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Every few weeks we will have an open classroom (the meeting room next to the Teen Room or in the Program Room upstairs)on a Saturday with art/craft supplies for you. Radkraft is an independent craft session - just come, hang-out and try your hand at crafting! Sometimes there will be a specific craft and, sometimes, there will be a choice. Generally, the activity will be available from 12:30-4:30 p.m. (more or less) on those days.
Our next regularly scheduled Radkraft happens to fall on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. Soooo, we will be easy-peasy and casual!!
We will have an open craft available on the 25th for
Teens and Tweens in the lower level classroom from
1-4 pm. Check out the photos to see what will be available!
2013 Teens' Top Ten -Nominees
Here are your 2012 Teens' To Ten Titles!
In a futuristic world, Spinsters are women with the power to weave everything into form, whether it be food, buildings, or peoples’ very lives. Adelice Lewys has this talent, and she is whisked away into a world of luxury and elegance because of it. Although it is often advertised at the perfect life, it is far from it as things are never how they seem.
Banks, Anna. Of Poseidon. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends. 2012.
Emma has never really questioned her ability to communicate with fish, her strange violet eyes, or her awkwardness on land, but when her best friend, Chloe, dies in a shark attack and the attractive, mysterious Galen keeps showing up in her life, Emma soon learns that she belongs in a different world -one that is underwater. In the meantime, Galen, the prince of the Syrena, must learn why Emma seems to not quite fit in with either the humans or the Syrena while battling the strong attraction he feels towards her. As the relationship between the two develops, they are faced with difficult decisions between duty and desire that could lead to a huge change of Syrena history.
Cabot, Meg. Underworld. Scholastic/Point. 2012.
In the second book of the Abandon series, Pierce Oliviera has been, yet again, kidnapped by John Hayden, the ruler of the Underworld. However, this time she can’t escape, and when she gets a video on her phone predicting her cousin, Alex’s, death, Pierce panics and begs John for help. She will do
anything if only he will help her cousin out, including staying with him forever in the Underworld.
Cashore, Kristin. Bitterblue. Penguin Group/Dial. 2012.
When her evil father King Leck dies, Bitterblue is made queen of a kingdom she knows nothing about. As she struggles to come to terms with both who she is and the legacy her father left on the city, Bitterblue tries to discover the secrets of her father's crimes by walking the streets of her own city in
disguise. Filled with struggle, suspense and surprises, will she be able to turn her kingdom into a better place?
Cole, Kresley. Poison Princess. Simon & Schuster. 2012.
What really happens at the end of the world? Cannibals, Baggers, people try to sell you—and in this world, sixteen year old Evie is one of the few healthy teen girls. Evie sets out on a quest to find herself, all the while things heat up between her and Jackson, the troubled bad boy from across the tracks. She
knows life will get even worse as she comes to realize that she isn’t like other people. Luckily or maybe unluckily for her, Jackson is the only one that can help her survive.
Cooner, Donna. Skinny. Scholastic/Point. 2012.
Ever had always wanted to live in a fairy tale but with 302lbs weighing her down it's difficult to achieve. It's even harder with Skinny, her own private critic constantly belittling her. In this inspirational tale, Ever discovers the truth of learning how to overcome and accept the issues that plague her.
Cross, Sarah. Kill Me Softly. Egmont. 2012. (9781606843239).
After being raised her whole life by her fairy godmothers, Mirabelle runs away to the town where they said her parents had died at. But when she gets there, she starts to notice that this isn’t any ordinary town and that the teens that live here are fated to play out the Grimm’s fairy tales. So when Mira finds out that she, too has a role to play, it’s only a matter of time before her story could lose its happy ending.
Damico, Gina. Croak. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Graphia. 2012.
Lexington “Lex” Battleby is a juvenile delinquent who is sent to her uncle Mort’s after her latest stunt. Once there she discovers that she is a Grimm Reaper. She was born to have the ability to take the souls from dead bodies and send them to the afterlife. On the job, she feels the need for justice for the poor people, and as they aren’t allowed to do anything but transport the souls. As she deals with this struggle, her limits are tested as she discovers how far she will go to help the souls and herself.
Fukuda, Andrew. The Hunt. Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin. 2012.
For as long as he can remember, Gene’s father has always taught him how to keep a low profile so no one can notice that he’s different. He can't run as fast, he can go outside in the daytime, and he doesn't have a lust for blood. Gene is human and each day is a battle to keep his secret locked away or be devoured by everyone around him. When he is chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last few remaining humans, he is thrust into the fight of his life and into the orbit of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible. Little does he know however, she has a few secrets of her own.
Harstad, Johan. 172 Hours on the Moon. Little, Brown & Company.
When NASA holds a world-wide contest for returning to the moon, no one - not even the three teenage participants - can fathom what is really in store for them up on the airless, empty gray mass. Or is it truly empty...? Unbeknownst to them, what they find up there will change not only their lives, but the lives of everyone on Earth.
Hartman, Rachel. Seraphina. Random House. 2012. (9780375866562).
Dragons and humans have finally achieved peace, and the anniversary celebration is fast approaching. For Seraphina Dombegh who is half dragon and half human, life is about blending in. However, a series of events will place her in the path of the Prince Lucian, Captain of the Queen’s Guard, and a hunt for a killer determined to start a war.
Hocking, Amanda. Wake. Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin. 2012.
Three mysterious girls have just blown into town and everyone has their eyes on them. Little does everyone know, they also have their eyes on the towns’ residences. Gemma in particular has caught their eyes and they want her. Little does Gemma know, she’s about to be thrown into a situation she might not be able to get out.
Hopkins, Ellen. Tilt. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2012.
Tilt tells the story of 3 teenagers, all wondering about who they are and how they fit into the world. One struggles with a teen pregnancy, another deals with AIDS while the last must overcome an abusive relationship. As things begin to change drastically, with them not in control, all they can do is hang on
for the ride.
Kontis, Alethea. Enchanted. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2012.
Sunday loves to write stories, the only problem is that when she reads them aloud, they tend to come true. So when a frog claiming to be a cursed human comes along, he asks her to do two things, to read a few stories that won’t harm anyone and to kiss him. When you kiss an enchanted animal, or in this case- a frog, the enchanted will return to his true self. What Sunday doesn’t know is that if she kisses him, her life will change forever.
LaFevers, Robin. Grave Mercy. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2012.
Ismae is the daughter of the God of Death. After a near escape from her arranged marriage to a convent, Ismae is trained in the arts of a handmaiden of Death- assassination. Sent to the household of a possible traitor, Gavriel, Ismae begins to see glimpses of faults within her convent, and honor in the man she issent to spy on. Despite any feelings or doubts, she knows her first duty is to Death, but she has to wonder, what will her duty cost her and the man she is coming to love?
Lange, Erin Jade. Butter. Bloomsbury. 2012.
Butter is a morbidly obese teenager who is sick of being invisible but who doesn’t really want to make a splash either. One day, he’s finally pushed over the edge, and he posts a blog about his last meal, the one that he plans will kill him. This blog post brings him instant popularity, making Butter happy for once in his life. But Butter knows that his life is still far from perfect, and he must struggle with himself to determine who he will be and what course his life will take.
Laybourne, Emmy. Monument 14. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends. 2012.
Monument 14 is a book filled with terror, fear, and love, all inside a supermarket where 14 kids are trapped inside. They are unable to leave as a monster hailstorm has hit leading to variety of other disasters like a chemical weapon spill. Now they must find a way to escape their town Monument and get to safety in Alaska.
Levithan, David. Every Day. Random House/Alfred A. Knopf. 2012.
A wakes up in a different body every day. It has always been that way for A and A has rules to live by, like not getting too involved in the person's life. Then A meets Rhiannon, the girlfriend of Justin, the boy whose body he is inhabiting. Suddenly, none of the rules apply because A has found himself falling for Rhiannon and she won’t leave A’s mind even after A has left Justin’s body…
Lowry, Lois. Son. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2012.
In this new branch of the dystopian story started by The Giver, we follow the life of Claire, a birthmother in Jonas’s community. When Claire gives birth and her baby is taken from her we see the first signs of emotion from someone besides Jonas in the community. In this riveting tale about the strength of a mother’s love, you’ll be whisked through an epic adventure of good vs. evil that explores the concepts of freedom, love, and sacrifice.
Lyga, Barry. I Hunt Killers. Little, Brown & Company. 2012.
Jazz is the son of an infamous serial killer and has witnessed crime scenes from the killer’s point of view. So when a body is discovered, Jazz wants to use the skills he knows to help find the killer. However, he’s not just trying to prove to other people that he’s not like his father; he’s also trying to prove it to himself despite what he already knows.
McGarry, Katie. Pushing the Limits. Harlequin Teen. 2012.
Echo is a high school girl with “freaky” scars on her arms and no memory of how it happened. Noah is the high school stoner who uses girls and has no future. Over the course of their senior year, their lives will intersect in a way they never could have imagined, going through a journey that will prove to thems and each other that they are more than what their reputations demand.
Nielsen, Jennifer. The False Prince. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 2012.
In a faraway land, civil war is brewing. To unify his kingdoms divided people, a nobleman named Conner devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him on the throne. Four orphans are forced to compete for the role, including a defiant and clever boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a swords point - he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. His rivals have their own agendas as well, so Sage must trust no one and keep his thoughts hidden. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of lies unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that may very well prove more dangerous than all the lies taken together.
J/PBK/NIE and YA/CDBKS/NIE
Picoult, Jodi. Between the Lines. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse. 2012.
Delilah is a lonely, straight-A, freshman student who is shunned by nearly everyone at her school except for her punk best friend, Jules. Her mother pushes her to get out more by making her join the swim team
even though she always gets last place. Her father left her for another family and never visits. So it’s no wonder she would rather spend her days reading. She finds a fairy tale that she can’t stop reading and falls in the love with the prince of the story. Too bad he’s not real… or is he?
Rhodes, Morgan. Falling Kingdoms. Penguin Group/Razorbill. 2012.
War is brewing and unrest is wide spread. The breaking point is a single incident in the dying nation of Paelsia. While three kingdoms battle for power, four young people find themselves greatly affected by it as they experience things like betrayal and war.
Roth, Veronica. Insurgent. Harper Collins/Katherine Tegen Books. 2012. .
In the sequel to Divergent, Tris Prior is safe housing at the Amity compounds with her fellow survivors. With the whole city at war with its self and Jeannine looking for all the divergent, Tris must learn to embrace her own divergence and understand it, though it might prove a dangerous task.
Speer, Scott. Immortal City. Penguin Group/Razorbill. 2012.
The Immortal City, where guardian angels only protect the richest people and it’s the hottest, trendiest thing to be an angel. Maddy doesn’t quite understand what all the hype on angels is about, but when the most desired angel, Jacks asks her for help, she finds out more about angels then she ever expected possible. Soon after, they immediately fall in love. But when someone threatens this love, what will they do about it?
Stiefvater, Maggie. The Raven Boys. Scholastic/Scholastic Press. 2012.
The Raven Boys is a thrilling adventure that captures you and takes you down the supernatural path with a daring girl named Blue, four complicated guys and one life-altering quest and mystery of finding the Glendower King.
Wein, Elizabeth. Code Name Verity. Disney/Hyperion. 2012.
Verity is held captive by the Gestapo in 1943. She is told to reveal the secrets of the pilot who brought her to France or face the brutal consequences. As she does this, she weaves a story of an unlikely friendship and the bonds formed by it. Their tales intertwined form a suspenseful, breathtaking narrative of espionage - hope - horror - and friendship that spans untold secrets!
The Library offers a second Reader’s Theater Group for grades 9 and up!
Meetings are held on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Children's Program Room. It's best if you attend them all but not necessary. You may begin at any time.
Teen reader's Theatre will "restart" the week of January 21, 2013.
There may be periodic performances, but participation in these is optional.
Reader's theater is a legitimate form of drama with actors using their voices and upper bodies to convey various roles in a script through reading to an audience. It differs from a play in that parts or roles are read rather than memorized. Actors usually stand behind lecterns or music stands and use techniques such as vocal and facial expressions as well as hand and arm movements. Small hand props may be used as well.
Reader’s Theater builds reading confidence (and it’s fun), helps readers learn to read with expression (plus, it’s fun) and it promotes reading fluency (besides, it’s fun). While telling a familiar story in a creative way, participation in a Reader’s Theater group improves a child’s reading skill and comprehension, and develops vocal and facial expression in order to effectively convey thoughts and emotions (did we mention that it is fun?).
THE 2013 MICHAEL L. PRINTZ AWARD
And the WINNERS are....
On Monday, January 28th, the Young
Adults Services Association (YALSA) of the American Library Association
announced the winners of their media and book awards. Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults winner and honor books are listed below.
For more information go to Yalsa's Printz Award pages. Titles colored green are titles that we own, others have been ordered and will be available as we recieve them.
The Winner is: "In Darkness" by Nick Lake.
The Honor Books are:
"Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" by Benjamin Alire Sa'enz.
"Code Name Verity" by Elizabeth Wein.
"Dodger" by Terry Pratchett.
"The White Bicycle" by Beverley Brenna.
Thumbs Up! Book Award 2012
THUMBS UP WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The purpose of the Thumbs Up! Award is to recognize and promote an outstanding contribution to teen literature that has both literary quality and teen appeal for those 13 to 18 years of age.
The winner is "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Greene and 3 Honor books were picked as well, they are: "A Monster Calls," by Patrick Ness, "Divergent," by Veronica Roth and "This Dark Endeavor," by Kenneth Oppel.
The Petoskey District Library holds the titles in red as a part of its teen collection.
The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler (YA FIC/ASH)
It's 1996, Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM. Josh is her best friend. They log on--and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what their destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Cas has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead.
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (YA FIC/BRA)
The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (YA FIC/GRE)
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly
appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (YA FIC/JOH)
The day that Rory arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. The police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one, Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him--the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target.
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King (YA FIC/KIN)
Lucky Linderman didn't ask for his life. He didn't ask his grandfather not to come home from the Vietnam War. He didn't ask for a father who never got over it. He didn't ask for a mother who keeps pretending their dysfunctional
family is fine. And he didn't ask to be the target of Nader McMillan's relentless bullying, which has finally gone too far.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (YA FIC/NES)
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting — he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments.
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel (YAFIC/OPP)
In this prequel to Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein, Victor’s twin, Konrad, has fallen ill, and no doctor can cure him. Unwilling to give up on his brother, Victor enlists his cousin Elizabeth and his best friend, Henry, on a treacherous
search for the ingredients to create the forbidden Elixir of Life. Impossible odds, dangerous alchemy, and a bitter love triangle threaten their quest at every turn.
Divergent by Veronica Roth (YA FIC/ROT)
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions. On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Everyone whose path you cross in life has the power to change you--sometimes in small ways, and sometimes in ways greater than you could have ever known.
"FRESHBRAIN" Technology for YOU!
- CHECK OUT Freshbrain! FreshBrain is an open and free web site, freshbrain.org, that provides teens with the opportunity to explore, engage, and create through activities and projects. FreshBrain takes advantage of the latest technologies, such as web conferencing and social networking, to provide a very progressive environment where teens can complete activities and work together on projects. This experience is enhanced with Advisors, available to support and mentor teens who are working on projects, with the intention of increasing the likelihood of success. In addition, FreshBrain provides teens with tools and training in the latest technologies to complete these projects.
FreshBrain is a public charity - a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit.
- It'sa place for TEENS to play with technology, especially software. GO! NOW! Freshbrain . If you like doing this sort of thing, we could arrange for YOU to "trick out" our Teen pages here, or our MySpace or FaceBook. Maybe you could work on the socialnetwork project above, or make a YouTube movie of "Mr. Ron" singing a preschool song, doing a finger play or telling a story for our Early Childhood pages. ENHANCE yout "techno resume!' The sky is the limit. Contact Ron if you would like to pursue any of those ideas.
RON'S RED HOT RECOMMENDED READS
- Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
- Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel
- Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray
- The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi
- "Peak" by Roland Smith.
- "Don't Call Me Ishmael" by Michael Gerard Bauer.
- "Beauty Shop for Rent, fully equipped, inquire within." by Laura Bowers.
- "The One Where the Kid Nearly Jumps to his Death and Lands in California" by Mary Hersey.
- "Skullduggery Pleasant" and "Playing with Fire" by Derek Landy.
- "Tamar" by Mal Peet.
- "Red Glass" by Laura Resau.
- "The Wednesday Wars" by Gary Schmidt.
- My Mother the Cheerleader" by Robert Sharenow.
- "Zen and the Art of Faking It" by Jordan Sonnenblick.
- "Book of a Thousand Days" by Shannon Hale.
- "Schooled" by Gordon Korman
- "Life as We Knew It" and "the dead and gone" by Susan Beth Pfeffer
- 13 Reasons Why" by Jay Asher
- "Twisted" by Laurie Halse Anderson.
- "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian" by Sherman Alexie
- "The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I; The Pox Party" and "he Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation , Volume II; The Kingdom of the Waves" by M.T. Anderson
- "Hitler Youth" by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
- "Boy Proof" by Cecil Castellucci
- "Hunger Games," Catching Fire," and "Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins
- "Copper Sun" by Sharon Draper
- "Inkheart,""Inkspell" and "Inkdeath" by Cornelia Funke
- "Anansi Boys" by Neil Gaiman
- "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman
- "Hole In My Life" by Jack Gantos
- "Shattering Glass" by Gail Giles
- "An Abundance of Katherines" by John Green
- "Looking for Alaska" by John Green
- "Paper Towns" by John Green
- "Rash" by Pete Hautman
- "Totally Joe" by James Howe
- "Things Change" by Patrick Jones
- "Heavy Metal and You" by Christopher Krovatin,
- "Sabriel," "Abhorsen" and "Lirael" by Garth Nix
- "Skybreaker" and Starclimber" by Kenneth Oppel
- "Magic or Madness" by Justine Larbalestier
- "Day of Tears" by Julius Lester
- "Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie" by David Lubar
- "Inexcusable" by Chris Lynch
- "Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment," "Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever," "Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports," AND "The Final Warning"by James Patterson
- "Here Lies the Librarian"by Richard Peck
- "Criss Cross" by Lynn Rae Perkins
- ALL of the "Cirque Du Freak series by Darren Shan.
- "Peeps" by Scott Westerfield,
- "Uglies," "Pretties," 'Specials" and "Extras" by Scott Westerfield.
- "The Storm Thief" by Chris Wooding.
- "Hunger Games", "Catching Fire"" and "Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.
- "City of Bones," "City of Ashes" and "City of Glass" by Cassandra Clare.
- "Shiver" by Maggie Stiefvater.
- "Graceling" and "Fire" by Kristin Cashore.
- "Wintergirls" by Laurie Halse Anderson.
- "The Monstrumologist" by Rick Yancy.
- "Glow" and "Spark" by Amy Kathleen Ryan.
- "Ship Breaker: a novel," and "The Drowned Cities" by Paolo Bacigalupi.
Recommendations updated 4/8/2011
WEB SITES FOR TEENS!
Reading Rants has its own book lists AND links to other sites in the webosphere that offer reviews, opinions and discussions about TEEN BOOKS.
LitPick's team has a passion for promoting teen literacy and consists of
members from Harvard College, Harvard Business School, Harvard School of
Education, and high school with experience in coding, design, web
analytics, and the Young Adult publishing industry. The team is led by
Seth Cassel, who founded LitPick’s predecessor, Flamingnet.com, in 4th
grade with his father, Gary, and quickly realized that he had discovered
an idea with huge potential.
Teenfire is an online reading community just for teens sponsored by Sourcebooks. Teens can log on and interact with each other, as well as with published authors and YA editors. By registering on the site, teens can create their own pages and customize them with photos, text, videos, and apps. The site is a real bonanza for contest and swag lovers too.
AT Nerdfighters.ning.com we’re about bringing nerdfighters
together to increase awesome and decreasing world suck. Teen author John Green ("An Abundance of Katherines," "Looking for Alaska," and "Paper Towns") and his brother Hank (Technological Genius) have created a "made of awesome" site for you.
We - the Millennials - has arrived. you are emerging as a powerful
political and social force. Your huge numbers and progressive
attitudes are already changing America. And the world. You were born between 1978 and 2000 and you are 95 million strong! Find out what you're up to.
Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with
other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you're
into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone
novels, you can find it all here.
Comics and Manga
Marvel Comics has put a huge number of comics on its site. Most are available by paid subscription only, but more than 100 are available for free—from classics like first issue of The Amazing Spider-Man to recent releases like Dark Tower.
Brigid Alverson blogs at MangaBlog.
Get Graphic Comix and graphic novels.
Naruto fans! Naruto Shippuden will be available for download just days after its release in Japan from the official Naruto Web site. A new English-subtitled episode will be added every Thursday.
For anime and drama try Crunchyroll.
Kiki Magazine The web site says: "Kiki is a magazine for girls who love life, appreciate creativity, and
recognize good ideas. A Kiki reader thinks for herself, has her own
look, and is on her way to being a confident, strong, and smart young
woman. She's a girl with style and substance!" The magazine is getting good reviews elsewhere as well.
PulseIt This site is aimed at 14- to 18-year-olds and will let teens do things they can do on such places as Facebook—like create personal profiles and befriend other members—as well as read and react to S&S titles. You can "read amazing teen books for free online, and have your voice heard as a
reviewer, trend-spotter, and all-around expert. So if you want early
access to great books, join this community of fellow readers and become
part of the "it" thing!"
Spark is a"mostly for girls" online book club.
Shmoop, is an educational website for high school and college students that covers literature, US history, and poetry. Don’t let their playful name throw you off; our content is painstakingly researched and our writers are primarily Ph.D. and Masters students at Stanford and Berkeley. A real homework helper! It’s totally free and doesn’t require a login!
Planet Connect, a component of Classroom Earth, is an online social network where high school students can learn about current environmental issues, funding opportunities, green colleges and environmental careers. Students can also share and exchange ideas about how they are playing a critical role in solving today’s environmental issues.
Girl Zone is a hip and healthy website which provides girls with a chance to voice their opinions. While most traditional media for teen girls only offer up features on beauty, boys and fashion, Girl Zone offers content related to all aspects of a girl’s life. Girl Zone re-launched in April 2009 with a fresh, fun website with new features such “Mind-Spirit-Me” and “Girls Get Green” as well as a collection of seven regularly updated blogs.
Ypulse is whole site is all about marketing to you. This page is about books. A list of nice links here. Worth a look.
The Harlequin™ Teen Panel is an online reader panel for teens between the ages of 13 and 17.
Harper Teen is Harper/Collins publisher's teen site. While they want you to buy their books, there are some neat things to do and contests to enter.
Don' Buy It! is a Consumer/advertising education site for YOU.
My YearBook is a social networking site created by teens!
Teen Scene is an online teen magazine, founded by a teen.
For you Wordsmiths...the headquarters for Poetry Slam.
If you're a fan of the Maximum Ride series, then you want to go to The Official James Patterson site. Max Ride & other characters blog here. If you're a fan, go here!
For an internet site devoted to the interests of teens, visit the Internet Public Library's Teen Space.
The Wee k in Rap
http://www.flocabulary.com/and http://theweekinrap.com/?p=70 election week
Alex Rappaport and Blake Harrison have come up with a great way to get
you interested in current events; their "Week in Rap" sums up the
latest news using video and clever hip-hop lyrics in a way that’s fun
and engaging. It’s a new addition to their Web site, Flocabulary, which
uses hip-hop to foster literacy and promote academic success in the
classroom. Check out their election coverage.
Alex studies music at
Tufts and Blake studied English at UPenn. What made you guys start a
site that uses hip-hop to foster literacy?
Amy Poehler's Smart Girlsat the Party
Amy Poehler, Meredith Walker and Amy Miles celebrate girls who are changing the world by being themselves.
These are pretty neat, even though they're presented by "Barbie"!
TeenVoices.com GET PUBLISHED in Teen Voices
Teen Voices is an intensive journalism and mentoring leadership development program for teen girls in Boston whose mission is to support and educated teen girls to amplify their voices and create social change through media. Through its program, teen girls create an internationally distributed print and online alternative magazine reaching 45,000 readers worldwide and receiving 88,000 annual visitors from 177 countries.
Free Book Friday for Teens
They give away free books every Friday. Each week, a new YA author is featured with an exclusive Q&A and a drawing to win free signed copies of his/her book.
All you have to do to enter to win each week is sign up! Winners are chosen at random and posted on the site every Friday morning. Hence the name, "Free Book Friday! Go to Free Book Friday Be sure that you go to the Teen Page!
Flamingnet offers you student reviews and recommendations on past, present, and future preteen, teen, and young adult books.
Sweet Designs Magazine Try this Teen Online magazine.
Guys, Looking for something to read?
Check out Guys Lit Wire It exists solely to bring literary news and reviews to the attention of teenage boys and the people who care about them. They are more than happy to welcome female readers - but their main goal is to bring the attention of good books to guys who might have missed them. The titles will be new or old and on every subject imaginable. They guarantee new posts every Monday through Friday and have a list of twenty-three individual scheduled contributors plus several additional occasional posters all of whom have different literary likes and dislikes. They hope to provide something for everyone and will strive to accomplish that goal.
http://www.readergirlz.com/says that its mission is to promote teen literacy and leadership in girls, readergirlz features a different YA novel and corresponding community service project every month. hat's putting it mildly! If you are a girl and you love reading, this site is for YOU!
Get published in Teen Ink RAW.
RAW is a new site of unedited submissions to Teen Ink. You be the judge by rating articles (up to one vote per article per day) and leaving comments or feedback for the writer. Articles that receive the highest ratings will be prominently displayed on the website. Articles posted on RAW are screened for inappropriate content or language. Submissions are not checked for plagiarism. Every article will be considered by our editors for publication in Teen Ink Magazine. Writers selected for publication in the magazine will be notified by mail.
Teenreads purports: "to bring teens
info and features about their favorite authors, books, series and
characters. We are a part of The Book Report Network, a group of
websites founded in 1996 that share thoughtful book reviews, compelling
features, in-depth author profiles and interviews, excerpts of the
hottest new releases, literary games and contests, and more with
readers every week."
He Raps. He Reads. It’s Common.
Common, the rapper known for his socially conscious themes and intricate lyrics, is a Grammy Award winner as well as the author of three books for children. A longtime advocate for urban youth, Common launched the Corner Book Club, an interactive book club for teens, on the Web site of his charity, the Common Ground Foundation.
Like scary stories? Check this site out! Monsterlibrarian.com
KIDS READ COMICS
Kids Read Comics (KRC) was founded by youth and teen librarian Edith Burney of Chelsea, cartoonist and educator Jerzy Drozd of Ann Arbor, comic shop owner Dan Merritt of Dearborn, and comic book writer Dan Mishkin of East Lansing. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KRC sponsors an annual Kids Read Comics Convention in June with activities for both teens and younger kids. There are hands-on workshops, panels and presentations, chances to meet comics and animation professionals and opportunities for kids to have their own work reviewed. And, the event is TOTALLY FREE! The third annual celebration was held on June 18 & 19, 2011 at the Chelsea District Library in Chelsea. Go to the Kids Read Comics web site for all of the details.
KRC also works throughout the year to promote comics and creativity for kids and teens. We’re building a recommended reading list; gathering resources for parents, teachers and librarians; and organizing artists and writers who can bring presentations and workshops to libraries around the state of Michigan and beyond.
TEEN ZINE SCENE
Check out our zine collection in the Teen Room!(See picture)
The collection was made possible through the efforts of Katie Blanchard; she raised the funds by selling fridge magnets that she created (with a match from the Teen book budget), ordered and help to process them (You may even check them out, if you wish!). We have not cataloged them though, so you'll have to browse the collection for your favorites (if there is a substantial interest in the collection, we'll try to get them cataloged). The little shelving units were made from old cigar boxes and clementine crates by the the Teen Advisory Board and attendees at the Teen Library Lock-in during the summer of 2006.
Zines (pronounced like "zeens") are self created publications, or, think "homemade magazines." They can be about any topic. There are zines about anything that you can think of, even zines about other zines! They have been a part of American culture in one form or another since the beginning. Thomas Paine wrote a zine (they called them "pamplets!) called Common Sense in 1776. Discover these fun, quirky little publications in the Teen Room next time you visit. You might even want to publish one yourseld one day!
If you want to learn more check out the links below:
A list of zine libraries arranged by state, from Zine World: A Reader's Guide to the Underground Press.
A list of zine libraries from the website for A Book of Zines: Readings From the Fringe.
The Salt Lake City Public Library's list of zine links includes many handy websites about zines and for zinesters â€” scroll down a little and you'll see their list of zine libraries throughout the
2012 Summer Program "Own the Night!"
The Teen program, "Own the Night," concluded at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 26.
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Teen 'Wall of Fame'
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The Library has a Web Guide to help you find information about your community, reference materials to help you with homework, and other internet sites. This can give you a "short cut" to helpful information.
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