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It’s True – These Books Are The Best

Today the American Library Association awarded the top young adult books published last year. Have you read these nonfiction winners? If not, be sure to check them out!

The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction was awarded to Deborah Heiligman for her book Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers.

The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers’ lives. Confidant, champion, sympathizer, friend―Theo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions. Meticulously researched, drawing on the 658 letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, Deborah Heiligman weaves a tale of two lives intertwined and the extraordinary love of the Van Gogh brothers.

 

Be sure to read these finalists too!

 

#NotYourPrincess edited by Mary Beth Leatherdale.

Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming in Indian, #NotYourPrincess presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman. Stories of abuse, humiliation, and stereotyping are countered by the voices of passionate women making themselves heard and demanding change. Sometimes angry, often reflective, but always strong, the women in this book will give teen readers insight into the lives of women who, for so long, have been virtually invisible.

 

Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos.

Robert Capa and Gerda Taro were young Jewish refugees, idealistic and in love. As photographers in the 1930s, they set off to capture their generation’s most important struggle―the fight against fascism. Among the first to depict modern warfare, Capa, Taro, and their friend Chim took powerful photographs of the Spanish Civil War that went straight from the action to news magazines. They brought a human face to war with their iconic shots of a loving couple resting, a wary orphan, and, always, more and more refugees―people driven from their homes by bombs, guns, and planes.

 

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changes Their Lives by Dashka Slater

One teenager in a skirt.
One teenager with a lighter.
One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

 

The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked and Found by Martin W. Sandler

The 1650s to the 1730s marked the golden age of piracy, when fearsome pirates like Blackbeard ruled the waves, seeking not only treasure but also large and fast ships to carry it. The Whydah was just such a ship, built to ply the Triangular Trade route, which it did until one of the greediest pirates of all, Black Sam Bellamy, commandeered it. Filling the ship to capacity with treasure, Bellamy hoped to retire with his bounty — but in 1717 the ship sank in a storm off Cape Cod. For more than two hundred years, the wreck of the Whydah (and the riches that went down with it) eluded treasure seekers, until the ship was finally found in 1984 by marine archaeologists. The artifacts brought up from the ocean floor are priceless, both in value and in the picture they reveal of life in that much-mythologized era, changing much of what we know about pirates.

Summer Games Fever!? Checkout these teen books!

Gearing up for the 2016 Summer Games!? Check out these teen books:

Fiction

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Rush for the Gold: Mystery at the Olympics by John Feinstein

YA FEINSTEIN, J.

Two teenaged aspiring journalists who are dating solve a mystery at the 2012 Olympic Games, while one simultaneously competes for a gold medal in swimming.

Tumbling

Tumbling by Caela Carter

YA CARTER, C.

They sacrificed their childhoods to compete in the two days of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials. Grace lives and breathes gymnastics– but can never be perfect enough. Leigh has a gymnastics career, a normal high-school life… and a secret that could ruin everything. Camille wants to please her mom and her boyfriend… but most of all she wants to walk away. Wilhelmina was denied her Olympic dream four years ago, and she wont let anything stop her this time… anything. Monica is terrified: nobody believes in her– and why should they? Some will be stars. Some will be going home with nothing. And all will have their lives changed forever….

Goldfish

Goldfish by Nat Luurtsema

YA Luurtsema, N.

Lou Brown is a fast individual medley swimmer, training for the Olympics. But when she tanks the time trials, she starts over and goes back to school. It’s hard to fit in with the existing social groups. But then, she begins to coach boys in a different type of swimming activity, for a different type of competition.

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Signed, Skye Harper by Carol Lynch Williams

YA WILLIAMS, C.

In 1972, while her idol, Mark Spitz, is in Germany competing in the Olympics, fifteen-year-old Winston, her Nanny, and her crush, Steve, head to Las Vegas in Steve’s parents’ motorhome to reconnect with Winston’s mother, who left ten years before to become a star.

Graphic Novel

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An Olympic Dream: the story of Samia Yusuf Omar by Reinhard Kleist; translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger

YA GRAPH 796.4209 OMAR, S.

The image of Samia Yusuf Omar running for last place at the 2008 Beijing Olympics will forever be imprinted in the minds of all who saw it: The lean Somalian, wearing knee-length leggings and a baggy T-shirt, came in seconds behind her competitors. What the cheering crowd couldn’t know then was what it took to get there. An Olympic Dream follows Omar’s second attempt to represent her country at the Olympics, this time in London. Reinhard Kleist pictures the athlete training in one of the most dangerous cities in the world; her passage through Sudan and into Libya; and her fateful attempt to reach Europe. By telling the story of one remarkable woman, Kleist gives voice to the thousands of migrants who risk their lives daily for a better future.

Nonfiction

Matchless Six

The Matchless Six: the story of Canada’s first women’s Olympic team by Ron Hotchkiss

YA 796.4808 HOT

It is July 1928, and Canada’s first women’s Olympic team — “The Matchless Six” — is heading to Amsterdam, the site of the ninth Olympiad of the modern era. Canada’s finest female track-and-field athletes, having survived rigorous training and the grueling selection process at the Olympic Trials, were determined to take their big talent and big dreams to the top. Meet Jane Bell, Myrtle Cook, Bobbie Rosenfeld, and Ethel Smith, the “Flying Four” who comprised Canada’s first relay team; Ethel Catherwood, the “Saskatoon Lily,” who became the champion high-jumper and the most photographed female athlete at the Olympic Games; and Jean Thompson, the youngest member of the team at seventeen, who became one of the world’s most outstanding middle-distance runners.

Boys of Winter

The Boys of Winter: the untold story of a coach, a dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team by Wayne Coffey

YA 796.962 COF

Explores the victory of the U.S. hockey team at the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980 and the paths of the players and coaches since 1980.

 

TAB Picks!

Books

HushHush

Bella: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Lord of the Flies Romeo and Juliet Freakonomics

Suzanne: Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare, Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

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Chloe: The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson, The Thickety: a path begins by J. A. White; illustrations by Andrea Offermann

MobyDick

Matt: Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Movies/TV

JungleBook

Bella: The Jungle Book

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Kaite: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Zootopia, Daddy’s Home

FlashTV

Matt: The Flash

Life is Beautiful dvd

Suzanne: Life is Beautiful

Music

BackInBlack

Bella: ACDC “Back in Black”

Katie: Twenty One Pilots “Ride”

 

Chloe: Twenty One Pilots “The Pantaloon” and “Trapdoor”

Places to Eat

Matt: Moretti’sMago

Suzanne: Chipotle, Panera, Mingle Juice Bar

Thorri: Starbucks

Bella: Mia’s Cantina, Capannari Ice Cream

Konrad: Popeye’s

13 Teen Books for Jane Austen Fans

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Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

YA EULBERG, E.

For Lizzie Bennett, a music scholarship student at Connecticut’s exclusive, girls-only Longbourn Academy, the furor over prom is senseless, but even more puzzling is her attraction to the pompous Will Darcy, best friend of her roommate’s boyfriend.

Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman

YA SHULMAN, P.

Julie and Ashleigh, high school sophomores and Jane Austen fans, seem to fall for the same Mr. Darcy-like boy and struggle to hide their true feelings from one another while rehearsing for a school musical.

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Jane Austen: a life revealed by Catherine Reef

YA 823.7 AUS REE

A biography of Jane Austen for students that provides an overview of her personal life, writings, and influence on world literature.

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Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood by Abby McDonald

YA MCDONALD, A.

Hallie and Grace Weston have never exactly seen life eye to eye. So when their father dies and leaves everything to his new wife, forcing the girls to pack up and leave San Francisco for a relative’s house in shiny Beverly Hills, the two sisters take to their changing lot in typically different styles. Shy, responsible Grace manages to make friends with an upbeat, enterprising girl named Palmer but still yearns for her old life — and the maybe-almost-crush she left behind. Meanwhile, drama queen Hallie is throwing herself headlong into life — and love — in L.A., spending every second with gorgeous musician Dakota and warding off the attention of brooding vet Brandon. But is Hallie blinded by the stars in her eyes? And is Grace doomed to forever hug the sidelines?

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The List Lover’s Guide to Jane Austen by Joan Strasbaugh

YA 823.7 AUS STR

Her life, her work, her legacy-step into the world of the incredible Jane Austen. It’s Jane like you’ve never seen! Through fun and breezy lists, discover everything there is to know about Jane Austen, the sassy literary genius we know and love. Learn her likes and dislikes, her haves and have-nots, where she traveled, how she lived, and who she knew. With a wealth of little-known and fascinating information, find out: – Her friends and her beaux- Every place she lived or visited – Books in her library – Her quirks – The last lines of everything she wrote – and much more!

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

YA GRAHAME-SMITH, S.

A mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton–and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

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Emma by Kaori Mori; translation, Sheldon Drzka; lettering, Abigail Blackman

YA GRAPH MORI, K. V.1

Calling upon his former governess, William Jones, gentleman, is startled when his knock is answered by an uncommonly beautiful servant, the soft-spoken Emma. Throughout his visit, William’s eyes drift to the maid whenever she enters the room, and he contrives to meet Emma socially as she goes about her errands. But London society is a web of strict codes and divisions. For the son of a wealthy merchant, seeking out a working-class girl is simply not done! William’s father plans for his son to marry into the peerage and elevate the Jones family to greater heights, but although William says and does what is expected of him, he longs only for Emma’s company…

ForDarkness

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

YA PETERFREUND, D.

Elliot North fights to save her family’s land and her own heart in this post-apocalyptic reimaging of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

EpicFail

Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

YA LAZEBNIK, C.

In this modern take on “Pride and Prejudice,” Elise Benton, who has just moved to California, is a junior at an exclusive prep school where, in spite of her initial bad impression, she finds herself attracted to the moody and handsome son of Hollywood’s most famous celebrity couple.

DashwoodSisters

The Dashwood Sisters’ Secrets of Love by Rosie Rushton

YA RUSHTON, R.

A celebration of friendship, sisterhood, and true love follows the Dashwood sisters–practical Ellie, drama queen Abby, and tomboy Georgie–as they share their romantic woes and mishaps.

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The Espressologist by Kristina Springer

YA SPRINGER, K.

While working part-time as a barista in a Chicago coffee bar, high school senior Jane dabbles in matchmaking after observing the coffee preferences of her customers.

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Pride and Prejudice adapted from the original novel by Jane Austen; text adapted by Ian Edington; illustrated by Robert Deas

YA GRAPH EDGINTON, I.

In this graphic-novel adaptation, writer Ian Edginton and artist Robert Deas introduce one of the best-loved works of English literature to a new generation of readers.

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Emma story adaptation by Crystal S. Chan; English dialogue adapted by Stacy King; art by Po Tse; lettering, Morpheus Studios; lettering assist, Long Vo; original story by Jane Austen

YA GRAPH SILVERMOON, C.

The impulsive match-making of Emma Woodhouse delivers both humor and heartache through the gorgeous artwork of manga-ka Po Tse (Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice).

Youth Media Awards–Teen Titles

The Youth Media Awards were announced this morning! The awards are presented by the American Library Association and they highlight all the best things that happened in 2015 in Children’s and Young Adult literature.  Read below for the highlights of the Teen related awards!

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Michael L. Printz Award, for excellence in literature written for young adults

BoneGap

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, is the 2016 Printz Award winner.

Two Printz Honor Books were also named:

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Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

William C. Morris Award, for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is the 2016 Morris Award winner.

Four other books were finalists for the award:

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Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

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Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin, is the 2016 Excellence winner.

Four other books were finalists for the award:

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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle

First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race by Tim Grove

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson

This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon by Nancy Plain

Margaret A. Edwards Award, for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults

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David Levithan is the 2016 Edwards Award winner. His books include: The Realm of Possibility; Boy Meets Boy; Love is the Higher Law; How They Met, and Other Stories; Wide Awake; and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Alex Awards, for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences

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All Involved by Ryan Gattis

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong

Girl at War by Sara Nović

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia

Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta

The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen

Schneider Family Book Award, for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience

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The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award

 

Three King Author Honor Books were selected and all three were teen titles:

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All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

Pura Belpré (Author) Award

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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle, is the Belpré Author Award winner

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, for most distinguished informational book for children

Two teen titles were named Sibert Honor Books:

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Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans written and illustrated by Don Brown

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose

Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience

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A teen novel was selected as an honor book: Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak