Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2014 National Book Award in Young People's Literature Longlist Announced

The long list for the National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category was announced this morning. The list of 10 titles represent a range of genres: from fantasy, memoir and mystery, to nonfiction and science fiction

Laurie Halse Anderson, The Impossible Knife of Memory  (Viking/Penguin)

Gail Giles, Girls Like Us (Candlewick Press)

Carl Hiaasen, Skink—No Surrender (Random House)

Kate Milford, Greenglass House (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Eliot Schrefer, Threatened (Scholastic)

Steve Sheinkin, The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights (Macmillan)

Andrew Smith, 100 Sideways Miles (Simon & Schuster)

John Corey Whaley, Noggin (Simon & Schuster)

Deborah Wiles, Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two (Scholastic)

Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming (Penguin)

The list of finalists will be released October 15 and the winner will be announced at a November 19 ceremony in New York City.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pets Add Life Poetry Contest

If you're a teacher or parent with a child in grades 3rd-8th, enter them in the 7th annual Children's Poetry Contest for a chance to win:
- A $1,000 scholarship for each winning student's classroom
- A $250 gift certificate for pet products
- A "by-line" in a nationally circulated magazine or online outlet
Six students nationwide will win and we have made it as easy as possible to enter! Kids simply need to write a poem about a pet and the joys they bring, and post it online at PetsAddLife.org (mailed in entries are also accepted). The deadline to enter is January 31, 2015.

Monday, August 25, 2014

VMA Award Winners

In case you missed the VMA's last night, here's a list of the winners:

Video of the Year
Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball"

Best Hip-Hop Video
Drake ft. Majid Jordan, "Hold On (We’re Going Home)"

Best Male Video
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell Williams, "Sing"

Best Female Video
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, "Dark Horse"

Best Pop Video
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, "Problem"

Best Rock Video
Lorde, "Royals"

Artist to Watch, Presented by Taco Bell
Fifth Harmony, 'Miss Movin' On"

Best Collaboration
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z, "Drunk In Love"

MTV Clubland Award
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams, "Stay the Night"

Best Video With A Social Message
Beyoncé, "Pretty Hurts"

Best Cinematography
Beyoncé, "Pretty Hurts"

Best Editing
Eminem, "Rap God"

Best Choreography
Sia, "Chandelier"

Best Direction
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What"

Best Art Direction
Arcade Fire, "Reflektor"

Best Visual Effects
OK Go, "The Writing's On The Wall"

Best Lyric Video
5 Seconds of Summer, "Don't Stop"

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Calling all Artists & Photographers

Do you love to draw? Have a eye for taking pictures? Send your submissions to me at fdaleya@yahoo.com.

They'll be displayed in a very unique way soon!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Teens Top 10 Nominations Announced!

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list where every title is nominated and voted on by teens. Voting will start on August 15 and run until Teen Read Week, during which the winners will be announced.

Here is the list of this year's nominees:

Arnett, Mindee. The Nightmare Affair. 
Dusty Everhart a Nightmare, while dream-feeding, she sees the crime scene of a murder victim who attends her high school. When she arrives back on campus, she finds, to her horror, that the dream had come true. Now she must use dreams to find the killer.

Banks, Anna. Of Triton. 
After Emma’s mother, the long lost Poseidon princess returns to the sea, the Syrena begin to bring her identity into question. When all hope seems lost, and appears the Royals have a revolution on their hands, Emma has the opportunity to use her Gift to save those that she loves.

Bardugo, Leigh. Siege and Storm. 
Alina, a sun summoner on the run from the evil Darkling, is searching for a way to increase her power and save the ones she loves.

Block, Francesca Lia. Love In The Time Of Global Warming. 
Penelope believes she is the last person alive in the city of Los Angeles after a massive earthquake destroyed the majority of the earth. After encountering a group of survivors, however, she begins to have hope in whatever may be left of the world, whether it be love, trust, and, just maybe, her family.

Charbonneau, Joelle. The Testing. 
Cia is chosen to participate in The Testing, a government program that will select the brightest graduates who show potential for becoming future leaders in this post-apocalyptic world.

Dashner, James. The Eye of Minds. 
Michael is an average kid who plays video games, but this video game, the Virtnet, is different than others. You can die in it physically and mentally, and that happens to a girl named Tanya who rips out her core and commits suicide.

Edwards, Janet . Earth Girl. 
In 2788 humanity has developed technology that allows them to portal between many worlds except for those are deemed “the handicapped”. Jarra, a handicapped 18-year old student, creates a false identity for herself and enrolls in a college course for students from other planets in an attempt to get revenge for the way the handicapped are looked down upon.

Gleason, Colleen. The Clockwork Scarab. 
The niece of Sherlock Holmes, the world’s first consulting detective, and the half-sister of Bram, the vampire slayer, are thrown together to find out why high society girls are being murdered and what a mechanical scarab beetle has to do with it.

Gray, Laurie. Maybe I Will. 
Finding true friends and activities that allow Sandy to really be free and let off steam is all that keeps Sandy sane and is an important factor in putting Sandy’s life back together once again.

Henry, April. The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die. 
Cady wakes up in a up in a dark, torn apart cottage hearing someone tell another man to “finish her off.” To make things worse, not only does she not know why she’s in the cabin or why the men are trying to kill her, she also doesn’t remember who she is.

Howard, A. G. Splintered. 
Alyssa, a girl already struggling with life in general, is pulled into something dark and mysterious. She follows in the footsteps of her ancestor, Alice, and goes down the rabbit hole to right the wrongs that Alice caused to cure her family of their “curse”.

Kate, Lauren. Teardrop. 
Eureka has only ever cried once in her life and the one time she did, her mother told her to never cry again. Unbeknownst to Eureka, she was also supposed to die, but Ander couldn’t bring himself to let her die despite the threats that Eureka possesses because of her tears.

Konigsberg, Bill . Openly Straight. 
Rafe has been out of the closet for years.  After transferring to an all-boys boarding school, however, he decides to keep his sexual orientation to himself.  But when he meets Ben, a teammate on his soccer team, he wonders if their friendship-turned-more is worth outing himself for.

Laybourne, Emmy. Monument 14: Sky On Fire. 
When disaster strikes in the city of Monument, 14 kids are huddled in a Greenway store for shelter and survival. They decide their only chance of living through this nationwide disaster is to make their way to Denver International Airport where the military is evacuating people to safety. Will they make it alive or will they meet their doom like others have?

Richards, Natalie D. Six Months Later. 
Chloe Spinnaker is an average student just barely making the grade. But one day spring day, after falling asleep in study hall, she wakes up to an empty classroom. Six months of her life has passed and she has no clue what happened. Bewildered by the sudden time lapse in her life, Chloe decides to embark on a mission where she stops at nothing to figure out what happened to her and to get her memories back.

Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor & Park. 
The year is 1986 when Eleanor arrives in town to live with her family and abusive step-father. It’s been a year since the last time she lived with them, and she doesn’t expect life to be any better. Park’s life, on the other hand, is going steady. He’s got a spot in the popular crowd and he’s about to get his driver’s license. But when the two meet on the bus, things change drastically. Even though they both know high school romances never last, they’re going to try everything they’ve got to make it work. But in end, will everything they have be enough?

Sales, Leila. This Song Will Save Your Life. 
Elise Dembowski is a high school loser. After reaching the tip of the iceberg and facing suicidal thoughts just months before, Elise is searching desperately for a way out of her nearly friendless life. When she accidentally finds a dance club called Start, Elise’s life finally takes off as she meets new people, makes new memories, finds a new passion, and discovers herself.

Sanderson, Brandon. Steelheart. 
Ten years ago, Calamity came; a light in the sky that appeared one day and many believe that somehow it was connected to the rise of the Epics. These beings have all kinds of amazing and dangerous powers that have enabled them to take over the world, and one could argue the most dangerous one is Steelheart. Able to bend the elements to his will and turn any non-living substance to steel, many say he’s invincible because they’ve never seen him bleed — except for David, who will stop at nothing to get his vengeance and see Steelheart bleed again.

Sanderson, Brandon. The Rithmatist. 
Joel wants to be a Rithmatist more than anything. Rithmatists have the power to bring two dimensional beings called Chalklings to life and defend against the wild chalkings that threaten to overcome the Rithmatists..

Smith, Jennifer E. This is What Happy Looks Like. 
Ellie is the girl from Middle-of-Nowhere, Maine, and Graham Larkin is the hot superstar sensation from Middle-of-Everything, California. While Ellie hides from the media, Graham is constantly being watched by the paparazzi. However, an email mistake from Graham to Ellie starts an online relationship between these two teens, marking the start of a friendship and something more. Can Ellie accept Graham despite all the publicity? Or will the media be the demise of this couple’s happiness?

Smith, Andrew. Winger. 
Ryan Dean West is a fourteen year old junior trying to make everyone else blind to the one thing that makes him different than everyone else, his young age. This is not easy though, as he must prove himself to everyone – the girl of his dreams, his scary roommate, his friends, and the rugby team.

Stine, R.L. A Midsummer Night’s Scream.
Claire, a girl with a dream to become an actress, finally gets her chance when her parents decide to remake Mayhem Manor, a movie that was never finished because of 3 real deaths. As the camera starts rolling on the remake, strange things begin to happen. Like the little hairy man Claire meets by the makeup trailer one day. Who or what could be the cause of these actors’ deaths?

Tucholke, April. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
Violet, a sassy, independent, and sharp-tongued young lady, rents out the side cottage on her parent’s estate in the hopes of making a little extra money to pay the bills. Her easygoing customer is as dangerous as he is mysterious, and murders and madness soon sweep her little home town.

Winters, Cat. In The Shadow of Blackbirds. 
It’s the fall of 1918: The Spanish Influenza and the horrors of World War I grip the world with terror, and spiritualist photography, as the face of death seems to greet every household in America, has become increasingly popular.  After her father is arrested as a suspected traitor, Mary Shelley Black travels to San Diego, hoping to escape the flu while living with her Aunt Eva. 

Yancey, Rick. The 5th Wave. 
Present day – the aliens have invaded the planet, or as Cassie likes to call them, the Others.Almost everyone has been killed off by the 4th Wave, and now, Cassie one of the few survivors living now during the 5th wave, roams the country while trying to stay alive to find her brother – that is, if he’s still alive. When she’s taken in by a boy named Evan, she realizes that he’s different. He’s not like her, but he’s all she’s got. Cassie has to overcome her doubts and trust issues if she wishes to survive the 5th wave.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer Programs

If you attended any of our summer programs and really loved it, let me know! I will be sure to bring the class back again in the fall or winter!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The last of the Hobbit trilogy comes out this December. Here's a brief teaser trailer.

I am so excited!