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2016 Teens' Top Ten announced!
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 fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week™ (October 9-15, 2016) here on the Teens' Top Ten site. The winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.
All Fall Down by Ally Carter. Realistic (sort of)/Adventure. Grace is having a VERY hard time getting over the horrific death of her mother and it doesn't help any that no one believes her when she says the death was a murder, not an accident, and she can ID the murderer. The characters are fairly lovable, but... Let me explain the analogy "like a broken record". It was when a vinyl LP had a scratch and would repeat the same bit over and over to madness. This was the All Fall Down plotline. Crossover by Kwame Alexander. Realistic? Too tame a word to describe this slam dunk book. Free verse narrates the family drama alternating with the hip-hop on the court. Pulls you in and along.
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan. Everyone's raving about this one as being MAGICAL in an odd mysterious way, but I kinda wasn't in the mood even though I usually love her stuff. But I'd like to hear what you have to say about it. The part in Nazi Germany really hit home with me though. Esp. since I have epilepsy. If I'd been a kid in Nazi Germany I'd be shot.
Frenzy by Robert Lettrick. A summer camp surrounded by a forest full of animals infected with a mutant strain of rabies. How can you resist? The action never falters, and the characters die off very quickly. The villain is particularly appealing, a welcome change from your usual schoolroom bully. He's a hardnosed chess champion, quite willing to sacrifice his fellow campers in their desperate trek to safety.
Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart. Realistic. Mark's cancer is out of remission, and he's decided not to go through treatment again. Instead, he's going to climb Mount Rainier. If it's the last thing he does. Actually, he plans on it being the last thing he does. Great combo of realistic adventure and a guy you care about.
Nickel Bay Nick by Dean Pitchford. Realistic/adventure. Don't be put off by a bad cover and a corny title. First person Sam has a lot to be bitter about, and we find out on the first page he is teetering on the edge of delinquency. Then he falls off his neighbor's roof while running from the police, and his mysterious neighbor expects him to work off the damage by helping with a very strange, and secret, project. Which does not involve drugs. This is one of those rare books where you get to feel good WHILE you're reading it AND it's exciting.
The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy by Nikki Loftin. VERY fun, a bit silly, and totally macabre.
The Tapper Twins Go to War (With Each Other) by Geoff Rockey. VERY fun, a bit silly, and highly authentic. If I had a twin sibling and was forced to live in a New York apartment with him/her, this is just how it would go down.
Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard. What a bad title! What a good book. Jusssst the right combo of mystery, drama of family & friends, and a vivid lake setting. Pick this one.
Need to put in some volunteer hours? Good, because we need you!
First, come by the library to sign up and talk about what kinds of work you're interested in doing. I'll try to match you to stuff you like to do.
Like to cook? I'm looking for assistants for our Cooking Club this summer. Yes, we're cooking on hot plates in the library, and making -- wait a minute -- this sounds like dorm food: Popcorn, Fried Rice, Pancakes, Eggs, etc.
Like art? I'll need assistants for our new Summer Art Class for School age kids, meeting at 3:00 right after our summer reading program.
Like bingo? We'll need a bingo caller Thursday afternoon.
Like Legos? I need a Lego expert for Friday afternoon.
Don't mind library clean up? I could use you Thursday or Friday mornings to help with storytimes.
Just want a nice peaceful quiet job in the library to rack up some volunteer hours? I've got a world of LABELLING that needs to get done.
Come to our
ROOT BEER FLOAT party
May 18 at 4:00
and sign up for the job you want!
(Plus have a root beer float -- aaaah!)
Looking forward to hearing from you! And seeing you!