So…have you seen Catching Fire yet? Superfans of Suzanne Collins may want to check out this interview she gave at the National Book Festival a couple years ago. It includes something I hadn’t read about her before: her own favorite books as a teen! What better way to figure out a writer’s mind than study what she likes to read — especially what she read during her formative years?
Best of all, you can prove your superfandom by reading these books yourself. Yep, they’re all available at the library! (With the exception of Boris, which is out of print.) Have you already read any of these titles? Do you think they might have influenced Collins’ thinking in writing The Hunger Games trilogy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
MORE book voting news! Can you stand it?! It’s like Oscar season in libraryland. The end of Teen Read Week (Oct. 13-19, 2013) means that the teen nominations have been made, votes have been counted up nationally, and the winners have been announced. Ready to tear open the envelope…er, click play? DO IT:
The best news is, you can get all these awesome teen-approved great reads from the library.
Did you know YOU can vote for a book award that is special to Ohio? It’s true! The Buckeyes are one of the only State Reader’s Choice Awards in the country where books are both nominated and voted on by students, not adults. The students do all the nominating and voting online. Now that we’re down to the final vote, you can also pick up a ballot in the Teen Center of the library!
So you’re looking for a book. Sure, sure, it’s super-new and hot and it’s probably checked out. You look it up at the library and…UGH. YES. ONE HUNDRED MILLION HOLDS. Okay, maybe not that many, but you’re not getting this book anytime soon. What to do?
Well, you know you can always see if you can get it from another library via SearchOhio or OhioLINK. Even that is a few days’ wait, though, so the next-best thing is a similar book to tide you over. How do you find one? Whenever possible, try this first. If that is not possible, never fear. Book suggestions have been built right into our library catalog!
How does this sorcery work, you say? First, look at the book you so sadly cannot get. Say it’s House of Hades. Scroll down until you see the section called NoveList results. NoveList is an awesome database that helps you find your next favorite book, AND you can see “You Might Also Like These” suggestions and “Books In This Series” right when you look up a title, like this:
Pretty cool, huh? Give it a try and see what you think!
You guys! It’s that time! That week of the year when we already-crazy librarians get a little more crazed about one of our favorite things: READING! Teen Read Week is all about the celebration of teens reading for fun (raise your hand if your life could use some more fun reading…you too, eh?) and this year’s theme is Seek The Unknown @ Your Library. <cue spooky music>
OK, so even though you could interpret this as a little bit spooky, I love thinking of it as pursuing anything you want to know more about and can read about! What have you learned more about from reading? I’ll tell you one of mine, if you promise not to laugh: interior decorating. Yep. I think it has to do with being an artistic person and also really liking to hang out at home. At one point I got so into reading decorating books that I made my own Goodreads shelf to keep track of them. No joke!
So what about you? What new knowledge have you sought at the library or in books or reading?
Posted on July 15th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Beta Books.
The next BETA Books meeting is this Wednesday at 4pm and we’ll have plenty to talk about. Also if you show up at the meeting you’ll earn points for your Summer Reading Team…(GO GNOMES!). See you there!
Posted on June 11th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Beta Books.
Thanks Courtney for submitting your review! Want to review for our blog? Stop into the Teen Room and get the scoop on joining Beta Books!
Courtney reviewed Ink by Amanda Sun. This book will be published on July 13…
What did you think of this book, Courtney?
After reading just the back cover of the book I thought it might be a bit cheesy, so I didn’t go into it with high expectations. However, I was very surprised to find a superb writing style and elaborate story behind the beautiful art on the cover. The main character was not a drone of the plot and expressed relatable emotions and chose actions that were realistic. There was a balance of negative and positive atmosphere which made the story very well rounded.
How would you rate it?
4 stars – Awesome. I loved it and would give it to a friend.
Cover Story: What did you think of the cover?
The reason I picked up the book in the first place was the interesting design. It’s straightforward, easy to navigate and artistically designed. As an artist myself the painting drew me in and caused my interest to peak.
Thanks Courtney! If you would like to be first in line for this book when it is published, click here to reserve your copy today!
Posted on May 7th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Beta Books.
One of our Beta Books reviewers has a review for you today! Thanks Jayla for giving us the scoop on this great new read before it has even been published!
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
This book is being released TODAY! Thanks Jayla! Keep reading!
I think, overall, the book was pretty good. While it was not, to me, exactly five-star quality, I don’t regret reading it. I loved the unexpected POV changes, and how the author never stated who was who. All of the voices for the different characters were distinct and unique. The author also created a perfect amount of tension. Since the ‘Others’ (a name the main character, Cassie, gave the aliens) looked just like normal humans, it really raised the question of who you could trust, since anyone could be the enemy.
Another thing I loved? The story was set in Ohio! I thought that was pretty cool.
I definitely wasn’t a fan of the romance, though. The love-story between Evan and Cassie seemed a little too forced and contrived. I also don’t understand how, after Cassie repeated over and over that she couldn’t trust anyone, she was suddenly okay with being cared for by a strange guy who read her diary and undressed her while she was unconscious, amongst other things.
However, I would still recommend The 5th Wave to a friend (especially to a friend who’s a fan of The Hunger Games series), because it’s fast-paced and engrossing, and the story line’s premise is really interesting. At any rate there is a lot of story yet to be told, so I’ll stick around for the sequel to see how it all turns out.
3 out of 5 stars – Pretty good. I wanted to see how it ended.
THE COVER STORY:
I love the cover design of the book and I wouldn’t change anything about it. Not only is it interesting, and will probably compel people to pick it up, but the cover also fits the story perfectly – especially the ending of the story.
New books are here! BOOKS that haven’t been published yet and are available for YOU to read before the rest of the world!
(Insert maniacal mad with power laugh). Come get some and be ready for our next meeting!
Have no idea what I’m talking about? Check it out…
Welcome to the home base of Beta Books!
Love to read? Want to read books BEFORE they are published? ARCs are Advanced Reading Copies of books, and we’re looking for 6th-12th graders to read them.
The newest books will be revealed at our monthly meetings. Can’t make it? Stop in the Teen Center to sign out a book and share your thoughts online. (NOTE: Not all titles are appropriate for all ages. Use your best judgement to decide if a book is right for you.)
Reviews are posted on this blog in the Beta Books category.
Got questions? Email us!
Posted on April 15th, 2013 by Mickie.
In this dark and mysterious book we learn about Viktor Frankenstein’s teen years–before he created life, when he tried to save it. We’ll read about his doomed twin brother Konrad…his first love Elizabeth…and the beginning of the obsession that would take over his life.
This is a book club meeting you won’t want to miss. Reserve your slice of book club pizza today…
So…who has been to see Oz the Great and Powerful? I haven’t yet, but I would like to thank it for prompting this blog post, which has taught me a name I didn’t know existed for one of my favorite types of books: Portal Fiction!
How often have I gushed about how I love stepping into another world, like Alice, Coraline, or Tiffany Aching?! I read the term “portal fiction” and experienced that awesome “there’s a WORD for that?” feeling.
…these books feature protagonists who are transported from our own familiar world to another realm, where they encounter exhilarating adventures and come face to face with conundrums that challenge their perceptions and abilities, uncover hidden aptitudes, and help them learn about themselves.
Got any other favorite titles about stepping into another world? Add them in the comments!
Posted on March 1st, 2013 by Mickie.
Can’t get enough of Sam and Dean Winchester and their other worldly adventures? Do you like your horror not so black, but with cream and sugar? Could you laugh at a funeral? Fans of the darkly humorous CW series Supernatural will love these quirky, somewhat funny horror stories. Click on to see the books in our catalog…
Does your school require you to read at a certain AR Level?
Are you tired of trying to track down books that are at your level and are interesting and WPL owns them AND they are available to check out?
It is so much work to find the perfect book, it can bring on a full panda rage.
Yeah, we feel your frustration…but get ready, friends, your life is about to change.
Introducing the brand new Accelerated Reader Search brought to you by your friends at the Westerville Public Library.
Then use our tags to find subjects and genres that you enjoy…
And then limit by availability to show what you can take home with you today.
We are pretty excited about this so give it a whirl and let us know what you think – BUT WAIT, THAT’S NOT ALL!
Act now and we’ll throw in the helpful smiling face of your local librarian who would love to show you how this nifty AR Search works, how to pick out great books that you’ll love and much, much more. This special offer will not expire!
Have you heard? Monday was the big day for award announcements in libraryland for youth, and here at WPL, we gathered around our online streams of the announcements like it was the Oscars — ’cause, well, in our world, it pretty much is! The big awards you probably know about are the Caldecott (most distinguished American picture book for children) and Newbery (most distinguished contribution to American literature for children). But did you know there are awards for teen books as well?
In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, fifteen-year-old Shorty, a poor gang member from the slums of Site Soleil, is trapped in the rubble of a ruined hospital, and as he grows weaker he has visions and memories of his life of violence, his lost twin sister, and of Toussaint L’Ouverture, who liberated Haiti from French rule in the 1804.
There’s also the Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, which went to The Fault in Our Stars, written by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd, produced by Brilliance Audio:
And don’t forget the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. Believe me, when a nonfiction book gets an award, it’s GOOD. No dry textbook stuff here! Don’t miss this year’s winner, Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon:
In this suspenseful combination of science and history, Sheinkin masterfully exposes the international race to develop an atomic weapon and bring an end to World War II. This true-life spy thriller features an international cast of characters and will keep readers on the edge of their seats. -YALSA award site
Finally, I want to mention the The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, which honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. Many of you already know this year’s winner, Rachel Hartman, and her book Seraphina:
In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.
These are just a few of the MANY awards that were announced this week. You can see a full list of the ALA Youth Media Awards (including honor books), and you can browse and reserve all the books from the library. Happy reading!