Find out what your favorite YA series says about you!

Find out what your favorite YA series says about you! 

Check out this link for some fun commentary on some of the top books in series that made it on to the NPR 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels list.


I always loved the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede (although perhaps more middle-grade, in my opinion).  Here's what they say:

You’re a smart aleck and kind of a badass — that is, you know all the places where a young lady is supposed to scream for help, but you generally prefer to rely on your sword hand. Also you make a killer cherries jubilee.


VOTE NOW – NPR’s Poll of the Best YA Fiction!

NPR (national public radio) has polled their audience for a list of the top YA fiction — from the suggestions of readers and listeners across the country, they compiled a list of a hundred titles or so — and now it's our turn to vote!!


Each person can vote for up to ten of the books, and then the ranked list of the best YA fiction (as voted by us!) will be released in a few weeks.

I voted — man it was hard to decide between some of these beloved titles!  Some of my favorite-ever books I chose not‚Äč to vote for, because I don't consider them YA books.  And, where the heck was Ender's Game on this list?!?!  Yeah, yeah, I read their explanation of titles they chose not to include, but … Ender's Game!!

Take a look at the list, make your selections, and let us know what you think.

Time to Battle it out again!

If you recall, last year we posted about the Battle of the Kids' Books, hosted for the past few years by School Library Journal. This is a bracket-style showdown between some of the best books for kids & teens, with each matchup "judged" by a well-known author. And it's that time of year again!

This year's Battle of the Books began last Tuesday March 13, with an epic showdown every day– judged by a wonderful group of authors of teen and tween books (Sara Zarr! Gayle Forman! Jeff Kinney!).  There are three more matchups left in Round One, and then we move on to the re-matches in Round Two.

One thing that I keep thinking about as I follow this contest – how on earth do you choose between two such excellent books that are so different?  It is interesting to see how each judge considers the choices thoughtfully, in order to make the decision.  Click here to read the thoughtful reviews – and to see which books will be moving on to the next round!

The Dark Side of Young Adult Fiction

The New York Times has a section called "Room for Debate" and they are currently debating about "The Dark Side of  Young Adult Fiction".  Many authors are weighing in on the issue.  Look who is debating this issue:

Paolo Bacigalupi author of Ship Breaker

Maggie Stiefvater author of Shiver

Jay Parini author of The Passages of H.M.

Scott Westerfeld author of Uglies

Andrew Clements author of Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School 

Lisa Rowe Fraustino author of The Hole in the Wall

What do you think?  Do you read "dark" young adult fiction?  Why do you like to read "dark" fiction?  Who is right?

26 Thought-Provoking Questions

Here are 26 Thought-Provoking Questions from the book The Book of Lists for Teens by Sandra and Harry Choron.  You will be surprised by what you learn about yourself and your friends!

1.  If you could own any single object that you don't have now, what would it be?

2.  If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

3.  If you could meet anyone in history, who would you choose and what would you ask them?

4.  If you could add one person to your family, who would it be?

5.  If you could be best friends with anyone in the world, who would you pick?

6.  If you could change anything about your face, what would it be?

7.  If you could change anything about your parents, what would it be?

8.  If you could fast-forward your life, how old would you want to be and why?

9.  What is the one object you own that matters more to you than anything else?

10.  What is the one thing in the world you are most afraid of?

11.  If you could go to school in a foreign country, which country would you pick?

12.  If you had the power to drop any course from your curriculum, what would it be?

13.  If you caught your best friend stealing from you, what would you do?

14.  If you had a chance to spend a million dollars on anything but yourself, how would you spend it?

15.  If you could look like anyone you wanted, who would that be?

16.  If you were a member of the opposite sex, who would you want to look like?

17.  If you could change your first name, what name would you choose?

18.  What's the best thing about being a teen?

19.  What's the worst?

20.  If someone you like asked you on a date but your best friend had a crush on this person, what would you do?

21.  What is the worst day of the week?

22.  If you had to change places with one of your friends, who would you choose?

23.  If you could be any sports hero, who would you like to be?

24.  What's the one thing you've done in your life that you wish you could do over differently?

25.  What would you do if you found a dollar in the street?  What if you found $100?  $10,000?

26.  If you had a chance to star in any movie, who would you like as a costar?

Free Comic Book Day!!!



Free Comic Book Day is back!

This Saturday, May 7th,  you can go into any participating comic book store and get a free comic. 

There are three stores participating in Sonoma County:

Outer Planes Comics and Games
526 7th Street
Santa Rosa, CA

Comics for the Win
1435 Santa Rosa Ave, Suite C5
Santa Rosa, CA

Comic Book Box
189 Southwest Blvd
Rohnert Park, CA 

For more information please visit the Free Comic Book Day website.

Stuck at Prom

Do you love duct tape?  Do you have BIG dreams of having the most unique prom dress?  If so you should check out the Stuck at Prom Duct tape contest.  Every year the Duck tape brand has a contest for the best prom dress made completely out of duct tape!  The winners receive a scholarship.  For details on how to enter go to:

Check out the website for some of last year's winners. 

You can vote for the best prom outfit starting Friday, June 17th.  Don't worry…we will remind you when the time comes!

Happy Taping!!!

Battle of the Books– check it out!

The magazine School Library Journal is running its second annual "Battle of the Kids' Books," which pits 16 of the very best books for young people of the year, judged by some of the most famous authors of children's books. 

Children's books and teen books;  fiction and nonfiction, they are all thrown in together to pick out what is THE. BEST. KIDS. BOOK. of the year. 

Author-judges include folks such as Karen Hesse, R.L. Stine, Barry Lyga, Francisco X. Stork, Karen Cushman and Richard Peck. 

There is one decision a day, starting on this past Monday, March 14th.  Some awesome titles have already been knocked out of the running.  Thank goodness for "The Undead Poll," where readers were allowed to vote for a book to be "resurrected from the dead" after Round Three.

Round One will winnow the list from 16 books down to 8;  Round Two will get it down to 4;  Round Three will get us to the top two books, and then we we get the winner in the Big Kahuna Round. 

Are you interested?  I sure am!  Follow along with me as the winners emerge each day!