We have a winner!

Congrats to the winner of our Teen Read Week contest! 

We did a random drawing of all the comments on last week's "What are you Reading" post, and the lucky winner is ISAMAR!

Isamar has won a BRAND-NEW, HARDCOVER copy of:

I Am Number Four, by Pittacus Lore

This is a new, hot book – kind of a paranormal-science fiction-thriller.  It was written by controversial adult author James Frey under a pseudonym. 

Imagine this:  invaders take over the alien planet of Lorien — all except for nine special babies who are brought to Earth.  Now they are separated, nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. These nine have grown up in hiding, but now they are being hunted down.  They can only be killed in numerical order… and numbers 1-3 are already dead. 

Movie is already in the works (coming out in February 2011 I think?), with Dianna Agron (from Glee) and Alex Pettyfer (from Stormbreaker & Beastly) as two of the leads. 

Isamar, I've sent you an email with instructions on how to pick up your prize.  Congrats again!!

Teen Top Ten announced for 2010~!!

The "Teens' Top Ten" is a list of each year's very best books, chosen by TEENS LIKE YOU.  Members of teen book groups around the country nominate their favorite books, and then teens everywhere vote on their favorite ones (did you vote?!).  This year, the voting occurred between August 23 and September 17;  the winners were announced TODAY, to kick off Teen Read Week. 

And the winners are:

# 1

Catching Fire 
by Suzanne Collins

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# 6

Beautiful Creatures 
by Kami Garcia and 
Margaret Stohl

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# 2

City of Glass 
by Cassandra Clare

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# 7

Along for the Ride 
by Sarah Dessen

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# 3 

Heist Society
by Ally Carter

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# 8

If I Stay 
 by Gayle Forman

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# 4

by Maggie Stiefvater

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# 9

by Kristin Cashore

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# 5

 Hush, Hush 
by Becca Fitzpatrick

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# 10

by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Click this link  for the official announcement, and to see the special webcast featuring video announcement featuring World Wrestling Entertainment Diva Eve Torres!

Hogwarts online?!

OK, some people have too much time on their hands … but lucky for the rest of us, much entertainment is the result! 

When HP and the Sorcerer's Stone was written, way back in 1997, all of the social media hoopla that people take for granted nowadays wasn't even thought of yet.  Jump forward 13 years… the final book is finally being released as a movie (ok, only part one, but… countdown to November!), it seems that almost everyone has a Facebook page, and sites like youtube, twitter, etsy, and foursquare are part of our cultural identity.   Dan Kois, of NY Magazine's Vulture News, created these fun screencaptures of Harry's Facebook page, Draco's Twitter page, and more! 

Hogwarts Finally Hooks Up to the Internet

Enjoy, and click through to the original page, to read more of Hogwarts in the 21st century!

Banned Books Week: Celebrate the Freedom to Read!

Banned Books Week is a national celebration of the freedom to read, and it occurs every year in the last week of September.  During this week, we take the time to consider the harmful effects of censorship by taking a close look at books that have been banned or challenged across the country.  Also, we celebrate the fact that we (and our parents) are able to make our own decisions and choices about what is right for us to read.

Books are challenged for a lot of different reasons — someone may think a book is too violent, has inappropriate sexuality, uses foul language, or displays racism.  Many of the books that people object to are books written for children and teens — likely because they want to protect young people from being exposed to what they consider inappropriate.  However, what is inappropriate for one family does not mean that another family cannot choose to read it, and in our country that right (to choose for ourselves) is protected.

According to the American Library Association, the top ten challenged books last year are the following:


View full image 1.  ttyl, ttfn, l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs
View full image 2.  And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: Homosexuality
 View full image 3.  The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Anti-Family, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide
 View full image 4.  To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Reasons: Racism, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
 View full image 5.  Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group
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6.  The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

 View full image 7.  My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
Reasons: Sexism, Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide, Violence
 View full image 8.  The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
 View full image 9.  The Color Purple, Alice Walker
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
 View full image 10.  The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group


Have you read any of these books? How would you feel if someone decided for you that you could not read them? Discuss!

Wicked History

If you are in the mood for a little non-fiction in your life but want a little spice in the book check out the Wicked History series by Scholastic.  This series highlights historical figures who were a little less than innocent in their life.  These biographies are short so you can fly through them in no time.

henry.jpg Henry VII:  Royal Beheader by Price   

sir.jpg Sir Francis Drake:  Slave Trader and Pirate by Nick

genghis.jpg Genghis Khan:  13-Century Mongolian Tyrant by Goldberg

  Alexander the Great:  Master of the Ancient World by Wilhelm

Napoleon:  Emperor and Conqueror by Heuston

Julius Caesar:  Dictator for Life by Rinaldo

Hannibal:  Rome's Worst Nightmare by Brooks

Attila the Hun:  Leader of the Barbarian Hordes by Price

Catherine the Great:  Empress of Russia by Vincent

Want more?!?   Ask your local librarian for more Wicked History titles!


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.