unRequired Reading Blog
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:
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.
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.
The National Book Award winners for Young People's Literature were announced this week.
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.
Dogs may be considered “man’s best friend,” but a lot of girls (and guys) think horses should claim that honor. If you agree, you’ll want to take one of these books for a ride. You don’t need to own a horse to enjoy these magnificent animals. Visit a local stable for lessons or volunteer at a therapeutic riding center. And even if that’s not possible, you can certainly read about horses.
Even if you've never heard the song, "I Am Woman (Hear Me Roar)," which topped the charts in 1972 and became an anthem of sorts for the women's lib movement (oh, and won a Grammy), you will enjoy these stories featuring heroines who grapple with the big challenges and mysteries of life. Ranging from hilarious to heart-breaking, there's something for everyone.
The Young Adult Library Services Association has just announced this year's Teens' Top Ten. Over 11,000 teens voted online for their favorites from August 24 through September 18. And the winners are ...
1. Paper Towns by John Green
2. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
5. Identical by Ellen Hopkins
6. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
7. Wake by Lisa McMann
8. Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast
9. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
10. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Teen Read Week is all about reading for fun, so take a break from homework by checking out one of these great books.
I blogged a few weeks ago about the Percy Jackson and The New Olympians series (click here to read). The first book, The Lightning Thief, is being made into a movie, due to be released February 2010. Here's a new trailer for the movie, and it looks awesome: