October 12, 2008
For Teen Read Week, that is. You may not be able to vote for our next President, but here’s your chance to make your vote count.
Teens ages 12-18: Vote anytime this week, October 12-18, for your favorite titles from the Teen’s Top Ten nominations. If you do, you’re eligible for a prize! When you get to the end of the ballot, you’ll see what I mean. It’s just a small token of our gratitude for voicing your choice. So, click on that link below and vote right now! For more info about Teen’s Top Ten, click here.
October 26, 2007
Well, YALSA moved fast and has already announced the national Teens’ Top 10! The winners listed are in order of most votes to least.
Congratulations to all of the Top 10 authors, especially Stephanie Meyer and New Moon, which received the most votes from teens all over the country.
The 2007 Teens’ Top Ten is (Clicking on the linked title will send you to our catalog, where you can place a request to get a copy of each book):
- New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2006).
- Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (Viking Children’s Books, 2006)
- How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles (Flux, 2006).
- Maximum Ride: School’s Out – Forever by James Patterson (Hachette Book Group USA/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2006).
- Firegirl by Tony Abbott (Hachette Book Group USA/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2006).
- All Hallows Eve (13 Stories) by Vivian Vande Velde (Harcourt, 2006).
- Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Harcourt, 2006).
- River Secrets by Shannon Hale (Bloomsbury, 2006).
- Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe (HarperCollins, 2006).
- Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks (Chicken House, 2006).
Thanks to all of our teen readers who placed votes! To see a list of the top ten for Wake County teens, click here.
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 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
October 3, 2007
The Unresolved is a historical mystery about the General Slocum steamboat fire. The steamboat fire was the worst disaster in New York City until the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. Sadly, this fire and shipwreck, in which over 1,000 people lost their lives, has largely been forgotten today. The cause of the fire was never determined.
On June 14, 1904, members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church boarded the steamboat on the way to their annual end of Sunday School class picnic. Most members of St. Mark’s were German immigrants. The story is told by the ghost of one of the trip takers, fifteen-year-old Mallory Meer. Mallory has a secret rendezvous to meet Dustin, a young Jewish boy she has a crush on and who also happens to be her father’s apprentice. Their secret meeting does not last very long, because soon after the immigrants board the ship, the fire starts. The life jackets were made of cork, and they disintegrated, allowing people to drown instead of float. The life boat bolts were rusted to the side of the boat and all water hoses burst making both items of no use to the trapped passengers.
Mallory’s ghost chronicles the aftermath of the fire and shipwreck. She attends the coroner’s inquest, which were of great interest to the community. Historical records indicate that over 600 families lost someone in the fire and shipwreck. Mallory follows the life of the key players of the shipwreck throughout the course of the rest of their lives. The Unresolved is a great quick read for those who like historical fiction or who want to know more about this forgotten tragedy.
The Unresolved 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 Marci @ Duraleigh Road Library