Enjoy these teen reads for Women's History Month.
Historical Teen Fiction:
- The Good Braider: a novel by Terry Farish — Sudanese refugees
- Newes from the Dead: Being a True Story of Anne Green, Hanged for Infanticide at Oxford Assizes in 1650, Restored to the World and Died Again 1665 by Mary Hooper — 1650 Oxford, England
- Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl — 19th Century England
- Copper Sun by Sharon Draper — 1700s American slavery
Our Oh My Teen book group interviewed author Ari Marmell about his young adult novel Thief's Covenant, the first in the Widdershins Adventure series and the group pick for November. A brief synopsis of Thief's Covenant: "She is Widdershins, a thief making her way through Davillons underbelly looking to find answers, and justice with a sharp blade, a sharper wit, and the mystical aid of Olgun, a foreign god with no other worshipers but Widdershins herself."
Q) Why did you select to write Theif's Covenant from a female perspective?
When I very first started to envision this book, the main character was male. Problem was, as I tried to develop the basic story and the outline, it just didn't feel right, no matter what I did with it. It only started feeling like it was working when I decided to make Shins female. So, bottom line? Purely a creative decision that felt right for the book and the character. Nothing more complex or detailed than that.
Q) How does your role-playing experience impact the development of your plot and characters?
Book reviews came in at all hours of the day and night during Teen Tech Week! After you read some of them below, why not check out the book? We'll put up more soon. BTW - no need to stop just because TTW is over. Text in some more!
Beautiful Creatures By: kami garcia & margaret dtohl
A girl. A boy. A hidden family secret. And a love story. What more could you want in a good book?
Warriors Into the Wild by Erin Hunter: I like it because it tells how it all begins, the saga, the friendship, and the struggle to prove his worth. Try it soon.
Express Your Opinionated Side
Write a review of the most recent book you've read for the web site. Turn it in at your library branch and get a Library coupon good for $1 off your fines, toward your printing, check out a feature DVD, or snag some ear buds. And, each time you turn in a review it gets entered into a drawing for an iTunes gift card!
Share Your Artistic Side
The Homeward Bounders, by Diana Wynne Jones; Reviewed by Leah Merrill
In this high stakes science fiction novel from the ever inventive Ms. Jones, twelve year old Jamie Hamilton discovers a secret he should never have known. His world-and every other world-is just a game played by the mysterious demon "Them." Wars are played out in turns, and the loss of life is dependant on the toss of dice.
The Gathering, by Michael Carroll; Reviewed by Anne Hentzen
This book is about a group of young superheroes. Colin-the son of Titan, a flying superhero, and Energy, a superhero who can control energy- are dealing with identity issues. Danny is the son of Quantum, who predicted that he would lead a war against humans. Danny saw the prophecy as well, and is frightened by the vividness of the vision, including the mechanical arm. Renata, aka Diamond, is a superhuman who has been frozen for 10 years, has just woken up and has lost ten years without aging.