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Archive for August, 2012

NPR’s Top 100 Teen Novels

Yesterday, NPR announced the results from their summer poll of the Best-Ever Teen Fiction.  From more than 1,200 nominations, NPR’s panel of judges narrowed down the list to the top 100.

Click here for more information and the Top 100 list.

Click here to view the judges’ information.

Click here for the printable Top 100 list.

Click here for the 235 Finalists.

Below is the list of NPR’s Top 10o Teen Novels.  Click on the title to find the book in the Library.  How many of the Top 100 have you read?

1. Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling

2. The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins

3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

5. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

6. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

7. The Lord of the Rings (series) by J.R.R. Tolkien

8. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

9. Looking for Alaska by John Green

10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

11. The Giver (series) by Lois Lowry

12. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series) by Douglas Adams

13. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

14. Anne of Green Gables (series) by Lucy Maud Montgomery

15. His Dark Materials (series) by Philip Pullman

16. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

17. The Princess Bride by William Golding

18. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

19. Divergent (series) by Veronica Roth

20. Paper Towns by John Green

21. The Mortal Instruments (series) by Cassandra Clare

22. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

23. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

24. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

25. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

26. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

27. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer

28. Uglies (series) by Scott Westerfeld

29. The Infernal Devices (series) by Cassandra Clare

30. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

31. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

32. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (series) by Anne Brashares

33. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

34. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green, David Levithan

35. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

36. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

37. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

38. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

39. Vampire Academy (series) by Richelle Mead

40. Abhorsen Trilogy / Old Kingdom Trilogy (series) by Garth Nix

41. Dune by Frank Herbert

42. Discworld / Tiffany Aching (series) by Terry Pratchett

43. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

44. The Dark is Rising (series) by Susan Cooper

45. Graceling (series) Kristin Cashore

46. Forever… by Judy Blume

47. Earthsea (series) by Ursula K. Le Guin

48. Inheritance Cycle (series) by Christopher Paolini

49. The Princess Diaries (series) by Meg Cabot

50. The Song of the Lioness (series) by Tamora Pierce

51. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

52. Delirium (series) by Lauren Oliver

53. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

54. Hush, Hush Saga (series) by Becca Fitzpatrick

55. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

56. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

57. The Gemma Doyle Trilogy (series) by Libba Bray

58. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

59. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

60. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

61. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

62. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

63. A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle

64. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

65. The Bartimaeus Trilogy (series) by Jonathan Stroud

66. Bloodlines (series) by Richelle Mead

67. Fallen (series) by Lauren Kate

68. House of Night (series) by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast

69. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

70. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

71. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

72. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

73. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

74. The Maze Runner Trilogy (series) by James Dashner

75. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

76. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

77. Crank (series) by Ellen Hopkins

78. Matched (series) by Allie Condie

79. Gallagher Girls (series) by Ally Carter

80. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

81. Daughter of the Lioness / Tricksters (series) by Tamora Pierce

82. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

83. The Immortals (series) by Tamora Pierce

84. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (series) by Patricia C. Wrede

85. Chaos Walking (series) by Patrick Ness

86. Circle of Magic (series) by Tamora Pierce

87. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

88. Feed by M.T. Anderson

89. Weetzie Bat (series) by Francesca Lia Block

90. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

91. Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (series) by Louise Rennison

92. Leviathan (series) by Scott Westerfeld

93. The House of the Scorpion by Scott Westerfeld

94. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci (series) by Diana Wynne Jones

95. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

96. Gone (series) by Michael Grant

97. The Shiver Trilogy (series) by Maggie Stiefvater

98. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

99. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

100. Betsy-Tacy Books (series) by Maud Hart Lovelace

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 8, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Trending

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Graffiti Moon

by Cath Crowley

A lot can happen in one night.  On the night of their high school graduation Lucy, Ed, and Leo set out on a night of adventure with their friends.  Lucy and her friends Jazz and Daisy want to spend the whole night in search of  Shadow and Poet, a couple of graffiti artists that are making their mark in their Australian city.  Lucy, who spends her free time as an apprentice to a glass blower, is obsessed with Shadow’s artwork and knows that he is the guy for her.  All she has to do is find him, which she has been trying to do for months now.  Her friends Jazz and Daisy assure Lucy that before the night is over they will find Shadow.

Ed and Leo are Shadow and Poet, but no one knows this.  Only their good mate Dylan knows their secret identities.  The three guys are in a bad place, though.  Ed has dropped out of school because of his dyslexia, lost his job, and his girlfriend.  Leo is in debt to a thug for $500 and is also dealing with a hard breakup.  Dylan is having problems with his girlfriend Daisy, who he is sure is about to dump him.  To try and fix things with Daisy, Dylan tells the girls that he knows Shadow and Poet.  The girls recruit Dylan, and his two friends Ed and Leo to help them track down the artists.  The guys lead the girls through the city on a search that cannot succeed.  Along the way, Ed and Lucy grow closer, even though they are convinced they hate each other after a bad date.  Leo and Jazz decide they were meant to be with each other, and Daisy and Dylan continue their fight.  However, with such a big secret can Ed and Lucy and Leo and Jazz really find love this night?  Also, what will the guys do when it gets to be 2 a.m. and they have to take part in a robbery to fix Leo’s debt?

Graffiti Moon is told in alternating chapters in the voices of Lucy, Ed, and Leo.  Each voice is so distinct and you really get to know these characters.  This is definitely a character driven novel.  It’s also great that this whole story unfolds in just one night.  There is adventure, comedy, romance, and art all rolled up into one novel.  This is a great read for anyone looking for a fun, fast paced read that has a little bit of everything.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 7, 2012 Categories: Art, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Staff Pics

Book Trailer of the Week– Rotters by Daniel Kraus

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Rotters by Daniel Kraus.  Joey’s mom has just died suddenly and he has to move from Chicago to a small town in Iowa to live with his father who he has never known.  As soon as he arrives in Iowa he knows something is not right.  His father is distant and has odd behaviors, and the town treats Joey and his dad as outcasts.  It is not long before Joey learns his father’s secret– his dad is a grave robber!  Click here to find Rotters in the Library.  Also, be sure to try out the audiobook of RottersClick here to find the audiobook of Rotters, narrated by Kirby Heyborne, in the LibraryIt won the 2012 Odyssey award, which means it was selected as the best audiobook of the year for children and/or young adults.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 3, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Horror