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Websites You'll Want to Know

Okay, so you've read the Hunger Games trilogy three times over, vampires and zombies no longer do it for you, and you're feeling a void since J. K. Rowling started writing for adults.  What do you read now?  Here are some websites that can point you to the newest and best stuff out there.

Guys Read - www.guysread.com

Founded by the First National Ambassador of Young People's Literature Jon Scieszka, this site highlights books that appeal to, well, guys.  (Girls, you can read 'em too.)

Teen Read - www.teenread.com

This is the "Son of Book Reporter," the YA version of the popular readers' advisory website.

Best Books for Young Adults - www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/bbya

Compiled by the Young Adult Library Services Association of ALA, this is a list of best books for young adults.  (Kinda obvious, right?)

YALSA's Teens' Top Ten - www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten

This YALSA sponsored peer-to-peer site features books chosen by other teens.

Carnegie Libraryof Pittsburgh - www.carnegielibrary.org/teens/books

Probably the coolest thing to come out of Pittsburgh, this site features peer-reviewed books under such headings as "Creepy, Weird, and Strange" and "LOL Books."  Write your own review and submit it!

 

Website Lets You Practice for the Regents

Test-taking getting you down?  Now you have an ally in your battle to get great grades.  The New York State Education Department's Office of Assessment's website provides you with free practice regents exams in a wide range of subjects, from English to U.S. History.  Also available are practice exams for elementary and intermediate schools for your younger siblings!  The website is http://nysedregents.org.

 

 

Great Teen Reads for Winter

On those cold winter nights or snowbound days, curl up with a book (or e-reader).  Here are some super suggestions, from adventure to suspense.

Apollo's Outcasts by Allen Steel

Living his life in a wheelchair, and being only truly free in the water, Jamey Barlowe finds himself in a political and military struggle "stretching from the earth to the Moon," in this exciting sci-fi tale.

Beyond, a Ghost Story by Graham McNamee

A riviting novel, part ghost story and part mystery.  It'll chill you to the bones.

Breathe by Sarah Crossan

"Inhale, exhale, breathe, breathe because the world is dead!"  Survivors Alina, Quinn, and Bea are destined to roam the earth with only two days' worth of oxygen.  What will happen on the third day?

Game Changer by Margaret Peterson Haddix

When KT awakes, she finds herself in a different world where the roles of sports and academics have flipped!  Talented athletes like KT are now considered outcasts and "brainy nerds" are popular.  How can KT fit into this new world?

Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl

It is seventeen-year-old Althea's priority to not only support her family, but to marry well.  When a likely suitor emerges, his brash cousin and associate keeps getting in Althea's way.  Jane Austen fans, take note!

Life Happens Next by Terry Trueman

Back again from Trueman's Stuck in Neutral, fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel has a "new perspective on life."  Stricken with cerebral palsy and confined to a wheelchair, he forms a compelling bond with his mother's cousin and her dog.

The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

"They caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, Number Three in Kenya, and me in New York.  But I escaped!  I am Number Six and determined to keep going!"  From the I Am Number Four series.

Winter White by Jen Calonita

Popular author Jen Calonita creates a tale set in North Carolina with all the flavor of Southern traditions, but with an unusual twist of events!

 
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