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Author Antony John Visits October 16

September 19, 2014

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Young Adult Author Antony John will visit the Columbia Public Library on Thursday October 16 at 7 p.m. Antony is the author of the award-winning book “Five Flavors of Dumb” as well as “Elemental” which is a current Truman Award nominee.

Before moving to St. Louis, Antony lived in England where he was raised on a balanced diet of fish and chips, obscure British comedies and ABBA’s Greatest Hits. Along his journey to becoming a writer, he worked as an ice cream seller on a freezing English beach, a tour guide in the Netherlands, a chauffeur in Switzerland, a barista in Seattle, and a university professor.

Five Flavors of Dumb” was Antony’s second book for young adults and won the prestigious Schneider Family Book Award. This award honors writers for their creative depiction of what it’s like to live with a disability. Dumb is not the name Piper, a high school senior who is Deaf, would have chosen for a heavy metal band, yet she volunteers to manage this disparate group of would-be musicians.  In her attempt to make Dumb profitable, Piper learns a few things about music and business, striking a chord within herself. Read the first chapter on Antony’s website.

Elemental” is the first book in Anthony’s fantasy trilogy. “Firebrand,” the second title in the series, is his most recently published book. The main character, Thomas, has always been an outsider. The first child born without the power of an element—earth, water, wind, or fire—he has little to offer his tiny, remote Outer Banks colony. Or so the Guardians would have him believe.

In the wake of an unforeseen storm, desperate pirates kidnap the Guardians, intent on claiming the island as their own. Caught between the plague-ridden mainland and the advancing pirates, Thomas and his friends fight for survival in the battered remains of a mysterious abandoned settlement. But the secrets they unearth will turn Thomas’s world upside-down, and bring to light not only a treacherous past but also a future more dangerous than he can possibly imagine. Antony also has excerpts for both “Elemental” and “Firebrand” on his website.

Books will be for sale by Barnes and Noble and a book signing will follow the program.

Originally published at Author Antony John Visits October 16.

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Book Cover Contest

September 11, 2014

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Teen Read Week is an annual celebration of reading! This year’s theme is “Turn Dreams Into Reality.” In honor of this theme, we want to see what new covers you can dream up for your favorite book. Just pick a title and redesign the cover with your own original artwork to show us how you imagine the story.

Entries will be judged on composition, originality and quality of artwork. Winners will be announced in November at teens.dbrl.org and each will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card.

Contest Deadline:

Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 17.

  • The contest is open to participants between 12 and 18 years old.
  • Participants must reside in either Boone or Callaway County, Missouri.
The Rules:
  • Contest participants must enter their artwork using the DBRLTeen Book Cover Contest entry form.
  • The  book title and author name should be incorporated somewhere in your design.
  • You may use any art material you like to create your book cover, but your design must be flat and it must fill the rectangle on the back of the entry form.
  • Only one entry per person will be allowed.
How to Enter:

Download an entry form, or pick one up at your nearest library branch or bookmobile stop. Once you have designed your book cover and filled out your information on the back, you may submit your entry form one of two ways:

Option 1: Turn your entry form in at the Children’s Desk at your nearest library branch or bookmobile stop.

Option 2:  You may mail your completed entry form to:

Daniel Boone Regional Library
ATTN: Brandy Sanchez
100 W. Broadway
Columbia, MO 65203

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Books for Dudes – Every Day

September 5, 2014

Every Day,” by David Leviathan, challenges how we think of a main protagonist. This story is about A, who wakes up in a different body every single day. A tries to live each person’s life as they would or, at the very least, to not interfere at all and go unnoticed.  A is a unique character, as there’s no real assigned gender – sometimes A is a boy, sometimes A is a girl. Both genders feel natural.

Every Day, by David LevithanWhile every day is different, A’s life has a certain regularity until falling for a girl named Rhiannon. After making this fateful connection, A’s life changes…whether boy or girl, A tries to get whatever body being inhabited back to spend time with Rhiannon, telling her the secret of A’s life…and A wants Rhiannon to love him/her every day, regardless of whose body is being inhabited.

Obviously, this relationship doesn’t make things easy for Rhiannon, as she tries to adjust to seeing a different face every day. In addition to the romantic conflict, a mysterious reverend is trying to find out more about A, and the “why” infuses the story with an increased sense of danger and urgency.

This story really made me think about A’s predicament. If you go to Amazon or Goodreads, A is assigned a “he,” although in the story itself, there’s no assigned gender. A has been switching bodies every day since birth. And how would it feel to inhabit the body of someone else, even someone we knew, for a day? Would we be tempted  to nose around in people’s lives, to make changes?  Could we possibly still value their privacy, as A tries to do?

Every Day” is not easy (you’ll be pondering all sorts of scenarios in this book), but it is a really good read. I would love to know what happens next at the end of this novel, which usually is one indicator of a good story. Check it out and see what you think!

Originally published at Books for Dudes – Every Day.

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Voting Begins for “Teens’ Top Ten”

September 3, 2014

Vote for the “Teens’ Top Ten!”

The “Teens’ Top Ten” is a list of recommended reading sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. In fact, it’s the only reading list with titles nominated and voted on by teens.

How does it work?

  • Sixteen young adult book clubs from libraries nationwide are responsible for narrowing down a list of nominees for teens to consider. (Does your book club want to get involved? Learn how.)
  • Based on the recommendations of these teen book clubs, the list of this year’s 28 nominees was announced in April during National Library Week.
  • Throughout the summer months, teens are encouraged to read as many of these titles as humanly possible.
  • Readers ages 12-18 are invited to vote on their three favorite books through September 15.
  • During Teen Read Week, October 12-18, the 10 most popular titles will be announced as the official 2014 “Teens’ Top Ten” list. Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog updates to have this and other teen book news delivered to your email inbox!

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