Teen Book Buzz
After an exciting two months of voting, DBRLTeen is proud to announce the Sweet 16 in our March Madness Teen Book Tournament. However, if you are just joining in the fun, here’s a little background to get you caught up. Through a series of votes, we are narrowing the library’s list of the 32 most popular teen books to one grand champion. By supporting your favorite book, you’ll also be entered to win prizes like a gift card to Barnes & Noble!How the March Madness Teen Book Tournament Works:
- Round 1: Voting complete.
- Round 2: VOTE NOW through March 10 for the Elite 8.
- Round 3: Vote March 11-17 for the Final 4.
- Round 4: Vote March 18-24 for the final two contending titles.
- Round 5: Vote March 25-31 for the book tournament champion.
- April 2: The champion is announced!
Don’t forget to vote for your favorite eight titles by Monday, March 10 at 5 p.m. The winners from this round of competition will be announced next Tuesday, March 11.March Madness Teen Book Tournament: Sweet 16
- “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins
- “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien
- “Holes” by Louis Sachar
- “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
- “The Giver” by Lois Lowry
- “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner
- “Legend” by Marie Lu
- “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky
- “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
- “Girl, Stolen” by April Henry
- “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer
- “The Eleventh Plague” by Jeff Hirsch
- “Out of My Mind” by Sharon M. Draper
- “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
- “Inheritance” by Christopher Paolini
Originally published at 2014 Teen Book Tournament: Sweet 16 Announced.
Library staff have spent the winter reading from a wide assortment of genres: historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction. However, mystery and intrigue seems to be a prevailing theme among many of titles. Have you already read one of these books? Submit your own book review or share your thoughts as a blog comment below!What We’re Reading:
“Maid of Secrets” by Jennifer McGowan
A story of intrigue surrounding Queen Elizabeth I.
“This is not a Drill” by Rebecca McDowell
Tense hostage situation.
“Battle Magic” by Tamora Pierce
The continuing tale of Briar, a plant magician.
“Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” by April Genevieve Tucholke
Lovely, atmospheric Gothic horror.
“Eleanor and Park” by Rainbow Rowell
Heartbreaking, inspiring, and highly quotable.
“I Hunt Killers” by Barry Lyga
Dark and gruesome, but fun.
“Everybody Sees the Ants” by A.S. King”
Raw and honest with a bit of magical realism thrown in.
“Stardust” by Neil Gaiman
A young man’s quest for love in the world of Faerie.
“Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes
Human lab rat.
“Cinder” by Marissa Meyer
Beautifully retold Cinderella cyborg science fiction mash up.
“The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in A Ship of Her Own Making” by Catherynne Valente
Charming and delightfully strange in an Alice-in-Wonderland sort of way.
Originally published at What We’re Reading: February 2014.
Every January the American Library Association hosts its annual Youth Media Awards Press Conference. At this time, authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature are recognized for the amazing works they have published over the last year. Below is a list of this year’s award-winning titles.
My personal favorites are the Printz Award and the Alex Award. The Printz Award honors an author for “excellence in literature written for young adults.” In other words, it’s a pretty big deal. My favorite Printz Award winner, so far, has been “Looking for Alaska“ by John Green.
The Alex Award, however, honors the top 10 adult books with teen appeal. My favorite among the Alex Award recipients has been “The Night Circus.” I even got to meet the author, Erin Morgenstern! Squee!
Have you read any of this year’s award-winners? What did you think? Who might you have picked for this year’s top awards?
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.
- Award Winner: “Midwinterblood” Marcus Sedgwick
- Honor Book: “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell
- Honor Book: “Kingdom of Little Wounds” by Susann Cokal
- Honor Book: “Maggot Moon,” written by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Julian Crouch
- Honor Book: “Navigating Early” by Clare Vanderpool
William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.
- Award Winner: “Charm & Strange” by Stephanie Kuehn
- Finalist: “Sex & Violence” by Carrie Mesrobian
- Finalist: “Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets” by Evan Roskos
- Finalist: “Belle Epoque” by Elizabeth Ross
- Finalist: “In the Shadow of Blackbirds” by Cat Winters
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults.
- Award Winner: “The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi” by Neal Bascomb
- Honor Book: “Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design” by Chip Kidd
- Honor Book: “Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II” by Martin W. Sandler
- Honor Book: “Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers” by Tanya Lee Stone
- Honor Book: “The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy” by James L. Swanson
Alex Award Winners are the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences.
- “Brewster” by Mark Slouka
- “The Death of Bees” by Lisa O’Donnell
- “Golden Boy: A Novel” by Abigail Tarttelin
- “Help for the Haunted” by John Searles
- “Lexicon: A Novel” by Max Barry
- “Lives of Tao” by Wesley Chu
- “Mother, Mother: A Novel” by Koren Zailckas
- “Relish” by Lucy Knisley
- “The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel” by Katja Millay
- “The Universe Versus Alex Woods” by Gavin Extence
Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adult.
- Award Winner: “Scowler,”written by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne
- Honor Book: “Better Nate Than Ever,” written and narrated by Tim Federle
- Honor Book: “Creepy Carrots!” written by Aaron Reynolds
- Honor Book: “Eleanor & Park,” written by Rainbow Rowell, and narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra
- “Matilda,” written by Roald Dahl, and narrated by Kate Winslet
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
- Award Winner: “P.S. Be Eleven” written by Rita Williams-Garcia
- Honor Book: “March: Book One,” written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell
- Honor Book: “Darius & Twig” by Walter Dean Myers
- Honor Book: “Words with Wings” by Nikki Grimes
Pura Belpré (Author) Award honors a Latino writer whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
- Award Winner: “Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass” by Meg Medina
- Honor Book: “The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist” written by Margarita Engle
- Honor Book: “The Living” written by Matt de la Peña
- Honor Book: “Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale” written and illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award is given annually to children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience.
- Award Winner: “Beautiful Music for Ugly Children” by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
- Award Winner: “Fat Angie” by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo
- Honor Book: “Better Nate Than Ever” by Tim Federle
- Honor Book: “Branded by the Pink Triangle” by Ken Setterington
- Honor Book: “Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.
- Middle School Award Winner: “Handbook for Dragon Slayers” by Merrie Haskell
- High School Award Winner: “Rose under Fire” by Elizabeth Wein
Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States.
- Award Winner: “Mister Orange,” written by Truus Matti, translated by Laura Watkinson
- Honor Book: “Vacation of My Life,” written by Charlotte Moundlic, illustrated by Olivier Tallec, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick
- Honor Book: “My Father’s Arms Are a Boat,” written by Stein Erik Lunde, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter, translated by Kari Dickson
- Honor Book: “The War Within These Walls,” written by Aline Sax, illustrated by Caryl Strzelecki, translated by Laura Watkinson
Originally published at 2014 ALA Teen Book Award Winners Announced.
Whether you’re looking to purchase a holiday gift for that special bookworm in your life, or you’re looking to get lost in the pages of a good book over the holiday break, here are some “best of” lists of recommended young adult titles.
The Young Adult Library Services Association produces several lists each year which encompass books from a wide assortment of genres:
- 2013 Teen Book Award Winners (Alex, Edwards, Morris, Nonfiction, Odyssey, and Printz award winners)
- 2013 Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks
- 2013 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
- 2013 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens
- 2013 Top Ten Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
- 2013 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
Be sure to check out these lists created by the publishing industry’s most renowned book reviewers, many of whom are librarians:
- Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Teen Books of 2013“
- Library Journal’s “YA Lit for Adults”
- NPR’s “100 Best-Ever Teen Novels“
- Publishers Weekly’s “Best Children’s Fiction of 2013“ (This list is a collection of highly-acclaimed children’s AND teen books.)
- School Library Journal’s “2013 Adult Books 4 Teens“
- GoodReads.com’s “2013 Best Young Adult Fiction Books“
With 2014 fast approaching, stay ahead of upcoming trends by subscribing to the library’s YA email newsletter. This monthly publication features reviews on the the most popular new releases in young adult fiction. Best of all, this newsletter is delivered straight to your inbox.
Originally published at Best Teen Books of 2013.