Sunday, May 31, 2009

Win Catching Fire

Steph at Reviewer X was lucky enough to get her hands on Catching Fire at BEA and now she's giving a copy away! Check out her contest!!!

Friday, May 29, 2009

My Favorite Childhood TV Memories

So Taren over at The Chick Manifesto posted recently about her favorite childhood TV shows, which made me realize that as far as TV shows, Taren and I are twins! Check out her post for some of my other favorites (and yes, I really do remember Today's Special) Her post also got me thinking about what shows I loved and turns out a lot them were based in books or reading somehow. My love of reading and my future profession were evident early on I think. Some of these are from my very young childhood and some are from my tween years.

Favorite show EVER!! I used to practice my blurb for the end of the show with my library books (turns out this was great preperation for a future in booktalking at the library!) My favorite episodes were-Mama Don't Allow, the one where LeVar went to a diner and there were goats-I don't remember much else about it or the book they read, but I loved it, and the one with the teamwork dance number at the end. Great show-I wish it was still on. LeVar mentioned on his twitter awhile back he was working on a Reading Rainbow type show for adults-I hope it happens!!

Ok, so they didn't do quite as much reading, but there was lots of dancing and singing and I loved it. I wanted to be Whazzat-I was so upset when she was in Kansas for the plaza lighting cermony and my mom wouldn't take me because we had just moved there and my parents didn't know exactly where it was. I was also always rooting for Whazzat and Lookout to hook up. (A bear and a kangaroo together made sense to me on this show.)
I miss this show like crazy-I wanted to be on this game show, although I probably would have been awful at it. Game shows should really have awesome acapella music and actually teach us something! Not a reading show, but Carmen Sandiego had quite the empire in my younger years so I had books and games that went along with the game show.
Looking back now, I don't know why I watched this, but after school my sister and I would come home and this would be on our TV list. I think I liked the mystery element although it was really cheesy. Basically there was some ghost thing that was a light and he could only communicate to these teens through letters he or they found and he'd help them solve mysteries. I did always hate how incredibly slow the kids took to write things down for Ghostwriter.

I loved Wishbone and it was one that I made sure to watch-even though I was older than the target audience. I mean, how could I not love-Wishbone was promoting a love of reading and the dog is just so cute!! I still have kids ask for books/movies with Wishbone at the library, so he's not totally gone.

YA Movie News

Mostly videos today, because that's fun :)

But first, what's with this news that they want to relaunch Buffy without the TV cast and minus Joss Whedon? Umm..not so much-I HATE this idea and I really hate how there are no creative ideas and Hollywood thinks they need to re-launch everything. Bad idea Hollywood, so listen to us and don't do it!!!

Ok, enough ranting, onto the fun stuff...

-Don't forget to check out Sunday's MTV Movie Awards for clips from Harry Potter 6 and New Moon (I hear it'll be the actual New Moon trailer that's showing!) Also, rumor has it there will be some stuff about New Moon on Entertainment Tonight this evening (Friday)

-Check out this featurette on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (sorry about the subtitles, I couldn't find a different one)

-Also, I saw this fan video someone made of stills from the filiming of New Moon-pretty cool, huh?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

What to Read Next?

I was looking through my keyword searches on Google Analytics and I found one that had searched for "what to read after Wake and Fade by Lisa McMann" and another one for "what to read after The Luxe series"

I'd like to compile a list of great books to read next and I'd love your help! For the Wake/Fade list I'm adding Sleepless, Uglies (just because it seems to work with those interested), and Deadly Little Secrets. (There are a couple other suggestions I need to add from my Twitter post)

For The Luxe, I'm having a brain fart this morning and can't think of good historical romance that I've read recently.

So, could you help me out? What books should I recommend? Any other "what should I read next" lists I should make? (I'll also be posting these at my library for the summer.)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Birthday Contest

So, like I mentioned on Monday, I just celebrated my birthday, but it's more fun to celebrate with people! And anyone who knows me (or reads my blog) knows I'm a sucker for romance, so I thought I'd give away a prize pack of great romances and summer reads to my wonderful readers!!
Here's what's included:
Slept Away by Julie Kraut-review to come soon!
Check back, because I might be including some more!
-Open to U.S. residents (or U.S. addresses) only please, as I am a poor librarian :)
-Contest ends on July 1
-+1 entry for commenting on this post with your favorite summer read
-+1 entry for being a follower
-+2 entries for being a new follower
-+3 entries if you post/e-mail/facebook/twitter about this contest

No Internet!!

So something happened with our internet service and now we can't connect. :( Hopefully this will get fixed soon and I'll be back with reviews and contest info. I really feel lost without it-is that a sign of addiction?

Monday, May 25, 2009

I Won an Award & It's My Birthday!!

Remember the People's Choice Blog Awards that Steph at Hey, Teenager of the Year was hosting? I was voted Best Reviewer! Thanks everyone-I think everyone on the list is an awesome blogger, so congrats to all the nominees and other winners. Be sure to check out the whole list on Steph's blog.
Today is my birthday! I'm heading out to see the Star Trek movie with my family-I've already seen it, but they haven't, so I'm excited to see it with them. Then we'll probably head back home and enjoy some cake, since you can't have a birthday without cake!
Since it's more fun to celebrate with others, I'll be hosting a contest soon, so stay tuned!! Happy start of summer everyone!:)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Even More YA Movie News!!

Entertainment Weekly has posted photos from New Moon. There are a couple new ones, so if you're a Twilight fan be sure to check them out!


Thanks to Carol at Bookluver-Carol for letting me know about this. I haven't read the book series, but I'm interested in the show.

YA Movie News

* So by now I'm sure almost everyone has seen the New Moon Poster. What do you think? I think it looks a little photoshoped to me. Personally I like the poster author Maggie Stiefvater did on her blog-I laughed so hard when I saw it!

* Did you also hear that there will be a New Moon clip AND a Harry Potter clip shown at next Sunday's MTV Movie Awards? I don't normally watch, but this actually might tempt me.

* And for anyone who loves dark and brooding characters, Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick is set to start in a new movie version of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. This is one movie that's been in development so long, Natalie Portman was originally set to star. Let's hope this time it survives so we can see Ed as Heathcliff-anyone else love this casting? Cathy will be played by Bond Girl Gemma Arterton.

* Anyone else loving this clip from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince? Ron Weasly in love-I love it! I can't wait to see this movie in July!

* And last, what do you think of the new Sherlock Holmes trailer? I think it looks fun, but my husband, who read lots of Sherlock Holmes mysteries as a young teen, isn't so thrilled. I guess he's a Sherlock purist!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Amiri and Odette: A Love Story by Walter Dean Myers

Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Urban Contemporary/Poetry
Release Date: 1/1/2009
About the Book: An updated re-telling of Swan Lake, set in an urban neighborhood and told in verse.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I picked this one up mainly because it was on my cart of new books at work and because it was an updated version of a story typically told through ballet-this seemed like an interesting concept and I wanted to see how Myers pulled it off. Plus, the artwork caught my eye!
The story is told beautifully, and even though the book is short-coming in at 40 pages-it's a powerful one. Swan Lake is a housing project and Amiri's mom is worried he won't settle down with the right girl, so she opts to throw him a party. Amiri meets Odette, but instead of being cursed to turn into a swan, in this tale, Odette's curse is a drug addition and she can't escape the clutches of the dealer Big Red.
I really didn't know much about the story of Swan Lake, which I read the summary of after I read this one and I think I should have read it before. Since I knew it was based on Swan Lake, I kept taking some of the things as fantasy and kept thinking about the swan curse, because that's what I knew of the story, so I wasn't really clear on Odette's drug addiction until the end. I guess I just need some things spelled out for me sometimes!!
I really loved the artwork-the artist makes it look like graffiti and the paintings were done on asphalt, which has a really cool effect.
This is a quick read, and it's worth it!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

My Dog Is Famous!!!

I love A.S. King's Wag it Wednesday posts-I love seeing everyone's adorable dogs. So I am thrilled that today's adorable dog is my very own Wrigley!!

Head over to A.S. King's blog to learn all about my soft coated wheaten terrier, how she got her name and see cute pictures! Wrigley would really love it if you stopped by!!

Want It Wednesday

The Life of Glass by Jillian Cantor

Release Date: March 2010

About the Book: Before he died, Melissa’s father told her about stars. He told her that the brightest stars weren’t always the most beautiful—that if people took the time to look at the smaller stars, if they looked with a telescope at the true essence of the star, they would find real beauty. But even though Melissa knows that beauty isn’t only skin deep, the people around her don’t seem to feel that way. There’s her gorgeous sister Ashley who will barely acknowledge Melissa at school, there's her best friend Ryan, who may be falling in love with the sophisticated Courtney, and there’s Melissa’s mother who’s dating someone new, someone who Melissa knows will never be able to replace her father.

To make sure she doesn’t lose her father completely, Melissa spends her time trying to piece together the last of his secrets and completing a journal her father began—one about love and relationships and the remarkable ways people find one another. But when tragedy strikes, Melissa has to start living and loving in the present, as she realizes that being beautiful on the outside doesn't mean you can't be beautiful on the inside.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: It's by Jillian Cantor, it's got a beautiful cover and it sounds amazing. I'm just sad I have to wait until 2010!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Win Two Huge Penguin Prize Packs from Lenore!!!

Presenting Lenore is hosting a HUGE giveaway for two Penguin Prize Packs!

The first pack is a Penguin Reality Pack

The second is for a Penguin Fantasy Pack

You have until June 3 to enter! Good luck!!!:)

No More Shojo Beat Magazine?

As a teen librarian, I have to be aware of teen books, especially manga. And just like my books, I like my manga to be funny and I usually lean towards the romance series. That's why I love Shojo Beat magazine. It compiles great girly manga into one issue and I'm totally addicted to Sand Chronicles and Vampire Knight!!!

So I am extremely sad to see that Shojo Beat magazine will be ceasing publication in July. I really think some of my teens are going to cry over this news.

I need your help. I know there are manga fans out there in the blogging world. Anything that I could get to replace the hole that Shojo Beat Magazine will leave in my manga collection?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork

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Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 3/1/2009
About the Book: Marcelo is seventeen and has an Asperger's-like condition. He goes to a special school and has a summer job lined up caring for the therapy horses at his school. But Marcelo’s father has other plans-he wants Marcelo to experience the real world. He gets Marcelo a job working in the mail room of his law firm. Marcelo isn’t interested in working at the law firm, but his father makes him a deal-survive in the real world and he won’t have to go to the public high school his father would like him attend for his senior year.

While working at the law firm, Marcelo uncovers secrets, learns about friendship, fights a battle for justice and learns about the real world.
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I was first drawn to this book because of Marcelo-I was interested in reading a book written from the perspective of a character with Asperger’s. I thought it would be a story about Marcelo navigating the real world, but there was so much more. Marcelo finds himself faced with tough decisions, and fighting a battle between what’s right and wrong, and I think anyone can relate to Marcelo’s struggles. There’s some mystery, some romance, and even some religious searching all packed in these pages.
I enjoyed the fact that the book is written in first person from Marcelo’s point of view. It was interesting to get inside Marcelo’s head and understand how he processed things.

Jasmine, Marcelo's co-worker in the mail room, is an inspiration. She’s patient, she’s kind, and she’s smart. I wish more people were as gentle as Jasmine was when she first met Marcelo. Yes, he was slow in his work at first, but she encouraged him and helped him learn instead of getting upset. We could all hope to be like Jasmine, especially when dealing with people who are “different.”
I recently saw a movie trailer for the movie Adam, which is about a man with Asperger's. I think this movie and this book would make great discussion starters!

Contest: Put Twenty Boy Summer on the Map

I've spotted TBS in TWO different states!! Now it's your turn:

Twenty Boy Summer has escaped from its boxes before the official June 1 release date and has already been spotted in the wild at a bookstore near Buffalo, NY. Now through June 30, we’re tracking sightings of TBS all over the country. If you spot the book in a bookstore or library, take a picture or video and enter to win a cool TBS Beach Prize Pack!


Take a picture or video of Twenty Boy Summer on the shelves in the store, kiosk, or library
Email it with your first name, store/library name, and the city and state where it was taken to sarah (dot) ockler (at) gmail (dot) com with the subject “TBS Map Contest”

For an extra entry, take a picture or video of the book with YOU in it, holding it or pointing at it or singing to it or doing some other creative (but not illegal) thing

Pics and videos will be posted at along with a Google map showing all of the places Twenty Boy Summer has been spotted in the wild. The more times you find and document TBS in different storesand libraries, the more times you can enter!

The contest is open to U.S. residents only. Participants under age 13 must have a parent/guardian enter for them. We’ll randomly select a winning entry from all of the entries on July 1 and will notify the winner by email.

Good luck and happy book hunting!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Something Happened by Greg Logsted

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 12/04/2008

About the Book: Billy's father died five months ago and now Billy is starting a new school year without him. He has a new English teacher, Miss Gate, who is young and beautiful and seems eager to help Billy with his poetry.

But as Billy spends more time with Miss Gate, the lines between student and teacher become blurred...

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I really liked this book for taking on a tough subject and handling it in a great way-it's detailed but not graphic. Billy is in middle school, which ups the ick factor of Miss Gate, but the author does a great job presenting the subject matter that I would have no problem giving this book to a seventh grader.

I also really appreciated that this book was told from a male point of view. The reader is able to get into Billy's mind and understand what it is about Miss Gate that interests him. I liked Billy's letter's to his Dad and thought that added to Billy's character-you understood his grief.

The book did fall a little short for me with the character of Miss Gate. I would have liked some explanation as to why she was preying on Billy-Billy's only thirteen-creepy!! I would have liked to get into her head more and figure out exactly what was going on.

Overall, I think author Greg Logsted did a great job presenting a touchy subject in a readable and relateable way. He gets the reader to think and I think this book could be a great way to start discussions on student/teacher relationships for all ages.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Read Stupid Cupid Chapter One

The wonderful Rhonda Stapleton has posted Chapter One of her upcoming debut Stupid Cupid on her blog. I have been lusting after this book and it doesn't come out until December!! The start is great and I can't wait to read more-thanks for posting Rhonda!

YA Movie News

Remember last week's post about The Forest of Hands and Teeth and how it's rumored an A-list actress will star? Rumors are it's Kristen Stewart because the company that picked it up are behind another Kristen movie K-11 . This could totally work for me because I think the girl on the cover kind of looks like Kristen.

In Harry Potter news, Jamie Campbell Bower has been cast as Grindelwald in the Deathly Hallows movie. He was last seen in Sweeny Todd as Anthony, and is currently filiming New Moon where he plays Caius, furthing the connection between the films actors. What do you think of this casting? I think he's a little too pretty boy for Grindelwald, but I've always been suprised by the cast of the HP movies.

Have you seen this fan made poster for New Moon? I am officially jealous that someone could make that! Check out the larger version.

And last, I know it's not a YA novel, but it has YA appeal, so I'm sharing the trailer for this summer's tear jerker-My Sister's Keeper based on the Jodi Piccoult novel. I've heard they changed the ending from the book to the movie so I'm interested to see it-plus, I'm eager to see how Cameron Diaz does in such a dramatic role-she is not who I had in mind at all when I read this book!

Radio Show Interview

The awesome Storyheart has an online radio show, A Book and a Chat, where he interviews authors and bloggers, and I'm going to be a guest!! :) You can catch the show at 10:00 (CT) on Saturday May 16, and you can listen live here. Or if you miss the show, you can catch the podcast which will be up on the site. I'd love for you to tune in-we'll be talking books, libraries and blogging, and quite possibly weddings!:)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Blog Award

Thanks to TV and Book Addict for this award!
Kreativ Blogger Award! The rules for this one include:
*Post 7 things you love
*Give award to 7 other bloggers who are creative.
Seven things I love:
1. My husband-he's so handsome and funny and it's so fun calling him my husband now!:)
2. My dog Wrigley-she's a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and she's so sweet! Plus, not many people know of or have Wheaten's so it's sort of like being in a cool dog club.
3. Books-I LOVE books. My first word was even books, so I've loved them for a long time. I want that library from Beauty and the Beast-anyone else have dreams of that??
4. Chocolate-nothing to say really, I just love it!
5. Star Trek-yep, I'm a nerd, but I'm a proud nerd! And yes I totally bought Fruit Loops for the Star Trek badge inside!! It's a sad sad addition, I know.
6. Board Games-I love playing games and wish I could have more game nights with friends. Settlers of Catan is my favorite, followed by Scene It because I can kick butt at that game!
7. My blogging friends-the blogging world is so nice and full of amazing people and I love connecting with other readers-reading blogs is like my warm fuzzy for the day because I realize there are other YA bookworms that squeel when they see book covers.
I award:
The Wife Rules-my husband yes, he started a new project so you should all check it out
Melissa's Bookshelf-super nice blogger and she's posted some awesome reviews-I've bought a few books recently based on her reviews-thanks Melissa
Books Are My Love-the banner for this blog says "books make great lovers"-I love it! Plus, Ashley has been hosting some great interviews about teens and sex-very interesting!
Carrie's YA Bookshelf-she works in a book store and she's going to school to be a librarian-how awesome is Carrie??
Don't Lose my Place-a new blog you should all check out-EmmyReader is really nice and her profile pick is from Harry Potter-love it!
Garden of Books for Teens-Polo Pony is super nice and writes great posts. She even knits hats for newborns for a charity she started-how awesome is that?
My Favorite Author-I really like My Favorite Author because they're like me-grown ups who love reading YA. Plus, they have great monthly themes, interviews, reviews and contests.
I know I've recived other blog awards over the past couple of weeks, but I've been behind, so if you left me an award recently and would like a shout out, please remind me!

The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart-Audiobook Review

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 9/26/2006

About the Book: When Ruby Oliver's boyfriend breaks up with her and her friends alienate her, Ruby starts to have panic attacks which convince her parents she needs therapy. It is her therapist that comes up with the idea for the boyfriend list-not all of the names are boyfriends, some are boys Ruby talked to once, or went on a date with or are even imaginary. Through the list we find out about Ruby's story-one boy at a time.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I'd always seen this book around and thought it looked cute, but hadn't ever read it. When I got an ARC of the third book in the Ruby Oliver series, A Treasure Map of Boys, I knew I had to go back and read this one. Since I had the audiobook at my library, I opted to listen to this one.

Narrator Mandy Siegfried is great-she captures Ruby perfectly and I really felt like I was a friend of Ruby's listening in on her secrets. Each chapter is a new boy on the list-we find out why the boy is on the list, a little more about Ruby and also more about Jackson, Ruby's ex-boyfriend and why the drama at school is happening. Not everything is reavealed at once, and while somtimes this bugs me in books, E. Lockhart does an excellent job of letting you in on enough information that you want to keep reading (or listening.)

Ruby really feels like a best friend-she's smart, she's funny and I wish I was as creative and witty as she was (although I'm sure Ruby would disagree that she was any of those things!) I'm really looking forward to reading more in this series and from E. Lockhart in general. I love the way she writes teens-it reallys transports me back to my own teen years and the dialogue and characters feel real.

I did notice that the narrator for The Boyfriend List has narrated lots of YA books and is doing the audiobook version of Aprilynne Pike's Wings. I think she'll be great at it and now I'm interested in finding more books Mandy Siegfried has read!

Also, this pretty much never happens, because not many people review (or like) audiobooks, but ThePageFlipper recently reviewed this same audiobook! You can check out her review here.

Exciting Library News

The month of May is a very busy one for me in the library world because I'm spending all of time promoting the summer reading program and visiting schools. I found out today that I will be getting to talk to all the students at one of our local middle schools. This is super exciting because I've never been able to get into this school before, and this could really give a big push to our teen summer reading programs! Yay!:)

I spent Monday morning talking to 7th graders at another middle school and they were lots of fun. I booktalked The ABC's of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro and that was the biggest hit out of all the books I took with me. Great title for booktalking, Tina! I had to laugh because the boys kept asking me where their kissing book was and I told them they would just have to read the book too! I've had several students from my visit on Monday already in the library, which is really cool.

Alright, I'll be back to reviewing soon-I hope to post my review of The Boyfriend List Audiobook later today. I just had to share my exciting news!:)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Want It Wednesday-Tweens

I work mostly with Teens at my library, but I also run tween programming and often do book talks and school visits with 5th grade, so I try to keep an eye out for great Tween reads as well. Here's a couple of tween reads I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this summer! I'm hoping to feature more tween books on my blog as well.

Babymouse: Dragonslayer by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm

Release Date: 8/25/09

About the Book: In a distant kingdom a growing darkness falls over the land. One is called to defend . . . to bring hope . . . to slay the Mighty Dragon. . . .

Could it be . . . Babymouse? Find out when Babymouse leads her fellow Mathletes in the quest of a lifetime, a death-defying fight to win back both her school’s honor and the coveted GOLDEN SLIDE RULE. Our brave young hero must face not just the evil Owlgorithms but also her own personal dragon—MATH. Destined for glory, for greatness, for bookstores and libraries everywhere . . . this is the epic adventure fans have been waiting for!

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I love Babymouse! I booktalk these titles all the time and can't wait to read Babymouse's newest adventure. I would totally be a dragonslayer if I could look as cute as Babymouse!

My Rotten Life: Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie

Release Date: 8/4/09

About the Book: Ten-year-old Nathan Abercrombie is having a really bad day. First, Shawna Lanchester, the prettiest girl in his class, doesn’t invite him to her party. Then he gets picked last in gym class. Things couldn’t get any worse…until he gets doused with an experimental serum that turns him into a half-dead zombie!

Nathan soon discovers that being half dead isn’t all bad. He doesn’t need any sleep, so he can stay up all night and play games online. He doesn’t feel any pain, so there’s no need to worry about Rodney the bully anymore. Still, Nathan would rather be human. Will he find a cure? Or will Nathan be half-dead forever?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: You know zombies are taking over when there are tween books about them!! I love David Lubar-he's hystarical! Don't believe me? Check out his humor page-scroll down for library humor, it's great! If anyone is going to write about zombies for tweens, I'm glad it's David Lubar-I can't wait to read this one!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

This is how people find my blog??

So I installed Google Analytics a few months ago and it's very cool to see how many people visit my blog, where they're from and all that cool stat stuff. One of the features I like is that it lists keywords that people have used to find your blog. There are some really fun ones, so I thought I'd share:

Character analysis in Prom by Laure Halse Anderson
A Book Report on Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley
-Sorry guys, I'll write book reviews, but you'll have to do your own homework!!

Is there going to be a Luxe movie? (This one actually came up a lot!)
-Not that I know of yet, but I will keep you posted-I think it'd be a great movie too!

Auditions for Beastly/Hunger Games/Percy Jackson/etc.-(This one was the most searched for!)
-I post info I find on YA movies, but I, just like the authors themselves, don't know anything about casting or how to audition. If I see anything, I'll let you know! I wish I could audition for these movies too.

Wedding Planning
-Yes, I know all about wedding planning! If you're like me and want a fun and unique wedding, check out (and the book Offbeat Bride!) The site features some amazing weddings and there's even a ning social networking site that was the only site I used for wedding planning. And of course, check out lots of books at your local library-wedding books are way expensive and not really worth the money.

How to interview for a teen librarian job
-First off, don't apply and interview for a teen librarian job if you don't like working with teens. Yes, this actually happens and it's one of my biggest pet peeves! Only work with teens if you truly love teens-this will be the age group you'll be in charge of and you'll be expected to bring them to the library, promote teen books and programs-so make sure you enjoy working with this age group.
Read YA books-and not just Twilight, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, browse around on YALSA, check out the YALSA listservs, talk to teens. Most likely you'll be asked questions about how you would handle disruptive teens, how would you promote teen services at your library, what programs would you plan, what teen book would you recommend to a teen, how would you help a teen find info on (fill in the blank: school project, biographies, something you don't agree with, etc.) Come prepared with ideas of how to reach teens, even if they might not be possible at the library you're interviewing at-you want to show you have ideas and you can shoot big! Part of being a teen librarian is pushing everyone else in your library to appreciate and respect teens and teen services as much as you do, so make sure you can be a good advocate for teens in the library and express that in your interview. Good luck!

And my personal favorite:

Inteview with an underwater welder
-Umm, nope, can't really help you, but I'm sure that'd be interesting to read! It makes me laugh too, because my interview with the main character of Moonstone by Marilee Brothers is what that links to! haha

Monday, May 11, 2009

Product Review: Book Buddy

Recently I was asked to do a product review for the Book Buddy lap desk. Be sure to check out the Book Buddy website-they're having a sale on Book Buddy's right now!
The idea for the Book Buddy is that it's a desk that offers hands free reading. I loved this idea because I am always reading, but at work I get annoyed because I never can seem to eat lunch and hold a book and my book doesn't lay flat. The Book Buddy fixes this problem-your book is secured into the ribbons and lays flat and stays put so your hands are freed up!
The Book Buddy is soft and comfortable, so it's great to lay on your lap too. This has made many recent car rides back and forth to my parents house planning wedding stuff more enjoyable because I can lay the Book Buddy on my lap and read a book-I love it!
The other thing I adore about the Book Buddy is that it transforms into a laptop desk. Since I'm doing online school, I'm always using the computer. The Book Buddy comes with an acrylic desktop that tucks into the ribbons and holds a laptop up-plus it keeps your legs from heating up from the laptop and makes it much easier to type! This has also been a HUGE benefit when I'm working on school work in the car, again on those extended car trips.
I would recommend the Book Buddy to all readers and I think it would make a great gift. I read a review on the Book Buddy site from a customer who loves the Book Buddy because her arthritis is bad and she can't hold a book for an extended period of time. That made me think that maybe the Book Buddy should me my next present to Grandma!
Overall, I would give the Book Buddy a 4/5 Stars-my only complaint is that it's a little big, so it takes up a large space when I use it reading and eating. But other than that I really enjoy it (and have caught my husband using it as a laptop desk on more than one occasion!)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Great Contest: Win Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

I love reading Maggie's blog (she is incredibly funny) and today when I saw her post, she had found that someone was selling an ARC of Shiver on ebay with a current bid of $51-crazy huh? So this inspired Maggie to have an awesome contest, which you should all go and enter! Make sure to blog about this contest and then comment on this post and tell her I sent you!
Here's the rules:
Because the $51 ARC has inspired me to do a contest thingy. Here's the deal. It's running from May 8-15th. The idea is to convince as many of your LJ or blogger or wordpress friends to post about SHIVER (you don't have to pay them, although it might help). Winner is whoever manages to get as many of their friends to post and comment back here by 8 p.m. EST on the 15th.
And the reward? Okay. Here it is. First of all, you have to get at least 5 friends to blog about it to be eligible. Winner gets:- a signed ARC of SHIVER-
4 signed copies of LAMENT-
and for each of the friends that you got to comment, a critique of the first 5 pages of any of their manuscripts
And if any single person manages to get over 50 friends to comment, I'll make it 3 ARCs of SHIVER and 8 copies of LAMENT.
Pretty cool huh? Here's what the book is all about:
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

YA Movie News

Wow-there's a lot going on this week!!

First off, film rights to Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth have been sold and rumor has it the film's script is already in development and they're working on this project for an A-list starlet. Congrats to Carrie! I'll let you know when I find out more.

Paramount has bought the rights to Swim the Fly by Don Calame. I've read some great reviews on this book around the blogging world including KD's Library, Steph Su Reads, and Addicted to Books. Sounds like it could be a great teen flick! Congrats Don-this is awesome news especially since the book was just recently released!

And in Percy Jackson news, two more cast members have been added. Rosario Dawson will be playing Persephone and Steve Coogan will be Hades. Also, check out the Percy Jackson IMDB page for more info on the cast including Aphrodite, Demeter and Luke. I really can't wait for this movie!!

And last, I gotta geek out for a moment and let you all know I went and saw Star Trek last night and it was fantastic! Even if you're not a Trek fan (my hubby is not an original series fan at all) you can still enjoy it. I had major doubts about a film that would prequel an already set canon, but the writers did an excellent job and I was able to forgive them for little things (mostly) because they wrote a way around it. Even a friend of mine who is big into all things original and does not like anything done without Gene Roddenberry loved it! The cast was amazing and the movie stayed true to the feel of the original series without being cheesy. If you get a chance this weekend, go see this movie!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Save the Date by Tamara Summers

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Release Date: 4/29/2008

Genre: Romance

About the Book: Jakarta aka Jack is the youngest of six girls, which means when your sisters get older and start getting married, you get to be a bridesmaid non-stop. Already having been a bridesmaid in her two oldest sister's weddings, Jack is preparing for middle sister Victoria's fairy tale wedding when crazy sister Paris pops in and announces she's getting married this summer too! Soon Jack is forced into centerpiece making, shower planning, and avoiding scary bachelorette parties.

Plus, the wedding planner her family has hired has an adorably cute son, Leo, that Jack can't seem to keep her mind off of. But if she wants her sisters weddings to turn out perfect, she has to avoid Leo because of the "wedding curse"-every time Jack brings a date to a wedding, something terrible happens and the day turns disastrous!! Can Jack stay away from Leo all summer in order to avoid the "wedding curse" or will Leo be the one to break it?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I picked this book up on a whim because I thought it'd be fun to read about someone else's crazy wedding to help me through all my own wedding planning stuff. What I ended up with was a total surprise-this was the perfect read. I loved all the characters-each sister is different which adds a fun dynamic to the story and the romance between Jack and Leo is perfect. Leo is totally a book boy crush-he's charming, he's sweet, he's hot, and he brings wedding cake samples-he couldn't be any more perfect!

This book may by a typical paperback romance, but it felt like more to me. Maybe because I could laugh at the crazy bridezillas and be thankful that I was nowhere near that crazy (I hope!). I also really liked Jack-she seemed real, down to earth and even though her family may drive her crazy, she's totally loyal to them. I really wish there were more books featuring the Finnegan sisters because this is a family I would love to read more about.

If you're looking for a great summer beach read, or you've been asked to attend one too many weddings this year, pick up Save the Date-you're sure to laugh and have fun and feel much better about that horrible dress you've been asked to wear!

P.S.-Tamara Summers is the pen name for author Tui T. Sutherland. I know I'll be checking out more of her books soon!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Want It Wednesday

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Release Date: 10/6/2009

About the Book: It's the start to a new series, and it's set in an alternate 1914 where biotechnology was discovered Charles Darwin and now there are all sorts of cool techno beasties. You can find a fun FAQ about the book on Scott Westerfeld's blog.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Steampunk, new series, awesome cover-I want!!! I would love it if this one showed up at ALA! :)

Quatrain by Sharon Shinn

Release Date: 10/6/2009

About the book: This is an anthology of novelleas set in the worlds of Shinn's previous novels, Archangel, Heart of Gold, Summers at Castle Auburn, and Mystic and Rider.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Yep, I'm a cover whore-I admit it, the cover is the real reason I want it. It's amazing and beautiful and I totally want that girls dress! So I haven't read anything by Sharon Shinn, but I think a book of novellas would be a great place to start!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Interview at Hey Teenager of the Year

Steph from Hey Teenager of the Year interviewed me about blogging, my favorite books and what I love about reading. You can check it out here. Thanks Steph! :)

Wedding Pics-Take Two!

Bride and Groom
Dad and me getting our Vulcan on!
My amazing shoes and book bouquet!


The Boys acting out Rocky

My poodle skirt flower girls

Centerpieces and favors

I'm Back and I'm Married!!! (Some Pics Included)

Thank you to everyone for the wonderful wedding wishes! It was a great day, and the rain held off so we could get pictures outside, although it ended up raining the whole week, so the ground was mushy and it was cold, so the actual ceremony was indoors. Everyone had a blast and I got lots of comments on how people loved that books were everywhere! Here's some early pictures-I'll post more when I get them!

It was a pretty geeky day-the ring "bear" wore a Chicago Bears jersey and carried a Star Trek teddy bear and roared down the asile! The boys shuffled down to the Superbowl Shuffle. I walked down the asile to Hedwig's Theme. :)
We started the ceremony off with "mawwage...", my dad said "Make it So" when he asked if he could give me away, the ring ceremony was a re-written version of the Lord of the Rings "one ring to rule them all" speech, we ended with "may you live long and prosper." Full of geektastic fun!!!

The centerpeices were buckets that had pages from books and black and white pictures from tissue paper on them, filled with our bookmark favors. The flowers were made from book pages and ribbons. (Mine was made from Danny and the Dinosaur, the first book I read as a kid.) Our guestbooks were our favorite books placed on each table for guests to sign-these were a blast to read through!

Friday, May 1, 2009

YA Movie News

Ok, seriously, how did I not know about this? There's a movie coming out in 2010 called Ramona and Beezus based on Beverly Cleary's Ramona books! The cast I'm unsure about-Selena Gomez as Beezus?-but I think I'm just biased because I remember the Ramona series from way back when with Sara Polley. I checked those videos out from the library all the time-as well as the Ramona books. So even with the strange casting choices, I'll still go see the movie!

Melissa De la Cruz's Au Pairs series had the move rights sold back in 2006, but a writer for the film has recently been hired, so a movie might not be far off! A movie version of Zoey Dean's A-List is also in development with Alloy as well.

Finally check out this trailer for I Love You Beth Cooper, based on the novel by Larry Doyle. I still can't believe my mom read this book-and liked it!

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