Books and Reading

A History of Science Fiction: Ray Bradbury & Arthur C. Clarke

Over the course of the twentieth century, many authors have emerged to define the popular perception of science fiction. These authors have created some of the most-read science fiction works and continue to have an enormous influence on the science fiction world to this day. It is the work of these authors that has made the genre into a more diverse and critically respected field.

Haiti - "rich in spirit and culture and love and dedication"

    As we all respond to the tragedy in Haiti, share these children’s books about the island for an inside look at the people, the place and the culture.


    Diane Wolkstein visited Haiti to collect the traditional stories in her collection, “The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales.”

A History of Classic Science Fiction: John Carter’s Mars and Flash Gordon’s Universe

The most famed and prolific area of science fiction is the planetary adventure, featuring strange environments, exotic alien races, and massive battle scenes. Many of the most popular science fiction universes, such as Star Wars, Star Trek, and Avatar, take place in these environments. Most of these universes owe their existence to the adventure fiction of one author.

Cafe Book Walker Grant: Top Teen Picks 2010

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

Lit Bistro @ Porter

"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.  

Newbery Medal Winner: "When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead has won the 2010 Newbery Medal!

When You Reach Me, set in 1979, is about a twelve-year-old New York City girl who is in the midst of reading A Wrinkle in Time when she begins to receive a series of mysterious notes from an anonymous source that seem to defy the laws of time and space.

Rebecca Stead is also author of First Light, about New York City boy who accompanies his parents on a research trip to Greenland where he meets a mysterious 14 year-old girl named Thea who lives below the ice.

See the other award-winning children's books!

"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:

 

Children's & Teen Book Award-Winners

Winners of the Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, Printz Award, Coretta Scott King Award, and more were announced this morning at the American Library Association's midwinter conference in Boston.

See the list of 2010 Award-Winning Children's Books and 2010 Award-Winning Teen Books.

For a list of winners for all ALA book awards, see this press release.
 

2010 Award-Winning Children's Books

Newbery Medal

Newbery Medal Home Page
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

And the REAL winners are...

I'm here in blustery, snowy Boston with about a thousand librarians and publishers gathered in the convention center to find out what books have won the prestigious awards for young people's literature.  There’s a buzz of speculation as people ask each other, “What do you think will win?” or “What is the book you gave your heart to this year?”