John Green’s wildly popular YA Novel The Fault in Our Stars is being released as a movie on June 6, 2014. The book follows sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, who has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life. The Fault in Our Stars has received rave reviews from seemingly every reviewer, and Time Magazine even called it the “Best Fiction Book of the Year.”
Haven’t read it yet? Or want your very own copy to re-read and dog-ear? Stop by either circulation desk at the library and check out a book to enter! The contest is open to all ages. One entry per day. Three winners will be notified on June 9, 2014.
In the meantime, check out John Green’s website here for more info and the official movie website here.
Just one more week until the release of the highly anticipated movie, Divergent, based on the YA novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. Check out the official website here for the movie trailer and discover which faction you would be placed in!
If you’re looking for another book or series to keep you occupied while you wait, here is a list of similar titles:
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness
Coda by Emma Trevayne
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Dustlands by Moira Young
Eve by Anna Carey
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Legend by Marie Lu
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Matched by Ally Condie
Prized by Caragh M. O’Brien
Pulse by Patrick Carman
Razorland by Ann Aguirre
Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Giver by Lois Lowry (Soon to be a movie! Released date is scheduled for August 2014 )
The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Also being made into a movie! Scheduled for September 2014)
The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Shadow Children by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Have you read any of these? Which are your favorites? Which do you want to see as a movie next? We would love to see Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi and Legendby Marie Lu (both trilogies) as movies!
When you’re looking for a new YA book to read, it can seem like the whole section is devoted to girls who want to swoon over a dreamy vampire or happen to become leaders of a revolution. While these books are certainly enjoyable, and even guys can find something to like in them, we wanted to focus on books that are written specifically for teen guys, complete with male narrators or main characters. And very little romance.
All of the following books may be found at the McCracken County Public Library.
BOOKS FOR TEEN GUYS
THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY BY DOUGLAS ADAMS
THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN BY SHERMAN ALEXIE
THE MAZE RUNNER SERIES BY JAMES DASHNER
THE LAST APPRENTICE SERIES BY JOSEPH DELANEY
MICHAEL VEY SERIES BY RICHARD PAUL EVANS
GONE SERIES BY MICHAEL GRANT
VARIOUS SPORTS NOVELS BY TIM GREEN
VARIOUS BOOKS BY PETE HAUTMAN
YOUNG BOND SERIES BY CHARLIE HIGSON
VARIOUS BOOKS BY ANTHONY HOROWITZ
THE CHRONICLES OF NICK SERIES BY SHERRILYN KENYON
HOMELANDERS SERIES BY ANDREW KLAVAN
YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES SERIES BY ANDREW LANE
VARIOUS SPORTS NOVELS BY MIKE LUPICA
I HUNT KILLERS BY BARRY LYGA
VARIOUS BOOKS BY WALTER DEAN MYERS
ERAGON SERIES BY CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI
MAXIMUM RIDE SERIES BY JAMES PATTERSON
SECRETS OF THE IMMORTAL NICHOLAS FLAMEL BY MICHAEL SCOTT
CIRQUE DU FREAK SERIES BY DARREN SHAN
DEMONATA SERIES BY DARREN SHAN
UNWIND SERIES BY NEAL SHUSTERMAN
ESCAPE FROM THE FURNACE SERIES BY ALEXANDER GORDON SMITH
LEVIATHAN SERIES BY SCOTT WESTERFELD
VARIOUS BOOKS BY RICHARD YANCEY
Have you read any of these books? What would you recommend?
The master list for the 2014 Kentucky Bluegrass Awards is available on the official website for the award (see the list here). Students across Kentucky will have a chance to vote for their favorite books, making the winners some of the most popular books of the year for children and young adults in Kentucky. Have you read any of these books? Which were your favorites? Here are a few of ours:
Stone Crowns Magazine is the latest source for up-and-coming YA authors, and it’s FREE! The journal is available online for iBook and Kindle devices, as well as epub and PDF formats for quick viewing. The first two issues are currently available (download them here), and be sure to check back soon for the next installment.
Stone Crowns Magazine not only allows you to discover you favorite new YA author, but you can also submit your creative work for a chance to be published in the magazine! The deadline for submissions for the next issue is January 12, 2014. All ages are welcome to submit material, but those under the age of 18 must have parent permission first. Are you an artist? Illustrators are welcome to submit portfolios, too. Read the full guidelines here.
What’s a road trip without some music? In honor of Read Across the USA, here are some perfectly titled tunes to mind travel to!
Arizona – Kings of Leon
California – Phantom Planet
Born in the USA – Demi Levato
Kids in America – Kim Wilde
Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus
Why Georgia – John Mayer
Virginia Moon – Foo Fighters
Tennessee Line – Daughtry
Sweet Virginia – The Rolling Stones
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
She’d Be California – Rascal Flatts
Queen of California – John Mayer
Oklahoma Sky – Miranda Lambert
Ohio is for Lovers – Hawthorne Heights
Ohio (Come Back to Texas) – Bowling for Soup
Old Alabama – Brad Paisley
Phoner to Arizona – Gorillaz
Bloodbuzz Ohio – The National
Bourbon in Kentucky – Bill Monroe
California Gurls – Katy Perry
Cruise -Florida Georgia Line
California Stars – Billy Bragg & Wilco
Dani California – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Especially in Michigan – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Carolina Moon – Scotty McCreery
Georgia Clay – Josh Kelley
Hotel California – The Eagles
Georgia Peaches – Lauren Alaina
Kansas – The Devil Wears Prada
Kentucky Woman – Neil Diamond
Light Up Mississippi – Thriving Ivory
Louisiana Rain – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Look at Miss Ohio – Miranda Lambert
Meet Virginia – Train
Boston – Augustana
California 37 – Train
Empire State of Mind – Jay Z
Idaho – Josh Ritter
New Hampshire – Sonic Youth
Doesn’t taking a vacation sound awesome right now? Well, you can always give your brain one! Teens ages 11-17 can participate in this November’s Reading Challenge: Read Across the USA! Read 3 books that are specially marked with a state tag (these books are on the display on top of the stairs!) Write a brief summary of each book. Finish the challenge by November 30th! TWO WINNERS will win prizes!
Give your brain a road trip! Go to www.mclib.net or come by the library to access the reading challenge!
The American Library Association (ALA) released their top 10 books for young adults for 2012. These books were selected from a larger list (see it here), and included books that were published in 2011. Have you read them all? What were your favorites? To check availability, or to place a hold, click the book title to be directed to the library catalog. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite books of 2012 here. You could win a set of the favorite books!
A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic. Sequel to The Crown of Embers.
High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.
Overburdened by his parents’ bickering and a bully’s attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.
Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry. Includes glossary of Spanish terms.
Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill–an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.
In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author’s family, includes a historical note.
Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
Told from their own viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Jill, in grief over the loss of her father, and Mandy, nearly nineteen, are thrown together when Jill’s mother agrees to adopt Mandy’s unborn child but nothing turns out as they had anticipated.