The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan is a compelling story of forbidden love, secrets and the lengths people will go to keep both. The Irving School is a prestigious boarding school; their motto is "enter here to be and find a friend." Every year the departing seniors leave a gift in their room - food, clothing, maybe booze - for the senior who inherits their room the next year. Duncan finds a surprising and intriguing gift: a stack of CD's that not only gives him the material he needs to write his tragedy paper (the grueling senior English thesis), but tells the story of Tim MacBeth. Tim transferred to the Irving School the last semester of the previous year. He was 17, an albino and shy. The last thing Tim expected was to find a friend let alone fall in love and perhaps, have that love returned.
If you liked 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, Looking for Alaska or The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, then this is a must read book!
The Lone Ranger hits theaters this Friday! If you're not famililar with the story Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into the legend of justice, the Lone Ranger. Be sure and check out the great graphic novel Lone Ranger series by Brett Matthews.
Want to know more information about your favorite children or teen authors? Well our Something About the Author database is a great place to start! Not only will it tell you personal information about the author, but it also tells you about any awards they may have won and other cool stuff. The database details the author's works and what the author themselves have said about their books. There are thousands of authors in the database from Suzanne Collins to Mo Willems to John Green. Take a look!
In a future Earth, giant human like creatures have invaded. Humans retreat behind walls to live protected from these giants. One day, the intelligent, 165 foot tall "Colossus Titan" appeared and breached these walls. Mikasa and her friends must find a way to defend the remains of the human race. This is my favorite Manga series of recent publication.
Supernatural comic book series "Locke and Key" by Joe Hill (Stephen King's son!) was going to be made for TV but will now be on the big screen! The story centers on the Locke children-after their Father is brutally murdered, the family moves into Keyhouse-their old family home. They discover the house contains secrets and magical keys that unlock fantastic powers, but there is a dark force that wants the family to open a door that will destroy all the good in their world. Check out the book series in the meantime!
The third book in The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey comes out in a week! I am sooo excited!!! The first two books made me literally LOL.
Tallulah Casey is a British teen who signs up for a performing arts camp, with visions of a summer spent being a star and kissing boys. Imagine her surprise when she finds that 1. there's no room for her in the dorms so she has to stay with a batty family who gives her squirrel slippers, 2. there are NO BOYS in her camp, and 3. the boys down the hill seem to be attending some sort of military school. Whilst coping with all of that, Tallulah is also coming to terms with her knobby knees and the fact that the boys caught her kissing a tree.
In book two, Tallulah lands a major role in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which would be an honor except she's playing Bottom, the fool who spends most of the play with a donkey's head.
In the latest installment, she's doing her best to resist falling for the bad boy, while trying to land the lead in a new play.
As I am sure you all have seen lists of travel destinations to which everyone ought to go before death, I felt it would be apropos to compile a list of not any place to go before you die, but a collection of libraries to see.
1.Library of Congress, Washington D.C. - This institution boasts more than 155 million items, print materials in 460 languages, the largest rare book collection in North America, and the largest collection of films, maps, sheet music and sound recordings in the world.
2.New York Public Library, New York City - If you like history, the building was constructed with money from Samuel J. Tilden, the Democratic candidate in the election of 1876 that ended Reconstruction. And, President William Howard Taft helped to dedicate it, so it is just BURSTING with historical connections. The library also displays the Gutenberg Bible, the earliest known copy of the “Nican Mopohua” and contains manuscripts from 1,200 languages and dialects.
3.Salt Lake City Public Library - This is among the more modern of the bunch, and actually opened in 2003. It is six stories tall, featuring a 300-seat auditorium and a multi-level reading area full of natural light (as opposed to those sad fluorescent bulbs you all have in your school classrooms).
4.Geisel Library, University of California: San Diego - As if the architecture were not awesome enough, this library is where the university’s art collection is housed.
5.Seattle Central Public Library - This 11-floor building features a “books spiral” that displays the entire nonfiction collection in a continuous run. If has a towering “living room” along Fifth Avenue that reaches 50 feet in height, and let’s be honest, the building just looks cool.
6.Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland - This library dates back to 1592 and houses more than 5 million items.
7.Abbey Library, St. Gallen, Switzerland - The institution is the oldest library in Switzerland and has a collection of manuscripts all the way from the Early Middle ages until 1805.
8.Vatican Library, Vatican City - Saving the best for last, I’d like to think of the Vatican Library (pictured above) as a bit of a challenge to any readers. The admission criteria only allows in researchers, teachers, graduate students and scholars. You are pretty special if you get to check out these collections!
(Thank you to ABC News Explore for a lot of this information. Photo courtesy of Michal Osmenda through fotopedia.com)
Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from a brutal arranged marriage to the convent of St. Mortain, where the nuns still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. Ismae’s latest assignment takes her straight into the high court of 15th century Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of conspiracy and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
This book had everything: a strong heroine, a dashing hero, suspense, romance and intrigue. Ismae is a really engaging character who faces some tough choices. Will she follow her heart or her orders? If you like this one, check out the second in the series Dark Triumph.
Vampire Academy, the story of vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose, is finally going to make it to the big screen. The first book in the series starts two years after a horrible incident made Rose and Lissa run away. Now they have been found and returned to St. Vladimir's Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic and the other on physical training, and all students work to retain some part of their humanity despite their bloodsucking nature.
The movie features Zoey Deutch (who was in Beautiful Creatures) as Rose and Lucy Fry as Lissa, and also stars Sarah Hyland from Modern Family as their friend Natalie. It's scheduled to come out on February 14, 2014. Happy Valentine's Day to us all!
Looking for something new to read? Of course you are! Try one of these ghost books:
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff: Hannah and her best friend Lillian (recently deceased) team up to investigate a series of gruesome murders.
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters: It's 1918 and San Fransisco is riddled with death, thanks to deadly influenza and World War I. Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and must consider if ghosts are real when her first love returns.
The Haunting of Apartment 101 by Megan Atwood: This is the first in The Paranormalists series. Jinx and Jackson have worked hard to start their ghost hunting business. The next step is, of course, finding some business. When a popular classmate asks them to investigate a haunting at her father's apartment, Jackson convinces Jinx to investigate, despite her skepticism.
Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer: Tansy just moved for the millionth time, this time into her grandfather's old house. Everything is different here, including her passion for photography. When she looks through her camera lens, she sees people that aren't really there.
The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki: Neil and his sister Bree, along with their new friends Wesley and Eric, set out to explore Greylock Hall, an abandoned psychiatric hospital which is supposed to be haunted by the ghost of Nurse Janet.