ages 11-18

If you don’t know, now you know

Check out Tyrell by Coe Booth, the winner of the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction. Fifteen-year-old Tyrell lives in a South Bronx homeless shelter with his mother and seven-year-old brother Troy. His mother refuses to find a job, his father is in jail, and his little brother is smart as a whip but stuck in special education classes so his mother can continue to collect Social Security checks. He wants to stay faithful to Novisha but how can he with Jasmine knocking on his door? Tyrell needs to make money to appease his mother, make sure his brother gets the education he deserves, stay faithful to Novisha, and help Jasmine realize her potential. And he wants to do it all without hustling. I can't put this book down! I hope there will be a sequel.

Already read it? What did you think? How unique to the Bronx is Tyrell’s situation?

Make a Custom Wallet at Malletts Creek!

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Have you guys ever heard of Poketo? It’s a collaborative network of artists who got together a couple of years ago to start making cheap, wearable art featuring up-and-coming designers. They make clothing, bags and stationary, but they’re mostly known for their wallets, which display original designs between two thin pieces of flexible plastic. Sound cool? We’re going to make our own wallets based on those produced by Poketo at Malletts Creek on Wednesday, May 16. We’ll have plenty of supplies and images on hand, but feel free to bring your own, too.

Gary Snyder

Today, May 8 is the birthday of poet, Gary Snyder who was born in San Francisco in 1930. When he was a student, he worked as a logger, a forest ranger and a seaman. All of these experiences informed his life as a poet, drawing on his closeness to nature, concern for the environment and a respect for the primal forces that affect humanity. He first started writing while working on a trail crew in Yosemite National Park. Snyder also spent eight years in a Zen Buddhist monastery in Japan where he developed his love for solitude and all it could teach him. His poetry is characterized by its spareness and contemplative quality and use of work, family and nature as metaphors for more universal themes. Here is one that examines the origins of poetry:

How Poetry Comes to Me

It comes blundering over the
Boulders at night, it stays

Want a read with nonstop action?

On New Earth where violence has been banned for generations conflicts are settled in the fantasy computer game Epic. Getting ahead in the real world means winning in the gaming world--and everyone plays. The unjust treatment of his parents by the Central Allocations committee, which ruthlessly rules the planet, sets teenager Erik and his friends on a perilous mission to challenge the committee and put an end to Epic.

Author Kostick was a designer for the world's first live fantasy role-playing game in England, and his expertise is evident in this gripping first novel. Clip up for the read of your life!

Comics With Curtis

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Curtis Sullivan, owner of the Vault of Midnight will talk about what's new in the world of comics and graphic novels--and rave about his favorites!
It's happening Sunday, May 6 | 4:00-5:30 PM Downtown Library Board Room.
Actually Free Comic Book Day is set to be celebrated around the world on May 5, Saturday, so make your total week-end a comic one.

In the Break...

Okay, I confess I am a huge fan of surfing stories - movies, books, TV shows - I love them all! Fans of surfing will enjoy In the Break by Jack Lopez, but a love of surfing is not required. In the Break follows the story of 15 year old best friends, Juan and Jamie. They live and breath surfing and love the freedom that comes with being in the water. Unfortunately, life outside the water isn't so ideal. After an argument between Jamie and his abusive step-father comes to blows Jamie needs to get out of town - fast. Together (along with Jamie's sister, Amber) they head for Mexico - with surfboards stowed in the back. Unfortunately for Juan, Jamie and Amber things will never be the same again..

En Espanol/In Spanish: Chronicles of Narnia Books!

The library recently purchased Spanish translations of the popular "Chronicles of Narnia" series by C.S. Lewis. There will be copies of "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe/El Leon, la Bruja y el Ropero" at all branches and copies of all other titles at the Downtown Branch on both the Adult and Youth Foreign Language Collection shelves. Ask a staff member if you have trouble locating these areas. You can also put a HOLD on any of these books via your account in the online catalog. Follow the links below to see the records and call numbers for each book.

El Sobrino del Mago por C.S. Lewis
El Leon, la Bruja y el Ropero por C.S. Lewis
El Caballo y el Muchacho por C.S. Lewis
El Principe Caspian por C.S. Lewis
La Traversia del Viajero del Alba por C.S. Lewis
La Silla de Plata por C.S. Lewis
La Ultima Batalla por C.S. Lewis

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #61

Winner of the prestigious Rómulo Gallegos Prize in 1999, Los detectives salvajes is the first of the author's large body of works to be translated into English as the The Savage Detectives*. (Also in our collection, his short stories Last Evenings on Earth).

This major work by Chilan born Roberto Bolano recounts 17 year-old Juan García Madero's initiation into the militant literary movement started by young poets Arturo Belano (Bolaño's alter ego) and Ulises Lima in the 1970s in Mexico City. The three, with a fugitive prostitute in tow, set out in quest of Mexican poet Cesárea Tinajero, who apparently disappeared in the Sonoran Desert in the 1920s. This road trip spanned a decade, took the travelers to Guatemala, Barcelona, Paris, Israel, Congo, Liberia, and the U.S., and in large part, being told through voices of the people they met along the way.

Humorous and tragic, "Bolano fashions an engrossing lost world of youth and utopian ambition, as particular and vivid as it is sad and uncontainable”. ~ Publishers Weekly . Roberto Bolano died of liver failure at the age of 50 in 2003. Obituary

* = Starred Reviews

Hey Gamers

I ran across this interesting news bite on the Tekuteku Angel Pocket Pedometer, a Tamagotchi-like device that interfaces with the Nintendo DS system. The game has small animals and humans that can only stay alive if you physically walk around. So if you sit on the couch too long, your animal gets a big belly! This game was created in Japan to address the country’s growing obesity problem. Do you think the game will motivate kids and parents to get off their rear and exercise? Would you play?

Be ready to be active for our next gaming events in May:
Mario Kart Tournament--May 25, DT/MPR, 6-8:30 PM
Nintendo Wii Sports--May 26, DT/MPR, 1-4 PM

Buried wins 2007 Edgar Young Adult Award

Buried spins a tantalizingly creepy web of a high-school senior’s disintegration, told through letters to her absent mother, dream sequences, and flashbacks. Claudine looks after her alcoholic mother in their decrepit trailer on the coast of Maine. She cleans up her vomit, washes her clothes, and takes on the role of parent in their family of two. When her mother disappears, as she frequently does on binges or with a new boyfriend, Claudine worries. Although she attends a support group and has a caring best friend, teachers, and school counselors to turn to, she is clearly coming apart.

Excerpted from Booklist review by Debbie Carton

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