Friday, May 18, 2012

Advice to Grads

Author Neil Gaiman, who wrote Coraline, and American Gods, and Anansi Boys, and Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book, and The Sandman, and...well, you know, a lot MORE, was invited to be the commencement speaker at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia this year. Watch the video of his speech. It's 19+ minutes long, and utterly amazing. AND it's full of good advice for all you about-to-be graduates (and, frankly, anyone else) out there.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Summer Series Choices for BOOK CLUBS!

Now that we are combining and then re-splitting the middle school book clubs by age group (there will now be one group for Grades 6+7 and one for Grades 8+9), we need to also split up the reading choices and have each group pick something to read OVER THE SUMMER. Here are our suggestions, below. Please note that we are NOT limited to these, but if you would like to suggest something else, we would appreciate it if you would EMAIL US YOUR SUGGESTION so we can put it out to the membership.

We will have a meeting of each group sometime before the end of May, to settle on a series for each. We'll keep you posted.

SERIES, GRADES 6+7Faerie Wars, Purple Emperor, Ruler of the Realm, Faerie Lord, The Faeman Quest, by Herbie Brennan

Sure Fire, Death Run, Sharp Shot, First Strike, by Jack Higgins

Alex Rider: Stormbreaker, Point Blanc, Skeleton Key, Eagle Strike, Scorpia, Ark Angel, Snakehead, Crocodile Tears, (or we can read just the first three?) by Anthony Horowitz

The Secret Journeys of Jack London: The Wild, The Sea Wolves, by Christopher Golden

Pendragon: The Merchant of Death plus two sequels (or you can read the whole series, but we’re not!), by D. J. Machale

Morpheus Road series: The Light, The Black, The Blood, also by D. J. Machale
Circle of Magic series one: Sandry’s Book, Tris’s Book, Daja’s Book, Briar’s Book, by Tamora Pierce (If you like these, there are six more books about the same characters…)

Virals, Seizure, by Kathy Reichs

Leviathan, Behemoth, Goliath, by Scott Westerfeld


 (and however many of the six sequels), by Isobelle Carmody

Heist Society, Uncommon Criminals, by Ally Carter

The Infernal Devices series: Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare

The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, by James Dashner

Incarceron, Sapphique, by Catherine Fisher

A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, by Ursula K. LeGuin (There are two or three more books after this, but this is the original trilogy.)
Sabriel, Liriel, Abhorsen, by Garth Nix

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, School’s Out Forever, Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, The Final Warning, Max, Fang, Angel, (or maybe just the first three?) by James Patterson

Sisters Red, Sweetly, by Jackson Pearce

Across the Universe, A Million Suns, by Beth Revis

The Comet’s Curse, The Cassini Code, The Web of Titan, Cosmic Storm, by Dom Testa

Midnighters: The Secret Hour, Touching Darkness, Blue Noon, by Scott Westerfeld

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Are you reading for ALA?

Here is a list of all the books that are CURRENTLY AVAILABLE or COMING SOON for you to read, from the nominations for Best Fiction for Young Adults. These are to read for the American Library Association YA event on Sunday, June 24. Some of you expressed interest in going with us to give your feedback, to be rewarded with lunch and free Advance Reader Copies of young adult novels.

Remember to make some notes when you finish the book; the objective in inviting you to speak to the authors and publishers and librarians is for you to tell them what you liked and what you didn’t, and WHY. So be sure you keep a notebook, or a computer file, or something, with your responses to the books you read! You can bring it along on the day, to refresh your memory.



*Andrews, Jesse. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. WE HAVE AT CENTRAL & NW AND BEING CATALOGED AT BV

*Bacigalupi, Paolo. The Drowned Cities. AT ALL THREE LIBRARIES (sequel)

*Danforth, Emily M. The Miseducation of Cameron Post. ONE COPY AT CENTRAL

*Derting, Kimberly. The Pledge. AT CENTRAL AND BV

*Elliot, Patricia. The Traitor’s Smile. ONE COPY AT BUENA VISTA

*Ellison, Kate. Butterfly Clues. ALL THREE LIBRARIES

*Flinn, Alex. Bewitching. ALL THREE LIBRARIES

*Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars. ALL THREE LIBRARIES

*Marchetta, Melina. Froi of the Exiles. AT CENTRAL AND BV (sequel)

*Ockler, Sarah. Bittersweet. ALL THREE LIBRARIES

*Pixley, Marcella. Without Tess. ALL THREE LIBRARIES

*Rapp, Adam. The Children and the Wolves. BUENA VISTA--FOR MATURE AUDIENCES!

*Rosoff, Meg. There Is No Dog. AT CENTRAL AND BV

*Schabas, Martha. Various Positions. AT CENTRAL AND BV

*Volponi, Paul. The Final Four. AT ALL THREE LIBRARIES




*Eulberg, Elizabeth. Take a Bow. ORDERED IN MARCH FOR NW & CEN; BV ORDERED IN MAY

*Hubbard, Jennifer. Try Not to Breathe. ORDERED IN FEB. FOR BV & CENTRAL—IN SOON


*Nielsen, Jennifer. The False Prince. ORDERED FOR J AT CENTRAL IN FEB; IN SOON

*Smith, Jennifer E. The Statistical Possibility of Love at First Sight. ORDERED FOR CENTRAL IN FEB, IN SOON

*Stone, Phoebe. The Boy on Cinnamon Street. ORDERED FOR J FICTION IN MARCH, IN SOON

*Tregay, Sarah. Love & Leftovers. ORDERED IN MARCH FOR CENTRAL, IN SOON

There are more, but we're not sure they'll be here in time for you to read them (and in some cases we KNOW they won't, because they aren't being published until September-October!), so stick with these.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Teen Summer Reading Program...


Go here to register for "Own the Night," the Teen Summer Reading Program, which runs from June 18 to July 27 this year. Those of you who register online can pick up your "goodie" bag at the library starting June 12; those of you who want to register in person have to WAIT until June 12 to sign up at any Burbank library's reference desk.

WHY do you want to sign up?

  • Great PROGRAMS
  • PRIZES for reading
  • WORKSHOPS for teens
  • PRIZES for doing the Trivia Contest
  • DREAM ANALYSIS if you keep a Dream Journal this summer
  • Make your TEEN LIBRARIAN happy...(just kidding)
Watch this blog for more details! Also, click on the "Own the Night Dream Journal" and "Book Review Guidelines" tabs at the top, to find out how YOU can participate!

Monday, May 14, 2012


We just received a LARGE number of new teen fiction books, among them some eagerly awaited SEQUELS! We have…

Bitterblue, the sequel to Graceling, by Kristin Cashore
Bloodrose, a Nightshade novel, by Andrea Cremer
The Calling, Darkness Rising, Book 2, by Kelley Armstrong

City of Lost Souls, the next book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
Crossed, the sequel to Matched, by Allyson Braithwaite Condie
The Death Cure, the last book in the Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner
Diabolical, book 4 in the Tantalize series, by Cynthia Leitich Smith
The Drowned Cities, sequel to Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi
Fear, by Michael Grant, a Gone novel (Perdido Beach)
Fever, the sequel to Wither, by Lauren DeStefano
The Fire, by James Patterson, next in the Witch and Wizard series
The Fires of New Sun, by Michael Kinch, the follow-up to The Blending Time
Froi of the Exiles
, Melina Marchetta’s sequel to Finnikin of the Rock
, by Alexander Gordon Smith, a Furnace book
Hallowed, by Cynthia Hand, an Unearthly novel

Insurgent, Veronica Roth’s sequel to Divergent
Invisible Sun
, the sequel to Black Hole Sun (which we just read in BV MS BC), by David Macinnis Gill
Prized, by Caragh O’Brien, the second book after Birth Marked
Spell Bound
, a Hex Hall novel by Rachel Hawkins
Tangled, the sequel to Torn, by Erica O’Rourke
Truth, by Julia Karr, a companion novel to XVI

When I say “we have them,” this means they have been added to our shelves. But other savvy (or lucky) people may have been before you in checking them out! Many of these are on display at the Central Library, on the counter as you enter the teen section.

And, yes, we have some brand-new stand-alone novels too! When you want to see what’s new for teens at Burbank Public Library, go
here,  and click on “New Young Adult Books.”