National Readathon Day
What were you doing on Saturday, January 24th, from noon to 4pm? Well, if you were like some of our Teen Board members, you were participating in the first National Readathon Day, and reading for four hours in a row! Readers could join teams and raise money for the National Book Foundation's programs (they raised more than $100,000 in total!) or could simply carve out "time to read" to show the importance of incorporating books into our everyday lives. Click here to read what some of our Teen Board members have to say about participating in this fun event!
April Teen Board Question
Winter/Spring 2015 Indies Introduce Debut Authors --- YA Titles
Two panels of booksellers chose the seven best YA titles written by debut authors coming out in the next season. Check them out here, and be sure to add them to your TBR list!
Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in Nyala-- Amira's one true dream. But life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the Janjaweed arrive. The terrifying attackers ravage the town and unleash unspeakable horrors. After she loses nearly everything, Amira needs to dig deep within herself to find the strength to make the long journey-- on foot-- to safety at a refugee camp. Her days are tough at the camp, until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind-- and all kinds of possibilities.
All that Pearl knows can be encapsulated in one word: Seed. It is the isolated community that she was born into. The arrival of a new family into the Seed community --- particularly the teenage son, Ellis --- only complicates the life and lifestyle that Pearl has depended upon as safe and constant. But as Pearl digs to the roots of the truth, only she can decide what she will allow to come to the surface.
NICK AND NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST meets EASY A in this hilariously realistic story of sneaking out, making out, and playing in a band. After catching their bandmates in a compromising position, sixteen-year-old Los Angelenos Riley and Reid become painfully aware of the romance missing from their own lives. And so a pact is formed: they'll both try to make something happen with their respective crushes and document the experiences in a shared notebook.
Something is not right with Nadia Cara. While spending a year in Florence, Italy, she's become a thief. She has secrets. And when she tries to speak, the words seem far away. Nadia finds herself trapped by her own obsessions and following the trail of an elusive Italian boy whom only she has seen. Can Nadia be rescued or will she simply lose herself altogether?
With her mother is leaving for the summer to earn money for the family, Louisa is to be in charge of the household. But before long, Louisa finds herself juggling her temperamental father, a mysterious murder, a fugitive seeking refuge along the Underground Railroad, and blossoming love.
In this compelling dual memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends --- and better people --- through their long-distance exchange. Their story will inspire you to look beyond your own life and wonder about the world at large and your place in it.
In 2008, America went through a terrible financial crisis. Many families and business were struggling and we are still suffering the consquences. The former head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Sheila Bair, describes the many ways in which a broken system led families into financial trouble. She also explains the decisions being made at the time by the most powerful people in the country --- from CEOs of multinational banks, to heads of government regulatory committees --- that led to the recession.
FIG is the story of a girl who grows up under the shadow of her schizophrenic mother in rural Kansas. This coming-of-age story tracks Fig from age six to age nineteen--the age she fears she might inherit her mother's disease; Fig employs magical thinking as a means to avoid this fate, but in turn develops OCD. In the end, she must learn to separate her identity from the identity of her beloved mother.
Open secrets are the heart of gossip --- the obvious things that no one is brave or tactless enough to ask. Except for Normandy Pale and her friends. They are juniors at a high school for artistsl, and have no fear. They are the Truth Commission. Then, one of their truth targets says to Normandy: “If you want to know about the truth, you might want to look a little closer to home.” This dryly funny, knife-sharp novel, written as "narrative nonfiction" by Normandy herself, features footnotes, illustrations and a combination mystery/love story that will capture readers from the frst page.
It's 1926 and one spunky girl, Kitty Evans, joins the thousands of well–trained waitresses providing first -class service in Harvey House. She faces the often funny and painful experiences she and fellow waitresses Cordelia and Emmy endure. As Kitty writes about her escapades, a loveable teenager emerges; she embraces adventure, independence, her position as a Harvey Girl, and a freelance writing career.
When and email falls into the wrong hands, sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier has his secret at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out --- without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met.
Cass has a theory: everyone eventually leaves. Her father walked out, her mother is starting a new family, and she almost lost her best friend to cancer. As Cass transfers to a new school, Cooper, takes an interest in her. Once Cass lets her guard down, the unthinkable happens: Cooper is mysteriously murdered. She is determined to find answers and must go through her list one by one until somebody cracks.