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The Clone Codes

The Clone Codes

The Clone Codes. The old rules are back. Only this time, it’s not the Slave Codes from the 1800’s, when slaves were considered less than humans and they weren’t given rights. Now it’s 2170 and clones are the new “less than human”.
But for Leanna Debarry, life is great! You can go to school via virtual reality. Clones serve humans and do the work for you. What a great time to live, right? That’s what Leanna thought, too. Until she comes home one afternoon to find her mom accused of being part of The Liberty Bell movement, a “terrorist” organization set up to get equal rights for those clones.
With her mom arrested, Leanne is forced to go on the run from a bounty hunter with nothing more than a virtual scrapbook filled with The Liberty Bell story. Leanna is scared and confused. Who can she trust? Are clones more than she was taught? Can she uncover the truth about The Liberty Bell and herself before it’s too late?
The sequel, Confessions of a Cyborg, will be published on February 1st, and is available for reserve now.


I took a little trip today that I want to share with you.  Not a get in the car kind of trip.  In fact, I never left the couch.  My trip began when a colleague sent an email with a link announcing The National Book Award winners.  I especially wanted to see which book in the Young People’s Literature category had won.  Here’s what I found:

Ship Breaker



Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi













Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine









Dark Water



Dark Water by Laura McNeal











Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers









One Crazy Summer



One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia









Wanting to learn more about Lockdown, I typed “Lockdown Myers” into Google and in the results I spotted a link with an interesting name and a review of Lockdown

CLICK!  And there I was riding, well actually reading, the YA Highway, a terrific blog created by writers and readers of young adult literature, which claims 1,336 followers.

Touring the blog reminded me of a Facebook post from Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), promoting the YA Book Blog Directory which promises: “this site can be utilized by authors looking to publicize their books, publishers looking for reviewers, book bloggers looking to network and teenage readers or the teen at heart readers.”

So, take your own trip into cyberspace and see what you discover.  Let us know if you find any great sites for teen readers.  Better yet, write your own book review and send it in to Teen Scene!

What´s Going to Happen Next Friday????? My Darklyng, an Online Serial Novel!!!!!!

Willkie Collins, Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle all wrote books this way.  Now the internet has made the serial novel new again.  Serials are published a little at a time, once a week or once a month—like TV shows.  This makes them easy to read, and they can really hold your interest because you have to wait for the next part.  Slate dot com is hosting a serial novel just for teens.  It’s called “My Darklyng” by Laura Moser and Lauren Mechling.  It’s about Natalie, who auditions to be on the cover of a book in her favorite series of vampire novels.  This leads to a mystery full of models, strange orange pills and a really weird author.  To add to the fun, the characters have their own Facebook and Twitter accounts.  These provide clues to help you solve the mystery before the end of the book.  Interested?  Check out the first few chapters at  and read new chapters every Friday until August.  Friend and follow the characters and have a mysterious summer!

Blogbook 2009: Loulane Lambert’s Lists for Life


Want to try reading in a new way? Do you like blogs? Well, you are reading this one so the answer is probably yes. Barbara Larmon Failing, an author and educator is trying something new called Blogbook 2009. Starting June 1st she will post a new part of her book Loulane Lambert’s Lists for Life each day that will continue until it is complete.

You’re probably wondering what this Loulane Lambert’s List for Life is all about. It’s the story of a fourteen-year-old who has recently lost her father, is dealing with a new step-family and is about to start high school in a new town. She also is an aspiring artiste. What will happen to her and how will she spend her summer?

If you want to follow along just check out the Teen Scene everyday starting June 1st until the entire blog is completed.

Ellen Schreiber Answers Teen Read Week Questions

Vampire KissesDuring our Teen Read Week (October 12 – 18), teens were given the opportunity to ask questions of our featured author Ellen Schreiber. Here are their questions, and Schreiber’s answers.

Nora Library:  Brandon E. asked, “Do you like vampires?”

I do now–now that I am writing about them.  I like exploring their mystery and seclusion from the mortal world.

 Decatur Library:  Alicia J., age 15, asked, “Are you planning on creating another series anytime soon?”

I would like to–and in fact have begun writing another book…but I have at least two more Vampire Kisses books to write so they are on the front burner, as they say.

                 LaTrena S., age 11, “What is your inspiration?”

For writing the Vampire Kisses books?  I saw two goth girls swinging on swings in the middle of the summer and I thought it was a great image.  I also wanted to write about a girl who was headstrong and fearless.  In addition, I wanted to write about the romantic side of vampires.

College Avenue:  Angelise S., age 16, “How do you think you differ from the  others who write about vampires?”

I don’t read any other vampire books, so I’m not really sure.  From my readers, I gather that I stick to the traditional mythology of vampires and I am not much with the  gory/violent aspect.  My main focus is the romance and feeling like one is an outsider.

Spades Park:  Ashley B., “Where do you come up with your ideas? I love your books!”

I get inspirations from everything.  Subjects like comedy for Comedy Book.  Teenage Mermaid was based on the title.  And love inspires me, too!

Irvington:  Theresa M., age 13, “Would you ever keep a bat as a pet or build a bat house in your back yard?” 

Don’t think so.  Only if they didn’t bite.  I had a few flying around my apartment a few years back.  The only thing that kept me from fainting was hoping it was Alexander coming by for a visit. :)


Southport:  Karly H., age 15, “You mastered Raven’s character perfectly.  Who were your inspirations for Raven and Alexander?” 

My inspiration for Raven was purely her character.  I did imagine Alexander as a young Johnny Depp.

Wayne:  David M., age 18, “Do people randomly come up to you and ask you about your books?” 

Not too randomly. Once they know I am a writer, they do.

Lawrence:  Jessica S., age 17, “Who, in your life, helped you become an author?”

My dad, who originally read my first book and thought it was good.  My mom for insisting I keep the romantic parts.  But mostly my brother Mark, who is a writer.  He helped me edit my first books and show them to publishers and agents.  He totally rocks!

Central:  Chelsea M., age 18, “What first got you into writing?”

My brother Mark showed me a young adult book that was hip and edgy and he thought I might like it.  I did! I read it and thought, “I can do this!”  So I changed a story I had previously begun writing but couldn’t finish as an adult book and changed the characters to teens and zipped it out in six weeks.

E. 38th St.:  Jasmine B., “What grade is Raven in?”

She is in tenth grade in books 1-5.

Fountain Square:  Sierra M., age 13, “How old where you when you started writing books?”


Flanner House:  Eiren M., age 13, “How much do you like what you do?”

I LOVE it!!!

East Washington:  Alexandra B., age 16, “Is it ever hard to think up new plots?”

For some reason it just comes to me really quickly.  I’m not sure why.  I think it might have been all my acting and improv training.