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Oct. 13, 2011 at 11:31am Teen Read Week... let's be rock stars!

Next week is Teen Read Week - it's a time to celebrate just how amazing teen literature is right now.  It's kind of funny, but books written specifically for teens didn't always exist.  After all, we didn't always recognize that there was a phase between childhood and being an adult.  It was in the early 1800s that the term "young adult" was coined.  And as we moved into the 20th century many novels written for adults appealed to these so-called young adults - Lord of the Flies, The Catcher in the Rye, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and Lord of the Rings, but they weren't marketed or necessarily written with teen readers in mind. 

It was in the 1980s that we first saw a strong push to write and print books for teens, with teen protagonists.  And this was kind of a mixed bag.  Writing for and about teens may be one of the hardest things to do - how do you capture the language and feelings of adolescence (ugh, what a blah word!) without sounding dated or like you're trying to hard?  In the 90s, we saw a real boom in the teen lit market - because hey, teens do read!  And they like to read about other teens, whether they're living in a fantasy world, traveling back in time, journeying amongst the stars, or right next door to us.  Now we see adults and kids clamoring for teen books like The Hunger Games, The Ranger's Apprentice series, The Book Thief, Going Bovine, or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
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May. 7, 2010 at 10:56am Book Review: Before I Fall

What if you had only one day to live?  What would you do?  Who would you kiss?  Or tell off?  Who would you say goodbye to, and how would you tell them?  Who would your last hours with?  And how far would you go to try to save your own life?

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Feb. 12, 2010 at 2:34pm Hunger Games Book 3 announced!

It's here!  It's here!  Okay, the book isn't actually here, and it won't be here until the end of August, which seems a very, very long ways away.  But at the very least we now have a cover and a title about which we may fantasize!  The title of the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy is... Read more

Oct. 16, 2009 at 12:19pm Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

What comic book series am I wild about right now?  Why, it's Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley!  It's about Scott, a lovable Canadian slacker, and his mysterious, awesome, possibly-a-secret-ninja girlfriend, Ramona Flowers.  Oh, and his roommate, Wallace Wells, and his band, the Sex Bob-ombs, and all of Ramona's evil ex-boyfriends....
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Oct. 9, 2009 at 3:42pm Gear School the graphic novel

Last time Bonnie went shopping at Spy Comics I got the chance to go with her.  We both brought back plenty of comics and graphic novels for the library.  Rich, the comic shop owner, suggested that Bonnie purchase Gear School by Adam Gallardo.  I checked it out as soon as it was ready and loved it!  Futuristic high school, fighting robots, and a war with aliens... Read more

Jul. 10, 2009 at 9:12am Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I just finished reading the awesomely phenomenal Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.  If you're looking for a great book to read this summer, you don't have to look any further!
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