Is the Book You're Reading Award-Worthy?

The 2011 MLA Thumbs Up! Committee is currently accepting nominations for the Thumbs Up! Award.

The Thumbs Up! Award is given annually by Michigan Library Association teen services librarians to an author for outstanding contribution to teen literature having both literary quality and teen appeal. The book must appeal to teens, both in respect to its characters and setting, as well as in terms of subject and theme.

Additional criteria for the award:

  • Books must be original works commercially published in the U.S. during 2010 (January 1st-December 31st)
  • Books originally published outside the U.S. are eligible if their first U.S. printing occurred during this same time period
  • Books may be hardcover or original paperback, fiction or nonfiction
  • Authors may include co-authors or editor(s)

If you have a book you would like to nominate, please send the title to:
Amelia Yunker, 2011 Thumbs Up! Committee Chair
Submissions accepted through January 31st, 2011

Beautiful Clothing; Cute Stuffed Dog

Drama and friendship? Check. Gorgeously drawn clothing? Check. Stuffed animal as a main character? Double Check. Everything you love about CLAMP is here in their new series, Kobato. It's about a girl on a mission with a magical bottle that fills a little each time she helps heal someone with a broken heart. The only rule is that she can't fall in love with aynone whose heart she's helped fix. Yep, you know where this going... drama aplenty. So, what are you waiting for? Check it out.

Detroit Style Science Fiction

Anya Kalinczyk may spend her days as an arson investigator for the city of Detroit, but at night, she's a ghost hunter. She's not just any ghost hunter, however, but a Lantern, with the ability to consume ghosts and demons. If you're an urban science fiction fan, try these two books, with a dash of red hot demons in the motor city.

Embers by Laura Bickle

Sparks by Laura Bickle

Love Video Games?

Have you ever considered a career in video games? Maybe writing game scripts is your calling. 26 year old Jeffrey Yohalem talks about being the head writer for Assassin's Creed Brotherhood in this article. When Yohalem approached Jordan Mechner (writer for The Prince of Persia) about what classes to take to pursue a career in game script writing, he suggested screen writing and architecture. Who would have guessed?!

A Walk Through History

A Great Group Makes For A Great Book Club

I have the pleasure of working with a fantastic group of young adults at the Starkweather Alternative High School. The Canton Public Library in cooperation with Starkweather was awarded an ALA Great Stories Club Grant last year. The book club was such a success last year we decided to continue meeting. We are currently reading Unwind by Neil Shusterman. It is proving to be a popular selection. If you haven't read this book, both the book club and I suggest you do!

National Book Award Winners 2010

Lord of misrule: a novel by Jaimy Gordon

Just kids: from Brooklyn to the Chelsea Hotel : a life of art and friendship by Patti Smith

Lighthead by Terrance Hayes

Mockingbird: (mok'ing-bûrd) by Kathryn Erskine

You can watch the 2010 National Book Awards ceremony on the National Book Foundation's website.


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