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Authors Unlimited

Authors Unlimited is an event that celebrates reading by connecting teens to authors. This event is FREE for teens. The event will take place this Saturday from 9:30 - 4 at St. Joseph's College. Some of the authors attending are: Adele Griffin, Lauren Oliver, George O'Connor, and Daniel Nayeri.

For a full list of the authors and more details, check out the Authors Unlimited Website.

YALSA 'S Teens Top Ten Nominations Announced

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online in August and September; the winners will be announced during Teen Read Week. The nominees this year are:

Austen, Catherine. All Good Children.

Max, his sister Ally and their mother return home to Middleton to find Ally’s classmates
acting strange. It is the future, and the government has created a “vaccine” to make kids
easier to teach. Max’s family has a choice: to be “vaccinated”, to flee their home, or stay and

Bick, Ilsa. Ashes.

Alex, Tom, and Ellie join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky. The pulse kills most ofthe world’s population and destroys all computer devices, but it also turns some whoremain into zombies or gives them superhuman senses.

Cabot, Meg. Abandon.

Pierce has experienced death before and bare…

Teen Literature Day

As part of American Library Week, today is Teen Literature Day. I thought I'd share some of my favorite teen books and why. In no particular order, here they are:

The Giver by Lois Lowry - though it's a younger read, this is still one of the best science fiction books I've read

Graceling by Kristin Cashore - an amazing fantasy novel with a strong willed and strong heroine.

I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb - laugh out loud funny

Black and White by Paul Volponi - an interesting look at how two boys are treated by the law based on the color of their skin.

Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan - a great first book in an awesome fantasy series. I give this to as many people as I can.

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz - a boy spy. Things go boom. How can you go wrong?

Secret Language of Girls by Siobhan Dowd - a wonderful story of how friendships can change over time.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness - heartbreaking and wonderfully il…

Best of the Best Challenge

The Young Adult Division of the American Library Association began their Best of the Best Challenge on Sunday.

Challenge objective
Read/listen to 25 of the 80 titles on YALSA’s 2012 Best of the Best list to finish the challenge. The list includes YA novels, audiobooks, graphic novels, and books for adults, so there’s plenty to choose from. Bonus objective: read/listen to all 80 titles to conquer the challenge!

Challenge rewards
Beyond experiencing the best of the best that YA lit has to offer if you participate in the challenge, everyone who finishes the challenge will be invited to submit a response to a book they read for the challenge. The response can be text, graphics, audio, video and will be published on The Hub. Furthermore, everyone who finishes the challenge will be entered into a random drawing for our grand prize: a YALSA tote bag full of 2011 and 2012 YA lit!

The challenge at at 11:59pm on June 30, so there's plenty of time to start reading!

How to participate
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