Anita Silvey, former editor of the esteemed Horn Book, recently wrote a scathing article about the Newbery Awards. Recent choices seem to be, shall we say, hmmm not really the material she thinks makes a Newbery book. How about Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, this year’s award winner? I hope everyone reads this one, adult, teen, younger reader. It’s much more than just a scary story. And, like Gaiman’s Coraline has one of the best villains you could imagine. The American Library Association has a whole list of awards it hands out…this year’s Printz Award (realistic teen fiction)Marlena Marchetta’s Jellico Road for instance. We all have our favorite books. You choose your award winner and start spreading the word. Be sure to back it up with more than just, ‘Oh, it was just SO interesting.’ By the way, what is YOUR award winner?
You will notice off to the right a new ‘PAGES’ – Book Reviews. Click on that for the book reviews of new titles coming into the Teen Reads. Please comment, too. The main purpose of this blog is to introduce the titles that are now appearing on your local library’s shelves. I can’t read them all, but will dutifully do my best. I always take constructive criticism, feedback and cookies when appropriate. Anyway, let’s see how this works. TTFN
The next books to mini-review will be The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecelia Galante, Breathe: a Ghost Story by Cliff McNish and Out of Reachby V.M. Jones. Young Adult literature runs the gamut from flirty fun (Gossip Girls), to amazing otherworldly stories (Libba Bray’s ‘The Rebels’ trilogy) to fall down flat cheeky, subtle humor (Godless by Pete Hautman) to Holocast depth (The Boy in Striped Pajamas or The Book Thief) to thriller/suspense (The Graveyard Book) to . . . on and on and on. Anything adult literature has, YA does it with less words and still packs a wallop. I have just been ‘weeding’ – the library term for sending books out to pasture – and it is a sad thing when great stories are no longer read and have passed out of contemporary interest. But there is always good literature/storytelling coming along so I shouldn’t feel too bad. Every book has its reader, right? So, if you read this, keep looking and don’t forget to hit the Teen Reads area for some of the best reads.
As a first post, I will keep this brief…fantasy, future shock or dark thriller, choose any or all:
- Graceling – Kristin Cashore (fantasy thriller)
- The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins (future shock)
- The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman (dark thriller)
I read The Hunger Games first, then Graceling, then The Graveyard Book. These books make one hungry to read more of their ilk (That’s a fun little word for ‘their kind.’) I’ll be listing new acquisitions on this blog and doing some reviews. You as reader are most welcome to recommend books and submit comments/reviews. Kathy Johnson Young Adult Librarian
Check out the websites listed on the blog. More later.