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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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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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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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Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, Anyone?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 14, 2008

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DCSS: Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl DeKalb County Schools via kwout

Did any of you Bibliophiles participate in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl when you were in elementary school or middle school? Have you read several of the Georgia Peach Book Award nominees? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then WE NEED YOU! We are trying to form a Reading Bowl team, and we need at least five members in order to compete. Each school in the county will have a team, and then there will be a competition among the county teams. The top two teams in the county will go on to compete in the district competition. From there, the winner will contend with other winners around the state in the state competition. You need to have read a minimum number of the twenty Georgia Peach Book Award nominees in order to participate in January. Dekalb County has a great website for the competition if you want to learn more, or check with Mrs. Fleet or Mrs. Frost. Click here to see a PowerPoint of the 2008-2009 Peach Book Award nominees. The books are on display in the  media center if you are interested, so come by and check out one today. Or a few! Remember, if you want to leave a comment on this post or any other, just click on the title, then type your comment in the comment box, enter your first name only, plus your email address (which won’t be visible), then click on “Submit Comment.”

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And the Nominees Are…

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on February 11, 2008

Peach Book Award

The Georgia Library Media Association has released its nominees for the 2008-2009 Georgia Peach Book Awards for Teen Readers. The goals of the Peach Book Award program are:

  • To encourage Georgia young adults in grades 9-12 to recognize and read quality literature appropriate to their needs, interests, and reading levels.
  • To honor outstanding works in young adult literature.
  • To recognize authors in the field of young adult literature.
  • To develop cooperative school and public library services to teens.
  • Next year’s list is as exciting as this year’s was! We look forward to another year of great reading fun. Here is the list of nominees:
    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
    Absolutely Positively Not by David LaRochelle
    American Born Chinese by Gene Yang
    Boot Camp by Todd Strasser
    The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
    Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
    Epic by Conor Kostick
    Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn
    Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
    Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
    Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeiffer
    Notes From the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick
    Plain J.A.N.E.S. by Cecil Castellucci
    Right Behind You by Gail Giles
    Rucker Park Setup by Paul Volponi
    Side Effects by Amy Goldman Koss
    Sold by Patricia McCormick
    A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
    Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
    Uglies by Scott Westerfeld                      
       

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