ages 11-18

Boys over Flowers

The manga Boys over Flowers (also known as Hana Yori Dango) is the story of Makino Tsukushi, who transfers into an elite high school and promptly gets on the wrong side of the F4, the most popular group of boys. But when the F4 try to make her life miserable, she decides that she won’t take their bullying lying down. Fans of the manga also won’t want to miss the anime adaptation in the library’s DVD collection. Wondering what to read next? Try Kare Kano.

New Spanish Children's Books!

There are new children's books in Spanish in the foreign language collection at the library. There are new books at every branch and the selection varies. Take the time to browse the shelves at each branch and look for the new stickers on books. Any questions, comments or suggestions, please e-mail stantont@aadl.org

A selection of new children's books:

Nochecita por Yuyi Morales
Beautiful pastel-like illustrations.
El jardin del dragon purpura por Carole Wilkinson
Translation of Dragonkeeper, 2004 winner of the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year award.
Es dia de feria, Ambar Dorado por Paula Danziger
A translation of "It's a Fair Day, Amber Brown", part of the popular Amber Brown series.
Juan Ramon Jimenez: Dónde cantan los pájaros que cantan?

Courtney Crumrin

Not sure what to read now that you've finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (or while you wait for your copy)? Still haven't had your fill of magical creatures and spells? Then Courtney Crumrin might be for you. Courtney's family moves to Hillsborough to care for her eccentric Great Uncle Aloysius and she soon finds that things are not what they seem. Uncle Aloysius is far from decrepit and mysterious creatures are lurking in the nearby forest. Courtney learns that knowledge of witchcraft runs in her family and Uncle Aloysius has plans for her education. Courtney is a bit more pessimistic than Harry, but Ted Naifeh has done a wonderful job of taking the edge off of darker moments by mixing stylized characters (such as cute and noseless Courtney) with some more realistically rendered designs--reminiscent of Arthur Rackham.

Harry is Tops!

Here are some of Amazon.com's Teen Top Sellers and as you might have guessed, Harry is numero uno. All of the HP excitement brings a song to mind, "Check it out now, the funk soul brother..."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
and the His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
The Golden Compass
The Subtle Knife
The Amber Spyglass

Graffiti Art Contest

The 5th Annual Teen Graffiti Art Contest will be held Friday, July 20, from 1:00 - 3:00 PM, at the Downtown Library's Staff Parking Lot.
We'll provide the paint, supplies, paint boards, and easels. The top three winners will receive gift certifcates for art supplies from Michigan Book & Supply.

Skullduggery at its Finest!

Still looking for a great read for the summer? Perhaps you need a good book to take your mind off Art Fair? Look no further than Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. Skulduggery Pleasant = Ace Detective, Snappy Dresser, Razor–tongued Wit, Crackerjack Sorcerer and Walking, Talking, Fire-throwing Skeleton —as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old. These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil. The end of the world? Over his dead body.

This week: Pokémon, Super Smash, and Mario Kart Tournaments, plus DDR at the Art Fair!

AADL-GT Pad Logo

It's late July in Ann Arbor, and that means (at least) two things; the Art Fair, and the return of the Super Smash Double Dash Championship Season! It will be a busy week at the library, and it all starts off with Pokémondays, this time at Malletts Creek Branch on Monday, 7/16, from 1-5 PM for players of all ages and Pokémon level 51 & up.

Then, come see us at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair main stage next to the Belltower for DDR on Wednesday 7/18 and Friday 7/20 from 1-4 PM. There will be some prizes for the very best players, but you can also just come to show off in front of the crowd. You know you want to.

Finally, it's the end of the arduous off-season, as the clans converge on the Downtown Library on Saturday, 7/21, from Noon - 5 PM for the long-awaited Super Smash Double Dash Preseason Event! We'll have single and team kart and smash, and an opportunity to try out some new methods, recruit members for your clan, and size up the competition, and eat pizza. Hope to see you all there!

Justice League: A New Beginning

Back in 1987, following the DC Comics LEGENDS crossover event, a new Justice League was born. Not only was it under the creative team of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis (with new artist Kevin Maguire), but it featured a cast of "second stringer" heroes such as Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Black Canary, Captain Marvel, and the macho-jerk Green Lantern known as Guy Gardner. What's more, this particular league's stories focused a lot on the humor found in the down-time between their inter-dimensional monster fighting adventures. Some have even compared the Giffen/DeMatteis run on Justice League to how a sit-com is structured. The biggest surprise of all was when it became the top-selling comic in the late '80s and early '90s. Issues 1-6 of Justice League and Justice League International 7 have been collected in A New Beginning,which is now available at aadl.

The humor and humanity of this title is further emphasized by the artwork of Kevin Maguire, master of the expressive face. Maguire's art takes comics character acting to new heights. Though they're wearing costumes and calling each other by code-names, the characters register as real people and the comedy speaks to all ages.

Get Automotive TIps on Tuesday, July 17

Thinking of buying a car? Have one, but it’s a junker? Let auto technology instructor Paul Kruthaup clue you in with tips on how to pick out a car, keep it running, and find reliable repair service.

Join us at Malletts Creek, Tuesday, July 17 at 6:00 p.m.

Calling all teen Harry Potter fans!

What street do the Dursleys live on? What are Hufflepuff's house colors? Who owns the store where Harry Potter buys his wand? If you know the answer to all these Harry Potter trivia questions without looking them up in the books (or via Google!), be sure to come to our Harry Potter Trivia Night for Teens (grades 6-12) on Monday, July 16th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch. Work in teams of up to 5 players to compete for the grand prize: $15 giftcards to Borders Books & Music. You can come with your own team of friends, or we'll assign you to one. All teens who participate will also be entered into a drawing to win one of two cool tote bags with the cover art of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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