Friday, January 28, 2005

Next YAB Meeting...

...is Tuesday, February 1 at 4:30pm. That's this coming Tuesday! Can you believe it's almost February? :)

I have a special surprise for you all, so make sure you stop by.

Any requests for snacks can be posted here.

Musical Competition

Think you know a lot about music? Then take a shot at winning an iPod Shuffle in the Chelmsford Public Library's Music Trivia Contest this coming Sunday, January 30. You must register in advance and can do so by calling Chris at 978-256-5521 x102.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Best Books for Young Adults 2005

The 2005 BBYA list, is finally up on the American Library Association's website. Eighty-six YA titles made the cut, with fourteen receiving a unanimous vote. Here are the Top Ten (the cream of the crop) in alphabetical order by author:

Braff, Joshua. The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bucking the Sarge.
Hoose, Phillip M. The Race to Save the Lord God Bird.
Levithan, David. The Realm of Possibility.
Marchetta, Melina. Saving Francesca.
Morpurgo, Michael. Private Peaceful.
Oppel, Kenneth. Airborn.
Rapp, Adam. Under the Wolf, Under the Dog.
Saenz, Benjamin Alire. Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood.
Weeks, Sarah. So B. It: a novel.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

And the winner is...

how i live now by Meg Rosoff won the 2005 Michael L. Printz Award! Publisher's Weekly called it a "riveting first novel" about a teen, Daisy, who moves from New York to England just as a world war breaks out. On her own with her cousins, she must struggle to keep everyone alive and safe as she deals with the effects of the war.

Three other books were also recognized as Printz Honor Books:
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt
Chanda's Secrets by Allan Sutton

Books, books, books

This past weekend was the American Library Association's annual Midwinter meeting. It is during this meeting every year that the Michael L. Printz, Newbery and Caldecott Medals are awarded. It is also the meeting that decides which books are on the annual "Best of" lists. I had a chance to attend the conference and sit in on some of the meetings and (even better) some of our very own North Reading teens went with me on Sunday. They were a part of the Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA) teen forum, a special meeting that gets feedback from teens about the books on the list of nominees. And, I have to say, they were awesome! So, special kudos go out to Declan G.S., Brigid G.S., Elise A., Mary F. and Tawnya C. If you see them around, ask them about their experience.

Another great thing about the Midwinter meeting is the abundance of new books. Publishing houses from around the country gather to show their new books to librarians who might want to buy them for their libraries. I brought back tons of books, many of them advanced reader copies (copies made for review purposes before the book is actually in print). If you are interested in seeing what I have and possibly reading and reviewing a book for the blog then stop by the library or email me at cshowman@mvlc.org.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

More Super News

According to this article on Yahoo!, Kevin Spacey has been cast as Lex Luthor in the next Superman movie, Superman Returns. And who's on deck to play Lois Lane, you ask? Why, none other than Kate Bosworth, from Blue Crush and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Will Eisner

I just found out that Will Eisner, one of the father's of contemporary graphic novels and the inspiration for the Will Eisner Awards, died this past Monday.

Best Books for Young Adults

Every year the American Library Association's division for young adult services, YALSA, puts out a list of the Best Books for Young Adults. The decision is made at the annual ALA Midwinter meeting, which is January 14-18 this year.

Take a look at the list of nominations and see if you can guess which ones will make the final list. I'll post the winners here soon. Or, you can use the list to pick your next great read.

Also, check out Amazon.com's list of their Top Ten YA Books of 2004.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Reading Resolutions

Happy New Year! Now that it's 2005 and the start of another 365-day cycle (well, 362 days now) people are making their annual resolutions. There are the usual ones, like eating healthier, drinking less soda or sleeping more (my personal favorite). Why not try something new and make a reading resolution this year? You can aim for a certain number of books that you want to read. Or, make a goal to try genres that you generally don't read. One of my resolutions this year is to read more realistic fiction and more graphic novels. I'm starting off the year reading Ron Koertge's Margaux with an X, YA FIC KOE.

Want to read more historical fiction this year? Try Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo, YA FIC MOR which is about a fourteen-year-old boy who joins the British Army in World War I because his older brother is forced to join.

Trying to read more non-fiction? How about The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon, NEW YA B RUNYON. It's an autobiography chronicling the year after Runyon set himself on fire at age thirteen.

Don't forget graphic novels! Neil Gaiman's newest GN, Marvel 1602, YA Graphic GAI, posits what would happen if today's superheroes existed in Queen Elizabeth's time. In a thrilling mystery the heroes have to band together to save the world, of course. I wonder, what would Peter Parker (of Spiderman fame) be like if he had existed 400 years ago?

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