The William C. Morris YA Debut Award

Last week, we told you about the Printz award which given by ALA for the best book for teens each year. What’s that? You’d like more? Okay, how about the Morris award? The William C. Morris YA Debut Award is given for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. It celebrates impressive new voices in young adult literature. So it’s gonna be fresh, something you’ve never read and ideal to share with your friends.

Check one out. Read it. Let us know what you think in the comments below or on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/teenscene.

Winner
Charm & Strange

Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

 

 

Finalists:

In the Shadow of Blackbirds

 

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

 

 

Sex & Violence

 

Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

 

 

Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets

 

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos

 

 

Belle Epoque

 

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

 

 

The Michael L. Printz Award – 2014

It’s award season. You’ve heard of the Oscars and the Golden Globes for movies and TV. Then you’ve got the Grammys, the People’s Choice Awards, even the MTV Music Awards for music. But did you know there is an award for the best Young Adult book?
It’s called the Michael L. Printz Award. It “honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature. The awards announcement is made at the ALA Midwinter Meeting”* which was today.

So, who is this Michael Printz? He was a school librarian in Topeka, Kansas and was involved with YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). He had a passion for books and reading.

Here’s this year’s winner and honor books. Which have you read? Let us know in the comments below.

Printz Award winner –
Midwinterblood

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

 

 

Honor –

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Large Print

Audiobook on CD

Downloadable audiobook

 

Kingdom of Little Wounds

 

Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

Downloadable e-book

 

 

Maggot Moon
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

Downloadable e-book

 

 

Navigating Early

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Audiobook on CD

Downloadable e-book

Downloadable audiobook

 

*from http://www.ala.org/yalsa/printz

– Michael Perry

Crash Courses with the Green Brothers

crashUnless you are (wait for it) THE MONGOLS then you will be interested in Crash Course by the Vlog Brothers John and Hank Green. Learn about History and Biology in the best possible way with these DVDs. Great animation, lots of humor and facts galore. Kids, teens and even adults can catch up on their history and biology while preparing for the test.

Crash Course Biology: The Complete Course

 

 

Crash Course Biology: The Complete Course

 

What test? Well, our local hero John Green puts it best: “The test will last your entire life, and it will be comprised of the millions of decisions that, when taken together, make your life yours. And everything – everything – will be on it. I know, right? So pay attention.”

 
Crash Course World History: The Complete Course
Crash Course World History: The Complete Course

 

You may be thinking: How did lessons dated January 11th and January 13th, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Ronald Reagan and the global carbon cycle, make it onto these DVD’s?

feline2You’ve caught us. These pictures aren’t from the DVD’s. They’re from the Tumbler, which you can reach by clickiing here.  http://thecrashcourse.tumblr.com/

The Tumbler has lessons for a half-dozen crash courses, and other valuable links, such as Feline Fans.

So tumble aboard. Click on the pictures of the Greens to request the on-order DVD’s, click on the cat and we’ll send you a cat.

–from Selector Amy Dalton

Holidays in Indianapolis

With the snow over the weekend, it is looking like winter is here a bit early. We love the look of the season. There’s so much to do, though! Finals! Shopping! Family Get-togethers! Holiday celebrations!

What’s that? Want some more? Here’s a few ideas for you to try out this month…

Library branches are hosting a program called Holiday Origami. You’ll get a chance to get folding during this program that’s presented by Art with a Heart. You’ll learn basic folds and create your own holiday masterpieces.

Every evening, Wednesday through Sunday during the month of December, surround yourself with the magic and beauty of the holiday season as the Indianapolis Zoo hosts its 45th year of Christmas at the Zoo. Details are here.

The Children’s Museum has a great holiday celebration every winter. Check out Jolly Days at the Children’s Museum this year!

One of our favorite things to do is climb into the car and go look at the lights. Several neighborhoods are locally famous for their light shows. There’s Christmas on Victory in Carmel, and of course, the HUGE display at the Reynolds John Deere dealership in Noblesville at 126th and SR 37. Make sure to allow extra time. Lines can be VERY long!

What do you like to do during this time of year? Let us know in the comments below!

Orleans, by Sherri L. Smith

OrleansIf you’ve had enough of flesh-eating zombies, but still enjoy novels with post-apocalyptic themes, try Orleans, by Sherri L Smith. The author of Flygirl (a fictionalized account of a “lighter-skinned” African American female who passes for white in order to join WASP [Women Airforce Service Pilots]), stretches her story-telling skills by penning a dystopian novel of post-Katrina New Orleans where a virus has killed most of the Gulf Coast residents. Only those without tainted blood survive. Survivors find food, family, shelter, and protection by aligning themselves tribally by blood type, rather than by race/ethnicity.

Hardscrabble Fern de la Guerre must deliver a newborn baby girl to the Outer States before her blood is contaminated by the Delta Fever virus. Aided by Daniel, a scientist from outside Orleans, Fern embarks on a dangerous journey to ensure the baby girl is given an opportunity for a virus-free life.

Recommended by Rhonda Oliver, Brightwood Library