Hitting theaters on February 18 is the thriller I Am Number Four, a not-so-normal high school story from the director of Disturbia and Eagle Eye. It’s hard enough for high school students to fit in, but being “typical” is nearly impossible for someone like John Smith, whose true identity could get him killed. Three have already died, and he is next. Readers can experience it before the movie drops by checking out the book by Pittacus Lore (aka James Frey and Jobie Hughes).
For you fellow Gleeks, Quinn (Dianna Agron) has a role – hopefully a bit bigger than her blink-and-you-miss-her appearance in Burlesque.
Sir Terry Pratchett is the recipient of the 2011 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens.
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2009 for services to literature, Pratchett published his first short story when he was thirteen. A resident of Somerset, England, Pratchett has one daughter, a wife, and many cats. He has published over fifty books and his works have been translated into thirty six languages.
Pratchett’s tales of Discworld have won over generations of teen readers with intelligence, heart, and undeniable wit. Comic adventures that fondly mock the fantasy genre, the Discworld novels expose the hypocrisies of contemporary society in an intricate, ever-expanding universe. With satisfyingly multi-layered plots, Pratchett’s humor honors the intelligence of the reader. Teens eagerly lose themselves in a universe with no maps.
Readers first encountered Discworld with The Color of Magic.
The adventures of young witch Tiffany Aching begin in The Wee Free Men.
“Pratchett’s work draws teens into a world where humor, perseverance and hope are the order of the day,” said Edwards Committee Chair Robin Brenner.