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Archive for January, 2013

2013 Award Winning Books

This morning the American Library Association’s Young Adult division, YALSA, announced this year’s award winning books and audiobooks.  I was lucky to be at the Youth Media Awards ceremony, since I am in Seattle, WA, for the Midwinter Conference!  Let me tell you the award ceremony was very exciting and a lot of fun!  Check out a couple photos at the end of this post.  Click here to get to official press release of the winners.  Below is a list of the teen titles that won.  Just click on the title to see if you can find it at the Library!

 
Prinz Award for Excellence in YA Literature 


Winner:  
In Darkness by Nick Lake

Honor: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Honor: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Honor: Dodger by Terry Pratchett

Honor: The White Bicycle by Beverly Brenna

 
Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award (Honoring a significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature)

Awarded to: Tamora Pierce

Click here to learn more about Tamora Pierce.  Pierce has written a few different book series, but to get started I suggest you check out her Song of the Lioness series or her Beka Cooper series at the Library!

 
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

Winner: Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Finalist: Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal

Finalist: Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose

Finalist: Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

Finalist: We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson

 
William C. Morris Award (Honoring a work by a first time author)

Winner: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Finalist: Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby

Finalist: Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

Finalist: After the Snow by S.D. Crockett

Finalist: The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth

 
Alex Awards (Given to ten books written for adults that have teen appeal)

Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman

Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman

Juvenile in Justice by Richard Ross

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard

Pure by Julianna Baggott

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

 
The Odyssey Award (Awarded to the best audiobooks for children and/or young adults)

Winner: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd

Honor: Artemis Fowl: the Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer, narrated by Nathaniel Parker

Honor: 
Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke, narrated by Elliot Hill

Honor: Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama, narrated by Katherine Kellgren

 

Mildred L. Batchelder Award (Awarded for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States)

Winner: My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve, translated by Tammi Reichel

Honor: A Game for Swallows: to die, to leave, to return by Zeina Abirached, translated by Edward Gauvin

Honor: Son of a Gun by Anne de Graaf, translated by Anne de Graaf

 


Pura Beleré Award (Presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work celebrates the Latino cultural experience)

Winner: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Honor: The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

 
Schneider Family Book Awards (Honoring a work that emphasizes children or teens with a disability)

Teen: Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis

 

Stonewall Book Awards for Children and Young Adult Literature (This award is sponsored by ALA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table)

Winner: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Honor: Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Honor: Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz

Honor: October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman

Honor: Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie by S.J. Adams

 

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award (This award recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults)

Winner: Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Honor: No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 28, 2013 Categories: Award Winning, Fiction, GLBTQ, Graphic Novel, Nonfiction

Book Trailer of the Week– Beta by Rachel Cohn

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Beta by Rachel Cohn.  In this latest sci-fi novel, from the popular author Rachel Cohn, Elysia is one of the newest clone companions and one of the first teen clones.  Elysia is only supposed to simulate human emotions and characteristics, however, she begins to experience different emotions and even has memories from the human girl she was cloned from.  Worried about being marked a defective, Elysia must keep all this a secret or she could lose everything.  Click here to find Beta in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 25, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction

So, You Want to be a Comic Book Artist? by Philip Amara

So, You Want to Be A Comic Book Artist? 

by Philip Amara

This book is a cool step-by-step guide to creating, publishing and marketing comic books.  This is not a how to draw book.  So, You Want to Be A Comic Book Artist? guides readers through the entire comic creation process .  It gives great tips on developing awesome characters, how to  adapt story lines for video games or movies,  and ends with  how to submit your comic to a  publisher.  The last two chapters  are filled with recommended books, magazines, lists of art schools, and great comic related websites that make this book a must for comic creators.  Whether you are a beginner, an advanced comic artist or somewhere in between, you will find something worthwhile in this book.

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on January 24, 2013 Categories: Art, Nonfiction

Book Trailer of the Week– Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum.  This novel was created already knowing that it would be made into a movie.  So, you know it will be action packed and exciting! It is set in a dystopian future where robots are in control after a successful uprising.  Humans still exist, but are under robot control.  Three siblings, living in a free settlement, barely escape with their lives when robots find their home and destroy it.  Together they vow to find their family and friends and fight for their freedom.  Click here to find Revolution 19 in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 18, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction, Science Fiction

Teen books are being adapted to the big screen like crazy!

Check out all the most recent news about teen books that are being made into movies:

Unwind, a compelling and issue heavy novel by Neal Shusterman, has been optioned by Constantin Films to be adapted into a movie, according to the “Hollywood Crush” blog on MTV.comUnwind is a dystopian, sci-fi novel set in a future where teens can be unwound, or be taken apart and have their organs harvested, if they don’t fit into society’s norms.

 

 

 

 

 

Over a year ago, Universal announced that it was going to make Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone into a movie.  Last month, the studio announced that they were going to push forward and now have a producer for the movie, according to Deadline.comDaughter of Smoke and Bone is a fantasy novel that centers on Karou, a seemingly normal teen except that she was raised by a family of Chimaera.  With questions about how she came to be a human raised by demons, Karou gets swept up in a world where a dangerous war is being waged between angels and demons.

 

 

 

If you are a huge fan of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy, then you should be happy with the news that writer Daniel Water’s has finished the script for the movie!   (according to Hollywood Crush)  I am definitely looking forward to seeing who is cast in the movie, as I am a huge fan of the book series.  The first book in the series, Vampire Academy, introduces us to Rose and Lissa.  Lissa is a vampire of royal blood and Rose is the dhampir (part human, part vampire) who is bonded to protect her.  Together they attend St. Vladimir’s Academy, where they have recently returned after running away, and where they will both be trained for life outside the school’s walls.

 

 

According to Deadline.com, Monument 14 will be adapted to the big screen.  The rights have recently been acquired and there is a writer and director already attached to the project.  Monument 14 is an amazing novel about what it would be like to be trapped with fourteen other kids and teens inside a Walmart-like store at the end of the world.  It is action packed and there is a thrilling suspense with every turn of the page.  Click here to check out my earlier review of the book.

 

 

 

 

There is a Facebook page up for the movie adaptation of Beautiful Creatures.  If you like it, you’ll get updates about the production and be able to see the newest trailers as soon as they come online.  Like this one:

I cannot wait for this movie!  If you have not read Beautiful Creatures yet, click here to find it in the LibraryI highly recommend it!

I have also decided to jump on the band wagon and get excited about the first Mortal Instruments movie.  It happened after I just recently watched the movie trailer:

Click here to find the first book in The Mortal Instruments series, The City of Bones, if you’re like me and want to read the book right now after watching that trailer!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 16, 2013 Categories: Movies, Trending

Book Trailer of the Week– The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban.  If you liked the book 13 Reasons Why, then you’ll also like The Tragedy Paper.  It is set in an elite boarding school where current senior Duncan moves into former senior Tim’s old room.  As is tradition, Duncan inherits “a treasure” from the previous senior who occupied the room.  What has Tim left for Duncan?  A set of CD’s recordings that Tim has created telling his story.   Told in alternating chapters, you learn both senior’s stories of the drama of senior year.  Click here to find The Tragedy Paper in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 12, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

Embrace

by Jessica Shirvington

Violet is just like every other girl about to turn seventeen years old.  At least she thought she was.  As her birthday approaches, Violet starts having some pretty disturbing dreams.  Then her dad gives her a gift that was promised to her on her seventeenth birthday by her mother that has passed away.  This gift is the start of Violet uncovering her true nature and why her mother died.  Violet is a Grigori: a protector of humanity who is half human and half angel.  However, Violet can give up her Grigori nature and go on being a normal teen.  She has to choose whether or not she wants to embrace her powers.  If she embraces her Grigori power, she becomes a warrior in an epic battle between the protectors of humanity (the Grigori) and the angels who have been exiled from heaven and who want to overtake the human race (the Exiles).  Making her choice a difficult one is her good friend, crush, and training partner Lincoln.  Violet discovers that he is also a Grigori and would be her Grigori partner if she chooses to embrace.  What will Violet choose?  And does she really even have a choice?

Embrace is a fast past and exciting read for anyone who likes epic supernatural books.  And don’t be turned off by the whole angel story line–the angels in Embrace range to truly evil to truly kick-butt.  What I really liked about this book, though, was the character of Violet.  It is hard to believe that a character who has to choose between being normal and being a powerful angel of protection would be easy to relate to, but Violet is!  The supporting characters are all pretty interesting too.  As Violet learns more and more about the Grigori world, she meets a whole range of Grigori, some who have been living for hundreds of years.  Also, to add another level of interesting to this book–it was originally published in Australia and while it doesn’t necessarily take place in a specific area of Australia, there is that feel of the Australian way of life throughout the novel.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 10, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fiction, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– The Diviners by Libba Bray

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Diviners by Libba BrayThe Diviners is set in Manhattan during the 1920′s.  Evie has the unique ability to uncover details about someone by holding any object that belongs to them.  When she uses her power to embarrass an important man in her Ohio hometown, she is exiled to her uncle’s car in Manhattan.  Her uncle is a curator for the museum of the occult, so when a demon spirit is on a killing spree, Evie’s uncle taps her special skills to solve the mystery.  Click here to find The Diviners in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 5, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Join us for Duct Tape Creations Tomorrow!

We’re rolling out the duct tape! Unleash your artistic talents and create clever duct tape inventions. Bags, wallets, flowers…you are only limited by your imagination. Bring your friends and your creativity; we’ll provide the tools, nearly limitless rolls of colorful duct tape, and instructions. Snacks will be provided.  Please click here to register in advance–space is limited!

For teens in grades 6 – 12.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 4, 2013 Categories: Crafts, Events