Open Book: August 9, 2013

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

Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers

Two best friends, a writer and a runner, deal with bullies, family issues, social pressures, and their quest for success coming out of Harlem.

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Historical Fiction

Vietnam:  I Pledge Allegiance by Chris Lynch

Four best friends serving in the Vietnam War make a pledge to one another that they will do all they can to return home safely together.

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Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction

September Girls by Bennett Madison

Vacationing in a sleepy beach town for the summer, Sam is pursued by hordes of blonde girls before falling in love with the unusual DeeDee, who compels him to uncover secrets about the community’s ocean-dwelling inhabitants.

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Romance

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer, David Levithan

To break his curse of invisibility, a boy is helped by a girl, who is the only one who can see him.

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Buzz: Middle School

Formerly Shark Girl by Bingham by Kelly Bingham

Jane Arrowood, otherwise known as Shark Girl, has been living with just one arm for over a year. Now she’s searching for a new normal.

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Buzz:  High School

This Is Not a Writing Manual:  Notes For The Young Writer in the Real World by Kerri Majors

Real-world writing advice, minus all the lectures.

You’re an aspiring writer. Maybe you’ve just discovered your love of words and dream of being a novelist someday. Maybe you’ve been filling notebooks with science-fiction stories since middle school. Maybe you’re contemplating a liberal arts degree, but you don’t know what the heck you’re going to do with it. The last thing you need is another preachy writing manual telling you how you should write.

This book isn’t a writing manual. It is a series of candid and irreverent essays on the writing life, from a writer who’s lived it. Kerri Majors shares stories from her own life that offer insights on the realities all writers face: developing a writing voice, finding a real job (and yes, you do need to find one), taking criticism, getting published, and dealing with rejection.

Don’t have enough time to write? Learn how to plan your days to fit it all in. Not sure how your guilty pleasures and bad habits translate into literature? Kerri explains how soap operas and eavesdropping can actually help your writing. Need a reader for your first novel? Find a writing buddy or a writing group that will support you. Nervous about submitting your first piece? Learn from Kerri’s own roller coaster journey to find an agent and get published. This Is Not a Writing Manual is the writing memoir for young writers who want to use their talents in the real world.

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