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Undercover Muffins: Favorite Books from the Summer Reading 2010 List

Our teens review their two top picks off this year's Summer Reading List:

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

"Little Brother starts out with a bang. Literally. It starts with a super tech-savvy teen on a quest for a game piece when suddenly, a bridge very close to where they are blows up, and him and his friends are arrested on suspicion of terrorism. Once released, they realize everything has changed. Government is restricting and terrorizing innocent 

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My Library: Hayley & Nathalie

Hayley and Nathalie enjoy snacks and superhero ballerinas at the library.

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Teen Book Club: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

This month Jefferson Market’s Teen Book Club (aka The Undercover Muffins) is reading Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles.

Description: Brittany Ellis is Caucasian and the head cheerleader at Fairfield High School. Alex Fuentes is a Mexicano in the Latin Bloods. The two could not be any more different, but after being forced to become year-long lab partners for Chemistry class, the two soon realize they have their own “chemistry” going 

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My Library: Gina

Gina is an actress with a true passion for libraries.

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Second Annual Teen Author Carnival

The second annual Teen Author Carnival will take place at the Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, on May 24, 2010 between 5 and 8 p.m.  The event provides a rare opportunity for teen readers to meet and talk with many of their favorite young adult authors in a more fun and intimate environment than they might at a convention or crowded book signing. Admission is free.

Teen Author Carnival was developed and is hosted by Devyn Burton, 

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Jefferson Market Teens Say: We Need Our Libraries

After learning about the proposed cuts to the library budget, teens at Jefferson Market wrote about how much the library means to them, how important it is to their lives, and why it is so urgent to keep them open.


The libraries need to stay open. They are important to many people. Reading is a really a big part of my life as a writer. My opinion 

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My Library: Will

The library is a great place for gamers and anime fans too, just ask Will.

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: A Review

They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that’s not how it happens for me…

  Samantha Kingston is in with the most popular clique at school, has a boyfriend that all the girls drool over … and is about to die. This is the way it happens:

She wakes up on February 12th, Cupid Day at Thomas Jefferson High School, a day that people receive roses from their friends and admirers during class. She gets driven to school by her best-friend Lindsay, drinks coffee, gets a rose from her boyfriend, 

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The Undercover Muffins: Poetry

Verse courtesy of the teen book group at Jefferson Market.

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My Library: Braydon & Brittany

Braydon and Brittany are "huge book fans;" they visit libraries while on vacation. Maybe we should sell postcards!

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My Library: Mitali

Mitali is a voracious reader/blogger/tweeter/YA carnival organizer/college student and *PHEW!* future book publicist. 

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My Library: Megan & Jack

Megan likes to listen to audiobooks while cleaning the apartment. Jack might get a library card so he can check out items from the Picture Collection!

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The Undercover Muffins: Stuff for the Teen Age List 2010

This week, the Undercover Muffins talked about some of their favorite books & movies from the New York Public Library's 2010 Stuff for the Teen Age list:

Evermore by Alyson Noel

"Evermore is about a teenage girl named Ever whose entire family had died in a car crash. She was the only one who survived. So now, she lives with her aunt who constantly checks in on 

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The Undercover Muffins: Judge Books by Their Covers

Every week The Undercover Muffins check-out dozens of books. This week they picked out the one book from their piles that they have decided to read first, before all the others. From front cover art to back cover descriptions, here's what attracted them to it:

Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block

"This book looks very appealing to me. For one thing, it is about vampires and a love so strong and eternal. Her first love returns and her heat for him. The cover is really pretty with the vampire teeth, 

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My Library: Kisna

Kisna is the unofficial taskmaster for the Undercover Muffins, loves books and is getting ready for bootcamp.

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An Interview with Michelle Zink, Author of Prophecy of the Sisters

One of the picks for the 2010 Stuff for the Teen Age list is Michelle Zink's Prophecy of the Sisters, a supernatural Victorian novel about two orphaned twin sisters. I got to speak with Michelle about writing, reading, and publishing. Here's what she had to say:

What attracts you to the Victorian era? What made you decided to make your book set in that time period?

Prophecy of the Sisters is the first book I'd written in the Victorian era. I originally chose it because it seemed like a natural backdrop for the dark, 

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My Library: Stephanie

Stephanie checks out the Jefferson Market Library for the first time and (maybe?) gets a library card!

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The Undercover Muffins: Retro TV Round-up

This week Jefferson Market's teen book group, the Undercover Muffins, discussed some of the TV shows they watched as kids. Whether the shows were "awesome" or "so wrong," take a trip back in time with them and see what they have to say:

I Love Lucy:

"I really love this show. In almost every episode Lucy was getting in trouble and Ricky would get her out of it. They were a couple, a real life 

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Twist n' Shhhout!: Highlighting Rock n' Roll at NYPL: Riot Grrrl

March is Women's History Month, so I decided to celebrate the louder side of Women's History here at Twist n' Shhhout! with a post about Riot Grrrl. Riot Grrrl was a fusion of punk rock and feminism that occured during the early 90s. The movement used a wide-variety of media such as zines, bands, and art to project a message about gender equality to the very male-dominated punk rock scene.

Here to talk with me about

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The Undercover Muffins: Women's History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, this week The Undercover Muffins discussed the women that inspire them. Having beauty, brains, and talent -as well as- overcoming hardships are some of the key things about them they found inspiring.

Check out who they picked and why:

Britney Spears: "The importance of Britney Spears is her comeback. Britney Spears was known as “the pop queen” but later lost her title to “crazy rehab Britney Spears”. She 

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