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Month: May 2009 Page 1 of 5

The End of a Week and a Long Weekend

Talofa! This week on the teen blog:

Next week it will be June.

Authors Who Blog: Part Three

Further to this post, and this one, here are some more author blogs that might interest you:

Meg’s Diary. Meg Cabot’s blog (after crashing my IE, for which she is basically forgiven) is updated regularly. She sticks incidental-life photos up, plus she includes some YouTube clips she’s done that are amusing and enlightening.

This is My Secret (Kristin Cashore). The author of Graceling and the soon-to-be-published Fire keeps her readers up to date about her life as a writer. She’s also included some advice on writing and publishing recently. Her blog’s got a Margaret Mahy quote, which is a good start.

Cassandra Clare’s Blog. Oh my. Being a fan fiction person it’s hardly surprising that Cassandra Clare is so Web 2.0 savvy. Her blog’s a cornucopia of information, competitions, prizes, chapters of upcoming books, clips of upcoming books, photos of people who are in love with Jace wearing tshirts and much more. She is now promoting her new trilogy (Infernal Devices) rather heavily, so if you want to know about that then visit her blog.

Do you Tweet? If you’re a Twitter user then you could follow some of these (from Mashable plus a couple of extras):

@stephenfry. Ever since he got stuck in a lift (but probably before then) Stephen Fry’s been one of the most popular people on Twitter.

@doctorow. Cory Doctorow wrote Little Brother.

@megcabot. Meg Cabot, who is rather attached to her cat, tweets very regularly, so you’ll get a very good idea about what she’s up to.

@sarahdessen. Sarah Dessen keeps people up to date when she’s out and about. Makes you feel like she’s your friend.

@sockington. Sockington isn’t an author but a cat, but his tweets are an excellent example of good writing in 140 characters or less.

Plus there’s heaps more. But note the following from Stephenie Meyer’s website (dated 4 June 2009): “I do not have a facebook page, and I have never had one. I don’t do twitter. So if you’re communicating with someone online that you think is me, it’s not.” So there you go.

More Tunes Y’all

Three new CDs this week. You know where to go if you want to hear them; the library! And as always they are free to issue on your YA cards. Aren’t we kind?

41rqtpbx5ql__sl160_aa115_3OH!3 deal in jokey electro-crunk chock full of tongue-in-cheek gangsterisms. Their album is titled Want and if you want (my tired attempt at punnery) some silliness in your ears, they will provide.

Return Of The Mack II serves up more classic R&B jams, in fact it says so right on the cover. Included on the 18 track comp are folks like Aaliyah, Coolio and The Fugees.

New Zealand Music Month may be drawing to a close, but there’s still time to slip a new compilation  in isn’t there? There is? Oh good. Check out Ultimate Weekend Sessions, spread generously over its two discs are a whole bunch of local dub/R&B/hip hop tunes by Trinity Roots, Rhombus, Katchafire and all the other usual suspects.

Welcome to the Astrodome

From Tuesday the 9th to Saturday 13th June the YA area at Central Library will be transformed into a planetarium as it hosts the NightVisionz Cosmodome. Using a digital audio visual show to simulate the stars and a dome large enough to take 30 people inside at a time, visitors will be able to boldly journey through the night sky and learn about Matariki and other constellations with astronomer Ron Fisher.

The Cosmodome is a great experience for children, teens, and adults alike and will be open to the public from 4-8pm from the Tuesday to Friday and 10am-4pm on the Saturday. Entry is by gold coin donation and sessions are on the half hour – people just need to turn up.

Read more about it at our astronomy blog (I write some of the posts there!) The astrodome/planetarium/cosmodome looks like a large, inflatable, and blue igloo.

Make an ad

and win 3,000 bucks!

The Buy NZ Made Campaign is running a Video Ad Competition to raise awareness for buying NZ Made products and to provide base material for members to use to advertise their NZ made products. Entrants are being asked to submit a 15, 30 or 45 second advert about buying NZ Made and will need to upload their videos onto the Buy NZ Made Channel on the website Youtube. The most viewed video on Youtube between 1st June and 31st August 2009 will win a $500 prize. For the overall competition the ads will be judged with a first prize of $3000, second prize $1500 and a third prize of $500.  For more information on the competition please visit the purpose-built website.

New! Books! Part 1

Starclimber, by Kenneth Oppel (390 pages) – This is the sequel to Airborn and Skybreaker. Matt and Kate travel are astralnauts on board the spaceship Starclimber. An exciting race to the stars turns ‘into a battle to save their lives.’

First sentence: ‘Rising into the wind, I flew, Paris spread before me.’

Twilight : Director’s Notebook, by Catherine Hardwicke (163 pages) – The story of how they made the film. We wrote about it here.

Revelations : A Blue Bloods Novel,
by Melissa de la Cruz (264 pages) – The third novel in the Blue Bloods series about vampires. Is Schuyler Van Alen a Blue Blood, or a sinister Silver Blood? ‘Romance, glamour, and vampire lore …’

First sentence: ‘On an early and bitterly cold morning in late March, Schuyler Van Alen let herself inside the glass doors of the Duchesne School, feeling relieved as she walked into the soaring barrel-ceiling entryway dominated by an imposing John Singer Sargent portrait of the school’s founders.

Glass Houses : The Morganville Vampires Book One,  by Rachel Caine  (247 pages) – This was the runner-up to the Selector vote-for-a-new-series thing we ran not so long ago. It seemed pretty good (and is very popular in the US) and worth getting. The Texas town of Morganville is home to a large number of vampires, who lived in peace with the resident mortals. Until the evil Bishop arrives, that is …

First sentence: ‘On the day Claire became a member of the Glass House, somebody stole her laundry.

Alligator Bayou, by Donna Jo Napoli (280 pages) – Set in Tallulah, Louisiana, the US, in 1899. A Sicilian family is caught in the middle of tensions between the black and white communities. Disaster dogs their family at every turn.

First sentence: ‘The night is so dark, I can barely see my hands.

Perfect Match : An Inside Girl Novel, by J. Minter (227 pages)
Inside Girl : An Inside Girl Novel, by J. Minter (229 pages)
Girls We Love : An Insiders Girls Novel, by J. Minter (215 pages)

The Inside Girl series won our Selector competition a few months ago, and they’re finally in! The third title is part of the parent series that a reader recommended we get.

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, by Helen Grant (342 pages)
The Good Daughter, by Amra Pajalic (314 pages)
The Lucky Ones, by Tohby Riddle (211 pages)
Cracked Up To Be, by Courtney Summers (214 pages)

Bunch of links

Is zombie fiction the new vampire fiction? Zombies rise in teen lit. (Read our interview with Amanda Ashby, author of The Zombie Queen of Newbury High.)

Two mothers spend US$28,000 to get Twilight star Robert Pattinson to kiss their daughters. (You can also pay to be taken on a tour of the film set in Vancouver, Canada: “Twilight fans don’t have to schlep all the way out to New Zealand for their fan fix.” Hah.) There are some exclusive pictures from New Moon here.

Peter Jackson and director Guillermo del Toro discuss their plans for the forthcoming films of The Hobbit. (Del Toro is in Wellington, and was recently interviewed by Stuff.)

Could a virtual racing champion be turned into a real-life racing champion? Well?

Chase cryptids via CryptoZoo. The game’s creator was inspired by freerunners in Wellington (you can even see the library). We’re famous!

Read me, see more

Book clubs is a new application for Facebook, where students – or anyone, really – can discuss books and similar subjects with others around the planet. You can create your own online reading group or join one that may be of interest – you can browse them by subject, or do a search. You can also see what the ‘top books’ are, and create your own personal library, so you – and anyone else – can see what you have read. (Via the SLJ.)

Your fa-vou-rite things

Hello! If you haven’t checked in with us for a few days you might not know that we want to know what your favourite books are: we’re compiling a list of your favourite stuff (it might be books or authors – as yet undecided).

This post here has the form you can fill in: tell us your top three, then there’s space to add as many others as you want. We’ll keep collating until a yet to be specified date, when we’ll produce the list with a suitable drum roll.

Thanks to those who have let us know already, and keep reading.

Double O seven

The YA DVD collection will soon be somewhat expanded by the addition of almost all (maybe all; I’m too lazy to confirm) the James Bond films. They’re not quite in yet but you can reserve them – YA DVDs are 50c on a YA card, and reserves for ya’ll are free.

Here they are in our catalogue. If you’ve never seen any of the classic Bond films you really should, as they’re great fun.

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