Author Archive

The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti

Monday, October 29th, 2007

In this new release for teens, author Deb Caletti pairs an anxious 18 year old Jade with a young father, Sebastian.  

With all that life brings at you as a teen, sometimes things get overwhelming. Jade DeLuna suffers from panic attacks and finds that looking at an elephant webcam helps to alleviate her symptoms. But when she starts seeing the guy with the red jacket visit the elephant enclosure with a baby on his back she gets really intrigued.

This leads to her getting a job volunteering at the zoo. Eventually she meets Sebastian and Bo and the rest is history, right? Of course not. Because life is not the simple.

Jade’s family life is falling apart and Sebastian isn’t telling the whole story about his and Bo’s past.

Wonderfully written, The Nature of Jade will score big with teens looking for Sarah Dessen readalikes.

Look it up in the catalog here.

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readergirlz & yalsa sponsor author chats in october

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Here is a great opportunity for teens to chat live online with famous authors.

 A group of authors who call themselves “readergirlz” and the young adult library services association (yalsa) have teamed up to bring 31 awesome authors to you throughout the month of October.

Each night in October a different author will be chatting online through the readergirlz myspace page. Authors such as Ann Brashares (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) and Stephanie Meyer (author of the Twilight series) are coming up later in October.

The chats are held nightly through the readergirlz group page. All chats are held at 8pm except for the Halloween chat with Stephanie Meyer which will be held at midnight.

For a full explanation of this great opportunity and for the list of authors and what dates they will be chatting go to

Have fun and happy chatting!


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Welcome the the new Teen Blog!

Thursday, September 20th, 2007


With the launch of the webpage comes the new Teen Blog!

Here you will find information about teen events, great new books, volunteer opportunities and much more.

You will be able to comment on the blog posts and track what is going on through an RSS feed. Here is a link to some of the more common RSS readers.

Please keep your comments/questions related to the particular blog. Also, remember to remain respectful in your posts.

Hopefully you will find this new tool very useful and of course, let us know if you have any comments or suggestions.

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Notes from the Midnight Driver

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

I just read a great book – it’s called Notes from the Midnight Driver. (Look it up in the catalog).

 It was written by a former HS English teacher named Jordan Sonnenblink.

The book details the life of Alex – a down and out junior in high school. After his parent’s split, he decides to drink a bunch of liquor and take his mom’s car for a spin so that he can have a chat with dad. But as we all know, drinking and driving don’t mix.

Alex ends up doing some community service as his punishment. His hours are spent with a grumpy old guy named Sol. What he learns about himself, his friends and his family are all valuable life lessons. The book is touching but not sappy. It is also pretty funny.

 The book also received an honor “Thumbs Up!” award from the Michigan Library Association’s Teen Services Division.

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