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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


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 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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Great New Teen Booklists for Guys Read

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Looking for some great books to read after the holiday season? Look no further:

readyplayerone              chains              levithan


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Author Janet Dailey Dies at Age 69

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Well-known romance author Janet Dailey passed away Saturday, December 14 at the age of 69.  Janet Dailey wrote over 100 books, over half of those for her first publisher Harlequin.  Her Americana series featured one book set in each state.  Her latest book, Merry Christmas, Cowboy ranked 13th on Publisher’s Weekly‘s adult mass market best-seller list in October.

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Looking Forward: Teen Books 2014

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Now that the best of the year lists have started appearing, it is time to start uninvitedlooking forward to what next year, 2014, has to offer.  Sophie Jordan (of Firelight fame) has a new series starting with Uninvited.  The cover is really interesting with the DNA strands woven into her hair, and the book seems relevant to the new advances in DNA testing being done now.  The book is about Davy, whose genetic testing comes back positive for the Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS).  This affects her relationship with everyone she knows, and after a tragedy even more restrictions are implemented.

mindersAnother SF book that has potential is Minders by Michele Jaffe (Bad Kitty series).  Again, a very cool cover!  And this one is about criminal activity also, but the main character Sadie witnesses a crime from the perspective of Ford, a troubled youth.  Should she turn him in?

What books are you looking forward to reading?  Leave a comment below.


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Best Books of the Year Lists

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

SteelheartThis is the best time of the year!  Now you can find out about all the great books you might have missed, using the many best books of the year lists.  Here are some of my favorites:

One of my favorite books this year was Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson Tell us in the comments what book you loved!


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Author Doris Lessing Dies at Age 94

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

lessing_sv_ak_photoNobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing died Sunday at the age of 94.  Ms. Lessing wrote many novels, short stories, essays and poems, but she is most well-known for her novel The Golden Notebook.  Published in 1962, the book was considered daring and was a frank exploration of the inner lives of women who were free to live their lives without the constraints of marriage or children.

Her last novel, published in 2002, was “The Sweetest Dream,” which the author considered a stand-in for a third volume of her autobiography.  The book focuses mainly on the 1960s.


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Author Barbara Park Dies

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013



Author Barbara Park has died after a long struggle with ovarian cancer at the age of 66. She is the author of the well-known Junie B. Jones series, featuring the smart-mouth 6-year-old. Barbara Park started writing the series in 1992 and has published more than 30 of the illustrated chapter books. Young fans love the realistic and humorous outlook of Junie, while some parents and educators worried that the books might be a bad influence. She also wrote picture books and novels for middle school kids.

KDL will partner with Grand Rapids Civic Theatre in April to offer a givewawy of Junie B. Jones dress rehearsal vouchers — keep an eye on the blog or on our Facebook page to find out when the giveaway begins.

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