Teen News, Reviews & Info

  • Mon, 09/22/2014 - 8:04pm

    In 1982, First Amendment and Library activist, Judith Krug, started a movement in response to the higher number of banned and "challenged" books (books that some people did not want to be available to people because of what it said or was about) 

    The purpose of Banned Books Week was to stress that it is important to keep books available to the public so that people can make their own decisions, about what they read.  

    Since 1982, there have been over 11,000 books that have been challenged. Books on the list have included Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Captian Underpants by Dave Pilkley, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson.

    This year will focus on graphic novels. Even though graphic novels are very popular and are now being considered seriously as literature, they are often targeted and subject to being censored. Below are titles that are on the 2014 Banned Book list.


    Bone. Vol. 1, Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith with color by Steve Hamaker

    In OUT FROM BONEVILLE, the three Bone cousins are separated and lost in a vast uncharted desert. One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley where they come face to face with...


    The color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa

    Ehwa grows up helping her widowed mother run the local tavern, watching as their customers – both neighbors and strangers – look down on her mother for her single lifestyle.  Their social status isolates Ehwa and her mother from the rest of the people in their quiet country village.  But as she gets older and sees her mother fall in love again, Ehwa slowly begins to open up to the possibility of love in her life


    The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie

    In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.


    Looking for Alaska by John Green

    Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.


    The perks of being a wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

    Charlie is a freshman....And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

    Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

  • Mon, 08/18/2014 - 8:35pm

    If I Stay is the first in a series written by Gayle Forman.  It was first published in 2009, and is about a teenage girl who has an out-of-body experience after a devistating car crash.  Watching her memories come to life before her, she must make a very hard decision.


    If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman

    Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.
    I open my eyes wide now.
    I sit up as much as I can.
    And I listen.
    Stay, he says.


    Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?  Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.


    This book has been adapted into a movie and will be in theatres August 22, 2014. I don't want to give too much away... but it  you are interested in the more from this author check out her website and the sequel:  Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gale Forman. 


    If you liked If I Stay, you might like these titles:

    Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

    Before I Die by Jennie Downham




  • Thu, 08/14/2014 - 7:04pm

    The Fall movie season is on its way, and one of the most anticipated movies is The Maze Runner based on the book written by James Dashner!  If your thing is action, sci-fi, adventure awesomeness, then this flick is for you!  So, if you are like me, and have read the book before the movie comes out before the opening date of September 19th – you are a superstar!

    (whispers)…if you have not had a chance yet, it’s okay – you STILL HAVE TIME! 

    In case you didn’t know, there are actually four books in this series.  The second book (called The Scorch Trials) has already been “green-lighted” to be made into a movie.  There is not a lot of information on it just yet, but concept art work was revealed at this year’s Comic Con. 

    If this series looks interesting to you, keep on reading to find out a little more about this popular series.

    Book 1: The Maze Runner When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

    Book 2:  The Scorch Trials - The Scorch Trials picks up where The Maze Runner left off. The Gladers have escaped the Maze, but now they face an even more treacherous challenge on the open roads of a devastated planet. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. Can Thomas survive in such a violent world?


    Book 3: The Death Cure - Thomas knows that Wicked can’t be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they’ve collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It’s up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test. What Wicked doesn’t know is that something’s happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can’t believe a word of what Wicked says. The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Will anyone survive the Death Cure?

    Book 4: The Kill Order (Prequel) - Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease. 
The Kill Order is the story of that fall.
A prequel to the Maze Runner trilogy, The Kill Order has been in the works since the completion of The Maze Runner. The story of civilization’s fall was kept under wraps and is the explication of the events that began this bestselling series.

    Wanna to find out more?  Check out... The Maze Runner Official website. and James Dashner Official webiste (the author of series).