Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The 2010 Book Award Winners are Announced!

The American Library Association has announced the winners of the 2010 book awards for kids and teens. Here are the results for Young Adult books. Check one out today!

YALSA Printz Award Winner

Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob's (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure..

Printz Honor Books

Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Punkzilla by Adam Rapp
Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973 by John Barnes

Newbery Medal Winner

When You Reach Me, written by Rebecca Stead
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

Newbery Honor Books

Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

2010 Morris Award (honoring a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens)

Flash Burnout written by L.K. Madigan
In a tangle of life and death, love and loyalty, 15-year-old Blake emerges with a more sharply defined snapshot of himself.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Teen Tuesdays

The last Tuesday of every month is "teen Tuesday" at the Highlands library! Middle and high schoolers can stop by for fun stuff like video games, movies, art, contests, prizes, and always free snacks!

Q: Why have teen Tuesdays?
A: For fun! Teen Tuesdays are a chance for teens to hang out, bring friends, get free stuff, and find out what kind of cool stuff your library offers.

Q: Who can come?
A: Anyone! Any teen middle or high school-aged (even if you go to school somewhere else or are homeschooled) is welcome, so bring your friends!

Q: What do you do?
A: Different things each month, but in the past we have played video games, watched anime movies, made cool art projects out of duct tape and dye, and just hung out. Oh, yeah, and there are always free snacks and prizes just for stopping by!

Upcoming Teen Tuesdays:
Tuesday, January 26, 3-4:30 p.m.
Video games! Stop by for Guitar Hero, DDR, SingStar (pop), and maybe a surprise game or two. Oh, yeah, and chocolate bingo.

Tuesday, February 23, 3-4:30 p.m.
Anime club! We will watch Japanese anime-style cartoons (rated TVPG), fold origami, draw manga, and eat real Japanese snacks and treats (they're tasty).

Questions about teen Tuesday? Email kbaker@rentonwa.gov. See you there!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Readergirlz' Latest Live Chat

Tonight, Wednesday, January 6th begining at 6 PM PST, chat live with Young Adult author Beth Kephart, author of Nothing But Ghosts at the readergirlz blog!

THEN.....on January 20th, at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time, you can chat live with E. Lockhart, author of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and several other great young adult books. That will also be on the Readergirlz blog.

Read to Vote!

Voting is a great way to express your opinion. You may not be quite ready to vote in an election just yet, but there are still opportunities out there for you to express your opinion. Every year, the Pacific Northwest Library Association provides an opportunity for you to vote on your favorite book from a list of nominated titles. Although the voting doesn't start until March, there's no time like the present to get start reading the nominees.

Read at least two books in your grade category, and then vote for your favorite title between March 15th and April 15, 2010. You may have even read some of them already.!

This year's nominees are:
Junior Division (Grades 4 to 6)The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal by Jeff Kinney
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
Igraine the Brave – Cornelia Funke
Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Marley: a Dog Like No Other by John Grogan
Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
No Talking – Andrew Clements

Middle Division (Grades 7 to 9)
Alchemyst: Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
Zen And The Art Of Faking It by Jordan Sonnenblick
Peak- by Roland Smith
Plain Janes by Cecil Castelucci
Schooled by Gordon Korman
The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landry

Senior Division (Grades 10 to 12)
Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Deadline by Chris Crutcher
Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Enter Three Witches by Caroline Cooney
Mistik Lake by Martha Brooks
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr