Lots of Teen/YA Books at Annual Book Sale

For all of you readers, there are tons of Young Adult/Teen Books at our annual book sale which is running through Saturday, October 1. Amelia Atwater-Rhodes fans will find plenty of titles, and Joan Bauer is there, as well. If you come on Saturday, fill a box with as many books as you want, and pay only $5. It goes to a great cause and you can add a lot of books to your personal library!

What’s your Favorite Music or Dance Movie?

The American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association (aka YALSA) is compiling a list of best films for teens featuring music and/or dance. While there are a lot of great librarians with great opinions about what to add, the committee wants to hear your opinions the most. (The list is for you, after all!). What do you think should be added to the list? Are you a Dirty Dancing fan? What about Hairspray? Do you like the original Footloose or do you think the new version will be better?
Let your opinion be heard! http://yalsa.ala.org/forms/fabfilm.php
Read a list of what’s been nominated so far (and to learn more about YALSA’s Fabulous Films for Young Adults): www.ala.org/yalsa/fabfilms

Reading some YA Books

I’ve been reading a bunch of YA books, lately and want to pass along some of the titles.

Annexed by Sharon Dogar
A fictionalized account of Pete Van Pels, who was in hiding with Anne Frank. It’s great to read about the life in hiding from one of the other occupant’s points of view. The account of life in the concentration camps is harrowing and scary, and sadly, probably doesn’t even do the experience justice. For those of you who love The Diary of a Young Girl or reading historical fiction about the Holocaust or World War II, this is a must read.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
For all of you Sarah Dessen fans, this is the book for you! (And I know that there are a lot of you at the library). Anna is sent to a boarding school in Paris by her novelist father who may or may not be based on Nicholas Sparks. Though she’s not thrilled, at first, she does make a lot of new friends, including Etienne St. Clair. Anna is a budding film critic, so there are several references to old movies, including one of my favorites, It Happened One Night.

Family by Micol Ostow
A novel, told in verse, loosely based on the events surrounding the Manson Family Murders. Even if you’re not familiar with Charles Manson, you can still appreciate the story of Mel, a teenager looking for love and family, who finds it in the wrong place. If you like reading novels by Ellen Hopkins or Sonya Sones, or if you just like being creeped out, you’ll like this one.

Queen of Hearts by Martha Brooks.
Imagine that you and your brother and sister are told that you are very ill, and that you are sent away from your parents while doctors and nurses try to find a cure for you. This is exactly what happens to Marie-Claire in 1941 when they are diagnosed with tuberculosis. Perfect for those of you who like historical fiction.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Jacob’s grandfather was an unusual man, always showing Jacob special photographs of children he knew from his youth at Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Were the photographs real or were doctored? After his grandfather dies, Jacob goes to England to investigate his grandfather’s past. The author actually wrote a novel based on some very peculiar (and very real) looking vintage photographs. They’re scattered throughout the book, and add so much to the story. Check out the book trailer to get a better “picture”.

What are you reading?

Amazon’s “Essential Books for Young Adults”

Amazon.com has recently produced a list of top ten “Essential Books for Young Adults”. The list was compiled with customer input. I was happy (but not surprised) to see The Hunger Games. What do you think of the list? Are there any titles left out?
Here is the list (retrieved from Amazon.com’s Omnivoracious blog)

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  5. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  6. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  7. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  8. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  9. Sabriel by Garth Nix
  10. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta