Figment is “a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you’re into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels”, you can find it all at Figment – it’s like a social network for those that love to write or read original stories. Check out the contests, forums or blog while you’re there, or just oggle at how cool the webpage looks.
You never know… you could be discovered as the next Stephenie Meyer.
(Us folk here at Teen Blog are alway happy to receive your writing anytime too!)
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Manstealing for Fat Girls, Michelle Embree
A great book for older teens, characters are not your usual beautiful mall rats but interesting people with quirks, family issues and are just trying to get their rubbish together.
(Set in St Louis (in the US) in the 1980s; the goodreads.com description says this is an “off-kilter” novel, which we like.)
This is also favourably reviewed by Lucy Longstockings!
Based in the 1980’s and published in 2006, Manstealing for Fat Girls came to our library this year and the odd title and pretty cover intrigued me. Warning though: this book is RAW. This messed up account of Angie aka ‘Lezzylard’ is not your typical tale of high school romance with football jackets and promise rings. Angie’s crowd are the outcasts, the dealers, the kids who wag school and get wasted on whatever. I highly recommend this, and, although the setting might be different and the music and the slang are way 80’s, the angst of being a teenager, frustrated and bored, is timeless.
Fans of the film Mega Shark Vs. Giant Octopus (the library’s copies have become popular so therefore it has fans I guess) will be thrilled to learn that a sequel is imminent! It is called Mega Shark Vs. Crocosaurus, and the trailer is below. Something to look forward to.
Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel
Slightly epic fantasy ghost comic with nicely gruesome humour and characters you like – to be released as a film soon…
What happens when a Klingon wakes up in the morning next to a Jedi!? I mean they are the enemy – Star Trek versus Star Wars! “Once you’re a Jedi, you’re a Jedi all the way” is the first short story scenario in this anthology of funny stories of geeks.
The Piper’s Son, Melina Marchetta
I recommended this book to (I think) absolutely everyone I know. Sorry to the people I nagged (except my sister, who I shall continue nagging until she reads it), but it is a wonderful book and I now recommend it virtually, again.
It’s about Tom (who you might know about if you’ve read Saving Francesca), and his aunt Georgie, and how important family can be, and how devastating it is when your incredibly tight-knit family cracks under pressure, and how not forgiving people can tie you up in knots, as well as the person you’re steadfastly not forgiving. It’s also got some very funny moments (in case that all sounds a bit hard).
Here are the most wanted books and CDs for December held in the YA collection. Nothing much has changed from last month I see! At least there are no Twilight books, which clogged up the list for what felt like years.
There are a few new items! The latest Now That’s What etc. is in, with two discs of ‘massive hits’; we’ve got the latest Naruto; and the third and final book in the Wake trilogy, Gone, has arrived. Almost making the list, but not quiet sufficiently popular, are new albums by Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars, and the ordered-but-not-yet-published Awakened, by P. C. Cast.
1. Shadow Wave, Robert Muchamore [no change]
2. Last Sacrifice, Richelle Mead [up 4]
3. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins [down 1]
4. Now That’s What I Call Music 34 [new]
5. Dead of the Night, John Marsden [up 2]
6. Torment, Lauren Kate [up 3]
7. Tomorrow When the War Began, John Marsden [down 4]
8. Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Clare [down 5]
9. Gone, Lisa McMann [new]
10. Naruto vol. 48 : The Cheering Village, Masashi Kishimoto [new]
Two trilogy-completing dystopian epics from Pippa – an interesting combo.
I can’t decide between Mockingjay (last in the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins) and Monsters of Men (last in the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness). Both are very exciting, action packed books (and very violent, so maybe not suitable for under teenage years) that deal with issues of power and corruption in very different societies from our own (futuristic settings, but not sci fi really). Both have strong female and male teen characters who have to make terrifying decisions in order to survive. Fantastic!