unRequired Reading Blog
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:
Will is small for his age and can climb a tree quicker and higher than any of his Ward mates. He hopes to be accepted into Battleschool on Choosing Day so he can become a hero like his father, whom Will never knew. Will is an orphan, left on the steps of Castle Redmont's ward, and Choosing Day is the opportunity each ward has to be apprenticed to a master craftsman.
Read Melissa's thoughts about the film deal in her blog.
Visit the Harper Teen site for more about the series beginning with Wicked Lovely, including more book trailers and an interview with Melissa Marr.
Check out the book trailer for Wicked Lovely below:
Talk about hearing voices in your head. On New World, all men, boys, and animals can hear each other's thoughts, also called "noise." There's ways to cover up or mask your thoughts, but it's hard to do. Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown, on the cusp of his 13th birthday, which will make him a man. One day, while running an errand, he notices a silence in the noise - something that has never happened before - and comes upon someone who changes his perception of his world forever.
Published on August 1, local author Maggie Stiefvater's novel "Shiver," is already a hit, debuting on the New York Times Best Sellers list. It's your basic teen love story: Girl meets boy. Boy meets girl. Boy is a werewolf ... fans of "Twilight," this is for you!
Watch the book trailer, created by Maggie (she's an artist too!) below:
Maggie is also author of "Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception" and "Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie" Check out Maggie's web site (http://www.maggiestiefvater.com/) and blog (http://m-stiefvater.livejournal.com/), and follow her on Twitter, http://twitter.com/mstiefvater.