old Mika refuses to believe that his twin sister
was killed after being abducted, and continues to search for her in
spite of the dangers he faces in doing so.
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from
grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper
ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip
the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with
that? Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can't wait. Not for her
license -- for turning pretty.
The Wind Singer by William Nicholson
After Kestrel Hath rebels against the stifling rules of Amaranth
society and is forced to flee, she, along with her twin brother and a
tagalong classmate, follow an ancient map in quest of the legendary
silver voice of the wind singer, in an attempt to heal Amaranth and its
A Killer Story: An Interview with Suzanne Collins, Author of 'The Hunger Games'
Valentine’s Day puts you in the mood for a heartwarming read or a
heartbreaking one, these four new YA novels about love (and love lost)
offer some of each.
In Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight,
Hadley misses her flight to London, where she’s grudgingly going to her
father’s wedding. She meets Oliver, a charming Brit, on the next
flight. Their in-flight bonding culminates in a mind-blowing kiss at the
airport — and then Hadley loses Oliver in the crowd. This elegant
romance features a determined heroine who’s not afraid to make her own
destiny. (14 years and up)
Daniel Handler’s remarkable novel Why We Broke Up is written as a (very long) letter quirky narrator Min plans to leave
on her ex-boyfriend Ed’s doorstep, along with a box of tokens of their
relationship (illustrated sparingly by Maira Kalman). Through Min’s
eloquent thoughts on the significance of each item, readers come to
understand both why the couple broke up, and why that outcome is not
what matters most in this story. (14 years and up)
has stage four cancer and doesn’t know how much time she has left.
Augustus lost a leg to osteosarcoma but seems to be in recovery. After
meeting in a cancer support group, the two quickly develop a
relationship that’s as profoundly intellectual as it is emotional and
physical. With its acerbic comedy, sexy romance, and meditation on life
and death, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars is funny, heartbreaking, and honest. (14 years and up)
In Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff, lines of sexuality and gender are intentionally
blurred; connections in an alternative family of punk-rock street kids
are strong and clear. Androgynous drummer Kid falls for guitarist Felix,
but a devastating fire claims both Felix and their abandoned warehouse
"home.” Though Kid feels lost without Felix, with another summer comes
sweet-voiced singer Scout — and another chance at love. (14 years and
Bircher, editorial and marketing assistant at The Horn Book, Inc., is a
former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons
A movie about bullying in US Schools gets an R rating, preventing it from being seen by kids - and what YOU can do to help! The new movie BULLY is about kids who are being bullied every day in the United States. These kids are young. And this honest movie is about them and their stories. If more kids watch this movie, maybe more will stop bullying or stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves.
BULLY is set to release March 30th, 2012. Unfortunately, it has been rated R by the MPAA. An online petition was created to lower the rating, since an R rating means that no one under 17 years of age can view the movie. And it's kids who are 17 and younger who SHOULD see this movie.
One new sci-fi/fairy tale and three paranormal novels provide
plenty of heart-pounding reading for middle school and high school fans.
Sixteen-year-old vampire Pearl discovers she can withstand sunlight after an encounter with a unicorn in Sarah Beth Durst’s Drink, Slay, Love.
Her family sends her up to the local high school to procure
refreshments (i.e., students) for the upcoming king’s feast. Pearl
becomes attached to perky Bethany and gorgeous Evan, but her violent
subterranean life ultimately forces her to choose sides. A lively
antihero, Pearl is fierce, smart, and sarcastic in this sweet, unusual
romance. Durst creates an original, tough-as-nails brood of vampires…who
will leave you thirsty for more. (14 years and up)
In Marissa Meyer’s debut novel Cinder,
the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series, teenage cyborg mechanic
Linh Cinder is treated as subhuman while living with her evil guardian
stepmother and two stepsisters. A chance encounter with New Beijing’s
Prince Kai changes Cinder’s life forever. As Cinder aids in Kai’s search
for the missing heir to the Lunar throne, she and the prince are drawn
to each other. Add in plague, androids, hovercrafts, and a palace ball
for a sci-fi/fairy tale mash-up that is out-of-this-world fantastic. (12
years and up)
Diabolical is the fourth book in Cynthia Leitich Smith’s
Tantalize series. When guardian angel Zachary teams up with wolfboy
Kieren to make a daring rescue at the mysterious Scholomance Academy,
they find themselves locked in and joining forces with an eclectic group
of students to face down their demonic instructor, an axe-wielding
caretaker, and the very hounds of hell. The Harry Potter–worthy final
battle between good and evil — with a welcome dose of devilish humor
added in — make this installment an expertly woven narrative, bringing
new readers up to speed while satisfying invested fans with a
happily-ever-after ending. (14 years and up)
daughter of a demon and a fallen angel living in Pandemonium, one of
Hell’s cities, Daphne is the unlikely heroine in Brenna Yovanoff’s The Space Between.
But when her favorite brother, Obie, disappears on Earth, Daphne must
venture from her protected life to the gritty sludge of Earth to find
him. Aided by Truman, a self-destructive mess of a boy, Daphne must
scramble to understand Earth as she attempts to complete her mission.
And thanks to alternating narration by Daphne and Truman, the teenagers’
hard-earned love unfolds compellingly. (14 years and up)
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group, Violence
6. Lush, by Natasha Friend
Reasons: Drugs, Offensive Language, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group
7. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
Reasons: Sexism, Sexually Explicit, Unsuited to Age Group
8. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America, by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reasons: Drugs, Inaccurate, Offensive Language, Political Viewpoint, Religious Viewpoint
9. Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit
10. Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: Religious Viewpoint, Violence
Notes from the Horn Book - Teen
YA novels you’ve been waiting for
Another entry in a beloved series about a high school Everygirl,
the follow-up to a novel about two very different characters and their unlikely
attraction, and the gripping sequel to a futuristic science fiction thriller
are books teens will want to get their hands on.
In Incredibly Alice, the
twenty-sixth book in Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s Alice series, Naylor works
toward a major milestone in her beloved character’s life: high school
graduation. There are plenty of hurdles to jump before that event, not the
least of which is a familiar rite of passage for high school seniors — the wait
for college acceptance letters. Alice fans will see her through this
installment’s tumult of emotions as Alice attempts to sort out who she is and
what she wants. (12 years and up)
Koertge revisits the appealing odd couple from Stoner and Spaz in Now Playing: Stoner & Spaz II.
High-school filmmaker Ben is freshly wounded by another flake-out by
on-again/off-again girlfriend Colleen, who ditched his debut documentary’s gala
opening to be with her dealer ex-boyfriend. Ben is powerfully attracted to
heavily tattooed and super hot Colleen, the first girl to look past his
cerebral palsy, despite the promises he knows she can’t keep. These two dramatically
different but equally hurting teens give one another something each desperately
needs. Readers will be pulling for them despite the odds. (12 years and up)
Pearson’s The Fox
Inheritance is set 260 years after the accident that allegedly
killed Locke and Kara in The
Adoration of Jenna Fox. But Locke and Kara aren’t actually dead:
their minds were copied by the scientist father of their best friend, Jenna
Fox, whose illegal resurrection was the focus of the previous book. When their
minds fall into the hands of an unethical scientist, the two are restored to
new, improved bodies and they escape into an alien future world. Through Locke,
we experience the confusing futuristic world, a suspenseful chase, the
emotional reunion with Jenna, and the complex playing out of the issues of
trust, ethics, and betrayal. (12 years and up)
Bean (née Pearl) and Henry, misfits and best friends, have the strangest mothers in town. Henry’s mom Sally never leaves the house. Bean’s mom Lexie, if she is home, is likely nursing a hangover or venting to her friend Claire about Bean’s beloved grandfather Gus, the third member of their sunny household.
Gus’s death unleashes a host of family secrets that brings them all together. And they threaten to change everything—including Bean’s relationship with Henry, her first friend, and who also might turn out to be her first love.
Ellen Wittlinger is the author of Hard Love, Parrotfish, and many other novels for young adults. She can be found online at her website.
In 1997 when I began writing the novel Hard Love, most (if not all)
of the YA novels with GLBT characters dealt with the process and
difficulties of coming out. But when I looked around it seemed to me
that there were a lot of teens for whom coming out was no longer such a
big deal—they were past that stage already. I thought it was important
to look at the question, “What comes next?” I decided to try writing a
character who was moving on, a girl who was out and easy with it, but
who had other problems, the same problems most teens have: how to get
along with her parents, how to make sense of her heritage and her gifts,
how to find love.
And so Marisol Guzman was born: a “Puerto Rican Cuban Yankee
Cambridge, Massachusetts, rich spoiled lesbian private-school
gifted-and-talented writer virgin looking for love.” In other words,
Marisol was a lesbian, but that was not by any means her entire
identity. She defined herself in a variety of interesting ways.
It’s probably time now to admit that I am not G,L,B, T or even Q. I’m
also not young. I grew up in the Sixties when an admission of
homosexuality made you (at least) the black sheep of your family, and
very likely caused a more permanent rift with them. Maybe because I had
problems with my own family, I felt a strong bond with the gay and
lesbian people I met which was solidified by living for three years in
Provincetown, Massachusetts, a small, quirky fishing village on Cape Cod
that has for decades been a mecca for artists, writers and GLBT people.
It was and is a unique place where the locals make room for and
celebrate each other’s differences and eccentricities. And it had a
profound effect on the way I chose to live my life.
I knew I wanted to include gay and lesbian characters in my YA novels
from early on—that was part of the world I lived in. I was not worried
that I hadn’t “walked in their shoes.” There are only so many shoes a
person can walk in, and if a writer limits herself to only writing about
direct personal experience, her stories will be very repetitive.
Besides, the way I’d always built my characters was from the inside
out—the inside being that small core place in which we are all the same,
the outside being all those millions of ways in which we’re all
different. To my mind, this is the best way to guard against
Hard Love did well, winning both a Lambda Literary Award and a
Michael L. Printz Honor Award from the American Library Association, and
some years later I wrote a companion novel called Love & Lies:
Marisol’s Story which followed Marisol into her own difficult love.
In 2006 my husband and I moved to western Massachusetts where our
daughter had settled after college. Among her close friends was a young
man named Toby Davis who I was surprised to learn had entered Smith
College five years earlier as a female. Toby was not only an aspiring
playwright and novelist himself, but had been—before even meting my
daughter—a big fan of Hard Love.
We hit it off immediately, and before long I was dreaming about
writing a novel with a transgendered teen as protagonist. Of course,
growing up trans was not something I was familiar with at all, so (after
doing a lot of research) I asked Toby if he’d help me get it right. And
he did. He answered all sorts of personal questions before and during
the writing process, and vetted every word of the finished manuscript of
Parrotfish. The story is not his, but many of the emotions are.
What I hope to accomplish with Hard Love, Love & Lies, Parrotfish
and my other novels with GLBT characters is to normalize homosexuality
and transexuality—to make gender and sexuality just two of the many ways
in which we’re all different from one another and not such a big deal.
Although there is still much to be done, the lives of gay and lesbian
people are considerably easier in the twenty-first century than they
were in the one just past. I hope the same will soon be true for trans
people as well.
A fan—a straight girl–once wrote to me that she had been “afraid of
homosexuals” before reading Hard Love. But, she continued, “after
knowing Marisol, I know that gay people are just regular, normal
people.” She got it. In the same way, I hope readers will come to “know”
Grady and lose some of their prejudice towards trans people too.
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Five questions for Franny Billingsley
Franny Billingsley’s newest
novel, Chime, has
received no fewer than six starred reviews, including one from The Horn Book. In 2008,
her picture book, Big Bad
Bunny, illustrated by G. Brian Karas, received glowing reviews, and
a previous novel, The Folk
Keeper, won the 2000 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for fiction. She
graciously agreed to answer some questions we had about picture books, Scottish
ballads, humor, fantasy, and one-handed men.
1. You spent
about twelve years writing Chime,
but it was well worth the wait — and we’re very excited to hear there will be
two companion books coming. While you’re spending the next couple of decades
writing those (just kidding!), will you throw another great picture book our
way? Maybe a companion to Big
Franny Billingsley: I’ve
never thought about a companion to Big
Bad Bunny — hmm, that’s worth contemplating. I do have drafts of
other picture books, which are, I hope, germinating in some crevice of my
brain. I find picture books tricky. I can’t write my way into understanding the
plot — maybe there aren’t enough words to write. Or maybe it’s that “my” kind
of picture book is based on an idea, a secret, say (mouse in bunny costume),
and until that idea comes to me, I can’t keep on with the draft. And so I look
at my drafts every so often: perhaps this
time, the idea will pop out at me.
A decade per book? Well, maybe that’s about right.
2. In Chime, we’re told that
Briony and Rose’s father sang to them when they were younger. As a child, your
father sang to you and your siblings every night, and you’ve said that the
Scottish ballads he sang have inspired your writing. What did you sing to your
son and daughter?
FB: I sang them the same
songs, nursery rhymes and children’s songs (e.g., “Over in the Meadow”) when
they were very young, then I sang the American folk songs and Scottish ballads
my father sang to me (there are also plenty of Scottish drinking songs and
bawdy songs in the mix).
But my daughter might tell you I didn’t do a very good job.
When my dad turned eighty, I wanted to give him a book (well, a
three-ring binder) containing lyrics to all the family songs. I got as far as
compiling an index and the lyrics to songs that start with the letters A through D. (My dad’s now
eighty-five). But my failure wasn’t that I stopped at D. My failure lay in the
fact that there were songs in the index my daughter, Miranda, didn’t recognize,
songs I hadn’t passed along. But this is the way I think about it: just as song
lyrics shift and change (as I saw to my horror when I began to pore through
song books, trying to re-create the “Billingsley” version), the Billingsley-Pettengill
kids know a slightly different bunch of songs than I did as a kid; it’s not
that they know fewer. I suppose I’ll have to make a binder of the
Billingsley-Pettengill songs, but I’d better finish Dad’s first.
3. In an
interview a while back you said that you don’t think you have a humorous bone
in your body when it comes to writing. Nevertheless, Chime’s protagonist Briony
has an incredibly sardonic sense of humor, and handsome stranger Eldric is
pretty witty himself. Were they always so clever, or did their humor evolve as
you worked on the book?
FB: When I begin writing, my
characters are bits of protoplasm that I move about the narrative board. But as
I write, and write and write, I begin to understand them: I understand what
makes them tick, understand their perceptions of themselves, their childhood
wounds, their deep-down desires — the desires they hide even from themselves
(this last mostly true of Briony). And once I come to understand these things,
understand them in a deep-down way myself, the character’s voice begins to
emerge in surprising ways. I’ll find Briony, for example, speaking through the
lens of her perception that she’s wicked. I’ve come to understand it pretty
well myself, but she’ll say it in a way I’d never have thought of (“I might eat
a baby for breakfast . . .”). So yes, once the voices of Briony and Eldric were
. . . were liberated, let’s say, they’d start to speak in their own ways, in
ways I never would, or could, have imagined. It’s they, the characters, who are
funny or witty; it’s not I, the author, who’s funny.
been a fantasy reader since childhood. Do you read any fantasy novels for
adults, or are you mostly a fan of children’s and YA fantasy?
FB: I do read some adult
fantasy, but I find it often lacks the intimacy I crave from any novel. Either
the cast of characters is too large, or the landscape is too big, or the stakes
are too broad (I’d rather read about saving the character’s soul than saving
the character’s kingdom), or the protagonist feels somehow distant. This last
is probably a function of one or more of the foregoing, all of which add up to
a kind of psychic distance from the character that in turn, distances me from
the story. So while I enjoy The
Blue Sword, I adore Beauty.
I love The Hobbit
but can’t connect to the rest of the Lord of the Rings books (heresy, I know).
And if I’m ever without a fantasy (or any book) that draws me into the
emotional world of the protagonist, I’m always happy to re-read I Capture the Castle.
5. If Chime’s Eldric has any
competition at all in the hunky one-handed YA fantasy hero category, it’s Megan
Whalen Turner’s Eugenides (from The
Thief et al.). Tell us, if Eldric and Gen were to arm-wrestle, who
FB: What a great question! I
think that one of Eldric’s great gifts is that he’s pretty connected to his
childhood self, which means that he doesn’t wear much of a mask. Which means
that bit by bit, he’s able to tease Briony to the surface, the real Briony, the
Briony who’s suffocating under her mask. Gen, however, is dead opposite to
Eldric. When I think about Gen’s character in The King of Attolia, for example, I think
about the way he kept Costis so unbalanced. The reader sees him mostly through
Costis’s eyes and it is only toward the end that Costis sees bits of the real
Gen. Most of us wear masks to make ourselves look better, but Gen is a
trickster. In The King of
Attolia, for his own complex reasons, he hides his skill at
swordplay, taking Costis by surprise toward the end. So if Eldric, who hasn’t
much of a mask, were pitted against Gen, who turns his own mask inside out — if
they were to arm-wrestle, I don’t think Eldric stands a chance.
It’s funny that I never thought about the parallel between Gen’s
hand and Eldric’s hand. Perhaps it’s because of the many, many drafts in which
it was Briony who lost the hand. Or perhaps it’s because Gen and Eldric are so
different, that hand or no, I don’t put them in the same mental box.
—Jennifer M. Brabander
More fantasy for older readers
With the publication of fantasy novels having increased three-fold
since the success of Harry Potter, it’s not hard to find new ones, but here are
a few that deserve to stand out from the crowded shelves.
As the mystic Taisin and
diplomat’s daughter Kaede make an important and perilous journey for the King,
their feelings for each other — and the obstacles to their love — become clear.
Malinda Lo provides a (several-hundred-years earlier) prequel to her popular Ash, once more situating a
passionate romance between two young women against a background of magic and
intrigue. (14 years and up)
Three boys are at the center of
Orson Scott Card’s Pathfinder,
the invitingly fat (six hundred-plus pages) first volume in a new series. As
Rigg and Umbo travel to their empire’s capitol in search of Rigg’s family, the
boys discover they have complementary psychic talents; meanwhile another boy,
Ram, is leading a spaceship headed — where? The two stories come together in
ways that will please fans of Card’s mind-bending marriage of fantasy and
science fiction. (12 years and up)
Confirmed fans and fantasy novices
alike will enjoy John Stephen’s eventful The
Emerald Atlas, in which three young sibling orphans (. . . or are
they?) are sent to a most peculiar institution, and then back in time. While
there’s a great villain, this is fantasy of the rollicking sort, with plenty of
humor and action as Kate, Michael, and Emma find themselves involved in an epic
struggle. For those who like it, two more in the series are to come. (10–14
Readers who prefer their magic in
smaller doses might like Tortall
and Other Lands, a collection of eleven short stories by Tamora
Pierce. Some feature familiar settings and characters while others are new; all
display this author’s way with a sturdy heroine. And Jonathan Strahan’s
short-story collection, Life
on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier asks twelve notable science
fiction writers to imagine that “humanity gained a permanent foothold on a new
world” and what it might be like to journey to or live on the Red Planet. (12
years and up)
Click on the link below to vote for your favorite YA book for the MASSACHUSETTS TEEN CHOICE BOOK AWARD.
Next TAB meeting is Monday, April 11th @ 4 pm in the Story Time Room.
We are going to be talking about plans for the first-ever MORP.....(backwards PROM)
Stop by if you are interested in helping to plan this event. There will be free food and possible a game of pictionary....I know, best game ever.
Monday, March 14th @ 4 pm in the Local History Room
Tween Book Club For grades 3-6. Parents welcome!
Next selection: Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
Wednesday, March 30th @ 3:30-4:30 pm
Story Time Room
Please read the book before coming so we can talk about it! Snacks will be served!!
*Optional: Make a project (Shadow box, poster, alternate book cover, etc. to display in the library)
This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services
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Check out this great blog by contemporary YA authors!
The Teen Lounge is closed until further notice.
Lots of fun things to do at the library over February Vacation! Click on the "Things to Do" tab for dates & times.
Tween Book Club For grades 3 - 6 (parents welcome!) Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 23rd @ 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Story Time Room Next book:The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies * Please read the book before the meeting
so we can talk about it! If you need to borrow a copy, please contact
the library. Copies have been ordered.
Optional: Make a poster, shadow box, alternate cover, picture of your favorite scene - to bring in and display in the library!
The Tween Book Group originally scheduled for Wednesday, January 26th has been postponed until Monday, January 31st @ 3:30 - 4:30 pm because of bad weather predicted for Wednesday.
Writing group tonight (Jan. 11th) @ 6 - 7:30 pm! Meet in the Cafe area (outside the booksale room).
New Teen Books Reviewed at the Horn Book:
Best books for teenagers
by Catherine Fisher
In Incarceron, a sentient prison, Finn dreams of escape to Outside, which he
claims to remember; Claudia suspects that her ruthless father, the Warden of
Incarceron, may have had a hand in the death of her childhood fiancé Prince
Giles. These parallel mysteries merge with masterful pacing in a brilliantly
original dystopian world. (12 years and up)
The Sky Is
Everywhere written by Jandy Nelson
Devastated by her sister’s sudden death, Lennie seeks comfort in the arms of
new boy Joe — and
in those of Bailey’s bereaved boyfriend. Passionate, heartbreaking, and
enchantingly hopeful, Lennie’s journey of self-discovery is as exquisite as the
“great big beautiful love” she ultimately finds. (14 years and up)
As Easy as
Falling Off the Face of the Earth written
and illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins
When his summer plans go spectacularly awry, teenage Ry, one of life’s
consummate passengers, finds himself stranded with no money, a useless
cellphone, and only one shoe. Perkins’s take on chaos and the element of chance
is refreshingly optimistic in this quirky, closely observed road-trip novel.
(12 years and up)
by Marcus Sedgwick
While Sig keeps vigil over his father’s corpse, a stranger arrives at their
remote Arctic cabin. Good thing Sig has a gun — or is it? With the precision of
a meticulously maintained revolver, this historical mystery inexorably sights,
aims, and explodes. (12 years and up)
Horse Trick written by Kate Thompson
This final volume of the Irish-mythology-based fantasy trilogy takes readers
from world’s end to world’s beginning, as the ravages of global warming spill
into the timeless land of Tír na n’Óg. Thompson has outdone herself here, with
droll humor, nimble plotting, and rich characterization overlaying an ambitious,
all-too-relevant theme. (12 years and up)
Conspiracy of Kings written by Megan Whalen Turner
Heir-to-the-Sounis-throne Sophos is kidnapped, enslaved, and forced to yield
sovereignty to erstwhile friend and rival royal Eugenides — and that’s just the
beginning of a journey that will transform him from callow youth to king. A
page-turner both cerebral and emotionally involving, chockful of intrigue,
military strategy, adventure, and romance. (12 years and up)
Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group written
by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Southern reaction to Reconstruction period laws prompted six men to start a
secret club that evolved into the still-active Ku Klux Klan. Relying upon
personal accounts and primary source documents, Bartoletti’s detailed look at
the origins of this brutal and pervasive homegrown terrorist organization is a
powerfully moving cautionary tale. (12 years and up)
Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery written by
Even history’s villains have their reasons, and it’s to Sheinkin’s great credit
that he manages to humanize America’s most notorious traitor. Better yet, he
creates a rousing adventure narrative from Arnold’s courage and treachery that
brings the man and Revolution to life. (12 years and up)
Last Meeting (December 7th):
Discussed characters, how important well-developed characters are in a
story, different types of characters and what roles they play.
The next meeting is scheduled for December 21st from 6-7:30 pm in the Local History Room. We will be doing some critiquing of eachother's work and giving constructive feedback. Anyone who would like to participate can send their manuscript (maybe one or two chapters) to me and I will email them to the rest of the group so we can read them beforehand. If you would like a copy of feedback questions please let me know. We may or may not do a writing prompt.
Check the "Things to Do" teen page for more scheduled meetings. There is also a link to a special writing group page located on the side of the Library Home page. Email me if you are interesting in joining us: email@example.com or just stop by!
Last Meeting: We met in the local history room and talked about what everyone wanted out of the group. We decided to have two meetings a month - one meeting to talk about writing concepts (more of a "class" setting) and the second one will be for sharing your own work with the group and getting constructive feedback. The group was split between adults and teens - some interested in writing YA or Middle Grade novels, some interested in writing picture books. It's great to have a variety of interests - it may even inspire some writers to venture into unknown territory!
The next meeting is scheduled for December 7th from 6-7 pm in the Local History Room. (A group has the room at 7 pm, but we can move somewhere else if everyone wants to continue the discussion.) We will be talking about Characters. Various handouts will be available - I will try to post some online and/or email some ahead of time. Think about some of your favorite books, whether picture books or novels, and focus on the characters. Do you like a book more when the characters are stronger and more complex? What about minor characters that are there in the background? Can you think of any good examples of a round or flat character?
We will be starting the meeting with a 10 minute writing prompt. Sharing is optional, but it's great if you do!
Check the "Things to Do" teen page for more scheduled meetings. Email me if you are interesting in joining us: firstname.lastname@example.org or just stop by!
over, Bella Swan. Katniss Everdeen is the new tween It Girl. The
tough-as-nails teenage heroine of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy The Hunger Games already has her own Facebook page and Wikipedia profile. This summer, Mockingjay, the third and final book, moved more than 450,000 copies in its first week. “Book 3 was the breakthrough book for Harry Potter and Twilight, too,” says HG editor David Levithan, Scholastic’s executive editorial director. “We’re hitting right on schedule.”
The Hunger Gamestakes
place in a bleak, postapocalyptic world where, every year, 24 children
are randomly selected and forced to battle to the death on television.
And while the saga — which kicks off when Katniss volunteers for the
bloodfest in order to save her sister — hasn’t yet reached the cultural
saturation of Stephenie Meyer’s megahit, comparisons are inevitable:
Both are addictively readable young-adult series about a female teen in
a complicated love triangle. But the similarities end there. HG
is more thoughtful and much, much darker. The books (which hide a
compelling antiwar message behind the veneer of a tween thriller) are
exceptionally well written and expertly paced, with near-constant
suspense. And unlike Twilight‘s passive, angsty Bella, Katniss is a self-possessed young woman who demonstrates equal parts compassion and fearlessness.
With a protagonist as appealing as Ms. Everdeen, it’s no surprise
Hollywood has come courting. Besides, with both the Harry Potter series
and The Twilight Saga winding down, the studios desperately need a new young-skewing franchise with a rabid fan base. Luckily for Lionsgate, it optioned the Hunger series back in March 2009. Veteran scribe Billy Ray (Shattered Glass) recently turned in a draft, and director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit) is in negotiations for the first film. If all goes well, the studio hopes to be in production by next spring.
But despite its vividly cinematic language, The Hunger Games
won’t be easy to adapt. EW has seen an early copy of the script, which
includes a note-by-note retelling of the Games. How can the studio show
brutal kid-on-kid violence and still pull off a PG-13 rating? “It’s
always going to be an intense subject matter, but you can tell the story
with some restraint,” says producer Nina Jacobson, who praises the
books for appealing to both girls and boys. “The only people these books
are not for are those under 12. The movie will be the same.”
Escape into these five recently released installments of popular
dystopian, fantasy, and science fiction series.
final book in the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, opens with Katniss
in a thriving District 13, once thought to have been destroyed but now
spearheading an open rebellion against the Capitol. One last desperate mission
takes Katniss and company to the Capitol, where she hopes to deal a mortal blow
to President Snow and his oppressive regime. Dark and complex but exciting, Mockingjay brings this
saga to a provocative and satisfying conclusion. (12 years and up)
Cinda Williams Chima’s The Exiled Queen, book two
in her Seven Realms series, heats up the first book’s complicated social and
political situation. Princess Raisa journeys to the military academy at Oden’s
Ford to get an education and avoid an arranged marriage and attempted coup.
Meanwhile, former gang lord Han Allister also travels to Oden’s Ford, and when
princess and gang lord find each other again sparks fly, romantic and otherwise.
Chima sets the stakes higher and higher for her earnest and likable characters.
(12 years and up)
second volume of Maurice Gee’s Salt trilogy, focuses on the children of Hari
and Pearl, heroes of Salt.
Called upon to eradicate poisonous, jellyfish-like creatures called gools, Xantee and her
friend Duro travel to the dystopic City to find the gools’ origin and life
source in order to defeat them. Gee’s quick, forceful prose retains all its
drive in this installment; his imagined land and the sturdy independence of his
characters are fresh and engaging. (12 years and up)
The Chaos Walking trilogy
by Patrick Ness concludes with Monsters
of Men. Through the twists and turns of the plot, the consequences
of war, terrorism, and colonialism become horrifyingly apparent. The trilogy
stands as a significant achievement in science fiction due to its masterful
storytelling and timely examination of human nature, human society, and the
terrible costs of violence. (14 years and up)
Wear Midnight is the fourth and final volume in Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany
Aching adventures. Witch Tiffany, along with her tiny red-bearded, blue-skinned
allies, the Nac Mac Feegles, must conquer a “horrible creature who can take
over somebody else completely” — especially someone open to evil. Pratchett’s
dramatic and amusing tale mixes intelligence, humor, and insightful moral
seriousness, successfully concluding one of the most entertaining and
literarily rich fantasies available for young adults. (12 years and up)
Many LGBTQ teens have turned to suicide after being put down, bullied, and harassed for being who they are. Click on the link above for some hope.
Excerpt from The Horn Book
New books for teens
This selection of recent novels offers protagonists who face
trying circumstances and difficult decisions.
In Bamboo People, Mitali Perkins draws a
persuasive picture of contemporary Burma/Myanmar. Young, bookish Chiko wants to
believe the Burmese government is hiring teachers, but at a recruitment meeting
he’s abruptly gang-pressed into the army and sent to a remote border region.
He’s captured by rebels, and the second half of the narrative is told from the
perspective of Tu Reh, a rebel boy involved in Chiko’s capture. Readers will be
drawn into the rich drama and action. (12 years and up)
Kristen Chandler’s debut novel, Wolves, Boys, & Other Things That
features KJ Carson, a feisty protagonist. Life in West End, Montana, gets a lot
more exciting for KJ when Virgil Whitman arrives. KJ finds herself increasingly
interested in Virgil and in the plight of wolves in nearby Yellowstone National
Park. When KJ and Virgil launch “Wolf Notes,” a column in their school
newspaper, they stir up controversy. Readers will enjoy following KJ as she
not-so-carefully navigates the wolf lover/hater maelstrom and her relationships
with both Virgil and her father. (14 years and up)
Jenny Meyerhoff’s Queen of Secrets is a
powerful story about family, social pressure, and the challenges that come with
growing up. Essie is excited to start her sophomore year now that she’s a
cheerleader and her football-player crush knows her name. To preserve her
newfound popularity, she doesn’t tell anyone that the football team’s “weird”
kicker, an observant Jew, is her cousin. A shocking act of anti-Semitism forces
Essie to confront losing her social standing if she does the right thing. (14
years and up)
Butterfly by Sonya
Hartnett stands apart for the way it melds tenderness and brutality. Plum, an
Australian girl on the cusp of fourteen, both craves and fears adulthood. As
the school year begins, the various threads of her life — family problems,
untrue friends, and her reliance on stolen keepsakes for emotional strength —
converge in disaster. Hartnett’s sensory prose makes this a rewarding read. (14
years and up)
—Chelsey G. H. Philpot
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Excerpt from The Horn Book
New books for teens
Jim Krieg’s Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol
is a hilarious parody of the hard-boiled detective genre. Griff, new boy at
Rampart Middle School, joins the hallway patrol and exposes a fake-hall-pass
production ring. No stop is left un-pulled in a plot that includes a rigged
school election, false fire alarms, and a shoot-out complete with caulking gun
and shop vac. Three different narrators keep readers on their toes. (10 years
In Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story,
Adam Rex’s biting foray into vampire lit, Doug, undead and tubby, tries to
attract girls with his sense of humor while avoiding a reality TV show crew
that bumbles onto his trail. Rex offers freshly worded observations on modern
life, teen angst, and “existential Frisbees.” The story is worth sticking with
for the often-comical philosophical insights it tosses your way. (12 years and
Emily (from The Year of Secret Assignments),
in her endearingly inquisitive way, becomes obsessed with a mysterious new
couple — and with the ghost that’s been haunting the music rooms — in The Ghosts of Ashbury High.
With sparkling, effervescent wit, author Jaclyn Moriarty puts her eclectic cast
of characters through the paces of gothic fiction and ghost story. The inspired
silliness combined with mystery and romance (contemporary and historical ones)
should satisfy diehard fans and bring new ones into the fold. (14 years and up)
Hughes, the main character of Deb Caletti’s The
Six Rules of Maybe, is always trying to help others. When her
thoughtless older sister returns home married and pregnant, Scarlet feels it’s
her job to keep Juliet from hurting Hayden, the sweet, devoted father-to-be.
Caletti’s layered, engaging story includes lots of introspection, a multitude
of fascinating characters, and loads of skillfully crafted sentences that will
entice readers to slow down and re-read with pleasure before speeding on again.
(14 years and up)
Molly - Has anyone read any of these? They are on order for next month!
FYI: Teen writing group is currently on hiatus until July!
Last night I drove to the Charlton
Public Library where my former student and brilliant writer Molly
Johnson works. I spoke with a group of teen writers, teachers and moms,
as well as surprise guests Sally and Peter Littell (also former
students), and my publicist from Candlewick! (Yes, speaking in front of
your publicist is a bit daunting but luckily she is super nice so I got
over myself. :-) )
Here I am with two teen writers. I am not sure
why they were laughing at me.
But happily we got a nice group shot.
I had such a great time talking about
writing with this group. Everyone had thoughtful questions and our hour
flew by. My only regret is that when I asked how many people had read The
Chocolate War, no one raised their hand. *sigh* I hope Molly plans
to remedy that.
When I got home, I had two presents waiting for
Uni-Corns!!!! My friend
Rebecca bought them for me. Isn't that amazing?? I can't wait for
corn-on-the-cob season! Thanks Rebecca!!
Copyedits for PEARL!! :-) It
really is starting to feel like a book now.
I have lots of
suggestions to consider today and tomorrow, but I admit to being a dork
and truly loving the copyedit stage. I especially love my editor's
commentary on some of the CE's suggestions. Like this one:
The following is an article from The Horn Book Magazine - a magazine that is just for kids and teen books. This one mentions some new books coming out - some of which we have already or are on order. Check them out!
There’s something for everyone in this roundup of some current YA
novels: supernatural doings, philosophical pondering, sci-fi activism,
friendship and romance, and a wild summer vacation.
With its wide range of subject
and style, The Poison Eaters
and Other Stories, shows off author Holly Black’s fertile
imagination. Palpable details and shifts in tone carry readers between
different times and places: the sticky, boring summer of a girl with a crappy
mall job; an icy kingdom surrounded by dark and dangerous forests; the
Philippine setting for a trickster tale about a girl who outsmarts the enkanto (elf) who cursed
her sister. An entertaining and eclectic mix. (14 years and up)
In The Last Summer of the Death Warriors,
tough-guy Pancho Sanchez is convinced his “slow” older sister, Rosa, was
murdered, and he lives to take vengeance on the killer. His plan is put on hold
when he’s befriended by D.Q., a strange boy with terminal cancer. Francisco X.
Stork’s novel, featuring unforgettable characters confronting the big philosophical
questions in life, will resonate with readers long after book’s end. (14 years
Author and technology activist
Cory Doctorow explores the ambiguous boundaries between virtual reality and the
world as we know it in For
the Win. The novel follows gamers, gold farmers (who play
role-playing games to accumulate virtual money, points, and treasures that can
be sold — for real money — to other players), and those who would take
advantage of them. (14 years and up)
Two teens with the same name meet
in a chance encounter in Will
Grayson, Will Grayson. The straight Will Grayson is risk-averse and
best friends with the garrulous, very gay Tiny Cooper; the gay Will Grayson is
lonely and depressed. When the first Will finds his friendship with Tiny falling
apart, the other Will finds his life opening up — scarily, thrillingly — when
Tiny enters it. This collaboration by John Green and David Levithan provides an
epic spin on personal and interpersonal drama. (14 years and up)
In Lynne Rae Perkins’s As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the
Earth, fifteen-year-old Ry opens a letter on his way to summer camp
in Montana and discovers that the camp has gone out of business; when he hops
off the train to call his grandfather, the train leaves, stranding him in the
middle of nowhere. A kind stranger who “marches to the beat of, like, I don’t
know, a harmonica or something” offers to help out. Perkins’s narrative is
supremely warm, funny, and wise. (10–14 years)
read Archie comic books when I was growing up, and when I close my eyes
and imagine the impact this would have had on closeted,
it's actually really cool.
The land of Betty crazy for Archie,
and Archie crazy for Veronica has a new "hunky" teenager join them at
school. And now Veronica is crazy for Kevin, but Kevin isn't much
interested in Veronica, or any other girl for that matter...
So what did you think of the Hypnotist?? Leave me some comments people!! (or i may have to put funny pictures of you online!!) haha.
Teen Book Club on Monday, April 12th @ 4 pm- in conjunction with the Teen Writing Group. We'll be reading Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles. Sign up at the Adult Circ desk & ask a librarian for a copy of the book.
Teen/Tween Grant The Charlton Library has received a grant in the amount of $20,000.00 for programming, books, gaming equipment, supplies, furniture and many more things specifically for tween and teen library patrons! We are working on some cool things, but if you want to be more involved, check out our TAB (teen advisory board) meetings or email Molly and let us know what you would like at YOUR library!
This grant is federally funded by:
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New Teen Website! Welcome to our new website! There are some cool things on this site so be sure to check it out. This has all been made possible by the teen grant we recieved. Please let me know what you think or if you have any suggetions on ways to make it even better! The company that does this site is really interested in your ideas. This page is a blog format and you can respond and post messages.
This page is good for letting me know what you think, and I will also open this up to discussion on topics that interest you - books, movies, school, Charlton stuff, world events, clubs, etc.
Of course, all responses go through me before they are posted...just so you know......