Open Book: December 28, 2012

OPEN BOOK: AN EMAIL NEWSLETTER FOR TEENS
from the Weston Public Library

Open Book is an email newsletter of book recommendations for teens. It is sent twice a month and includes book excerpts in six teen fiction categories (realistic fiction, historical fiction, action/ adventure/fantasy/science fiction, romance, the buzz: middle school, and the buzz: high school). If you wish to subscribe to Open Book, please email smitchill@minlib.net or sign up in person at the Youth Services desk at the Library. Open Book email newsletters are also archived here on our blog.

Here are the picks for this week…

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Realistic Fiction

Janie Face by Face by Carolyn B. Cooney

At college in New York City, Janie Johnson, aka Jennie Spring, seems to have successfully left behind her past as “The face on the milk carton,” but soon she, her families, and friends are pursued by a true-crime writer who wants their help in telling her kidnapper’s tale.

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Read an excerpt from the first book: The Face on the Milk Carton

Historical Fiction

The Musician’s Daughter by Suzanne Dunlap

In eighteenth-century Vienna, Austria, fifteen-year-old Theresa seeks a way to help her mother and brother financially while investigating the murder of her father, a renowned violinist in Haydn’s orchestra at the court of Prince Esterhazy, after his body is found near a gypsy camp.

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Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to share in an adventure from which he may never return.

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Romance

Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

A fifteen-year-old Australian girl gets her first job and first crush on her unattainable university-aged coworker, as both search for meaning in their lives.

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Buzz: Middle School

Memory Boy by Will Weaver

Sixteen-year-old Miles and his family must flee their Minneapolis home and begin a new life in the wilderness after a chain of cataclysmic volcanic explosions creates dangerous conditions in their city.

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Buzz:  High School

What We Remember, What We Forget: The Best Young Writers and Artists in America: A PUSH Anthology edited by David Levithan

Every year, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards receive thousands of entries from all over the country. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the PUSH anthologies, here are the best of the best, from 2008 through 2011. Every one has a story to tell, captured on film or translated into poetry. And every one has a vision to share, smoothed on a canvas or scribbled on paper. This must-read offers a glimpse into the future of art and literature, as only the creators of that future could share.

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