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And The Winner Is…

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on April 1, 2009

Are we Creekview readers omniscient, or are we just perceptive readers? Remember when I posted the results of ourCreekview votes on the 2008-2009 Georgia Peach Book Award nominees? Remember that I predicted that our number one vote-getter, Impulse by Ellen Hopkins, and our number three pick, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, would be in the top three? Well, we were right! The winner of the 2009 Georgia Peach Book Award is Impulse by Ellen Hopkins. Runners up are Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and Right Behind You by Gail Giles. The winners were announced today at the Kennesaw State University Conference on Literature for Children and Young Adults. And I was there!

First, I heard Laurie Halse Anderson AGAIN! She is not only an amazing author, but a fabulous speaker as well. I heard her yesterday and today, and I could listen to her again tomorrow without being bored. You probably read Speak in ninth grade, and I hope you read Twisted, one of this year’s Peach Book Award nominees, especially if you’re a guy. Both of these books are excellent. But you should also check out her other YA titles such as her historical thrillers, Fever 1793 and Chains. Catalyst is an excellent choice for fans of Speak, and Prom is perfect for those looking for something lighter.

Our second speaker was breakout author Bill Konigsberg. Bill has written a book called Out of the Pocket that has gotten great reviews and I can’t wait to read it. After I finish you can read my AUTOGRAPHED copy. If you liked Absolutely, Positively Not, I think you’ll like Out of the Pocket. It was recentlychosen for the New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age List. The Cooperative Children’s Book Center also lists it as one of their 2009 Choices for Teen Novels. It was also nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and was added to ALA’s 2009 Rainbow List. Bill is one of the nicest people you will ever meet!

The conference closed with author Ned Vizzini. Ned is the author of Be More Chill and It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Nick is a hilarious speaker who was first published at age fifteen. And then he ended up in a mental hospital. Ned now speaks to teens at schools through his program called Angstspiration. He realizes that many of today’s teens deal with the anxiety of over-achievement and that sometimes it can be an easy transition from over-achievement to institutionalization. If you have a problem with stress, Ned’s books are for you. You can also borrow my AUTOGRAPHED copies of these books. And talk to a trusted adult who can help you find some assistance.

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Almost Famous!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on March 31, 2009

YES, you are correct! That is ME with Laurie Halse Anderson and YES I met Steven Kellogg and YES I heard J. Patrick Lewis speak. These three great children’s authors all spoke today at the annual Kennesaw State University Conference on Literature for Children and Young Adults. I will get to hear Laurie speak again tomorrow (Wednesday, April 1) and you can hear her, too, from 4:00-5:00 at Cherokee High. All three authors were fabulously inspirational. I can’t wait to hear tomorrow’s authors: Laurie, Bill Konigsberg, and Ned Vizzini, all great young adult authors. We’ll also be the first to hear the winners of this year’s Georgia Peach Book Award. OK, I already know the winner, because the author is a facebook friend, but I don’t know the runners up. I’ll be posting the announcement here ASAP. Don’t miss it!

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Read Great YA Lit. Online. For Free. Go HarperTeen!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on March 20, 2009


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Have you checked out the HarperTeen book site? HarperTeen publishes lots of the books you’re probably reading, and you can read portions of your favorite books online. In fact, you can often read the entire book online. Right now, for a limited time, you can read 100%, yes, all, of The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle. Collected here in one volume for the first time, volumes one and two of The Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith, this is the tale of two vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon, and Elena, the beautiful girl torn between them. 


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You think that’s something? You can also get every single word of Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely. Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty—especially if they learn of her Sight—and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens. In case you didn’t know, Wicked Lovely is one of the 2009-2010 Georgia Peach Book Award nominees. Don’t be mad at me if you sit around and wait. I don’t know how long this will last; I just know it’s available now, and it’s for a limited time. Oh. And you can also get these cool widgets to post on your social networking site, blog, or other website. You’ve just got to discover HarperTeen!

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2009-2010 Georgia Peach Book Award Nominees Slide Show; Still No Word on 2009 Winner

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on March 16, 2009

 
Here’s a slide show of the new 2009-2010 Georgia Peach Book Award Nominees. There’s no word yet on the winner for the 2008-2009 Georgia Peach Book Award. But I can tell you who won at Creekview, if it’s any comfort to you. In first place with the most votes and the most overall points was Impulse by Ellen Hopkins. Absolutely, Positively Not by David LaRochelle finished second in points and votes, and Uglies by Scott Westerfeld finished third in both points and votes. Will the state totals turn out the same as the Creekview totals? It’s my opinion that Impulse and Uglies will turn up in the top three. I’m guessing that Absolutely, Positively Not probably got more votes here because we are reading it this month, but it is one of my favorites–maybe my very favorite.  I don’t know–I liked all of the ones I have read, which is about half of them. It is easy to see why they were nominated!

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Have You Voted Yet?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on March 13, 2009

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Don’t forget! Today, Friday, March 13, is the LAST day to vote for your favorite 2009-2010 Peach Book Award nominee. Who’s winning so far? Well, we have votes for every nominee except one, so they’ve (almost) all been popular with our readers. I’ve read about half of them so far, and I’ve loved every one of them–these are some great books people! I’m sure we’ll get some more votes in during lunch, and our Creekview winner may not come close to being the state winner, but, so far, Impulse by Ellen Hopkins, a Creekview favorite author, has a slight lead over our Blatant Bibliophile read for this month, Absolutely, Positively Not by David LaRochelle. What else has gotten a lot of votes so far? Boot Camp by Todd Strasser, a popular “boy” author, Uglies by Scott Westerfield, another Creekview fave, and Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt.

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Georgia Peach Book Award Nominees for 2009-2010 Announced

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on February 27, 2009

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Yes, we’re just now voting on this year’s Georgia Peach Book Award nominees, but the committee has just announced the nominees for next year, 2009-2010. Here’s a peek at what the nominees are. You can search our online catalog for the list of next year’s nominees also. If you have suggestions of books published within the past five years which you would like for us to submit to the committee for potential addition to the 2010-2011 list, please let us know. We’ll send your recommendations on to the committee. But for now, get started reading these jewels, especially if you plan on participating in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl for next year:

  • 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff
  • Blood Brothers by S.A. Harazin
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Deadline by Chris Crutcher
  • Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
  • Getting the Girl by Susan Juby
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Impossible by Nancy Werlin
  • Lessons from a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  • My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
  • Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs
  • Ophelia by Lisa Klein
  • Spud by John Van de Ruit
  • Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman
  • Wake by Lisa McMann
  • Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

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Vote the Peach!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on February 27, 2009

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It’s time to vote for your favorite Georgia Peach Book Award nominee. Please stop by the library and pick up a form—or two, or three, or twenty—and vote for your favorite Peach Books before March 13. You can express your opinion on any Peach Book you’ve read before the March 13 deadline. Just rank each book you’ve read according to whether you think it was fantastic, great, okay, not so good, or “the pits.” Fill in the title and author of the book and drop it in the box in the media center. The media center staff will tally our results and send them in to the Georgia Peach Book Award Committee. Your vote will help determine which books will become the 2009 Georgia Peach Book Award winner and runners up. Last year’s winner was Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Which book will win this year? Will it be Impulse by Ellen Hopkins? Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson? Uglies by Scott Westerfeld? You could make the deciding vote! Make sure you stop by the library before March 13 and make your vote count!

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Don’t Forget to Meet (and Triviatize!) (New Word for You, Mr. Webster)

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on December 8, 2008

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OK,  some things to remember for this week. The Blatant Bibliophiles are meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, at 8 AM. If you are doing Reading Bowl and you missed Mr. Bradford’s meeting today, I will have a little bit of info for you. Also, we are having Trivia on Friday, December 12. Trivia will begin promptly at 11:45, 12:45, and 1:45. You can come to the media center at the beginning of each lunch period and bring a sack lunch or something from the cafeteria. We will have snacks and drinks. The winning team from each lunch will have pizza next Tuesday, December 16 during your lunch period. If you are participating in Reading Bowl, I have a list of rules and some sample questions. You also need to let Mr. Bradford know for certain that you are participating and what books you are reading so that we can make sure that we have all twenty Peach Books covered.

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So You Think You Want to Be a Reading Bowl Star?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 22, 2008

So you’re interested in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, but you need more information! Well, you’ve come to the right place. I have bookmarked several places on my delicious website so that you can go to these sites and learn more about it. Click here to see what I have bookmarked. Be sure to let me know if you’re interested in participating. We have a great group of readers so far! You can also talk to Mr. Bradford. The most important thing is to start reading the books from the Georgia Peach Book Award list. If you can only go to two of the sites on the list, go to the Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA) Peach Book Award site, or to the Dekalb County Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl site. Those are the two best sites for information. Please see my notes on the delicious page about things to look for on the GLMA site, such as the list of books and the “book talks.” The book talks can help you decide which books you are interested in reading. On the Dekalb County site, be sure to click on the “sample questions high school.” Here is a list of the books, along with a very brief summary and a link to the authors’ websites:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.Sherman Alexie. (2007). Little, Brown
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Native American is the school mascot.
http://www.fallsapart.com/
Absolutely Positively Not David LaRochelle (2005).Arthur A. Levine Books
Chronicles a teenage boy’s humorous attempts to fit in at his Minnesota high school by becoming a macho, girl-loving, “Playboy” pinup-displaying heterosexual.http://www.davidlarochelle.net/  
American Born Chinese . Gene Yang .(2006) .Roaring Brook Press
Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.http://www.humblecomics.com/about.htm  
Boot Camp .Todd Strasser. (2007) Simon & Schuster Children’s Pub
After ignoring several warnings to stop dating his teacher, Garrett is sent to Lake Harmony, a boot camp that uses unorthodox and brutal methods to train students to obey their parents. br>
http://www.toddstrasser.com/
The Boyfriend List .E. Lockhart .(2006). Delacorte
Ruby Oliver, a moderately popular fifteen-year-old who has suddenly become a social pariah, begins seeing a psychiatrist and makes a list of all her past boyfriends in an attempt to understand where her life went wrong.http://www.theboyfriendlist.com/  
Copper Sun . Sharon Draper .(2008). Simon Pulse
Two fifteen-year-old girls–one a slave and the other an indentured servant–escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida,a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.http://sharondraper.com/  
Epic .Conor Kostick .(2007) Viking Children’s
On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik persuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik’s father from exile and safeguard the futures of each of their familieshttp://conorkostick.blogspot.com/  
Gingerbread .Rachel Cohn.(2003) .Simon Pulse
After being expelled from a fancy boarding school, Cyd Charisse’s problems with her mother escalate after Cyd falls in love with a sensitive surfer and is subsequently sent from San Francisco to New York City to spend time with her biological father.http://www.rachelcohn.com/  
Impulse . Ellen Hopkins. (2007). Margaret K. McElderry Books
Three teens who meet at Reno, Nevada’s Aspen Springs mental hospital after each has attempted suicide connect with each other in a way they never have with their parents or anyone else in their lives.http://www.ellenhopkins.com/  
Keturah and Lord Death . Martine Leavitt .(2006). Boyds Mills Press
When Lord Death comes to claim sixteen-year-old Keturah while she is lost in the King’s Forest, she charms him with her story and is granted a twenty-four hour reprieve in which to seek her one true love.http://www.martineleavitt.com/bio.php/  
Life As We Knew It .Susan Beth Pfeiffer. (2006). Harcourt
Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family’s struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.   
Notes From the Midnight Driver. Jordan Sonnenblick .(2007) .Scholastic PaperbacksAfter being assigned to perform community service at a nursing home, sixteen-year-old Alex befriends a cantankerous old man who has some lessons to impart about jazz guitar playing,love, and forgiveness.http://www.jordansonnenblick.com/  
Plain J.A.N.E.S. Cecil Castellucci .(2007). DC Comics
After a bombing in the city, Jane’s parents move to a suburb where she befriends three outcasts–all named Jane–and starts a group called People Loving Art in Neighborhoods, which tries to enrich their community with art but instead is viewed as a threat.http://castellucci.livejournal.com/  
Right Behind You Gail Giles .( 2007) .Little, Brown After spending over four years in a mental institution for murdering a friend in Alaska, fourteen-year-old Kip begins a completely new life in Indiana with his father and stepmother under a different name, but has trouble fitting in and finds there are still problems to deal with from his childhood.http://www.gailgiles.com/Welcome.html/  
Rucker Park Setup.Paul Volponi .(2007) .Viking Children’s
While playing in a crucial basketball game on the very court where his best friend was murdered, Mackey tries to come to terms with his own part in that murder and decide whether to maintain his silence or tell J.R.’s father and the police what really happened.http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/159737.Paul_Volponi/  
Side Effects . Amy Goldman. Koss .(2006) St. Martin’s Press
Fourteen-year-old Isabella is a typical teenager. She is concerned with friends, school, and gaining weight until the fateful morning that she discovers the enlarged glands in her neck. With the subsequent diagnosis of stage-four Hodgkin’s lymphoma, she enters the netherworld of cancer./http://www.amygoldmankoss.net/  
Sold. Patricia McCormick. (2006). Hyperion 
A novel in vignettes, in which Lakshmi, a thirteen-year-old girl from Nepal, is sold into prostitution in India.http://www.pattymccormick.com/index.php?mode=objectlist§ion_id=115/  
A Thousand Splendid Suns . Khaled Hosseini .(2007) .Penguin Group – Adult Division
A novel set against the three decades of Afghanistan’s history shaped by Soviet occupation, civil war, and the Taliban, which tells the stories of two women, Mariam and Laila, who grow close despite their nineteen-year age difference and initial rivalry as they suffer at the hand of a common enemy: their abusive husband.http://www.khaledhosseini.com/  
Twisted . Laurie Halse Anderson .(2007). Viking Children’s
After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again,he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.http://www.writerlady.com/  
Uglies . Paul Westerfeld. (2005) .Simon Pulse
Tally is faced with a difficult choice when her new friend Shay decides to risk life on the outside rather than submit to the forced operation that turns sixteen year old girls into gorgeous beauties, and realizes that there is a whole new side to the pretty world that she doesn’t like.http://www.scottwesterfeld.com/  

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