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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.

The Library: in 3D!

We have a Crafternoon every Tuesday at the Mulberry Street Library. Sometimes we make bracelets, sometimes we make greeting cards. But last month we were able to play with 3D.

You may not know this, but the library has a department called NYPL Labs that creates exciting ways for patrons to explore our vast digital collections. One of these projects was the

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The British (and Irish) Boys of Summer: A Summer Reading List inspired by One Direction

I started summer 2012 seeing One Direction, not once but TWICE in concert! Let me just say this: they were AWESOME! I could go on and on (and on, just ask my friends) about my favorite four British boys and one Irish boy, but I won’t. I could talk loads about Harry’s accent, Niall’s laugh and Louis’s trousers but I will stop myself and instead mention that NYPL has bought their journal memoir Dare to Dream! As we ... Read More ›

Teen Summer Reading Spotlight: Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Anya moved from Russia to America years ago, but even though she lost weight and lost her accent, she still has a lot of trouble making friends.  And then one day she has an accident that changes her life.  That’s the day she meets the ghost of a girl named Emily.

After Anya falls down a well, she finds a human skeleton and then moments later she sees Emily’s ghost hovering over that skeleton.  Keep in mind — that’s three traumatic incidents in a row!  So is it any wonder that Anya freaks out and starts screaming? But 

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OMG! I Love that Song! A Guilty Pleasure Playlist

Guilty pleasure: something you like, but feel guilty about liking, because you are aware that your fondness for said thing is a little embarrassing or not so great. Reasons for feeling guilty include: enjoying a silly pop song, liking a band for their hotness and not necessarily for their music, the genre of music is considered uncool, liking the artist makes you one of them — and you are sooo much cooler than that! But SO WHAT? WHO CARES? You like what you like. Let your cheesy, pop-song lovin', freak flag fly! Have long discussions about your favorite member(s) of One 

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Family Problems, Redefined: "How to Save a Life" by Sara Zarr

Jill’s father is gone, and her mother isn’t making sense anymore.

When Jill’s father died, it broke their family into pieces.

Then Jill’s mother decided to adopt a baby from an unwed teenager.

That’s the part that doesn’t make sense.

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr is a story told in two voices. Chapters alternate between the point of view of two very different teenage girls, Jill and Mandy.

Jill is angry and upset 

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My Heart Will Go On: Stories from the RMS Titanic, Truth and Fiction

In the late hours of April 14th, 1912 and the early morning hours of April 15th, about 85 years before a dying Leo DiCaprio urged a freezing Kate Winslet to live, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk into the icy waters of the North Atlantic. In a matter of hours this “unsinkable” ship was on the bottom of the ocean and only 712 out of its 2,208 passengers would survive.  Since the news of the sinking first got out up to the present day, on the100th anniversary of the tragedy, there have been hundreds of stories about those who died, those who survived 

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Kingsbridge Teens: What We’re Reading / Watching / Playing / Enjoying

The kids in my Teen Advisory Group have been going through a reviewing frenzy recently. Here are some of the books and other “stuff” they’ve been enjoying this spring.

Fiction

Hey 13! by Gary Soto This is a book of thirteen different stories about teens who go through different situations when they are thirteen years old. Most teens will be able to relate to these stories, and I really think that teens will find it to be a funny and easy book to read.

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The Annotated X-Men: A Top 10 List

Are You Ready for Hilarious Chaos? Then You're Ready for "Axe Cop"!

Axe Cop is a policeman who uses his axe to chop off the heads of bad guys. He meets many unusual characters along the way. 

There’s Dinosaur Soldier, who was part man and part dinosaur… until he ate an avocado, at which point he transformed into Avocado Soldier. 

There’s Uni-Baby, who was part baby and part unicorn… or at least... she WAS until an explosion broke off her horn, and the avocado soldier decided to use it to grant wishes. 

Then there’s Ralph Wrinkles, who was an ordinary dog until the 

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The Annotated Batman: A Top 10 List

After reading Greg Rucka's Batwoman Elegy last year, I've been thinking a lot about graphic novels featuring the original Caped Crusader, Batman. Stories involving Batman and the characters in his universe have been published for over seven decades! Since that's a lot of reading to do, I've singled out 10 of my favorite Batman tales, all available to check out or request at your neighborhood library with your library card. Enjoy!Read More ›

She Pretended to Be Pregnant: Gaby Rodriguez at TeenLIVE

Happy New Year from TeenLIVE! For our first TeenLIVE event in 2012, we were lucky enough to hear from teen author and activist Gaby Rodriguez about her book, The Pregnancy Project. Seeing the effect of teen pregnancy on her family and peers, the straight A student decided to stage a pregnancy for a senior project at school to combat stereotypes 

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2012 YALSA Awards

On the morning of January 25, 2012, the theater of the Dallas Convention Center was packed with literary professionals and enthusiasts who were awaiting the results of the YALSA Awards. The announcements started promptly at 7:45 a.m. If you showed up late, all the good seats were taken. You had to hoof it to the balcony. Of course, you could have watched the live web cast.

Who would be honored, noticed, and praised this year? Who would get those shiny gold and silver stickers on the cover of their books?

These stickers 

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Dance Your Face Off!: A Party Music Playlist

So it’s been a mild winter and maybe snow has only just fallen, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still imagine ourselves in a tropical paradise: sipping fruity drinks and dancing our faces off! But what thump, thump, techno beats would we be dancing to underneath the stars? Luckily, I have just returned from Mexico where I was doing just that, and here’s what the DJs were spinning:

 Wepa — Gloria Estefan

From her dance album 

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Have You Read These Books? My Top 10 Young Adult Books of 2011

Fantastic Voyages and Brave New Worlds

Do you like fantasy and science fiction? Are you ready for some armchair exploration? For your reading pleasure, check out these three new books that are set in alternate futures and alternate realities!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer The Fourth World War has already come and gone, a deadly plague is spreading over the earth, and the lunar queen is waiting to make her next move. Cinder is one of the best mechanics in New Beijing, and one of the main reasons that 

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January Reader's Den: "House of Silk" Author Information

"Holmes, you insist upon seeing yourself as a machine... Even a masterpiece of impressionalism is to you nothing more than a piece of evidence to be used in the pursuit of a crime." — Dr. John Watson.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson are back on the case in this new adventure, and Anthony Horrowitz certainly brings them to life. This title introduces a new vision of how Holmes and Watson interact with their foes and allies. It also provides a new dimension to the vision that is Sherlock Holmes. This latest novel is titled

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"Legend": A Review of the Book You Should Be Reading After The Hunger Games

June and Day are part of the same nation: The Republic of America. They’re in the same city: Los Angeles, California. Their lives could not be more different.

Born into an elite family, June lives in a wealthy sector with her brother, Metias, and every luxury the Republic has to offer. A prodigy who passed her Trial with more than flying colors, June is training to join the Republic military and take her rightful position among the country’s leaders in their continuing war against the Patriots.

Day is not elite or wealthy, and he’s 

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Justin Tuck @ Teen Central on "Home Field Advantage"

Justin Tuck, who plays football for the New York Giants, is one of the top defensive linemen in the game and actually one of my favorite players. It's been a rough, injury plagued year for him on the football field, but the release of a children's book he wrote called Home-Field Advantage, illustrated by Leonardo Rodriguez, is one of the all-star moves he made this fall.

At 

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16 Block: Snacks and Entertainment!

Every week the Teen Advisory groups from Jefferson Market Library and Muhlenberg Library take a photo of what's happening during their meeting. Here's last week's photos:

Jefferson Market's TAG

Muhlenberg's TAG

Find a Teen Advisory group close 

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Doing Some Last-Minute Holiday Shopping for that Teen in Your Life?

The teens in our Teen Advisory Group have been involved in several recent brainstorming sessions to pick out their favorite books, music, and movies that were released this year. Their selections included all kinds of stuff — funny, weird, and thought-provoking — even stuff that will make you want to dance. 

MUSIC:

Unbroken by Demi Lovato

Her music is inspirational, emotional, and it makes you think!

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