Archive for May, 2010

TBF Recap!


The authors were all amazing. The crowds were huge. The ice cream was delicious! There were a ton of teens and we had a great librarian presence too. Pictures will be up soon. I’m also hoping that other librarians will be letting everyone know how amazingly awesome it was too.


Don’t forget to check out Laurie’s website here.

Five Fun Facts about Laurie:

1. She has an Anglo-Saxon word tattooed on her right wrist.
2. She firmly believes that popcorn is in its own food group.
3. She is the slowest runner in America.
4. She will NEVER wear any Ralph Lauren clothing, because he photoshops his models to look even thinner than they already are!
5. If she were to become the Queen of the Universe, she would grant recess time to everyone, everyday.

Books by Laurie Halse Anderson:

Meet Kate Malone-straight A science and math geek, minister’s daughter, ace long-distance runner, girlfriend, unwilling family caretaker, emotional avoidance champion. Kate manages her life by organizing it, as logically as the periodic table. She can handle it all-or so she thinks. Then, like a string of chemical reactions, everything happens: the Malones’ neighbors get burned out of their home and move in. Because her father is a Good Man of God (and a Not Very Thoughtful Parent), Kate has to share her room with her nemesis, Teri Litch, and Teri’s adorable, troublemaking little brother. And through it all, she’s still waiting to hear from the only college she has applied to: MIT. Kate’s life is less and less under control-and then, something happens that blows it all apart, and forces her to examine her life, self, and heart for the first time.

In 1776, during the Revolutionary War, Isabel and her sister Ruth are sold to Loyalists and end up in New York City. All they want is to stay together, but when Ruth is sold during the night, Isabel must do all she can to find her sister…

In 1793 the Cook Coffeehouse outside of Philadelphia is a haven for those fleeing from the fever sweeping across the mosquito-infested city. Fourteen year old Mattie Cook loses her childhood playmate to the fever and struggles to keep her family and its business alive.

Ashley Hannigan is a Philadelphia high school student who doesn’t care about the prom. It’s pretty much the only good thing that happens there, and everyone plans to make the most of it – especially Ash’s best friend, Natalia, who’s the head of the committee and has prom stars in her eyes. Then the faculty advisor is busted for taking the prom money and Ash finds herself roped into putting together a gala dance. But she has plenty of help – from her large and loving (if exasperating!) family, from Nat’s eccentric grandmother, from the principal, from her fellow classmates. And in making the prom happen, Ash learns some surprising things about making her life happen, too.

Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth.

High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background-average student, average looks, average dysfunctional family. But since he got busted for doing graffiti on the school, and spent the summer doing outdoor work to pay for it, he stands out like you wouldn’t believe. His new physique attracts the attention of queen bee Bethany Milbury, who just so happens to be his father’s boss’s daughter, the sister of his biggest enemy-and Tyler’s secret crush.

Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia’s mother is busy saving other people’s lives. Her father is away on business. Her stepmother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia’s head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way – thin, thinner, thinnest – maybe she’ll disappear altogether.

TBF Author of the Day: James Kennedy

Don’t forget to check out James’ site here.

Five Fun Facts about James:

1. I lived in a nuns’ convent for a year.
2. I participated in Japan’s infamous “Naked Man” religious festival, in which thousands of nearly-naked men fight in the cold night for some holy sticks: link
3. Until recently I played bass in a band called Brilliant Pebbles. We were described as “moon man opera,” “melodramatic video game music,” and “gypsy sex metal”: link
4. I throw costume fighting parties in which people dress up as gods and monsters and dance-fight at each other in the ring. The champion is sacrificed on an altar by tearing out their heart:
5. I fought Neil Gaiman at the American Library Association conference, and won the 2009 Newbery Award from him fair and square: link

Book by James Kennedy:

Order of Odd Fish
Jo Larouche has lived her 13 years in the California desert with her Aunt Lily, ever since she was dropped on Lily’s doorstep with this note: This is Jo. Please take care of her. But beware. This is a dangerous baby. At Lily’s annual Christmas costume party, a variety of strange events take place that lead Jo and Lily out of California forever – and into the mysterious, strange, fantastical world of Eldritch City. There, Jo learns the scandalous truth about who she is, and she and Lily join the Order of Odd-Fish, a collection of knights who research useless information. Glamorous cockroach butlers, pointless quests, obsolete weapons, and bizarre festivals fill their days, but two villains are controlling their fate. Jo is inching closer and closer to the day when her destiny is fulfilled, and no one in Eldritch City will ever be the same.

Cathy’s note: I read this and found it strange and fascinating. If you like the unusual, you definitely need to pick it up. :)

TBF Author of the Day: Alyson Noel

Don’t forget to check out Alyson’s site here.

Five Fun Facts about Alyson:

1. My hair has been brown, orange, red, blonde, auburn, black, and purple. Only the purple was an accident and I lived with it for three days, wondering if I should just go with it before I had it fixed.
2. I pronounce the word thing like theen, and I don’t do it on purpose.
3. I believe in silver linings, even when all evidence points against it.
4. I got a perfect score singing Bon Jovi’s WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE on Rock Band-twice!
5. If I could go back in time I would travel to Renaissance Florence-but only if I could bring my modern day grooming habits with me!

Books by Alyson Noel:

Art Geeks and Prom Queens
Being the new girl is tough-just ask sixteen-year-old Rio Jones. A New York transplant, Rio has no clue how she’s going to fit in at her fancy new private school in Southern California. Plus, being late, overdressed, and named after a Duran Duran song doesn’t make the first day any easier. Then, Rio meets Kristi. Beautiful, rich, and a cheerleader, Kristi is the queen bee of Newport Beach, and she isn’t friends with just anyone, so Rio is thrilled when she’s invited to be part of the most exclusive, popular clique. Of course, like any club, Kristi and her friends have rules: Always smile (even if you don’t mean it), always dress cute (and never repeat outfits), and always flirt (but only with jocks, preps, and rich college guys).At first, Rio is having a great time, but, as she becomes more immersed in this jet set crowd, she discovers there is one last rule that her new friends forgot to mention: don’t cross Kristi…

Blue Moon
Just as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him. As Ever’s powers are increasing, Damen’s are fading-stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life. Desperate to save him, Ever travels to the mystical dimension of Summerland, uncovering not only the secrets of Damen’s past-the brutal, tortured history he hoped to keep hidden-but also an ancient text revealing the workings of time. With the approaching blue moon heralding her only window for travel, Ever is forced to decide between turning back the clock and saving her family from the accident that claimed them-or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows weaker each day… (Immortals series, book 2)

Cruel Summer
Having recently discarded her dorky image-and the best friend that went with it-Colby Cavendish is looking forward to a long hot season of parties, beach BBQ’s, and hopefully, more hook-ups with Levi Bonham, the hottest guy in school. But her world comes crashing down when her parents send her away to spend the summer in Greece with her “crazy” aunt Tally. Stranded on a boring island with no malls, no cell phone reception, and an aunt who talks to her plants, Colby finds herself worrying that her new friends have forgotten all about her. But when she meets Yannis, a cute Greek local, everything changes. She experiences something deeper and more intense than a summer fling, and it forces her to see herself, and the life she left behind, in a whole new way…

Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s entire life story by touch. Going out of her way to avoid human contact and suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school-but everything changes when she meets Damen. Damen Auguste is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He’s the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head-wielding a magic so intense, it’s as though he can see straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she’s left with more questions than answers. She has no idea just who he really is-or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is she’s falling deeply and helplessly in love with him. (Immortals series, book 1)

Faking 19
On the surface, seventeen year-old Alex has it made. She’s beautiful and smart, plus, she’s best friends with M, the absolute most popular girl in school. Feeling bored with their affluent Orange County suburban town, Alex and M decide to check out L.A.’s glitzy nightlife scene. Pretending to be nineteen, Alex and M, meet Trevor and Connor, two rich older guys. At first, Alex can’t believe her luckshe gets to hang out at hip Hollywood house parties and downtown L.A. clubs. These weekend trips into the city become the perfect distraction for Alex, who is secretly struggling with her failing senior-year grades, her absentee father, and her clueless mom. But after the initial fun wears off for Alex, she is forced to reevaluate her friendship with M, who is hiding some secrets beneath her perfect Burberry-clad exterior. . .

Kiss & Blog
As freshmen at Ocean High last year, Winter and her best friend Sloane thought they could ditch their nerdy past, launching from invisible to cool. So after another miserable year of standing on the social sidelines they make a pact to do whatever it takes not to go unnoticed in their sophomore year, promising each other that whoever makes it into the cool group first will bring the other along. But once Sloane gets a taste of life on the A-list, she ditches Winter without so much as a second thought. Suddenly cast out of her former best friend’s life, Winter takes revenge the modern way: by announcing all of Sloane’s dirty little secrets on an anonymous blog. When the blog becomes more popular than she ever dreamed, Winter is left to decide if her retaliation is really worth the consequences-and if the price for popularity is one she’s willing to pay.

Laguna Cove
Anne’s new life in Laguna Beach feels more like a death sentence than a vacation. The local high school is the exact opposite of her former Connecticut prep school, and the social scene is all about hanging at the beach and surfing. But when Anne finally makes friends at one of her dad’s show-biz parties, she decides to give California a chance. There’s wild child Lola; laid back, free-spirited Jade; and beautiful, competitive Ellie. And of course, Chris, the gorgeous guy who teaches Anne how to surf. Anne becomes fast friends with Jade and Lola, but no matter how hard she tries, Ellie won’t give her a chance And the closer Anne grows to Chris, and the better she gets at surfing, the more Ellie seems to hate her. But now that Anne has worked so hard to find her place, she’s not about to budge-especially since she plans to enter the annual surf competition, where she’ll really give Ellie a run for her money.

Saving Zoe
It’s been one year since the brutal murder of her sister, Zoe, and fifteen year old Echo is still reeling from the aftermath. Her parents are numb, her friends are moving on, and the awkward start to her freshman year proves she’ll never live up to her sister’s memory. Until Zoe’s former boyfriend Marc shows up with her diary. At first Echo’s not interested, doubting there’s anything in there she doesn’t already know. But when curiosity prevails, she starts reading, becoming so immersed in her sister’s secret world, their lives begin to blur, forcing Echo to uncover the truth behind Zoe’s life, so that she can start to rebuild her own.

Ever and Damen have traveled through countless past lives – and fought off the world’s darkest enemies – so they could be together forever. But just as their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon Damen…one that could destroy everything. Now a single touch of their hands or a soft brush of their lips could mean sudden death – plunging Damen into a bleak afterlife in the Shadowland, an eternal abyss for lost souls. Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses herself in magick – and gets help from an unexpected source…Jude Knight. Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar. Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past. (Immortals series, book 3)

TBF Author of the Day: Barry Lyga

For more information about Barry go to his website.

Five Fun Facts about Barry:

1. I once wrote some really terrible comic books about a nun who fought demons with a sword.
2. I’ve watched a police interrogation through one-way glass, just like in the movies.
3. I wrote my first novel in high school. It was incredibly bad and involved corporate politics, a serial killer, magic, science fiction, and a plot to blow up the earth.
4. I own three yoyos, but I’m a terrible yoyo-er.
5. I used to own a complete police uniform for the New Haven Police Department.

Books by Barry Lyga:

Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl
For most of his life, Donnie’s followed his mother’s advice, given when he was first picked on by bullies in grade school: ignore them. He lives mostly under the radar, both at school and at home, sailing through classes and working on his graphic novel, Schemata. His life sucks, but at least he knows what to expect. The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl relates what happens when someone notices him – really notices him – for the first time.

Mysterious goth girl Kyra, dressed in black and with an attitude just as dark, forces her way into his life, renaming him Fanboy. A loner in her own right, Kyra challenges Fanboy’s perceptions of his possibilities. When Fanboy’s longtime friend Cal starts hanging out with the jocks that have always made Fanboy’s life a living hell, Kyra steps in to fill the void.

Boy Toy
Josh Mendel has a secret. Unfortunately, everyone knows what it is. Five years ago, Josh’s life changed. Drastically. And everyone in his school, his town, seems like the world, thinks they understand. But they don’t – they can’t. And now, about to graduate from high school, Josh is still trying to sort through the pieces. First there’s Rachel, the girl he thought he’d lost years ago. She’s back, and she’s determined to be part of his life, whether he wants her there or not.Then there are college decisions to make, and the toughest baseball game of his life coming up, and a coach who won’t stop pushing Josh all the way to the brink. And then there’s Eve. Her return brings with it all the memories of Josh’s past. It’s time for Josh to face the truth about what happened. If only he knew what the truth was . . .

Goth Girl Rising
Time is a funny thing in the hospital. In the mental ward. You lose track of it easily. After six months in the Maryland Mental Health Unit, Kyra Sellers, a.k.a. Goth Girl, is going home. Unfortunately, she’s about to find out that while she was away, she lost track of more than time. Kyra is back in black, feeling good, and ready to make up with the only person who’s ever appreciated her for who she really is. But then she sees him. Fanboy. Transcended from everything he was into someone she barely recognizes. And the anger and memories come rushing back. There’s so much to do to people when you’re angry. Kyra’s about to get very busy.

Everyone is treating Kevin as a hero. He was in the right place and the right time and he saved a girl from being murdered. Only Kevin knows though, why he was able to save her. Things get even more complicated when Kevin is seen removing two patriotic Support the Troops ribbons from his car bumper. Now the town that lauded him as a hero turns on him, calling him unpatriotic. Kevin, who hadn’t thought much about it up to then, becomes politically engaged, suddenly questioning what exactly supporting the troops or even saying the pledge of allegiance every day means.

Wolverine: Worst Day Ever
Hi. My name is Eric Mattias and I have the world’s suckiest mutant power. If you don’t believe me, just read this book and you’ll find out for sure.

I live at Xavier’s School for Gifted Students, which is like home base for the mutants of the world. You’ve probably seen mutants on TV and learned about them in school, and you probably wish that you could go to school with a bunch of people who have awesome powers. Because you probably think you would get to hang out with the X-Men and fight evil mutants and do stuff like that, but guess what? You would be wrong! Instead, I have to go to school and I play on my computer and I’m alone a lot because – like I said before – I have a sucky mutant power.

So anyway, this book is sort of about my life as a mutant and it’s about my worst day ever. And Wolverine’s worst day ever, too. So read it. Or don’t. It’s up to you.

Teen Book Festival on Saturday

The 5th annual Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival is happening this Saturday at Nazareth College (campus map). It’s a free festival, and teens get priority seating. There is a great lineup of authors (list on left of page), 28 of them actually!!! Plan to be there Saturday. Check out the day’s schedule, and find out more about all the great stuff that will be happening. Hope to see you there!

Hey, Monty Python Fans!

The Little will be showing Monty Python and the Holy Grail next week. You can catch it Monday or Wednesday night. I know many of you have seen and loved this classic. Now is your chance to catch it on the big screen. If you’re not familiar with The Little, it’s on East Ave in downtown Rochester and definitely worth checking out. In the meantime, check out the movie trailer:

Bronte forces combine!

Or whatever the power rangers used to say… oh well. I haven’t finished my coffee. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it. 🙂

My sister sent me this “commercial” about the Bronte sisters that someone put together and it was so hysterical that I just had to share it with all of you! Enjoy! BTW, one of my favorites is Jane Eyre. Sigh.

Anime All-nighter at Seymour

Teen anime fans in Brockport filled their Saturday night with films, pizza, Wii games, surviving a crash on a strange planet and creating kumihimo braids.  No one ever mentioned sleep!

If You Liked Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins here are some other titles you might enjoy:

The Hunger Games

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The Hunger Games By Collins, Suzanne Annotation:374p. (Gr. 5-12) In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.


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Annotation:237p. (Gr. 7-12) In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.


Annotation:256p. (Gr. 7-12) For a fee, “model teen” Oscar Banks has been secretly, and selectively, sabotaging the subliminal messages that program the behavior of the residents of Candor, Florida, until his attraction to a rebellious new girl threatens to expose his subterfuge.


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Annotation:352p. (Gr. 5-12) In the year 2100, as the island of Wing is about to be covered by water, fifteen-year-old Mara discovers the existence of New World sky cities that are safe from the storms and rising waters, and convinces her people to travel to one of these cities in order to save themselves.

The Compound

Annotation:248p. (Gr. 6-12) After his parents, two sisters, and he have spent six years in a vast underground compound built by his wealthy father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, fifteen-year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them.

The Maze Runner

Annotation:384p. (Gr. 6-12) Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

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Annotation:448p. (Gr. 9-12) To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.

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Annotation:429p. (Gr. 8-12) In the City, where an iron-fisted Mayor’s goal is perfect control through education, fifteen-year-old Tack is torn between a growing sympathy for the Truancy, an underground movement determined to bring down the system at any cost, and the desire to avenge a death caused by a Truant.

The Other Side of the Island

Annotation:280p. (Gr. 5-9) Born in the eighteenth year of Enclosure, ten-year-old Honor lives in a highly regulated colony with her defiant parents, but when they have an illegal second child and are taken away, it is up to Honor and her friend Helix, another “unpredictable,” to uncover a terrible secret about their island and the corporation that runs everything.


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Annotation:576p. (Gr. 6-12) In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have “The Power” and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.