Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Best Fiction for Young Adults 2012

We've got more award winning books to add to your list of books to read! Below you'll find the Top Ten List from the even longer list of the Best Fiction for Young Adults for 2012. Go to this link to see the complete list of 112 books that made the cut. We have many of these titles. Come check them out!

Carson, Rae. The Girl of Fire and Thorns, 2011.
Cohen, Joshua C. Leverage, 2011.
King, A.S. Everybody Sees the Ants, 2011.
McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. Under the Mesquite, 2011.
Myracle, Lauren. Shine, 2011.
Ness, Patrick. A Monster Calls. Illus by Jim Kay, 2011.
Sepetys, Ruta. Between Shades of Gray, 2011.
Stiefvater, Maggie. The Scorpio Races, 2011.
Taylor, Laini. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, 2011.
Zarr, Sara. How to Save a Life, 2011.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Alex Award Winners

The Alex Awards were announced this week at the American Library Association's midwinter meeting. These awards are given to the top ten adult books that have special appeal to teens aged 12-18. Did you read any of these books this past year?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Book Review - The Once and Future King

The Once and Future King by T.H. White
Check it out at the Lawrence Public Library

Reviewed by: Isabelle T., 8th Grade

What it's about: A young boy that gets taught by a magician that turns into different animals. He then grows up and becomes King Arthur.

Why I picked it up: I have to read it for school

What I thought of it:
I thought it was an interesting book, from which I learned a lot about laws and society at that time. It was well written!

I would suggest this for: People who enjoy reading about medieval times.

Submit your own review for the Teen Zone blog!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Teen Screen - Sahara

Today we're watching:

It's COLD outside, so each Saturday we'll be watching a movie set in a very WARM place in the hopes of warming up our imaginations.

Join us in the Teen Zone for popcorn and drinks.

Starts at 3pm!!!

Friday, January 27, 2012

It's cold outside!

Come in to the library Teen Zone for coffee and cocoa today, Friday the 27th! Between 4-6:30, we're serving hot drinks to warm you up!

Tomorrow, we'll be watching the movie Sahara at 3pm.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Morris Award Winners

We're going to have to order more copies of this book..

Log-in to your library account to put it on hold!

2012 Winner

Where Things Come Back

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Lily, Arkansas, seems like a sleepy town where it would be unlikely for anything of note to the outside world to happen. But Cullen’s seventeenth summer is marked by the overdose death of a relative, his brother’s disappearance, and the discovery of a woodpecker thought to be extinct. These seemingly disconnected events collide in this novel which demonstrates that nothing is random. Whaley’s story will absorb readers as they follow Cullen on his journey through an unforgettable summer.

“With plot twists and surprising connections, this is one of those rare books that does not come along often,” said Morris Award Chair Teri Lesesne.

2012 Finalists

The Girl of Fire and ThornsPaper Covers RockUnder the MesquiteBeween Shades of Gray

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Elisa bears the Godstone. She is a chosen one. What she is chosen to do is unclear, but perhaps her journey to marry the king of a neighboring country in the midst of war will provide some of the answers. Carson weaves together religion, politics, prophecy, and more in this fast-paced fantasy that brings Elisa to a destiny no one could have anticipated.

Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard

Alex, a junior at an exclusive boarding school, uses his journal (neatly hidden inside a copy of Moby Dick) to relate the disturbing events that led to the drowning of a classmate. Hubbard’s literary references, her creation of Alex’s poems and journal entries, and her storytelling skills combine in a story about the code of silence that often compromises the code of honor.

Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

This novel in verse tells the story of Lupita, the oldest of eight children. When Lupita’s mother is diagnosed with cancer, it is up to Lupita to step into a role she never considered taking in her drama class: surrogate parent. McCall’s chapters are exquisite poems with language that sings and stings. Finding hope amidst despair, finding the chance to laugh, and finding the incredible power of family make this a memorable reading experience.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

In lyrical prose, Sepetys introduces readers to 15 year old Lina and her family as they are evicted from their home in Lithuania and transported to Siberia as prisoners during Stalin’s reign of terror in the 1940s. The journey is perilous; not all will survive. Lina is determined to document it all in her art and her journal. Sepetys shines a light on a corner of history not often seen in YA literature. The juxtaposition of lyricism in the midst of the horror underscores Lina’s indomitable spirit.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Basics of Brawl - Escaping Combos

When you're getting hit by a string of multiple moves, many players have expressed that they wished that they had more control of getting out of combos.

If you watch this video, it will explain how you can do that:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Printz Award Winners

Want to read a book that's a real winner? Check these out!!!

2012 Winner

Where Things Come Back

By John Corey Whaley

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Witty, sardonic Cullen Witter agonizes over the disappearance of his beloved brother, Gabriel, while everyone else in his stiflingly dull Arkansas town thrills to the apparent return of a long-extinct woodpecker. Kidnapping, bromance, arcane religious texts, and ornithology collide in this ground-breaking coming-of-age tale.

“Straightforward, yet increasingly complex, this novel masterfully weaves together themes of brotherhood, friendship, loss and religious obsession,” said Printz Award Committee Chair Erin Helmrich.

2012 Honor Books

Why We Broke Up, written by Daniel Handler, art by Maira Kalman and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

In this beautiful piece of bookmaking, heartbroken movie obsessive Min Green dumps a box of relationship ephemera on ex-love Ed Slaterton’s porch, each item attached to a raging, loving, insecure and regretful letter explaining how each memento contributed to their breakup.

The Returning, written by Christine Hinwood and published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group Young Readers Group USA.

A large cast of characters from two fictional kingdoms recover from a drawn-out, brutal war in a portrait both sweeping and specific as it explores the ramifications of the conflict on Cam, the only one who lives to return to his village.

Jasper Jones, written by Craig Silvey and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Spurred by the mysterious death of a schoolmate, Charlie confronts racism and his fears as he learns about family, friendship and love in the oppressive heat of small-town 1960s Australia. Silvey weaves themes of freedom and loyalty with moments of humor in this wrenching novel.

The Scorpio Races, written by Maggie Stiefvater and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.

A bloody, intoxicating horse race on the Island of Thisby is the backdrop for this atmospheric novel. The heart-pounding story pits two teens against death – to win is to survive.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival is the first day of the Chinese (Lunar) calendar. Celebrated by Chinese people around the world, it is a major holiday where friends and family gather for a reunion dinner and celebration. Red clothing is worn to ward away evil spirits and bad fortune and new clothing symbolizes starting the year anew.

Today starts the year of the Dragon! Interested in Dragons in Fiction? Try some of these...
Dragon's Oath
Dragons of Darkness
Voices of Dragons
The Dragon's Apprentice
Raising Dragons

Saturday, January 21, 2012

SAT and ACT Practice Tests @ the Library

Taking the dreaded ACT or SAT this spring?

Get ready with a FREE practice test by Kaplan Test Prep at the library!

SAT Practice Test
Sunday, February 5
1 - 5 pm

ACT Practice Test
Saturday, March 3
9:30 am -1:30 pm

Only 30 spots for each test. Call to register: 843-3833 x121.

Saturday Teen Screen- RV

It's COLD outside, so each Saturday we'll be watching a movie set in a very WARM place in the hopes of warming up our imaginations.

Join us in the Teen Zone for popcorn and drinks.

Today we're watching:

Starts at 3pm!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Super Smash Bros Brawl Tournament Saturday

The monthly Super Smash Bros Brawl tournament is this Saturday at 3pm in the Auditorium. Come and test your skills against the best players in the Teen Zone. Only one player can be crowned champion, but prizes will be awarded to the top 3. Snacks will also be provided to all participants. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Book Review: Born at Midnight

Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

Reviewed by:
Julie C. Grade 11

What it's about:
A girl who finds she can see ghosts. She discovers that her dad isn't her dad; her real dad is haunting her. And she is shipped off to summer camp with supernatural beings when everything goes caput.

Why I picked it up:
I was shopping and it looked cool and cheap.

What I thought of it
: I really Like it. It's a new take on supers where they aren't old and experienced. They are teens who don't really have a clue how to live.

I would suggest it for
: Anyone who likes supernatural books.

Check it out from the Library

Monday, January 16, 2012

Book Review: The Clique

The Clique by Lisi Harrison
Check it out from the Lawrence Public Library!

Reviewed by: Leah M., Grade 7

What it's about: The book is about a clique of girls going into 7th grade. When a girl moves in to Massie's quest house it's a different story.

Why I picked it up: I picked it up because my sister read it in middle school.

What I thought of it:
I thought it was very realisistic and it showed middle schoolers that you shouldn't set this example in school.

I would suggest this for: I would suggest it for kids almost ready to go to middle school.

Check out the rest of The Clique series too!

Submit your own book review here!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Book review: Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte
What's it about?
A (an orphan) girl lives with her aunt and cousins, who are cruel to her- the uncle that she was directly related to is dead. At age 8 or 10, she has the opportunity to start going to a boarding school for girls. She goes, and although it is very strict, she enjoys it because her past experience was worse. Then, when she is 18, she decides to be a governess. That's where most of the excitement starts.
What I thought of it:

I really liked Jane's character, and I enjoy reading books that are about long ago times (early 1800s in this case). It was interesting, and hard to put down! Many parts were very surprising, in a good way! I found it similar to Jane Austen books, but better- I liked that a lot of the focus was on God. Her characters were realistic- some really annoying me, and really making me like others. The only problem: some parts were a little hard to understand because of the older language, and the big words, but once I got used to it, I almost like the way Charlotte Bronte speaks better than the way we speak now!

Why I picked it up:
A friend of mine loved it, and my mom really likes it.
Star Rating:
5 Stars: It was awesome! Everyone should read this book!
I would suggest this for:
13 and up- the old language is a bit hard to understand at parts
Name Katherine P.
Grade and School

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Teen Screen Saturday - One Crazy Summer

It's COLD outside, so each Saturday we'll be watching a movie set in a very WARM place in the hopes of warming up our imaginations. Join us in the Teen Zone for popcorn and drinks.

Today's movie-

Popcorn and Lemonade provided.

See you at 3pm!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday the 13th!!

According to urbanlegends.com, "the sixth day of the week and the number 13 both have foreboding reputations said to date from ancient times. Their inevitable conjunction from one to three times a year (there will be three such occurrences in 2012!!!!) apparently portends more misfortune than some credulous minds can bear. According to some sources it's the most widespread superstition in the United States today. Some people refuse to go to work on Friday the 13th; some won't eat in restaurants; many wouldn't think of setting a wedding on the date."

What do you think about Friday the 13th? Or even just the number 13? Lucky or unlucky?

Check out these titles from our collection featuring the number 13...

13 little blue envelopes / Maureen Johnson.

13 to life / Shannon Delany.

The thirteenth / L.A. Banks.

Thirteenth child / Patricia C. Wrede.

Thirteen Reasons Why : A Novel

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Book Review: Speak

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Check it out at the Lawrence Public Library!

Reviewed by: Abbie T., Grade 7

What it's about: A girl with a secret is shunned by her friends after she called the cops on a party after her 8th grade year ended.

Why I picked it up: It's a well known book.

What I thought of it: The world needs more books like this.

I would suggest this for: I would recommend this to survivors of sexual abuse, ages 12 and up.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Book review: The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Reviewed by Abbie T., Grade 7

What is it about?
A girl is taken to a foster home in Molching, Germany, in 1939. Liesel soon comes to realize what Hitler is about, while her foster parents hide a Jew in the basement. Liesel begins to steal books, and steals 14 in all.

Why I picked it up
: I had heard people talk about it.
What I thought of it: It is a refreshing perspective of WWII from inside Nazi Germany, and how the narrator is death.

I would suggest it for:
I would recommend this to World War II fanatics, grades 6 and up.

Want to check it out?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Book Review: Raising Dragons

Raising Dragons by Bryan Davis   Reviewed by Katherine P., Grade 7
What it's about: A boy named Billy Bannister and a girl named Bonnie Silver who discover that they are half dragon.
Why I picked it up: Two friends recommended it.
What I thought about it: I LOVED it! The four book series is funny, exciting, and has realistic characters.
I would suggest it for: 11 and up. For dragon lovers.

Want to check it out? Look for it here! 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Basics of Brawl - Book Recommendation

For those of you looking to pick up something to read, the library recently acquired a book in their YA Non Fiction collection called Playing to Win: Becoming the Champion. The author, David Sirlin, is one of the more respected game theory designers and writers especially for his work in Street Fighter. The book is a great read for competitive players in any game, not just Super Smash Bros.

The link to the book can be found here in the library catalog: http://catalog.lawrence.lib.ks.us/record=b1354297~S2

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Music Review: The Lost Get Found

The Lost Get Found by Britt Nicole 
Kind of music: Religious
Sounds like: Toby mac, Francesca Battistelli
Why I picked it up: I had heard one of her songs before.
What I thought of it: It's helped me cope with a lot of stuff.
What was your favorite song and why? I liked "Headphones" because when I felt alone I would listen to it and it would make me feel better.   
Reviewed by Abbie T., Grade 7
Check it out here!