October 27, 2006

Great Teen Reads

Teen Read Week is celebrated each year during the third week in October. This year, our library held its first Teen Read Week event on Thursday, Oct. 19 with a small but enthusiastic crowd. We ate snacks, and discussed books. And we set a date for our new book discussion -- Thursday, Nov. 16 from 5-6 p.m. Come join us for snacks and some book talk!

At our Oct. 19 event, each participant chose a favorite book -- or two -- to discuss. It was quite an impressive and wide-ranging list! So, in case you're looking for a good book, here's the list of books we discussed, along with the ages the teen participants felt were appropriate for each book:

__ "Where the Heart Is" by Billie Letts (8th grade up)
__ "Go Ask Alice" by Anonymous (8th grade up)
__ "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen (5th grade up)
__ the "Goosebumps" series -- horror and suspense books -- by R.L. Stine (3rd grade up)
__ the "Stravaganza" fantasy series ("City of Stars," "City of Masks," "City of Flowers") by Mary Hoffman (6th grade up)
__ "Be More Chill" by Ned Vizzini (8th grade up)
__ "Holes" by Louis Sachar (5th grade up)
__ "The Incredible Journey" by Sheila Burnford (4th grade up)
__ "The Terrorist" by Caroline Cooney(8th grade up)
__ "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson (8th grade up)
__ "Godless" by Pete Hautman (8th grade up)
__ "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret" by Judy Blume (6th grade up)
__ "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss (pre-school on up)

Posted by The Bee at 05:28 PM

October 13, 2006

Celebrate Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week is coming up! We're celebrating at the Takoma Park, Maryland Library with a gathering from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19. We'll have snacks, games and prizes. We'll do a craft and, of course, discuss favorite books and authors.

Our event is for middle school and high school students, ONLY. Please sign up at the desk, or call 301-891-7259 -- so we can make sure to have enough snacks!

Since 1998, libraries have celebrated teen reading each year during the third week in October. This year, Teen Read Week runs from Sunday, Oct. 15 to Saturday, Oct. 21, and the theme is "Get Active @ your library."

Teens around the nation also can vote for their favorite book of the year. The 10 books with the most votes become the "Teens' Top Ten." We'll do our own voting at the Oct. 19 event. See you there!

Posted by The Bee at 05:45 PM

October 07, 2006

Our First Book Review!

Here's our first book review on the Teen Book Buzz. It's written by Eleanor, a 7th grader. Any comments on Eleanor's review? Send them to KarenM@takomagov.org

W.I.T.C.H. vol. 6
This graphic novel is one of many W.I.T.C.H. volumes that are about five girls with surnatural powers given to them to become the guardians of the veil that separates Meridian, a world filled with monstrous and kind people alike. In this volume, the final battle begins against the evil prince that rules Meridian, and the guardians, who are trying to bring the princess Elyon to her rightful throne. This book is in color and is a preferable book to all fantasy/adventure loving people. Realistic pictures and detail add to the desplay and continue to make it a #1 choice book for many.

Posted by The Bee at 05:21 PM

Welcome to the BUZZ!

Welcome to our new teen book blog - the Teen Book Buzz! We want to use this space to talk about books -- books you love, books you hate, and books that you wish the library would get.
We're looking for book reviews from middle-schoolers and high-schoolers. They don't have to be long -- just a paragraph or two is fine. Send them to KarenM@takomagov.org, and I'll put them up on the blog.

So, like those bees, get buzzing, and do some reading and reviewing for the Teen Book Buzz!

Posted by The Bee at 05:17 PM
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