Saturday, April 28, 2012


THE MOCKINGBIRDS! How is this book like the one for which it was named? What do you think about its form of justice?

Discuss on TUESDAY at High School Book Club. LAST MEETING OF THE YEAR before the summer, so we will be selecting our summer book or series. Scroll down on this blog to see the previously made suggestions, or come prepared with some of your own.

Friday, April 27, 2012

High School Summer Choices

We talked about a LOT of books last month (both series and standalones) for our summer reading choice; here below are the ones we discussed. (We are not limited to these—feel free to propose others, and do so by email now, if you can, so others can consider.) Think about whether you’d like to read a series or a stand-alone, and come on Tuesday prepared to vote!

Skin Hunger, Sacred Scars, by Kathleen Duey
Birthmarked, Prized, by Caragh O’Brien
Delirium, Pandemonium, by Lauren Oliver
Streams of Babel, Fire Will Fall, by Carol Plum-Ucci
The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings, by Megan Whalen Turner
Across the Universe, A Million Suns, by Beth Revis
Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin
Dead is the New Black, Dead is So Last Year, Dead is a State of Mind, by Marlene Perez


Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, by Lish McBride
Wither, by Lauren DeStefano (This would actually qualify as a series, but we don't have the sequel yet, and there will be a third book later, so we’ll call it a single for now.)
The Lock Artist, by Steve Hamilton 
The Map of Time, by Felix J. Palma
Push Not the River, by James Conroyd Martin
I Am the Messenger, by Marcus Zusak
Everything Is Illuminated, by Jonathan Safran Foer

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

POETRY MONTH is almost over...

Have YOU read any poetry during National Poetry Month? No? What's your reason? You don't like it? don't understand it? think it's not for you?

Instead of compartmentalizing all poetry into a big box and sticking it in the closet for later (or never), why not examine some alternatives you might like?


For instance--the books of Ellen Hopkins, which are written in verse, but are gritty and realistic and cover such topics as drug addiction, homelessness, and sexuality...the books of Sonya Sones, whose titles say it all: What My Mother Doesn't Know, What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know, One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies...or one of my favorites, SHARP TEETH, by Toby Barlow, which takes place in Los Angeles and Mexico, involves wolf-like shapeshifters and drug dealers and a kindly dogcatcher, and kept me up all night when I finally (reluctantly) decided to read it.

National Poetry's not just about iambic pentameter!

How great were THEY?!

Maggie Stiefvater and Corey Whaley were fascinating speakers at their author event last night at Buena Vista. They both read from their works, and then answered abundant questions from the audience of 76--about writing ideas (Maggie based The Scorpio Races on a folktale about Irish water horses), character names (Corey got all the names of people in Where Things Come Back from place names--cities and towns in Arkansas, where the book is set), inspiration, process, what they read.... We had a great time!

If you weren't able to come, but would like to buy an autographed copy of their books, we do have a few left (for Burbank teens only). Email us at! We'll let them go in the order of emails received, so if you want one, don't delay! We have two autographed copies of The Scorpio Races, two of Where Things Come Back, one copy of Linger, and one copy of Forever.

Monday, April 23, 2012





7:00 P.M.!




Sunday, April 22, 2012


Wait, what? What's that you're talking about, Ryan? Oh, yeah, those water horse things in MAGGIE STIEFVATER'S new book, The Scorpio Races! That book looks good, I've been meaning to read it, but it's always checked out of the library. Yeah, and the other book I've been meaning to pick up is the PRINTZ WINNER, COREY WHALEY's Where Things Come Back. There's a rare woodpecker in that one...and a missing brother. What did you say, Ryan? I can MEET THE AUTHORS at Burbank Public Library THIS MONDAY NIGHT? Wow. And get a book autographed? Gimme the details! it: Buena Vista branch, 7:00 p.m. I'LL BE THERE! What about you? Well, I guess we'll have to come and see who shows up...