Friday, May 30, 2008

Breaking Dawn: A Preview

Entertainment Weekly has a preview of the first chapter of Breaking Dawn, the upcoming book in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. It will be in bookstores on August 2 and in the library soon after. Happy reading!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Twilight: The Teaser for the Movie

The movie of Stephenie Meyer's novel Twilight will be released in December. The teaser trailer for the movie has been released. Watch it below.

What do you think?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Have you read Tantalize?

Here's the trailer for Cynthia Leitich Smith's newest novel, Tantalize.

Her blog is a great place for aspiring writers to find loads of information, and her website is terrific as well.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

ALA Book Awards

The American Library Association announced their award winners yesterday. You can find them all listed on our Award Winners page, but here are some of them.

Printz Award

Newbery Award

Coretta Scott King Author Award

Pura Belpré Narrative Award

Happy Reading!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Review: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Sherman Alexie is one of my favorite authors. So, when I saw that he had written a novel for teens, I couldn’t wait to read it. I finished it today and am amazed at how wonderful the book is.

In many cases, adult novelists who decide to write a book for teens end up having one of two problems. Either the books are too adult for teens or too child-like for teens. Alexie’s book has no such problems.

The story is about a young Spokane Indian boy named Arnold Spirit, but everyone on the reservation calls him Junior. He decides, if he is to have any sort of future, he needs to go to school in the local white farming community. So, early in his freshman year of high school, he transfers and becomes the only Indian kid in his new all-white school.

Junior has lots to deal with after he makes this change – his best friend thinks he’s been betrayed, his new school has a completely different set of unwritten rules Junior has to learn, his sister decides to get married and move to Montana, and he has a semi-girlfriend whose father hates him.

The story is told in Junior’s first-person narrative with his cartoon sketches sprinkled throughout. While this story is very angry, touching on subjects such as poverty, death and teen angst (including rough language), it is also very funny. There is a terrific scene involving the science teacher, Junior, another student and information about petrified wood that made me laugh out loud. And the cartoons, drawn by Ellen Forney, are especially humorous.

I highly recommend this book. It is one of the best teen novels I’ve read in a long time.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

National Chicken Month

Did you know September is National Chicken Month? So, try some chicken recipes or just learn more about our favorite fowl.

Or, if you want to see something very odd, check this out.


Well, That Won't Work

Ever thought of some invention that couldn't possibly work? Perhaps you've got an entry in The Museum of Unworkable Devices. I especially enjoy the gallery of 3-D images.