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Author Walter Dean Myers Has Died at Age 76

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Well-known young adult author Walter Dean Myers died Tuesday after a brief illness.  He is the author of more than 100 books for children and teens and has been praised for his realistic writing of African American youth usually in an urban setting.  Walter Dean Myers was the first recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton award for Lifetime Achievement.  His books also received a number of literary awards including Monster which won the Printz award and Scorpions and Somewhere in the Darkness which both won the Newbery Honor award in 1989 and 1993 respectively.

“I write books for the troubled boy I once was and for the boy who lives inside me still.”

 


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New Teen Booklists

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
Still looking for that perfect read to ignite your summer reading? Check out some of these great booklists!
burningblue    steampunk     spawater    lastdragonslayer

 


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New Teen Booklists for Summer Reading

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Looking for something new or different to read this summer?  Check out some of these great new booklists.

Love John Green’s books but waiting for your hold? Try these If You Like John Green suggestions. Another popular series this summer is Divergent by Veronica Roth. If you have read all three books in the series and are looking for more, try If You Like Divergent or Dystopian Fiction for Teens booklists. Still not the right list?  How about Action & Suspense books.

All these lists have some great suggestions to really Ignite Your Summer Reading!

nicknorah     deliruim    houseofscorpion    steelheart

 


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Michigan Thumbs Up! Announces Winners

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

eleanoraparkThe votes have been tallied and a winner has been selected for the annual Michigan Thumbs Up! Award.  The winner of the 2014 Thumbs Up! Award goes to Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell!  This touching coming-of-age novel features two misfit teens who develop a friendship and love despite the challenges of peer pressure and family.

Three honor books were selected as well:

forgivemeleonard      farfaraway      outoftheeasy


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Author and Illustrator Eric Hill Has Died at Age 86

Monday, June 16th, 2014

erichillWell-known author and illustrator of the Spot the Dog series Eric Hill died last week at the age of 86.  Eric Hill started drawing as a teenager and went on to draw comic strips and worked as a designer.  He started making up puppy stories for his young son, publishing his first Where’s Spot? book in 1980.

The series has continued to grow over the years and has been translated into 60 languages.  Spot also has his own animated series.

Check out all Eric Hill’s books here!

 


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New Teen Booklists

Thursday, June 5th, 2014
KDL’s summer reading program has started, so be sure to check out all of our great bookmarks for reading ideas!  New for June is a list of mostly fiction Teen books dealing with bullying. And the other new list is Teen Summer Squeeze, featuring books with a little bit of romance or friendships.

 

period8       deadends       mylifenext       aristotleanddante

 


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Nebula Award Winners Announced

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

nebulalogoThe 2013 Nebula Award winners were recently announced by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.  The active members of the group nominate and vote on the winners.

 


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Author Maya Angelou Dies at Age 86

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Well-known author and poet Maya Angelou died Wednesday in North Carolina at the age of 86.  Her most well-known memoir was published in 1969, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings,” and is a lyrical account of growing up in the south during Jim Crow laws.   Her memoirs eventually included six volumes, which received critical acclaim, along with her poetry collections.

Maya Angelou delivered an inaugural poem at the swearing in of Bill Clinton in 1993.  President Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, the country’s highest civilian honor.  She additional was a Tony-nominated stage actor, a college professor and a frequent guest on a variety of television programs.

See a list of Maya Angelou’s books

 


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Bram Stoker Awards Announced

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Horrow_Writers_AssociationThe annual Bram Stoker Awards were announced earlier this month by the Horror Writers Association.  Awards are given in eight different categories to honor superior writing in the horror genre.  Doctor Sleep by Stephen King won the award for superior writing in a novel.  R.L. Stine and Stephen Jones received Lifetime Achievement Awards.

For a complete list of winners, check out the HWA site.

 


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Best in Mystery Books

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

The 2014 Edgar Awards were announced recently. The Edgar Awards are presented by the Mystery Writers of America to honor the best mystery fiction and non-fiction books of the year.

 


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