ages 11-18

Season 4 Ideas: Player Ratings

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OK, the off-season plods on. While we eagerly await the All Ages Mario Kart tournament coming up Friday Night, May 25th, let's talk about another new GT feature we discussed back at the planning meeting that EJK and I have been talking about: Player Ratings. The idea is to provide a quick, uniform way to tell both overall and game-specific skill and achievements. Read on to check it out.

Alabama Moon - for Gary Paulsen Fans!

Moon's father trusts no one - particularly the government. Moon and his father live in the forest in an extreme form of off the grid living. Moon has only known a life where they hunt, grow and forage for all of their food, make clothes out of animal hides and have contact with only the owner of a local general store. When Moon's father dies, Moon follows his father's last instructions: to travel to Alaska to find others like themselves. But Moon is soon caught and entangled in a world he doesn't know or understand, apparent property of the government he has been avoiding all his life. Moon encounters constables, jails, institutions, lawyers, true friends, and true enemies - and begins to wonder if his father's way of life is the one he wants to lead... An excellent debut by Watt Key.

for Teen Guys

You can be the guy with REAL information about growing up. Find these books, read up, and you'll be prepared to figure things out. Boy's Guide To Becoming A Teen; Teenage Guys Survival Guide; The Real Deal: A Guy's Guide To Being A Guy.

Don’t miss the latest installment!

Volume 16 of Fruits Basket has hit #15 on USA Today Best-Seller List—the best showing ever by a volume of manga. In this volume, we learn more about Tohru’s parents, Kyoko and Katsuya. If you’re following the story of Tohru and the Sohma family, be sure to add yourself to the hold list today! Teen Top Sellers

Challenges of growing up

Sex and the City co-star Kim Cattrall offers insight into growing up through her advice-filled personal narrative of Being a Girl. Candid discussion is offered on topics such as developing self-esteem and a positive body image; discovering one's own sense of style; the importance of good nutrition, exercise and sleep; plus coping strategies such as understanding dynamics among family members and friends, dealing with "toxic cliques" and the "queen-bee mentality," and dating and sexuality.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #59

Set in a poor and crime infested housing estate in Nottingham, England, The Killing Jar* by first-time novelist Nicola Monaghan is a compelling read and recipient of several literary awards.

Young Kerrie-Ann Hill was abandoned (by a drugged-out prostitute mother), abused (by a teacher), coerced into running drugs at nine, and graduated to violent crimes as a sly and ruthless teenager.
Amidst the ugliness were moments of joy like an old neighbor who taught her about butterflies (and the killing jar), caring for her younger brother, and first loves.
Unapologetically realistic and bleak, the portrayal of the drug culture in urban England is spot on, while fiesty Kerrie-Ann as the flawed heroine will earn your respect and sympathy.

Nicola Monaghan grew up at Broxtowe, the same council estate she set The Killing Jar. She is the first person in her family to go to university, and is currently at work on her second novel Starfishin, about a woman working hard to fit into the edgy London lifestyle.

* = Starred Reviews


Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki's always been able to see ghosts, but now that he's met soul reaper Rukia Kuchiki, his life's become really complicated. Find out why in the Bleach anime, which is currently showing on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. The library has the volumes 1 and 2 on dvd, and volume 3 is on order. Can't wait to find out what happens next? Follow the story via the popular manga series by Tite Kubo that the anime is based on.

Sign-Up Now for the FINAL High School Book Discussion Group!

Register now and get 2 FREE books for the next book discussion group on Monday, May 7 from 6:30-8:00 PM @ the Downtown Library. We'll be reading and discussing two books by Ron Koertge - Stoner and Spaz and Margaux with an X. Then you will get to meet Ron, and have him sign your book during the Ann Arbor Book Festival on Saturday, May 19 from 12:30 to 1:30 in the Modern Languages Building on campus. Ron will be the featured speaker at our Short Story Writing Contest Award Ceremony. We will have pizza, drinks and snacks at the book discussion group too. Call or visit the Downtown Library Youth Department desk to register now - 327-8301.

2007 Thumbs Up! Award - Vote!

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Help choose the best teen book published in 2006. Select from the list of Thumbs Up! Award nominees for best teen literature. You can find them on the Thumbs Up! page or in hot pink brochures on teen shelves in all the branch libraries.

Read all the books (or as many as you want) and select the ONE that you think is best. Vote for your choice by using the hot pink ballot and give it to the librarian, or e-mail your choice to

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