Thursday, May 31, 2007

A World Ruled by Teens


Everlost by Neal Shusterman brings up a different view of the Afterlife. When someone dies, they head toward a light which brings them to wherever it is they were going. But sometimes something happens that knocks you off track.

Allie and Nick were in different cars when the crash happened. Next thing they knew, they were floating in a dark space heading for a bright light. Somehow, they bumped into each other and both went flying off course. Nick and Allie woke up in a large forest where they meant Lief, who had been there for a while. Lief told them they were in Everlost, a place where lost children go when they die.

Despite already being dead, there are some major obstacles to get around. The biggest one is the ground. Unless you are standing on a dead zone, a place where a death had happened in the past, you will slowly start sinking into the ground toward the center of the earth. According to Lief, there is also a monster named the McGill running around who eats children.

The trio head toward Nick and Allie's homes. On the way, they run into gangs of boys who think they're tough, a know-it-all girl who lives in the Twin Towers in New York City and rules all the kids, and the McGill.

Find out how Allie, Nick, and Lief cope with the Afterlife today!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Who wouldn't want to be younger?


That's the question that 15-year-old Liz Hall faced after she got hit by a taxi in Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. One day Liz was crossing the street and the next she was on a boat. Liz died and was on her way to Elsewhere, a form of afterlife. While traveling on the boat, Liz made a few friends, one being the lead singer to her favorite band who died of an overdose and the other, a young girl who was killed accidently in a shooting. When she landed, Liz found her grandma that she never met waiting for her at the dock, who appeared to be about 35 years old. Betty, her grandma, explained that Elsewhere is the place people go after they die. Everyone ages backwards until they are babies and then they are reborn on earth.

There were lots of things to keep Elsewhere residents busy. Everyone is required to find an avocation or job. Liz discovered that she can speak Canine and got a job in the Division of Domestic Animals of the Department of Acclimation where she places newly dead animals with new owners. There are also Observation Decks where people can watch their loved ones who are still alive, but those can be dangerouly addicting. Despite everything around her, Liz has a problem getting into the swing of things in Elsewhere.

All Liz wanted was to turn 16 and get her driver's license. Now she won't ever reach 16 years old.

This book is on the 2008 Read for a Lifetime list. Any questions about the program or how to sign up, visit the Youth and Teen Reference desk.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Here comes the Spider-Man...

Spider-Man 3 opens in theaters today. Can't make it today? Theater sold out? Grounded? (uh-oh...) If you need a Spider-Man fix, check out some of the graphic novels we have here at the library. Much cheaper than the movie (although not quite as colorful).

Oh, and that Mary Jane book by Judith O'Brien that comes up in that graphic novel link? Great story about how Mary Jane sees things when Peter gets that fateful bite--and how she deals with high school, her parent's divorce, and much more. There's a sequel (Mary Jane 2) that's just as good too.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Teen Poetry Podcast

Did you miss the Teen Poetry Cafe at the library? Listen here!

Listen to Lansing area teens read their original poems!
Teen Poetry Cafe 2007

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