This week’s book trailer of the week is for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina. Piddy just changed schools and, only a few weeks into the new school year, she is told that Yaqui Delgado is going to kick her ass. Piddy has no idea why Yaqui has a grudge against her; she doesn’t even know the girl. As the bullying increases Piddy does not know what to do to make it stop or even why it started. All she knows is that she has to avoid Yaqui Delagado at all costs, because no one is going to help her out. Click here to find Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass in the Library!
Today is Celebrate Teen Literature Day! In honor of this awesome day the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released the nominees for Teens’ Top Ten. To learn more about what goes into selecting the Teens’ Top Ten titles, click here. The Top Ten will be announced the week after Teen Read Week (October 12-18, 2014). If you want to try and read all 25 nominees before the Top Ten are announced, check out the list below!
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray
A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine
This week’s book trailer of the week is for You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin. This novel, written in the classic noir style, has all the classic characters to make it a good read. Dalton Rev, the main character, is a traditional hard-boiled detective and at seventeen-years-old is trying to solve the mystery in his high school of who killed Wesley Payne. Found hanging from the school’s goal post, Payne was involved in something that led to his murder. Suspects are abound, including the jocks, the rockers, and the nerds. Can Dalton solve the murder? Click here to find You Killed Wesley Payne in the Library!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Grasshopper Jungle: a history by Andrew Smith. This novel, narrated by sixteen-year-old Austin, is pretty much about every weird thing you can imagine. Austin is chronicling the end of the world, after he and his friend Robby accidentally released a plague of six-foot-tall praying mantises. As he is relaying the account of the end, you also learn about his growing love for both his girlfriend Shann and also his best friend Robby. He is confused, and so in the midst of all the destruction Austin is also just trying to figure out life. Click here to find Grasshopper Jungle: a history in the Library!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Fat Angie by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo. Angie’s life sucks. Her sister, the only person who seems to understand her, has been captured as a soldier in Iraq. Then there is the family that she has left, after a father that abandoned her family, there is her mother who is too busy to care and her adopted brother who is always getting into trouble. At school Angie is subject to relentless bullying, especially from the mean girls, and has even attempted (but failed) suicide. Things begin to change for Angie, however, when new girl KC Romance shows up at school. KC takes an interest in Angie and what begins as a good friendship blossoms into more as Angie finds the confidence she needs to start turning her life around. Click here to find Fat Angie in the Library!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Paper Towns by John Green. Paper Towns is not a new novel by John Green, it was published in 2008, but Bloomsbury Publishing just released a pretty cool trailer for the novel. So, if you really liked The Fault in Our Stars, then you should definitely check out Paper Towns. It centers on Quinten or Q, who has been in love with his next store neighbor, Margo, since they were kids. So when she disappears, Q is determined to follow the clues she has left to find out whether or not she has just run away or if she has actually committed suicide. Click here to find Paper Towns in the Library!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Muckers by Sandra Neil Wallace. This novel is based on true events and is set in the small town of Hatley, Arizona, in 1950. Red O’Sullivan is the high school quarterback that is desperately trying to make something of his football team. Since the town numbers are dwindling, due to the nearby mine closing, he’s losing teammates left and right. His team also doesn’t have that many resources, and racial tensions are also making it hard on the team. Can Red and the team be the rallying underdog that the town needs? Click here to find Muckers in the Library!
This week’s book trailer of the week is not a book trailer, but a trailer for a movie based on a book. In theaters today is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, was written by Stephen Chbosky and published in 1999. Set in 1991, the story centers on Charlie as he begins his freshmen year in high school. Charlie is naive, but also very intelligent and reflective. Struggling with needing to be accepted, but also knowing that he is not like everyone else, Charlie finds friends in the unlikely pair of seniors, Sam and Charlie. From there Charlie begins to unravel who he is and who he wants to be. Click here to find the book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower in the Library and enjoy the movie trailer below:
by Jordan Sonnenblick
The summer before Peter’s Freshmen year, he suffers a serious arm injury while pitching in his little league championship game. The game was a critical one, because it would have shown his soon to be high school baseball coaches that he was a gifted pitcher that could easily make the JV team. Now, however, Peter’s pitching days are over. The injury to his arm required surgery and Peter seems to has lost any idea of what to do with himself now that he can’t play baseball.
Peter’s only other passion in life has been photography. His interest has been cultivated through years of spending time with his grandfather, who is a professional photographer. Peter has learned all the ins and outs of a camera, both old school and digital. When he walks into his first day of Introducton to Photography, he is clearly ahead of the class. Both Peter and another student, Angelika, are sent to the Advanced Photogtraphy class. Being the only two Freshmen in a class of upperclassmen instantly creates a friendship between Peter and Angelika.
Peter and Angelika’s friendship becomes something more, however, when they begin working together taking photos for the yearbook. Things seem to be changing for Peter as he begins to find out who he is when he can no longer be the star pitcher. However, as Peter begins to find himself, his grandfather seems to be losing himself. Can Peter get his family to recognize that their grandfather needs help before it is too late?
Curveball has a lot going on in its pages. At first this novel seems pretty simple: a guy has to figure out who he is when he can no longer be a sports star. However, with the addition of a possible new girlfriend, a best friend who truly believes Peter will pitch again, and a grandfather whose mind is slipping, Peter’s life is complicated. When you’re reading Curveball, though, you never feel like you are overwhelmed with Peter’s problems. It is a really good read that never feels like there is too much drama. I also really liked Peter. He was relatable and is a character who had flaws that he was able to overcome.
You should definitely pick this book up if you are looking for a good, realistic read that has a cast of characters that feel like your own friends and family.
by Faith Erin Hicks
If you like quirky graphic novels with a touch of supernatural, then you’ll love Friends With Boys. Not only is the artwork of Friends With Boys really well done, the story is also really interesting and quietly captivating. It centers on Maggie who is about to enter high school after being home-schooled by her mother. She is the youngest in her family with three older brothers, and their mother has just left. Maggie has always relied on her brothers, to be her friends and to do stuff with. However, now that she is in high school, her brothers cannot be there for her, and Maggie has to make new friends to survive. Maggie is doing her best in trying to deal with her mom leaving, even with the huge adjustment of attending a public high school, and the ghost that has followed her throughout her life is not helping things…
According to her website, Faith Erin Hicks says that she wrote this graphic novel with a little basis in her own life experiences. I always find it cool when an author uses their own experiences to influence their work. Read more about what real life experiences Faith Erin Hicks used in this graphic novel by clicking here. This book is not all drama, though, it is also hilarious! Especially the relationship between Maggie’s twin brothers Lloyd and Zander. Check out some of the artwork from Friends With Boys below:
It is simple black and white drawings, but I really like the style. The characters are realistic portrayals, and I love the styling of all the characters–I feel like I can picture what these characters would look like in real life and I also love that each character has a distinct style that stays consistent through the whole book. Finally, I really love the drama that Faith Erin Hicks can create with simple black and white drawings, check out this example (one of my favorites):