Teen Tech Week wrap-up, or: Who won the iPod Touches?

We held 33 different Teen Tech Week programs during the month of March and served 390 people.

Over 170 of you filled out our crossword puzzle for the awesome USB bracelet prize and a whopping 400 teens entered into our drawing for the iPod Touches.

Who won them? Congrats to Jada Simpson, age 12 and Alex Hernandez, age 12, our two winners!

See you in the fall for Teen Read Week!!!

–Michael Perry

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Teen Top Ten Nominees

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YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association’s) has released the nominees for the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten. The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country.
Check out some of the nominees. (View the complete listing of nominees here!)

 

Sky on Fire

 

Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

A group of survivors, originally trapped together in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, has split in two — one group heading to Denver airport on a repaired school bus, the other remaining in the Sanctuary trying to rebuild the community they lost. But the world outside is dark and filled with dangerous chemicals that turn people into bloodthirsty monsters.

 

 

Teardrop

 

Teardrop by Lauren Kate

Since Eureka’s mother drowned, she wishes she were dead too, but after discovering that an ancient book is more than a story Eureka begins to believe that Ander is right about her being involved in strange things–and in grave danger.

 

 

 

 

Splintered

 

Splintered by A.G. Howard

A descendant of the inspiration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice’s mistakes, she may save her family from their curse.

 

 

 

The Testing

 

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.

 

 

 

 

The Eye of Minds

 

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Michael is a skilled internet gamer in a world of advanced technology. When a cyber-terrorist begins to threaten players, Michael is called upon to seek him and his secret’s out.

 

Which ones would YOU vote for? Would you recommend these to your friends? Let us know in the comments below.

–sent by Michelle Frost

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The Giver, by Lois Lowry

The GiverImagine living in a world where everything is the Same. There is no color. There is no weather. There are no hills. There is no sunshine, wind, or rain. The world is defined by Sameness. Everything is controlled, from when you got your first bike (age 9), to when you are assigned your role in the community (age 12). People are “released” when they are too old. If twins are born, the “runt” is “released.” Sexuality and reproduction is controlled. This is the world that Jonas lives in.

When Jonas turns 12, he is selected to become the Receiver. There is only one Receiver at a time, and the current Receiver who “trains” him becomes “The Giver.”

At the same time that Jonas is selected to be the new Receiver, his father (a Nurturer) brings home a “baby” named Gabriel who has the same light-colored eyes as Jonas. There’s something special about Gabriel, and when the decision is made to release him because of his constant fussiness at night, Jonas must decide if he is going to step in and try to save Gabriel.
Will Jonas make the decision to try to escape with Gabriel to Elsewhere? Will they start a new life there? Or perish?

The Giver, by Lois Lowry, was reviewed by Michelle Frost.

The movie version comes out August 15th. You can view a trailer here.

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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.

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Google Doodle Contest 2014, or Make Some Cash for College and Be Famous, Too!

Google Doodle? What’s that?

Have you ever visited Google.com and noticed that there is some artwork there in place of the word “Google”? That’s a “Google Doodle” and usually celebrates a famous person’s birthday, a particular event or a cultural icon. Famous people have included Harriet Tubman, Leon Foucault, and Maurice Sendak. A Doodle has been made for the first day of summer, National Library Week, and the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle. There’s even been one for Star Trek.

Every year, Google hold a contest for kids in grade K-12. All you have to do is print out the application form, doodle your version of the Google logo based off this year’s theme and submit it online or by mail. State prizes are $5000. National prizes are $50,000. More details are here: https://www.google.com/doodle4google/faq.html

This year’s theme is “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…”

Here’s the site: https://www.google.com/doodle4google/ The deadline for your submission is March 20th, 2014. So go on, download the form and give it your best! What will your Doodle look like?

To get you inspired, here’s last year’s Doodle. It was done by Sabina Brady, 17. Good luck!!!

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–Michael Perry

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