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Older teen boys looking for historical fiction with a bit of action might want to check out the Jack Absolute series. Jack is the self centered sort who may secretly read Shakespeare but ultimately spends most of his time drinking, gambling, and/or wenching. Enlisted by the British Army to work as a spy during the American Revolution — yet sympathetic to the patriot cause — Jack spends most of his time just looking out for himself. This is a straight up adventure story that reads like an 18th century version of James Bond, complete with a bevy of dangerous women and ridiculous chase scenes. Over the top? Certainly. But, never, never boring.

Teen Paranormal / Fantasy / Sci-Fi

Enjoy a wide range of fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal books, just as long as they are compelling and maybe have a little romance too? Then, this list is for you:

Need by Carrie Jones

Uglies. 1 by Scott Westerfeld

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Leviathan by written by Scott Westerfeld ; illustrated by Keith Thompson

Teen Mysteries With Romance

Want a little romance with your crime sleuthing? Here's a list of books, both modern and historical:

Bad kitty by Michele Jaffe

A spy in the house by Y.S. Lee

Rose cottage by Mary Stewart

Heist society by Ally Carter

Summer Romance Reads for Teens

Like books like the princess diaries? Looking for a good, wholesome, light romance for the summer? Try these:

Amy & Roger's epic detour by Morgan Matson

The summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han

I'd tell you I love you, but then I'd have to kill you by Ally Carter

Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs

Lips Touch Three Times

Three short stories about three magical, mostly disastrous kisses, Lips Touch Three Times oozes the kind of creative, madcap energy that reminds me of authors like Neil Gaiman or Charles De Lint. Deliciously wicked and inventive, from one-eyed fae who hunt by the smell of hair to demons that move their shadows. This has everything that a fairy tale / fantasy fan could want.

Scott Pilgrim vs. ...You

Excited for the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World movie coming out in August? Well check out the Scott Pilgrim avatar creator! Or, scope out the original graphic novels that spawned the movie. They're hilarious! They're action packed. They're... full of obscure video game references... Yeah, you know you want to read them.

Evangelion for the 21st Century

The anime classic Neon Genesis Evangelion has gotten a remake, and it's stunning. Evangleion 1.11 is the first of three planned movies set to 'retell' the original. The major difference this time around is that it has improved animation and a slightly streamlined plotline. It looks sleeker than ever, and with the quicker pace the beginning of this classic has only gotten better. Check out this old series remade new.

Feisty Teen Fantasy

Do you like fantasy with lots of action and strong female characters, then here's a list for you:

Anime Fandom Rewarded!

Funimation has come up with a new contest this summer: make a video proving you're the biggest Fullmetal Alchemist fan and you could win a free ride to Comic-Con International (San Diego)! Check out how to enter. Also, this summer, Tokyopop is touring across america to find "America's Greatest Otaku," which they will be filming reality-tv style. If you think you might be that "greatest otaku" and want to get on film then check it out!

Kids Read Comics

At the Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn June 12-13 there's going to be tons of guests, like David Peterson (creator of Mouse Guard) and Raina Telgemeier (creator of Smile) and tons of cool, free programs about comics over the span of two days! Check out how to register.

Animanga Club March 10

Wednesday, May 12, 6:30-8:45PM Join us for our monthly meeting of the Animanga Club! We've got all sorts of zaniness in store, from a raffle to trivia to a mystery anime to top it all off. What is it this month? Sorry, no hints. Come hang out and let your inner otaku run free.

Hope and Comics

Eisner winner Hope Larson's newest offering, Mercury, is split between past and present as two girls in the same family line struggle with love, tragedy, and gold prospecting — yes, your read that right — with just the slightest hint of the supernatural. This story is just so perfectly told, with art that is simple yet very evocative and inventive. If you're a fan of comics then check this out. Oh, and in case you're curious, Larson's next project is tackling the graphic novel adaption of A Wrinkle In Time.

Conspiracy is here at last!

Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief series is one of the finest at delivering political intrigue in a fantasy setting. Maybe it helps that there is very little magic (the world is grounded in real actions and consequences — usually), and it doesn't hurt that one of the main characters is a conniving, lying, well...thief. My only complaint is that it takes so long for her books to come out, but, rejoice, her latest is here! Conspiracy of Kings tells the story of Sophos, the young boy and would be king of Sounis, with a few guest appearances from some old favorites along the way. For nail biting twists and turns aplenty check this series out.

Bleach the live action movie and...musical?!

Word on the street is that the hit manga Bleach may get made into a new, live action film for U.S. audiences. Bleach has been an anime, a manga, a trading card game, a video game, and even a musical. Yes, a musical. In fact, there have been at least 5 different Bleach musicals in Japan. Check out this article.

Animanga Moved from April 7 to April 12

Due to a last minute change the April Teen Animanga Club meeting is being moved from Wednesday, April 7 to Monday, April 12. Put the word out. Same great anime zaniness, different date. Next month it will resume being on Wednesdays (May 12th).