This November we want to know your plan to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. Tell us where you’d go, how you’d survive and who you’d take with you all in 200 words or less. The winning plan will receive a Zombie Survival prize pack including; The Zombie Survival Guide and a Zombie Survival Kit Lunchbox. Our team of not-Zombie library workers will judge all the entries and announce a winner by December 16th. But be quick you only have until November 30th to submit your plan.
If you have a pulse, check out some of these books about Zombies. If you don’t…stay away from the library.
Ohio ghost stories come alive on the pages of the new book, Ghosthunting Ohio: On the Road Again. Meet the author of this chilling new book and learn more about his local ghost hunting adventures. John B. Kachuba will show photos and more in this not-to-be-missed presentation. He is the author of other books including Ghosthunters: On the Trail of Mediums, Dowsers, SpiritSeekers and Other Investigators of America’s Paranormal World. Join us at the Felicity Branch on Monday, Oct. 28 at 6:00 p.m. to hear him speak. Register by calling 876-4134 or registering online.
Local author, J.T. Townsend discusses the true crime that rocked the nation and spawned over a century of ghost stories, conspiracy theories, countless books, an opera and two films, the Lizzie Borden case. He’ll be speaking at the Union Township Branch on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1:00 p.m. Reserve your spot by visiting the branch, calling 528-1744, or registering online. This program is for ages 14+.
Imagine a time before “Paranormal Romance” was a major section of teen books at the store, before Twilight and The Hunger Games were written, when one still had to wait for the next Harry Potter book to come out. (Can you imagine having to wait a whole year between reading The Sorcerer’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets? It was tough, let me tell you!) This was in the 90s, when I first discovered YA fantasy books.
I know a fellow blogger has already mentioned how new YA is as a genre, , so I’ll spare you my own old lady stories of walking uphill in the snow to get books at the library. But since I’m in a reminiscing mood, here are some of my favorites from the good ol’ days:
Tamora Pierce, my first literary hero, remains one of my favorite authors for her spirited heroines and detailed fantasy worlds. I started with her Circle of Magic, The Song of the Lioness Quartet and The Immortals Quartet.
Robin McKinley‘s books also feature epic fantasy stories and strong female protagonists. I just saw another blogger mention one of her early books, The Blue Sword, and I loved the sequel, The Hero and the Crown. She also wrote several fairy tale retellings, where the heroine takes a more active role in the story rather than just waiting to be rescued. Both of these authors are especially recommended for fans of adventure stories like Graceling.
Meredith Pierce’s Darkangel Trilogy combines a unique fantasy world with a classic Beauty and the Beast-style love story, though the final book contains some surprising twists.
Garth Nix‘s Sabriel also features a great heroine and an interesting approach to parallel worlds and magic–the titular Sabriel is learning to be Abhorsen, a necromancer who specializes in putting the dead to rest, rather than raising them. It’s the first book in The Old Kingdom series, and a fourth book is currently in the works. His post-apocalyptic book, Shade’s Children, is another favorite. I traumatized my 7th grade class with a book report about it, which included a detailed description of the Overlords’ gruesome methods of ruling over the humans in the story. (But I still got an A.)
Philip Pullman’s complex and controversial His Dark Materials Trilogy has a fascinating plot and a many interesting characters. This series required a re-read to fully understand the story, but it was well worth it.
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes wrote and published her first book in her teens–very inspiring to me as I just started to dream of becoming a writer. Her Den of Shadows series, started in 1999 with In the Forests of the Night, was my first experience with teen vampire books–a sort of Twilight-before-Twilight, though with much more action. Fans of L.J. Smith should definitely give this series a try.
I also would like to mention Diana Wynne Jones‘ Chrestomanci series and Madeleine L’Engle‘s Time Quintet, which starts with A Wrinkle in Time. The earlier ones are aimed at a slightly younger audience, but I discovered them about the same time I found the above. All of these greatly shaped both my reading preferences and inspired my own writing.
Some of these are hard to find in bookstores now, but they are well worth looking for! And we still have a few copies at CCPL. If you’re tech-savvy, you can find plenty of them in e-reader format through The Ohio E-Book Project and our other digital services, or you can request them from outside the system through MORE. Don’t be shy about asking your friendly neighborhood librarian for help requesting them–you might even catch a gleam of nostalgia in their eyes as they type in the titles.
For readers of classic fantasy, then and now, which are the authors and books that most inspire you and/or make you nostalgic? Share your favorites in the comments!
The Divergent series has taken the book world and thrown it into another round of dystopia chaos. Some people are calling it the next Hunger Games. If you haven’t picked up this new breakout series by Veronica Roth you should be ashamed of yourself! Go to your local library and fix that right now!
The series follows Tris, a young girl coming of age in a futuristic dystopian society where your future is determined by which factor you choose. There is the Abnegation who are selfless, the Dauntless known for their bravery, the Erudite who seek only truth, Amity the peaceful and Candor who believe honesty is most important. But there is another choice which embodies two or more of the factions and is thought to be taboo in Tris’s world. Tris is Divergent.
Which faction would you be? Try out our DIVERGENT QUIZ and find out.
Don’t forget the third and final installment of the Divergent series, Allegiant, comes out October 22nd and is available for request through the library. Get on the list to get this new book as soon as the library has it available!
Celebrate Teen Read Week™ during Oct. 13 – 19. This year’s theme is Seek the Unknown @ your Library. Celebrate the unknown by reading a science fiction or fantasy book during October. Some of our favorites sf/f books.
You can also vote for your favorite books of the year. The books with the most votes will be named the official titles of the 2013 Teens’ Top Ten. Winners will be announced the week of October 21st. Happy voting!
The LibrariCon (complete with costume contest!) is October 19 and Halloween is just two weeks away so now is the perfect time to make yourself some steampunk accessories. Remember, just because you slap some gears on something, that doesn’t make it steampunk! So check out these books for some inspiration and DIY directions.
1,000 Steampunk Creations. The Steampunk movement seeks to recapture the spirit of invention, adventure, and craftsmanship reminiscent of early-nineteenth-century industrialization, in part to restore a sense of wonder to a technology-jaded world.
Packed with 1,000 full-color photographs, 1,000 Steampunk Creations features a stunning and mind-boggling showcase of modified technology, art and sculpture, home décor, fashion and haberdashery, jewelry and accessories, and curious weapons, vehicles, and contraptions.
Steampunk-Style Jewelry. This how-to jewelry-making book features the work of an array of invited jewelry designers influenced by the growing Steampunk trend. In Steampunk circles, jewelry-makers are often master metalsmiths who combine found objects with fine metals to create elaborate pieces. In Steampunk-Style Jewelry, the projects focus on “no fire” techniques—like simple stringing, wirework, hammering, stamping, gluing, stitching, and off-loom beadwork—so that even a beginner can create pieces in the style. Each project provides a complete materials and tools list, step-by-step instructions, and clear illustrations. This book offers a broad overview of a growing design trend that is part of the literary, industrial design, fashion, and popular culture scene.
The winner of the 6 Word Memoir contest is (drum roll, please)….
“I have something to fight for.”
Choosing the best 6 Word Memoir was extremely difficult and our panel of judges felt that there were more than a few 6 word memoirs that deserved some extra attention (in which we give them the undeniably wonderful prize of being mentioned on the blog – don’t you feel famous!).
These 6 Word Memoirs have grabbed the award for best confidence. You’re awesome, but you already know that don’t you.
“Way too amazing for six words.”
“I am the most awesome kid.”
“I am a very smart girl.”
“I can write very good memoirs.”
The following 6 Word Memoirs are nominated for the deepest and most soul searching. You don’t need a prize – your prize is speaking what’s in your heart.
“I am simply striving for success.”
“Better to feel pain than nothing.”
“Your yesterday will mirror my tomorrow.”
“Life goes on, no matter what.”
“I am unashamed of the Gospel.” (Romans 1:16)
This honorable mention goes to the two memoirs that mentioned books. (We are librarians, after all.)
“Great books can keep me flying.”
“Dogs art nails shoes books friends”
Finally this mention goes to the 6 Word Memoir that made us giggle. We don’t know what it’s about (other than Kevin Bacon), but we liked it anyway!
“bacon bacon bacon bacon Kevin Bacon.”
If you didn’t see your 6 Word Memoir on this post, have no fear your chance for fame and glory will come again. Our Teen Writing Contest is happening now, but you only have until October 31st to submit your 1,000 word short story. If your 6 words were awesome, just imagine how awesome 1,000 could be.
I love playing Skyrim on my free time and diving into the vast landscape and character development that this game offers. Sometimes, I feel the need to dive into this world but my console is far from reach. My solution: I check out a few books on the subject!
If you cannot get enough of the video game itself or the new online version that will be released in 2014, maybe a few books that take you on a journey through Tamriel would suffice.
You’ve never read any steampunk? Slip on a pair of goggles and pick up one of these action, dirigible, and corset packed books.
What makes a book steampunk? Usually, the story is set in an alternate world, similar to ours but one where steam and aether power machines and automatons instead of electricity from gas or nuclear power. It’s a world of airships, scientific discoveries, exploration, and goggles. Steampunk stories often take place during the Victorian Era so there’s time for tea and cakes in between fighting off dirigible pirate attacks with your aether ray gun while wearing the latest steel corsetry.
The LibrariCon is Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Union Township Branch. It starts afterhours at 6pm.
Steampunk, Cyberbpunk, Genepunk–what are all these punks doing in teen lit? Here’s a quick guide to these genres, and some books and movies to get you started!
Steampunk: Imagine the past, with the future’s technology. Want to fly? Take a hot air balloon, or maybe a steam-powered airship. Top hats and crinolines rule, but look out for mechanical umbrellas and the occasional jet pack. Get started with a few of these:
- Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
- The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger
- Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
- Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
- Sherlock Holmes (DVD, 2009)
Cyberpunk: Computers are a part of everything–every waking moment is monitored or enhanced or connected, somehow, to technology. Sounds pretty close to reality, huh? Cyberpunk gets into the gritty underground of a techno-society, with hackers and revolutionaries working to survive.
- Neuromancer by William Gibson (a cyberpunk classic)
- Feed by M. T. Anderson
- Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
- Epic by Conor Kostick
- Tron and Tron Legacy (DVD)
Genepunk: Also called biopunk, this is what happens when genetic engineering takes over. From giant whales that serve as airships to human beings grown in pods, this genre often features mad scientists.
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (proto-genepunk)
- The Gardener by S. A. Bodeen
- The Maximum Ride series by James Patterson
- Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (yep, it’s biopunk and steampunk at the same time!)
- Dark Angel (DVD)
So what kind of punk are you?
Have you read The Hunger Games yet? Maybe you’re still on that mile-long waiting list. Either way, here are a few similar series-starters to hold you over until the first movie comes out in March 2012.
- Divergent by Veronica Roth. Society is divided into five factions; when you choose your faction at age 16, you leave behind everyone in your old life. Tris was raised in the selfless faction of Abnegation, but she chooses the Dauntless, who leap on and off of moving trains for fun. But being fearless isn’t as easy as it looks, especially when you have a deadly secret to keep.
- Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. On a dusty outer-space colony, a germ called the Noise has made everyone’s thoughts audible. Todd, on the run from a crazy preacher with only his talking dog for company, faces secrets that make him question everything he’s ever been taught.
- Wither by Lauren DeStefano. A virus has infected the population: Now girls die at the age of 20, and boys at 25. To keep the human race alive, girls are often kidnapped and married off—sometimes as young as 13. Rhine finds herself married to Linden along with two other girls, and she never stops plotting her escape. But is it worth it to run away when you’ve only got a few more years to live?
- Matched by Allie Condie. Cassia is happy to be Matched to her best friend, Xander, when she turns 17. But an error in her Match file shows the face of another teenager before suddenly being deleted. Ky is an Aberration who can never be Matched, so why would his face be in her file? Suddenly Cassia has questions that no one will answer—what do those pills do? Why does her grandfather have to die? And what does the Society have planned for them all?
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.
More than 8,000 teens voted and this year’s Teens’ Top Ten are:
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
- Heist Society by Ally Carter
- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
- Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
- Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- Fire by Kristin Cashore
- Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Did your favorite books make the cut? Check out the YALSA website for more information about the Teens’ Top Ten or click here for a chance to win one of this fall’s hottest new YA releases (and future nominee for Teens’ Top Ten!)