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This morning the recipients of biggest award in YA fiction, the Michael L. Printz Award, were announced. This year there were 4 Printz Honor books and 1 winner of the Printz Award. And here they are!
Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
To place holds on any of the books, click the title or the cover. So what do you think of the winners? Are you happy or did your favorite get snubbed? Sound off in the comments!
In Veronica Roth’s dystopian book Divergent there are five different factions that a person can be a part of. During the year a person would turn 16, they decided which faction they are going to join. Most choose the one they were born and raised in. Here are my interpretation of the five factions: the AP student- as in “going to Harvard for free” people, the super kind people (sometimes you wonder if they’re being legit because they’re too kind), the “really rude because they’re extremely honest” people (don’t we all know the phrase: ‘No offense, but’), the BA people (as in jumping off moving trains and being stupid YOLO) and last and the least- stereotypical 60’s hippies. In this make believe world everybody’s genes are wired towards one of these five personalities. (This is when I started to doubt the book. Get me on a day with little or no sleep and count the different personalities I have). If you do not have one of these five personalities you are an enemy to the state! Ok, well not right away, but you are Divergent. And if you’re Divergent, don’t you dare tell anybody because it’s bad.
My first issue with Divergent was the whole idea of these five factions. It’s silliness! Go to work, go to school, heck, go to mall and you will see many more than five different personalities. The book presents five different core beliefs, and you can only have one. Right, because there are only five different religious beliefs in the real world which make this seem plausible….but that wasn’t my only issue with this book. The main character goes from going to school, to choosing your life. One day you’re in school, you get this test and then the next day you choose your faction. For the next month or so you’re in training and BAM you’re an adult with a job associated with your special faction. Huh? Does this happen in real life? I can answer that for you, no. Also, the lack of adults really drove me bananas. There were kids teaching kids stuff, that wouldn’t really happen. I would not be qualified to teach a class after a year, maybe two, of study. How do you become a teacher, oh, just four years of school, at least! So that didn’t make any sense. But at this point I shouldn’t really be expecting the book to make any sense.
As much as I wasn’t a fan of this book, there were things I liked. Beatrice, the main character, I liked. Though her world was far from every being okay, she could exist. Her character was real, and I could imagine seeing her walking down the street. In fact, most of the characters I liked. Wonderful character development all around; but you can only get too attached to a character that is in a world that would never happen. And, when the fighting happens, people die. Though that might sound odd, I personally cannot stand when a huge epic battle happens and none of the characters you’ve come to love die because that doesn’t happen in real life. Even though this society would never come to be, Roth does try to have the things that happen in it buyable. Let’s see…what else did I like….yeah, I think that’s about it.
So maybe I’m being a little harsh on Divergent; after all, I had to put it on hold because of its popularity in order to read it. There is obviously something there or it wouldn’t be as popular as it is.
There’s recently been a bit of an uproar about photos and the poster that have been released for the upcoming movie version of John Green’s hit novel The Fault in Our Stars. Some of the controversy surrounds the movie poster’s tagline: “One sick love story.” Additionally, in many of the stills from the movie (see below), Hazel isn’t wearing her cannula, including during the big moment in the Anne Frank House.
So what do you think? Is the tagline insensitive, or is it just the type of humor Hazel would find funny? Is it troubling that Hazel isn’t always wearing her cannula like she has to in the book? Sound off in the comments!
That’s right, DPL’s Teen Volunteer Council and Anime Club are now meeting on the same night!
Join TVC at 5:00 to discuss your ideas for upcoming programs and find out about future volunteering opportunities within the library.
Then stick around for Anime Club at 5:30, where we’ll be eating noodles as always and continuing our viewing of a beloved anime series!
See you then!
Did you tear through Marissa Meyer’s sci-fi fairy tales Cinder and Scarlet, and now you’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for the next book in the series? The wait is almost over!! Book three in The Lunar Chronicles, Cress, will be released on February 4th! Check out the brand new book trailer above, and then click here to place a hold on a copy!