A blog to keep up on what's happening for teens at Brooks Memorial Library including: • new books • events • resources available • fun website suggestions • ... and more.

Monday, April 17, 2006

New YA Titles

Here are some new additions to the YA collection. Search the titles to find out more about them and if they are available. Happy Vacation Reading!!

1. If you are a Stephen King fan, you should be interested in this new biography (and you’ll find it in the biography section with a purple dot on the spine). Dark dreams: the story of Stephen King, by Nancy Whitelaw. It’s a short read, with photographs included.
2. Copper Sun, by Sharon Draper is about a 15-year-old Ashanti girl, slave trade, and plantation life. If you liked Julius Lester’s Day of Tears, then you’ll enjoy this book as well. And if you’re studying this era of American history in school, then read this to get another perspective.
3. Ithaka, by Adele Geras is a follow-up to Troy. If you are a fan of Greek mythology you’d want to read both of these works.
4. No Right Turn, by Terry Trueman is about a 16-year-old boy whose father committed suicide three years ago. It’s also about a vintage Corvette, romance, hurt, and… healing.
5. And yet another tale about a 16-year-old boy is found in a book called Theories of Relativity, by Barbara Haworth-Attard. It is a moving story about homelessness, staying alive on the streets, and yes, physics.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

For manga and reading fans

I can't resist directing you to this downloadable manga from Viz Media. (Viz is the nice company who donated the giveaways for our MangaFest.) Take a look at this manga. It's called "Read or Die." How's that for a title?!! Here is the description:

Not Your Average Bookworm

Yomiko Readman's love for literature goes far beyond any run-of-the-mill bookworm's! In fact, she has a supernatural ability to manipulate paper in the most amazing ways. From turning a tiny scrap into a lethal throwing dagger to making a single sheet hard enough to block bullets, she's only limited by her imagination. She uses her phenomenal power to seek out legendary books containing secret information that, in the wrong hands, could be dangerous. Backed by a Special Operations Division in England, Yomiko has her hands full battling evildoers, saving the world, and trying to find time to curl up with a good book.

If you do read this manga, let me know what you think! And by the way, please don't try this with any of your library books! :-)