Voting has begun for this years Children's Choice Book Awards! The Children's Choice Book Awards is the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by children and teens of all ages. The nominees for the teen category are determine by TeenRead.com readers. The site asks readers to write in their nominee for best book of the year. The list in compiled and the top 5 vote getters became the award nominees.
This year, the nominees are:
Burned (House of Night, Book 7) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Fang (A Maximum Ride Novel) by James Patterson
Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5) by Richelle Mead
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Cast your vote by tomorrow at http://www.bookweekonline.com/voting/7-12.
In Megan McCafferty’s new novel, Bumped, everyone in the world has contracted a virus that causes infertility after the age of 18, making teen pregnancies the only way to continue civilization.Chapters alternate between twins Melody and Harmony, separated at birth and just meeting for the first time.Melody has become the first “Reproduction Professional,” or “RePro”, in her school.She has a contract to “bump” and produce a baby for a wealthy couple.Harmony has recently run away from her religious enclave in order to convince Melody to break her contract and embrace God instead.In a case of mistaken identity, Harmony intercepts the news the Melody will “bump” with the world’s most famous surrogate father and the plot (and a huge mess!) unfolds from there.Each twin begins to doubt their motives and original plans.
I think you’re going to love this book!It’s fast-paced and upbeat (if you can call a dystopia upbeat!) and once you get the hang of all the slang it’s a quick read.The end is a bit of cliff-hanger though so you’ll have to wait for Book #2 for the conclusion!
Lauren Oliver, the author of Before I Fall, is back with her second novel and it's quite a bit different from her first! In Delirium, the United States borders are closed to the rest of the world with an electric fence and everyone is treated for the deadly disease amor deliria nervosa (formerly known as love and now called delirium) at the age 18. Without love, Lena and others who buy the government line believe that without love there will be no suffering and unhappiness. Lena meets Alex, a member of the resistance and quickly succumbs to delirium. Once Lena sees the world outside the fence where freedom and love reign, she is desperate to save herself and escape before her 18th birthday. The plot may be a little predictable but it's definitely worth the read anyway. Lena is likable, the world Oliver creates is creepy and interesting and you'll want to know how this one ends (and be ready for the release of book 2!).
Turnstyle is a just-launched website written and produced by young adults. In their words, "Turnstyle delivers a mix of news, opinion, commentary, and entertainment produced by bloggers, filmmakers, photographers, and poets. It’s content with an edge that has visual allure and eclectic pacing". Partially funded by Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Turnstyle features high quality writing on a bunch of topics, both serious and light-hearted. In just the last few days, they've covered Coachella, safe investing, the government shutdown, how to make great coffee, trends in online dating, NASA news and a photo series titled "Old People in Bathing Suits". Check it out at http://turnstylenews.com/.
If you are a Potter fan and have nothing to do over Spring Break, I’ve got a couple ideas for you!Next Friday, April 15, we’ll be showing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1here at the library on our big screen at1:00 PM!Everyone is welcome to attend (not just teens!) but keep in mind that it is rated PG-13 if you are bringing younger siblings or friends!
Also, Discovery Time Square in NYC is hosting Harry Potter: The Exhibition.The exhibit features more than 200 authentic costumes and props from the Harry Potter films displayed in settings inspired by the films sets - including the Great Hall, Hagrid's hut and the Gryffindor common room.I can't wait to go! Check out the museum’s ad:
The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta is the sequel to Saving Francesca, although you don’t really need to have read Saving Francesca to enjoy this book. The story focuses on Francesca’s friends, Tom Mackee who abandoned the circle of friends and his sort-of girlfriend Tara after his beloved Uncle Joe was killed by a suicide bomber in London. Unable to handle his grief, Tom fell in with new friends who party hard. After a particularly reckless night, Tom decides to leave his new friends, move in with his pregnant aunt, work on reconnecting with his old friends, sort out his deep feelings for Tara and reunite his parents who separated after Tom’s recovering alcoholic dad started drinking again to deal with his grief. This all sounds like the makings of a depressing novel, but Tom’s family is loving and realistic despite being slightly dysfunctional and you are really rooting for Tom through all of his struggles and I think you’ll be as pleased with the ending as I was!
The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. This year's winner is Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. “This taut, suspenseful novel is a relentless adventure story featuring nuanced characters in thought-provoking conflicts. Bacigalupi artfully intertwines themes of loyalty, family, friendship, trust and love,” said Printz Award Committee Chair Erin Downey Howerton.
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
The rugged Australian outback becomes Gemma’s prison after she is drugged and abducted by a handsome, obsessed stranger in a first novel filled with searing imagery and archetypal characters.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Vera Dietz wants to be ignored, but the ghost of her ex-best friend won’t leave her alone in this dark comedy that examines relationships, identity, grief and flowcharts.
Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
In Sedgwick’s grim, chilling story set in the Arctic Circle, Sig finds his father’s frozen corpse as human predator Wolff arrives seeking retribution and a hidden Gold Rush treasure.
Nothing by Janne Teller
Pierre Anthon’s nihilism causes his classmates to begin a search for life’s meaning in this bold, unsettling parable translated from Danish.
The library has an app for Apple devices called BookMyne! You can place holds, renew items and search the catalog by keyword or by snapping a picture of the barcode on a book. If you need suggestions, the app allows you to place holds directly from the NYT Bestseller lists or recommendation lists using your Goodreads account. Get the app for free from the App Store or the MAIN homepage. Next time you are browsing the bookstore you can check right away to see if the library has the book and can save you some money!