‘zines for teens at the Lee County Library

27 07 2008

Next time you’re in, check out our collection of magazines. Some that may be of interest:

[ those listed below are located with the adult mags in the main reading room]

Car and Driver

Rolling Stone


[those listed below are located in the young adult area, next to the adult fiction section]

Shonen Jump [our graphic novels are located here, too]

Skateboarding Magazine


Books with Bite: Teen Read Week 2008

27 07 2008

October 12–18 is teen read week at the library, and whaddya know? This year’s theme has a little vampire twist to it. So all of you Twilight fans have a corner on the market. But if you haven’t gotten into this area of fantasy books, here’s a bibliography [list] that can get you started.

Tantalize. Cynthia Smith. (2007). Cambridge, MA: Candlewick.

Vampires open a restaurant and begin to wreak havoc on the populace of

Austin, Texas.

Pet shop of horrors (vol. 1). Matsuri Akino. (2003). Los Angeles: Tokyopop.

A mysterious pet store owner sells strangely human-looking pets to people with “issues.” [graphic novel]

Moon phase. Keitaro Arima. (2000). Los Angeles: Tokyopop.

A curious photographer learns that a beautiful little girl is really a cantankerous

Vampire. [graphic novel]

*The Last Days: sequel to Peeps [see top reads post, below]

A rock band discovers a connection to the evil that appears to be taking over

New York City.

 Books about vampires and other weirdoes

Anderson, M.T. Thirsty. (1997). Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.

A teen vampire struggles with his thirst for blood and his desire to remain human.

Brooks, Max. The zombie survival guide. (2003). New York: Random House.

A “nonfiction” how-to for dealing with those pesky zombies.

Bunting, Eve. The presence. (2003). New York: Clarion Press.

A mysterious boy wants to help Catherine contact a friend who died in a car crash.

De la Cruz, M. Blue bloods. (2006). New York: Hyperion Press.

A high school in-crowd discovers the dark secret behind their wealth and

Social standing.

Koontz, D. Odd Thomas. (2003). New York: Bantam.

A short-order cook sees dead people. . .and other violent creatures.

Recommended Reads at Lee County Library

25 07 2008

These are some of my top reads of 2008. Have you read any of them? If so, let’s hear your thoughts. And let’s hear what some of YOUR top reads have been so far this year.

1. I am the messenger: Zusak

This is an amazing book about an ordinary kid who starts receiving orders to interact with certain people. There’s a woman who is being abused by her husband, a young girl who loves to run barefoot, a priest trying to keep his faltering congregation going. . .it sounds like it wouldn’t be interesting, but it’s just great! I recommend you listen to the audio version. The protagonist is Australian, so the accent really adds to the whole story. Give it a try and let’s hear what you think.

2. The Book Thief: Zusak again

This is not a new title (neither is I am the messenger), but it’s an award winner and well worth reading. The narrator of this story is Death, and after reading this book you’ll actually feel sorry for him. He’s had such a tough existence, especially during World War II when he was worked nearly. . .well. . .to death. This story takes you through the war inside Nazi Germany, where a young girl and her stepfather just want to live out normal lives in a crazy world. Oh, and did I mention that the girl likes to steal books? Even though the premise sounds like a comedy, this is a powerful story that had a profound impact on me. This is also a good one to listen to on CD.

3. Lock and Key: Dessen

Sarah Dessen writes realistic fiction about teens with problems, and they’re all believable. In this story, a high school girl whose mother has abandoned her has to start her life all over again in a new home with an estranged sister, a new school, and new friends. The author is great at describing quirky people with distinct personality traits. Also, Dessen’s characters are not “precious” and perfectly behaved–the stories she tells seem like events that are happening right now to people you know.

4. Peeps: Westerfeld

This tale of vampires in contemporary New York is so believable that you’ll find yourself looking twice at some of your friends. The author is great at fast-paced action and cliff-hanger chapter endings. Also, his dry humor keeps things from getting too ridiculous or scary. This book is a couple of years old but it’s a terrific thriller.

5. The Host: Meyer

Stephenie Meyer is best known for her block buster Vampire romance, the “Twilight” saga–and I’m a huge fan (see blogroll for links to her site). But her latest book is also compelling and well worth a read. In this story aliens have been taking control of society over a long period of time, and the few “true” humans left are in rebellion against the souls, as these aliens are known. When an alien inhabits a body whose consciousness refuses to give up, even after death, things get interesting. Readers will find some remnants of Bella in the protagonist of this story, even though the romance pales next to the incandescence of Edward Cullen. The author does a great job of describing a sort of post-apocalyptic life, and some of the encounters between humans and the “souls” are really gripping.

Need a change? Try Metamorphosis!

7 07 2008

Join us on Wednesday afternoons at 3:30 throughout the month of July. We’ll be swapping manga, watching anime, drawing, and hanging out. For more information, call the Lee County Public Library at (919) 774-6045.