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The best in teen books and media.

For 80 years, New York Public Library staff shared the best titles for teens in an annual list called Books for the Teen Age.

In 2009, Books for the Teen Age became Stuff for the Teen Age, a multimedia, multi-format, targeted, and teen-tested list of the best of the year in teen books, music, graphic novels, movies, games, and more.

In 2010, Stuff for the Teen Age became a blog. We started with a list of the 100 best titles of the previous year, and now we’re posting about our picks from the list, our picks from the current year, and a variety of other topics related to teen books and media.

Bewitched, Bothered and Betrothed: An Intro to Gaslamp Fantasy

"Gaslamp Fantasy" is essentially a sub-genre of Steampunk Fantasy. But, whereas Steampunk often involves gadgets and mad scientists in an alternate Victorian universe, Gaslamp stories are set in a magical version of the 19th century, think Jane Austen or Charles Dickens meets Harry Potter. The stories can take place at any time between the Regency Era (early 1800s) all the way up to the beginning of WWI (1914). You'll find historical settings, gothic ambience, ballrooms, wit and romance, witches, dark magic, fairies and all manner of supernatural creatures but very little science.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 ›

STEM Comics: Saving Students One Thought Bubble at a Time

If only Manga Math had existed when I struggled through Calculus. The only solace at that time was the introduction of the high tech (for its era) graphing calculator.Read More ›

Who's In My Room? Reading Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

If you are graduating middle or high school this year, your summer freedom and the next stage of your life probably seem about a million miles away right now. You've probably got schoolwork, friends, parents, and a hundred other things to think about before the school year ends. 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 ›

No Joke: Strange but Real Books We Love

We love these quirky gems—and not just for April Fools' Day.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 ›

Booktalking "Silhouette of a Sparrow" by Molly Beth Griffin

Sixteen-year-old Garnet Richardson finds a breath of fresh area in her summer visit to Excelsior, Minnesota in 1926 to live in a hotel with Mrs. Harrington and her daughter Hannah. She is relieved to escape the problems of home, and a little bit scared to enter into the world of the intriguing and beautiful flapper, 17-year-old Isabella. She is excited to start her life as a career woman as a hat shop girl with Miss Maples. Garnet and Isabella share a passion with each other that is definitely not accepted at that time and place.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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Author Interview with Lamar Giles

One of the cool perks of being a librarian is that you sometimes get to read books before they come out. I had the opportunity (and immense pleasure) to get an electronic galley copy of Lamar Giles's debut novel Fake ID for just this reason. After loading the advance review copy on my nook, I have to admit... the story was hard to put it down. I found the story of "Nick Pearson" and his family on the run quite compelling. It left me with several follow up questions for the author, which we agreed to share with all of you.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 ›

Tales With a Twist: Stories Inspired by Fairy Tales

Many authors have used fairy tales as starting points for new ideas, and some of their books explore questions based on the original tales. For example, if you're rewarded for your kindness by having gold dust fall from your hair or diamonds fall out of your mouth… isn't that reward REALLY more trouble than it's worth?

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The Kingsbridge TAG Explores Another Side of The Walking Dead

Perhaps you thought that everything that can be said about the zombies-vs.-survivors story The Walking Dead has been said already. You've already read the graphic novels, watched the TV show, and talked about each episode after you watched it. Ah … but have you played the board game?

Earlier this year I received a copy of The Walking Dead board game that is based on the TV show (there's another board game based on the graphic novels), and I figured that my Teen Advisory Group would be up to the challenge of playing it. I also figured that Friday the 

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Macomb's Bridge Teens Review Graphic Novels

The Ultimate's 2: Grand Theft America

Reviewed by Elan

The comic The Ultimate's 2 by Mark Miller is a great comic that describes how the Ulitimates began. This book takes place in the Marvel Universe, where the heroes have different origins from the Marvel Universe. It is slightly darker and follows Iron man, Captain America and Thor as they try to stop a whole new World War form emerging. They recruit familiar heroes and eventually 

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Kingsbridge Teens Recommend: Classic, New, and SUPER-New Books!

The teens in our Teen Advisory Group have been doing a lot of reading this fall. See if you agree with their reviews!

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender For as long as she can remember, Colette Iselin has been waiting to go to Paris in order to learn more about her heritage. However, upon her arrival she soon learns that there has been a series of peculiar murders. Each victim is an heir of an upper-class family, and their heads are always chopped 

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Research Like a Librarian: Using "Big6 Skills" for Better Grades!

PSSSTT! Let me let you in on a little librarian research secret: finding information at branches and online isn't hard (anyone can do it). In fact, in this digital age of online databases, Google and Wikipedia we are on information overload. We are surrounded by too much information actually. So how do librarians research? What do we know that you don't?

Well, we know how to evaluate information, dissect it, analyze it, reassemble it and put it to use effectively. One way to do this is through the "

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Tall, Dark and Deadly: Vampire Fiction For Teens

The concept of vampires has grown and expanded over the last few centuries. Sometimes they suffer from a disease, or sometimes they just evolve this way. Sometimes they prey upon humans, or sometimes they live among humans in peace. Sometimes they even sparkle in the sunlight.

Here are fifteen novels that you can find in our young adult collections that embrace many different aspects of vampires: the dangerous, the romantic, the bloodthirsty, and the beautiful.

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