ages 11-18

Amazon.com Teen Bestsellers

Harry Potter still leads the Amazon.com Bestsellers list for Teens, with vampires close at his heels in the second, third and fifth positions. If you haven’t checked out Stephenie Meyer’s vampire trilogy yet, make sure to get your hands on Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse.

Hitting number four on the list is Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail by Danica McKellar. Winnie Cooper, an expert on math. Who knew?

GT Round 2 Results: A very good day for Us

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AADL-GT history was made today when legendary supertitans Clan Us stormed to victory in all four events, earning an astounding 11,190 points, capturing half of the day's top 4 spots, and topping it off with a clan battle win at Calling All Cars for PS3. This is also the day when Us established their true depth as a clan with balance, ending their smash-centric reputation and cementing themselves as a potent, multilayered, unstoppable force. That puts Us in the amazing position of holding the top 4 spots on the season leaderboard, with Shin Oroachimaru in #1 after an amazing day.

Right behind remains the Brothers of Maplewood, racking up 4 top 4 finishes and 6810 points, a score that would have put them atop the leaderboard on another day, who also proved greater depth today, taking 2nd in Smash Teams.

This season continues to collapse into an epic struggle between these two mountains of talent, with the 6 of Us and the 6 Brothers of Maplewood accounting for 12 of the top 14 spots on the leaderboard. Read on for full details.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #88

Interred With Their Bones*, a literary thriller by first time novelist Jennifer Lee Carrell was the big book at the 2005 Frankfurt Book Fair and was predicted to be most eagerly anticipated debut thriller of 2007.

At the heart of the richly imagined mystery that spans centuries and involves players from both the Old and the New World, is Shakespeare’s lost play Cardenio.

Kate Stanley, a Shakespeare scholar in London directing Hamlet at the Globe theatre is approached by her estranged mentor Roz Howard, bearing a mysterious gift and a cryptic message to “follow where it leads”. Where it leads is Roz’s murder and mounting body counts, a fascinating look at the history of English theatre, church politics, Renaissance literature and Shakespeare lore. More importantly for Kate, it is a race to find the lost play before the killer makes her the next victim.

The fast pace, intricate plot twists and plenty of red herrings will make this a pleasure for discriminating mystery fans. Shakespeare lovers will find a treasure trove of tantalizing trivia from a renowned Shakespeare expert. Well worth the hype.

* = Starred Reviews

Get Hoaxed!

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Find Strange Fruit in the ocean. Discover a ghost at the Michigan League. Visit Cube Hall. These are just a few of the hoax photos that were created by teens during our Photo Hoax workshop. See them on exhibit at the Ann Arbor District Library MySpace branch in our photo gallery. Did your gallery visit leave you hungry for more? Check out the latest entries in digital hoax contests on line. Or, learn more about the history of digital art in Art of the Digital Age. Whatever you do, get hoaxed!

ACT / SAT Test Practice Saturday, September 29

Taking the ACT or SAT soon? The LearningExpressLibrary database can help you get ready. Join us 10:30-Noon p.m. in the Pittsfield Computer Training Center and take an e-practice test.

Get in the game!

If you’ve been following the ups and downs of the Seishun tennis team in The Prince of Tennis manga series, you won’t want to miss the anime—newly arrived on DVD at a library near you! For those of you unfamiliar with the series, it’s the story of Ryoma Echizen, a tennis prodigy who has just returned to Japan after growing up in the states. Watch for the humor, action, and drama as Seishun pursues its goal of winning the middle school national championships. As for the tennis—well, let’s just say the characters have some interesting moves you definitely won’t see on the ATP tour! For those of you who have read the series, comment and let us know which school is your favorite.

Robert Jordan (James Oliver Rigney, Jr) 1948 - 2007

Best known for his Wheel of time series Robert Jordan passed away on Sunday at the age of 58.

Since early 2006 friends and fans have followed his battle with cardiac amyloidosis on his fan blog.

Robert had the first book of the wheel of time “The Eye of the World” published in 1990 and fans have been following the adventures of Rand al'Thor, Matrim Cauthon and Perrin Aybara.

For over 15 years. Although knowing that his time was short Robert was confident that “A Memory of Light” the final book (12) in the wheel of time series would be finished. The status of “A Memory of Light” is at present unknown.

Hoax Photo Workshop - Tues., September 25

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Bigfoot trying on Birkenstocks? A herd of cows hovering over the Big House? Use your imagination and Photoshop Elements in our Mac lab to create a mind-bending photo. Then upload your favorite creation into the Hoax Photo Gallery at AADL’s myspace branch. Join us next Tuesday 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the Downtown Computer Learning Center.

Register at any information desk or call 327-8367.

College Night - Monday, September 17

Choosing the college, writing the essays, preparing for the tests… it all gets a little overwhelming. Where do you start? Right here at the Downtown Library on Mon., Sept. 17 at 6:30 pm! John Boshoven, college prep counselor at Community High, and Deb Merion, founder of Essay Coaching, will be joined by performance coach Dr. Geraldine Markel at this event for teens and parents. They’ll cover it all, so bring your questions!

Wicked Lovely...

Lovers of fairies, and romance - mixed with some wickedness and ancient magical battles will eat up the new book, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. Seventeen year old Aislinn, who has the rare ability to see faeries, is drawn against her will into a centuries-old battle between the Summer King and Winter Queen, and the survival of her life, her love, and summer all hang in the balance. Check out all of the other great books on Fairies that AADL owns.

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