October 23, 2007
Thanks to everyone who voted in our Wake County poll for the Teens’ Top Ten Reads! The Top Ten that Wake County teens selected are:
Firegirl by Tony Abbott
The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks
Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
How To Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Ekeles
The Christopher Killer: A Forensic Mystery by Alane Ferguson
Born To Rock by Gordon Korman
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Prom Anonymous by Blake Nelson
Maximum Ride: School’s Out — Forever by James Patterson
All Hallow’s Eve: 13 Stories by Vivian Vande Velde
Okay, okay, that’s actually 11 titles, but there was a tie! So, there you have it. If you are interested, the title with the most votes was Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. Now, those are Wake County’s results, but the national results will not be announced until early November by YALSA. The national vote results come from votes cast by teens all over the country, so the YALSA Top Ten might look a bit different from ours. Check the Teens’ Top 10 website for the national results!
Don’t forget to click the titles to request your copies of our winners today!
October 12, 2007
Don’t forget to place your vote for the Teens’ Top 10 anytime online from October 14-20, 2007. Vote here by scrolling down and clicking on the VOTE button. You will vote twice: once in the Wake County vote and once in the national vote. Click here to vote. This way we can know what OUR teens love. Get out and VOTE. VOTE. VOTE.
October 9, 2007
Join Mirrorstone and Hallowmere to celebrate Teen Read Week (Oct. 14-20) and enter a Hallowmere virtual fan contest. Your entry could win a Nintendo Wii for your library or an iPod just for you. Visit Mirrorstonebooks.com for complete info on the contest!
Hallowmere is an all-new fantasy series for teens. In the 10 book series, six girls from around the world are drawn together to rescue their missing classmates and prevent catastrophe in an epic battle between dark Fey and the mortal world.
October 9, 2007
Teens Read! Meet some other teen readers from around Wake County when they gather on the lower level outside of Saks Fifth Avenue in Triangle Town Center Mall and get caught reading. More teens = more impact! Get out of the library. Get out of the house. Get to the mall and read! Bring your favorite book and some friends for this silent read-in. Giveaways and fun stuff for participants. For grades 6-12.
October 8, 2007
Now that you have read review of all of the nominated titles for the Teens’ Top 10, it’s time to make sure you have read as many of the titles as you can, in order to be an informed voter.
Here’s a couple of libraries that will be doing special events surrounding the Teens’ Top 10 vote. Voting starts Sunday, October 14th. You can vote online anytime during Teen Read Week, October 14th-2oth. But if you want to come into the library to vote, consider visiting . . .
Southeast Regional Library on Monday, October 15th, from 3-9 pm for the Teen Read Week Open House Kick-Off. As well as having a place for you to vote, the library will have puzzles, games, snacks, and a prize drawing
Eva Perry Library on Monday, April 15th from 3-7 pm to vote at a special voting station. Everyone who votes on Monday will receive an I VOTED sticker to show that you rocked the vote
October 6, 2007
Donnie feels himself disappearing as his sister starves herself to death. Donnie and big sister, Karen, are both sick, literally, of their parents fighting. We find out mid-way through the book that Donnie is on some kind of medication, and Karen doesn’t like to eat . . . ever. But this books is not really about anorexia. It’s part of the story, but there is not the usual focus that an anorexia book would have with lots of details about how a person with an eating disorder would think, act, and feel, like there is in say The Best Little Girl in the World by Levenkron.
Instead, this is told through Donnie’s eyes, and we see snippets of Donnie’s life. The story is not told in a continuous way. There are often large gaps between chapters. This allows the reader to get a wide lens view of what happens to this family. This story is really about a little boy with no one that sees him. His parents fight with each other and pick on Karen about her eating. Donnie gets a scrap of attention when he is running a fever. But most of the time, he feels invisible. He turns it into a game where he tries to make sure no one speaks to him at school. Everyone complies, except for a new set of twins from his school who insist on saying hi to him at least once a day.
As Karen’s body disappears and becomes just skin, Donnie feels himself disappearing into her disease.
Skin is a nominee for the Teens Top 10. To request it from the library, click here. If it’s your favorite, don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 14-20, 2007.
Review by Lindsey @ Eva Perry Library