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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Teen Book Awards Are Almost Here...

This month marks award season not only for movies but for best youth books, too. Librarians across the country wait in eager expectation as the American Library Association honors outstanding books for children and teens.

For younger readers, since 1922 the Newbery has honored the author of the “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children” and the Caldecott has honored the artist of the best picture book since 1938. A relative newcomer, The Michael L. Printz Award began in 2000 and honors the best books written for teens each year.

While the process is top secret, for months prior and right up to the finale, mock committees debate and gossip abounds on which books will take the top honors. The awards will be announced at the ALA Youth Media Awards on Monday, January 27.

Until then, check out some of the contenders that have received rave reviews and see if you can pick the winner.

I listened to the audio of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and absolutely love this heartbreaking story. Told in alternating voices of the two main characters, it captures the joy, pain and insecurity of high school life and first love. The story will make you cringe and cry.

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal, a National Book Award finalist, is a captivating modern-day fairytale told by the ghost of Jacob Grimm. When two neglected teens, a shy boy and reckless girl are abducted, it’s up to guardian Jacob to come to their rescue and rewrite his past.

Another story that plays on the fairy tale theme, September Girls by Bennett Madison, features mermaids who need a boyfriend to escape their curse. While on vacation at a sleepy beach town, Sam uncovers the secret of the community’s ocean-dwelling inhabitants.

A historical fiction contender, Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein, follows a female transport pilot who is captured during World War II and sent to a German concentration camp, where she witnesses starvation, corporal punishment and medical experimentation.

All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry – When she was 14, Judith was abducted. Two years later she is back but now she can't speak. When her close-knit community of Roswell Station is attacked by enemies, Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice.

Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson – According to reviews, this is “seriously well written science fiction, of the post-apocalyptic flavor.”  In a Brazil of the distant future, June Costa falls in love with a fellow artist and rebel against the strict limits of their matriarchal government, knowing that, like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

Good Reading!

                    Upcoming Events for Teens                     

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) Un-Valentines Party – A joint TAG meeting with games, pizza and prizes. All students in 6th grade and up are invited to this fun, informal social for a chance to meet TAG members from all three branches, share ideas and have fun!

4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11@ Warrenton Library

Teen Writing Club – Do you love to write? Would you like to get positive feedback on your work and connect with other teen writers? Join one of the library’s Teen Writing Clubs

Warrenton Library
Tuesday, Feb. 4 & 18 @ 7 pm

Bealeton Library
Tuesday, Feb. 4 @ 4 pm

John Marshall Library
Tuesday, Feb. 18 @ 5 pm

Do you know Poe? There's only one week left to enter our Edgar Allan Poe Trivia Challenge. Pick up a trivia sheet at any Fauquier library location or enter online here for a chance to win movie passes and books.

Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter or online.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Enter the Edgar Allan Poe Trivia Challenge!

Edgar Allan Poe’s stories and poems are famous for their spine-chilling terror. Now’s your chance to display what you know about the mysterious bard.

To celebrate the birthday of Poe in January, the Fauquier County Public Library has created a trivia contest just for teens. Now, through the end of the month, enter online or drop in to any library branch and grab a list of clues. Solve the myths and mysteries about the infamous writer and his tales of suspense to be entered into a prize drawing at the end of the month.

Want to learn more about Poe?  Many of his works are available from The Fauquier County Public Library in book, ebook and audio book format. 

Happy Reading! 

To learn more about the Fauquier County Public Library's collection, events or programs, visit us on Facebook, Twitter or online.