Reviews and Blog Posts: Teen

2013 James Tiptree, Jr. Award


The 2013 James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award and Honor List were recently announced. The Tiptrees are an "annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender" and are probably my favorite book award.

While this year's winner, Rupetta by N.A. Sulway, currently has limited availability in the United States, check out the British publisher's website for options. We'll be on the lookout for a U.S. edition to get for the library.

Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

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This was by far one of the best teen books I read last year. It turns out that I have great taste, as it was also recently named as a Michael L. Printz honor book! Plus, the book is set in my hometown - Omaha, Nebraska. Believe me, there are...

They Are Legend: Authors We Lost in 2013

The Golden Notebook

As we all get used to writing "2014" as the date, here is a last look back at some of the notable authors we lost in 2013. Their words will long endure.

Chinua Achebe--Nigerian writer who died at age 82. His most famous work is Things Fall Apart (1958).

Iain Banks--Scottish author of both contemporary and science fiction.

Tom Clancy--popular author of espionage and military thrillers. His classic works include The Hunt for Red October and other books starring CIA operative Jack Ryan.

Falling hard : 100 love poems by teenagers

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Falling Hard: 100 love poems by teenagers is a collection of love poems written by teenagers, pulled from email submissions by the author. The authors range in age from 12 to 18. They are also a mixture of female, male, transgender, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, different ethnicities and from different...

The Scorpio Races

by Maggie Stiefvater

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Every November on the isolated island of Thisby is the same: the carnivorous water horses, or capaill uisce, emerge from the wintry waters off the coast and are captured by locals hoping to win the annual Scorpio Races. Seventeen-year-old Sean Kendrick has won the last four races, and this year...

OCD love story

by Corey Ann Haydu

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OCD Love Story is a teen book with a bright pink heart on the cover.  The book seems like it would be a romance but really this book is a much more intense story about obsessive compulsive disorder.  OCD Love Story is a realistic look at a difficult problem.  The...

Two Boys Kissing

by David Levithan

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From the cover and title of this one, you might think this is a love story...and you'd be right, but wrong. It's about love, but not romantic love, not entirely. The two boys kissing in the title are Craig and Harry, who are ex-boyfriends, but are attempting to break the...

What's the Plural of Apocalypse? DPL @ Comic Con, Survival, and the Caldera

Are you going to be at Denver Comic Con, May 31-June 2? Because lots of Denver Public Library folks will be there! Are you ready to face the end of the world with us?

Just one of DPL's many panels is entitled: It's the End of the World as We Know It: Books that Taught Us Survival Strategies for a Terrifying Future. Here's a brief description:

The Best in Mystery--Edgar and Agatha Winners

The Expats

The winners of both the Edgar Awards and the Agatha Awards were recently announced, so if you're looking to add a bit of mystery to your summer reading, look no further!

The Edgars, named after Edgar Allan Poe, honor the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television. The Agathas, named after Agatha Christie, honor the "traditional" mystery as exemplified by Christie's works. This is the award for you if you're looking for mysteries with no explicit sex, gratuitous violence, or gore. No "hard boiled" mysteries here. Check out these lists, and maybe discover a new favorite mystery author!

The Edgar winners:

Fat Angie

by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo

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After so many years of being called Fat Angie, Angie can only think of herself this way. Years of abuse by classmates and neglect and cruelty by her family, added on to the fact that she's the only one who believes her sister, a soldier taken hostage during the Iraq...

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