Amazon.com's Teen Topsellers - Fiction

Here is what's up for teens on Amazon.com's Topsellers list. See anything interesting? Maybe they left out your latest favorite. If so, post what you think should be added to the list.

New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
Eldest (Inheritance, Book 2)
Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

What's so great about Comics?

We all love Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes, but do we know why? What is it about the comics art form that draws us in so effortlessly? Scott McCloud answers this in his 215 page graphic essay Understanding Comics. Whether you are a parent who wonders why your teen is fascinated with Naruto, or an aspiring comics professional, this work is an invaluable read.

Also follow the McCloud family (Scott, wife Ivy, and daughters Sky and Winter) as they make their way across the country with the Making Comics 50 State Tour. They will be in the Midwest in Spring of 2007.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #34

If you missed the full-page ad in last week’s New York Times, here is my personally endorsement…

If you like historical thriller, it does not get any better than The Interpretation of Murder. Set in the turn of the 20th century Manhattan, during his first and only visit to the United States, Sigmund Freud is drawn into the mind of a clever and sadistic killer who is savagely attacking the most privileged of society heiresses.

Fans of Caleb Carr will find themselves a new author to watch. Jud Rubenfeld is not only a distinguished legal scholar, but knows a thing or two about Freud and Shakespeare.

Here, he not only brings to life the glitter of the gilded age, the squalor of the working masses, the re-imagined relations between Freud and Carl Jung, but also such historic events as the building of the Manhattan Bridge. With a complex plot and great storytelling, it's sure to please. You won’t be able to put this down. Don't take my word for it... read these reviews for yourself.

Warning! These books are bad for you!

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Ever read a banned book? Check out the most challenged books of the 1990s. Are any of these titles favorites of yours?

As part of Banned Books Week September 23-30, the American Library Association would you to vote for your favorite banned book.

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Best Sellers List (9/17/06)

Armed with good reviews, appearances on NPR and lots of publisher pr, Claire Messud enters the List for the first time with her own 9/11 novel. She joins three other veterans returning with their latest books.

At #1 is Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen: "The lives of two sisters, one the host of a television show and the other a social worker."

At #5 is The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud: "A group of privileged 30-somethings try to make their way in literary New York just before 9/11."

At #6 is Armegeddon's Children by Terry Brooks: "In an urban, postapocalyptic United States, Knights of the Word battle the Void."

At #16 is Fool Me Once by Fern Michaels: "A young woman grapples with revelations about her mother's true identity and her past."

An Apple for Agatha

Now that the weather's cooler, cuddle up with your favorite Agatha Christie mystery in celebration of her birthday today, September 16. Christie, born in Devon, England in 1890, was most famous for her Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple novels. By the time of her death in 1976, she had written over 100 novels and was the best selling English novelist in history.

While reading, grab an apple in celebration of "International Eat An Apple Day." There are so many varieties of Johnny Appleseed's favorite fruit that even just in Michigan, there are many to choose from like the rare Arkansas Black apple that originated in Missouri.

The Library has many books on apples. Two new ones are Best Apples to Buy and Grow published by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the charming picture book by Swedish writer, Gorel Kristina Naslund, Our Apple Tree in which two elfin children descibe the life cycle of an apple tree.

Willie Nelson- what a voice

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Willie Nelson's music was featured recently 9-4-06 on the NPR show FRESH AIR. You'll be glad to know that Country music singer and songwriter Willie Nelson's newest book is The Tao of Willie: A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart. Nelson, performing 50 years plus, has recorded 250 albums and appeared in 25 films. Willie is a national treasure with a voice that really speaks to the listener. I just hope to someday see him (he's now 73) in a live concert.

Mitten, Mitten. Who Will Get The Mitten?

Every year the Children's Services Division of the Michigan Library Association gives the Mitten Award to a children's book that a committee of youth services librarians deemed best of the year.
The 2005 Mitten Award Committee has announced its list of finalists. The winner will be chosen from this list and announced at the MLA Fall Conference on October 12, 2006.

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach
Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff
The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going
Punk Farm by Jarrett Krosoczka
Confessions of a Closet Catholic by Sarah Littman
Hidden Child by Isaac Millman
Zen Shorts by Jon Muth
Song of the Water Boatman by Joyce Sidman
Harry Sue by Sue Stauffacher
Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson
Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel

Which one do you think deserves The Mitten?

It's Roald Dahl Day today!

Did you know that Roald Dahl was born on this day in 1916? To celebrate what would have been the author's 90th birthday the UK is holding the first ever Roald Dahl Day! Some of Roald Dahl's most famous books include The Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, and Fantastic Mr. Fox. Dahl also recounted hilarious tales from his childhood in Boy: Tales of Childhood.

If you would like to learn more about this famous author, check out the author's official website, the Roald Dahl Museum or the Roald Dahl Foundation.

The Illusionist

Edward Norton (Fight Club and The Italian Job), stars in a new movie generating a lot of Oscar buzz. In The Illusionist (based on a Steven Millhauser short story, Eisenheim the Illusionist, from his collection, The Barnum Museum: Stories), Norton plays Eisenheim, a magician in Vienna in the early 1900s who uses his tricks to woo the lovely Sophie (Jessica Biel) who lives in high society’s stratosphere. Rich in atmospheric detail and 'things are not what they seem' nuances, The Illusionist is old fashioned cinematic entertainment at its best.

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