Welcome to the first installment of NPR's Back-Seat Book Club! We've invited all of our younger listeners to join us for conversations with authors of kids' books. We kicked off the club with The Graveyard Book, a thrilling Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman that won the Newbery Medal in 2009. Gaiman loves Halloween and all the creepy fun that goes along with it.
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing the most talented teen artists and writers in the United States and Canada, has launched its call for entries for the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Jack Catcher's parents are dead—his mom died of sickness and his dad of a broken heart—and he has to get out of Oklahoma, where dust storms have killed everything green, hopeful, or alive. When former classmate Jane and her little brother Tony show up in his yard with plans to steal a dead neighbor's car and make a break for Texas, Jack doesn't need much convincing.
One thing I love about author Tara Kelly is her realistic portrayals of characters that holds nothing back. In Harmonic Feedback she shows us the world of Drea with it's coming of age tale of a teen that just happens to have sensory issues. Once again Kelly delivers with Amplified that continues in her winning style.
This is one of the best books I have ever read because the author wrote the book in a way that allowed you to feel that you were part of the story, and created the characters in such a way that I felt I had known them all my life.
Earlier this week, Jessica posted a roundup of what we OOMers consider to be the essential scary stories. It was certainly a good, spooky list! But at Halloween, our scares come in the form of movies, too, and there are many, many horror films and monster movies based on books.
The author of "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains" and the Atlantic magazine article "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" delivered a thought-provoking opening keynote address at the American Association of School Librarians National Conference.
Mary Hooper's new book, Velvet, is set at the height of the spiritualist craze in Victorian London. As part of her research she has discovered a whole host of tricks mediums used to fool the audience into believing that they could communicate with the dead. She reveals some of them here
In honor of Teen Read Week last week and the Teen’s Top Ten list, we were inspired to create our own list of our favorite books for teens so far in 2011. There are four of us though, so the whole “top 10″ thing was a little hard to adhere to once we got rolling.
The West Vancouver Memorial Library is a tremendously busy one-branch system serving an affluent, professional population of approximately 45,000 and circulating more than one million items annually. On an average weekday, 1,700 people visit our facility, and a big portion of them are well-read middle schoolers and teens.
In preparing for Halloween, I’ll revisit a CNN poll on scary books. A few years back, CNN Interactive conducted an informal survey to determine what respondents felt were the scariest books of all time
For her second published novel, Open Minds (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy), author and Palatine resident, Sue Quinn, has dived into science fiction for young adults, creating a future telepathic world where one girl’s inability to read minds makes her painfully isolated … until she discovers she can control thoughts instead.
People's Republic is the start of a new Cherub series. In case you don't know Cherub is a secret organisation - like MI6 except that MI6 isn't secret . . . but it uses children to conduct it's operations. So the Cherub series is like James Bond and Alex Rider but its aimed at more of an older age range.
It's appropriate to have this column run now, at the tail end of National Anti-Bullying Awareness month. Bullies don't just exist in the schoolyard or classroom. Each teen in the following titles has his or her own reason for fleeing, and readers will find themselves urging these characters on, hoping that they get farther away from whatever is chasing them.
Last summer, Bryan High School found funding to send every student, and even the incoming freshmen, home with five books to keep and read. The book bags were tailored to each student, but librarian Stacy Lickteig made sure that many of them included one of her favorite books, "Chains" by Laurie Halse Anderson.
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