Thank you for another great summer of programs and reading here at DBRL! We’ve surveyed the book reviews that teens have submitted all summer long and compiled the results into a list of some of the most popular titles and series:
In June, the library invited area youth to submit a work of visual art as part of our annual Summer Reading program. We received many entries that included photos, paintings, drawings and collages. After much consideration by a jury of staff artists, we are happy to announce our contest winners:
First Place: “Forest Fox” by Zlata Kolenikova
Second Place: “Build a Better World” by Joya Hagemeyer
Third Place: “Brave Enough” by Elijah Gersky
As we reach the end of one contest, we look forward to the next. Now through October 14, submit your entry into the library’s Six-Word Memoir Contest. We are asking teens to tell us about themselves in just six words. No more. No less. Winners will be announced on our website in November.
In celebration of Teen Read Week, we invite you to tell us about yourself in just six words. No writing experience is necessary; after all, you’re the master of this subject. Submit your six-word memoir by Saturday, October 14. Winners will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card. Contest results will be posted on our website in November.
1. Participants must be between 12 and 18 years old.
2. Participants must reside in either Boone or Callaway County, Missouri.
1. One entry per individual.
2. Entries must be exactly 6 words. No more. No less.
3. Submissions must be spelled correctly and not use abbreviations.
4. Daniel Boone Regional Library reserves the right to not publish inappropriate content.
You may contact a librarian with any contest questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (573) 443-3161.
What It’s About:“The Sun Is Also A Star” is a story about love and leaving. Natasha is desperate to find a way to keep herself and family from being deported back to Jamaica. Daniel has the biggest meeting of his life, an entrance interview for an Ivy League college that he doesn’t want to attend. Fate puts these two in each other’s path again and again on the day Natasha is scheduled to be deported. At first Natasha doesn’t believe in love, but as her feelings for Daniel grow it becomes too difficult for her to deny. Here’s the conflict: If she admits she is falling in love with him, how can she say goodbye to him in less than 24 hours?
What I liked about it: I liked that the story is told from both Natasha’s and Daniel’s viewpoints. During most of the book, Natasha is a very cynical young woman who cares more about facts and numbers than art and love. Daniel, a poet, is her exact opposite. At times it felt like this opposition was a bit contrived. Honestly, I didn’t like Natasha until the very end. However, the story is very good and the ending was my favorite part.
The Gateway Readers Award honors a young adult novel that is selected by Missouri high school students. To be eligible to vote, students must read at least three of the finalists. Voting will occur at participating schools early next March, so you can use the summer months to get crack-a-lackin’ on this list! The winner will be announced in April 2018.
“Ruthless” by Carolyn Lee Adams
When Ruth is kidnapped, she’s determined not to become the serial-killer’s next trophy. She escapes, but her captor begins stalking her through the wilderness.
“Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction, if they don’t kill each other first.
The Truman Readers Award honors a book that is selected by Missouri junior high students. To be eligible to vote, students must read at least four of the finalists. Voting will occur at participating schools early next spring. While the winner won’t be announced until April 2018, this is a great list of summer reads for students in grades sixth through eighth.
“Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard
In a world divided by blood—those with common, red blood serve the silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king betroths her to one of his sons as a lost Silver princess. But Mare uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard.
The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list of recommended reading sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Sixteen young adult book clubs from libraries across the country are responsible for narrowing down a list of nominees for teens to vote on nationwide.
Below is this year’s full list of Top Ten nominations. Don’t forget that the library offers print, eBook and audiobook editions of these titles. YALSA also provides a downloadable booklist for easy printing and sharing.
“Nightstruck” by Jenna Black
Becket, an ambitious but ordinary teenager, was walking her dog one night when she heard a baby cry. Going to help, Becket is tricked into opening a door between worlds, allowing a dark magic into the mortal world. As the magic trickles in, you better be inside or you’ll face the changes in the night. Innocent everyday items and buildings grow fangs, tails and eyes. People become the Nightstruck. Continue reading “2017 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees”
SYNC, a service of AudioFile Magazine, offers free downloadable audiobooks to teens during the summer months. Through this program, you can download two free titles each Thursday from April 27 through August 16.
After two months of nail-biting competition, central Missouri teens have selected their March Madness Teen Book Tournament Champion! We began with a list of 32 finalists which included bestsellers such as “Paper Towns” by John Green, “City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare,“The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater and several Gateway and Truman Award nominees. Many thanks to the teachers and school librarians who have supported this program, and to all the teens who have participated! And now, our 2017 champion is….
Stay tuned to dbrl.org/teens for our sneak peek at this year’s teen summer reading program, “Build a Better World: Read.” Through this program, the library challenges young adults to read for 20 hours, share three book reviews and do seven of our suggested activities. Complete the challenge, and you will be eligible to win some pretty awesome prizes like a Amazon Kindle Fire!
Have you noticed that a lot of the YA novels being published these days are retellings of well-known classic fairy tales? Books like “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer, “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas and “The Shadow Queen” by C. J. Redwine are great examples of books that have made it big because of our fondness for fairy tales.
An interesting new subgenre that has recently emerged from this fairy tale trend is Arabian folktale retellings. These stories are set in scorching deserts and are full of brilliant, ancient magic. They’re a breath of fresh air, providing us with a nice reprieve from all of the dystopian fiction that still saturates teen literature.