Saturday, October 25, 2014

Teens' Top Ten Announced!

The voting is over, and the TEENS' TOP TEN are... (drum roll)

Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

by A.G. Howard

The Rithmatist
by Brandon Sanderson

The 5th Wave
by Rick Yancey

Monument 14: Sky on Fire
by Emmy Laybourne

Earth Girl
by Janet Edwards

The Testing
by Joelle Charbonneau

by Brandon Sanderson

Siege and Storm
by Leigh Bardugo

The Eye of Minds
by James Dashner

Here is Primrose Everdeen to tell you all about it!

You can also watch book trailers on YALSA's YouTube channel!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Zombies walk tonight!

Just a reminder that Max Brooks, author of World War Z, will be the featured guest at Woodbury University's “One Book, One Community” program, TONIGHT (Thursday, Oct. 23), from 5:30-8 p.m., at the Fletcher Jones Foundation Auditorium on the Burbank campus of Woodbury University. The event is FREE, and open to the public.
Mr. Brooks will speak for approximately 45 minutes, then allow about 15 minutes for questions and another 15 minutes for book signings.

At 7 p.m., there will be small group discussions or activities related to the book.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Librarians at the Lit Crawl!

Lit Crawl LA/NoHo is TOMORROW NIGHT (Wednesday, Oct. 22), and here is where your Burbank Public Librarians can be found at the event:

ARSINE (children's librarian at the Northwest Branch)

Round 1 (announcing) at 7 p.m.: The Eclectic (Map 12)
Round 2 at 8 p.m.: The NoHo Arts Center (Map 14)

CAREY (head of Reference at the Central Library)

Round 1 at 7 p.m.: Antaeus Company Library (Map 8)
Round 3 (announcing) at 9 p.m.: Literary Lane Breezeway (Map 24)

MELISSA (teen librarian at the Central Library)

Round 2 (announcing) at 8 p.m.: Republic of Pie (Map 16)
Round 3 at 9 p.m.Literary Lane Breezeway (Map 24)

If you click on each location link, it will tell you what's happening there. The "Map" references tell you where the venues are on the route, which is along Lankershim Blvd., between Camarillo and Chandler (and a few on Magnolia). If you want to see the full array of events (and also the map), click here.

We hope to see you tomorrow night for literary mayhem!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Teen review: realistic fiction

Girlfriend Material
by Melissa Kantor
251 pages
Realistic fiction, not part of a series
Middle-High school level
Reviewed by Kayla, 10th grade

Kate's summer went from fabulous to flat. She was going to hang out with her best friend and continue going to her writing class. However, all of her plans changed when her mom announced that they were going to Cape Cod to visit Tina, an old college buddy of hers. Cape Cod is gorgeous, but Kate doesn't know anyone there, and the only girl she does know (Tina's daughter, Sarah) is bent on pretending that Kate isn't even there. In spite of her boredom, Kate decides to go to the cool club in town, where she meets some nice teens including a super hot guy named Adam. Things start to get complicated fast, and Kate isn't sure what is going to happen. Will Sarah befriend her? Will Adam fall madly in love with her?

This book started out a little slow for me, but after the first chapter or so, I started really enjoying it. I got quickly attached to the characters, as they were very relatable because our ages are close. I also think most teens will be able to relate to these characters, because this type of situation happens often. I would recommend this book to my friends as a fun book and an easy read. I wished that it was longer or that there was a sequel, because I want to read more about Kate and Adam and the sticky situations they get into.

When I was in the library, I noticed this book because I thought the name was kind of interesting. However, when I pulled it out, the cover was kind of plain. I really like the picture of the two people drawing hearts in the sand and there is an element of mystery because you can't see their faces. I disliked the simplicity of the cover, though. I think that teens want to see really cool intricate covers. As they say, never judge a book by its cover, though, because this was a great book that I would gladly read again.

I rate this book as a 5.