When you use the library catalogue do you sometimes feel a bit like there’s this needle you lost and the last time you saw it was in that rather large haystack over there? Well, never fear; we’ve come up with a list of hints (some big, some small, some obvious, some notso) that should make looking for stuff a bit easier. The page is here.
If you yourself have some handy hints that you’d like to share then let us know.
As mentioned in the past, The Vampire Diaries are being made into a television series. The network responsible has released some teaser clips of the show, which is set to begin soon. You can watch all three after the Read more … – the books can be borrowed from your local library, of course.
Watch the teasers below! Isn’t it cool when he jumps off the roof like that?
If you read loads of websites and blogs that update regularly (like this one), and you think, “gosh, if only all these sites’ contents could be stuck onto one handy page,” then consider using an RSS reader. Rather than opening many websites at once, an RSS reader grabs the newest content from them for you. So handy!
Anyway, the Teen Blog’s RSS feed is here.
Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson (278 pages) – Lia’s best friend Cassie has died from anorexia, and now Lia faces the same fate. ‘One girl’s chilling descent into the all-consuming vortex of anorexia.’
First sentence: ‘So she tells me, the words dribbling out with the cranberry muffin crumbs, commas dunked in her coffee.’
Because I am Furniture, by Thalia Chaltas (352 pages) – Anke’s father is abusive, though only to her sister and brother. She gradually learns that she can be heard when she joins the volleyball team. Written in poems.
First sentence: ‘I am always there.‘
Hero Type, by Barry Lyga (295 pages) – Kevin heroically (though accidently) saves someone’s life, and during the unwanted publicity he is photographed being ‘unpatriotic’.
First sentence: ‘ Everywhere you go, it seems like there’s a reminder of what happened, of what I did.‘
Diary of a Chav: Keeping it Real, by Grace Dent (233 pages) – This is the fourth book in the ‘Diary of a Chav’ series.
The Ant Colony, by Jenny Valentine (215 pages) – from the author of Finding Violet Park. The Ant Colony in question is 33 Georgiana Street in London, a house populated by a disparate bunch of people who seem to get on with their lives without disturbing others, but it doesn’t take much to stir the pot.
First sentence: I saw a girl.
The Bone Tiki, by David Hair (303 pages) – Matiu steals a bone tiki from a tangi (which you think would be a bad place to start). Soon he’s running for his life, in reality and in a world where myths and legends are real and terrifying.
First sentence: ‘Dear Mum, I hope you are OK, and liking it in Taupo.’
Inside Girl: All That Glitters, by J. Minter (229 pages). The series that won our Selector vote-off earlier this year. Flan’s been ’slumming it’ at a downtown school. When she’s back in her uptown neighbourhood she finds the experience has changed her, and tensions run high.
First sentence: ‘Repeat after me,’ SBB said.
Take a Chance on Me (Gossip Girl: The Carlyles), by Annabelle Vestry (240 pages) – the third in the series, and it looks like the triplets’ love lives need sorting out, which will be well documented by the gossip girl, no doubt. The book begins with a quote from Hamlet.
First sentence (from the non-GG bit (which was waaay too long for me)): ‘Ow!’ Owen Carlyle grunted as a bagel hit him hard, square in the center of his broad shoulders.
Extreme Kissing, by Luisa Plaja (327 pages) – Bethany and Carlota go on a crazy life-changing adventure in London using their favourite magazine as a guide. Kissing is involved, among other things.
First sentence: Are you stressed to the max?
Fire Song, by Libby Hathorn (141 pages) – Ingrid’s family has imploded, and when her mother asks her to do something she knows is wrong, Ingrid finds herself isolated, trying to help her mother and stick to her principles.
First sentence: From the back verandah, Ingrid Crowe watched her dog Blackie chase a stray bird across the garden.
Changeling, by Steve Feasey (266 pages) – the book finishes with a rather menacing “to be continued”. Trey is about to discover – if the back cover is anything to go by – that his friend Lucien is a vampire and he himself is a werewolf.
First sentence: Trey Laporte opened his eyes, wincing against the assault of the late-morning sunshine on his retinas.
One-Way Ticket, by Iona McNaughton (198 pages) - Meg’s happy in Toronto, but when her grandparents send one way tickets to New Zealand for her and her father she finds herself having to adjust to a new country, new school… and a new woman in her father’s life.
First sentence: It’s the same every year.
Also in: a new copy of Nicola and the Viscount, by Meg Cabot, first published in 2002.
It’s Youth Week this week, which aims to create ‘a society that values young people and affirms their diversity. The week aims to highlight the amazing things young people (12-24 years) do.’ This year’s Youth Week is about relationships;
During Youth Week we ask caregivers and parents to make time for their teenage and older children, and for young people to do the same for adults.
In the wonderful alternate world of My Gateway there are some impressive literature databases that should make essay writing, like, really easy (provided you keep refering to the question, make sure your conclusion covers the points mentioned in your introduction etc etc).
1) Books and Authors (you’ll need to put in your library card number and surname for authentication). This here database lets you browse in any number of ways, from basic searches like genre (including inspirational!), author and title, through to the Who/What/Where/When search, which is a fantastic illustration of Venn diagrams. You type in your parameters and where the circles intersect should provide a list of books relevant to your needs. Books and Authors also has comprehensive lists of award winners and bestsellers (US) and recommendations.
But enough of that, on to the good stuff: the database has a thing called “My Reading Room” that allows you to create lists, and write and store reviews. Excellent.
2) Literature Resource Centre (again, library card number and surname required). Very useful for literary research. You can select, for example, an author or book title, and you’ll find a comprehensive list of reviews, critical essays and overviews. There’s also a literary timeline which will tell you who else was writing and what was going on historically which will help you put the book/author in context. The author browse also contains a comprehensive bibliography (including articles and short stories). The database works equally well for classic authors like Laurence Sterne and contemporary writers like Stephenie Meyer.
Also: last year we did a spotlight on Fiction Connection, which is useful if you’re wondering what to read next, and also also Melissa pointed out Literature Map, which is quite a cool tool for working out who writes like who.
Next time we’ll focus on something like History or Classics.
p.s. if you want some advice on an essay you’re writing then visit the Studyit message boards, where actual teachers give you teacherly advice before you have to hand anything in. Very useful.
So that’s all. Don’t forget to tell us your favourite books, and have a good weekend!
A lot of you already know this, but I thought I’d do a quick mention anyway: Catherine Hardwicke’s director’s diary of Twilight (Twilight: Director’s Notebook: the story of how we made the movie based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer) has arrived in the library. Reserve it now, if you want to. The book is “intimate” and contains storyboard sketches, wardrobe photos, and the director’s notes about some of her favourite moments in the film. It should be an interesting read for students of Twilight and movie making.
Book lovers have recently been celebrating the New Zealand Post Book Awards. The nominated books have been put through a gruelling test over the last month, but the winners have finally been announced!
The 10pm Question by local gal Kate de Goldi has taken out the award for Young Adult fiction and Book of the Year. Yup- it’s that good!
Oh hi. We would like to know your favourite books, so we can create a Top 10 list of our readers’ choices. Should you get trapped on a deserted island, which three (or more) books would you take with you? They can be any book, but ideally it should be for teens.
Fill in the form below (you don’t need to complete your details, but you probably should), and depending on the results we will sort out a list sometime after Queen’s Birthday weekend.
[Update: thanks for filling in the form if you did - it was interesting hearing what you like to read. We might well be asking you similarly tough questions in future.]