Posts Tagged ‘national library week’

RadReads#1…Crank by Hopkins

April 11, 2010

It’s National Library Week and we’re celebrating by featuring RadReads everyday this week.  RadReads are books that really push the envelope, stretch readers to their limits, and explore topics that many people choose not to even talk about.  Yeah, these are the books that a lot of parents don’t want you reading.  But honestly, they’re the books you love, the ones you can’t put down, the ones you’ll pass around to all your friends, and the ones you read under your covers at night with a flashlight because you really just can’t get enough.  They are also the titles that offhandedly offer guidance and support because somehow they illustrate precisely what the reality of being a teenager right now is actually like, or could be, and what you can do to deal with it, or even change things, as you’re trying to navigate your way down the zany path of life into adulthood. 

First up is Crank by Ellen Hopkins.  Bet you can’t guess what this one’s about…

Yeah, that monster of a drug Crystal Meth.  Crank is an extremely popular YA book and the first novel for Ellen Hopkins.  She loosely based it on her daughter’s experiences with the drug and all the insidious madness that such a risky venture entails.  The book clocks in at 500+ pages, yet it’s a ridiculously fast read mostly because it’s written in verse. 

The verse form lends itself fantastically to the characters’ experiences.  As the lead character, Kristina, goes from being a gifted student and well-behaved daughter to visiting her father and messing around with boys and crank, a new side to her personality emerges, one the author calls Bree.  Bree goes on one wild journey and such a journey may be important for many teens to read about, especially if they’re a Kristina.  It’s also an important read for many parents, especially those who may have experimental teens.  Most appropriate for readers in 8th grade or higher.

Even more important might be the following links that have valuable info that you or someone you know might find of use…

Above the Influence –Honest answers about drugs

Go Ask Alice –Columbia University’s Health Education Questions on teen health issues

Teens Health –Great resource for a variety of teen health issues including drug abuse

And I’m willing to bet that if you read Crank and just couldn’t put it down you’ll want to check out Hopkins’ other hot RadReads.  We own them all so reserve your copies today.

2010 National Library Week

April 10, 2010

National Library Week starts tomorrow and boy oh boy are we going to celebrate!  How?  (Dance party?!)  Um…not this time…

This National Library Week we’re featuring two of the best services any public library teen specialists can offer…radical read recommendations AND links to the best helpful websites that will keep in you in the know concerning topics that you might need more info about, yet you have no one to ask. 

In other words, if you’re quietly thinking HELP!?!, well, we’ve got your back.  Thas right…RadReads and cool links ALL WEEK LONG!  

And if we don’t cover a topic you need more info on, just send us an email and we’ll connect you with the right books, sites, and services to help keep you informed, entertained, and educated on whatever life is tossing your way.  That’s what we’re here for and that’s what we lovelovelove about our jobs–helping teens out…library-style. 

(Hey, we might get a dance party out of this celebration yet!)

Please, please, please, join us as we celebrate 2010 National Library Week! 

Ready, set, go hug your library!  (yeah, we want pics of that)


Final Mini-Review: Living Dead Girl

April 19, 2009

As National Library Week comes to a close we’re wrapping things up with one last mini-review.

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

Living Dead GirlIt’s hard to know exactly where to start with this one, as Living Dead Girl is a heavy, heavy book.  I’m talkin’ heavy.  It’s the story of a 15 yr. old girl who was taken away from her normal family life five years ago and has been kept at the mercy of a man named Ray, and at the mercy of his every desire, ever since.  I still haven’t finished the book because one can only read so much of it without stopping and wanting to throw up a little bit in their mouth.  However, the absolutely stellar storytelling and writing done by author Elizabeth Scott is so perfectly haunting, so acutely hideous, and so unshakably real for the topic she’s portraying that I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who can handle it—please note that this book is for mature readers ONLY—ages 16 and up.

And since I haven’t finished the book yet…And since it’s our last mini-review of the week…And since there just happens to be a blurb on the back of the book by Chris Crutcher…And since it just happens to be 5 sentences…And since that fits what we call a mini-review…And since, well, I’m going to include it here and that makes it a bonus mini-review for you…

“I was knocked over by Living Dead Girl.  Most authors want to hear ‘I couldn’t put it down’ from their fans.  Living Dead Girl is a book you have to put down; then you have to pick it right back up.  The beauty of the story is that, though none of its readers will have had this experience, all will feel connected to it.  It is told in the rarest of air, yet speaks horrifically to all our imaginations.” -Chris Crutcher


Happy National Library Week!

April 13, 2009

Now that National Library Week has arrived we thought it might be fun to celebrate by going back to basics library-style.  It’s no secret that public libraries these days offer all sorts of valuable resources—from books to video games, DVDs to audio books, internet services, and even coffee shop goodies.  But this week it’s all about the books.  Good books.  Great books to be exact.  And all this week we’ll be featuring mini-reviews of some of our favorite reads for Young Adults.  And by “mini-review” we mean 5 sentences or less.  Okay?  Okay.  Here we go…

Hunger GamesHunger Games by Suzanne Collins

You must read it.  Read it.  Seriously, read it.  I don’t care what you like to read (or what you don’t like to read) you really need to trust me on this one.  Read it!

Phew, a review in 5 sentences or less wasn’t too hard ;)  READ IT!  Stay tuned all week for more mini-reviews. 


Super Author Chris Crutcher Visits Fairmount Library

April 9, 2009

Next week is National Library Week!  Celebrate with us as we spend an afternoon with sensational teen author, Chris Crutcher – 4:00 p.m. at the Fairmount Street Library on Wednesday, April 15th.

Chris Crutcher

* Award-winning, national bestselling teen author, Chris Crutcher, will be at the Library to present “Fostering Free Speech & Open Discourse” as part of Quad City Arts Super Author Residency. Meet the author and ask him questions in this informal setting.