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Spring is here!

And it has sprung! I’ve found some vaguely Spring inspired books to get us into the swing of Spring. It’s about fresh starts and new beginnings, so I’ve found a few fitting books for the new season!

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsSplintered, A. G. Howard

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. (Goodreads)

We also have the sequel Unhinged, if you’d like to continue reading this saga!

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsSweethearts, Sara Zarr

As children, Jennifer Harris and Cameron Quick were both social outcasts. They were also one another’s only friend. So when Cameron disappears without warning, Jennifer thinks she’s lost the only person who will ever understand her. Now in high school, Jennifer has been transformed. Known as Jenna, she’s popular, happy, and dating, everything “Jennifer” couldn’t be—but she still can’t shake the memory of her long-lost friend. When Cameron suddenly reappears, they are both confronted with memories of their shared past and the drastically different paths their lives have taken. (Syndetics)

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Leslye Walton

Born with bird wings, Ava Lavender is well aware that love has long made fools of her family. When pious Nathaniel Sorrows mistakes her bird wings for angel wings, 16-year-old Ava faces the man’s growing obsession, which comes to a head with the rain and feathers that fly through the air during a nighttime summer solstice celebration. (Syndetics)

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Museum of Intangible Things, Wendy Wunder

Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannah’s beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everything—their deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives, their inevitable enrollment at community college—behind them. As they chase storms and make new friends, Zoe tells Hannah she wants more for her. She wants her to live bigger, dream grander, aim higher. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about life’s intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existence—things like audacity, insouciance, karma, and even happiness. (Syndetics)

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Voice Inside My Head, S. J. Laidlaw

Seventeen-year-old Luke’s older sister, Pat, has always been his moral compass, like a voice inside his head, every time he has a decision to make. So when Pat disappears on a tiny island off the coast of Honduras and the authorities claim she’s drowned – despite the fact that they can’t produce a body – Luke heads to Honduras to find her because he knows something the authorities don’t. From the moment of her disappearance, Pat’s voice has become real, guiding him to Utila, where she had accepted a summer internship to study whale sharks. Once there, he meets several characters who describe his sister as a very different girl from the one knows. Does someone have a motive for wanting her dead? Determined to get to the bottom of Pat’s disappearance, Luke risks everything, including his own life, to find the answer. (Syndetics)

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsLiv, Forever, Amy Talkington

When Liv Bloom lands an art scholarship at Wickham Hall, it’s her ticket out of the foster system. Liv isn’t sure what to make of the school’s weird traditions and rituals, but she couldn’t be happier. Then she meets Malcolm Astor, a legacy student and the one person who’s ever been able to melt her defenses. Liv’s only friend at Wickham, Gabe Nichols, warns her not to get involved. But Liv’s bliss is doomed. Weeks after arriving, she is viciously murdered and, in death, she discovers that she’s the latest victim of a dark conspiracy that has claimed many lives. Cursed with the ability to see the many ghosts on Wickham’s campus, Gabe is now Liv’s only link to the world of the living. Together, Liv, Gabe, and Malcolm fight to expose the terrible truth that haunts the halls of Wickham. (adapted from Goodreads)

P.S. Don’t forget to enter our book giveaway for The Iron Trial!

The In Crowd

Here at the library we keep tabs on which books and authors are most popular and we also create lists. So, here’s a couple:

Most Issued YA Titles, 2013

  1. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  2. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
  3. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  4. Guardian Angel, Robert Muchamore
  5. Insurgent, Veronica Roth
  6. The Fault in our Stars, John Green
  7. Shadow Wave, Robert Muchamore
  8. People’s Republic, Robert Muchamore
  9. Brigands M.C., Robert Muchamore
  10. City of Lost Souls, Cassandra Clare

Most Issued YA Authors, 2013

  1. Robert Muchamore
  2. Cassandra Clare
  3. Sara Shepard
  4. James Patterson
  5. Suzanne Collins
  6. Anthony Horowitz
  7. Tamora Pierce
  8. John Marsden
  9. Michael Grant
  10. Meg Cabot

Obviously the more books you’ve published the better your chance of featuring on this list (hello James Patterson), so Suzanne Collins has done well to be at number 5 with only 3 young adult books! The Hunger Games trilogy was borrowed 902 times last year, which is amazing really.

Horn Book Fanfare 2012

One final list of book highlights from 2012, this  one from The Horn Book (including books for kids also), which is a well-regarded book reviewing magazine (and a hornbook is also a “primer for study” according to Wikipedia).

Highlights from this list include The Fault in Our Stars, The Brides of Rollrock Island, Code Name Verity. It’s nice to know that The Horn Book agrees with us!

Vote for your favourite YA of 2012

It’s been a good year for reading, but we want to know what was your favourite of the most wanted new books of 2012*? Vote on our poll!

* For new books published this year: we acknowledge the awesomeness of The Hunger Games phenomenon, which would just need a poll with one option maybe?

Amazon’s Top Ten Books for Teens in 2012

Terrifyingly it’s already that time of year when Amazon produces its best books of the year lists. The Top 20 list for teens is here. It’s an interesting, varied collection, with some of our favourites of 2012.

  1. Reached, Ally Condie – we’re still waiting patiently for this. You can reserve it though!
  2. The Fault in our Stars, John Green
  3. Son, Lois Lowry – we’ve just ordered this one.
  4. Insurgent, Veronica Roth
  5. Days of Blood & Starlight, Laini Taylor – again, we’re waiting patiently (join the queue!).
  6. The Kill Order, James Dashner – The Maze Runner prequel.
  7. Dodger, Terry Pratchett
  8. The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater – one of our favourites of the year. Perfect for after-exam recovery (you can suspend your reserve until after you’ve finished).
  9. Every Day, David Levithan
  10. The Diviners, Libba Bray – Grimm is half way through (it’s quite epic).
  11. Seraphina, Rachel Hartman
  12. Pandemonium, Lauren Oliver
  13. Cinder, Marissa Meyer
  14. Throne of Glass, Sarah J Maas
  15. Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo
  16. Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein – loved this book. One of our favourites of the year also.
  17. Why We Broke Up, Daniel Handler – who is also Lemony Snicket.
  18. Grave Mercy, R L LaFevers – again, this was a great read.
  19. The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Emily M Danforth
  20. For Darkness Shows the Stars, Diana Peterfreund – we’ve just ordered this one too.

Most Borrowed for 2010

Which items were borrowed the most from the library last year? By harnessing the power of computers, I can tell you what they were! Definite winners were Stephenie Meyer and Robert Muchamore, unsurprisingly (perhaps they should write a book together and it would be the most popular book ever written?); Glee, also unsurprisingly; and Old Dogs, surprisingly.

The most borrowed item overall (out of everything!) was a magazine from the Young Adult collection; Simpsons Comics.

(There’s no point in listing the most borrowed YA non-fiction, as they’re mostly all study guides (Year 13 Bio is #1); 100% Gleek and Sam Stern’s Eat Vegetarian are the top non-study guide non-fiction books popular with borrowers, who are predominately vegetarian Gleeks.)

1o Most Borrowed YA Fiction
1. Brigands M.C., by Robert Muchamore
2. Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
3. Breaking dawn, by Stephenie Meyer
4. Shadow wave, by Robert Muchamore
5. Fallen, by Lauren Kate
6. The general, by Robert Muchamore
7. Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer
8. The hunger games, by Suzanne Collins
9. Tomorrow, when the war began, by John Marsden
10. The awakening, by L. J. Smith

10 Most Borrowed YA Movies
1. Alice in Wonderland
2. How to train your dragon ; plus, Boneknapper dragon
3. Percy Jackson & the lightning thief
4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
5. Avatar
6. Glee. Season 1, volume 2, Road to regionals
7. Old dogs
8. Letters to Juliet
9. The last song
10. G-Force

10 Most Borrowed YA Comics
1. Big bratty book of Bart Simpson.
2. Simpsons comics : dollars to donuts
3. Twilight : the graphic novel. Volume 1
4. Ghostopolis
5. Naruto. Vol. 40, The ultimate art
6. Maximum Ride : the manga. Vol. 3
7. Skeleton key
8. The Simpsons : treehouse of horror : dead man’s jest.
9. Naruto. Vol. 23, Predicament
10. Big beastly book of Bart Simpson.

10 Most Borrowed YA CDs
1. Glee : the music. Volume 3, Showstoppers deluxe.
2. Now that’s what I call music 33.
3. Teenage dream, by Katy Perry
4. Now that’s what I call music 34.
5. From the inside out, by Stan Walker
6. Glee : the music. Volume 1.
7. Can’t be tamed, by Miley Cyrus
8. Rokstarr, by Taio Criz
9. Glee : the music. Volume 2.
10. Glee : the music : the power of Madonna.

Best Of 2010 : Music

At the end of every year, every single website is contractually obligated by the internet to publish a list of their top ten albums released that year. Not wanting to void our contract and, let’s be honest, because it’s fun too, here’s ours.

The rules are that it must have been both released and catalogued into the YA collection in 2010.

Local goodness from Liam Finn, Connan Mockasin and pals. Felt like this one flew under the radar a little bit, undeservedly so.

9. Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be
The best of the lo-fi indie girl band bunch in a year that said bunch was of a ubiquitously high quality.

8. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot, The Son Of Chico Dusty
On this album Big Boi proved that he is far from just “that other dude from Outkast”

7. Connan Mockasin – Please Turn Me Into The Snat
My favourite NZ release of the year. It’s a psychedelic pop gem.

6. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
Apparently this is the last album from Damon Albarn’s cartoon band. If so, it was a great one to go out on.

5. The White Stripes – Under Great White Northern Lights
No new material, just some great live performances of old favourites, rarities and a brilliant behind the scenes DVD

4. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles II
The noisiest and most “punk rock” electro band returned with their second and it stayed on my ipod all year long.

3. Pavement – Quanrantine The Past
Do greatest hits albums qualify for lists like this? Seeing as it’s my list, I’d say yes. More so because this is some of the best indie rock ever made. Ever.

2. The Black Keys – Brothers
This album not only features the best use og guitar and drums this year, but also the cover features the best use of Cooper Black.

1. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
Pretty much the perfect electro album. Which is more than enough to qualify for album of the year.

So there you go. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments section. Perhaps write your own, discussion generating list?

Stuff (for the teen age)

Stuff for the Teen Age is the New York Public Library’s list of the best stuff for teens from that year. You should take a look! We have some – if not most  – of it. True, the list includes Xbox games, Justin Bieber, and a whole load of manga*, but we have the books and many CDs covered.

They also have a blog you should add to your RSS feed (along with this blog).

* We’re getting in a lot more manga and anime soonish though

Amazon’s Top 10 Books for Teens

It’s Best Books of the Year season again! Amazon.com has published it’s best of 2009 list – you can see it here, but I thought I’d provide catalogue links below, so you can reserve and read and see what you think.

  1. Beautiful Creatures, Margaret Stohl 
  2. Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater
  3. Going Bovine, Libba Bray
  4. Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld
  5. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, Phillip M Hoose
  6. Marcelo in the Real World, Francisco X Stork
  7. Fire, Kristin Cashore
  8. The Ask and the Answer, Patrick Ness
  9. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  10. If I Stay, Gayle Forman

Top 10 Top 10

Throughout 2008 we wrote up a number of Top 10 lists of all things related to the library’s teen collection. Here is – in no particular order! – the Top 10 Top 10 lists from last year.

1. Top ten: New Zealand books –  I would add Kate De Goldi’s The 10pm Question to this list
2. Top ten CDs from 2008 – according to us, anyway
3. Top ten: Chick Lit – Also called ‘Chicken Lit’ when it’s intended for teens
4. Top ten: Ghost stories
5. Top ten DVDs based on books – see also Top ten books being turned into movies
6. Top ten antiheroes
7. Top ten fight scenes in a movie
8. Top ten: General fiction with teenage narrators
9. Top ten YA CDs old enough to have a YA card
10. Top ten YA spy books

The full list may be found under the Top 10 tag, where our obsession with lists becomes frighteningly apparent.