Month: April 2014

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Have you heard of Malala Yousafzai?

Malala Yousafzai is an amazing teen who has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize. She has survived both death threats and an assassination attempt by the Taliban.  Malala’s spirit transcends cultures and proves that, no matter what your age, your voice has power! The video link below is from an interview that aired on the Daily Show, October 8, 2013.

https://youtu.be/TsRkdbyKmSg

Another amazing video 0f Malala speaking to the UN on July 12, 2013.

If you would like to learn more about Malala Yousafzai you can also check out these books:

i am malala malala

 

 

 

In Celebration of National Poetry Month!

During an April visit to  Lincoln Middle School,  students created spine poems in celebration of National Poetry Month. Their poems were really cool and even inspirational. Students had a lot of fun making the poems and reading their poems to the class. Click here and prepare to be amazed, as you watch a video of students sharing their awesome poems. Can’t get enough, then how about these photo examples with the verses included. Thanks to everyone who made this a great visit. especially the students who were amazing. This was a lot of fun and I do recommend you try this at home!

stack of books book poetryThe summer I saved the world in 65 days chasing shadows. Going over the strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavendar in the mystic city.

 

 

stack of books book poetryGoing over broken hearts, fences and other things.  To mend the fault line the summer I saved the world in 65 days. Chasing shadows hypnotize me.

 

 

 

when i wasWhen I was the greatest and gorgeous radio girl, all roads lead to Austen.  And the burning sky crashed into you.

 

 

 

 

 

stack of books book poetryScarlet love letters to the dead altered what we saw in the dark.

 

 

 

fat boyFat boy! Defy the carpet people before my eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

a gril called fearlessA girl called fearless swam that rock across a war tossed sea.

 

 

stack of books book poetrySwim that rock across a war-tossed sea.  Don’t look back! There will come a time caged warrior.

YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Nominees Announced today!

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!

nightmare affairof tritonsiege and stormlove in the time of global warming book cover

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Of Triton by Anna Banks
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Love In The Time Of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

TestingEye of Mindsearth girlthe clockwork scarab book cover

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Maybe I WillGirl who was supopsed to dieSplinteredTeardrop

Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray
The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry
Splintered by A.G. Howard
Teardrop by Lauren Kate

openly straightsky on firesix months laterEleanor and Park book cover

 Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
 Monument 14: Sky On Fire by Emmy Laybourne
Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This song will save your lifeSteelheartRithmatistThis is what happy looks like book cover

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

WingerMidsummer night screamBetween the devil and the deep blue seain the shadow of blackbirds book coverthe 5th Wave book cover

Winger by Andrew Smith
A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Tucholke
In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Interesting People! Great Nonfiction Reads for Teens

Do you like reading about cool people and the incredible things they have done.  Check out this list of books about some really amazing people.

1 year1 Year, 100 Pounds by Whitney Holcombe

Holcombe chronicles how to transition from “the fat girl” to being a healthy, confident young woman.

 

 

boy woodenBoy in the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

The biography of Leon Leyson, the only memoir published by a former Schindler’s List child.

 

charles and emmaCharles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman

Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma, were deeply in love and very supportive of each other, but their opinions often clashed. Emma was extremely religious, and Charles questioned God’s very existence.

 

code nameCode Name Pauline by  Pearl Cornioley

The as yet unpublished memoirs for young adults of the only female SOE agent to lead a French Resistance network during World War II.

 

boy who harnessedThe Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

An enterprising teenager in Malawi builds a windmill from scraps he finds around his village and brings electricity, and a future, to his family.

 

zoo stationZoo Station by Christiane F.

In 1978 Christiane F. testified against a man who had traded heroin for sex with teenage girls at Berlin’s notorious Zoo Station. In the course of that trial, Christiane F. became connected with two journalists who helped to turn her story, which begins with a dysfunctional but otherwise fairly normal childhood, into an acclaimed bestseller.

rapture practiceRapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler

Aaron Hartzler grew up in a home where he was taught that at any moment the Rapture could happen — that Jesus might come down in the twinkling of an eye and scoop Aaron and his whole family up to Heaven. As a kid, he was thrilled by the idea that every moment of every day might be his last one on Earth. But as Aaron turns sixteen, he finds himself more attached to his earthly life and curious about all the things his family forsakes for the Lord.

The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascombethe nazi hunters book cover

Recounts how, sixteen years after the end of World War II, a team of undercover Israeli agents captured the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, in a remote area of Argentina and brought him to trial in Israel for crimes committed during the Holocaust.

April Fools! Check out some humorous teen reads :D

Are you one of those people that loves  to think up hilariously creative pranks for April Fools day?  If you are, or if you are someone who enjoys a read that makes you laugh, checkout some of the novels below at the Library!

Carter Finally Gets ItCarter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

YA CRAWFORD, B.

Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible.

I am a Genius of Unspeakable EvilI  am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

YA LIEB, J.

Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he is extremely stupid and lazy, but he is actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way.

how to ruin a summer vacationHow to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles

YA EKELES, S.

When sixteen-year-old Amy, a spoiled American, goes to Israel for a three-month summer vacation with a father she barely knows, she is not prepared for his Jewish family and the changes they bring about in her life.

Beauty QueensBeauty Queens by Libba Bray

YA BRAY, L.

When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

the Reformed Vampire Support Group book coverThe Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

YA MY JINKS, C.

Fifteen-year-old vampire Nina has been stuck for fifty-one years in a boring support group for vampires, and nothing exciting has ever happened to them–until one of them is murdered and the others must try to solve the crime.

crap kingdom book coverCrap Kingdom by D.C. Pierson

YA PIERSON, D.

Tenth-grader Tom Parking’s dream of being swept away to a fantasy land where he becomes a hero nearly comes true when he finds himself the Chosen One of a nameless world, the most annoying, least “cool” place in the universe.

william shakespeare's star warsWilliam Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher

YA SF DOESCHER, I.

In this exciting and hilarious novel you will find a retelling of Star wars in the style of Shakespeare, in which a wise Jedi knight, an evil Sith lord, a beautiful captive princess, and a young hero coming of age reflect the valor and villainy of the Bard’s greatest plays.

Team Human book coverTeam Human by Justine Larbalastier

YA LARBALASTIER, J.

Residing in New Whitby, Maine, a town founded by vampires trying to escape persecution, Mel finds her negative attitudes challenged when her best friend falls in love with one, another friend’s father runs off with one, and she herself is attracted to someone who tries to pass himself off as one.

Au Revoir crazy European chick book coverAu Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

YA SCHREIBER, J.

Perry’s parents insist that he take Gobi, their quiet, Lithuanian exchange student, to senior prom but after an incident at the dance he learns that Gobi is actually a trained assassin who needs him as a henchman, behind the wheel of his father’s precious Jaguar, on a mission in Manhattan.

grasshopper jungleGrasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

YA SMITH, A.

Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend Robby accidentally unleash an army of giant, unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong.