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    Best of 2013: Vanessa’s Pick Part 1

    05.12.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Best of 2013: Vanessa’s Pick Part 1

    The Birthright series, by Gabrielle Zevin:

    “In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. Anya Balanchine is the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city’s most notorious (and dead) crime boss, and when her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures, the police think she’s to blame. In this thrilling young adult series, Anya will have to decide between accepting her birthright and following her heart.” (goodreads.com)

    Vanessa says she couldn’t get enough of it!


  • Library Serf, Movies

    Books Into Movies, 2014 Edition

    30.10.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Books Into Movies, 2014 Edition

    Tomorrow it will be three weeks until the opening of Catching Fire. We can’t wait! On the subject of turning a popular book into a (hopefully popular) movie, here are some in production in Hollywood:

    Vampire Academy, book (and series) by Richelle Mead.  The film is set to star Zoey Deutch (Beautiful Creatures) and Sarah Hyland (from Modern Family) in March next year. Movie info is here. The trailer’s here.

    Fallen, book by Lauren Kate. Fallen was one of our most borrowed fiction titles back in 2010, so it’s been a while coming! There’s not much info on IMDb yet, but watch this space.

    The Giver, book by Lois Lowry. The Giver was first published in 1993, a long time before dystopian novels were the it thing. The series has been growing slowly: Son was published last year. The film stars Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Taylor Swift (yes that Taylor Swift) and Katie Holmes. Slightly more information is here

    If I Stay, book by Gayle Forman. What a wrench the movie will be, if the book’s anything to go by!  It stars Chloe Grace Moretz. IMDb info here

    These are just the additions to the ones we reported on in March. Other more rumour-ish movies include Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, Heist Society by Ally Carter, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness… the list is very long; we’re wondering if there are any script writers writing from scratch? And are movies ever better than the book?


  • Books, Library Serf, News

    New Zealand Post Book Awards

    28.06.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on New Zealand Post Book Awards

    This week the winners of the New Zealand Post Book Awards were announced, and a YA book took out the main prize. Well done that book!

    Winner of the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award, and the Best Young Adult Fiction Award:

    Into the River, Ted Dawe. “When Te Arepa Santos is dragged into the river by a giant eel, something happens that will change the course of his whole life. The boy who struggles to the bank is not the same one who plunged in, moments earlier. He has brushed against the spirit world, and there is a price to be paid; an utu to be exacted. Years later, far from the protection of whanau and ancestral land he finds new enemies. This time, with on-one to save him, there is a decision to be made.. he can wait on the bank, or leap forward into the river.” (goodreads.com)


  • Books, Internet, Library Serf, Writing

    How is a book made?

    10.06.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on How is a book made?

    Ever wondered what goes into producing a book? Lauren Oliver, author of the bestselling Delirium trilogy, explains all about it in this series of videos, from coming up with an idea to printing and promoting.


  • Events, Happenings, Library Serf

    Free Writing Workshop with Mal Peet

    05.06.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Free Writing Workshop with Mal Peet

    Mal Peet, award-winning author of Tamar, Exposure, and Life: An Unexploded Diagram is in Wellington this month, and he’ll be the guest star at a free, one-off workshop at the central library. The details are:

    Sunday 16 June, 1 to 4pm
    Wellington Central Library
    To register, email sarah@bookcouncil.org.nz

    “Most of us learn to write by stealing from other writers. This event is an invitation to aspiring writers to do some serious shoplifting.” (Mal Peet)


  • Library Serf, Movies, Trailers

    Catching Fire trailer!

    15.04.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Catching Fire trailer!

    Is out, and it looks gripping!

    Don’t forget to read the book: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.


  • Books, Library Serf

    Some Book Award News

    22.03.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Some Book Award News

    Ketchup Clouds, the second novel by Annabel Pitcher has won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for 2013. In Ketchup Clouds, Zoe deals with a secret (and enormous guilt) by sharing it with a prisoner on death row in America.

    Other contenders in the teen category included Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, and Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas: the complete list is here or here.


  • Library, Library Serf

    The new and improved Overdrive

    13.03.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on The new and improved Overdrive

    Overdrive – the home of many of WCL’s e-audiobooks and all the e-books – has had a makeover. The new site features are explained in this news post here. Included is an introductory tutorial, hosted by a polite and competent Overdrive librarian.


  • Internet, Library Serf, Movies

    Catching Fire Fashion Extra

    12.03.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Catching Fire Fashion Extra

    We at the teen blog like fiction and fashion, so when you put them together you get a winner. We do love the Catching Fire couture photos that have cropped up recently. Even the chairs are awesome. Finnick looks piratical (<3 the word piratical, any excuse to use it), and we’re not sure whose dress is better, Johanna’s or Katniss’ (which looks like it’s part-weapon). Stuff informs us that Effie is wearing Alexander McQueen. Here’s Perez Hilton on the topic.

    Also, make sure you re-read the book while you wait for the first teaser trailer. The movie website (complete with impressive flaming logo) is here.


  • Books, Library, Library Serf

    Read some YA in another language

    05.03.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Read some YA in another language

    Did you know that Wellington City Libraries has a collection of books in languages other than English? We do! Some of them you may recognise.

    Christopher Paolini: the Inheritance cycle in Chinese (Yilalong, Zhang lao, Di guo: San, and Di guo: Xia)

    Ally Condie: the Matched trilogy in German (Cassia & Ky auf Deutsch: Die Flucht, Die Auswahl, Die Ankunft).

    Lauren Kate: Duo luo tian shi (Fallen in Chinese)

    Suzanne Collins: we have The Hunger Games in German, Chinese, Spanish, French

    Stephenie Meyer: remember Twilight? Well, we’ve got the series in (deep breath) Chinese, Japanese, Korean (these have cool covers), Russian (some), Spanish.

    P C and Kristin Cast: a selection of the House of Night series in Chinese.

    So if you’re at home in another language, or you’re looking for a challenge, this is the perfect place to start. Here’s a complete list of teen fiction books in other languages, including some non-translated titles.

    If there’s something in another language you think the library should definitely get, then let us know (you can fill in a suggestion to buy here).

    Vale,
    Library Serf


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