Davida Wills Hurwin brings you a book about hate, survival, hope and forgiveness. The book is very good and is a very great lesson after you read it. Nothing is sugar-coated, which is great because it doesn’t lie. Hurwin tells the truth of real life in the book and shows that everything has bumps along the way. (Cherokee, Grove Hall)
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What better way to celebrate ALA’s National Library Week (April 11-17) than doing something on National Support Teen Literature Day – Thursday, April 15th. What should you do? How about read a winner or finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award? What’s that award about? It was first awarded in 2009 and honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.
This year’s award was given to Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan: Blake’s life is way too complicated. He’s a sophomore in high school with a girlfriend and a friend who is a girl. One of them loves him. One of them needs him. Can he please them both?
Finalists this year were:
- Ash by Malinda Lo: Consumed with grief after the death of her father, Ash’s only escape from her harsh life and cruel stepmother comes from re-reading the fairy tales that her mother once told her and hoping against hope that the fairies will appear to her. When the fairy Sidhean appears, Ash hopes that he will steal her away to his enchanted world; but when she meets the King’s Huntress, Kaisa, she realizes that staying in her own realm can also lead to beauty, romance, and perhaps even love.
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: Sixteen-year-old Ethan has lived all his life in Gaitlin, South Carolina, a town that hasn’t changed much since the Civil War. While coping with the loss of his mother, a father who spends all of his time in his study, and high school, his world turns upside down with the arrival of Lena, a new girl with whom he seems to share a psychic connection. As they grow closer, Ethan discovers that Lena and her family share a dark secret and that she is headed for doom on her sixteenth birthday.
- The Everafter by Amy Huntley: Maddy is a ghost, surrounded by things she lost when she was alive. By touching these objects, she relives the episodes in her life where she lost them. Even though Maddy’s dead, she explores the lessons these objects hold — and why are they still important. AND
- hold still by Nina LaCour: After Caitlin’s best friend Ingrid commits suicide, Caitlin has a hard time making sense of the loss. She finds Ingrid’s journal and slowly allows herself to read it and learn about why Ingrid felt the need to end her life. Caitlin also grapples with allowing herself to find another friend, to let in a boyfriend, and to understand why her favorite teacher is ignoring her. It is the haunting story of dealing with loss, moving on, and finding peace and hope.
|Did you enjoy the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books? How about the Internet Girl series (ttyl, ttfn, l8r g8r, and bff)? Maybe Earl Sewell’s Decision Time or L.J. Smith’s Vampire Diaries are more your thing? Wondering what books are going to be coming out this spring and summer that you may like? Come over to the Mattapan Library on Thursday, February 25th at 2 PM for a one hour special presentation from the same publishers who brought us these books to learn about what they’re excited about releasing next.Can’t make it to Mattapan? Ask your favorite librarian to register and watch at your home library. Here’s a link for them: http://bit.ly/bHhGCd. Can’t make it this Tuesday? Leave me a comment and I’ll get in touch with you and we can schedule a repeat presentation.
Here’s a flyer (pdf) to download and hang up at your school.
“It all starts with a knock at the window…”