Sunday, May 31, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
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!!
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.
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)
Thursday, May 28, 2009
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
Monday, May 25, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
* 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
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
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!!
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
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!!!:)
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
While working at the law firm, Marcelo uncovers secrets, learns about friendship, fights a battle for justice and learns about the real world.
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.”
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 SarahOckler.com 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
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
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!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
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.
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
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
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.
-Yes, I know all about wedding planning! If you're like me and want a fun and unique wedding, check out Offbeatbride.com (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
Friday, May 8, 2009
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.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Release Date: 4/29/2008
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
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
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!