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Top Teen Picks 2011 Announced!

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

Cafe Book teens have spoken! Here are the Top Picks and Favorites for the year:

The Top Picks

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
Inexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Brontë befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody.

 

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Hex Hall
by Rachel Hawkins
Sophie has just been exiled to Hex Hall, a school for rebellious teens…of the supernatural sort. Witches like herself, werewolves, and even a vampire or two are her new classmates, along with a host of equally unusual teachers. As mysterious and murderous events unfold, Sophie learns about her past and a secret society that dooms them all.


 
Other Favorites
Candor by Pam Bachorz
Candor
by Pam Bachorz
For a fee, "model teen" Oscar Banks has been secretly--and selectively-- sabotaging the subliminal messages that program the behavior of the residents of Candor, Florida, until his attraction to a rebellious new girl threatens to expose his subterfuge.

 
 

The Enemy by Charlie Higson
The Enemy
by Charlie Higson
After a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers leave their shelter and set out of a harrowing journey across London to the safe haven of Buckingham Palace.

 

Malice by Chris Wooding
Malice
by Chris Wooding
Comic books are not all fun and games. If you gather the right things and say the right words, it is rumored that Tall Jake will take you inside the terrifying world of the comic, Malice, and your life – perhaps your death - will play out on its pages. Seth and Kady don’t believe it’s real until their friend Luke disappears and their horror begins.

 

  Maze Runner by James Dashner
Maze Runner by James Dashner
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.



 

Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser
Wish You Were Dead
by Todd Strasser
When anonymous blogger Str-S-d makes a list of the people in her high school she wishes were dead, it seems like just another case of bullying. But when the popular teens on the list start disappearing, high school senior Madison Archer tries to find the connection between her missing friends and her own stalker.

A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine

A Tale of Two Castles

In A Tale of Two Castles, by Gail Carson Levine, young Elodie embarks on her journey to Two Castles with the warning of her family ringing in her ears: beware of ogres and dragons, and, even worse, the whited sepulcher. Elodie’s parents think she will apprentice to a weaver. But headstrong, independent Elodie dreams of becoming a mansioner--an actress. As she nears Two Castles, Elodie discovers that the free,10-year apprenticeships have been abolished. She does not have enough money to pay for an apprenticeship or to pay for the voyage home. What will she do? How will she survive?

Cafe Book Thornburg Middle School: Top Teen Picks 2011

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Fantasy and realistic fiction were the winning genres at Thornburg Middle School, where students in grades seven and eight voted for their favorite books of the Café Book year. Thirty-two students voted on 20 books, selecting their Top Picks for 2011. Here they are! 

Top Picks:

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
 

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
Bruiser
by Neal Shusterman
Inexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Brontë befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody.


 

 
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Heist Society
by Ally Carter
A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop's father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.
 

 
 

Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser
Wish You Were Dead
by Todd Strasser
When anonymous blogger Str-S-d makes a list of the people in her high school she wishes were dead, it seems like just another case of bullying. But when the popular teens on the list start disappearing, high school senior Madison Archer tries to find the connection between her missing friends and her own stalker.

 

Cafe Book Rodney Thompson: Top Teen Picks 2011

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman

The results are in and the 7th and 8th graders at Rodney Thompson Middle School have spoken.  Here are their top choices from their Cafe Book program this year.

Top Picks:

Bruiser
by Neal Shusterman
Inexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Brontë befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody.

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Hex Hall
by Rachel Hawkins
Sophie has just been exiled to Hex Hall, a school for rebellious teens…of the supernatural sort. Witches like herself, werewolves, and even a vampire or two are her new classmates, along with a host of equally unusual teachers. As mysterious and murderous events unfold, Sophie learns about her past and a secret society that dooms them all.

 

 

Other Favorites:

Candor by Pam Bachorz


Candor
by Pam Bachorz
For a fee, "model teen" Oscar Banks has been secretly--and selectively-- sabotaging the subliminal messages that program the behavior of the residents of Candor, Florida, until his attraction to a rebellious new girl threatens to expose his subterfuge. 

 
 

Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler
Cupcake Queen
by Heather Hepler
Penny moves to Hogs Hollow from New York City with her Mom. Penny's Mom runs a cupcake store and Penny has to help out. She also had to leave her friends. In addition to that, her Dad did not move with them. But there is Marcus, the boy she sees running on the beach every night.


 

If you like Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess

Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess

This readalike is in response to a patron's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading  recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. You can browse our book matches here.

Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess
Haunted by flashbacks, fifteen-year-old Meredith learns that three years in prison has not changed the abusive father who molested her.

If you like Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess, you might like these books:

Lessons from a Dead Girl by Johanna Knowles
Lessons from a Dead Girl
by Johanna Knowles
An unflinching story of a troubled friendship -- and one girl's struggle to come to terms with secrets and shame and find her own power to heal. Leah Greene is dead. For Laine, knowing what really happened and the awful feeling that she is, in some way, responsible set her on a journey of painful self-discovery. Yes, she wished for this. She hated Leah that much. Hated her for all the times in the closet, when Leah made her do those things. They were just practicing, Leah said. But why did Leah choose her? Was she special, or just easy to control? And why didn't Laine make it stop sooner?
 

Light on Snow by Anita Shreve
Light on Snow
by Anita Shreve
Written from the point of view of 30-year-old Nicky as she recalls the vivid December day, 19 years earlier, when she and her father found an abandoned infant in the snow, this is a beautiful contemporary novel about love and memory.


 

Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
Make Lemonade
by Virginia Euwer Wolff
LaVaughn is saving money for college, babysitting for a single mother whose life is out of control! Meanwhile, LaVaughn and her friends have other things to figure out.

 

ReachOut Reads: Books for Tough Topics

Reachout Reads web page

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Reachout.com and YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) have teamed up to offer ReachOut Reads, a selection of YA fiction titles that address tough topics like bullying, depression, eating disorders, self-mutilation and suicide. Throughout May, Reachout.com will also be hosting a series of live chats with YA authors. Visit  reachout.com/reachoutreads for more information.

If You Like Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

This readalike is in response to a patron's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. You can browse our book matches here.

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
For thirty-five years, the acclaimed, bestselling first-person account of a teenage girl's harrowing decent into the nightmarish world of drugs has left an indelible mark on generations of teen readers. As powerful -- and as timely -- today as ever, Go Ask Alice remains the definitive book on the horrors of addiction.

 If you like Go Ask Alice and Ellen Hopkins books, then you may like:

Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
Fallout
by Ellen Hopkins (her latest book)
Written in free verse, explores how three teenagers try to cope with the consequences of their mother's addiction to crystal meth and its effects on their lives.
 




Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
by Peter Cameron
Eighteen-year-old James living in New York City with his older sister and divorced mother struggles to find a direction for his life.

 



Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
Story of a Girl
by Sara Zarr
In the three years since her father caught her in the back seat of a car with an older boy, sixteen-year-old Deanna's life at home and school has been a nightmare, but while dreaming of escaping with her brother and his family, she discovers the power of forgiveness.

Teen Poetry Night: Tuesday, April 26, 7:30pm

Teen Poetry Night: Tuesday, April 26, 7:30pm

Celebrate National Poetry Month by attending our Teen Poetry Night at the Headquarters Library, 1201 Caroline Street, downtown Fredericksburg.

Join us for poetry readings by the winners of our Teen Poetry Contest and by our host and contest judge, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Claudia Emerson.

In addition to winning the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and being a former Poet Laureate of Virginia, Emerson was recently inducted into the prestigious Fellowship of Southern Writers and awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship.

We're very lucky she's still willing to find time in her busy schedule to spend with budding local teen poets!

For grades 7 to adult.  Call 372-1144 for more information.

Steampunk'd Books

Altered book - Doors

Wires were being bent, watches broken, and the scent of hot glue was in the air. The chatter of teens and a few adult artists filled the air as copiously as the junk that littered the table. The sounds and sights of books being “remade” were a little bit unnerving even to the librarians that planned the program, but there was no doubt about it – Steampunk’d Books at the Salem Church Library was a hit.

2011 Teen Poetry Contest Winners

2011 Teen Poetry Contest Winners

Each year we celebrate National Poetry Month in April with our Teen Poetry Contest.

Teens in grades 7-12 from Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Westmoreland, are invited to submit up to three originial poems. Out-of-region library cardholders may also enter.

The winners are chosen (anonymously) by University of Mary Washington professor and Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Claudia Emerson.

Entries were accepted online between April 1 - 12, 2011.
Winners are selected from participants in grades 7-9 and grades 10-12.

Winners are awarded prizes and invited to read work at Teen Poetry Night at Headquarters Library: Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 7:30-9:00

We had over 350 entries this year! Here are the winners ...