aka YA Literature

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Nick & Norah

You must know that I am super excited for Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist this Friday. I saw an ad in my newspaper today for free passes to a preview screening on Monday night, but I missed the time when they were being given away. Here is a Salon interview with director Peter Sollett in which he talks about, among other things, the soundtrack for the movie. Can not wait! I thought it was interesting that he cast Michael Cera before Superbad and Juno. Although I love MC, I still don't know that I see him as Nick.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Otherworldlies

Thanks to Hurricane Ike, I had plenty of spare time to catch up on my reading. One book I especially enjoyed was The Otherworldlies by Jennifer Kogler. The Otherworldlies is about a teen girl who just doesn't fit in with her family or her friends. Weird things are always happening to her. She hears voices, she can predict the weather accurately, and she can even talk to her dog. Although this book was a little slow getting started, I enjoyed the plot. Much like Twilight, this book is a vampire read without being too vampire-y, if that makes any sense. There isn't any romance, but there is a lot of suspense and action. I think this book will really appeal to the younger teen readers who are Stephenie Meyer fans.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Conversation & Obama

Actual conversation overheard at a school librarian conference yesterday:

Librarian 1: This librarian was telling me that Twilight by Stephanie Meyer is popular. HAve you ever heard of her?

Librarian 2: [shaking her head] No.

In other news, Maureen Johnson has started a "YA for Obama" ning.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Lauren Conrad: YA Author

Lauren Conrad of "The Hills" has a 3-book deal with Harper Collins. It's set to come out next summer and will be about an average teen who becomes a reality TV star.

This blog has become an example of what happens when your library is actually extremely busy and successful. Well, at least what happens when MY library does that. I think other people manage to continue reading and blogging. I'm barely keeping up with "Project Runway" these days.

P.S. Holly, I wanted to see "N&NIP" with you on opening night! :(

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


I've always wanted to go to the NCTE/ALAN annual conference, but I never have because it's just way too expensive to travel there. But this year, it's in San Antonio! I am utterly ecstatic. Have you see the list of authors who will be there? Let me just put this out there that if any authors are going to be in San Antonio on the 20th or 21st and want to come do a school visit, please let me know. Melissa Marr came to my (old) school last year and had a great time!

Here are just a few of the awesome authors I can't wait to see:
John Green
Scott Westerfeld
Laurie Halse Anderson
Melissa Marr
M.T. Anderson
Cory Doctorow
Gail Giles
Ellen Hopkins
Justine Larbalestier
David Levithan
E. Lockhart
Susan Beth Pfeffer

Oh, and if any authors want some advice on good local San Antonio things to do or eat or if you want someone to drive you around, I'm also good for that too.

It makes me kind of sad to think that all these fantastic authors are going to be here together in my city and my students won't get a chance to see many of them (I think a few might be doing public appearances).