Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Votes Are In! YALSA Teens' Top Ten Winners of 2010

The votes have been cast and counted from across the continent. Here are your YALSA Teens' Top Ten winners!

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
          By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
         Still pursuing a cure for her mother's enchantment, Clary uses all her powers and ingenuity to get into Idris, the forbidden country of the secretive Shadowhunters, and to its capital, the City of Glass, where with the help of a newfound friend, Sebastian, she uncovers important truths about her family's past that will not only help save her mother but all those that she holds most    dear.
Heist Society by Ally Carter
        A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop's father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
       In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
       High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who has a dark side she can sense, enrolls at her school, she is mysteriously and strongly drawn to him, despite warnings from her best friend, the school counselor, and her own instincts.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
        In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
        When Auden impulsively goes to stay with her father, stepmother, and new baby sister the summer before she starts college, all the trauma of her parents' divorce is revived, even as she is making new friends and having new experiences such as learning to ride a bike and dating.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
        While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

Fire by Kristin Cashore
         In a kingdom called the Dells, Fire is the last human-shaped monster, with unimaginable beauty and the ability to control the minds of those around her, but even with these gifts she cannot escape the strife that overcomes her world.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
        Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.

Which one of these is your favorite? Or which did you least enjoy? Write a review on our blog and tell us why you loved or disliked it!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Author Visit: Brent Crawford

The best-selling author of Carter Finally Gets It and Carter's Big Break, Brent Crawford, stopped by the Lawrence Public Library for a chat and some Q & A. This hilarious author talked about growing up in the Kansas City area and even shared a few of his own stories from high school - some of them served as inspiration for Carter Finally Gets It. After his talk, he took time out to sign books and pose for a photo with some of the Teen Zone staff and guests.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


 Wednesday, October 27
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Snacks and makeup in the Teen Zone,
then Humans vs. Zombies outside
Choose your side and come "dressed to kill."

Will you be:

The Living Dead?
The Survivors?

Let the frenzy begin...

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Book Review: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Summary: Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn't seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she's coming to terms with her father's death and how to put her own life back together after the accident.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is a hilarious and heart-warming adventure about loss and moving on. Abandoning Amy's mother's directions, they embark on their own journey stopping at some old favorites (Yosemite) and discovering new stretches of really lonely highway (in Nevada). They run into some old friends and make a few new ones. As they crisscross their way across America, their friendship blossoms and they teach each other to let go and move on. Both funny and sad in places, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour has it all. It's a beautiful store of grief, friendship, and being your own person.

As a bonus, each state on the journey begins with an excerpt from Amy's travel journal, complete with fun state facts, and Amy's hilarious interpretation of them. Kansas is in there too! One of the character's Amy meets along the way is particularly fond of our state motto, Ad Astra per Aspera.

Check it out!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Beautiful Darkness Now Available

Beautiful Darkness, the highly anticipated sequel to the YALSA Top Ten Nominee and uber popular (seriously, it's been checked out since we got it) Beautiful Creatures is now available for check out! Want to get your hands on a copy? Go here.

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he meets mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes who reveals a secret world that has been hidden in plain sight all along.

In Beautiful Darkness, sixteen-year-old Lena, who possesses supernatural powers, faces a life-altering decision and draws away from her true love, Ethan, a mortal with frightening visions.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

In The Trenches

We're celebrating funny books about surviving high school with a visit from author, Brent Crawford. If you loved Crawford's best-selling books, Carter Finally Gets It and Carter's Big Break then check out some of these hysterical stories about life in the trenches (of high school).

Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini

Badly in need of self-confidence and a change of image, high school nerd Jeremy Heere swallows a pill-sized super computer that is supposed to help him get whatever he wants.

Swim the Fly by Don Calame

Matt Gratton and his two best friends always set themselves a summertime goal. This year's? To see a real-live naked girl for the first time. Catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt's other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team.

Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have by Allen Zadoff

Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky, the second fattest student at his high school, joins the varsity football team to get the attention of a new girl on whom he has a crush.

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar

While navigating his first year of high school and awaiting the birth of his new baby brother, Scott loses old friends and gains some unlikely new ones as he hones his skills as a writer.

Three Clams and an Oyster by Randy Powell

During their humorous search to find a fourth player for their flag football team, three high school juniors are forced to examine their long friendship, their individual flaws, and their inability to try new experiences.

A Field Guide to High School by Marissa Walsh

Andie and her best friend Bess read through a manual Andie's Yale-bound sister wrote for her, which is filled with tips and tricks for excelling at Plumstead Country Day high school where Andie is about to be a freshman.

How Not to Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler

Seventeen-year-old Sugar Magnolia Dempsey is tired of leaving friends behind every time her hippie parents decide to move, but her plan to unpopular at her new Austin, TX, school backfires when other students join her on the path to "supreme dorkdom."

How to Get Suspended and Influence People by Adam Selzer

Gifted eighth-grader Leon Harris becomes an instant celebrity when the film he makes for a class project sends him to in-school suspension.

Boy Minus Girl by David Walliams

When his charming but irresponsible uncle comes to visit his small Kansas hometown, fourteen-year-old Les Ekhardt hopes to get tips from him about succeeding with girls, but he learns much more important lessons from his stodgy, predictable parents and friendships with a lesbian classmate and one of Uncle Ray's former girlfriends.

How My Private Personal Journal Became a Bestseller by Julia DeVillers

A young woman accidentally turns in a private story from her journal instead of an English assignment and becomes a best-selling author almost overnight.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is Here!

New in the Teen Zone:

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is now available to check out for Xbox360, Wii, or Playstation 3.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Brent Crawford is Coming to the LPL Teen Zone!

The talented, hilarious, and bestselling teen author, Brent Crawford is coming to speak (and sign books!) at the Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone on
Tuesday, October 19 @ 7 p.m.

Check out his bestselling novels:

Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
Meet Will Carter, but feel free to call him Carter. Here are five things you should know about him: 1. He has a stuttering problem, particularly around boobs and belly buttons. 2. He battles Attention Deficit Disorder every minute of every day. 3. He's a virgin, mostly because he's no good at talking to girls (see number 1). 4. He's about to start high school. 5. He's totally not ready. Join Carter for his freshman year, where he'll search for sex, love, and acceptance anywhere he can find it.

Check it on audio book or in hardback.

Carter's Big Break by Brent Crawford
After surviving freshman year (just barely), Carter is craving his summer break. Unfortunately, when he and his girlfriend, Abby, part ways, it looks as though summer just might break him. Things start to look up when he's unexpectedly cast in an independent film opposite the world's biggest teen sensation, Hilary Idaho. With Hollywood knocking on his door, Carter gets a taste of the good life. But as the film spirals out of control, he begins to fear that he's not the "somebody" he thinks he is and more the "nobody" he's sure he always has been. Find out if Carter goes Hollywood . . . or Hollywood goes Carter.

Check it out!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

New Release: Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

Did you love The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen? Did you know that she's started up a whole new series, beginning with Bright Young Things?

Across the vast lawns of Long Island, in the illicit speakeasies of Manhattan, and on the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, three girls' fortunes will rise and fall—together and apart. Bright Young Things is an epic new series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age.

Check It Out!

Thursday, October 7, 2010


October is a month of pumpkins, hot-cider, candy, and mischief. Prepare yourself for this Halloween by reading horrifying, fantastical, blood-pumping stories from our Teen Zone.

All Hallows Eve: Thirteen Stories
Vivian Vande Velde.

Presents thirteen tales of Halloween horrors, including ghosts, vampires, and pranks gone awry.

Beautiful Creatures
Kami Garcia and Margie Stohl.

In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Carrie Ryan

Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.

Amber Kizer

On her sixteenth birthday, Meridian is whisked off to her great-aunt's home in Revelation, Colorado, where she learns that she is a Fenestra, the half-human, half-angel link between the living and the dead, and must learn to help human souls to the afterlife before the dark forces reach them.

Token of Darkness
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

After Cooper Blake wakes from a serious car accident to find himself in the company of an attractive, tormented ghost, he keeps his visions to himself until he discovers that two of his peers also hide supernatural abilities.

Robert Liparulo

With their mother still missing after going through a Civil War time portal in their spooky house, and their father in jail under a false accusation, Xander, David and their younger sister continue to try to bring her back, now with the help of an elderly relative who has turned up unexpectedly.

Being Dead: Stories
Vivian Vande Velde

Seven supernatural stories, all having something to do with death.

The Black Tattoo
Sam Enthoven

When his best friend, Charlie, is possessed by an ancient demon, fourteen-year-old Jack, accompanied by a girl with superhuman powers, battles all over London and into Hell to save him.

The Graveyard Book
Neil Gaiman with illustrations by Dave McKean.

An orphaned boy is raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

Hauntings, and other tales of danger, love, and sometimes loss
Betsy Hearne

Fifteen stories of death and hauntings, set in the past, the present, and the afterlife.