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The Popularity of Dystopian Books From 1920-2010

Posted on March 21st, 2012 by Anna in Books

This graph was created by the website This shows the popularity of dystopian books such as George Orwell’s 1984 and Suzane Collins’ The Hunger Games. Bet you didn’t realize dystopian books were popular back in 1920 when your great grandparents or grandparents were children, did you? But back then they were written with adults in mind, rather than children or even teens.

Want to check out the rest of the graph? Yep… there’s more! This graph is huge, and awesomely packed with info just waiting for you to gobble it down, including the most popular dystopian titles over the years. Check it out here: Dystopian Popularity Graph.

“Go Away – I’m Reading!”

Posted on March 12th, 2012 by Anna in Books

Ever gotten yourself caught up in a novel so much you just wanted to tell your annoying little sister to go away so you wouldn’t miss what was happening on the pages? Well now you can! These book covers are meant for the most popular YA books today, and will effectively tell everyone around you not to bother you while you continue your reading journey.


These book covers are FREE and can be found here: Simply download the ones you want, send them to your local Staples or other office supply store and have them printed out on thick paper. The printing is what will cost you some money, or if you have your own printer and paper that’s long enough, you can print them off yourself. On their website there is a video tutorial explaining how to fold them around your book once you get them printed.

Hark! A Vagrant – Book Review

Posted on December 28th, 2011 by bplteenblog in Books, Reviews - Staff

Who knew you could learn some History while reading comics. In Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant, that’s exactly what you experience.  Sure, you’re thinking, learning while reading comics? I think I’ll skip this one.  But trust me when I tell you that this book will have you laughing out loud.  Beaton leaves no moment of History untouched with her witty comic strips; which range from history to literature to just plain random and hilarious observations. For example did you ever wonder how to spot a wise owl? Well obviously it’s the one with a beard.

I’ll admit though, there were moments were I had no idea who she was referring to in certain comics, but a quick browse through Wikipedia and I knew exactly who that person was and look at that, I learned something new. Sneaky Beaton! The author also adds some commentary to explain why she created certain comics, and at times a little brief description of the historical person she is referring to in her comic.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading comics, but also those who enjoy their history with a side of humor.

To get a taste of what’s in the book, you can visit Beaton’s website where she posts comics frequently.

Hark! A Vagrant

Teens’ Top Ten Books From 2011

Posted on October 21st, 2011 by Anna in Books

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), had nine thousand teens vote on their top ten book choices of 2011. What did they pick? Here’s a video done up by our one-time Teen Librarian (from the Grove Hall branch), Amy Fisk Check it out and see which ones you need to check out today!

YALSA Teens’ Top Ten.

The number one teen pick of 2011 was Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare! Below is her acceptance video. Check it out!

Can’t view the video above?  Here’s the top ten list:

  1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster)
  2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
  3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (Simon & Schuster)
  4. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins)
  5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin)
  6. Matched by Ally Condie (Penguin)
  7. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson (Little, Brown & Company)
  8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (HarperCollins)
  9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins)
  10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (Penguin)

For more information on YALSA and the Teen’s Top Ten, check them out here:

Creating The Paper Airplane

Posted on August 29th, 2011 by Anna in Books, Resources

Ever wondered how paper airplanes got started?

How old do you think they are?

Think one paper airplane is the same as the next?

Check out this article on Yahoo! to read about the possible history of the paper device, follow the videos to create your own, and then check out your local branch library to check out books on the subject! We definitely have a few here at Copley in the Teen Room!