Hark! A Vagrant – Book Review


Who knew you could learn some History while reading comics. In Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant, that’s exactly what you experience.  Sure, you’re thinking, learning while reading comics? I think I’ll skip this one.  But trust me when I tell you that this book will have you laughing out loud.  Beaton leaves no moment of History untouched with her witty comic strips; which range from history to literature to just plain random and hilarious observations. For example did you ever wonder how to spot a wise owl? Well obviously it’s the one with a beard.

I’ll admit though, there were moments were I had no idea who she was referring to in certain comics, but a quick browse through Wikipedia and I knew exactly who that person was and look at that, I learned something new. Sneaky Beaton! The author also adds some commentary to explain why she created certain comics, and at times a little brief description of the historical person she is referring to in her comic.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading comics, but also those who enjoy their history with a side of humor.

To get a taste of what’s in the book, you can visit Beaton’s website where she posts comics frequently.

Hark! A Vagrant

Teens’ Top Ten Books From 2011


The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), had nine thousand teens vote on their top ten book choices of 2011. What did they pick? Here’s a video done up by our one-time Teen Librarian (from the Grove Hall branch), Amy Fisk Check it out and see which ones you need to check out today!

YALSA Teens’ Top Ten.

The number one teen pick of 2011 was Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare! Below is her acceptance video. Check it out!

Can’t view the video above?  Here’s the top ten list:

  1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster)
  2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
  3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (Simon & Schuster)
  4. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins)
  5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin)
  6. Matched by Ally Condie (Penguin)
  7. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson (Little, Brown & Company)
  8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (HarperCollins)
  9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins)
  10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (Penguin)

For more information on YALSA and the Teen’s Top Ten, check them out here: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/teenreading/teenstopten/teenstopten.cfm

Creating The Paper Airplane


Ever wondered how paper airplanes got started?

How old do you think they are?

Think one paper airplane is the same as the next?

Check out this article on Yahoo! to read about the possible history of the paper device, follow the videos to create your own, and then check out your local branch library to check out books on the subject! We definitely have a few here at Copley in the Teen Room!

http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/high-fliers-5-great-paper-airplane-designs-211731336.html

Most Recent Staff Book Reviews!


These are the most recent staff reviews of teen books. All staff reviews can be found under the above tab “Librarians Read Too!”, but I thought I would highlight the recent ones here, so you know they exist, that we’re still reading teen books. We always read teen books.

The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

This book is crazy and insane all at once. It’s the story of a boy who finds himself kidnapped after getting drunk at his friend’s party and attempting to walk home alone. Going to England for a few weeks to see if he wants to attend a boarding school, he’s given a pair of glasses from a stranger. These glasses show him a war-torn world where he’s forced to fight against his best friend.

In short, this book is one insane ride. It’s like getting hooked on drugs… but without the drugs. You’ll find yourself sucked into the world of Marbury, and unable to leave, similar to the characters in the book. I highly recommend it.

Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

Do you like fancy parties, flappers, stage performances, rich dresses, a little side romance, along with a dish of violence?  Then this is the series for you. This book, the first in a new series, was a truly fantastic read set in 1920′s New York City. It’s the story of two young girls who move to the city to find themselves and make a name for themselves. Set in a time when it was illegal to sell or drink alcohol, these girls find their way into the speakeasies of the city and into the homes of the greatest alcohol sellers of the time. What they find there, both surprises and scares them. It’s a truly great read, a page turner that’s garunteed to keep you reading late into the night!

The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinx

Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room

This book is the sequel to The Reformed Vampire Support Group also written by Catherine Jinx. Not having read the first book, I didn’t feel out of place at all. In fact, I rather enjoyed this book. It wasn’t cheesy, and the only mention of “mates” was because it was set in Austraila where everyone calls each other “mate”. It was funny, some parts were scary, his mother was annoying in that way that only a mother can be, and his friends, new and old were pretty cool. I would love to recommend this book to anyone looking for a werewolf book that’s a little out of the ordinary. My favorite quote from the book?

“Barry can’t be the first vampire who’s fanged a werewolf. And the whole ideas of zombies must have come from somewhere.” –The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group

YA Highway’s Road Trip Wednesday #60


This week’s topic is…

What is the best book you read in December?

Don’t forget to give us the title and the author! And, if you can tell us why you liked it so much, I’m sure everyone would enjoy hearing what you have to say!

As for myself, I’d have to go with The Outside of a Horse by Ginny Rorby. I love horse books, first and foremost. In fact, I’ve already got two more teen books about horses and unicorns checked out. That’s why I initially picked up the book. But, it’s so much more than a horse book! It’s the story of a young girl only 14 years old, struggling to keep her family from falling apart after her father returns from Iraq missing a leg. In the past, watching horse races had bonded her and her father together. After his return, learning to trust in real flesh and blood animals, just might help them rebuild that bond and help her father overcome his loss and his addiction to alcohol. It was an extremely realistic and emotional read, that had me in tears during several points. It’s one I highly recommend!

And, if you’re looking to check it out, we’ll have it on our “emotional reads” book display in the Copley Teen room all next month unless someone borrows it.

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YA Highway is a blog (www.yahighway.com) by a group of young adult authors from all over the world! And every Wednesday YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination, from their blog, and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

But, why not do the same thing on our blog every week? I’ll post their question and you can put your answers in our comments section, or on your own blog and link back to it in our comments (and theirs too, if you’d like, because I’m sure they’d enjoy reading your answers!)

Teen Book Review: Unsigned Hype


unsigned hype book jacketUnsigned Hype” by Booker T. Mattison is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good book . The story is about the sudden up-rise of a 15 year old disk jockey who gets the chance of a lifetime when he reaches the finals of a very important contest . During the story , he will go thru a lot of bullying , love & he learns what it really means to be a man .
This is definitely a book that will inspire anyone to do anything that they set their mind out to accomplish .

I can personally relate to the character because I too , am a dj . There are many difficult challenges that must be overcome in order to achieve what you want to accomplish . The way the character accomplished his goals were staying true to himself & caring for the others that are around him . Because of that , I feel as thou this book connects with everyone who resides in an urban area . There is always going to be someone who hates on your success , this book simply proves that as long as you stay true , you’ll get thru any hardships that comes your way .

Kyle, age 17
Mattapan

Want to put a book review online? Give one to your local teen librarian today – or simply add a comment to this blog and we’ll grab it and publish your words!

Vote for the top teen books of the last year


VOTE TODAY!!

What do  you think were the top books written for teens in the last year?

CLICK HERE to go to the official ballot page and cast your vote!

Voting is only open for teens (age 12-18) – this is a Teen’s Choice Award! The books you can vote for were all nominated by members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country.

Voting closes today,  Sept. 17, 2010. Winners will be announced in a webcast at www.ala.org/teenstopten during Teen Read Week, Oct. 17-23 that we’ll link to from this blog as well.

Here are the books on the list,  NOW GO VOTE!

Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Fire by Kristin Cashore
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
The Roar by Emma Clayton
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
Dragonfly by Julia Golding
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
City of Fire by Laurence Yep