Printz Award and Honor Books

Earlier today the winners of the Printz Award and the Newbery Award for this year were announced.  If you haven’t heard of these awards, just think of them as the Oscars or Grammys for Teen books!   I am also happy to announce that APL has the Printz winner and all of the Printz Honor (runners up) titles and even the Newbery winner, so click on the titles to place a hold or see if they are available for check out!

2009 Printz Award Winner:

jellicoe1Jellicoe Road by Marlene Marchetta 

2009 Honor Books:

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation Volume II:  The Kingdom on the Waves by M.T. Anderson

Nation by Terry Prachett

Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

2009 Newbery Winner

                           The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimangraveyard


Because it’s cold outside

and maybe you need something to do.  I am going to make this a 5 THINGS ON THURSDAY.  Here are more random things about me and I tag all of you who read it to also name 5 things on this Thursday about yourself!

1.  I love to ski.

2. I am really not liking how cold it is!

3. I took 6 years of French in high school and college

4. I just finished listening to the book Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson and loved it!

5. My favorite kind of pizza is BBQ Chicken Pizza. YUM!

Now it’s your turn:)

New Teen Books!

We checked in a few new titles today.  Here’s a sampling of what came in today, come on and check them out!

chemistryPerfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.  In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

Forever Princess by Meg Cabot

What’s a Princess to do?It’s Mia’s senior year, and things seem great. She princessaced her senior project, got accepted to her dream college(s), and has her birthday gala coming up . . . not to mention prom, graduation, and Genovia’s first-ever elections.What’s not to love about her life? Well . . . Her senior project? It’s a romance novel she secretly wrote, and no one wants to publish it. Prince Phillipe’s campaign in the Genovian elections isn’t going well, thanks to her totally loathsome cousin Ren_, who decided to run against him. Her boyfriend, J.P., is so sweet and seemingly perfect. But is he the one? And her first love, Michael, is back from Japan . . . and back in her life.With Genovia’s and her own future hanging in the balance, Mia’s got some decisions to make: Which college? Which guy? How can she choose? Especially when what she decides might determine not just the next four years, but . . . forever!


Parties and Potions by Sarah Mlynowski

partiesPerfect hair, cute clothes, healthy tans—life’s a breeze when you’re a witch! Even special witchcraft classes Rachel agrees to attend with Miri turn out to be fun. The sisters meet other teen witches just like them—who knew? Everyone’s preparing for a magical party called a Samsorta—a debutante ball for witches. And it wouldn’t be a ball without warlocks. Cute ones. Like Adam, who wants to slow dance with Rachel, and ski with her in the Rockies—on a school night! Of course, Rachel is madly in love with her boyfriend, Raf. So why can’t she bring herself to tell Adam—funny, charming Adam—that Raf exists? Rachel knows Raf likes her. Maybe even, gulp, loves her. But Raf doesn’t know her secret. Unlike Adam, Raf doesn’t know who she really is. And she can never tell him. Or can she?

Open Mic Night

Hey! Do you have some poetry or stories that you want to share?  Been practicing a song and want to show us what you’ve got?  Then attend the Open Mic Night for teens this Tuesday on January 6th at 7:00 pm. 

Just want to watch, you are welcome to come and do that as well!

See you there!