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2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults

Book & Phone Book by lynngardnerEach year YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association…say that 10 times fast!) releases the Best Fiction for Young Adults list (BFYA…which used to be the Best Books for Young Adults…BBYA).  This very lengthy list recognizes books that are both appealing to readers and of good quality.  So if you’re looking for a great read, consider checking out the list.  Or take a look below for the Top Ten Best of the Best!

2012 Alex Awards: Great Adult Books for Teen Readers

Alex Award logoEach year the Alex Awards Committee honors ten books published for adults that have special appeal to teen readers, ages 12 through 18.  Whether you are a teen reader looking to expand past the teen collections or a reader who has been reading adult books for some time, the Alex Awards are a great place to look for reading recommendations.  This year’s group of ten includes some awesome titles (some of which I’ve actually read! Shock!) or you might consider looking at some of the past years’ winners.

Quick Picks: Novels in Verse

bad boy can be good for a girl bookjacketThe very first novel in verse I ever read was A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone.  I’m by no stretch of the imagination a fast reader and picking up a book of poetry (in any form) is usually not my first instinct.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that Stone’s book was not only an incredibly quick read (I’m talking about a couple of hours – if that – one afternoon), but that the free verse poetry was accessible and enhanced the storytelling.  Since my first ex

Quick Picks: Short Stories

Clock by Dave StokesBeing back in school it always feels like there’s never enough time to read for fun!! Or, put another way, when we actually have a moment of free time, sometimes curling up with a book is not always the highest priority.  We’ve got extracurricular activities, jobs, internships, volunteering, homework and more to think about here.  Free time is often filled up with hanging out with friends, watching TV, sleeping… Enter: the short story.  Short stories are great choice when you’re busy and don’t have a lot of spare reading time.  You can pick and choose which stories you want to read, rather than feel obligated to read the whole book from cover to cover, but still get your reading fix or follow your favorite authors. 

Homework Hour

The Beginning of Something Wonderful by tbonzzz_6Join us in the Zone on Tuesday, January 10th @ 4:30 PM for the first Homework Hour of 2012!

Winter Break has come to an end and we’re now facing the reality of another semester back in school.  Every other Tuesday throughout the Spring Semester the Teen Zone is a dedicated Homework Zone.  Stop by the Teen Zone during any Homework Hour to work on daily assignments or upcoming projects.  Meredith will be on hand to help you with research questions, to help you find sources, to help you use Word or Powerpoint, or to help you with source citation.  As always, snacks will be provided to help fuel your concentration.

2012 Tayshas Spotlight: Nonfiction and Historical Fiction

The Eiffel From Beneath by Stuck in CustomsIf you didn’t already know, the Tayshas List was released in November and there are some fantastic reads on this year’s list.  The TAYSHAS Reading List promotes recreational reading for teens in 9th – 12th grades. Check out some of these great nonfiction and historical fiction reads or the entire 2012 Reading List

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2012 Tayshas Spotlight: Gals Read

red glitter all stars by mollybobIf you didn’t already know, the Tayshas List was released last month and there are some fantastic reads on this year’s list.  The TAYSHAS Reading List promotes recreational reading for teens in 9th – 12th grades. Check out some of these great reads for the ladies or the entire 2012 Reading List

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2012 Maverick Spotlight: Graphic Novels for High School and Mature Readers

DC Hero Minifigs - Wave 5 by levorkThe Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List for 2012 has just been announced and there are some awesome reads included this year!  The Maverick List promotes recreational reading for teens and tweens in 6th through 12th grades.  Check out some of these great graphic novels for 9th-12th grade readers or teens who are transitioning to adult books.  Or you can check out the entire 2012 Maverick List!



2012 Tayshas Spotlight: Mystery & Suspense

Fluorescent Latent Print (US Currency) by Jack SpadesWhat is this Tayshas Reading List, you might ask?  The TAYSHAS Reading List promotes reading just for fun for teens in 9th – 12th grades. Check out some of these great mystery and suspense reads or the entire 2012 Reading List


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