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!
Refreshments will be served.
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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!
Refreshments will be served.
I am a senior at Darien High School right now, well at least for 5 more days. On Friday I graduate and move on with my life and as exciting as this is, it is also extremely frightening. Next year I will be a freshman at Lafayette College, my top choice. I have no idea what I am going to major in or what i should do but I do know that whatever I do it has to be what I love. Here is some advice to those of you who want it:
Specifically for Juniors in High School, get your college essays done this summer. It may sound really annoying and horrible but trust me, it was the best decision that I made this summer. If you thought junior year was hard, just wait for the first semester of senior year, your life will get even crazier. As a first semester senior you will be applying to colleges, finishing up with SATs and ACTs, possibly playing a sport, doing homework (the homework does not calm down right at the beginning of senior year) and trying to remember everything from doctors appointments to writing thank you notes to the teachers who wrote your recommendations. So even though it might be the last thing you want to do on your summer vacation, do your college essays, you will thank me for it later.
Another piece of advice is not to stress out over school. If you do not get into an ivy league college that is fine! Many of the greatest minds today did not go to an ivy league college, Steve Jobs (the co-founder of Apple) dropped out of college and look where that has gotten him! For those of you who are not thinking about college yet, do not stress out about your grades. All anyone wants to see is that you are trying your hardest in school even if you really hate the subject.
Do not listen to your parents! Well sometimes you need to like if your mom or dad tells you to go clean your bedroom, you should probably listen to them. If they are stressing you out about your schoolwork and how you need to be perfect, this is when I give you permission to not listen to your parents. Parents want their children to be perfect in every way: school, sports, the arts, whatever; but what they need to realize is that their child is a ball of perfection anyway. There is no way that you as a student can be perfect in every aspect and you know it but sometimes your parents need reminding. I was lucky to have parents who accepted me, they wanted me to do my best and they knew that my best was not on the path of valedictorian or the sports star and they loved me for it.
That is just a little advice from a senior who does not regret anything about her life. I am happy just the way that I am, so bring on all the haters. My last little piece of advice is the same that everyone has been telling you for many years but it should be repeated. Just be true to yourself and happiness will come.
Winners will be announced at the Stories & Shorts Award Ceremony on Monday, August 22nd at 7 PM
Ariel Aberg-Riger, Chief Creative Officer, Fourth Story Media (NY)
Alice Look, Acting Managing Producer at A&E Television Networks
Manny Perez, Chief Executive Officer of Alexandra Productions (CT)
Best Book Trailers
Thursday, June 30 at 1 PM in the Teen Lounge
Learn film-making techniques to plan, shoot, and edit a teaser about a book you love.
This contest is a part of Teen Summer Reading. Entry forms are now available in the Teen Lounge, at the Welcome Desk or as a pdf on the website.
Can't wait to see what you make!