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May 26, 2012

John Green Ban

John Green's debut novel, the award-winning Looking For Alaska , is under attack in a Tennessee school district because of a sex scene authorities felt was inappropriate in a required book. Ban on John Green's 'Looking for Alaska' Sparks Anger

It's not the first time Green's work has been challenged. Yet Green also is one of the most lauded authors for young adults. Looking for Alaska captured the 2006 Michael Printz Award, given annually by the American Library Association to the best-written teen book. And Green's second book, An Abundance of Katherines, won a 2007 Printz Honor.

Green's latest book, The Fault in Our Stars, is an emotionally-draining but incredibly rewarding read. Although the main characters are teens living with cancer, Green manages to both inspire and inform his readers. In fact, The Fault in Our Stars has become a " cross-over " favorite, meaning it is popular with both teens and adults.

Many young adult literature fans believe Green's latest is a top choice to win the 2013 Michael Printz Award. Winners of the award will be announced in January.

Although the main characters are teens living with cancer, Green manages to both inspire and inform his readers. In fact, The Fault in Our Stars has become a " cross-over " favorite, meaning it is popular with both teens and adults.

Many young adult literature fans believe Green's latest will capture the 2013 Michael Printz Award, given annually to the best-written teen book.


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May 16, 2012

Teen Pictures

Picture books for teens? Why not? In our increasingly visual world, picture books are a wonderful way to enjoy a unique visual art form. At our library, we put spine labels that read " For Older Readers " on picture books that we believe would be of most interest to readers in elementary school on up. Here are some other choices: From the Trenches: Picture Books for Teens

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May 15, 2012

2012 Printz Winner

Each year, the Michael Printz Award is given to the best-written book for young adults -- an audience defined as readers ages 12 -18. In fact, the Printz is sometimes called the Newbery Medal for teens. The Printz winner is chosen in the same way as the winners of the Caldecott Medal and Newbery Medal are chosen : by a group of librarians and other experts who sift through a years' worth of books to find the best ones. This year's Printz winner, John Corey Whaley, is a first-time novelist, and his book has won rave reviews. Whaley, meanwhile, is still pinching himself about his sudden success: Flying High: The improbable true tale of how debut novelist John Corey Whaley created a quirky masterpiece and became an award-winning author

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