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!
MarchTeen 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!
In EMPIRE, John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard continue the journey of Syl and Paul as they fight to regain planet Earth from a ruthless alien species. Light years from Earth and millions of miles apart, the two must find a way to reveal the horrifying truth behind the Empire and save all that they hold dear from the hunger of the Others.
Here are forty short, brilliant, and unforgettable true stories from writers famous and on-the-rise. Here is the intensity of daily life. Here are transformative moments arising from the mundane. Here are strange and surprising tales that tap into universal truths. Here are teenagers in full splendor and horror. Here they are, bursting with love and profanity.
When they were little, Lexi and her twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia. Cookies got eaten? Alicia. Alicia was always to blame for everything. Now that the girls are seniors, they use Alicia as their cover to date boys who are hot but not dating material. Now one of the guys Alicia went out with is dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect --- Alicia. As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth, because either Ava is a killer . . . or Alicia is real.
Although 17 year old Twylla is engaged to the prince, she isn't a member of the court. She's the executioner. As the Goddess embodied, Twylla kills anyone she touches. Although the prince's royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla's touch, he avoids her company. But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his swordsmanship. Yet Twylla's been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen, who has a plan to destroy her enemies that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom?
Unlike most 17-year-olds, Joshlyn Weaver has a sacred duty. She's the celebrated daughter of the dream walkers, a secret society whose members enter the Dream universe and battle nightmares. If they fail, the emotional turmoil in the Dream could release nightmares into the World. Despite Josh's reputation as a prodigy, she's haunted by her mistakes. Now she's been assigned an apprentice, and she's almost as afraid of getting close to him as she is of getting him killed. But when strangers with impossible powers begin appearing in the Dream, it isn't just Will that Josh has to protect --- it's the whole World.
Sarah has always been on the move. Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun. She’s grown up lonely and longing for magic. She doesn’t know that it’s magic her parents are running from.
Phaet Theta has lived her whole life in a colony on the Moon. She cultivates the plants in Greenhouse 22 and stays off the government’s radar. Then her mother is arrested. The only way to save her siblings from the degrading Shelter is by enlisting in the Militia, the army that polices the Lunar bases and protects them from attacks by Earth-dwellers. Training is brutal, but it’s where Phaet forms an uneasy but meaningful alliance with the preternaturally accomplished Wes, a fellow outsider. Rank high, save her siblings, free her mom: that’s the plan. Until Phaet’s logically ordered world begins to crumble...
Anthony Castillo needs a new life. His teachers are clueless autocrats except for Mr. Darren, who’s in charge of the rock band program. The girls at school are either shallow cutebots or out of his league. And his parents mean well, but they just make things worse. Fed up, pissed off, and feeling trapped, Anthony writes his first song for his rock band, the Rusty Soles. His only problem: Arts Night. If he exercises his right to free speech and sings his original lyrics --- where his own bombs will drop --- he and his band will be through.