Friday, April 15, 2016

2016 Teens' Top Ten Nominations

The Young Adult Library Association released the nominees for the 2016 Teens Top Ten Award. Voting begins August 15 and the winners will be announced in August.

Baker, Chandler. Alive. Disney/Hyperion.
Stella Cross has received a heart transplant, but it has not stopped her emotional suffering.
Then a mysterious boy named Levi Zin comes into her life. Stella’s pain goes away whenever she’s
around Levi. However, Stella finds out a terrible secret about Levi. Can it be true?

Bardugo, Leigh. Six of Crows. Macmillan/Henry Holt & Co.
Young criminal genius Kaz Brekker is offered the chance to pull off a dangerous theft that can make him rich. He recruits a gang of six dangerous misfits to help him with the heist.

Black, Holly. The Darkest Part of the Forest. Little, Brown & Co.
In Fairfold, a place where both humans and Faeries live, siblings Hazel and Ben have grown up telling each other stories about the boy in the glass coffin in the woods. Of course, they’ll never know because the boy will never wake.Then, unexpectedly, he does . . .

Broecker, Virginia. The Witch Hunter. Little, Brown & Co.
Elizabeth Grey is a witch hunter who is suddenly accused of being a witch. She is arrested and sentenced to burn. The only way for Elizabeth to avoid this fate is to help out her former enemy Nicholas Perevil, the most dangerous wizard around.

Brockenbrough, Martha. The Game of Love and Death. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books.
Set in Seattle in the 1920s, a romance develops between Flora, who is African American, and Henry, who is white. Despite some differences, the pair has much in common, including a shared love of jazz music. However, it turns out that Flora and Henry actually are pawns in a game played by two other characters– Love and Death.

Childs, Tera Lynn, and Tracy Deebs. Powerless. Sourcebooks Fire.
In a world full of powerful heroes and villains, Kenna is just a regular, powerless teenager who works in a lab. Then, three villains break into the lab, and Kenna decides to fight back. In the midst of this battle, Kenna is saved by a villain. Suddenly, she is forced to rethink her beliefs.

Cornwell, Betsy. Mechanica. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt /Clarion Books.
A new take on the classic story of Cinderella. Mechanica uses her wit and her mother’s old engineering textbooks to try to escape her stepmother and stepsisters.

Dinnison, Kris. You and Me and Him. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion Books.
Maggie is overweight. Nash is out of the closet. They are the best of friends. But that friendship is tested when they both develop feelings for the same boy, a new kid named Tom.

Doktorski, Jennifer Salvato. The Summer After You & Me. Sourcebooks Fire.
Lucy Giordano lives on the Jersey Shore and has a crush on a boy named Connor Malloy, whose family spends many summer weekends at the home next door. The pair eventually shares an unexpected romance. Lucy and Connor go their separate ways. But several months later, Connor is scheduled to return to The Shore, which should definitely make for an interesting summer.

Doller, Trish. The Devil You Know. Bloomsbury.
Arcadia, or Cadie for short, is 18 years old and has been longing for something more in life ever since her mother died. Then she meets two handsome boys, cousins to one another, and they invite her and a friend on a camping trip. What seems like innocent fun takes a negative turn when Arcadia discovers one of the boys is hiding a terrible secret.

Heltzel, Anne. Charlie, Presumed Dead. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Charlie Price is presumed dead after his plane crashes. However, his body is never found. At his funeral, Lena and Aubrey meet and discover both were his girlfriend. Lena believes Charlie is still alive, and she and Aubrey set out on a journey across Europe and Asia to expose Charlie’s deceit.

Kaufman Amie, and Jay Kristoff. Illuminae. Random House/Alfred A. Knopf.
Kady and Ezra have just broken up, and then their planet is bombed by a megacorporation. The pair
escapes to a government ship, but must put their differences aside in order to survive and stop a plague that has resulted from the use of a bioweapon.

Laurie, Victoria. When. Disney/Hyperion.
High school junior Maddie Fynn has special powers that allow her to see numbers above a person’s
forehead, which she soon discovers are death dates. She identifies the death date of a young boy, but is unable to prevent his disappearance. Then, Maddie becomes a suspect in a homicide investigation.

Matharu, Taran. The Novice: Summoner: Book One. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends.
A blacksmith’s apprentice named Fletcher discovers he can summon demons from another world. He
soon gets chased out of his village for a crime he did not commit, ending up at an academy for adepts, where he is trained to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire’s war against the savage Orcs.

Nielsen, Jennifer. A. Mark of the Thief. Scholastic/Scholastic Press.
Set in Ancient Rome, a young slave named Nic finds an amulet that gives him magic powers usually
reserved for the Gods. After discovering a conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and start a war, Nic is
forced to use the magic within to defeat the empire’s most ruthless leaders and save Rome.

Niven, Jennifer. All the Bright Places. Random House/Alfred A. Knopf.
Death plays a big role in the lives of high schoolers Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. He is constantly on the verge of suicide, and she is battling grief after her sister’s death. The Indiana teens come together to work on a project and soon develop a bond, showing each other what it’s like to live.

Priest, Cherie. Illustrated by Kali Ciesemier. I Am Princess X. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine.
When they were young, best friends Libby and May created a comic character named Princess X. Then Libby was killed in a car accident. Lonely and grieving, May soon discovers an underground culture centered around a web comic at The similarities between those stories and Libby’s own stories are striking. Could her friend still be alive?

Schmidt, Tiffany. Hold Me Like a Breath. Bloomsbury.
Penelope Landlow has an autoimmune disease that forces her to remain indoors. She is also the
daughter of a notorious crime family that is involved in the black market for organ transplants. Penelope soon gains her independence and is forced to survive on her own in the big city.

Schreiber, Joe. Con Academy. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Will Shea is a con man who has scammed his way into Connaughton Academy, an exclusive school for the American elite. He soon meets Andrea Dufresne, who also has conned her way into the school. The pair soon makes a bet to see who can con the school bully, Brandt Rush, out of thousands of dollars.

Sedgwick, Marcus. The Ghosts of Heaven. Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press.
An epic story about the journey of discovery told in four episodes.

Simmons, Kristen. The Glass Arrow. Tor Teen.
Set in the future, Aya is a 15-year-old girl who has spent her life hiding in the mountains in order to
avoid the fate of most women, who are treated like property and auctioned off for breeding. Then, she
is caught. Desperate to escape, she relies on the assistance of a wolf and a mute boy in her search for

Stohl, Margaret. Black Widow Forever Red. Disney/Marvel Press.
Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, is one of the world’s most lethal assassins, and she once rescued young Ava Orlova from being subjected to a series of military experiments. Now, Black Widow and Orlova team up again to stop Widow’s former teacher from wreaking havoc on the children of Eastern Europe.

Stone, Tamara Ireland. Every Last Word. Disney/Hyperion.
Samantha McAllister seems to have it all: she is beautiful, bright and part of the popular crowd in high school. But looks can be deceiving, and she is hiding the fact she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Westerfeld, Scott, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti. Zeroes. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse.
Six California teens have special powers that aren’t always welcome. Like Ethan, known as Scam, who has a voice inside of him that will sometimes speak out when it’s not the right time to do so. When that “power” gets Ethan in trouble, the other Zeroes are the only ones who can rescue him. However, the members of this group are not exactly the best of friends.

Weingarten, Lynn. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse.
June and Delia were best friends who grew apart. Then, Delia commits suicide. Or, at least that’s what others have been told. June believes her former best friend has been murdered, and she goes on a quest to find the truth . . . which, it turns out, is very complicated.

Yoon, Nicola. Everything, Everything. Random House/Delacorte Press.
Maddy is a teenager with a serious autoimmune disease that prevents her from leaving the house. Yet,
she seems content to stay home and read books. That is until a boy named Olly moves in next door. The two meet, and their quirky relationship is chronicled through emails, journal entries, IMs and old notes.

Monday, April 11, 2016

MTV Movie Award Winners

If you missed watching the MTV Movie Awards on Saturday night, here is the list of the winners:

Movie of the Year: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

MTV Generation Award: Will Smith

Comedic Genius Award: Melissa McCarthy

Best Male Performance: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Best Female Performance: Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road

Breakthrough Performance: Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

True Story: Straight Outta Compton

Documentary: Amy

Best Comedic Performance: Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

Best Fight: Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) vs. Ajax (Ed Skrein), Deadpool

Best Kiss: Rebel Wilson and Adam DeVine, Pitch Perfect 2

Best Villain: Adam Driver, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Action Performance: Chris Pratt, Jurassic World

Best Virtual Performance: Amy Poehler, Inside Out

Ensemble Cast: Pitch Perfect 2

Best Hero: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Teen Review: Divergent (second review of this book)

Divergent Review by AI

This book is a very well produced book. The book creates a story of hatred and violence, but the book is telling a story in a very unique way!

In this story, the main character Beatrice (Tris) Prior is chosen to join the Dauntless faction, from the Abnegation faction where she grew up. When she became a Dauntless member, she is not ready for this transformation and she doubts herself for being good enough to be a member. But Tris learn that she needs to toughed up after seeing her friend commit suicide for not being good enough.

Tris meets a worker of the Faction named Tobias (Four). Four helps Tris become unstoppable and determined to continue as a Dauntless member. Once Tris becomes powerful and strong with Four's help, she learned there is something going on with the Factions that is strange. Tris cannot figure out what it is, but one night all the Dauntless community become under control along with some leaders. Tris and Four  are the only members not under control because they are both Divergent which is an uncommon faction issue which makes Tris and Four belong to many Factions, but choosing Dauntless. They eventually have to fight the leader who are bringing violence to these factions and they have to kill a few of their friends and family which makes the family members upset even though they are helping to protect the Factions and their hometown. The end of the book shows Tris, Four, Caleb (Tris's brother) and Marcus (Four's Dad) leaving on a train to hide from Jeanne, an evil leader who brought terror.

At first, reading this book it a slow moving story line because the book just talked about how their training and all the drama going on. But towards the middle and end of the book, the action started occurring. In which the violence and fighting happened which made the book very interesting. If I was to read the book again, I would think differently about it after reading all the sequels and watching all of the movies.

This book was a very good book in which I would recommend for teens/tweens. I would not recommend this book for children under the age of ten years old because there is a lot of violence, fighting, and abuse going on throughout the whole book. If I were to rate this book, I would give it an eight out of ten!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Teen Review: Disney Movies

Disney Movies by MB

Disney movies in general are very good in terms of watching a movie with your family and getting a good lesson out of it. If you readers don;t get what I'm saying or don't agree with me, keep reading and this may change your mind. Also, if you are reading this and say these movies are for little kids, I can see how you feel that way with the magic and fairy tale creatures, but trust me, they are great movies.

For example, the movie "The Lion King" was such a good movie. It was such a good father son lesson throughout the story and the lesson of having friends back you up was also there. This movie was also sad and may make you cry if you watch it. But don't worry, I won't spoil the movie so you can watch it for yourselves. Another movie that shows friendship and father son relationships has to be "Finding Nemo."I can only say that this movie is one of my favorites. It was so strong with having your father/family member always there to protect you, and having friends supporting you.

If this isn't enough to convince you that Disney movies are great, then don't worry, I have more movies to talk about to convince you. "Ratatouille" was also a great movie made by Disney because on your confidence and figment of imagination to help you great through problems that you face. This movie always shows the way friends are there to support you throughout your problems. The movie "The Princess and the Frog" was also a great Disney movie because it was based on following your dreams with hard work to get you things you want.  This movie as well as others show the strong power that friendship and family have to support you to accomplish your dreams and follow them.

These must be good reasons to help you readers see that these movies are powerful with lessons. But if there still are people who don't agree, that's cool I sort of say the same things with some Disney movies because some of the magic isn't my type of movie. Disney over years has made great movies that show many valuable life lessons and help readers like Mickey, Pluto, Minnie Mouse, Daisy, Goofy, Donald Duck, and other Disney characters, that's cool, so do I. These characters were part of the platform that expanded Disney into different paths of movies, characters, and many other ideas in my opinion. The movie "Steamboat Willie" I believe starred Mickey Mouse for the first movie that was great hit. In my opinion, Disney  movies are really good and those are great movies to watch with your family or by yourself.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Teen Review: The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by JK

The book The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a great book for young adults and older. The novel follows the story of a teen girl who is diagnosed with cancer at age 13. Hazel Grace Lancaster was diagnosed with terminal thyroid cancer that spread to her lungs over time. When she goes to a cancer support group, she meets Augustus Walters, a teenage boy that has osteosarcoma, a kind of cancer tat is common in adolescents that could be quiet for some time before hitting them full force.

Once Hazel and Gus meet, both their worlds change. They do everything together and they would spend most of their time with each other. The novel is a page turner, there's a surprise and bump on every page. It sucks you in and forces you to want to know more. It has the perfect mixture of romance, drama, and comedy that pushes the reader to not stop reading.

This novel especially will allow you to see the world differently and in a whole new light. I recommend this novel to anyone 13 and older.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Teen Review: Harry Potter series

Harry Potter Series by MB

The Harry Potter books are really good in my opinion. As you readers may know, it's fictional with spells and the wizard world. Well I like this series so much, I wrote a personal essay on the series because it is so good. As you readers may know, there is a website with the Harry Potter series called Pottermore.

Anyway for the readers that don't understand anything so far, Harry Potter is the main character in a book full of fictional events like spells and the wizarding world. The books are based on Harry Potter and his realization of him being a wizard without knowing. Also, it talk about how he was raised by muggles, and muggles are people without wizarding heritage or wizarding powers.

The books also tell the struggle he faces with an enemy to the wizarding world who tried to kill Harry as a baby but failed and gave Harry a scar, making Harry Potter a famous wizard. Most of the books are based on him going to the famous school called Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Also, I forgot to say the friends Harry meets on the way, Ron and Hermione.  They are kids who are also born into the wizarding world. Harry Potter ran into Ron on his way to catch the train to Hogwarts, Also, they both meet Hermione when she was looking for an empty seat. So, now you can see that the series talks about how Harry has his friends to help him on their wild adventures to defeat Voldemort. They are very good friends because they have each others backs and will always be there for each other.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Barron Prize for Young Heroes

The Barron Prize welcomes applications from public-spirited young people who are:
Between the ages of 8 and 18 (not yet age 19)
Permanent residents of and currently residing in the U.S.A. or Canada
Currently working on an inspiring service project or have done so within the past 12 months
Working as an individual to lead their service work. The Barron Prize does not accept applications from large groups of young people.
The Barron Prize does not discriminate against its applicants based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

Application deadline is April 15

To apply, go to the Barron Prize website.