Have you read any good new teen books lately?


The Keene Public Library wants to publish your book reviews on our website and in our teen zine.  If you’ve read a good book that you’d like to recommend please write and submit a quick review.   You’ll find a review form online.  Review forms can also be picked up in the Youth Department or printed from our website in pdf format. For helpful information on writing reviews, you might want to check out our tip sheet “Points to Ponder.”

NH Flume Award Nominations needed

The Keene Public Library is now accepting nominations for New Hampshire statewide teen reader’s choice award. The Flume: NH Teen Readers’ Choice Award, created in 2005 in response to New Hampshire teens’ requests, recognizes great new books. You can nominate either fiction or nonfiction.  Consider books marketed towards teens as well as those marketed towards adults or even children if they have teen appeal. Please consider any great books you have read with publication dates from 2008-2010. If the book is part of a series, it must stand on its own. To nominate a title, visit YALS, the  NH Young Adult Librarians website.

After nominations close on January 14, 2011, a group of school and public librarians will choose 13 titles for a final list. In April, New Hampshire teens will vote for their favorite title on the list.

Come April 2011 will you be an informed Flume voter? You can be!

How many of these 13 nominated books have you read?

2011 Flume Nominees

Click the title to find out whether the library has a copy available!

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that will be revealed on her sixteenth birthday.

The Devil’s Breath by David Gilman
When fifteen-year-old Max Gordon’s environmentalist-adventurer father goes missing while working in Namibia and Max becomes the target of a would-be assassin at his school in England, he decides he must follow his father to Africa and find him before they both are killed.

The Devouring by Simon Holt
Vours are supernatural creatures who feast on fear and attack on the eve of the winter solstice.  They become  a terrifying reality for fifteen-year-old Reggie when she begins to suspect that her timid younger brother might be one of their victims.

Fire by Kristen Cashore
In a kingdom called the Dells, Fire is the last human-shaped monster, with unimaginable beauty and the ability to control the minds of those around her, but even with these gifts she cannot escape the strife that overcomes her world.

Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob’s (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital.

Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fanaskey
Seventeen-year-old Jessica, adopted and raised in Pennsylvania, learns she part of a from a royal line of Romanian vampires and that she is betrothed to a vampire prince, who poses as a foreign exchange student while courting her.

Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor
Three short stories about kissing, featuring elements of the supernatural.

Lockdown: Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith
Framed for murder, fourteen-year-old Alex  becomes an inmate in the Furnace Penitentiary, where brutal inmates and sadistic guards reign, boys who disappear in the middle of the night sometimes return weirdly altered, and escape might just be possible.

Paper Towns by John Green
One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q’s neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, in turn watches her with increasing intensity.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives “unwound” and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs–and, perhaps, save their own lives.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who is the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she feels haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

Isinglass Teen Award

New Hampshire middle school readers have an award of their own as well.  It’s called the “Isinglass Teen Award.” In April, middle school readers vote on their favorite titles on a librarian created list.  The Keene Public Library owns copies of all the nominated titles.

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