Tomorrow the librarians at Mackin will be in St. Cloud, MN for the MEMO conference. We will be talking about new books for school libraries in two presentations—one for elementary and another for middle and high school. I am nervous and excited to be presenting again this year, so I’ve been practicing over and over again all week long.
Here’s a mini preview of the teen fiction portion of the presentation first thing tomorrow morning:
Language Inside by Holly Thompson. 2013. 9780385739795. Gr. 7-12
Emma feels more Japanese than American. Her family has lived in Japan since she was very young. It is home to Emma. But when her mother gets sick, they return to the States. It’s only temporary, Emma’s parents assure her. Just while her mother receives treatment. Which leaves Emma in a difficult place. Not quite fitting in, not going to be there long enough to bother. This novel in verse is about connecting with people, culture, and poetry that thoughtful teen readers will appreciate. Language arts teachers and other poetry lovers will appreciate the the prominent role that poetry plays in the story and the list of poems at the end of the book.
Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. 2013. 9780062217134. Gr. 9-12
Ezra Faulkner has everything going for him. He’s popular, an athlete, and has a hot girlfriend. His life couldn’t be more perfect. But one tragic accident at the end of junior year changes all of that. Now he’ll never play sports again. He’s lucky to be walking even if he does have to use a cane. After spending the summer recovering, he starts his senior year with a new outlook. The old popular crowd? Doesn’t seem so cool now that he knows none of them will be there when he needs them. He reconnects with an old friend and meets a whole new crowd—with their own sort of cool—including Cassidy, who seems to have a tragic secret of her own. Part romance, part coming-of-age.
I’ll also be talking about Nick Lake’s upcoming book, Hostage Three (excellent and suspenseful), and several graphic novels for teens (including Gene Yuen Yang’s Boxers & Saints). My colleagues Jessica and Anna have historical and speculative genres respectively to round out the teen fiction. All together including the nonfiction, we have about 100 books to share just in the secondary presentation. Some of them have already been on the blog, and many more will probably find their way here eventually.
Anyway, we’re off to practice one last time!