unRequired Reading Blog

"Going Bovine" Goes Big!

Going Bovine by Libba Bray received the Michael L. Printz Award this morning at the American Library Association's midwinter conference in Boston. (That means some of the country's top librarians think this is the best young adult book published in 2009!)

Going Bovine  is about Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob's (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital, in an attempt to find a cure. Better yet, let Libba tell you about the book in her own words:

 

If you like short stories

Here are some short story collections that you might enjoy. Since you didn’t specify a genre, I chose a variety: general fiction, romance, supernatural and science fiction.

Vacations from Hell / Libba Bray ... [et al.].
Five short stories in which a vacation takes a supernatural turn.

Up All Night : A Short Story Collection / Peter Abrahams ... [et al.] Presents five short stories about teens who stay up all night, written by award-winning authors.

If you like Evernight by Claudia Gray.

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause.
Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.

Are you a Clanker or a Darwinist?

Scott Westerfield, author of the popular Uglies series, is back with an amazing new novel in the steampunk tradition. Leviathan features an alternate 1914 Europe, where countries are classified as "Clankers," devoted to mechanical machinery, or "Darwinists," who genetically engineer animals to perform most of society's tasks.

Heroes in the Library

It’s one of life’s ironies that you don’t realize how much someone’s impacted your life until they’re gone. More specifically, you realize that you never told that person how much they meant. It isn’t until they pass that you think, “Oh! I wish I had said something!” You think about how that person shaped who you are, in major or even subtle ways, and sometimes realize that you wouldn’t be you if it weren’t for that person’s influence, guidance, or mere presence in your life.

If you like Mystery stories.

Here are some titles you might enjoy reading.

 

The Red Thread: a novel in three incarnations by Roderick Townley.

Bothered by insomnia, nightmares, and claustrophobia, sixteen-year-old Dana sees a therapist who hypnotizes her into remembering past lives, involving her in an age-old mystery and causing her to question what kind of person she is.

 

 

 

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson.

Team Jacob or Team Edward?

As if you didn't already know, New Moon hits theaters on Friday, November 20.

Check out this movie review in the Washington Post.

Join Edward, Bella, and Jacob in READing a good book! Check out all things Twilight, or maybe something from our Fang Fiction or Werewolves Among Us book list.

If you like Love Among the Walnuts by Jean Ferris

Also by Jean Ferris are Much Ado About Grubstake and Twice Upon a Marigold. Here are a few more titles you might enjoy:

 

Bloomability by Sharon Creech.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

William Kamkwamba first encountered the magic that ruled Malawi when he was six. Herd boys found a  sack in the road; it was filled with bubblegum!  What a treasure! "Should we give any to this little boy with leaves in his hair?", they asked. Of course they did, a double handful of gumballs: so many colors.  William ate them all.