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It's Banned Books Week!

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BANNEDBKSWEEEK.pngYesterday, September 22, was the first day of Banned Books Week, which runs until September 28.  BBW "was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries".  For more about the backstory behind this event, click here.   

Greenwich Library supports everybody's freedom to read what they want, especially at libraries.  We've put up a special web page here celebrating BBW and noting the 10 Most Challenged Books of 2012.  Which ones have you read?  Let us know. 

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TEENSTOP10(2013).pngIt's that time of year again!  You can help pick the top ten Young Adult books of 2013!

Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list held by the Young Adult Library Service Association, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!

Voting will be open from August 15 through Teen Read Week, which is taking place October 13-19 of this year (2013)! The winners will be announced by YALSA on October 22, 2013, so be sure to check back for the list of winners!

For more info, click here

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Ten Buzzworthy Books For Summer Reading

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BUZZWORTHY.pngCheck out this slide show presentation by librarian Nancy Pearl on what she calls ten "buzzworthy" books.  Among them are Rick Yancy's "The 5th Wave" and Elizabeth Wein's "Code Name:Verity".  If you're still looking for something to read this summer, this reading list is the best place to start.

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It's Awards Time!

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ItsAwardsTime!.pngIt's awards time for Young Adult authors!  Greenwich Library's Teens Page has links to the 2013 Alex Award Winners, the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards Awards (congrats to Tamora Pierce!) and the 2013 Michael L. Printz Awards

YA Librarian Margaret Walsh has set up a display in the second floor's Teen Central area spotlighting these winning novels, as well as as other ones like this year's Odyssey Award winner The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  Stop by the second floor if you get a chance and check out the display AND the books! 

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This Just In - for YA

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coffeebreak.pngLooking for something to read?  Try this Young Adult list posted on the library's newest blog - This Just In, where Stephen features 12 new titles in our Young Adult collection.  Explore the blog for other formats and genres, and for more selections from the YA collection, check the links on our Read This page!

SupermanEarthOne2.pngThe sequel to 2010's Superman Earth One is finally here.  (Click here to reserve a copy from us.) Was it worth the wait? 

As recounted in this review of the first installment, writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Shane Davis have "rebooted" the Man of Steel for the 21st century.  Volume Two takes place some time after the previous book, with reporter Clark (Superman) Kent trying to please his boss, Daily Planet editor Perry White, getting an apartment, making new friends (including a potential romantic interest) and discovering that colleague Lois Lane has been secretly checking out his background.

Meanwhile, the Second Army Advanced Technology Division, a secret US military unit, is trying to convince the government to find and possibly destroy Superman. The corrupt military dictator of a tropical island nation called Borada (uh-huh) refuses to let Superman assist his people during a tsunami.  Oh, and a criminal named Jenson, finding himself transformed into The Parasite, a creature who can suck the life force out of anyone he touches, goes on the rampage.   

Toss in some very mature themes not usually found in a Superman story (drugs; sex; online pornography) and a surprise appearance by another familar, also rebooted, character (hint: he's now got hair), and you've got one exciting adventure that starts slow, then builds to an exciting and compelling climax.  Straczynski manages to deliver sharply etched characters (Clark's neighbor Eddie will break your heart) and action in a solid script, which Shane Davis' art aptly complements.

Check out Superman Earth Two: Volume Two.  It was worth the wait.   

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"Batman Earth One" by Geoff Johns & Gary Frank

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Batman Earth One.pngFrom time to time we'll review new and not-so-new graphic novels on this blog.  First up is Batman Earth One,  writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank's new take on the Caped Crusader, following on the heels of 2010's Superman Earth One (previously reviewed here).  As with the earlier work, Batman EO offers a rebooted version of the hero's origin, motivation and supporting cast.  (Click here to reserve our copy.)

Similar in tone and feel to Christopher Nolan's recent Batman films, we once again relive the tale of how Bruce Wayne as a young boy witnessed the shocking muder of his parents and his vow to avenge them.  Devoting his life training himself in body and mind, the adult Bruce becomes the dreaded, Gotham City-based vigilante known as The Batman.  So far so good.

But Johns and Frank revise a lot of things.  Everybody in Gotham is on the take.  Bruce as a boy is a spolled brat.  Alfred Pennyworth, previously the loyal Wayne family butler, is now an ex-mercenary pal (with a mysterious past) of Bruce's father who becomes Bruce's guardian.  James Gordon is a defeated, harassed detective.  And wait till you see who the corrupt mayor of Gotham City is! 

Toss in a pedophile serial killer, Gordon's daughter Barbara, gloryhound detective Harvey Bullock, and Batman's first bumbling, nearly fatal outings, and you've got an exciting, suspenseful and dark tale, with terrific scripting and art, that'll keep you glued from beginning to end.  Like me, you'll want to read the next installment sooner than later!  Check out Batman Earth One!

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Stormbreaker.pngFans of Robert Muchamore's CHERUB books might want to head to our "Read This" page by clicking here.  There, you'll find a new reading list of spy novels including Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz (pictured above), Silverfin by Charles Higson and Code Name Varity by Elizabeth Wein.  If you enjoyed the CHERUB series, you may like these other ones too. 

Read the list by clicking here and let us know what you think. 

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HungerGamesBlog.pngHave you gone through all three "Hunger Games" books and want to read more exciting dystopian science fiction novels set in unfriendly futures?  Check out our online Books For Hunger Games Fans  page here.  We've listed various titles you might find interesting by such authors as Kristen Cashore ("Fire"), James Dashner ("The Maze Runner"), Cory Doctorow ("Little Brother") and Maggie Stiefvater ("The Scorpio Races"), among others. 

Check out the list and let us know if we've left anybody out.  And let us know what you think of the books that are on the list too! 

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What should I read next?

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We all love to read, but there are so many choices, a reader could get dizzy trying to find the next good book.  Luckily, we have lots of ways to find your next favorite book!  NPR just released the Best Ever Teen Novels, which lists 100 great books for teens.  Have a mobile device? Then download the Teen Book Finder , an app that will connect you to the last three years of award winning teen books. Plus we have a collection of digital ebooks and audiobooks that you can take on the run. Guys and girls sometimes have specific reading preferencese, so blogs like

Guys Lit Wire and Readergirz help you find books you might enjoy. And of course, our own Read This page lists these choices, plus a lot more.  so don't wait, find something great to read next! 

Greenwich Library Teens


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