Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Are You an Otaku Teen?

Are you a manga fan? Want to hang out with other fans? Join our Otaku Teens. The first meeting happens next week...Thursday, December 2 from 5-8 p.m. in the Community Room. You'll be reading Yu Yu Hakusho and watching the anime.

But you need to sign up. Why? So that you can get a free copy of the book! Just stop by the Children's Desk to register.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Extraordinary Sisters

April, May and June are three very different sisters. April is the serious, studious one; May the outcast; and June the bubbly Miss-Popular-wanna-be. But that all changes when after their first day at their new school they all discover one incredible secret...they have superpowers. Out of the blue, each finds they can do something out of the ordinary.

Will they use their powers for good or evil or just try to survive high school? Does life get better or worse with super abilities? Are sisters more or less annoying when you share a secret? Find out in The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June by Robin Benway (also the author of Audrey, Wait!).

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

60 second book recaps

I just discovered a great online resource for those of you plowing or slogging through your school reading lists. 60 Second Recaps breaks down books you are likely to find on middle, high school and college reading lists. Each book on the site comes with a summary and videos explaining plot, characters, themes, motifs and more. The videos are quick and entertaining. In fact, I've never been so tempted to re-read Oedipus Rex. Check out the website if you need inspiration for your book reports and critical essays, or if you just want inspiration for your next great read.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Further proof you can sing about anything...

Nerdfighter Hank Green, brother to YA author John Green, has posted a video of himself singing about Phineas Gage, the gentleman who, in the mid-19th century, accidentally blew a hole through his brain, and it didn't really seem to bother him:



The best part is the message on Hank's guitar, "This machine pwns noobs." I will award a free book to the first TEEN who can tell me what that message is spoofing. Just comment below if you think you know.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fever Crumb

The future is a bleak place with no power, plenty of superstition and the fallout of a crumbled hierarchy. In London, Fever Crumb is the only girl in the Order of Engineers, having been found as a baby by one of its members. Now fourteen, Fever has been asked to help an archeologist in a dig. What she discovers is a link to memories that can't be her own, but that feel quite real all the same. Rich in detail and action with a touch of steampunk, Fever Crumb is a character that stands on her own (this book is a prequel to a series I have not read, but sounds just as intriguing). Start an adventure with Philip Reeve's Fever Crumb.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Suzanne Collins Book Signing

Attention all you Hunger Games fans:
Suzanne Collins will be signing (or, rather, stamping) books at Powells in downtown Portland on Sunday, November 7 at 12 p.m. as part of her Mockingjay book tour! Just sayin'...Follow this link if you want more information: http://www.powells.com/calendar/

Note that there are many other fabulous authors visiting Powells this month, including Laurie Halse Anderson.

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