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Wednesday, June 18, 2008



Brooks Memorial Library,

located at 224 Main Street in downtown Brattleboro

will sponsor the

2008 Teen Summer Reading Program

for ages 13 & up.

Registration will begin on

Monday, June 16

through Saturday, June 28.

Fill out your reading log,

located on the 1st floor of the library at the circulation desk.

Get your tote bag, temporary tattoo,

and bookmark at signup!

The Teen Summer Reading Program will run

for 6 weeks and will end on August 9.

Your mission is to read at least 2 hours each week,

and if that goal is met, there will be several raffle drawings.

A coupon to be used at Pizza Hut will be given to

every teen who reads at least 2 hours each week.

Come in and check out the new Young Adult Book area.

Our book collection is amazing!

You may reach us on the web at teenbrooks.blogspot.com

or by calling 254-5290.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Green Mountain Book Award Master List 2008-2009

This is the fourth year of the Green Mountain Book Award, a reader's choice award for students in grades 9-12. Co-sponsored by the Vermont School Library Association, Vermont Library Association and the Vermont Department of Libraries, this program is designed to introduce to high school students some excellent books for their pleasure reading.

These books, to be read during the 2008-2009 school year, comprise the master list for the award to be made in 2009. Voting forms will be made available to all Vermont schools and public libraries in the spring so that young adults can vote for their favorite book. The master list titles have been selected to satisfy the reading interests of young adults in grades 9-12, and include both adult and young adult books. All books on the list were first published in 2003-2007 and are available in paperback


Anderson, M.T. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party. Candlewick, 2008. $10.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-3679-1 (pap.); Candlewick, 2006. $17.99.
ISBN 978-0-7636-2402-6.

    Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the fictional experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War


Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Mariner Books, 2007. $13.95.
ISBN 978-0-6188-7171-1 (pap.); Houghton Mifflin, 2006. $19.95. ISBN 978-0-6184-7794-4.

    In this memoir in graphic novel format, Bechdel tells startling stories of her childhood growing up in a restored funeral home. The story focuses on her father, an angry and disturbed man, and how she came to terms with his secrets.


Castellucci, Cecil. The Plain Janes. Illustrated by Jim Rugg. Minx, 2007. $9.99.
ISBN 978-1-4012-1115-8 (pap.).

    When Jane moves to the suburbs she thinks her life is over, but she meets three friends who form a club P.L.A.I.N., but can art really save a group of misfits from high school?


Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bucking the Sarge. Laurel Leaf, 2006. $6.99. ISBN 978-0-4404-1331-8 (pap.); Wendy Lamb, 2004. $15.95. ISBN 0-385-32307-7 (Tr.); $17.99. ISBN 0-385-90159-3 (PLB).

    Deeply involved in his cold and manipulative mother’s shady business dealings in Flint, Michigan, fourteen-year-old Luther keeps a sense of humor while running the Happy Neighbor Group Home for Men, all the while dreaming of going to college and becoming a philosopher.


Hopkins, Ellen. Crank. SimonPulse, 2004. $9.99. ISBN 0-6898-6519-8 (pap.).

    Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, she is introduced to the monster: crank, and what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul and her life.


Johnson, Maureen. 13 Little Blue Envelopes. HarperTeen, 2006. $8.99. ISBN 978-0-0605-4143-9 (pap.); HarperCollins, 2005. $15.99. ISBN 0-06-054141-5 (Tr.); $16.89. ISBN 0-06-054142-3 (PLB).

    When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.


Lyga, Barry. The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. Graphia, 2007. $8.99.
ISBN 978-0-6189-1652-8 (pap.); Houghton Mifflin, 2006. $16.95. ISBN 978-0-6187-2392-8.

    A fifteen-year-old “geek” who keeps a list of the high school jocks and others who torment him, and pours his energy into creating a great graphic novel, encounters Kyra, Goth Girl, who helps change his outlook on almost everything, including himself.


Lynch, Chris. Inexcusable. SimonPulse, 2007. $6.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-3972-6 (pap.); Atheneum, 2005. $16.95. ISBN 978-0-689-84789-9.

    High school senior and football player Keir sets out to enjoy himself on graduation night, but when he attempts to comfort a friend whose date has left her stranded, things go terribly wrong.


Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Dairy Queen. Graphia, 2007. $8.99. ISBN 978-0-6188-6335-8 (pap.);
Houghton Mifflin, 2006. $16.00. ISBN 978-0-6186-8307-9.

    After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.


Novik, Naomi. His Majesty’s Dragon. Del Rey, 2006. $7.99. ISBN 978-0-3454-8128-3 (pap.).

    Plenty of Napoleonic swash is buckled in this alternative history (think Master and Commander or Jane Austen with dragons). After bonding with the dragon Tremaire, an elegant, intelligent creature once destined for Napoleon himself, Captain Will Laurence leaves the Royal Navy for the Aerial Corps and a new life as battle-filled as his old one.


Parrado, Nando & Vince Rause. Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home. Three Rivers Press, 2007. $13.95. ISBN 978-1-4000-9769-2 (pap.); Crown, 2006. $25.00. ISBN 978-1-4000-9767-8.

    In 1972 a plane full of young Uruguayan rugby players crashed in the Andes Mountains. Thirty-four years later, after much reflection and soul-searching, crash survivor Nando Parrado shares his side of the story.


Vizzini, Ned. It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Miramax, 2007. $8.99. ISBN 0-7868-5197-X (pap.); Miramax, 2006. $16.95. ISBN 978-0-7868-5196-6.

    A humorous account of a New York City teenager's battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.


Volponi, Paul. Black and White. Puffin, 2006. $6.99. ISBN 978-0-1424-0692-2 (pap.); Viking, 2005. $15.99. ISBN 978-0-6700-6006-1.

    Two star high school basketball players, one black and one white, experience the justice system differently after committing a crime together and getting caught.


Vowell, Sarah. Assassination Vacation. S&S, 2006. $14.00. ISBN 978-0-7432-6004-6 (pap.).

    Sarah Vowell travels across the United States, bringing into sharp focus the figures involved in the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley, as well as the social and political circumstances that led to each. She exposes some glorious conundrums of American history in a witty, sometimes irreverent manner.


Zusak, Marcus. The Book Thief. Knopf, 2007. $11.99. ISBN 978-0-3758-4220-7 (pap.); Knopf, 2006. $16.95. ISBN 978-0-3758-3100-3.

    Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

Teen Summer Reading Program 2008

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