Book Spotlight: Start It Up

 Start it Up by Kenrya Rankin

Are you interested in starting your own business but don't know how to get started?!?  This may be the book for you.  Start it Up is designed for teenagers who have the entrepreneur itch but doesn't know where to start.  Rankin divides the book into ten different chapters:

Entrepreneurial You:  Passion Isn't Just for Your Dating Life

Who's Got your Back?:  Establishing a Support System

Getting Serious:  Creating a Business Plan

The Technical Stuff:  Making your Business Official

Money Matters:  How to Amass and Protect your Fortune

Who's the Boss?:  How to Hire and Manage Your Crew

Extra, Extra:  Telling the World about Your Big Idea

Repeat Business:  Customer Service Rules

Doing Good:  Using Your Business to Improve the World

Now What?:  To Grow or Let it Go

This book has lots of extras too, great websites to help you get started in your new business.  Some websites highlighted in the book are:  YEAbiz stands for Young Entrepreneurs of America.  This website is dedicated to educating and motivating young entrepreneurs.  The U.S. Small Business Administration has a special site just for teens. 

Book Spotlight: Henna Magic

  Henna Magic by Philippa Faulks

If you are interested in henna this is the book for you.  Henna Magic goes into great detail about what henna is, the "magic" of henna, the history of henna, the rituals of henna and more. 

The last two summers Sonoma County Library hosted a henna program for teens.  Click on the old blog entries to see pictures from these henna programs.

Teen Book Review: Zeitoun

 Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Review by Marbeya, Northwest Branch

This book is about a Syrian-American, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, and his experience with Hurricane Katrina.  He has 4 kids with Kathy, who turned to Islamic traditions after her divorce, and owns a contracting company.  He convinces Kathy to take the children to safety without him, and stays behind to protect the house of any immense damages, going against the city officials warnings to evacute the city.  Once he witnesses the unsettling and surreal results of the hurricane he grabs his canoe and sets out to see the damages done throughout New Orleans.  He helps the local dogs, helps people still trapped inside their homes, and delivers water to people in need, all while trying to survive.  There are plenty of twists to the story including misjudgments that will shock the readers.

This is definitely one of my favorite books because the story is so touching and humbling.  I couldn't put it down, therefore managed to read it in a couple of hours, to my surprise.  Also, I love how easy it was to read so people of all ages will be able to enjoy this incredible journey.  I learned a lot about the tragedy with this first-hand insight and was shocked to find out how the situation was sadly handled.  This is a great book and recommend it to everyone looking for a story not only about the Hurricane Katrina but the American governement.

Marbeya is one of our teen book reviewers!  Do you want to submit your own book review?  Its easy just email!

New Nonfiction!

Sew Teen by Sheila Zent

Eat Fresh Food by Rozanne Gold

The Teen Vogue Handbook:  An insider's Guide to Careers in Fashion by Amy Astley

Quick Cash for Teens By Peter Bielagus

Show Off by Sarah Hines-Stephens

Escape- Teens on the Run by Linda Jacobs Altman

  Think Again by JonArno Lawson

Good Behavior by Nathan L. Henry

  Short:  Walking Tall when You're Not Tall at All by John Schwartz

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!


New Nonfiction!

boyology.jpg Boyology by Sarah O’Leary Burningham

This book helps teens navigate the world of teenage boys.  The chapters include B-O-Y Basics, What Breed is Your Boyfriend?, I Heart You:  When You’re Head-Over-Heels in Like, The First of First Dates, The Heart of the Matter, You Wear the Pants, Outside Forces, Boy Friend vs Boyfriend, Breaking Up is Hard to Do and Getting Back in the Game.

New Craft Book!

chic.jpg Chic Sweats:  22 Way to Transform and Restyle your Sweatshirts

This fun craft book has great ideas and photographs to inspire you.  The first chapter helps you get started with sections on the supplies and equipment you will need, measuring basics, marking, sewing sweatshirt fabric, selecting sweatshirts and body basics.  If you know how to sew and need some new fresh ideas check out this book!

Enjoy other arts and crafts?  Check out our Hobbies reading list.

New Nonfiction!

want.jpg You Know You Want it by Eric Daman

Eric Daman designs the costumes for the show Gossip Girl.  He also won an Emmy for being the assistant designer for the show Sex and the City. This fun book is for the teen interested in fashion design. The book is all about the pictures, since it has very little text.

body.jpg The Body Scoop for Girls by Jennifer Ashton, M.D.

Ashton presents a fun, informative book for teenage girls and their bodies.  If you have any questions about your body (zits, breast, Pap smears, etc.), sex, drugs or staying healthy for life, this is the book for you.

2010 Excellence in Nonfiction Award Shortlist!

Every year YALSA picks one book to represent the best nonfiction book for teens.  One of these books will be the 2010 winner!

almost.jpg Almost Astronauts:  13 Women Who Dared to Dream
by:  Tanya Lee Stone

“In the early 1960s, the doctor in charge of testing NASA’s astronauts decided to find out if female pilots were capable of passing the grueling qualification tests required of male pilots.  Feasible?  Yes.  Allowed?  No.  All testing of women’s potential for the Mercury program was done outside NASA’s purview and without their permission.  The reasons why will stun readers.”

charles.jpg Charles and Emma:  The Darwins’ Leap of Faith
by:  Deborah Heiligman

“After creating a list of pros and cons of marriage, science-minded Charles Darwin chooses to marry his strictly religious first cousin.  Little does he know that he is about to embark upon the most loving, creative, and intellectually important relationship of his life.”

Claudette Colvin:  Twice Toward Justice claudette-colvin.jpg
by:  Phillip Hoose

“Hoose recounts the largely untold story of Claudette Colvin, who was arrested and jailed at the age of 15 after refusing to relinquish her seat on a bust to a white woman.  Intereviews with Colvin create a vivid picture not only of the Montgomery bus boycott but also the Browder v. Gayle case, in which she was a key defendant.”

The Great and Only Barnum great.jpg
by:  Candace Fleming

“Thrill to the audacity!  Gasp at the hucksterism!  Come one, come all to the jaw-dropping, larger-than-life biography of expert humbugger, relentless curiosity seeker, and unparalleled showman P.T. Barnum.

written.jpg Written in Bone:  Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland
by:  Sally M. Walker

“By presenting a detailed examination into the work of different types of forensic archaeology at excavations in both Jamestown, Virginia, and Colonial Maryland, readers are rewarded with both a picture of this fascinating work and an appreciation for what it contributes to our knowledge of history.”

Book summaries are provided by YALSA at

 YALSA Contest!

YAlSA wants YOU to make a book trailer for one of these books.  What is a book trailer?!?  A book trailer is just like a movie trailer but for a book.  Its a book review in pictures.


Here’s what you need to know:

  • The winner will receive a box of books plus $100 giftcard to a bookstore!
  • Any teen or group of teens (4 maximum) aged 13 to 18 can enter.
  • All videos must be original work
  • There is no fee for submitting the entry
  • The entry form must be submitted by Jan. 29, 2010
  • Videos must be uploaded to YouTube by midnight on Jan. 17, 2010

For more information please visit:

If you decide to submit a video let teenspace know!

Book Spotlight: Split in Two

split.jpg Split in Two:  Keeping It Together When Your Parents Live Apart
by:  Karen Buscemi

Its hard when your parents get a divorce.  Its even harder when your time is split between two different houses.  Split in Two is here to help.   This thin book is divided into 8 chapters of advice and solutions to common problems that teens have when their time is divided between two parents.

  1. The Daily Shuffle:  Analyzing Your New (or Not-So-New) Arrangement
  2. The Family Bargaining Table:  Learning How to Get What You Need
  3. Your Room – and Your Other Room:  Making It Feel Like Home in Both Houses
  4. I’m Supposed to Be Where When?:  Dealing with Your Crazy Schedule
  5. The Life of an Intrepid Traveler:  Learning How to Pack and Haul It All
  6. Cash Control:  Creating Some Financial Independence
  7. Parent Patrol:  Keeping the Adults on Track
  8. Now What?:  Moving Forward with Your Life