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 Fixer” by Jennifer Barnes
When her grandfather develops dementia, sixteen-year-old Tess, is whisked away by a sister she barely knows to Washington, D.C. and thrown into a world of power, wealth, love triangles and family secrets. Continue reading “2017-18 Truman Award Finalists”
On average, 2.8 million teens runaway from home each year. Rainbow House, a local emergency shelter for youth, receives 10-15 calls each month from teens who have either been abused or kicked out of their homes. To help combat this serious widespread problem, the Youth Community Coalition partnered with Rainbow House to launch the Safe Place Program.
How does Safe Place work?
Youth can stop by one of 20 Safe Place sites, including the Columbia Public Library. Then, they simply find the first available employee and let them know they are in need of a safe place. Young adults will be connected to emergency shelter and other supportive resources available through Rainbow House.
If you’re in trouble and can’t make it to a Safe Place site, you can call (573) 818-8288, or text “SAFE” and your current location (address/city/state) to 69866. Continue reading “Safe Place: A Resource for Youth in Need”
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.
This summer’s lineup includes “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams, “Feed” by M.T. Anderson” and “Between Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys. The list of free downloads also includes books by Nikki Grimes, Terry Pratchett, W.E.B. Du Bois, Franz Kafka and many more! Continue reading “Free Audiobook Downloads From SYNC”
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….
“Holes” by Louis Sachar
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.
Intrigued by this small but mighty subgenre? Then check out the books below. Continue reading “YA Book Trends: Sandy Stories”
Every January the American Library Association (ALA) 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.
The most recognized book this year was the most recent installment of the graphic novel series, “March.” This three-book series is a collaboration between civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis and artists Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. It won a total of four awards from the ALA, the first time a title has won that many awards in a single year.
For more great book recommendations, check out these other riveting reads for children and teens. Continue reading “2017 ALA Youth Media Awards”
What It’s About: “If I Was Your Girl” by Meredith Russo is about a transgender teen named Amanda who has just moved from Atlanta to Tennessee to live with her Dad after being brutally beaten for entering a female dressing room at the mall. As Amanda acclimates to her new life, she starts making friends while capturing the romantic attention of her classmate, Grant. It isn’t long before the two become inseparable. But, how does Amanda tell Grant about her past? Her struggle escalates when a would-be friend outs Amanda in front of the entire school.
What I Liked About It: I was interested in understanding the perspective of a transgender teen. The main character in this story is so honest with the reader, though she keeps secrets from everyone else.
Similar Titles: “If I Was Your Girl” is currently the only book by Meredith Russo, but you might check out “Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit,” “Almost Perfect,” “The Art of Being Normal” and “Rethinking Normal.”
A new season of book rivalries has begun! DBRL is celebrating its fifth annual March Madness Teen Book Tournament. Below is a list of the library’s 32 most popular teen books of the year. Beginning January 9, you may vote for your favorite titles from among this pool of finalists. Your votes will narrow this list to the 2017 Mid-Missouri teen book champion. In the meantime, you can use the upcoming winter break to scope out the contenders.
For added excitement, each round you vote, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes best-selling YA books or a Barnes & Noble gift card. March Madness is open to all teens ages 12-18 who live in either Boone or Callaway County, Missouri. Continue reading “2017 March Madness Booklist Announced”
With the holidays ahead, you may be needing a great gift idea for the bookworm in your life. Or, perhaps you are already planning a list of road trip reads to enjoy while traveling over winter break. To help you narrow the field, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most highly-acclaimed Young Adult books of 2016.
You’ll probably recognize award-winners like Nicola Yoon and Jennifer Niven, but there are also some up-and-coming authors like Traci Chee and Jeff Zentner. The library offers these books in both print and downloadable formats. Continue reading “Best YA Books of 2016”