ages 11-18

X-Men Extravaganza

Loved the new movie and want more? Didn't care for it and want something different? Somewhere in the middle? Wherever you fall, the AADL is here to help.

Ultimate X-Men, a guide to the universe, covers the original Dark Phoenix saga. Astonishing X-Men Volume 1: Gifted contains the story of the "cure" for mutancy, as written by Joss Whedon of Buffy and Firefly fame.

One thing is certain: for better or for worse, none of the books feature Kelsey Grammer in a Cookie Monster suit.

A Few Good Volunteers Needed!

Uncle Sam

Summer is fast approaching - AADL’s busiest time of the year. Volunteers are needed June 19-July 9 at AADL’s four branches (Northeast, West, Mallett’s Creek, and Pittsfield) to help sign up Summer Reading participants. Interested? If you are between the ages of 12 and 18, stop by the information desk at a branch and pick up some forms. Fill out and return the forms by June 14.

Jump in and lend a hand to make this our biggest summer yet!

It's All Write 2006 Short Story Judges

Thanks to the following judges of the teen's short story writing contest for area Teens! We appreciate their expertise and careful considerations of each story.
Middle School:
CHRIS HEBERT- Fiction Editor at the University of Michigan Press (previous Hopwood Winner)
AMY SUMERTON - Serves as executive editor of 'Orchid Literary Review' for three years. Her fiction can most recently be found in Red Cedar Review. She plays cello in a local band called Canada. Amy currently makes a living as assistant director for 826 Michigan, a nonprofit writing center designed to help students aged 6-18 develop their writing skills.
LARA M. ZIELIN - Author of Make Things Happen Networking for Teens and she edits the alumni publication at the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Language and the Arts.

High School:

Vote by this Friday, May 26!

Thumbs Up

Yes, time is running out to vote. Check out the list of 2006 Thumbs Up! nominees and vote for your favorite.

To vote:
1. Drop your ballot (green brochure) into the box located in the teen section, OR
2. Email your choice to davise@aadl.org, OR
3. Mail your vote using the brochure mailer. Include a $.39 stamp.

What, Me Worry?

MAD

If upon reading above caption, you immediately grin, smirk, chuckle, snort, or downright guffaw, then you're one of the millions who've enjoyed MAD since its inception in 1952.

So go ahead, check out what AADL has in its collection - from the magazine (yes, there's even a kids' version) to several books put out by the "Usual Gang of Idiots."

And for those of you who have never read the magazine, but watch MADTV, just where did you think Spy vs. Spy came from?

Enjoy, kids!

- Alfred E. Neuman

Pearl's Picks for Youth and Teens

Librarian extraordinaire Nancy Pearl joined us at the Downtown library on Sunday for a talk about books, reading, and writing. She suggested several great books for young people, from picture books like Knuffle Bunny and Skippyjon Jones to chapter books like Three Terrible Trins, Whales on Stilts, and Ragweed. For teens, she especially liked Feed, by the same author as Whales on Stilts, Lisa Yee's Millicent Min, Girl Genius, Richard Peck's Teacher's Funeral, and the difficult but moving story in Looking for Normal by Betty Monthei. Already read these? Ask any librarian for more suggestions.

It's All Write! AADL Short Story Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to all those who entered the 2006 Short Story Contest.
Here are the winners of the AADL Short Story Writing Contest: 'It's All Write'

Middle School Category 6th/7th/8th Grades:
1st Place: Alien Girl by Lindsey Fischer Mill Creek Middle School, Dexter
2nd Place: Escape to Denmark by Timothy G. Rhein Home School, Ypsilanti
3rd Place: A Slanted Roof by Isabel McKay Tappan Middle School

High School Category 9th/10th Grades:
1st Place: Morning Again by Eva Colas Huron High School
2nd Place: Saved by Maya Lamm Community High School
3rd Place: Daisies in the Garden by Sabrina Na Huron High School

High School Category 11th/12th Grades:
1st Place: How to Make Empenadas by Emmaleigh Mia Paul Rudolf Steiner High School
2nd Place: The Gift by Jenneva Scholz Rudolf Steiner High School
3rd Place: A Romance by Eva Miller Community High School

What's With all the Gossip?

So the first book in the Gossip Girl series by Cecily Von Ziegesar was published 4 years ago and the 9th book in the series Only in your dreams just came out, but after Naomi Wolf wrote a scathing editorial in the New York Times about this series and their read-alikes Clique and The A-List everyone has been talking about it. Yes, they are basically Sex and The City for teens filled with consumerism and fun without consequences. Are they any worse than anything as popular that came before them? No. Are they flashier and better marketed? Definitely. Any teen who is reading these books - as opposed to watching the rampant fun without consquences on TV or online - is a teen I wouldn't worry about. Because *reading* is what separates the teens you worry about from the ones you don't.

Name That Character!

Anime Mystery #6

I'm a bit irritated that you don't know me.. Who am I?

Cecil Castellucci - Short Story Awards Speaker

Cecil Castellucci's in town to be the guest speaker for the Awards Ceremony of the short story writing contest, It's All Write! #140 stories were submitted to the contest, and all Finalists have been notified. Congratulations to ALL writers who turned in a story.
Cecil is the author of Boy Proof and her upcoming novel Queen of Cool. She will be discussing the craft of writing and presenting awards to the winenrs. 1:00 - 1:45 pm Modern Language Building on Thayer Street, Lecture Room 1.

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