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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):

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

THIS COOKBOOK TAKES THE CAKE

Rose's Heavenly Cakes

Move over, Cake Bible, and make way for Rose Levy Beranbaum's latest and most sinful cookbook, Rose's Heavenly Cakes.

This 500-page beauty has 100 recipes and photos for cakes, including the the whipped cream bundt cake, the Double Chocolate Valentine, and the Sicilian Pistachio Cake.  I plan to try the Miette's Tomboy, mostly because I li

In Praise of Beards

Leo Tolstoy

Although it may not go down in the annals of history, February 3rd, 2012, marked a momentous occasion. After 60 years of being banned, Disney Parks "cast members" aka face-to-face employees may now sport a beard.

The change in policy allows neatly trimmed beards up to a quarter inch in length which doesn't mean they'll be joining the ranks of the seven dwarfs anytime soon but it is the biggest step against facial hair oppression since employees were allowed mustaches in 2000.

The Reading Rocket Rides Triumphant

The Reading Rocket emerges from the depths of the library to start its day.

Many mornings I catch the glorious sight of the Denver Public Library Reading Rocket leaving to begin its rounds. The Reading Rocket serves many locations throughout the Denver metro area. Check it out for locations near you.

If you love bookmobiles as much as we do, here are some titles for you:

The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

Colorado Authors Series Presents Flint Whitlock

The Beasts of Buchenwald

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Flint Whitlock, author of The Beasts of Buchenwald, this Sunday, February 12, at 2 p.m. at Schlessman.

Mr. Whitlock is an author and military historian specializing in World War II. Three of his books have been finalists for the Colorado Book Award. He has appeared on The History Channel and in various documentaries, and often leads battlefield tours. For the past two years, he has been the editor-in-chief of a national magazine, WWII History.

February Picks for NPR's Back-Seat Book Club

The Hundred Dresses

This month NPR's Back-Seat Book Club for 9 to 14-year-olds has two selections: The Hundred Dresses and Shooting Kabul.

The Hundred Dresses is a 1944 classic by Eleanor Estes. In this age where bullying is a serious topic, the story of Wanda Petronski, who is teased for her name, where she lives, and the fact that she wears the same faded dress every day, will really hit-home with readers. Wanda insists she has one hundred beautiful dresses at home and when the girls at school mock her for it, she stops coming to school and her family decides to move to a bigger city.

Strong, Smart Women

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I’ll admit, I read a lot more nonfiction than fiction, a lot more young adult books than adult ones. But lately I’ve been drawn to intense thrillers with strong, complex, and flawed female protagonists. These women are not perfect, but they’re interesting, and have unique voices which made all of these books good reads for me.

Once I finished Gillian Flynn’s debut novel Sharp Objects, I immediately got her second book, Dark Places—even though these books are not in a series. In both, there were interesting characters, twists and turns, and good writing.

Colorado Authors Series: Stan Yan, SquidWorks Comics

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Stan Yan of SquidWorks comics this Sunday, January 22, at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman.

Stan Yan grew up in Denver and went to school at UC Boulder where he got his bachelor’s degree in accounting. Yan’s life took the tragic turn into sales for the securities industry, where he wallowed in ethical poverty on-and-off for 13 years. He takes his frustrations out by penning graphic novels such as The Wang.

Saturday: Design Your Home Library or Create Your Urban Homestead

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading

This Saturday, join Fresh City Life My Branch for one of these special events! The Colorado Authors Series presents Sundari Kraft, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading, or learn how to arrange your home library with Thatcher Wine from Juniper Books.

Aspiring urban homesteaders! Gather at the Schlessman Family Branch at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 14 to get started with Sundari Kraft. With her book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Urban Homesteading anyone can learn how to live sustainably and responsibly — and save money and time — in an urban environment.

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