Friday, May 28, 2004

Graphic Novels are Here!

After much anticipation, the graphic novel collection is going live today. That means all of you waiting anxiously for Chronicles of the Cursed Sword will get phone calls soon. And, the rest of you can come in and browse all the new books in the YA section!

A couple of the titles on the shevles:
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore, YA Graphic MOO
- Electric Girl by Michael Brennan, YA Graphic BRE
- Ghost World by Daniel Clowes, YA Graphic CLO
- Hellboy: Seed of destruction by Mike Mignola, YA Graphic MIG
- Meridian: Flying Solo by Barbara Kesel, YA Graphic KES

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Read the Movie

I just read that Wendelin Van Draanen's Sammy Keyes mysteries are possibly going to be made into movies. Also, the ninth book in the series Sammy Keyes and the Psycho Kitty Queen will be out in the fall.

There is quite a trend in Hollywood to turn YA books into movies. Here are some recent and upcoming titles. Read the movie and see the book!

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (January 2005)
Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket (December of this year)
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (next week!)
The Perfect Score by David Levithan

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

What are you reading? (poll)

Just to get an idea of what everyone is reading, comment to this post and share your thoughts.

I'm currently reading two books (I've never been good at doing just one thing at a time). I've been browsing through Crime Scene: The Ultimate Guide to Forensic Science, a general overview of what the characters on CSI do every week. Great photographs and some interesting tidbits of knowledge. Did you know that fingerprints were first used to convict a murderer in 1892? The Call Number for this book is YA 363.25 PLA - you can request it through the catalog.

I also just started Story Time by Edward Bloor, the same author of Tangerine and Crusader. It's the story of two kids who attend a supposedly great magnet school, but as they soon learn....there's something creepy going on! This book is also in the YA collection - YA FIC BLO

Food anyone?

Here's a list of what people are bringing to the Coffeehouse on June 11:

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

A Great and Terrible Beauty

If you liked Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty then you're in for more! Word on the street has it that she's working on a sequel (okay, I read it on another YA Librarian's blog). Follow-up research seems to confirm this. If you want to know more about Libba Bray and/or her writing process then check out her online journal. She posts book signings here as well.

Free Coffee! (at the upcoming Coffeehouse)

Our YAB meeting today is for the final preparations for the library's first ever Teen Coffeehouse. Free coffee, good music and food are the big attractions. The details: Friday, June 11, 7-8:30pm in the Library Activity Room. Even if you haven't been able to attend meetings, you should stop by the coffeehouse!

I've read a couple of good books recently, all of which are new(ish) to the YA collection at the library.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini
- A great start to a new fantasy trilogy - and written by a teen! It has all of the great quest components, dragons, swords, mystery and a main character who is trying to learn the truth about his past. Make sure you put it on hold today.

The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
- An inter-school assignment requires Emily, Lydia and Cassie to write letters to students at their rival high school in Sydney, Australia. One girl has a car-stealing sweetheart as a pen pal, one writes to an artist with a penchant for challenges, and the third might be writing to a psychopath or an imaginary friend - nobody knows. The story is told entirely through letters and emails, following the course the girls' tenth grade year at school. It reads quickly and is lots of fun!

Double Helix by Nancy Werlin
- If you like mysteries or psychological thrillers, then this book is for you. Just after his senior year of high school, Eli begins working for a genetic research company and uncovers a shocking secret about himself.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004


This is the brand new blog for teens of North Reading. In the pilot stage only the lucky few of the YAB (aka Youth Advisory Board) will have access to the URL. But, my hope is that some day this will be a forum for all NR teens interested in books, movies, music and anything else you can find in the library.

In the mean time, the next meeting of YAB is Tuesday, May 25 at 4:30pm in the Teen Corner. Technically there was supposed to be a meeting today, but I messed up. As some of you heard, I was out of the library for a few days (attending meetings and other fun, or not so fun, stuff) and I forgot to email a reminder. Hence, no meeting. So if you couldn't come worries! You didn't miss a thing :)

Make sure you check in from time to time. As I work on this there will be many changes. I'll be adding links, book recommendations, new library items (yes, including manga) and assorted random facts. And let me know what you think....your ideas are what fuel this site!

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