Pick the Ten Best Young Adult Novels for 2009!

Graceling, City of Ashes, Paper Towns, Living Dead Girl, Flygirl, Bloodline — what do all these books have in common? They are members of an elite list of 25 novels nominated, by teens, for the best young adult books of the year, theĀ  2009 Teens’ Top Ten award. And you can vote for your favorites during Teen Read Week, October 18-14.

What should you do in the meantime? Well, this teens’ choice award wouldn’t exist without your votes, so follow the link above, view the list of the 25 nominated titles, and read, read, read. The more you read, the better idea you have of which of these books really should be listed as the best of 2009.

I intend to read a lot of these books myself (though I can’t vote) so feel free to discuss any of them with me here or in person. Are there any books on the list you love to death? Any books you think shouldn’t be on the list? (I’ve got at least one in mind for that.)


New Books – April 2009

New Fiction

the-fledgingThe Feldging of Az Gabrielson. Jay Amory. YPB Amory.
Az is one of the Airborn, people with eight-foot wings who live in cities high above the clouds. Az, however, is wingless, which isolates him from everyone. But this also gives him a chance to prove himself when the system of massive automated elevators which deliver everything the Airborn need to survive is breaking down. Someone has to go down to the Ground to find out what has happened and Az, with his wingless similarity to the prehistoric Groundlings, looks to be perfect for the task of hunting for answers beneath the clouds.

zombie-queenZombie Queen of Newbury High. Amanda Ashby. YPB Ashby.
While trying to cast a love spell on her date on the eve of the senior prom, Mia inadvertently infects her entire high school class with a virus that will turn them all into zombies.

pactThe Pact of the Wolves. Nina Blazon. Y Blazon.
When 16-year-old Bianca arrives at her new boarding school, she is startled to hear that its history includes rumors of witchcraft and torture. The building itself rests on the foundation of a medieval convent with a troubled past. There is also a secret society, whose members begin to harass her. Then one night she stumbles over the body of a dead woman. With the help of her friend Nicholas, Bianca begins to piece together the story of the mysterious woman and the convent’s disturbing history. But Bianca can’t shake the feeling she is being followed. She soon realizes she can’t trust anyone — not even Nicholas.

city-of-glassCity of Glass. Cassandra Clare. Y 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.

dirty-laundryDirty Laundry. Daniel Ehrenhaft. Y Ehrenhaft.
Carli, a teen actress who has gone undercover at a New England boarding school in order to research a role, hooks up with a student graffiti artist to investigate the disappearance of another of the school’s pupils.

More new books and graphic novels

Vibes, by Amy Ryan

vibesThis book is about an unusual girl that thinks she’s psychic and her experiences in an unusual school called Journeys. On the way she makes an interesting new friend and finds out more about herself and how people really see her. I didn’t really like much about this book. I thought the characters were fairly hard to relate to. The story had a good ending though, and overall it’s not to bad of a book. You’ll like this book if you enjoy a book about unusual people that don’t just go with the flow.

–Joanna H.

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The Author Open House is almost here!

On Sunday, April 19, over 50 Colorado authors will be mingling here in the library from 1-3 p.m. for our 10th annual “Meet the Faces Behind the Books” open house. Several young adult authors will be available to chat about books and their writing: Amy Ryan, author of Vibes; Terri Clark, author of Sleepless; Denise Vega, author of Fact of Life #31 and Bonnie Ramthum, author of White Gates. All of their books are also available for check out. Hope to see you there!

Go here for a full list of all the authors attending the open house.

Gamer Girl, by Mari Mancusi

gamer-girlGamer Girl is about a girl whose parents get divorced and she has to move. In her new high school, she is labeled freak girl. The only place she can be herself is an online game called Fields of Fantasy. I like this book because it has some of my favorite things, video games and manga. I think anyone who plays video games or whose parents are divorced would like this book.

–Justin W.

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And the winner is . . .

This morning, I wrote the names of people who submitted reviews onto tiny sheets of paper, which I then folded even tinier, and asked a librarian colleague to do the honors. She pulled a name out of my proverbial hat to choose the winner of the entirely random book review drawing.

The March 2009 winner is: Justin W!

Justin will be notified of his victory and will get his choice from an array of prizes. His review of Gamer Girl, by Mari Mancusi, will be up on the blog soon.

Want to win? Keep reviewing, keep entering the contest, and you could get your chance — maybe even next month! Remember, you get an entry for each review you do, so plan accordingly.

First teen book review winner!

Have you been writing book reviews and turning them in at the reference desk? If not, you could be missing out on some great prizes! Each month, I collect all the (short) book reviews you guys write, put your names into a hat (or, in my case, whatever’s lying around: a hat, a box, a shoe, an empty chip bag, etc.), and draw one winner, who will be able to select from a variety of prizes.

Our first drawing will be April 2 for reviews collected in March, so check back here to see who it is (first names only) and read the first book review written by someone other then me!

This is an ongoing thing, so if you missed out in March, write a book review (did I mention how short the form is?) in April and turn it in to anyone at the reference desk.