Category Archives: Book Buzz

Battle of the Best-Sellers

Below is a list of recently released and best-selling young adult novels. Let us know which title you are looking forward to reading. Do you have a favorite book that should be on the list? Have you already read some … Continue reading

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2013 Gateway & Truman Award Winners Announced

It turns out that our predictions for the 2013 Gateway and Truman award winners were pretty accurate. Jonathan Maberry is the recipient of this year’s Gateway Readers Award for his book “Rot and Ruin.” The main character, Benny, has never known a world without zombies, … Continue reading

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So Much More Than Chick Lit

I get it already.  I do.  Seriously, I do not need to read one more book about painfully detailed wardrobes and how the main character just can’t decide between those two boys, and thinking is hard, and oh gee whiz, … Continue reading

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2013 Gateway and Truman Award Predictions

The Gateway Readers Award honors a young adult book as selected by high school students, while the Truman Readers Award is chosen by junior high students. Even though these awards are administered by the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL), it is the responsibility of … Continue reading

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YALSA Best of the Best

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) publishes a list of the year’s best books, audiobooks, films and graphic novels for teens. The “Best of the Best” is a great place to start when looking for your next great book … Continue reading

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2013 ALA Teen Book Award Winners Announced

Every January the American Library Association hosts its annual Youth Media Awards Press Conference. At this time, authors of children’s and young adult literature are recognized for the amazing works they have published in the last year. We as YA … Continue reading

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This Is the Way the World Ends…

Will it end with a bang or a whimper? Will it end in fire? Or maybe ice, as in”After the Snow” by S.D. Crockett. “The Way We Fall” by Megan Crewe tells the story of a world decimated by a … Continue reading

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Best Teen Books of 2012

The winter season is a great time to be a book lover because that is when the “Best of” booklists are generally published by popular review sites. For the crème de la crème of young adult literature published during 2012, … Continue reading

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Staff Review: The Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Why I checked it out: A dystopian take on Edgar Allen Poe’s short story? Yes, please! What it’s about: Araby Worth lives in a land decimated by a plague. The rich are protected by porcelain masks and the poor are … Continue reading

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Polly Shulman: Advice for Young Writers

Today we conclude our interview series with Polly Shulman, author of the Truman Award-nominated book, “The Grimm Legacy.” To read the first chapter online, be sure to visit Polly’s website at www.pollyshulman.com. For more great reading recommendations, don’t forget to … Continue reading

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