Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Trailer Tuesday: Half Bad by Sally Green

I saw the author speak at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Best Fiction for Young Adults Teen Feedback Session (say that 10 times fast!) and all of the teens were given advance copies.  But me, I had to wait until my name came up on the holds list at the library.  Early feedback from teens and other YA librarians has been positive.  My hold *literally* just came in and I'm about to start reading away.  I've heard comparisons to Harry Potter.  The publisher is saying the writing is like Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak.  This is all good news for me.

Have you read it?  What do you think?

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy) by Sally Green






From the publisher:

In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and sixteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?

In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak, Half Bad is a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive, a story that will grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Review: Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown



Roan couldn’t wait to finish elementary school so he could finally move on to Pilot Academy for middle school. All of his friends got acceptance letters, but he was rejected. When he receives a letter from a Jedi named Yoda, things start looking up. Fitting in at a new school is hard, and some of his teachers are hard to understand - master Yoda and his Wookie gym teacher, especially. He was recruited because Yoda sensed the force in him, but so far, that isn’t going well either. Could middle school get any worse?

In journal format filled with written entries, Roan’s comics, and other memorabilia from his first year at Jedi Academy, Brown’s latest Star Wars title is fun, funny, and quite an original take on the Star Wars enterprise.  Fans of Star Wars, graphic novels and quirky diary format books (read: Wimpy Kid) will look for future installments as Roan’s continues his education at Jedi Academy.  A great choice in particular for 4th-6th grade.

Funny story: One of my students was peering over my shoulder while I was reading this during break at our after-school program and said "Ugh! Graphic novels! I HATE graphic novels!" and then, instead of walking away, he stood over my shoulder for the next 15 minutes and read along with me.  When I put the book down I said "So, graphic novels? You HATE graphic novels! And yet you stood over my shoulder reading and laughing for the last 15 minutes. What do you have to say about that?" He insisted he still didn't like graphic novels, but somehow, I don't believe him.

Star Wars: Jedi Academy was recognized by YALSA as one of the Top Ten Great Graphic Novels.

And since it exists and is cute, here's the book trailer!



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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bonus Trailer: The Maze Runner Movie!

It's happening! Coming to theaters this September...



And interestingly, I feel like the movie trailer chose pretty much the same shots and plot points to highlight as the book trailer (which happens to be one of my favorite book trailers of all time).  See below for comparison.



Now I (and everyone else who loves the series) just hope that the movie lives up to the book.


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Trailer Tuesday: Elusion by Cheryl Klam & Claudia Gabel

Never fear! YA dystopic science fiction is alive and well.

Elusion by Cheryl Klam and Claudia Gabel





From the publisher:

The mind-blowing beginning of a futuristic series about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.

A new technology is sweeping the country. To enter Elusion®, you need an app, a visor, and a wristband and you'll be virtually transported to an exotic destination where adventure comes without the complications or consequences of real life. When there are accusations that Elusion is addictive and dangerous, Regan is determined to defend it and is pulled into incredible new worlds to discover deeply buried truths and to make the ultimate choice between love and loyalty. . .

Full of thrilling mystery, romance, and intriguing technology, this Inception-inspired thriller is perfect for fans of dystopian and sci-fi novels such as Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, Matched by Ally Condie, and Partials by Dan Wells.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Nonfiction Monday: Go! A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd

Nonfiction Monday is a weekly meme in the Kidlitosphere that invites bloggers to read and review a nonfiction book on Monday as a way to promote high-quality nonfiction titles.  For a roundup of all the posts, visit the Nonfiction Monday blog!



Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd


Professional graphic designer Chipp Kidd has designed many a movie poster and book jacket.  He’s even written a few novels.  And now he’s thrown his hat into the nonfiction ring with this dynamically designed and content-rich guide to graphic design. Filled with top notch information in an easily digestible format, Go! has a lot to offer. Examples of Kidd’s (and others) graphic design work clearly model various design principles and interesting - often humorous - sidebars provide great context and further information about specific design choices. My favorite part of the book, though, are the 10 design projects modeled at the end of the book, which call upon readers to put all of their newly gained knowledge into practice in fun and purposeful ways.  A terrific choice for budding artists and designers.

I showed this gem to the chair of our MS Art department and she absolutely loved it.  We chatted about the possibility of creating a year-long curriculum centered around design principles and using Kidd's book as the textbook for one of the MS art classes.

Go! A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design was a finalist for the 2014 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Swoon-worthy Author Story



Feiwel & Friends (which itself in an imprint of Macmillan) recently launched a new imprint for YA romance called Swoon Reads.  Unlike most publishers, where the editors receive submissions directly, Swoon Reads receives its submissions via the internet, and they're all posted LIVE for regular people like you and me to read and comment on!

And what better way to find the next great YA romance of the digital age than through crowdsourcing both the novel and the comments/critiques?  The imprint's first published title, A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall, was selected through just that process.  Even more exciting (well, for me, at least) is that Sandy is a YA librarian from New Jersey, and she also got her MLIS at Rutgers!  Most exciting for her, of course, is that she's now inked a deal for the 100,000 copies of the book (that's best-seller status) to be published in August.  And was interviewed for NPR!

Here's the publisher blurb for A Little Something Different:

The distinctive new crowdsourced publishing imprint Swoon Reads proudly presents its first published novel—an irresistibly sweet romance between two college students told from 14 different viewpoints. The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together.

Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.

But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. You'll be rooting for Gabe and Lea too, in this quirky, completely original novel, chosen by readers, writes, and publishers, to be the debut titles for the new Swoon Reads imprint!

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

15 Reasons to Date a Librarian

A librarian friend posted this on Facebook and I just couldn't help myself.  I had to re-post.

eHarmony has put together a list of 15 Reasons to Date a Librarian.

I particularly enjoy reason #15. Rarr!

I wonder if eHarmony has created similar lists for say, lawyers, accountants, nurses and the like.

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