Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Some of you may or may not have heard that the wildly popular tween series The Clique by Lisi Harrison was recently released on DVD. Tyra Banks has produced the movie version of the first title in this popular series, and it promises to have as many disses and fashion flubs as the printed version. For those unaware, it is basically about rich mean girls in middle school. The book series currently contains nine titles so far: The Clique, Best Friends for Never, Revenge of the Wannabes, Invasion of the Boy Snatchers, The Pretty Committee Strikes Back, Dial L for Loser, It's Not Easy Being Mean, Sealed With a Diss, and Bratfest at Tiffany's. A supplemental collection of books about each Clique main character (Massie, Claire, Dylan, Kristen, and Alicia) was also released this past summer.
In case you have already read all of the Clique titles, loved them, and are craving more, here are some stand alone and series titles that you might enjoy.
Secrets of My Hollywood Life
I'd Tell You I Love You, but Then I'd Have to Kill You
I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader
Pretty Little Liars
The Secret Rites of Social Butterflies
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Here is a list of all of the soon to be released movies from teen novels (that we know of).
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (2009)
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (2010)
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel (2008?)
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud (2009)
Airman by Eoin Colfer (2011)
Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree (2008)
The Giver by Lois Lowry (2011)
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (2010)
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (2008)
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (2009)
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (2010)
Skellig by David Almond (2008)
Teen Idol by Meg Cabot (2008)
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (2011)
Friday, November 7, 2008
Katsa was born in a land where a select few called Gracelings are born with supernatural talents. This is indicated by their different colored eyes. She is 18 when she discovers that her Grace empowers her to kill a man with her bare hands.
This terrifying skill causes her to be feared by everyone. However, Katsa does not relish her ability, and wants to use it for good. She forms The Council, an underground group who serve to right the wrongs of the oppressed. In a rescue mission she encounters Po, another Graced fighter who dares to stand up to her. Soon they fall in love, and are united in their desire to save their land from corruption.
The romance between Po and Katsa is similarly palpable to the romance between Bella and Edward. The intrigue and dangerous attraction between these two lovers will have you drooling for more. And there will be more. The prequel, Fire is set to be released in October 2009.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Today is a historic day in American history. The first African-American was elected president of the United States of America. Some of you may have been old enough to vote in this election. Most of you weren't. But, perhaps you will be old enough to vote in the next election.
Whether or not you voted, or were happy with the outcome, the significance of yesterday's election had to affect you. The enthusiasm of voters was contagious. For the first time in a long time, people were flocking to the polls in record numbers, bringing their children, and smiling throughout, even if they had to wait in long lines. It made you really love the United States of America.
Perhaps you will be old enough to vote in the next general election (2012). If so, or whenever you have that privilege, remember how wonderful it is to have it, and make the most of it!
Please feel free to offer your comments on the election and your hopes for the next four years.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
(as voted on by over 8000 teens)
1. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
5. Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
7. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
8. Extras by Scott Westerfeld
9. Before I Die by Jenny Downham
10. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Do you agree? Feel free to comment and add your own!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
You Know You Love Me
All I Want Is Everything
Because I'm Worth It
I Like It Like That
You're the One That I Want
Nobody Does It Better
Nothing Can Keep Us Together
Only in Your Dreams
Would I Lie to You?
Don't You Forget About Me
It Had To Be You
The series also has two spinoffs, The It Girl and Gossip Girl: The Carlyles.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
It's the story of a teenage girl named Emily Black who is growing up in a small town stuck in the mid-70's. Her mother left her when she was just a baby to track down the Ramones and live the fast life in the punk rock scene, or at least that's what her father tells her. In case you are wondering, Joey Ramone was the eccentric front singer for the rock band the Ramones. The Ramones were trailblazers, to say the least, in the punk rock scene.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
John Green's latest offering to his scores of young adult fans lives up to the hype. It's a moving story about a boy named Quentin. It's a month before his high school graduation, and his friend (and object of affection) Margo Roth Spiegelman goes missing. They've been friends their whole lives, but he knows something has been wrong with her lately. Something he is not quite sure of. Did she run away? Commit suicide? Who knows. The mystery is not revealed until the very end, and you will not want to stop reading until it is.
Green keeps up his reputation of writing philosophical teen fiction that does more than entertain. It makes you think. You fall in love with the eccentricity and thoughtfulness of the characters, and identify with their mental struggles.
It will be released at the start of October. If you are a fan of Green, he will be speaking at the Worthington Public Library on September 8th. I have heard him speak before, and can honestly say that he is not to be missed!
Monday, August 4, 2008
starring Michael Cera as Nick and Kat Dennings as Norah
Hits theaters October 3, 2008!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
by Shauna Cross
There's another teen title set to hit the big screen in the next year. This one is about a subject I find quite interesting. Derby Girl, by Shauna Cross is about a sixteen-year old roller derby queen. Bliss Cavendar revolts when her mother tries to get her to compete in a local beauty pageant. Bliss is not you average beauty pageant material. With her blue hair, and edgy look she stands out in her small town of Bodeen, Texas, and not in a good way.
In her search for a place to fit in, she joins a roller derby league in nearby Austin. Her life is changed forever.
This is the first title to showcase the growing popularity of roller derby leagues. Teams are popping up all over the country, from the United States to Canada. Cleveland has it's own Burning River Rolling Girls. They compete against teams from all over the Midwest at the North Olmsted Soccer Complex.
The Derby Girl movie will be called Whip It! It will star Juno's Ellen Page as Bliss and will be directed by Drew Barrymore. Look for it on the big screen in the Spring of 2009.
Monday, March 10, 2008
The New Policeman
by Kate Thompson
Teen Science Fiction
Ever wonder where time goes? J. J.'s mother sets out to discover just that. In doing so, he is transported to a parallel universe inhabited by fairies and druids. Time is disappearing there as well. Does the New Policeman have the secret to saving these two worlds?
Beautiful and lyrical, this tale is for any Irish lover out there.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
by Tonya Hurley
Ever feel like a ghost in your own school? Like you could walk the halls unnoticed? Like, no one has any idea you're even there most of the time? Well, this lovely young lady feels just like that. And, then it happens. She dies. In her own school.
But, instead of ending her already invisible life, it catapults her into popularity. And, soon she is about to win the heart of her beloved, without even being alive!
Ahhhhhh, love... death... The two combine well in this, the first installment of what is sure to be a popular series. In life and death.
Due out in Aug. 2008.
by Cecil Castelucci and Jim Rugg