Archive for March 31, 2009

Teen Poetry Night

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Please join us for a night of poetry in the theatre to celebrate National Poetry Month. Thursday, April 2 from 7-9:00 PM. You can come with a poem to share or to just listen to fellow teen poets.
See you then!

New Graphic Novels in TeenSpace

I’ll be honest: as hard as I try, I have yet to really get into graphic novels as a whole. I even went to ComicCon (yay for nerdy power!) HOWEVER, there have been a couple of recent ones that have caught my attention, and that I have really enjoyed. I can certainly appreciate the work that goes into the artwork, but the ones on the following list have interesting storylines as well.
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Emiko Superstar written by Mariko Tamaki; illustrated by Steve Rolston.
“A borrowed diary, a double life and identity issues fuel a teenager’s quest to find herself before she cracks and commits social suicide. Watch Emi go from dull, suburban babysitter to eclectic urban art star compliments of one crazy summer!”
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New York Four written by Brian Wood; illustrated by Kelly Ryan.
“Just starting her freshman year at NYU, Riley is about to find out what an adventure– and a mystery– living in New York City can be. The ultimate insider’s guide to NYC is seen through the eyes of Brooklyn-born Riley. Raised by stuffy, literati parents, Riley’s a shy, straight-A student who convinces three other NYU brainiacs to join a research group for fast cash.”
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Life sucks / text by Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria; art by Warren Pleece; coloring by Hilary Sycamore.
“Life sucks for Dave Marshall. The girl he’s in love with doesn’t know he exists, he hates his job, and ever since his boss turned him into a vampire, he can’t go out in daylight without starting to charbroil. Undead life in its uncoolest incarnation yet is on display in this cinematic, supernatural drama told with gallons of humor and hemoglobin. In striking, colorful, B-movie sty;e artwork and light-hearted, intelligent writing by Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria, and Warren Pleece, Dave Marshall’s story comes alive – in a vampiric kind of way.”
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Metro Survive by Yuki Fujisawai.
“What happens when a giant earthquake hits the super-metropolis Tokyo? How will people survive in the catastrophic disaster? In the wake of devastation, follow the harrowing story of the survivors, now isolated from the rest of the world!”
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Skim by Mariko Tamaki; drawings by Jillian Tamaki.
“’Skim’ (Kimberly Keiko Cameron) is a not-slim would-be Wiccan goth who goes to a private girls’ school. When her classmate Katie is dumped by her boyfriend, who then kills himself, the entire school goes into mourning overdrive. The popular clique stars a club to boost school spirit, but Skim sinks into an ever-deepening depression.”
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Kin (The Good Neighbors, Book 1) by Holly Black; illustrated by Ted Naifeh.
“Sixteen-year-old Rue Silver, whose mother disappeared weeks ago, believes she is going crazy until she learns that the strange things she has been seeing are real, and that she is one of the faerie creatures, or Good Neighbors, that mortals cannot see.”
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100 girls / Adam Gallardo, writer/letters ; Todd Demong, pencils/inks.
“Adopted, supersmart, and bumped up two grades — it’s no wonder Sylvia’s always felt different. But recently she’s been going through some major physical changes, and they’re not of the typical teenager kind. Sylvia has no idea why she can move like a gymnast and punch like a heavyweight, and the strange nightmares she’s been having are completely freaking her out. But there are people who have the answers she’s looking for, and Sylvia’s determined to find them. Trouble is, they’ve already found her….”
I hope you step outside your comfort zone and pick up a graphic novel if you haven’t tried one yet!
Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian
(Annotations taken from the publishers’ descriptions)