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Teen Author Carnival 2014

I was very excited to learn about the Teen Author Carnival from a colleague's blog. It was held at the regal high-ceilinged Jefferson Market Library. There were many teens in attendance, and some adults joined the crowd later on. The event has been going on since 2009, and it is organized by Mitali Dave. It was a great venue for teens to get the opportunity to meet their favorite authors.

Book Trivia

The program commenced with a Book Trivia Challenge. Three 

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Booktalking "Hey, Dollface" by Deborah Hautzig

Val and Chloe are best friends extraordinaire. After spending much time with Chloe, Val finds that other people pale in comparison.Read More ›

Kingsbridge Teens Recommend: Novels and Graphic Novels

The cold weather gave our Teen Advisory Group the opportunity to bundle up indoors and catch up with lots of books over the last few months. Now it’s time to finally celebrate springtime, and for you to see if you agree with their reviews! Read More ›

Booktalking "Unremembered" by Jessica Brody

Violet or Seraphina... who knows? A 16-year-old purple-eyed girl supposedly is the sole survivor of a plane crash. Unfortunately, she does not remember anything of her past, who she is, what she likes to do, or even how to accomplish daily living tasks. Read More ›

Booktalking "Fifteen Love" by Nicole Leigh Shepherd

Fifteen-year-old ninth-grade identical twins Maggie and Bella Anderson did not know what was in store for them when they met Coach Kasinski. Coach K, as she did not appreciate being called, liked her players to play the Kasinski way, whatever that meant. Maggie eats junk food while Bella watches her diet. Maggie twirls the racket while Bella perfects her game. Bella is obsessed with the game, while Maggie reluctantly participates. Is a Classic title on their horizon?Read More ›

NYC Teen Author Festival: March 2014

We were lucky to have the 6th annual Teen Author Festival at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in March again this year. Author David Levithan has been hosting this informative gathering of teen authors, teens, librarians and teachers alike in different locations in the NYC area.Read More ›

Booktalking "Rein It In: An A Circuit Novel" by Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka

A Circuit—one of the most competitive horse show circuits available. Teenagers who are both horse crazy and relationship crazy, sneaking quick kisses and dating in between all of the preparation for horse shows and competition. Read More ›

Booktalking "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson

Melinda Sordino busted a summer party by calling the cops, and now she is starting high school. Apparently, her classmates are never going to let her forget it.Read More ›

Teen Romances For Readers Who Hate Romance Novels

I have to admit that I’m a tough audience when it comes to romance novels. Whenever I see a book that promises readers a heart-pounding romance, often featuring someone looking dramatically windswept on the cover, my first instinct is to look at it and laugh.Read More ›

More Young Adult Novels Becoming Blockbuster Movies

Multiple YA books are hitting theaters and the trend does not seem to be slowing down, especially for multi-book series. Read More ›

Friends, Boys, Basketball... and the Holocaust

Next month the world celebrates Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Think that couldn't have much to do with a great, funny teen novel? Then you just haven't read Lauren Yanofsky Hates the Holocaust. Yet.Read More ›

Listen to This! Teens and Audiobooks

Recently, our library received a donation of several audiobooks for teens, and that gave me an idea for another Teen Advisory Group project. Read More ›

Booktalking "Between Shades of Gray" by Ruta Sepetys

In 1941, 15-year-old Lina’s life abruptly shifts from thinking about art school and friends to sheer survival when she is wrenched from her bucolic teenage life. One day, NKVD, the Soviet Secret Police, abducts Lina, her mother, brother Jonas and acquaintance Andrius and forces them onto train cars with numerous other Lithuanians.Read More ›

I Stayed Up Late Reading Cruel Beauty and Why You Should Too

If you want a YA book with demon lovers, fairy tale-Greek mythology mashups, wicked heroines, a castle full of shadowy secrets, and a passionate romance that begins with a murder attempt, look no further.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Impossible Knife of Memory" by Laurie Halse Anderson

“I was first in line when the bus pulled in. Took the seat on the left two rows from the back. Stared at the zombies on the sidewalk dramatically reciting their lines, stalking to the edges of their stages, playing at life.”Read More ›

Booktalking "Lark" by Tracey Porter

Sixteen-year-old Lark Austin is left to die in the woods. Eve, a former best friend and Nyetta, a girl who was babysat by Lark, struggle with the death. Lark, Eve and Nyetta alternately voice their perspectives of the event and its aftermath.Read More ›

Tumbling into Tumblr with Kingsbridge Teens

During the course of several conversations I’ve had with the kids in my Teen Advisory Group over the last year, they told me that they use Tumblr more often than they use Twitter or Facebook. More importantly, they told me that Tumblr was one of their favorite ways to get book recommendations. And that’s what set the wheels in motion.Read More ›

Rainha's Story: Lyn Miller-Lachmann on the Importance of Reading and Libraries

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Lyn Miller-Lachmann during a reference interview in the Young Adult and Children’s room at the Columbus Library. Lyn’s little lego story about Rainha and reading has warmed my heart and made me want to share it.Read More ›

Reality Rules! 2014 Nonfiction Award Winners - Youth Media Awards

The Youth Media Awards were just announced during the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia. Two of the award specifically honor nonfiction - the Sibert Medal and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Stone Girl" by Alyssa Sheinmel

"Sethie" (Sarah Beth) decides that being thin is more important than attending yearbook meetings at school. Her best friend Janey helps her buy skinny jeans with a waist size one inch larger than Janey's. Sethie sleeps with Shaw, a boy who always makes her feel cold, rather than college kid Ben, whose hand feels warm on her skin.

Sethie drinks copious amounts of water to prevent weight gain. She begins vomiting up her 

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