Posted by: Beth
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!
The 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:
Well-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!
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.
The 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.
We’ve updated two of our teen booklists for May. The first one is for the Alex Awards. These are adult books that would hold appeal for teen readers. This year, Lexicon by Max Barry and The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence were added to the list. The other list is for Printz Awards, which is awarded yearly to a teen book based on literary merit. Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick has been added.