Archive for February 27, 2008

Twilight – The Movie

If you are interested in the latest on Twilight-the movie, there is information on Stephenie Meyer’s website: Photes and updates.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

The 3 Apples Teen Book Award Winner for 2008 Is:

For 2008, the 3 Apples Teen Book Award, a New York State Teen’s Choice Award, goes to . . .
A Child Called “It”: One Child’s Courage to Survive by David Pelzer
I want to thank everyone who participated by reading and voting. I’ll let you know when we can start recommending books for the 2009 award.
Ed Goldberg,
Teen Services Librarian

Book Discussion – The Body of Christopher Creed

BodyOfChristopherCreed Join us for a discussion of the book The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci
Annotation: Chris Creed grew up as the class freak-the bullies’ punching bag. After he vanished, the weirdness that had once surrounded him began spreading. It was as if a darkness reached out of his void to grab at the most normal, happy people-like some twisted joke or demented form of justice. It tore the town apart. Sixteen-year-old Torey Adams’s search for answers opens his eyes to the lies, the pain, and the need to blame when tragedy strikes, and his once-safe world comes crashing down around him.
Monday, February 25, 2008 • 7 – 8:30 PM • Free • Refreshments.
It will be held in TeenSpace on the third floor.

I hope to see you at the book discussion.
Ed Goldberg,
Teen Services Librarian

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Poetry Contest

The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association is Proud to Present the Twenty-Second Annual Poetry Contest
WaltWhitman.jpg The theme is The Crossing, based on Whitman’s poem, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, included in Leaves of Grass. The first stanza is shown below:
Flood-tide below me! I see you face to face!
Clouds of the west!–sun there half an hour high–I see you also face to face.
Crowds of men and women attired in the usual costumes, how curious they are to me!
On the ferry-boats the hundreds and hundreds that cross, returning home, are more curious to me than you suppose;
And you that shall cross from shore to shore years hence are more to me, and more in my meditations, than you might suppose.

Complete contest rules can be found at: Highlights are listed below:
Contest: Write a Poem About a Crossing or Crossings
There are many kinds of crossings: crossings by boat, bus, jet, car, bike, UFO, skateboard, or just crossing the street by foot. Also a crossing could be developmental (small to tall, child to teenager), or emotional (falling in love, losing a loved one, gaining a sibling), or intellectual (crossing to a new understanding or realization—what you knew then, what you know now and how you got there). And, of course, birth and death, are the crossings in and out of this life.
Entries must be postmarked by March 7, 2008 and winners will be notified by mid-May. Mail entries to:
Poetry Contest
Attn: Carolyn Diglio, Coordinator of Visitor Services
Walt Whitman Birthplace Assocation
246 Old Walt Whitman Road
Huntington Stations, NY 11746-4148
Entry categories are Individual Poems or Class Anthologies for grades 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12.
Good luck to the poets out there. Let me know if you enter.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

Poseur Design Contest from Hachette Book Group

Poseur Design Contest from Hachette Book Group
Poseur.jpg Have an idea for an uber-cool tote bag? Sketch it or make it and send your design in for a chance for your winning entry to be included in an upcoming Poseur book (not to mention snagging some cool books and $250)! You can check out all the contest details at the publisher’s website:
Important: all entries must be postmarked before March 20, 2008 and received by March 25!!! The Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 13 years of age but no older than 18 years of age as the time of entry.
Listed below are some of the requirements. Please read the complete Official Rules at the Hachette Book website, shown above.
How to Enter the Contest: To participate in the contest, you must submit a design (see Submission below) and additional information and material, between 12:01 a.m. ET on February 5, 2008, and 11:59 p.m. ET on March 20, 2008. Limit one (1) submission per person.
The Submission:
The Submission will consist of:
(1) Information about you, which you may provide by hand printing: your name, age, complete address (including zip code), daytime phone number and email address (if you have one) on a 3”x 5” card or a 8 1/2” x 11” piece of paper;
(2) A picture of your design of a tote bag (based on the “classic” tote definition, it is a bag, usually rectangular in shape, with two handles and it opens at the top); the picture of your design may be a photograph or a drawing; and
(3) A short paragraph or two describing your tote bag design, e.g., what fabric(s) /color(s) and/or other materials should be used and any inspiration for your tote bag design.
Mail the information, the design and your short paragraph or two in one package to:
Poseur Design Contest
Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue, 15-161B
New York, New York 10017
Attention: LM
Submissions must be postmarked no later than March 20, 2008, Midnight (ET), and Sponsor must receive the entries no later than March 25, 2008, 5 pm (ET).
Submission Requirements: Each Submission that is entered into the Contest must meet ALL of the “Submission Requirements” set forth below. (Any Submission that, in Sponsor’s good faith judgment, violates the following criteria may be disqualified):
a) The Submission must be the entrant’s original, previously unpublished design and work;
b) The Submission must not include images that are obscene, pornographic, libelous or otherwise objectionable; and
c) The Submission must not include any photographs of any person other than the entrant, nor include any corporate logos.
Good luck to all of you who enter. Let me know if you win.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

Supernatural Books

Two books I recenty read have a supernatural bent to them. Here they are:
Jinx.jpg Jinx by Meg Cabot
Mysterious circumstances surround Jean Honeychurch’s (aka Jinx) move from Iowa to Manhattan. Mysterious circumstances also meet her in New York as she reconnects with her cousin Tory, once a cute blond, now sporting black hair, black clothes and attempting black magic…in order to make Zach, the boy next door, fall in love with her. Tory and Jinx’s great great great great grandmother was burned at the stake for being a witch, so there could be some truth to the girls’ being witches, though Jinx denies it. When Zach falls for Jinx instead of Tory, the gloves come off and the talons come out. Better watch out. Jinx is a fun read in the Meg Cabot style.

FrannieInPieces.jpg Frannie in Pieces: Save the Blues for Last by Delia Ephron
Frannie’s dad died two weeks before her fifteenth birthday. In searching through his things, she finds an old, battered cardboard suitcase and inside, a box with Frances Anne 1000 carved on the front. It contained a 1,000 piece carved jigsaw puzzle and a small photograph of a seaside town. She decides to keep the puzzle a secret from her mother and stepfather. Two things occurred after her father died: Frannie became absorbed with death and she became absorbed with the puzzle. So absorbed, it seems like she was absorbed into the puzzle. But can that be? Through her journey, Frannie comes to grips with her emotions and learns much about herself and her parents. A mysterious and absorbing read.

Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

Hot Twilight News

Here’s something to look forward to:
It was announced yesterday that Breaking Dawn, the working title of the fourth and final book in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga will be released on Saturday, August 2nd at midnight. If you notice on the bottom right hand corner of the cover, the actual cover artwork will be released in the summer. Rest assured we will have copies in the library for Twilight fans.
Meyer’s first adult novel, The Host, will be released on May 6th. We will have copies of this book as well.
And to complete the year, Twilight will be made into a movie and released on December 12th.
More information about Stephenie and her books can be found on her website: I’ll keep you posted on further developments as I hear about them.
Ed Goldberg,
Teen Services Librarian

Photos from the January 2008 Book Buddies Program

Here are some pictures from our recent Book Buddies program. I hope you like them.
Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian

My Favorite Books of 2007 – A Dozen

This is my second annual list of favorite books, those published in 2007. This year I’ve also read books published in prior years, but I want to concentrate on 2007 books. As it was last year, this is a pretty diverse list. So, here it is. I’d love to know your favorites of the past year.
FreakShow Freak Show by James St. James
My favorite book of 2007 is Freak Show. It’s like nothing I’ve read before. Billy Bloom is gay, but it’s mostly theoretical, as he hasn’t had much experience. When he has to move to Florida, he can’t believe his bad luck. His new school is a mix of Bible Belles, Aberzombies, and Football Heroes, none of whom are exactly his type. Billy’s efforts to fit in and stand out at the same time are both hilarious and heartrending. He is flamboyant..out there. Readers are in for a wild ride as Billy’s story of bravado, pain, and unexpected love is revealed. Funny and heartbreaking at the same time.

DerbyGirl Derby Girl by Shauna Cross
A close second is Derby Girl. Meet Bliss Cavendar, a blue haired, indie-rock loving misfit stuck in the tiny town of Bodeen, Texas. Her pageant-addicted mother expects her to compete for the coveted Miss Blue Bonnet crown, but Bliss would rather die than be subjected to such rhinestone tyranny. Her escape? Roller Derby!! When she discovers a league in nearby Austin, Bliss embarks on a journey full of hilarious tattooed girls, delicious boys in bands, and a few not-so-awesome realities even the most bad-assed derby chick has to learn. A story with action and issues. A great read.

Beastly Beastly by Alex Flinn
“I am a beast…Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore…You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now…I’ll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.” This updated unique retelling of Beauty and the Beast is sure to keep you reading until the end.

BoyToy Boy Toy by Barry Lyga
Josh has a secret. Five years ago, his life changed. Drastically. And everyone thinks they understand. But they don’t—they can’t. About to graduate from high school, Josh is still trying to sort through the pieces. There’s Rachel, the girl he thought he’d lost years ago, back and determined to be part of his life. There are college decisions, the toughest baseball game of his life, and a coach who won’t stop pushing Josh to the brink. Finally there’s Eve, whose return brings back all the memories of Josh’s past. It’s time for Josh to face the truth about what happened…if only he knew what the truth was. An absorbing story for older teens.

Deadline Deadline by Chris Crutcher
Ben has big things planned for his senior year. Had big things planned. Leukemia has a way of changing things. Now he has one year left to make his mark on the world. How can a pint-sized, smart-ass seventeen-year-old do anything significant in the nowheresville of Trout, Idaho? First, Ben makes sure that no one else knows what is going on. Living with a secret isn’t easy, though, and Ben’s resolve begins to crumble…especially when he realizes that he isn’t the only person in Trout with secrets. Chris Crutcher writes like no one else. You won’t be able to put this book down.

DiaryOfAWimpyKid Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
It’s a new school year and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary–journal, not diary. Greg is happy to have his sidekick, Rowley. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship. The perfect combination of words and drawings.

LemonadeMouth.gif Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes
Ninth grade outcasts Wen, Olivia, Mo, Charlie and Stella are in detention together. They don’t know each other. When a commercial jingle comes on the radio, each one starts doing something–Charlie starts tapping, Olivia sings softly, Mo plays a rubber band, etc. Thus, the genesis of the band Lemonade Mouth. But how did they get the name? Are they better than Mudslide Crush, Opequonsett High School’s favorite band or are they horrendous? Each chapter is told by a different band member or student. This is an all around fun read. Give it a try.

LondonCalling.gif London Calling by Edward Bloor
During the summer after 7th grade, Martin meets a boy who will change his life forever. Jimmy Harker appears one night with a deceptively simple question: Will you help? Where did this boy come from, with his strange accent and urgent request? Is he a dream? Martin follows him to a strange place–seemingly war torn London during World War II. This can’t be…or can it? Great blend of history and fantasy.

NaomiAndElisNoKissList Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Naomi loves and is in love with Ely, and Ely loves Naomi, but prefers to be in love with boys. So they create their “No Kiss List” of people neither of them is allowed to kiss. And this works fine – until Bruce. Bruce is Naomi’s boyfriend, so there’s no reason to put him on the List. But Ely kissed Bruce. The result: a rift of universal proportions and the potential end of “Naomi and Ely: the institution.” Can these best friends come back together again? A great follow up to Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (which was on my favorite list of 2006).

RuckerParkSetup Rucker Park Setup by Paul Volponi
Best friends Mackey and J.R. have waited their whole lives to win the basketball tournament at Rucker Park, where their favorite pro ballers squared off against street legends. But the day of their big game, J.R. is fatally stabbed—and it’s Mackey’s fault, even though he didn’t wield the knife. Now Mackey has a score to settle, but the killer is watching his every move. Action packed. Fast paced. For sports fans and non-fans alike.

OffSeason.gif The Off Season by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Life is looking up for D.J. In eleventh grade, after a rocky summer, she’s reconnecting with her best friend, Amber. She’s got kind of a thing going with Brian. And she’s starting for the Red Bend High School football team—the first girl linebacker in northern Wisconsin, probably. However, as autumn progresses, D.J. struggles to understand Amber, Schwenk Farm, her relationship with Brian, and most of all her family. As a whole herd of trouble comes her way, she discovers she’s a lot stronger than she—or anyone—ever thought. A super sequel to Dairy Queen (which was on my favorite list of 2006) and a must read.

TraitorsGate.gif Traitor’s Gate by Avi
This is an action-packed tale of secret identities, double-dealing and betrayal, set in Charles Dickens’, mid-19th-century London. John Huffam is 14 when his father is sent to debtor’s prison. His mother does nothing but complain of her husband’s fecklessness, and his sister’s sole concern is how this family crisis impacts her marital prospects. It’s left to John to unravel a mystery involving a military invention that his father, a naval clerk, has information about and a web of foreign spies willing to pay for specifics. When John meets Sary the Sneak, a girl who sells information she gleans on the street, he thinks he’s found a friend at last. But is there anyone he can trust? Mystery and history. Excellent.

Ed Goldberg
Teen Services Librarian