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Friday, January 21, 2011

Award Winners are Here!

Once again, the best of the best were given their dues. The following award-winning books are available here. To learn more about them or to see if they are on the shelf, click the links.

Michael L. Printz Award
The Printz Award is presented to Teen book that possesses a great deal of literary merit and has the highest level of quality than the other books released that year.

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wire from grounded oiler tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decided whether to strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Sixteen-year-old Gemma, a British city-dweller, is abducted while on vacation with her parents and taken to the Australian outback, where she soon realizes escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
When her best friend, who she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietz struggles with secrets that could help clear her name.

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
Fourteen-year-old Sig is stranded at a remote cabin in the Arctic wilderness with his father, who just died hours earlier after falling through some ice, when a terrifying man arrives, claiming Sig's father owes him a share in the horde of stolen gold and that her will kill Sig if he does get his money.

Nothing by Janne Teller
When thirteen-year-old Pierre Anthon leaves school to sit in a plum tree and train for becoming part of nothing, his seventh grade classmates set out on a desperate quest to find the meaning of life.

William C. Morris Award
The Morris Award goes to the best Teen book for a debut author.

The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston
Suffering from a crippling case of post-traumatic stress disorder, sixteen-year-old Loa Lindgren tries to use her problem-solving skills , sharpened in physics and computer programming, to cure herself.

Hush by Eishes Chayil
After remembering the cause of her best friend Devory's suicide at age nine, Gittel is determined to raise awareness of sexual abuse in her Borough Park, NY community, despite the rules of Chassidim that require her to be silent.

Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
Eighteen-year-old New Zealand boarding school student Ellie Spencer must use her rusty tae kwon do skills and new-found magic to try and stop a fairy-like race of creatures from Maori myth and legend that is plotting to kill millions of humans in order to regain their lost immortality.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast food worker and college drop-out, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.

Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber
In Missouri in 1926, fifteen-year-old Iris Baldwin discovers what family truly means when her father hires her out for the summer as a companion to a country doctor's invalid mother.

Alex Awards
The Alex Awards are a list of the best adult books for teens.

The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had to by D.C. Pierson

Fifteen-year-old Darren, a social misfit who spends his time at school trying not to be noticed while drawing characters for a planned film series and book tie-ins, befriends Eric, another outcast who reveals he never sleeps.

Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and my Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray
The stunning memoir of a girl who at age 15 was living on the streets but survived to make it to Harvard.

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
When 11-year-old Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brookly squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day and Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the most difficult truths of her life, like her secret love to a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition, Kimberly learns to translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.

The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
Sebastian Prendergast lives in a geodesic dome with his eccentric grandmother, who homeschooled him in the teachings of futurist philosopher, R. Buckminster Fuller. But when his grandmother has a stroke, Sebastian is forced to live the dome and make his own way in town. Jacob Whitcomb is a chain-smoking, sixteen-year-old heart-transplant recipient who befriends Sebastian and begins to teach him about all the things he has been missing, including grape soda, girls, and Sid Vicious.

The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton

Traumatized at the age of eight, and pushed into a life of crime by reason of his unforgivable talent - lockpicking - Michael sees his chance to escape, and with one desperate gamble, risks everything to come back home to the only person he ever loved, and unlock the secret that has kept him silent for so long.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Being able to taste people's emotions in food may at first be horrifying. But young, unassuming Rose Edelstein grows up learning to harness her gift as she becomes aware that there are some secrets even her taste buds can't discern.

The Radleys by Matt Haig
Struggling with overwork and parenting angst, English village doctor Peter Radley endeavors to hide his family's vampire nature until their daughter's oddly satisfying act of violence reveals the truth, an event that is complicated by the arrival of a practicing vampire family member.

The Reapers are the Angels
by Alden Bell

Zombies have infested a fallen America. A young girl named Temple is on the run. Haunted by her past and pursued by a killer, Temple is surrounded by death and danger, hoping to be set free. For twenty-five years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can't remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her on a personal journey toward redemption. Moving back and forth between the insulated remnants of society and the brutal frontier beyond, Temple must decide where ultimately to make a home and find the salvation she seeks.

Room by Emma Donoghue

Narrator Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a converted shed in the kidnapper's yard. The sociopath, whom Jack has dubbed Old Nick, visits at night, grudgingly doling out food and supplies. But Ma, as Jack calls her, proves to be resilient and resourceful--and attempts a nail-biting escape.

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant

Friday, December 31, 2010

January Book of the Month

In The Bully by Paul Langan, freshman Darrell Mercer and his mother are moving to California against Darrell's wishes. Darrell, small and skinny for 15, expects the worst at his new school and gets it: kids act uncaring, unfriendly, and even hostile toward him. Darrell's biggest problem is Tyray, who immediately starts making Darrell's life miserable. Tyray pushes Darrell around every chance he gets, humiliating Darrell and extorting money from him.

Because of Tyray, Darrell dreads every day of school. Home life gets complicated as Darrell lies to his mom about his troubles and starts seeing himself and Tyray in his two younger cousins. Pressure builds as Darrell struggles to respect himself and not hurt the girl he likes while keeping Tyray's bullying a secret from everyone. But Darrell's anger and hurt won't stay bottled inside him forever. Darrell has to decide whether he can stop running and end Tyray's hold on him.

The Bully tells of a normal kid trying to fight his way out of helplessness. Darrell's trouble echoes the suffering too many young people have lived through both in and out of school. His story feels real, from the little tortures that Tyray carries out to the way Darrell tries to keep himself together and finally deals with his situation. Paul Langan captures the fury and shame that anyone would feel over dealing with a bully and the frustration that pushes a person into action.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

New Books!

Here are a few books we just got in. Check them out now before they're gone!

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel
In 1973, when a renowned Canadian behavioral psychologist pursues his latest research project - an experiment to determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills - he brings home a baby chimp named Zan and asks his thirteen-year-old son to treat Zan like a little brother.

Empty by Suzanne Weyn
When, just ten years in the future, oil supplies run out and global warming leads to devastating storms, senior high school classmates, Tom, Niki, Gwen, Hector, and Brock realize that the world as they know it is ending and lead the way to a more environmentally-friendly society.

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
In the spring of 1929, eighteen-year-old Cordelia Grey and her stage-struck friend Letty Larkspur run away from their small Ohio town to seek their fortunes in New York City and soon find themselves drawn into situations and relationships, particularly with the dazzling Astrid Donal, that change their lives forever.

Monster High by Lisi Harrison
Frankie Stein was created in a laboratory, and when she enters Merston High School camouflaged as a "normie," all she wants is to fit in, but it takes the help of another new student who believes that everyone should be treated equally before Frankie even has a chance.

Hush by Eishes Chayil
After remembering the cause of her best friend Devory's suicide at age nine, Gittel is determined to raise the awareness of sexual abuse in her Borough Park, New York, community, despite the rules of Chassidim that require her to be silent.

Reckless by Cornelia Funke
Jacob and Will Reckless have looked out for each other ever since their father disappeared, but when Jacob discovers a magical mirror that transports him to a warring world populated by witches, fairies, and dwarfs, he keeps it to himself until Will follows him one day, with consequences.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

November Book of the Month

The Clique
A Novel By Lisi Harrison

Just a quick heads up: This is a mean book!

Massie Block is the 7th grade girl that everyone wants to be. She is the ruler of the clique and the social scene at OCD, Octavian Country Day School, an exclusive private girls' school in Westchester County, New York. Her life is just perfect until Claire Lyons shows up.

Claire is the daughter of her father's old college friend. Claire's family will be living in the Block's guesthouse while her father starts work for Mr. Block and they look for a new home. It is clear from the start that Claire is not clique material with her new Keds and two year old white Gap jeans.

Massie decides to make Claire's life miserable for no other reason than that she can and that she is the "new girl". Massie enlists her clique of friends to help harass and humiliate Claire. Claire fights back and ends up getting her revenge . . . sort of.

This book sucks you into the shallowness of the has, versus the has nots. The school has a Starbucks in the cafeteria, designer clothes, cameras, phones and all of these "things" have an expiration date and before the year is out so is everything you own!

This is the first book in this series so stay tuned for more meaness. You will just love it!

The Clique . . . the only thing harder than getting in is staying in so come in and check it out!