Love stories have been around forever, but for way too long, only certain relationships were written about with honesty, humor, poignancy, and hope. But in the last few years, an explosion of books with LGBTQ characters have appeared, running the gamut of fantasy thrillers to hilarious farces. Check out our recommendations here or in the teen lounge.
Check out this new book trailer, created by budding filmmaking geniuses from the Darien Library.
The first book in Michelle Cooper's Montmaray Journals tells the story of the impoverished Montmaray royal family on their tiny (fictional) sovereign island in the Atlantic Ocean between England and Spain, living shoulder to shoulder with their dwindling populace (now just five or six subjects remain). Princesses Sophie, Veronica, and Henry maintain their monarchical existence by fishing, keeping hens, and milking goats, and occasionally selling off one of the few opulent pieces that remain from Montmaray's long-past period of wealth and influence; the rest of their energy goes into restraining Veronica's lunatic father, King John.
Narrator Sophie occasionally feels overwhelmed by the circumstances of their life--it's the 1930s and the unrest that menaces Europe is beginning to creep its way toward their rocky island and their relatives in England; she worries that she lacks the fortitude of her stubbornly intellectual cousin Veronica and her determinedly tomboyish sister, who rejects her full name of Henrietta. But when Nazis invade their island, a murder is committed, and she discovers a complicated secret about her brother, the future King Toby, Sophie finds she has all the strength she needs.
YA books can be hilarious, sensitive, mysterious, frightening, all of the above. They can deal with friendships, relationships, school, sports, creativity, crimes, and lots more. In the Teen Lounge, we also have books that address some of the toughest issues to talk about, including death and grieving. Here are list of books to read when you're going through a difficult time yourself, helping a friend deal, or just ready to read about how some people feel when the worst things happen.
The Savage, David Almond YA Real Almond
After his father died, Blue Baker began writing a story about a feral boy who can act out all the loneliness and anger that Blue feels. But then the violent creature Blue has created emerges into the world.
Hate List, Jennifer Brown YA Real Brown
Five months ago, Valerie's boyfriend, Nick, brought a gun to school and killed six classmates and then himself. Now Valerie must return to school, mourning her boyfriend, her classmates, and the things she thought she knew.
The Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen YA Real Dessen
Since her father's death, Macy has led a tightly-controlled life of good grades and perfect behavior, but how long will she be able to pretend she's fine?
Before I Die, Jenny Downham YA Real Downham
Tessa knows her chemotherapy has stopped working, and she's terrified of dying before she has experienced life.
If I Stay, Gayle Forman YA Real Forman
Mia was a talented cellist with loving parents, an energetic little brother, and a rocker boyfriend. Now her family is dead, her boyfriend is at her bedside while she's in a coma, and her spirit must decide whether she can fight for a life full of grief, without her family.
Choices, Deborah Lynn Jacobs, YA SciFi Jacobs
Kathleen is a reality-hopper, moving between alternate worlds since the death of her brother. Though she doesn't know which world she'll wake up into, she does realize that her choices shape the lives she experience, including the discovery of a cute boy named Luke and the possibility of getting her brother back.
Last Summer of the Death Warriors, Francisco X. Stork YA Real Stork
After his sister's death, Pancho ends up sad and angry at a home for boys, where he meets D.Q., dying of a rare cancer, who teaches him how to focus on living.
Hard Hit, Ann Warren Turner YA Real Turner
Mark Warren has an almost-perfect life, until his father is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The free-verse narrative reveals Mark's struggle to cope as his father succumbs to his disease.
Broken Soup, Jenny Valentine YA Real Valenti
Rowan's been worrying about her grief-stricken mother, caring for her little sister, and hoping for a glimpse of her preoccupied father since her brother's death. Then one day a strange boy appears who stirs up questions about her brother and her ability to build a new relationship.
Hero by Perry Moore
Thom Creed's father is a former superhero, bitter about the end of his super days and determined that Thom won't stick out in society the way he did. So that's why Thom doesn't tell his dad when he discovers his new powers, or when he decides to try out for the League, an organization of superheroes dedicated to protecting the city. But Thom has other secrets he tries to keep from his father too, like the boy with whom he's started a complicated, tentative relationship.
Once in the League, Thom joins a group of unexpected heroes with unusual powers--maybe not the kind kids always dreamed of. Scarlett can start fires, but she can't always stop herself from setting things alight. Typhoid Larry's hacking cough comes along with his ability to make anyone sick; Ruth can see the future, but the knowledge has made her cynical and unhappy. Moore tells a remarkable story, funny, terrifying, and comic-book thrilling, about the power to find yourself.
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If you're into graphic design and computer animation, put your skills to the test and compete for a prize. Use the Macs in the Teen Lounge or design a project at home. Hand your photo to a teen librarian on or before June 27th. If I haven't already received your entry stop in today at 2PM in the Teen Lounge to add your finishing touches!
*The winner will be notified at the end of the week.*
If you know lots of random stuff or you're just a really good guesser join us today in the Teen Lounge at 3:30PM for a little Useless Trivia. If you get the high score you'll win a itunes giftcard!
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Just because school breaks for summer doesn't mean bullying will. If you feel like you have been a victim of bullying take a look at these resources, they may be of interest to you.
Check out this video on bullying.This video was provided by Maggie Gordon for the Speak Out Against Bullying Project launched byThe Stamford Advocate. For more imformation and to share your story click here.
You may now enter the Stories & Shorts Teen Book Trailer Contest to win fabulous prizes and become a world famous director!! Or at least get started as a film maker aynway...
To enter our first Teen Book Trailer Video Contest, fill out the attached form AFTER you've finished making your movie and hand it in to a Teen Services Librarian before August 5th, 2011. You've got ALL SUMMER LONG to make your movies - good luck!
Stop by the Teen Lounge today, June 21st at 3PM for a chance to make your very own tube of lip gloss! Choose the color and flavor. Add a little bit of pink or a lot!
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