Teen Blog

07/15/2013 - 3:03am
Fitz by Mick Cochrane

Fitzgerald does not usually do rash things. He is not as cavalier as his friend Caleb. He is unable to share his feelings with that cute girl Nora, who likes his band. But he did just buy a gun and is holding his father, a man whom he has never met before, hostage. So much for not doing rash things.

Fitz is Mick Cochrane's new young adult novel. The title character, named after F. Scott Fitzgerald, is in desperate need of some father-son quality time. He tracks his dad down like a super sleuth, wanting all sorts of answers. How did his parents meet? Why did he leave? Is he sorry for abandoning his son?

07/12/2013 - 2:08pm

There is no higher praise for a book than an award from its target audience.  Each school year, seventh and eighth grade students from thirteen area middle schools, read from among twenty recently published young adult books and vote on those they feel merit a Café Book Top Teen Pick award.  Chosen titles are displayed at local libraries where they fly off the shelf even before summer fun officially begins.  

07/05/2013 - 2:50pm
Battle of the On-Demand Music Services

This is a fantastic time for music lovers. Music downloads no longer suffer from copy protection. Numerous sites and social tools have sprung up to help us discover and connect with talented artists. One of the most exciting developments has been the rise of subscription-based, on-demand music services. One low monthly or annual fee buys you access to a huge selection of music to listen to at any time. Heard a song from a new band you like and you want to hear more from them? Bam! Listen to all of their work right then and there without worrying about the recording industry suing you.  There are a number of these services to choose from, and in this post I'm going to help you decide which one to use.

07/02/2013 - 8:52am

This author has had enough wild, true-life experiences to fill an entire shelf of books. She grew up helping her parents run a hotel in a part of Yuma, Arizona where all kinds of shady characters hung out. As a kid, she was brilliant, brave, and very sure of herself. Nancy didn’t care for school much. Indeed, she was dyslexic (and undiagnosed) and failed two grades because of it. But as she got older, she did read all the classics in the hotel library. One day when ditching school, Nancy discovered the cool spaces and amazing stories at the public library. Reading took hold of her and never let go.

06/30/2013 - 10:24pm
Christopher Reeve as Superman

Superman is perhaps the longest lived of the classic Golden Age superhero characters to remain in the public imagination, and, in addition to a 75-year history of comic book publication, the character has also had a long career on the silver screen.  Unlike many other superheroes, Superman has an extensive history of being utilized as a film character, and his film appearances have influenced his portrayal in comic books in many fascinating ways.  

06/27/2013 - 9:10am
Using Your Computer on Your Mobile Device

As handy as our mobile phones and tablets are, there are times when they fall short and we wish we had our desktop or laptop computers in front of us. With this free software and the power of the Internet, you can access your home Windows PC or Mac from your iPhone/iPad or Android mobile device wherever you are.

06/27/2013 - 7:02pm
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Don't know what to read this summer? Let the 7th and 8th grade teens at Thornburg Middle give you a few exciting suggestions! After their Cafe Book meetings this spring, they voted on their Top Picks and Favorites. Check them out!

Top Picks:
 
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.
 
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
 

Everneath
 by Brodi Ashton
Regretting her decision to forfeit her life on Earth to become an immortal on Everneath, a world between Earth and Hell, teenaged Nikki is given the chance to return to the Surface for six months, in this story loosely based on the "Hades and Persephone" myth. 
 
 
 
 
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
Sweet Venom
 by Tera Lynn Childs
Three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful Gorgon maligned in myth, must reunite and embrace their fates. Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it's also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster. 
 

 
 
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star
 by Maureen Johnson
Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation. 
 
 
 
 
 
Favorites:
 
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth OppelStarters by Lissa PriceUltraviolet by R.J. Anderson
 
Starters by Lissa Price
 
Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson
06/25/2013 - 11:09am
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Seventh and eighth graders at Post Oak Middle School have voted on their favorites from this year's Cafe Book titles.

Top Pick: 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
In this book thirteen year old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But this monster is not what Conor expects. He wants something from Conor. Can Conor face the truth and loss the monster demands?
 

Other Favorites:

Cold Cereal by Adam RexMichael Vey by Richard Paul EvansStarters by Lissa Price

Cold Cereal by Adam Rex

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Starters by Lissa Price

06/17/2013 - 11:12am
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

What are the hottest books for teens? Check out these winners, voted on by seventh and eighth grade students from Freedom Middle School during Cafe Book this year! After reading from a selection of 20 books, they chose their Top Picks and Other Favorites.

Top Picks:

Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

 

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
Michael Vey seems like an ordinary teenager, but he has a unique power. After his mother is kidnapped he and his friends have to find his mother and fight the hunters to save other kids with the same powers. 

 

 

 

Apothecary by Maile Meloy

 

Apothecary by Maile Meloy

Follows a fourteen-year-old American girl whose life unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in 1952 and gets swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war. 

 


 

Other Favorites:

The Name of the Star by Maureen JohnsonSweet Venom by Tera Lynn ChildsOutlaw by Stephen DavisStarters by Lissa Price

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Outlaw by Stephen Davies

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Starters by Lissa Price

06/03/2013 - 3:30am
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Right away Greg Gaines, the "Me" of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, fires a warning shot for readers unaware of what they are about to step into.

I learned absolutely nothing from Rachel's leukemia. In fact, I probably became stupider about life because of the whole thing.