Top Ten Reasons to Celebrate MAY

National Bike Month
Join the annual, month-long celebration of bicycling activities.  Check your local newspaper for event information or go to the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition at

National Hamburger Month
Instead of just EATING hamburgers this month, why not search out some interesting information about them for your next essay assignment?  Try

National Physical Fitness Month
The focus this month is on physical fitness which you will need if you take National Hamburger Month seriously!

National Salad Month  j0223775.jpg
Use your imagination to come up with fun, healthy salads.  Try different, homemade salad dressings for an interesting twist to the routine dinner salad.  Use ingredients from your kitchen pantry – no need for special ingredients.

Get Caught Reading Month
What better use of the library than to sit down and read.  Now is the time to write a list of all the books you want to read over the summer.  Join the Teen Summer Reading Program and win prizes for just READING!

National Smile Month
Do you really need a reason to smile?  Even though national smile month was created by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, none of us should need to be reminded to smile.

Creative Beginnings Month
Cultivate your own creativity this month.  As the buds of spring are opening, let your creative energies burst forth this month.  Maybe you will discover something new about yourself?

Ecodriving Month
Even if you aren’t old enough to drive, offer some tips to those who help you out by giving you rides.  Focus on ecodriving this month and do your part in addressing energy and climate issues.

National Photo Month
Capture all those special and not-so-special moments.  Digital makes it so easy to snap photos of everything including people, animals, plants, landscapes, food, or whatever you find interesting.  Whether you use your photos only in digital format or actually make prints, you will be glad you took the time to memorialize some of your best times.

and last, but not least……………..

Batman debut anniversary is May 1.  In the May1, 1939 issue of Detective Comics #27 debuted a new crime fighter, the “Batman”, created by Bob Kane.  Next month:  Superman Debuts: Anniversary.

Free Comic Book Day



One more week until Free Comic Book Day!  That’s right, next Saturday, May 1st, you can go into any participating store and get a free comic book!  There are two participating stores in Sonoma County.


Comic Book Box

1451 Southwest Blvd #103

Rohnert Park


Outer Planes Comics and Games

526 7th Street

Santa Rosa


For more information visit the Free Comic Book Day Website!



More Nominations for the Teens’ Top Ten

Here are more book nominations for the Teens’ Top Ten.  Voting starts online on August 23rd.

hush.jpg hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Nora ends up sitting next to Patch in biology.  Patch is a scary guy, a fallen angel, and he is shrouded in mystery.  But he has a knack for getting under Nora’s skin.  Many people seem to be out to get her and she is slowly starting to realize she is falling for Patch, even if he is trying to kill her.  For a teenspace book review click here.

Geektastic:  Stories from the Nerd Herd geek.jpg 
Anyone who has ever been labeled or proclaimed themselves to be “geeks” will fall to the floor laughing and fall in love with the many different short stories and illustrations by some of the top young adult authors.

dragon.jpg Dragonfly by Julia Golding
A princess from a country formed on rules is being forced to marry a prince from a different country who just likes to live life.  They dislike each other on sight – and then they are kidnapped.  Can they travel back home, through enemy territory, without strangling each other?

The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinksreformed.jpg
Grumpy vampire Nina is in a support group so that she doesn’t prey on humans.  But things start to look grimmer than ever when one of the vampires in the support group shows up dead.  Will Nina be able to get to the bottom of this crime before another vampire is attacked?

genius.jpg I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
A young boy (who happens to be an evil genius) wants to be student body president to attract his father/arch-nemesis’ attention.  After using his almost unlimited resources, he thinks he has the election in the bag, when suddenly everything goes wrong that no amount of money can fix.

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler twenty.jpg
Anna joins her best friend Frankie’s family for a beach vacation in California.  Frankie and Anna make a bet to attract 20 boys in 20 days.  Anna struggles with a painful secret and falls in love with Sam – and isn’t sure she can finish their bet.

witch.jpg Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
Siblings Whit and Wisty are suddenly prounounced a witch and a wizard by their oppressive government.  They are sent to prison, where they learn to use their powers with hopes to escape.

by.jpg By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
Daelyn Rice is determined to succeed in killing herself this time.  Using a website for “completers,” she reveals a history of bullying and torment that started in kindergarten.  One day, though, a boy sits with her as she is waiting to be picked up from school.  While she makes it known that she wants to be alone, he won’t give up on her.

Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce blood1.jpg
Beka has grown and needs to take on new assignments.  When her old partner gets hurt, she is sent out on a new type of mission.  Finding love and a culprit can be complicated in a big city – but nothing is too hard for the Terrier!

strange.jpg Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Dru’s family kills mythical creatures.  After a catastrophe befalls her parents, she wants revenge.  To find out what happened to her family, she’ll need to learn to trust others.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater shiver.jpg
Ever since being saved by a wolf as a child, Grace has been fascinated with the wolves around her Minnesota home.  But the wolves are becoming restless and need Grace’s help to save them.  One of the wolves takes human form and falls in love with Grace – but as the weather grows colder, he’ll turn back into wolf, likely forever.  Soon, he must make a life or death decision to stay with the one he loves.

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa  (Sonoma County Library doesn’t own this title, but check back soon!)
Haruhi Suzumia is a high-school student who is bored by normal humans.  She wants something supernatural to happen, so she starts a club with a boy named Kyon.  Little does she know that everyone that signs up for her club is either a Time Traveler, Alien, or Esper.
leviathan.jpg Leviathan by Scott Westefeld
The prince of Austria-Hungary is on the run, his parents murdered.  Deryn Sharp is a girl who pretends to be a boy to live out her dream.  One chooses to go on an adventure; the other is forced into it.  The pair are on opposite sides but must work together to escape from German troops.

City of Fire by Laurence Yep city1.jpg
Twelve-year-old Scirye vows to avenge her sister’s death and reclaim a stolen treasure for her people by taking on the villainous dragon Badik and the strange Dr. Roland.  She and her companions travel to a Hawaiian island created by magic, where a goddess helps them in their quest to stop Dr. Roland from achieving a great power.

Thank you to YALSA for providing summaries. 

Please help teenspace and write a review on any of these books or one that didn’t make the list!

2010 Teen’s Top Ten Nominations

Teens across the country made a list of nominations for this year's teen's top ten.  The list of nominations is being published now so teens can have a chance to read all the books so they can vote online between August 23rd and September 17th.  The top ten winners will be announced during Teen Read Week, October 17th through October 23rd.  For more information about Teen's Top Ten please visit YALSA's website.  Now for the nominations….drum roll please…. watersweet.jpg Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott Abisina is born into a colony of religious fanatics, where she is persecuted for her appearance, kept alive only because her mother is the healer.  But when a new leader arrives, he rids the colony of outcasts.  Abisina escapes and is rescued by some dwarves, who help her journey to Watersmeet to find her father. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson  winter.jpg Lia sees her eating disorder as a way to avoid so much:  her stepmother's pressure to be a role model for her new stepsister, her parents' divorce, her mother constantly hounding over her daughter's eating habits whenever she finds the time in the rest of her life.  But most importantly, she sees it as a means to escape the death of her best friend, the one she ignored the day she died from the same disease Lia is fighting herself. hate.jpg Hate List by Jennifer Brown Valerie and her boyfriend Nick are constantly picked on by other kids at Garvin High.  They write a Hate List, and Nick participates in a Columbine type killing.  Valerie survives and has to live with the consequences. Heist Society by Ally Carter heist.jpg Katarina is trying to get out of the family thievery business.  When her father is suspected of stealing a priceless art collection from an Italian mobster, she has to steal them back to save his life – and she has no idea where they are. fire.jpg Fire by Kristin Cashore Fire is a monster, quite literally.  She is extraordinarily beautiful and can control the minds of humans.  Soon she gets sucked into the kingdom's political turmoil and encounters everything from cold princess to brightly colored bunny rabbits.  This is the sequel to Cashore's Graceling. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare  city.jpg Clary must dig deep within herself to complete the journey into the unfamiliar in the name of family and love.  Clary goes to the City of Glass to try to save her mother – even though it may mean her own death.  This book is part of a series called Mortal instruments. roar1.jpg The Roar by Emma Clayton Mika's world appears to be based purely on mystery and lies, though he seems to be the only one who senses it.  After his sister vanishes and a new government program that targets children rises, Mika decides that the only hope of finding his sister may be in beating the government at their own game.  Teenspace wrote a review on this book!  Check it out here! Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins catching.jpg In the sequel to The Hunger Games, Katniss is faced with the challenges of being a victor of the Games, from keeping up the image of a romantic relationship with Peeta to trying to prevent any rioting in the other districts.  But when the Capitol announces a twist that will affect Katniss forever, will she be able to survive re-entering the world of the Games? along.jpg Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen College-bound Auden lets academics drive her entire life until she moves to a beach town for the summer to live with her father, stepmother, and newborn half-sister.  Slowly she learns to break out of her shell as she makes friends with the locals and falls for a trick bike rider. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher incarceron.jpg In a distant future, all the world's criminals are dumped in a vast, living prison called Incarceron, with live forests and mechanical animals, climate-controlled weather, and everlasting dark walls that stretch to nowhere.  Seventeen-year-old Finn believes he should not be there and must rely on help from the outside to escape. stay.jpg  If I Stay by Gayle Forman After a drive with her family, Mia wakes up to find the car in pieces and the bodies of her family by the side of the road.  She is in a coma, but she can see everything happening around her, almost as if she was a ghost.  With her family gone, Mia has to decide if she should stay among the living or if she should pass on.  One of our teen book reviewers reviewed this book.  Check out the review here.  Don't want to read the book?  Check out the audiobook! beautiful.jpg Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Lena isn't like the other girls in Gatlin, South Carolina.  She's as different from them as a person can get.  She is a Caster.  Ethan wants to be different.  He hates life in Gatlin.  So when he runs into Lena, almost literally, something just clicks.  Can an ancient curse, a shut-in uncle, and certain doom keep them apart?  Want to win a copy of this book?!?  Check out the contest details here!

More books tomorrow….

 The summaries of the books were provided by YALSA.

Book Spotlight: The Waters and the Wild

water.jpg The Waters & the Wild by Francesca Lia Block
Review by Elizabeth, Central Branch
The Waters and the Wild by Francesca Lia Block is a short story about 13-year-old Bee, whose life seems to belong to someone else.  Bee isn’t the only one who feels like this life isn’t her own – her friend, Haze, believes he’s an alien and Sarah says she’s the reincarnation of a slave.  But as Haze and Sarah come to grips with their true selves, Bee becomes convinced that she’s a ‘changeling’, a fairy that has been left in the place of a stolen human child.  Unfortunately for Bee, her human counterpart wants her life back.

As soon as I saw this title I knew I wanted to read the book – I love W.B. Yeats’ poetry and recognized the title as a line from his poem “The Stolen Child”.  Then I saw that it was written by Francesca Lia Block – another one of my favorites!  How could I go wrong?  Luckily, I wasn’t disappointed.  The Waters and the Wild is a tightly woven, kinda creepy story that won’t take long to read but will stick around in your head for a long time afterwards.