Reviews and Blog Posts: Teens

Teens--Celebrate National Poetry Month!

A Girl Named Mister

April is National Poetry Month! Will you celebrate by reading a poem? How about writing one? Or maybe even creating one with book spines? Celebrate words and creative expression all month!

If you need some help finding your voice and writing your own poetry, come to one of the great workshop events happening at branch locations throughout Denver this month!

One of my favorite ways to read poetry is as complete stories in novels in verse. Some of my favorites include:

Love That Dog and Hate That Cat, Sharon Creech

Colorado Teen Literature Conference

The Secret to Lying

The 24th Colorado Teen Literature Conference will be at the Tivoli, on the Auraria Campus on Saturday, March 31. The conference opens with Todd Mitchell, the author of The Traitor King and The Secret to Lying.

The conference features various classes and workshops presented by experts who specialize in teen literature and working with teens. One of the highlights of the conference is attending the luncheon, featuring keynote author Maggie Stiefvater, who wrote The Scorpio Races and The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy. The conference closes with both Todd Mitchell and Maggie Stiefvater answering questions from a teen panel.

Are You Ready for The Hunger Games?

The Hunger Games Movie Companion

The Hunger Games movie opens Friday, March 23! Are you ready?? What are you doing to celebrate?

Teens and adults alike have been captivated by Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy. If you haven't had enough of the Hunger Games books, and want more books with similar themes, check out the If You Like The Hunger Games page on DPL's Teen Website, eVolver! I recently did a poll of my colleagues who enjoyed The Hunger Games for their ULTIMATE Hunger Games read-a-like.

James Tiptree Jr. Award Announced!

Deathless

The James Tiptree Jr. Award is a literary award given annually to science fiction or fantasy (novels, novellas, short stories) that expands or explores our understanding of gender. The award is named after Alice B. Sheldon, who wrote under the male name James Tiptree Jr. in order to be more accepted by publishers of science fiction.

While some of these books/stories may not be in the Denver Public Library's collection, they may be worth seeking out if you are interested in issues of gender in science fiction and fantasy. Please note all the teen books on the list--several of which were on my favorite reads of 2011 list!

The 2011 Tiptree Award Winner is: Redwood and Wildfire by Andrea Hairston (Aqueduct Press, 2011)

The Honor List includes:

NPR Back-Seat Book Club: The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society

NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has selected a best-selling, eccentric adventure for March: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

The Mysterious Benedict Society is a curious story, indeed! It all starts with several children answering the following newspaper ad: "Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?" Once the chosen few have passed a series of bizarre tests, they are trained, their special gifts are sharpened, and they are set for – what else – an undercover mission to stop evil!

Teens + Technology = TEEN TECH WEEK!

Teen Tech Week

Have a teenager in your life? Are you a teenager? Then come down to a branch of the Denver Public Library this March 4th – 10th for Teen Tech Week! We’ll be exploring all things tech, from modding your gadgets to making music, with classes just for teens.

Check out the full schedule of events, including events across almost all of the branches of the Denver Public Library system. I wanted to highlight some of the events that will be happening here at Central, most of which will be on the 4th floor in the Community Technology Center.

2011 Bram Stoker Award Nominees Announced

Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry

The Horror Writers Association has presented the Bram Stoker Award annually since 1988. This year marks the first time that the genres of Young Adult Fiction and Graphic Novels have been added to the awards list. If you love Horror and/or Young Adults books, these 5 nominees are sure to thrill you!

Nominated for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel:

What Do I Read Next? Some Lesser Known Teen Book Awards

Akata Witch

Most folks have at least heard of the Newbery and Printz Awards, given by the American Library Association, and commonly used when teens are wondering what to read next. But what about other awards?

How about ones specific to genre fiction? Here are some awards lists you might not have thought to look for your next teen read. Of course, these books are great for adults, too!

Many of the adult book awards include a subcategory for teen books. This is the recently announced Andre Norton Award Shortlist for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy (part of the Nebula Awards):

Geeking Out For Teen Tech Week

People and places of Virginia Village

Teen Tech Week is March 4th - 10th. As it gets closer, I want to highlight some of the neat things you can do with the programs installed on the public PCs at your local branch, starting with some image editing in a program called GIMP.

GIMP is free software for manipulating images and is installed on all of our public PCs. You can find it in the Start menu under Utilities.

It is a very robust, powerful program that you can spend a lot of time getting to know. (See the documentation and some tutorials at gimp.org/docs.) What I want to share with you is a very simple and specific procedure: creating an animated gif like the one at the top of this post.

Colorado Blue Spruce YA Book Award Announced!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw

The 2012 winner of the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award was recently announced:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw, by Jeff Kinney

Runners up:

The Maze Runner, James Dashner

City of Glass, Cassandra Clare

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