unRequired Reading

Our unRequired Reading Blog features the latest picks for teens selected by library staff and volunteers.
01/19/2010 - 3:11pm

Here are three titles I hope you might enjoy- they all involve ancient mythology and modern characters!

The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh
After fourteen-year-old classics prodigy Jack Perdu has a near fatal accident he meets Euri, a young ghost who introduces him to New York's Underworld, where those who died in New York reside until they are ready to move on, and Jack vows to find his dead mother there.

02/23/2010 - 10:18am

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:

 

12/07/2010 - 3:11pm

Here are some short story collections that you might enjoy. Since you didn’t specify a genre, I chose a variety: general fiction, romance, supernatural and science fiction.

Vacations from Hell / Libba Bray ... [et al.].
Five short stories in which a vacation takes a supernatural turn.

Up All Night : A Short Story Collection / Peter Abrahams ... [et al.] Presents five short stories about teens who stay up all night, written by award-winning authors.

01/06/2010 - 12:18pm

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause.
Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.

01/05/2010 - 12:06pm

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.

12/15/2009 - 5:39pm

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.