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Sonoma County Teen Idol Program

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The very first Sonoma County Teen Idol Program was hosted by the Northwest branch last Friday night.  They had 10 teens compete for the $75 first place prize.  The winners were:

 1st place:  Peter sang "My Girl"
2nd place:  Joy sang "Held"
3rd place:  Karla sang "Save Room"

Congratulations to the winners!  The next teen idol is at the Rincon Valley branch on Wednesday, April 8th @ 3:30.  We hope to see you there!

GLBTQ Reading List

Looking for a different kind of romance?  Love comes in all forms.  Check out one of these books featuring gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and queer young people.  If you see a (*)  the author has written other books about gay teens.

Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn*
Down to the Bone by Mayra Dole
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden*
Geography Club by Brent Hartinger*
Totally Joe by James Howe*
Deliver Us From Evie by M.E. Kerr*
My Most Excellent Year:  a novel of love, Marry Poppins & Fenway Park by Steve Kluger*
Absolutely, Positively Not by David Larochelle
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan*
The Straight Road to Kylie by Nico Medina
Hero by Perry Moore
Kissing Kate by Lauren Myracle*
Luna by Julie Anne Peters*
Saints of Augustine by P.E. Ryan
Empress of the World by Sara Ryan*
Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez*
The Hookup Artist by Tucker Shaw
Freak Show by James St. James
What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson
Heart on My Sleeve by Ellen Wittlinger*

Fantasy Series for High School Readers

Here are some series that will appeal to the fantasy reader.  Let us know what you think!

Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong
The Summoning
Kiesha-ra Series by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Hawksong
Shannara by Terry Brooks
Sword of Shannara
Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
Dragonflight
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
The Golden Compass
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Fellowship of the Ring
Alfred Kropp Series by Richard Yancey
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

Science Fiction Series for High School Readers

Hitchhiker's Guide by Douglas Adams
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov
Foundation
Ender's Saga by Orson Scott Card
Ender's Game
Foreigner Universe by C.J. Cherryh
Foreigner:  a novel of first contact
Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness
The Knife of Never Letting Go
The Hungry City Chronicles by Philip Reeve
Mortal Engines
Succession by Scott Westerfeld
The Risen Empire
Uglies Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld
Uglies

Science Fiction for Middle School Readers

Do you enjoy science fiction?  These books may be for you! 

Star Wars:  Jedi Academy by Kevin J. Anderson
     Jedi Search 
Giodeon Trilogy by Linda Buckley-Archer
    Gideon the Cutpurse 
Tripods by John Christopher
     When the Tripods Came (prequel)
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
     Shadow Children
Maximum Ride by James Patterson
     Maximum Ride:  the Angel Experiment
Hungry City Chronicles by Philip Reeve
     Mortal Engines 

Fantasy Series for Middle School Readers

Do you like fantasy books?  Do you enjoy reading books that are part of a series?  If so this list is for you.  Let us know what you think!

Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl
Pellinor Series by Alison Croggon
The Naming
Sea of Trolls Trilogy by Nancy Farmer
Sea of Trolls
Warriors by Erin Hunter
Into the Wild
Redwall Series by Brian Jacques
Redwall
Dragonriders by Pern by Anne MacCaffrey
Dragonflight
Pendragon Quartet by D.J. MacHale
Merchant of Death
Wind of Fire Trilogy by William Nicholson
The Wind Singer
Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix
Mister Monday
Wee Free Men Triology by Terry Prachett
Wee Free Men
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
The Golden Compass
Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan
The Lightning Thief
Secrets of the Immortal Flamel Series by Michael Dylan Scott
The Alchemist
Alfred Knopp Series by Richard Yancey
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

Great Graphic Novels

Are picture books too childish for you? Check out these sophisticated Graphic Novels:
Laika by Nick Abadzis
Books of Doom: Fantastic Four by Ed Brubaker
Re-Gifters by Mike Carey
P.L.A.I.N Janes by Cecil Castellucci
Elk's Run by J. H. Fialkov
Magical Life of Long Tack Sam  by Ann Marie Fleming
Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman
Blue Beetle Series by Keith Giffen
Notes for a War by Gipi
Malcom X: Graphic Bio by Andrew Helfer
Beowulf by Gareth Hinds
Batman: Secrets by Sam Kieth
Sidescrollers by Matthew Loux
Houdini, Handcuff Kings by Jason Lutes
Castle Waiting by Linda Medley
All Star Superman by Grant Morrison
Mouse Guard Series by David Petersen
The Wall by Peter Sis
Shazam! by Jeff Smith
Stuck in the Middle: 17 Comics for an Unpleasant Age
Skim by Mariko Tamaki
Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki
The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Robot Dreams by Sara Varon
Dead High Yearbook
Clubbing by Andi Watson
Death, Jr. Series  by Gary Whitta

2009 Printz Award

Jellicoe Road 
Every year one book wins the Michael L. Printz award for a book that "exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature".  This year the winner is Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.  Here are the 2009 Printz Honor Books:
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II, The Kingdom of Waves 
          by M.T. Anderson
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
          by E. Lockhart
Nation
          by Terry Pratchett
Tender Morsels
          by Margo Lanagan

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