It looks so good! What do you think of the movie’s interpretation of the dystopian Chicago setting? We think it’s pretty cool that to see what a possible future Chicago could look like!
Were you as impressed as we were by the release of the first movie trailer for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green? Are you looking for something to read that is similar to TFIOS? Of course, you can go on and read Green’s other fabulous works–and you should–but if you want to read a novel similar to TFIOS that deals themes like young people struggling with terminal illness, check out these titles:
You may also want to check out Eleanor & Park and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Both were published this year and John Green had a lot of great things to say about both her novels.
Hey, I know you’ve seen the lists and hype on the best books of 2013. Here is a list with a twist! These are the teen titles that were the most popular, in Mount Prospect, during 2013. Wondering if you are up to date with these trending titles – check it out!
Season 4 of Downton Abbey just premiered a couple of weeks ago. If you are looking for a good Downton-esque read to pass your time while you eagerly await next week’s episode, check out some of the books listed below. Just click on the cover and find them in the Library!
Today is the last day of 2013! What was your favorite teen book published this year? Can’t decide? Take a look at what some of the book, news, and media outlets thought were the best books from 2013:
Winding down a list of hundreds of books, here’s a few highlighted titles that the editors of School Library Journal selected as best fiction from 2013. Click on the covers to find them in the Library!
Goodreads has their Choice Awards every year, where users get to vote for their favorite titles of the year.
The winner for best Young Adult Fiction of 2013: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell!
The winner for best Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy: Allegiant by Veronica Roth!
The winner for best Graphic Novels & Comics: Beautiful Creatures: the Manga by Kami Garcia , Maragaret Stohl, and Cassandra Jean!
The winner for best Middle Grade and Children’s: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan!
Publisher’s Weekly’s list highlight their editor’s picks of the year. They also have a nonfiction list. Below are a few highlights from PW’s picks. Click on the cover to find the titles in the Library!
Amazon’s pick for the best teen book of 2013 is Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, but they also put out a list of what their editors pick as the top 20 books of the year for teens. Click here to see that list and click on the cover below to find Eleanor & Park at the Library!
Mashable is an online news source for the Connected Generation. Earlier this month they posted their top 11 books for teens of 2013. Click on the cover to find the highlighted titles from Mashable’s list in the Library!
The Horn Book’s staff and reviewers put out their Fanfare list every year. Click on the covers below to find some of the teen books that made The Horn Book’s 2013 Fanfare list:
NPR puts out a guide to the best books every year, click on the covers below to find some of their picks for the best teen books of 2013:
Buzzfeed is a great site for all things pop culture! A week ago they posted their picks for the top 21 YA books of 2013. Click on the covers below to find some of the highlighted suggestions at the Library:
I hope some of your favorites of this year made a list! These lists are also a great way to find a really good book to read next!!!
Looking for ways to spend your days relaxing this winter break? Check out this Mental Floss post about 11 Classic Video Games You Can Play Online. Personally, we can never get tired of Pacman! Also, be sure to check in at the Library, where we have an extensive video game collection for teens. Click on some of the images below to see if some of these staff favorites are checked in today!
So, there has been a lot of buzz about Veronica Roth’s final book in the Divergent trilogy, Allegiant. It hits book shelves at the end of the month and everyone is being very tight lipped about what happens to Tris and Four, despite an accidental early shipping of the novel to some very lucky people. Just today, Amazon announced that Allegiant is outselling The Hunger Games in its first month of preorders. It seems that we may be seeing the next blockbuster series, and one has to wonder if the story will really end with Allegiant? Click here for a really great interview on Vulture.com with Veronica Roth, where she talks about the series ender and what has changed in her life since publishing Divergent three years ago.
Be sure to also join us at the Library for a discussion of Divergent, the first book in the trilogy, on Monday, October 14, from 3 – 4 p.m. You will have a chance to talk to other teens about the book and get new ideas and perspectives. It’s also a great way to celebrate Teen Read Week (10/13-10/19) and the Library’s Book Crossing program, since Divergent is the 2013 American Book Crossing title. Click here to register in advance for the discussion.
Figment’s Tumblr recently posted about about a new trend of papercuts on teen book covers: http://figmentdotcom.tumblr.com/post/50037988275/ya-cover-trend-paper-cuts.
These covers are actually pretty cool looking and got me wondering– how does someone actually make papercuts? I checked out some of the books we have in the Library on paper cutting and let me tell you, you need some serious scissor skills. However, they aren’t as complicated as you might think. Part of the trick of papercutting is folding the paper to make more than one cut at a time. There are also different cutting tools you can use to create more detailed cuts.
Here are some of the most recent Teen novels that feature papercuts on their covers, click on the cover or the title link to find more information about the book:
by Leigh Bardugo
by Brenna Yovanoff
by Sean Beaudoin
by Kelly Link
by Maggie Stiefvater
If you want to find out more about how to create papercuts, check out this books at the Library! (just click on the cover or title link to find it in the Library):
by Taylor Hagerty
by Sharyn Sowell
by Helene Leroux-Hugon and Julierre Vicart
by Henya Melichson
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.com. Unwind 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.com. Daughter 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 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!