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Get Glam: It’s Prom Season


May means different things to different people.  To most high school juniors and seniors, it means prom is right around the corner.  Check out the following titles on hair, cosmetics and nails to help you perfect your prom night look.

Spectacular Hair by Eric Mayost

Good to Great Hair by Robert Vetica

Nail Style by Marie Mingay

Jemma Kidd Make-Up Master Class by Jemma Kidd

Emily Post Prom and Party Etiquette by Cindy Post Senning

If you already have your appearance planned down to the last details, then it’s time for some frivolous fun.  Check out these fantastic prom-themed reads before your big night.

Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom by Emily Franklin

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

My Boyfriends’ Dogs by Dandi Dailey Mackall

Geek Charming by Robin Palmer

24 Girls in 7 Days by Alex Bradley

Two Parties, One Tux and a Very Short Film About The Grapes of Wrath by Steven Goldman

-Liz V., Youth Services Librarian

Hispanic Heritage YA Novels


National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 this year.  It is a month in which tribute is paid to the many Hispanic Americans who have contributed to our nation’s history and culture.  Celebrate this year by reading a teen book with a Hispanic protagonist.  If you don’t know where to get started, try one of these great reads available in CADL’s collection.

Life, After by Sarah Littman

Touching Snow by M. Sindy Felin

Red Hot Slasa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

Illegal by Bettina Restrepo

To find out more about National Hispanic Heritage Month, visit http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/.

-Liz V., Youth Services Librarian

YA Books Set in the Mitten

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May is Michigan Month, and the perfect time to discover new teen books with familiar settings.  Whether in the scalding summer sun, or the frigid snows of winter, authors love to write books reflecting the fantastic scenery and unique culture that define our state.  Celebrate this month by checking out these great teen reads set in the Great Lakes State.

Wake by Lisa McMann: Janie finds herself pulled into other people’s dreams.  Her crazy affliction may cost her the only boy she’s ever liked.

She’s So Money by Cherry Cheva: Maya begins cheating to make some money for her family, but it may cost her more than she ever imagined.

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan: Bronwyn gets engaged at the age of eighteen.  Can she commit to someone else for the rest of her life, before she has even begun to discover herself?

See What I See by Gloria Whelan: Kate moves to Detroit to attend a prestigious art school and live with her reclusive father.  It may be the only way to follow her dream, but how long can she stay in a place where she is unwanted and unwelcome?

The Morgue and Me by John C. Ford: Christopher has no idea he’ll risk his own life exposing a murder when he accepts a summer job at the morgue.

Birth Marked by Caragh O’Brien: In a dystopian future, Gaia must discover where the authorities have taken her parents before it is too late for any of them to survive.

-Liz V., Youth Services Librarian @ CADL Holt-Delhi

Books About Books for Teens!

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It’s still March is Reading Month for one more week. Here are some of the best books about books for teens, compiled by our Librarians.

Matched by  Ally Condie No More Dead Dogs  by Gordon Korman Libyrinth by Pearl  North King Dork by Frank  Portman

Matched by Ally Condie
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman
Libyrinth by Pearl North
King Dork by Frank Portman
The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
Malice by Chris Wooding
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Classics Retold: YA versions of old favorites

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Classic stories are classic for a reason.  They tend to tell a tale which transcends a specific time or place, usually one which contains indisputable truths about society or human nature.  The best of these stories leave themselves wide open for adaptation.  Lately, many centuries-old storylines have been given modern updates.  To see how your favorite classic translates in today’s world, check out one of these fantastic teen novels.

Jane by April Lindner: Bronte’s Jane Eyre is retold with Jane Moore as the nanny to the great rock star Nico Rathburn.

Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman: Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is set in the Sonoma valley, starring three girls who work as baristas at a drive through coffee stand.

Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman: Austen’s Pride and Prejudice gets updated in this delightful tale of Julia and her ever enthusiastic best friend Ashleigh, both of whom have a crush on the quiet and elusive Parr.

Little Brother by Cory Doctrow: Orwell’s 1984 comes to life in this near-future dystopia where the Department of Homeland Security runs amok, forcing Marcus and his gang of teen renegades to take action.

Undercover by Beth Kephart: Cyrano de Bergerac play a central role in this tale of poetry, secret love, and discovering oneself.

Enjoy these great re-tellings of classic stories, and for more teen book reviews and recommendations, make sure to check out CADL’s Books, Movies and More page.

-Liz V., Youth Services Librarian

Peer 2 Peer = YA Squared

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Over the last couple of years it seems like there are more authors coming onto the YA literature scene.  I believe that authors who are young adults have been around for a long time, and that the issue is that until recently it has been more challenging for them to get published.

What’s different now?  While there isn’t a definitive answer, I suspect that changes in the publishing world and the widespread use of social networking are two key components to why young adult authors are getting the recognition that previously eluded them.  YA literature has exploded in popularity in recent years, in part fueled by adult readers.  (Here’s a blog for moms who like Twilight.)   This demand has created competition among publishers to land new YA authors, which seems to suggest that they’re finally willing to overlook the age of young authors.  And now that self-publishing – both print and eBook formats – is an easy and affordable option for authors of all ages and across all genres, authors are no longer at the mercy of the big publishers to get their books out to the reading public.  The same goes for social networking, which has helped to level the playing field for new authors and self-published authors because they can utilize  Twitter, Facebook, book trailers, and blogs to spread the word about their work, connect with their fans and network with other authors.  No longer does an author necessarily need a publisher for promotion – one could argue that in the case of young authors it’s just as important to spread the word through social media.

The good news for you – the reading public – is that there are always new authors coming on the YA lit scene, and some of them are barely out of high school.  In interviews many of them say that they began seriously writing their now-published works while still in high school, which should provide encouragement for any of you who are aspiring authors.

One such author is Courtney Allison Moulton, who graduated from Mason High School in 2004 and has just released her first novel, Angelfire.  Courtney happened to land a contract with a major publisher and will be releasing two more books in this paranormal thriller trilogy.  Click here to read an interview in which she discusses how she went about writing a novel and getting it published.  You can follow her blog and get her playlist for Angelfire here.

YA² Titles

The following are a selection of more young adult lit by young-adult authors:

Jennifer Lynn Barnes – author of The Squad series, Fate, Golden, Platinum, Tatoo and the Raised by Wolves trilogy.  Trial by Fire is the second in the trilogy and is due out in June.  Check out her website here.

Kody Keplinger – author of The Duff (see librarian review here).  Her next novel is called Luststruck and is due out this Fall.  Check out her website here.

Alexandra Adornetto – author of Halo. The next book in the trilogy, Hades, is due out in September. Watch a video interview with Alexandra:

Ned Vizzini - author of Be More Chill, Teen Angst? Naaah, and It’s Kind of a Funny Story, which came out as a feature film in September 2010.  While he isn’t really a young adult anymore (He turns 30 in April) he became a published author while still in high school.  His new YA novel is in the works, but no release date has been set yet.  Check out his website here.

No doubt that I’ve missed some deserving authors.  Share your favorite YA² authors with the rest of us.

-Lynn H., Youth Services Specialist