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Michael L. Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award was announced today in Boston. This award is for excellence in young adult books. Previous winners include American Born Chinese and Looking For Alaska.

This year the winning books is  “Going Bovine” by Libba Bray.

There were four Printz Honor books:
“Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith” by Deborah Heiligman
“The Monstrumologist” by Rick Yancey
“Punkzilla” by Adam Rapp
“Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973” by John Barnes

I’m really curious about “Going Bovine” especially since it’s from the author of A Great and Terrible Beauty. I also like the sound of  “The Monstrumologist” because I like monster books.

Have you read any of these? What do you think about them? Was there a book that you thought should have won?


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And the winners are…

Best Teen Books of 2009

The American Library Association has released its choices for the 2009 top ten best books for Young Adults.

It’s no surprise that The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is on the list. Collins creates a fantasy world called Panem which we learn is really the ruins of a continent called North America. The government is now ruled by the Capitol, a cruel regime which forces teens from the outlying districts to participate in annual Hunger Games. And what are the Hunger Games? – a fight to the death on live television. This novel is dark but compelling as well. Could our civilization ever devolve into such a place?  (It sounds like an episode of The Biggest Loser gone terribly, terribly wrong!)   By the way, Suzanne Collins has now written a sequel called Catching Fire which is sure to end up on next year’s top ten list.

The graphic novel Skim by cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamiko also made the honor roll. The setting is a girls’ academy in Toronto and tells the story of Kimberly Keiko Cameron, aka, “Skim”, a Goth wannabe. Skim makes friends, falls in love, sees teen depression, gets rejected by the cool kids, encounters kids who are very different and ultimately makes new friends. The illustrations might be beautiful, but Skim’s passage through teenage hood is mostly tough. Hmmm, kind of like real life sometimes.

The only non-fiction book to make the list is It’s Complicated: The American Teenager by Robin Bowman. Here, Bowman spent five years talking to and photographing teenagers. The portraits – both visual and written are searing and  insightful about the complexities of being a teen in today’s world.   Hey, are Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin in this?

The other winners are:

Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena
Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher
Baby by Joseph Monninger
Nation by Terry Pratchett
The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees

So what are your favorite books of 2009?  Did the American Library Association get it right or are they way off base?

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Susan Beth Pfeffer!!!!

Life as we knew itThat’s right, Susan Beth Pfeffer (the author of the fantastic Life as We Knew It and The Dead & Gone) is going to be at Niles Library this SUNDAY (the 18th) from 2pm to 3:30pm in their large meeting room A&B. Click on this link to learn more and register!!

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Teen Read Week a mere week away!

200px-Chocolate_WarStarting on October 18, the entire world past, present and future celebrates the teen book.  What is your favorite teen book of all time?  I have two favorites and coincidentally, people tried to ban both!  The first is The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.  The narrator Holden Caulfield sets the standard for all the confusion every teen who is ever walked this planet experiences day after day.  (Holden’s favorite word?  – phony)

The second book is The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier.  How can teens be so cruel to one another?  How can authority be so injust?

So what’s your favorite teen book?  It can be a book written specifically for teenagers or a book about a teenager.  (A Catcher in the Rye, for example, is also an adult book but since it’s main character is a teen, it qualifies.)

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Books That Will be Coming Soon…

Just ordering some new books. Thought I give you guys a heads up on what will be appearing soon. There are no catalog records for them yet, but there will be soon.

High School Fiction:

L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad

Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia by Cindy Pon

That one looks really cool.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies : The Classic Regency Romance- Now With Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! by Jane Austen/Seth Grahame-Smith

Will be the best book ever, hands down. Combines my love of P&P and zombies. Fabulous!

Hunted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Highway to Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore

High School Non Fiction

Ghosts Caught on Film by Melvyn Willin

Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year Old GI by Ryan Smithson

Graphic Novels

Britten and Brulightly by Hannah Berry

90 Classic Books for People in a Hurry by Hendrick Lange

Honey Hunt 2 by Miki Aihara

Hope this gives you guys something to look forward to! Keep your eye on the catalog so you can put holds on these! And if anyone knows of something good coming out, post a comment or give your opinion on how you think these are going to be.

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2009 Best Books for Young Adults

Looking for something new to read? Check out ALA’s list of 2009 Best Books for Young Adults. There are 86 books on the list! Now you don’t have an excuse when you say you can’t find something to read. Check it out at HERE!

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Happy Valentine’s!

Since Valentine’s Day is a couple of days away, and the library is still running the “What’s your favorite love story?” contest until the 15th, I thought I’d bring the question out here!

Now your answers in the comments section won’t get you a chance to win (sorry!). But I thought it would be fun to see what everyone’s favorite love story/ies is/are. And if you hate love stories, this is your chance to tear them apart!

*BTW, there’s a whole bunch of events happening at the library on Saturday. Romance authors, CHOCOLATE TASTING, romance movie marathon, did I mention the chocolate? Visit to learn more!

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