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I <3 Ninjas

So, you like ninjas. You're a fan of Naruto. But, you're also a romance junky. Admit it. You also kind of think all the female characters in Naruto are kind of weak. Well, then I've got the perfect thing for you: Tail of the Moon. Strong female lead, shinobi missions, and a love story to round it all out. Or, check out Shinobi Life for a mix of action and romance in even amounts. Hey, there's nothing that says you can't have your ninja and romance fix at the same time. Go ahead.

DC / Marvel Animation on Its Way

Check out the latest slew of animated comic book adaptions we've got on the way. Be warned, these videos are a little edgier (and a touch more violent) than your standard Saturday morning cartoon fare, partially because they try to stay truer to their comic book origins. It makes for some good storytelling though. We've got several fan favorites, including Hulk, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Superman / Batman, and Green Lantern.

2010 Award Winners Announced

ALA announced the Youth Media Award winners today. To look at all the winners and honors for these and the rest of the awards (including Coretta Scott King and Pura Belpre) take a peek here!

Teen Animanga Club Jan. 13

Wednesday, January 13, 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 karaoke 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.

D.N.Angel is back!

After a 3 year hiatus, Yukiru Sugisaki has decided to revive her fan favorite manga D.N.Angel! Volume 12 and 13 have just come out. If you haven't read this, now's the perfect time. The story revolves around a middle school student who magically transforms into another person, the thief Dark, whenever he spots the girl he loves. If only she could love him back it would break the curse. Well, things are a lot more complicated than they seem...

Terry Pratchett's Nation Dramatized

In October the UK's Guardian hosted a contest for young readers to turn Terry Pratchett's Nation into a dramatization. The winners have just been announced. I couldn't help thinking that more books should be made into movies by fans... especially because these homemade films are amazing. Take a look at the winners and get the low down on this unusual contest.

Battle for The Cowl

Here it is, what you've been waiting for, the new Batman revealed. If you don't know what I'm talking about I'm about to spoil something for you so you might want to stop reading right now. Still there? Batman died. Yeah. Sorry, it's old news now. What you might not know is that everyone who's anyone has come crawling out of the woodwork to take his place. Batman: Battle for The Cowl is the no holds barred fight to see who will become the new caped crusader with pointy ears. Curious? Take a peek.

Pokemon Tournament Dec. 12

Join us Saturday Dec. 12 between 1:00 and 5:00 for our Pokemon Tournament. Bring your Nintendo DS and your copy of Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, or Platinum for a tournament style poke-throwdown the likes of which you've never seen! No registration required.

Amulet

You need to check out the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi, the legendary creator of the Flight Anthologies, if you haven't yet. The 2nd book just came out. It's amazing how Kibuishi can convey so much action with just a few scenes. And, the storytelling is top notch. I get the same chills of excitement reading this as when I, say, first started reading Bone. It's that good, and I can't wait for the next one. Take a peek at this all-ages fantasy romp about a girl with a magical amulet and a very unique destiny and you won't be disappointed.

Comic X Novel = Malice

This book may be one of the craziest, most inventive things I've seen lately. Chris Wooding, author of Storm Thief, breaks some new gound with his book Malice. Half of the story is fiction and half is graphic novel, and the main characters travel between the two in a weird, fascinating mix. A few have tried this risky move and failed, but Wooding pulls it off with a story revolving around a comic book that you can go inside if you know the right ritual. Menacing things happen there, of course, once you do... This book is unique, and even has an eye-popping, raised cover image. Just, cool.

A Little Fall Anime Cheer Your Way

O.K. so Halloween is long over and done with, but I couldn't resist. This is just too awesome. Anime News Network, one of the better places to get your anime news, holds an annual contest for pumpkin carving. I just stumbled across these, and they are fantastic. Take a look.

All new x-men...No, really, all new.

Love the x-men? Love shojo manga? Well, look no further: X-men: Misfits is a wild reimagining of the x-men drawn manga style with a heavy focus on romance. It follows Kitty Pryde at Xavier's school for the 'gifted', an all boys school. I know, your first thought might be "no, no this is blasphemy," but this is meant to be different with familiar characters turned on their heads. If you can accept that, this is actually a fairly entertaining story, and it's interesting how well these two styles mix!

Fae Blood and 80's Rock

I had pushed into my hands recently the book War for the Oaks, and I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it was. It's about a human rocker girl caught in a faerie war because her presence on the battlefield will turn faeries mortal long enough for them to kill each other...yeah, she's thrilled. She's got a handsome but troublesome faerie bodyguard, and a rockband she's trying ot get off the ground. This book is very, very much dated in the 80's, with lots of 80's music references, so I'll warn you of that, but overall it's a great bit of fairy-fantasy-romance for those people who liked stuff like Wicked Lovely or the Holly Black books.

Ultimatum

The 'Ultimatum' event in Marvel's alternate timeline series 'Ultimate' has disappointed a lot of fans (a lot of heroes die, sometimes for inexplicable reasons...). However, there is one part of this series that somehow managed to escape a lot of the strange plot and is actually some top notch storytelling: Ultimatum Spider-man. It's tense and gripping, and handles the doom and gloom perhaps a little better than the rest. So, check it out.

Mystery Done Right

Out of boredom I picked up I Am the Cheese, by Robert Cormier, again, and, man, I have to say it's just as good as I remember it. A slightly disturbed kid starts on a perplexing bicycle trip across country all the while flashing back to strange question and answer sessions with a mysterious doctor. There's lots of emotional depth as well as some nice twists in this little story. There is a good reason Robert Cormier is considered by many to be a master of his craft.