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2012 Tayshas Spotlight: Guys Read!

Reading Al Columbia's 'Pim & Francie." by AMERICANVIRUSThe Tayshas Reading List for 2012 was recently released and there are some great titles this year! The TAYSHAS Reading List promotes recreational reading for teens in 9th – 12th grades. Check out some of these great reads for guys or the entire 2012 Reading List

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2012 Maverick Spotlight: Graphic Novels for Middle School Readers

365-2011-018: Spiral Bound Cover Macro by pluralThe Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List for 2012 has just been announced and there are some awesome reads included this year!  The Maverick List promotes recreational reading for teens and tweens in 6th through 12th grades.  Check out some of these great graphic novels for readers in 6th-8th grades or the entire 2012 Maverick List!

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2012 Tayshas Spotlight: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror!

The Crow & The Moon [Explored] by Dave Morrow's Custom CreationsThe Tayshas Reading List for 2012 was recently released and there are some great titles this year! The TAYSHAS Reading List promotes recreational reading for teens in 9th – 12th grades. Check out some of these great fantasy, horror, and science fiction reads or the entire 2012 Reading List

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2012 Texas Lone Star List!

Lone Star State by Defninitive HDRThe Lone Star list is released each year by the Young Adult Round Table of the Texas Library Association to highlight exceptional recreational reading titles for tweens and teens in grades 6-8. There are some great reads, as always, on this year’s list. What have you read? What are you happy made the list? If you were to make a list of your top books from 2011, what would you include?

2012 Lone Star List

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Adult Books for Teen Readers

book stack by ginnerobotIt has been a few months since I’ve featured adult books that might be of interest to teen readers who are either looking to dip a toe into the adult collections or who have been reading adult fiction or non-fiction for quite some time.  Some of these will be more appropriate for mature teen readers and some will be enjoyable for readers of many ages.  What do you recommend?

Adult Books for Teen Readers

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While You’re Waiting…

thirteen reasons why bookjacketIf you’re on the request list for 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher or if you’ve already read the book and loved it, you might check out some of these reads.

Check One Out While You Wait

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Soft Spot for Series

Book Worm Bot by Jenn and Tony BotLike many readers, I love a good series.  Whether the series has been out for a while and I can read them at my own pace – or – whether the series is more recent and I’m anxiously awaiting the release date of the next book, there is something enjoyable about revisiting characters or their worlds over multiple installations.  What are some of your favorite series?

Mer’s Series Picks

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Teens’ Top Ten 2011

Teens' Top Ten LogoThe Teens’ Top Ten list is like a “people’s choice” list; each title is nominated and voted on by teens, ages 12-18.  So unlike other award lists or awards for young adult literature, which are decided pretty exclusively by adults who work with teens, the Teens’ Top Ten is a chance for teen readers to voice their choice and pick out the best books published in the past year.  The nominated titles are announced each spring during National Library Week and online voting happens between mid-August and mid-September.  The final Teens Top Ten list is announced each year during Teen Read Week.  This year 9,000 teens voted nation-wide.  Do you see your fav

The Horror! The Horror!: Reads for Teens

Halloween pumpkin by missteeeWhat is the appeal of the frightening?  For many of us, we can consider ourselves lucky that we rarely (if ever) encounter a truly terrifying experience.  Many of us go to school, go to work, go hang out with our friends; the most frightening thing we might encounter on a typical day is the school’s mystery meatloaf.  But there is something undeniably exciting about a book that makes us want to turn all the lights on and double-check that all the doors are locked, or a movie that has us covering our eyes as the music crescendos in a feverish pitch.  We can hear the blood pumping in our ears, but still feel secure that the book or movie is only a story.  When we leave the theater, no zombies are going to attack us as we go to our cars.  Once the book is

Star-Crossed Love in YA Fiction

Love by ShanissinhaProbably one of the most famous star-crossed couples in literary history is Romeo and Juliet; the relationship obviously didn’t end very well and we pretty much knew from the beginning that, whatever their feelings, outside forces were going to keep them apart.  Although Romeo and Juliet are probably the number 1 model for a typical star-crossed couple, there are many star-crossed couples throughout young adult fiction.  A couple might be kept apart because of outside forces (parents, family, friends, society, circumstance, ancient supernatural curse, etc.) or they might even be keeping themselves apart (“we’re so different, I don’t think this could ever work!” – even if we know it could).  Below I’ve listed some of my favorite star-crossed

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