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Great Booklists for Teens and Tweens

Friday, March 28th, 2014

In case you missed any, KDL has a booklist for the Best Teen Books of 2014.  This includes a variety of stand-alones as well as series books, including The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black and This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.  There is also a Great Books for Tweens list which includes Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein.

And not to leave out the artists, KDL has a booklist featuring Drawing Books for Teens which features superhero and manga art!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown       Out of My Mind        How to Draw Superheroes

 


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New Teen Booklists For Manga and Graphic Novel Readers

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

If you LOVE Graphic Novels & Manga, look no farther!  KDL has some great booklists for newbies or if you are just looking for something different.  Teen graphic novels are about More Than Just Superheoes.  Check out other great graphic novels like Drama by Raina Telgemeier.  If you enjoy Manga series, check out the Manga series booklist featuring Black Butler and other great series.  And don’t forget that we also have Anime movies for you to enjoy!

drama      blackbutler      fullmetal

 


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Teen Booklists for Divergent Readers

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Hey all you Divergent lovers!  If you are looking for some great reads while you are waiting for your copy, checkout these great booklists.

For the Action and Suspense readers, checkout Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart or Peak by Roland Smith.  For the Doctor Who fans, try BZRK by Michael Grant or Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  And for more Dystopian reads, try Pulse by Patrick Carman or Inhuman by Kat Falls.
 
Steelheart          Hitchhiker's Guide          Inhuman


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Michigan Thumbs Up Top 10

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

ThumbsUpTeens: It’s time for you to vote!  Below is the list of the top 10 teen books selected by a group of librarians. Read all of these books (or as many as you want) and select the ONE that you feel is the best.  Then be sure to get in your vote!  Voting is open until May 31 and can be done online.

 


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Pirates and Star Wars Teen Booklists

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

What could be more fun to read about than Pirates and Star Wars?  (Unless maybe you combine the two!)  To help you get ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day in September, check out the great Pirates for Teens Booklist, which includes Hurricane Dancers by Margarita Engle and Fish by Gregory Mone.

And don’t forget the ever popular Star Wars Day in May along with KDL’s If You Like Star Wars Booklist.  This booklist includes books from all ages but features graphic novels for Teens and The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.

Hurricane Dancers   Fish   Star Wars   Star Wars Encyclopedia

 

 


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Guys Read for Teen booklists

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

For February, KDL has two new Guys Read booklists for teens.  The first one is a general list with a variety of books including Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer and Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman.  The other list is related to science fiction and space.  This includes great titles like Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill and Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan.

artemisfowl   sonofthemob   blackholesun   glow


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Dystopian Fiction for Teens

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Still looking for the next great dystopian book to hold you over until The Hunger Games or Divergent movies are released? Well, KDL has two new booklists for you! The first one is Dystopian Fiction for Teens, which gives you some great new titles like Starters by Lissa Price and Beta by Rachel Cohn.  KDL also has an If You Like Divergent booklist with series like Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien and Blood Red Road by Moira Young.

Starters      Beta      Birthmarked      Blood Red Road


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For Your Listening Pleasure

Friday, February 14th, 2014

If you are forced to travel this time of the year, it can be relaxing to listen to an audiobook (or downloading one).  One of my favorite authors, Bill Bryson, has a new book out, One Summer: America 1927. I love listening to his audiobooks because Bryson reads them and his quirky humor comes across well.

Another book I would recommend listening to is The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon. This is just a beautiful, touching story and would work great as a book discussion.

Lastly, for more humor, try The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz. This is a lighthearted mystery series featuring a crazy family who run their own private investigation agency.

One Summer     The Story of Beautiful     The Spellman Files

 


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ALA Youth Awards

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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Even though Michigan is under a blanket of snow, the 2014 ALA youth awards were announced Monday to the eagerly awaiting librarians.  So without further ado, here are the outstanding books!

LocomotiveThe Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children goes to Locomotive illustrated by Brian Floca.  The three honor books are:

Flora & UlyssesThe Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature goes to Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo.  The four honor books are as follows:

MidwinterbloodThe Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults goes to Midwinterblood written by Marcus Sedgwick.  The four honor books are:

For a complete list of all the awards checkout the ALA.org press release.

 


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New Teen Booklists: Movies & SF

Monday, January 20th, 2014

If you love going to the movies, you might find the next two booklists relevant. If you like Ender’s Game (as a book or movie) by Orson Scott Card, we have recommendations for books that are similar.  KDL also has a large collection of graphic novels featuring Comics that Inspired the Movies. And don’t forget to checkout these great Fantasy Books for Teens.

A Confusion of Princes        Cowboys & Aliens        Scepter of the Ancients

 


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