The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (2 reviews)

Our first review is by your fellow teen Sara: I DON’T WANT TO SPOIL THE BOOK FOR ANYONE. SO I WILL JUST SAY THAT IT WAS AN AMAZING. FILLED WITH AMAZING DETAILS AND AMAZING CHARACTERS. YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THAT BOOK.

And now a review from librarian Michael Perry:

The Book Thief
“Here’s a small fact: You’re going to die.”
Sometimes a story gets written that endures past the “flash in a pan” stage. There have been some great series that have lasted for a decade or more. Remember “The Princess Diaries”? the whole “Gossip Girl” series? Sure they were fun to read, but if you are thinking of really great books, you probably would be talking about Scott Westerfield’s “the Uglies” series or Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” series or just about anything by John Green.

Keeping that in mind, here’s a book from 2006 that you really have to read. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Told with Death (Yup, Death itself!) as the narrator, this book takes place during World War II in Nazi Germany and explores the life of Liesel, a young girl who ends up in a foster home. At her brother’s funeral, she steals a gravedigger’s handbook. Here’s the twist. Liesel can’t read! Her foster father finds the title and then teaches her to read. Later, during a book burning in the center of town, the mayor is the only one who sees Liesel snatch a book from the pile. He takes a chance with her and shows her his dead son’s library. And there’s more.
The book is fantastic, one of the few that really put you in the place and time of the plot. Liesel comes alive through the pages and you will find yourself staying up into the late hours of the night as you turn pages, following her life.

Get this one. You’ll be glad you did.

The Book Thief on e-book
In addition to the book (on paper) we have this title as a downloadable e-book, a downloadable audiobook and an audiobook on CD. It came out as a movie in late 2013 and was released this spring on DVD and Blu-ray.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

heartsFriday is coming and with it, Valentine’s Day! Now you might be one of the ones who are thinking about flowers, cards, gifts and such. If so, congrats! However, you might be one of the ones who are celebrating Un-Valentine’s Day by doing something nice for yourself or with friends. Here’s a few suggestions: Write a list of something that makes you happy and put it on the mirror! Buy one of those chocolates-filled hearts and share with your friends! Or maybe (and yeah, we’re gonna throw it out there, cuz this *is* a library blog) you can read a book! In deference to the holiday, let us present some titles for your romantic reading pleasure!

Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes from Cleopatra to Camus

 

Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes from Cleopatra to Camus

 

All I Need

 

All I Need by Susane Colasanti

 

 

The Fault in Our Stars

 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

 

 

Eleanor & Park

 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

 

 

Keeping You a Secret

 

Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters

 

 

Two Boys Kissing

 

Two Boys Kissing

 

 

Matched

 

Matched by Ally Condie (Matched #1)

 

 

Anna and the French Kiss

 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

 

 

This Lullaby

 

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

 

 

The Summer I Turned Pretty

 

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

 

 

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

Reboot

RebootToday, we present Reboot for your reading pleasure. This first novel by Amy Tintera has this blurb on the front cover: “5 years ago, I died. 178 minutes later, I woke up”. If that doesn’t catch your interest, the back cover starts off with “Le Femme Nikita meets Maximum Ride.”

That’s a lot to live up to, so here’s our review of the book.

First off, ZOMBIES!! And it gets better. The first line of the book is “They always screamed.”
The USA was hit with a virus called KDH that killed millions. But a few reanimated and are called “Reboots”. Wren Connolly is one such Reboot. Shot in the chest three times, she reanimated as a Reboot. She’s stronger, faster and has fewer emotions. Think zombie, but more like a soldier. The longer a Reboot is dead, the less human they are when they return. And, after 178 minutes, Wren is now one very effective Reboot.

Part of Wren’s job with HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation) is to train new Reboots. But one new Reboot, Callum Reyes, is proving to be difficult. He SMILES. He THINKS. He’s hardly a Reboot at all. He’s definitely going to be a problem for her.

Great writing by the author. The humans’ fear of Reboots, the world around Wren, the social class struggle (rich vs. poor) and more are all very believable. Filled with great action, awesome characters, and an unforgettable romance, this plot was unique and very captivating. Here’s a hint of the writing style, it’s one of our favorite quotes from the book:
“You shouldn’t let the fact that you’re a badass go to waste.”

This one is a real page turner. Everything gets wrapped up nicely in the end, yet clearly this is the first in a series from Ms. Tintera. We are very much looking forward to the next title.

–Michael Perry