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Jan. 11, 2013 at 3:01pm A Short Story in Teen Book Covers

It's no secret that teen books over the past several years have become more popular with older (and younger) readers.  And as the popularity has grown, the books themselves have gotten longer, become series, and gotten some serious cover makeovers. 
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Sep. 11, 2012 at 9:01am Shiny New Manga!

I know we have a lot of manga readers out there... sometimes the Teen Zone is littered with random volumes of Naruto, Bleach, Fruits Basket, and Death Note.  I see people carrying stacks of volumes down to the main desk for check out, using their chins to hold the pile steady.  And I love reading it too... they can be quick reads, but pack a powerful punch, whether it's action, comedy, romance, or horror.  Or sometimes all of those things. 

But what can make me crazy about some series is the way they go on and on.  And on.  For instance Naruto's 58th volume comes out today.  Do you know how much shelf space that takes up?  Reading some of these series is a big investment in time, space, and money.  Luckily, you have a library that loves to provide you with manga!  That's why I want to take a moment to tell you about some of the new series we've added over the past year, and some sleepers you may have missed. Read more

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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Mar. 18, 2011 at 10:15am The Hunger Games movie - casting for Katniss

I'm excited about the Hunger Games movies.  I probably shouldn't be - I've been burned a little too often by books-turned-to-movies.  And I'm most disappointed when books I loved turn out to be lackluster films, and my love for The Hunger Games burns like a thousand fiery suns!  Okay, fan-girl moment over....  So the latest news for the upcoming trilogy is that Katniss has finally been cast - just a couple of days ago Jennifer Lawrence of Winter's Bone won the role. Read more

Aug. 3, 2010 at 2:15pm Jane Austen's Fight Club

You might not know it, but librarians like to share literary jokes and library videos.  Okay, it sounds kind of lame when I type it out, but it's still true.  I have enjoyed watching the escapades of the ninja librarian, destroying people for talking on their cell phones and answering reference questions in a puff of smoke.  I have owned a Rex Libris poster, threatening punks who fail to turn in their books.  And I keep up on my Unshelved comics.  And so, in keeping with this tradition, last week I was called into the office of another librarian so she could show me the lasted combo of Jane Austen and pop culture... Jane Austen's Fight Club.
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Mar. 11, 2010 at 1:25pm FTW!

I love free stuff... free posters, free samples, free t-shirts... but maybe more than any other freebie, I love a free book.  Especially when it's a book that hasn't yet hit the shelves.  Now you've got a chance to get your own freebie.... Read more

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

Jan. 12, 2010 at 9:16am Do you oil your warmachines?

I'm a fan of steampunk - it's just the right combination of science fiction and fantasy, with a shot of history thrown in.  But what's that you say?  You've never heard of steampunk?  Oh ho, that must be fixed!   Read more

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

Sep. 25, 2009 at 3:38pm Sleeping Beauty all over again!

Forget what you know about Sleeping Beauty, her handsome prince, and that wicked witch who put the curse on her in the first place!  Alex Flinn has written a whole new version of the story, called A Kiss In Time.  Princess Talia is not so sweet, her prince isn't really a prince at all, and that wicked witch actually had a reason to lay on that curse! Read more