Monday, June 10, 2013

FLORENCE: Sushi Candy for YA

Sushi Candy Beneath the Surface!

Umm! Umm! Good! 
Never thought I'd say that about sushi of any kind, but this is something all together different! 
Just take a look at what the YA came  up with. 
WARNING: grab a napkin as drooling may occure!

As the old saying goes "The proof is in the pudding."
Well, in our case it's in the candy sushi!


Even the little brothers that came had fun!

From the smiles and no leftovers,
 I'd say it was great!
Next time you can join the fun, too!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Teen Movie Saturday @ Pearl

Did you know that the Pearl Library now shows movies in the teen center EVERY SATURDAY?  These movies are selected with teens in mind, and our teen program participants help us select the titles.  Bored on a Saturday afternoon? Come hang out at the Pearl Library!  Call us at 601.932.2562 for movie titles each week!  Movies show at 1:00 PM each Saturday.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Printz Watch 2013: Winners!

So, my predictions were wrong, I know you're shocked!  Let's dive right in, shall we?

In Darkness by Nick Lake won the big prize.  From the publisher: "In darkness I count my blessings like Manman taught me. One: I am alive. Two: there is no two. In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake a boy is trapped beneath the rubble of a ruined hospital: thirsty, terrified and alone. 'Shorty' is a child of the slums, a teenage boy who has seen enough violence to last a lifetime, and who has been inexorably drawn into the world of the gangsters who rule Site Soleil: men who dole out money with one hand and death with the other. But Shorty has a secret: a flame of revenge that blazes inside him and a burning wish to find the twin sister he lost five years ago. And he is marked. Marked in a way that links him with Toussaint L'Ouverture, the Haitian rebel who two-hundred years ago led the slave revolt and faced down Napoleon to force the French out of Haiti. As he grows weaker, Shorty relives the journey that took him to the hospital, a bullet wound in his arm. In his visions and memories he hopes to find the strength to survive, and perhaps then Toussaint can find a way to be free ..."  Sounds super intriguing! Your local libraries have ordered this one and it's on its way: check with your library to request it soon!


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz made quite the sweep at the awards this year: it won multiple honors!  From the publisher: "Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be."

Click here to request this one!







Dodger by Terry Pratchett was one of the books I fully intended to read for Printz Watch, but just never got around to.  From the publisher: "Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl--not even if her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England. From Dodger's encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking account of adventure and mystery."

Click here to request!







The White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna was one of those titles that no one had heard of and now I can't WAIT to read it.  Publisher summary: "The White Bicycle is the third stand-alone title in the Wild Orchid series about a young woman with Asperger's Syndrome. This installment chronicles Taylor Jane's travels to the south of France where she spends a summer babysitting for the Phoenix family. Including flashbacks into Taylor's earliest memories, along with immediate scenes in Lourmarin, a picturesque village in the Luberon Valley, The White Bicycle results in a journey for independence both personal and universal, told in Taylor's honest first-person prose."

Your libraries have ordered this title and we hope it will be in soon!!




So my beloved Code Name Verity did get some honor love.  You remember how much I adored it? My review is here if you didn't see it.  This book is exquisite.  If you haven't read it...just read it, ok?

Click here to request!












I've been reading advance copies of 2013 titles for several months now, and there are already a few great contenders for next year!

Until Printz Watch 2014,
Ally

Friday, January 25, 2013

Printz Watch 2013: Predictions!

Ok, so I've been jabbering at y'all for months about this, and here's my final post!


 
PRINTZ GOLD SEAL!!!

I think the gold will go to....


Code Name Verity!!!
I LOVED Code Name Verity, see my initial, nearly incoherent review here. I adored the characters, and the plotting was absolutely unbelievable. Seriously. Mind blown.  I'm planning to reread this one soon, just for sheer love of the book. It completely blew me away. I read a LOT of books in 2012, and this one still stays with me.  I thought it couldn't possibly live up to the hype, but it did. I gave it to my mom for Christmas!  Code Name Verity also won the Pyrite Printz Award over at Someday my Printz Will Come and I can only hope it will win gold come Monday.  Y'all, honestly, if you haven't read it yet, you're doing yourself a disservice.  Request it here. Good luck to Elizabeth Wein on Monday--I'm rooting for you!!!

so shiny and pretty
Honor books!  Honor books are a little different.  The Printz Committee can award UP TO four honor books--they don't have to select any if they don't want to--and they are selected independently from the winner (meaning that they don't just pick runners up--after they vote the winner, they start over for honor books).  There was a GREAT field this year, but here are the four I'm thinking have the best chance:


So I know I read this one late in the game, and that I just reviewed it yesterday, but I think it's strong.  It was incredibly engaging.  I also think it has a good chance at the Excellence in Nonfiction Award.  Request it here.



I talked about this one in my gushing adoration-of-Australian YA post (y'all, I SERIOUSLY LOVE AUSTRALIAN YA).  Lanagan has quite a history with the Printz Honor, and this is the book of hers that I've enjoyed the most.  It's lyrical and literary and just disturbing enough to make you really think.  I think it's got a good shot at an honor.  Request it here.



I talked about this one yesterday, too.  I may not have connected with Astrid Jones as much as I did with Vera Dietz, but that doesn't take away from the fact that it's a solid contender and that the writing is splendid.  Maybe A.S. King will have another Printz Honor under her belt soon. Request it here.


Last but not least!

Seraphina was one of my favorite reads of last year, and it was definitely in my top two fantasy reads (the other being Froi, obviously). And yes, it's the beginning of a series, but it stands alone beautifully.  The world-building is amazing, and the way that the characters are developed makes it a strong candidate for a Printz Honor.  It's already been named a Morris Award finalist, and I think that it has a good chance at the Morris Award too!! Request it here and wait with me with bated breath for the second book this summer.


So those are my predictions. I have literally never been right in the past, but I hope that I'm wrong this year!! I'll report back here with results next week. Fingers crossed!

Ally