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Archive for January, 2009

Alex Awards for Teens

Posted by nchcplteens on January 29, 2009

sharp_teeth_by_toby_barlowThe Young Adult Library Services division of the American Library Association awards the Alex to any adult book that would be a great read for teens as well.  Check out the list here (with the cover art) and below:

  • City of Thieves by David Benioff
  • The Dragons of Babel by Michael Swanwick
  • Finding Nouf by Zoe Ferraris
  • The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti
  • Just After Sunset: Stories by Stephen King
  • Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
  • Over and Under by Todd Tucker
  • The Oxford Project by Stephen Bloom
  • Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow (a sweet werewolf tale set in L.A.)
  • Three Girls and Their Brother by Theresa Rebeck

I really want to read Sharp Teeth and Three Girls and Their Brother and City of Thieves.  And King is always fun.  What looks good to you?


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Jellicoe Road!

Posted by nchcplteens on January 26, 2009

jellicoe_road Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta was just awarded the Printz this morning!  The runners-up include The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing:  the Kingdom on the Waves by M.T. Anderson, Nation by Terry Pratchett (one of my favorite authors ever), Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan, and The Dispreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart.

I’m reading Tender Morsels right now, and it is amazingly dark.  And the E. Lockhart book rules.  Go check them all out.

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Twilight DVD Release

Posted by nchcplteens on January 22, 2009

twilight_dvd1The Twilight DVD release date is set for Saturday, March 21st.  Look forward to the movie being shown soon after in the Teenscape.

Apparently, there will also be a Special Edition DVD with the following features:


  • Five extended scenes with director introductions
  • Audio commentary (Catherine Hardwicke, Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart)
  • Three music videos (Muse, Paramore, Linkin Park)


  • Five deleted scenes with director introductions
  • Seven-part documentary: “The Adventure Begins: The Journey from Page to Screen”
  • Comic-Con Phenomenon featurette
  • And more!

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Inaugural Word Clouds

Posted by nchcplteens on January 20, 2009

Did you hear President Barack Obama’s address to the nation this morning, or had a chance to ponder exactly what he had to say?   How does his compare to other speeches?

Check out the history of the presidential  inaugural speeches with the New York Times  interactive page Inaugural Words: 1789 to the Present.  Explore the  word cloud generated from each speech.  It’s pretty cool.  You can click on the word and see how many times that president used it, as well as the many times other presidents used that word too.

Share How That Makes you Feel

Also, don’t miss what other students have to say from the Worcester academy and as they youtubed, flickred and tweeted their thoughts about today’s inauguration.

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Library Closing Early

Posted by nchcplteens on January 14, 2009

The library is closing early tonight–at 5:00 pm–due to the weather conditions.   Therefore, the Animanga club will not be held tonight, and will resume next month.  Sorry, all!  Be safe and warm.  —Angela

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‘Tis the Prom Season

Posted by nchcplteens on January 14, 2009

Got the pre-prom blues?  Or is it just plain cold out there and you want winter over?  Warm up with some of these tales and you’ll be feeling better already…whether you’re going to the dance or not.

21 Proms, edited by David Levithan

21 Proms edited by David Levithan

Authors include: Libba Bray, Jacqueline Woodson, Ned Vizzini, John Green, Sarah Mylnowski, Melissa de la Cruz, Holly Black, Brent Hartinger, Lisa Sandell, Will Leitch, Leslie Margolis, Cecily von Ziegessar, E. Lockhart, Jodi Anderson, David Levithan, Dan Ehrenhaft, Liz Craft, Aimee Friedman, and Adrienne Vrettos

24 Girls in 7 Days Alex Bradley

Jack has no date to the prom so unknown to him, his friends write him a personal ad on the online school newspaper. Now he has to date them and find the right one to take to the prom.

Cindy Ella Robin Palmer

Cindy expresses her negative feelings for prom in the newspaper – making her an overnight loser. Can she still have the fairy tale if she doesn’t go to prom?

Princess in Pink Meg Cabot

Mia wants Michael to invite her to his prom, but he’s so anti-prom that she’s afraid she’s never have her perfect moment with him.

Prom Anonymous Blake Nelson

Three childhood friends reunite to attend prom together and in the process of finding dates              and dresses, gain some surprising insight into themselves.

Prom Crashers Erin Downing

A girl is on a mission to find the boy she’s crushing on by crashing area proms in order to find him and secure him as a date for her prom.

Prom Laurie Halse Anderson

When a teacher disappears with the prom funds eleven days before prom, friends Ashley and Nat must find other means to make their prom happen.

Prom Dates from Hell Rosemary Clement-Moore

Maggie Quinn, Girl reporter. Honors student, newspaper staffer, yearbook photographer. Six weeks from graduation and all she wants to do is get out of Avalon High in one piece. Fate seems to have different plans for her.

Prom Nights From Hell Meg Cabot

Bestselling authors Meg Cabot (How to Be Popular), Kim Harrison (A Fistful of Charms), Michele Jaffe (Bad Kitty), Stephenie Meyer (Twilight), and Lauren Myracle (ttyl) take bad prom nights to a whole new level-a paranormally bad level.

Prom Queen R.L. Stine

A Really Nice Prom Mess Brian Sloan

Cameron and his boyfriend Shane end up going to the prom with fake female dates. By night’s end Cameron’s fake date gets drunk, his boyfriend hits him when he sees Cam kissing his fake date, and Cam flees the prom in disguise with a drug dealer.

Prom Magazine

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This Week’s Events

Posted by nchcplteens on January 12, 2009

What’s happening in the Teenscape this week:

TODAY – After School FlixPrince Caspian – 3:30 pm

Wednesday – Teen Animanga Club – 6:00-8:00 pm

Friday – Wii Sports / Guitar Hero III – open play – 3:30-5:30 pm

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