***Our next meeting will be on Saturday, November 14, 3-4 p.m. Hope to see you there!***

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Next meeting: This Saturday!

Hello, Teen Readers!

We are meeting this Saturday, November 14, at the Hamline Midway Library from 3-4 p.m. We'll gather in our teen area and enjoy great book discussion & snacks together. We'll have some book recommendations for you plus a fun activity.

Hope to see you there!

~Caryl & Jean

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Teen Read Down: You're Invited!

We are having a party at the Hamline Midway Library on Saturday, October 31, from 2-4 p.m., and you are invited!

For the first hour (2-3), we will be hanging out in the auditorium, enjoying snacks and reading whatever we like. This is your last chance to read down your fines -- 15 minutes of reading in the library = $1 off your library fines. We'll have some books & reading material for you to choose from, but feel free to bring a book if you like. (And if you don't have any fines, that's fine! ;) You can still join us for this part.)

For the second hour (3-4), we will have snacks and socializing and some fun activities for you to choose from:
~ Button-making
~ A special craft to help decorate the Teen Area in our library
~ An interior designer will be there to get your input on redesigning the Teen Area. What would make you want to come and hang out at the library?

Come for whatever part of the afternoon you like.

Invite your friends! Feel free to forward this email to them.

We hope to see you there!

Caryl & Jean (Teen Book Club co-leaders), Shelly (library manager), and Jen (interior designer)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Teen Read Down

Got fines? Read them away!

During October, anyone ages 12-18 can read down fines and billed items from their Saint Paul Public Library cards.

Here's how it works:
  • Read in the library.
  • Sign in at the start of your reading time, and sign out at the end.
  • Read print media only (books, comics, magazines, newspapers, textbooks, etc.). If participants can’t read on their own, time spent listening to audiobooks or being read to also counts.
  • For every 15 minutes spent reading, earn one dollar off in fines or fees.

For more information, click here!

Stay tuned for Teen Read Down event announcements...

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Next Meeting: Saturday, September 12!

Hello, Teen Readers!

Our book club meets this Saturday, September 12, at the Hamline Midway Library at 2:30 p.m. New members are always welcome!

As always, we will enjoy some good book discussion and offer you some snacks.

We hope to see you on Saturday!

~Caryl & Jean

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Teen Lit Con (and more!)

Hello Teen Readers,

Teen Lit Con is right around the corner! Join us on Saturday, May 9 at Henry Sibley High School to celebrate teen literature and connect with some great authors.

The 2015 authors include:

Kirstin Cronn-Mills (author of Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, one of the books we’ll be discussing at our May 30 meeting)

Gene Luen Yang (author of American Born Chinese, one of our first Teen Book Club reads, and also Boxers & Saints, a favorite in last year’s Battle of the Books)

E. Lockhart (author of We Were Liars and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks)

And also:
Matt de la Peña
Gayle Forman
Steve Brezenoff
Jonathan Friesen
Rebecca Hahn
Patrick Jones
Pat Schmatz

You can learn more about Teen Lit Con on the website, teenlitcon.org.

Our next Teen Book Club meeting will be on Saturday, May 30 at the Hamline Midway Library from 2:30 to 3:30. We will be discussing two books:

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Also, remember to check out the Battle of the Books here on our blog!

We hope to see you at Teen Lit Con, hear from you on the blog, and/or discuss great books with you on May 30! Happy Spring!

~Caryl & Jean

Thursday, April 16, 2015

We Were Liars vs. West of the Moon

Which of these books would you choose to win?

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

"Surprising, thrilling, and beautifully executed in spare, precise, and lyrical prose, Lockhart spins a tragic family drama, the roots of which go back generations. And the ending? Shhhh. Not telling. (But it’s a doozy)." --Booklist (starred review)

Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Margi Preus expertly weaves original fiction with myth and folktale to tell the story of Astri, a young Norwegian girl desperate to join her father in America.

After being separated from her sister and sold to a cruel goat farmer, Astri makes a daring escape. She quickly retrieves her little sister, and, armed with a troll treasure, a book of spells and curses, and a possibly magic hairbrush, they set off for America. With a mysterious companion in tow and the malevolent "goatman" in pursuit, the girls head over the Norwegian mountains, through field and forest, and in and out of folktales and dreams as they steadily make their way east of the sun and west of the moon.

"Norwegian history, fiction and folklore intertwine seamlessly in this lively, fantastical adventure and moving coming-of-age story." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

This One Summer vs. The Volcano Beneath the Snow

Which of these books would you choose to win?

It's a summer of secrets, and sorrow, and growing up, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It's their getaway, their refuge. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. One of the local teens - just a couple of years older than Rose and Windy - is caught up in something bad... Something life threatening.

This One Summer is a tremendously exciting new teen graphic novel from two creators with true literary clout. Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki, the team behind Skim, have collaborated on this gorgeous, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about a girl on the cusp of childhood - a story of renewal and revelation.

"A summer of family drama, secrets and change in a small beach town... Keenly observed and gorgeously illustrated - a triumph." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

John Brown is a man of many legacies, from hero, freedom fighter, and martyr, to liar, fanatic, and "the father of American terrorism." Some have said that it was his seizure of the arsenal at Harper's Ferry that rendered the Civil War inevitable.

Deeply religious, Brown believed that God had chosen him to right the wrong of slavery. He was willing to kill and die for something modern Americans unanimously agree was a just cause. And yet he was a religious fanatic and a staunch believer in "righteous violence," an unapologetic committer of domestic terrorism. Marrin brings 19th-century issues into the modern arena with ease and grace in a book that is sure to spark discussion.

"Marrin has done a brilliant job of providing readers with a full-length biography of this extraordinary man who 'raised questions that are as valid today as they were in his lifetime.' --Booklist (starred review)

The Port Chicago 50 vs. The Story of Owen

Which of these books would you choose to win?

An astonishing civil rights story from Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin.

On July 17, 1944, a massive explosion rocked the segregated Navy base at Port Chicago, California, killing more than 300 sailors who were at the docks, critically injuring off-duty men in their bunks, and shattering windows up to a mile away. On August 9th, 244 men refused to go back to work until unsafe and unfair conditions at the docks were addressed. When the dust settled, fifty were charged with mutiny, facing decades in jail and even execution.

This is a fascinating story of the prejudice that faced black men and women in America's armed forces during World War II, and a nuanced look at those who gave their lives in service of a country where they lacked the most basic rights.

"Sheinkin delivers another meticulously researched WWII story, one he discovered while working on his Newbery Honor book, Bomb.... Archival photos appear throughout, and an extensive bibliography, source notes, and index conclude this gripping, even horrific account of a battle for civil rights predating Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listen! For I sing of Owen Thorskard: valiant of heart, hopeless at algebra, last in a long line of legendary dragon slayers.

Though he had few years and was not built for football, he stood between the town of Trondheim and creatures that threatened its survival. There have always been dragons. As far back as history is told, men and women have fought them, loyally defending their villages. Dragon slaying was a proud tradition.

But dragons and humans have one thing in common: an insatiable appetite for fossil fuels. From the moment Henry Ford hired his first dragon slayer, no small town was safe. dragon slayers flocked to cities, leaving more remote areas unprotected. Such was Trondheim's fate until Owen Thorskard arrived. At sixteen, with dragons advancing and his grades plummeting, Owen faced impossible odds armed only with a sword, his legacy, and the classmate who agreed to be his bard.

Listen! I am Siobhan McQuaid. I alone know the story of Owen, the story that changes everything. Listen!

"Humor, pathos and wry social commentary unite in a cleverly drawn, marvelously diverse world... It may '[take] a village to train a dragon slayer,' but it takes an exceptional dragon slayer to deserve a village—and a storyteller—like this one." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)