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01/31/2011 - 11:25am
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The votes are in! Cafe  Book teens at Walker Grant Middle School have picked their favorites books from a list of 20 books.

Top Pick: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

Other Favorites:

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Messed Up by Janet Nichols Lynch
Scat by Carl Hiassen
Somebody by Nancy Springer
The Tomorrow Code by Brian Falkner
Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen

12/07/2010 - 2:09pm

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.

12/07/2010 - 2:18pm

Graceling by Kristin Cashore.

In a world where some people are born with extreme and oft-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

 

Tithe by Holly Black.

Sixteen year old Kaye, who has been visited by fairies since her childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny.

 

The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison.

12/07/2010 - 2:22pm

Graceling by Kristin Cashore.

In a world where some people are born with extreme and oft-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

 

Tithe by Holly Black.

Sixteen year old Kaye, who has been visited by fairies since her childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny.

 

The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison.

01/19/2010 - 3:28pm

"What books did you talk about yesterday at Lit Bistro".....glad you asked.  Here are some of the latest titles causing a buzz and some spirited discussion...

Ghosts of War by Ryan Smithson...the true story of a 19 year old GI...".totally awesome "said one teen

Devils Kiss by Sarwat Chadda...."really creepy but good."

Eon Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman...."it's got to have a sequel"...it does!!!

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer....this is one that everybody agreed on ...they all loved it!!!

That is just a sampling of what goes on at Lit Bistro...so if you are looking for a book group...or just want to meet some teens who like to read and love to talk about it...join us for the next gathering on February 9th @4pm at the Porter Branch.  

01/19/2010 - 2:11pm

Here are three titles I hope you might enjoy- they all involve ancient mythology and modern characters!

The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh
After fourteen-year-old classics prodigy Jack Perdu has a near fatal accident he meets Euri, a young ghost who introduces him to New York's Underworld, where those who died in New York reside until they are ready to move on, and Jack vows to find his dead mother there.

02/23/2010 - 9:18am

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:

 

12/07/2010 - 2:11pm

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.

01/06/2010 - 11:18am

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.

01/05/2010 - 11:06am

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.

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