Back to School: Studying

School is starting and with that homework will be assigned.  Do you want to achieve your best?  Do you need tips on how to study?  Here are a few books about study skills that may help you achieve school success.

Painless study techniques by Michael Greenberg
Success skills:  strategies for study and lifelong learning by Abby Marks Beale
Planning Your Essay by Janet Godwin
How to Become a Straight-A Student by Cal Newport
Math Doesn’t Suck by Danica McKellar
Kiss My Math:  Showing Pre-Algebra who’s boss by Danica McKellar
A Student’s Writing Guide:  How to Plan and Write Successful Essays by Gordon Taylor
7 Secrets of Savvy Students- DVD

Want to find more?  You can search the library’s catalog using the keywords “study skills”.

2009 Alex Awards

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) gives the Alex Award to ten books that are published for adults that teens will enjoy too. These books could be fiction or nonfiction.
Did you read any of titles? Let us know what you think!

city.jpg City of Thieves by David Benioff
“Two teenage boys encounter cannibals, murderers, prostitutes, and assassins as they struggle to complete an impossible tash during the freezing Siege of Leningrad in this funny, shocking, and briskly written tome.”

dragons.jpg The Dragons of Babel by Michael Swanwick
“In this original steampunk fantasy, young Will embarks on a quest that takes him to the dizzying heights and gritty depths of the postindustrial world of Babel.”

finding.jpg Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris
“After a 16-year-old girl from a wealthy Saudi family is found dead in the middle of the desert, a devout Muslim guide and a young medical examiner seek to unravel the mystery while facing the sanctions of Middle Eastern society.”

good.jpg The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
“In this suspenseful and unpredictable adventure, Ren, a one-handed eighteenth-century orphan, becomes apprenticed to a con man.  Surprisingly, Ren seems born to it.”

just.jpg Just After Sunset:  stories by Stephen King
“Modern terrors abound-a porta-potty prison, class warfare on an apocalyptic afternoon -  in this wickedly compelling collection of macabre, absurd, and gleefully vulgar stories.  Scary, dirty fun.”

mud.jpg Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
“At the close of WW II, two soldiers return to their home in the South to find racial tensions as explosive as the battlefields of Europe.  This beautifully written story casts a spell as inescapable as the mud fields of the Mississippi Delta.”

over.jpg Over and Under by Todd Tucker
“Andy and Tom’s fourteenth summer is defined by adventures in the woods and caves near their home, a strike that polarizes their small town, and secrets that test their friendship.”

oxford.jpg The Oxford Project by Stephen G. Bloom, photographed by Peter Feldstein
A summary and review of this book can be found here.

sharp.jpg Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
“A fast-paced ride through the brutality of L.A.’s wilderness of drugs, gangs, and the connections people make with one another.  The fact that most of the characters in this bloody, sexy, free-verse tale are mostly lycanthropes is almost incidental.

three.jpg Three Girls and Their Brother by Theresa Rebeck
“This witty satire of show-biz politics, told from the perspective of four New York teenage siblings in the eye of a publicity tornado, provides a fascinating insider’s look at the world of the rich and famous.”

The summaries for these books (except for the title The Oxford Project) were taken from the YALSA website.  Below please find the citation:
“2009 Alex Award winners,” American Library Association, January 16, 2009.
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/alexawards/alex09.cfm (Accessed July 27, 2009)
Document ID: 526219
 

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

Great Manga Series

Get ‘Em All!
Aria by Kozue Amano
Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
Yotsuba&! byKiyohiko Azuma
Miki Falls by Mark Crilley
Oh My Goddess! by Kosuke Fujishima
Hikaru No Go by Yumi Hotta
King of Thorn by Yuji Iwahara
Pumpkin Scissors by Ryotaro Iwanaga
Alive by Tadashi Kawashima
Naruto by Masashi Kisimoto
Train + Train by Hideyuki Kurata
Nightmare Inspector by Shin Mashiba
Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima
After Shool Nightmare by Setona Mizushiro
Emma by Kaoru Mori
Love*Com by Aya Nakahara
Death Note by Tsugumi Oba
Translucent by Kazuhiro Okamoto
Goong by SoHee Park
Gin Tama by Hideaki Sorachi
Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya
To Terra by Keiko Takemiya
Kekkaishi by Yellow Tanabe
Dragon Ball Z by Akira Toriyama
Penguin Revolution by Sakura Tsukaba
Mushishi by Yuki Urushibara
Absolute Boyfriend by Yuu Watase
Chronicles of the Cursed Sword by Pŏm-nyong Yo
Flower of Life by Fumi Yoshinaga

Short Stories

Do you have a favorite author?  Think you have read everything by that author?  Did you know that many young adult authors write short stories?  You could be missing a story from your favorite author.  Are you unsure about an author?  Read one of their short stories to get a feel for their writing style.  Here are some of the authors that are included in our list of short stories:  M.T. Anderson, Sarah Dessen, John Green, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Stephenie Meyer, Garth Nix, Neal Shusterman, Vivian Vande Velde, Nancy Werlin and Scott Westerfeld.

21 Dresses
Authors include:  Libba Bray, Jacqueline Woodson, Ned Vizzini, John Green, Sarah Mylnowski, Melissa de la Cruz, Holly Black, Brent Hartinger, Lisa Sandell, Will Leitch, Leslie Margolis, Cecily von Ziegesar, E. Lockhart, Jodi Anderson, David Levithan, Dan Ehrenhaft, Liz Craft, Aimee Friedman, and Adrienne Vrettos
666:  the number of the beast
Authors include:  Peter Abrahams, Christopher Pike, Joyce Carol Oates, Heather Graham, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Robin Wasserman and Melissa de la Cruz.
Firebirds Rising
Authors include:  Francesca Lia Block, Alan Dean Foster, Diana Wynne Jones, Tanith Lee and Tamora Pierce
First Kiss (then tell)
Authors include:  Deb Caletti, Nikki Grimes, Shannon Hale, Sarah Mlynowski, Donna Jo Napoli and Scott Westerfeld
Gothic!:  ten original dark tales
Authors include:  M.T. Anderson, Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix and Vivian Vande Velde
Let it Snow:  three holiday romances
Even though these stories take place during the holiday season they will warm your heart all year around.
Authors:  John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle.
Love is Hell
Authors include:  Melissa Marr, Scott Westerfeld and Gabrielle Zevin
No such thing as the real world:  stories about growing up and getting a life

Authors include:  M.T. Anderson, K.L. Going, Chris Lynch, Jacqueline Woodson
Prom Nights From Hell
Authors include:  Meg Cabot, Lauren Myracle, Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe and Stephenie Meyer
The Restless Dead:  ten original stories of the supernatural
Authors include:  Annette Curtis Klause, Deborah Noyes, Libba Bray, M.T Anderson and Holly Black
Troll’s Eye View:  a book of villainous tales
Authors include:  Garth Nix, Nancy Farmer, Holly Black, and Neil Gaiman
Sideshow:  ten original tales of freaks, illusionists, and other matters odd and magical
Authors include:  Vivian Vande Velde, Annette Curtis Klause, Cynthia Leitich Smith and Matt Phelan
Twice Told:  original stories inspired by original art
Authors include:  Sarah Dessen, John Green, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Neal Shusterman and Nancy Werlin
What are you afraid of?:  stories about phobias
Authors include:  Gail Giles, David Lubar and Neal Shusterman
Vacations from Hell
Authors include:  Sarah Mlynowski, Claudia Gray, Maureen Johnson, Cassandra Clare and Libba Bray

Have you read any of these books?!?  We want to know.  Tell us what you think, leave a comment or two.