Posted by kacates on October 20, 2010
|Jimi and Me by Jaime Adoff
After his father is murdered, Keith and his mother try desperately to pick up the pieces of their lives. But his father’s death has left them devastated—both emotionally and financially. Forced to leave Brooklyn and move in with his aunt, Keith urgently clings to every last reminder of his dad, discovering comfort in his own music and that of the late legend—and his father’s idol—Jimi Hendrix. In Jimi’s music, Keith finds solace, and brief moments of reprieve from his chaotic new life. But just as he begins to get a handle on his father’s death, he discovers the secrets of his father’s life–secrets that threaten to tear apart what’s left of his fragile family.
|Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Nick frequents New York’s indie rock scene nursing a broken heart and Norah is questioning all of her assumptions about the world. Though they have nothing in common except for their taste in music, their chance encounter leads to an all-night quest to find a legendary band’s secret show and ends up becoming the first date that could change both their lives.
|Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
Leo Caraway—high school senior, president of the Young Republicans club, 4.0 GPA, future Harvard student—had his entire future perfectly planned out. When Leo discovers that his real father is a punk rock legend, he is disgusted. But when a misunderstanding leads to Leo's scholarship to Harvard being taken away, he hatches the crazy plan of going on tour with King Maggot for Purge’s summer revival tour, all the while secretly hoping to convince Maggot to pay for his tuition. But life on the road is even crazier than Leo ever bargained for, and before the summer is out, he will finally discover the surprising truth about his dad, his friends, and most important, himself.
|Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supplee
Retta Lee Jones is blessed with a beautiful voice and has big dreams of leaving her tiny Tennessee hometown. With a beaten down car, a pocketful of hard-earned waitressing money, and stars in her eyes, Retta sets out to make it big in Nashville. But the road to success isn’t a smooth one in a town filled with dreamers, and Retta begins to have doubts: can she make her mark while staying true to herslf?
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Posted by kacates on October 19, 2010
Spotlighting a few great books with beat you can check out here at NPL:
|Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
California high school student Audrey Cuttler dumps self-involved Evan, the lead singer of a little band called The Do-Gooders. Evan writes “Audrey, Wait!,” a break-up song that’s so good it rockets up the billboard charts. And Audrey is suddenly famous! Now rabid fans are invading her school. People is running articles about her arm-warmers. The lead singer of the Lolitas wants her as his muse. And the Internet is documenting her every move! Audrey can’t hang out with her best friend or get with her new crush without being mobbed by fans and paparazzi. But will she ever get the chance to show the world who she really is?
|Fat Kid Rules the World – K.L. Going
Troy Billings is seventeen, 296 pounds, friendless, utterly miserable, and about to step off a New York subway platform in front of an oncoming train. Until he meets Curt MacCrae, an emaciated, semi-homeless, high school dropout guitar genius, the stuff of which Lower East Side punk rock legends are made. Never mind that Troy’s dad thinks Curt’s a drug addict and Troy’s brother thinks Troy’s the biggest (literally) loser in Manhattan. Soon, Curt’s recruited Troy as his new drummer—even though Troy can’t play the drums. Together, Curt and Troy will change the world of punk, and Troy’s own life, forever.
|The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz
Summer is here, and self-professed music geek Allie is exactly where she wants to be: working at Berkeley’s ultra-cool Bob and Bob Records. There, Allie can spend her days bantering with the street people, talking the talk with the staff, shepherding the uncool bridge-and-tunnel shoppers, all the while blissfully surrounded by music, music, music. It’s the perfect setup for her to develop her secret identity as The Vinyl Princess, author of both a brand-new zine and blog. But business at Allie’s beloved record store is becoming dangerously slow—not to mention that there have been a string of robberies in the neighborhood. At least her blog seems to be gaining interest, one vinyl junkie at a time…
|Struts and Frets by Jon Skovron
Music is in Sammy’s blood. His grandfather was a jazz musician, and Sammy’s indie rock band could be huge one day—if they don’t self-destruct first. Winning the upcoming Battle of the Bands would justify all the band’s compromises and reassure Sammy that his life’s dream could become a reality. But practices are hard to schedule when Sammy’s grandfather is sick and getting worse, his mother is too busy to help either of them, and his best friend may want to be his girlfriend. When everything in Sammy’s life seems to be headed for major catastrophe, will his music be enough to keep him together?
And now for a great link! If you're like me, sometimes you get stuck in a music rut and feel the need to freshen up your playlist a little bit. If you want to find new bands to follow based on your current favorites, check out TuneGlue, a really cool music-mapping site. Just type in your favorite band in the search bar, then click on nodes to expand your options and find new bands.
Posted by kacates on October 18, 2010
It's Teen Read Week, put on every year by the Young Adult Library Services Association. The theme this year is “Books With Beat”. If you're looking for some great books to read, check out the display by the teen area, or pick up a bookmark at the front desk for suggestions of great music-themed books. Also, keep checking this space throughout the week for reading suggestions, links, and more. And finally, don't forget to check out this year's Teens' Top Ten list, voted on by YOU and your fellow teens. Here are the winners:
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
- Heist Society by Ally Carter
- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
- Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
- Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman
- Fire by Kristin Cashore
- Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Posted by kacates on August 23, 2010
It's that time again – the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has opened voting for the 2010 Teens' Top Ten. This is your chance to choose your favorite teen books published this year. Last year over 11,000 teens voted and chose Paper Towns by John Green as their favorite.
Voting for this year starts today and ends September 17, and the results will be revealed during this year's Teen Read Week, October 17-23. There are some really great books that I LOVE that have been nominated this year, but sadly I don't meet the age limit so I can't vote – but you can! Here's the list of nominees:
Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Fire by Kristin Cashore
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
The Roar by Emma Clayton
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
Dragonfly by Julia Golding
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks
I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters
Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
City of Fire by Laurence Yep
Quite a list, huh? So get reading if you haven't started already, and then go here to choose up to three books from this year that you'd like to see take the prize.
Posted by kacates on July 30, 2010
If you haven't read Ned Vizzini's book, It's Kind of a Funny Story, you definitely should. It's about a depressed teen who calls a suicide hotline and ends up getting checked into the adult ward of a mental hospital. And now it's about to be a movie, starring Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham, Aasif Mandvi, and relative newcomer Keir Gilchrist as the main character, Craig. Amazingly enough, the trailer looks like the movie could possibly do the book justice. Check it out below: