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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Teen Read Week Books with a Beat

I got a great question from Jenny in Colfax, looking for books related to Teen Read Week's theme: Books with a Beat. There wasn't much in terms of booklists on the YALSA website, so I made my own. I thought Jenny maybe isn't the only one looking for titles, so I am posting the list here:


Audrey, Wait! By Robin Benway
Audrey’s ex-boyfriend writes a hit-song about her after they break up.

The New Policeman and The Last of the High Kings by Kate Thompson
Irish music and dance, Tir na nOg—the land of the fairies, and much humor in these books.

Beige. By Cecil Castellucci.
Katy reluctantly leaves Montréal to spend time with her estranged father, an aging Los Angeles punk rock legend.

Good Enough. By Paula Yoo.
Patti Yoon, a Korean American girl, tries to please her parents by doing her best to get into YaleHarvardPrinceton, but she is distracted by a boy and by her passion for the violin.

Born to Rock. By Gordon Korman
High school senior Leo Caraway, a conservative Republican, learns that his biological father is a punk rock legend.

Yellow Flag. By Robert Lipsyte.
When Kyle reluctantly succumbs to family pressure and takes over driving the family racecar, he struggles to keep up with his trumpet playing.

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. By Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
Nick, member of a rock band, meets Norah and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.

Candor. By Pam Bachorz.
The teens in Candor are all model citizens, due to the subliminal messages played in the ever-present, piped-in music. Except the Mayor’s son, who uses his inside information for his own purposes.

Gilbert and Sullivan Set Me Free. By Kathleen Karr.
Inmates of a 1900s women’s prison stage a production of Pirates of Penzance. Based on a true story.


The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket, with music composed by Nathaniel Stookey, illustrated by Carson Ellis, performed by the San Francisco Symphony.
This is a hilarious introduction to the orchestra, with humor that will appeal to teens, great music, and useful information.

The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth. By Jaime Adoff
A collection of poems about music and musicians.

Punk Rock Etiquette: The Ultimate How-To Guide for DIY, Punk, Indie, and Underground Bands, by Travis Nichols
Graphic novel format, informative, and hilarious.

John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth. By Elizabeth Partridge.
Highly acclaimed biography of the Beatles legend.

This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie. By Elizabeth Partridge.
Fascinating reading, even for people who aren’t fans of this folk hero’s music.

Meet the Musicians: From Prodigy (or Not) to Pro. By Amy Nathan.
Profiles of members of the New York Philharmonic.

Rock and Roll Soldier: A Memoir. By Dean Ellis Kohler and Susan VanHecke.
During the Vietnam War, Kohler was asked by his captain to form a rock and roll band to keep up morale of his unit.

We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World. By Stuart Stotts, with an introduction by Pete Seeger.
Slim book that introduces the backstory of this powerful song.

Collection Development Webinars

There are some great opportunities to help you keep up with the huge number of titles for children and youth--all without leaving your desk. Check out the following offers of webinars from other systems and from vendors:

The South Central Library System, together with the Cooperative Children's Book Center, has a monthly series of 1/2 hour webinars on recommended books, CCBC Shorts. They are archived on the CCBC website. Past themes have included: great new picture books, books and boys, read-alouds, book club ideas. The CCBC librarians have a lot of great insight about books, so take a listen at your convenience.

Booklist, in cooperation with Orca Publishers, is sponsoring a webinar called Reaching Reluctant Readers: Using High Interest Fiction to Engage and Inspire on Tuesday, October 19 from 1-2 pm. Even if you can't come at that time, if you register, they'll send you a link to the archived webinar.

Patti Blount from Durand send me a notice about a Librarian's Preview webinar from Scholastic about upcoming new titles. Editors and authors will be online to give plugs for their new books on Tuesday, October 19 at 12:00 noon.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

ALA offers Great Stories CLUB Grants

Deadline: November 19, 2010 (From the Library Grants blog)

The Great Stories CLUB (Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens, and Books) is a book club program designed to reach underserved, troubled teen populations through books that are relevant to their lives. All types of libraries (public, school, academic, and special) located within or working in partnership with facilities serving troubled teens in the United States and its territories are eligible to apply for a CLUB grant. 150 libraries will be selected to develop a book discussion program for troubled teens based on the three theme-related titles and will be given copies of the books to share with participants. Participating libraries will also receive access to an online toolkit to support the program. Small cash grants ($100 to $200) will be awarded to up to twenty-five sites for the support of program-related expenses.

For complete information on the Great Stories CLUB, including guidelines, book titles and descriptions, application instructions, and feedback from past participants, visit the ALA Web site.

If you'd like to talk to a librarian who has implemented Great Stories CLUB projects in the past, talk with Chris Byerly at Frederic and Elaine Meyer at Amery!