AXIS: Info for Teens 12-18.

Prize Winning Stories

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Prize Winning Stories are available to check out. Short Stories are published in a booklet with the top three winning stories in each of the three grade categories. Last year winning writers came from Community, Rudolf Steiner, and Huron. Middle school contest winners came from Tappan in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Dexter. You might be inspired to contribute a story to this year's contest, or simply read them for the fun of it. We are taking submissions until March 19th, and click here for current contest guidelines

American Born Chinese is 2007 Printz Award winner

The first graphic novel to win the Printz Award is American Born Chinese by Gene Yang. Announced today in Seattle, the 2007 Printz Award winner “focuses on three characters in tales that touch on facets of Chinese American life. Jin is a boy faced with the casual racism of fellow students and the pressure of his crush on a Caucasian girl; the Monkey King, a character from Chinese folklore, has attained great power but feels he is being held back because of what the gods perceive as his lowly status; and Danny, a popular high-school student, suffers through an annual visit from his cousin Chin-Kee, a walking, talking compendium of exaggerated Chinese stereotypes.” (Booklist review)

Printz Honor books are:

Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Taken From Accounts by his Own Hand and Other Sundry Sources by M.T. Anderson
Abundance of Katherines by John Greene
Surrender by Sonya Hartnett
The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak

Who will win the next Printz Award?

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Speculation is running high now that the announcement is just days away. Check this Monday, Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. to find out what teen book has won the 2007 Michael L. Printz Award for literary excellence in young adult literature.

Here are a few possible candidates:

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Sold by Patricia McCormick
Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
King Dork by Frank Portman
The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Project Design:Submit your Designs this Saturday!

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Do you design and create your own clothes? Are you a fashion fanatic? Our first ever A2 wide design event is a juried design exhibition and a fabulous opportunity to showcase yout talent. To enter you must attend the Submission Panel Session on Saturday, January 20|2:00-4:00 PM @ the Downtown Library in the Multipurpose Room. The Fashion Show will be on Friday, April 6|6:00-8:30 PM. Complete guidelines can be found by clicking HERE.

Sports Manga @ Animanga Club on January 24

Get in the game as the Animanga Club discusses our favorite sports manga and does a cool craft. We’ll be focusing on Prince of Tennis, Eyeshield 21, and Crimson Hero, but come with recommendations of others sports manga that you’ve loved. Pocky and other snacks will be provided. The event will be held from 7:00-8:30 pm at the Malletts Creek Branch on Wednesday, January 24th.

Ann Arbor is getting krump!

Tommy the Clown and the Hip-Hop Clowns are coming to Ann Arbor as part of the 2007 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium, an annual series of events honoring the life and vision of Dr. King at the University of Michigan. Tommy the Clown invented clown dancing and has since offered membership in his dance team to youth as an alternative to gangs. They will perform a tribute to Dr. King, Wednesday, February 7th at the Michigan League Ballroom at 7:30pm.

If you want to learn more about an incredible new style of dance, check out Rize. This exhilarating movie documents the origins of krumping and clown dancing in South Central Los Angeles.

Harry Potter #7

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The title for book #7 will be, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."
Just in case you hadn't heard. No publication date has been set, so there's plenty of time to speculate the meaning of this title, and re-read the previous six. By the way, the film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is due for release July 2007. http://www.jkrowling.com/|

ACT / SAT Test Practice 10:30-Noon Saturday, January 13

Test time draws near again! LearningExpress Library can help you get ready. Join us in the Pittsfield Computer Training Center and take an e-practice test.

Amazon.com’s Teen Top Sellers

It is quite a diverse list this week. SAT test preparation…check! Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance books…check! By the way, what did you think of Eragon the movie? Also, we’ve got more tales from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and wonderful classics like Things Fall Apart and 1984. Oh, and I would say more about Fast Food Nation but my pizza just arrived. Good luck with classes!

Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
Eldest (Inheritance, Book 2) by Christopher Paolini
The Elements of Style by William Strunk
The Official SAT Study Guide
Things Fall Apart: A Novel by Chinua Achebe
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
How to Go to College Almost for Free by Ben Kaplan
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
1984 by George Orwell

“I am not so bad a person once you get to know me . . .”

Iggy gets kicked out of high school and there’s no one at home for him to tell. His mother has been gone for days, his father is stoned on the couch and the phone’s been disconnected, so even his social worker can’t get through.

Walking away from his public housing, Iggy sets out to make something of his life. Not an easy task when he has no skills and his only friend is mixed up with the dealer who got his mom hooked.

Iggy’s got problems galore, but Iggy also has the kind of wisdom that lets him see what no one else can. Try Saint Iggy.

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