Tuesday, December 9, 2008


This is the last YA order for 2008. Check it out!

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: traitor to the nation, Vol. 2:the kingdom on the waves - M. T. Anderson (fantasy)
Love & Lies: Marisol's Story - Ellen Wittlinger
Identical - Ellen Hopkins (realistic fiction)
Crank - Ellen Hopkins (realistic fiction)
Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson (historical fiction)
The Crimson Thread: a retelling of 'Rupelstiltskin' - Suzanne Weyn
Graceling - Kristin Cashore (fantasy)
Sure Fire - Jack Higgins (action/adventure)
100 Girls - Adam Gallardo (graphic novel)
Ironside: a modern faery's tale - Holly Black
Sara's Face - Melvin Burgess (realistic fiction)
Death By Latte - Linda Gerber (mystery)
Shock Point - April Henry (realistic fiction)
Possession - Chris Humphreys (Runestone Saga #3) (fantasy)
Boost - Kathy Mackel (realistic fiction)
Dear Julia - Amy Bronwen Zemser (realistic fiction)
Untamed: a House of Night novel - P. C. Cast
Tender Morsels - Margo Langan
Pretty Monsters: stories - Kelly Link
Gothic Lolita - Dakota Lane (realistic fiction)
Suck It Up - Brian Meehl (horror)
Eighth Grade Bites - Heather Brewer (horror)
Ninth Grade Slays - Heather Brewer
Death's Shadow - Darren Shan (horror)
Blood Beast - Darren Shan
Demon Apocalypse - Darren Shan
Boy in the Striped Pajamas - John Boyne (historical fiction)

Piracy: The Complete History - Angus Konstam
Generation Green: the ultimate teen guide to living an eco-friendly life - Linda Silvertsen
In Defiance of Hitler: the secret mission of varian fry - Carla Killough McClafferty
War Is...: soldiers, survivors and storytellers talk about war - Marc Aronson, ed.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Teen Author Webpages continued

www.memoirsofa.com/ Gabrielle Zevin, author of "Memoirs of an Amnesiac" and "Elsewhere."


Amelia Atwater Rhodes

www.randomhouse.com/teens/sisterhoodcentral/home.html Ann Brashares' "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series

www.lurlenemcdaniel.net Lurlene McDaniel

http://www.tamora-pierce.com/ Tamora Pierce, fantasy writer

http://www.francescaliablock.com/ Francesca Lia Block, author of "Dangerous Angels" and "Blood Roses"

http://www.neilgaiman.com/ Neil Gaiman's official site

http://www.chloesaunders.com/ Kelley Armstrong's heroine from "The Summoning"

http://www.gailgiles.com/ Alaskan author of "Right Behind You," a dynamite read

http://www.craphound.com/ Cory Doctorow, author of "Little Brother"

http://www.evanovich.com/ Janet E.'s official site

www.natashafriend.com/tools/blog.dwp Natasha Friend, author of "Bounce" and "Lush"

http://www.sparksflyup.com/ John Green, author of "Looking for Alaska," "An Abundance of Katherines," and "Paper Towns"

http://www.lisiharrison.net/ The Clique author

http://www.brenthartinger.com/ Brent Hartinger, author of "Geography Club"

ALERT!! Comic Con is coming February 2009: http://www.nycomiccon.com/

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

New YA Books

Here is the list of new YA books on order:
Cathy's Key - Sean Stewart
City of Ashes and City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
Claire and Kristen - Lisi Harrison
Talent and Almost Famous - Zoey Dean
Rumors - Anna Godbersen
Stop in the Name of Pants - Louise Rennison
You Just Can't Get Enough - Cecily von Ziegesar
The Summoning - Kelley Armstrong
Mind the Gap: a novel of the hidden cities - Tim Lebbon and Christopher Golden
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks - E. Lockhart
Saga - Conor Kostick
Feathered - Laura Kasischke
The Day I Killed James - Catherine Ryan Hyde
Newes From the Dead - Mary Hooper
Tweaked - Katherine Holubitsky
Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude: and other commandments I have broken - Rosemary Graham
Girlwood - Claire Dean
Crazy Hot and Revelations - Melissa de la Cruz
Twisted - Laurie Halse Anderson
Cyble's Secret - Juliet Marillier
Vampire Academy and Frostbite - Richelle Mead
The Boxer and the Spy - Robert B. Parker
Pirates of the Retail Wasteland - Adam Selzer
Secret Rites of Social Butterflies - Lizabeth Zindel
Paper Towns - John Green
Unraveling - Michelle Baldini
Blood Roses - Francesca Lia Block
Shift - Jennifer Bradbury
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X - James Patterson
Mexican WhiteBoy - Matt de la Pena
Jerk, California - Jonathan Friesen
Gone - Michael Grant
Evernight - Claudia Gray
Poison Ink - Christopher Golden
Night Road - A. M. Jenkins
Playing with Matches - Brian Katcher
All We Know of Heaven and The Midnight Twins - Jacquelyn Mitchard
Bliss - Lauren Myracle
Hurricane Song - Paul Volponi
Impossible - Nancy Werlin
Ink Exchange - Melissa Mahr
Jemma 7729 - Phoebe Wray
The Seal of Solomon - Rick Yancey
King Dork - Frank Portman
Good Girls - Laura Ruby
Hell Week - Rosemary Clement-Moore
Ivy - Julie Hearn
Mara's Stories: glimmers in the darkness - Gary D. Schmidt
Ten Mile River - Paul Griffin
Almost Alice - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Too Many Curses - A. Lee Martinez
Falling Hard - Betsy Franco, ed.
In the Belly of the Bloodhound: being an account of a particularly peculiar adventure in the life of Jacky Faber and Under the Jollly Roger: being an account of the further nautical adventures of Jacky Faber - L. A. Meyer
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Sucks to Be Me: the all-true confessions of Mina Hamilton, teen vampire(maybe) - Kimberly Pauley
Suite Scarlett - Maureen Johnson
Charity Girl - Michael Lowenthal

Gay America: struggle for equality - Linas Alsenas
The Betrayal of Africa - Gerald Caplan
Elvis Presley - Wilborn Hampton

Monday, October 6, 2008

Election fun

Take a look at this website from the Museum of the Moving Image on presidential candidates' commercials from 1952 - present: www.livingroomcandidate.org/

There's a social networking website called YA for Obama: http://www.yaforobama.ning.com/ It was started by YA author Maureen Johnson (Key to the Golden Firebird, Devilish) and a bunch of other YA authors contribute to it. That's where I found the above mentioned site. The site for John McCain is organized by a teen named Jessica: http://www.yaformccain.ning.com/

Cool voter websites:



Smackdown Your Vote: vote.wwe.com/


Saturday, September 13, 2008

Election 2008

Things are getting down and dirty in the last phase of the campaign to elect a new president. Mudlsinging, lies, half-truths, comments taken out of context. What's a voter to do? Bill Moyers had a segment on his show last night about the role of journalism and media bias. Voters can and should check ads, news items, and such for accuracy. Don't just rely on MSNBC, CNN, Fox, etc. There are plenty of fact checking websites that will give you the basic information you need to make an informed decision:




While you're surfing the net check out these voter webpages:

vote.wwe.com/ WWE Smackdown Your Vote

www.dosomething.org/votinggclid=CKrCnZKW45UCFQyfnAod1QVGeg This page covers more than just voting and the election. It covers all sorts of issues for local and internatiional community action


www.votolatino.org Primarily for Latino voters, but anyone can register to vote on this site.

www.rockthevote.com/ You can register to vote here. In Spanish too.

Friday, August 29, 2008


New graphic novels and manga have been ordered:

Bleach 20 - 21
Naruto 21 - 30
Runaways 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7
Fruits Basket 18 - 21
New Avengers 4, 7
Beauty Pop 1, 2, 3
Haridama: Magic Cram School - Atsushi Suzumi
Papillon 1 - Miwa Ueda

Graphic Novels:
Criminal Macabre: Two Red Eyes - Steve Niles
The Creeper: Welcome to Creepville - Steve Niles
The Arrival - Shaun Tan
Sparknotes: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth
Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream
Zombies Calling! - Faith Erins Hicks
Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow - James Sturm
Woolvs in the Sitee - Margaret Wild
Secret Invasion: The Infiltration - Stan Lee
Watchmen - Alan Moore (The movie's coming!)
Janes in Love - Cecil Castellucci
Burnout - Rebecca Donner
Kin - Holly Black
In Odd We Trust - Dean Koontz
Life Sucks - Jessica Abel
Coraline - Neil Gaiman
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens and Rick Geary
Superman: Camelot Falls 1 - Kurt Busiek


Mad Monster Mash: The Art of David Hartman
The Essential Batman Encyclopedia - Robert Greenberger

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Teen Trends

http://www.ypulse.com/ Check this website out if you want to know what's up in marketing to teens. Loads of interesting stories, links to articles and websites...and book reviews!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Ain't No Rocket Scientist

It ocurred to me that I should be providing a little extra by way of the Summer Reading Club. Here are links to some really cool pages that have to do with horror, dark fantasy, whatever they're calling scary stuff these days.

Monster Librarian: monsterlibrarian.com/main_page.htm Yup. A librarian who reviews horror for all age levels. There's your warning if you're squeamish, or your parents don't want you reading books with "adult" content.

LocusMagazine online: http://www.locusmag.com Lots of reviews and interviews with authors.

Have you read Melissa Marr's "Wicked Lovely" or "Ink Exchange?" This is her website: http://www.melissa-marr.com She has lots 'o links to diverse things like fantasy, publishing and tattooing. There's even a video with a British tattoo artist.

Stephenie Meyer(need I say more?) http://www.stepheniemeyer.com
Check out this article from Salon about the popularity of the Twilight series: http://www.salon.com/books/review/2008/07/30/Twilight/index.html

Neil Gaiman: http://www.neilgaiman.com This totally cool slinkster dude is releasing a new book, "The Graveyard Book" really soon. This is his blog - check it out.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Cards for Soldiers

Not only can you send cards to members of the military stationed overseas, you can make them throughout the year. There are plenty of places to look online, especially scrapbooker and cardmaker blogs. Local scrapbooking and craft stores also organize card-making events. There are even specific sites dedicated to this idea. The idea is to make handmade blank cards in batches so soldiers can send greetings to their families.

Here's an official site to check out: http://www.angelstampersforsoldiers.com/as4s/



Monday, May 19, 2008

They're Here!

All those lovely books I ordered are in! So, come on down and get your leisure reading picks for Memorial Day!

Here's another way to organize your reading and share with your friends: http://www.librarything.com/ It's free, and you can do all sorts of things.

Which reminds me: a plug for Library Elf, an online service that helps keep your library materials in order. Elf will alert you when your library books are due, when your requests are in, and will even post your due dates on a calendar. Tell your folks: if you have lots of siblings with their own library cards, mom and dad can use Library Elf to keep everybody's stuff separate. No more losing it under the bed! Here's the address: www.libraryelf.com

Ever been a Reading Buddy? The Hart Library has a Reading Buddies program during the summer. Read to kids up to 7 years old and earn Community Service credit. Sign up at the library now!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


I just put in an order for new books for the Young Adult collection. It's a biggie, but here goes:

  • Latest Clique titles

  • Latest It Girl

  • Latest Gossip Girls

  • Latest A-List

  • Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy - Ally Carter

  • The Book Thief - Markus Zusak (paperback)

  • Keeping Corner - Kashmira Sheth

  • Guitars - David Schiller (nonfiction)

  • Eagle Blue: a team, a tribe and a high school basketball team in arctic Alaska - Michael D'Orso (nonfiction)

  • Game - Walter Dean Myers

  • Sunrise Over Fallujah- Walter Dean Myers

  • Conception - Kalisha Buckhanon

  • How to Survive a Horror Movie: all the skills to dodge the kills - Seth Grahame-Smith (nonfiction)

  • The Final Warning (A Maximum Ride Novel) - James Patterson

  • The Never War: journal of an adventure through time and space(Pendragon) - D. J. McHale

  • Lock and Key - Sarah Dessen

  • Useful Fools - C. A. Schmidt

  • Safe - Susan Shaw

  • Little (Grrl) Lost - Charles De Lint

  • Rucker Park Setup - Paul Volponi

  • Self-Advocacy: the ultimate teen guide (It Happened to Me) - Cheryl Gerson Tuttle (nonfiction)

  • Physical Disabilities: the ultimate teen guide (It Happened to Me) - Denise Thornton (nonfiction)

  • Little Brother - Cory Doctorow

  • How They Met, and Other Stories - David Levithan

  • The Fold - An Na

  • Parade of Shadows - Gloria Whelan

  • Leftovers - Laura Weiss

  • The Missing Girl - Norma Fox Mazer

  • Prey- Lurlene McDaniels

  • Streams of Babel - Carol Plum-Ucci

  • The Black Tattoo - Sam Enthoven (paperback)

  • Spud - John Van De Ruit

  • Peeled - Joan Bauer

  • The Boy Who Dared - Susan Campbell Bartoletti

  • Jump the Cracks - Stacy De Keyser

  • The Circle of Blood: a forensic mystery - Alane Ferguson

  • The Winter War - William Durbin

  • The Game of My Life: a true story of challenge, triumph, and growing up autistic - Jason McElwain (nonfiction)

  • How I live Now - Meg Rosoff (paperback)

  • The Dead and the Gone - Susan Beth Pfeffer (the sequel to...)

  • Life as We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer (paperback)

  • After Tupac and D Foster - Jacqueline Woodson

  • Big Fat Manifesto - Susan Vaught

  • The Diary of Pelly D. - L. J. Adlington (paperback)

  • Walk of the Spirits - Richie Tankersley Cusick (paperback)

  • Nobody's Prize - Esther Friedman (sequel to Nobody's Princess)

  • Tunnels - Roderick Gordon

  • Search and Destroy - Dean Hughes (paperback)

  • A Really Nice Prom Mess - Brian Sloan (paperback)

  • L8r, G8r - Lauren Myracle (paperback)

  • The Presidential Election Process - Tom Lansford, ed. (nonfiction)

  • The Key to the Golden Firebird - Maureen Johnson (paperback)

  • How to Hook a Hottie - Tina Ferraro (paperback)

  • Hit the Road - Caroline B. Cooney (paperback)

  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing Traitor to the Nation - M. T. Anderson (paperback)

  • Saturday Night Dirt - Will Weaver

  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox - Mary E. Pearson

  • The House of Djinn - Suzanne Fisher Staples

  • Whirlwind (Caretaker Trilogy, Book 2) - David Klass

  • Truancy - Isamu Fukui

  • Once Upon a Time in the North - Philip Pullman

  • Airhead - Meg Cabot

It's a big list, but the summer's coming!

BTW, there's a web site to check out called Shelfari. You can share books you're reading, the books you want to read, and keep track of everything. The address is http://www.shelfari.com/. It's a social networking site for readers. You can also link to reviews and discuss your reads with your friends.

Friday, March 28, 2008


Did you know that there are publishing companies who have writing contests just for teens. Check these out:



Scholastic, Inc.



How 'bout helping publishers give you what you want to read:

Free Spirit Press


Henry Holt


Sharyn November, Editor Extraordinaire


Read and Review


Fun Stuff and Updates:


Scholarships, anyone?


Here's a plug for a semi-new database made available by the Westchester Library System: the LearningExpress link is: http://www.westchesterlibraries.org/node/297

There are loads of practice tests available oline, including the SAT, ACT, PSAT, civil service exams, TOEFL(Test of English as a Foreign Language), GED, and even citizenship tests. And it's all free!

Friday, January 11, 2008

OMG! It's been a long time since...

I can't believe how long it's been since my last post! My intention is to blog as often as I can get to a computer. Well, this is one of my New Year's resolutions.

Interesting things are happening at the Hart Library. We started a Teen Advisory Group in October. I've gotten some good suggestions from the attendees. How about game board nights and Guitar Hero contests? They're in the works. Who would be interested in an anime club? Tell me!

The 2008 Summer Reading Club theme is "Scare Up a Good Read @ Your Library." Bruno the Gorilla (remember him from last summer?) is itching to help out. I'm busy trying to come up with ideas. If you have any, please share!

As for "printed media," I'd like to focus your attention on graphic novels and manga. We have a good selection of both. Have you seen ads for the movie version of Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi? We have the graphic novel and its sequel. We also have 300 by Frank Miller and a version of Beowulf by Gareth Hinds. Those great illustrators Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore and Frank Miller rule! we're continuing the run of Naruto, Hellsing, Fruits Basket, and Teen Titans. We've added new series like R. O. D. by Hideyuki Kurata, Scrapped Princess by Ichiro Sakaki, and Miki Falls by Mark Crilley. The library also has plenty of books on how to draw manga, and cartooning.