2012’s Best Teen Books


Is it The Fault in Our Stars? Or Such Wicked Intent? Maybe Because It Is My Blood?

What are the best teen books of 2012?

Everybody has their favorites…and now we’re sharing ours. Your favorite librarians have picked their favorite books, and now we’re ready to share them with you.

Now…without further ado, here are our FAVORITE TEEN BOOKS OF 2012:
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So…what do you think? Did your favorites make the list? If not, let us know…make your case in the comments!



What Are 2012’s Best Teen Books?


Let It Snow, Let It Snow…Let It Snow?


It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays, isn’t it, Bits and Bramblers? What with everyone decking their halls, shopping for presents, baking cookies, and bundling up in warm coats, because it’s cold outside. Cold, but not snowing.

Which I am okay with, really. I’m one of those “only wants snow at the end of December and then never again” kind of people. I mean, snow’s great when it means you get to miss school, but…when you have to walk in it? Or worse yet, drive in it? Not so fun.

There are some kinds of snow I don’t mind, though. Like, let’s say, the kind of snow you find in books. If you’re in the holiday spirit and missing the white stuff, check out Let It Snow. It’s three short stories written by some of the coolest teen authors out there—Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle, and if you’re looking to curl up on the couch with a blanket, this is the book for you.

Find out more about the book by watching our book trailer…and let it snow! (Maybe. Not really.)
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Looking for a Good Scare?


And why wouldn’t you be, Bits and Bramblers? After all, it is Halloween, right? And if you don’t get a little scared and eat a bunch of candy, well then…what’s the point?

Luckily, your library can help you there. We have tons of books, TV shows, and movies that will make your heart pound and send shivers down your spine. In a good way, obviously.

Like Such Wicked Intent. Remember way back in June when I told you that you should read This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel? Well, I’m just going to assume you’ve read it, so you know that it’s a prequel to the Mary Shelley classic, Frankenstein. And you know we meet a young Victor Frankenstein, and see him do some pretty…er..grim things to save the life of his twin brother, Konrad. And you know the book ended on a liiiiiitle bit of a cliffhanger.

Well, the new sequel, Such Wicked Intent picks up right where we left off, and it might be the perfect book to read this Halloween. It’s the kind of book you can get lost in–the kind of book that when someone innocently asks you a question, you end up jumping and maybe half-screaming. Probably. I wouldn’t know. That didn’t happen to me last week. Nope, that didn’t happen at all.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaanyway, grab some candy, turn on the lights, and check out Such Wicked Intent…and have a SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN, BITS AND BRAMBLERS!
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It’s Spine-Tingling…It’s Heart-Pounding…and it…it…


IT CAME FROM THE LIBRARY! (*terrifying and slightly cheesy scream here*)

Haaaaaappppy Teen Read Week, Bits and Bramblers! That’s right, it’s an entire week set aside just to celebrate TEENS and READING, so…what’s not to like?

This year’s theme is “IT CAME FROM THE LIBRARY,” which is pretty appropriate, don’t you think? You know, since it is October, when we start thinking of scary stories. And trust me, there are some pretty awesomely creepy stories lurking around every corner at your library. Seriously… (*scary ominous tone*) you never know WHAT you’ll find at the library. There are endless possibilities. (*evil laugh*)

So be sure to visit your faaaaaavorite library location this week, and find out see what we have in store for you. It’s terrifying…it’s mesmerizing…IT CAME FROM THE LIBRARY!
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Celebrate Banned & Challenged Books Week!


It’s Banned and Challenged Books Week again, Bits and Bramblers! And you know how much I love banned and/or challenged books. I want to protect them. I want to make sure that everyone has the right to read them.

And that’s one of the reasons I love the library so much—because we do protect challenged and banned books. You can find them all on our shelves…so why not head to your faaaaavorite library location and pick one up today? Celebrate the right to read at your library!
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Ahhhhhhh…another Teen Summer Library Program has ended. But you did a great job, Bits and Bramblers…you read tons of pages, and earned amazing prizes JUST FOR READING.

You are made of awesome, Bits and Bramblers. You are the best.

But just because the program’s over doesn’t mean that we don’t have cool things planned for you here at the library. We have a ton of things planned for you this fall. Check it out!
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Awesome new books? Teen Advisory Board? Teen Read Week? CUPCAKES?! We’ve got sooooo much stuff planned for all you Made-of-Awesome Bits and Bramblers…so be sure to keep visiting your faaaaaavorite library!



Read This Now: Chomp


Are you feeling nostalgic, Bits and Bramblers? After all, another Teen Summer Library Program is nearly over. So many of you have registered, earned awesome prizes for reading, and you’re eagerly awaiting the grand prize drawing to see if you won a Kindle Touch. Good times, Bits and Bramblers. Good times.

But you know the best part? It’s not over yet. If you haven’t read your 1000 pages, you have until July 28th to turn in your entry forms at your faaaaaaavorite library. And you know what else is awesome? If you haven’t registered yet…technically, you can still finish sign up and finish–assuming you can read 1000 pages by JULY 28TH (and it anyone can do it, Bits and Bramblers, you can. You’re ridiculously smart. Also made-of-awesome. That’s important.)

If you’re a few pages short, I can help–in fact, I can help you earn exactly 290 pages. All you have to do is read Chomp, by Carl Hiaasen (Seriously…falling iguanas. Alligators. TV cameras. What’s not to like?)

We’re in the final stretch, Bits and Bramblers…check out this book trailer, and then get reading. After all, you have TWO DAYS left to earn your prizes!
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READ THIS NOW: DYING TO KNOW YOU


So…we’ve talked about the Teen Summer Reading Program, right Bits and Bramblers? Bunches of you signed up for it, after all–I mean, over 1300 of you have signed up. And bunches of you have already earned your $5 gift card to Barnes and Noble, and your $8 gift card to Target, so you’re automatically entered in the grand prize drawing to win a Kindle Touch.

Now…it’s true that time is running out. After all, the program ends on July 28th. But–BUT–you still have time to register, if you haven’t already. And you still have time to read 1000 pages to complete the program (because you’re awesome, and you love to read, right? Right.) All you have to do is head to your faaaaaavorite library location and sign up.

I’ll even help you knock some pages off that 1000 page total288 pages, to be exact. All you have to do is read Dying to Know You. Check out this book trailer:
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…So what are you waiting for, Bits and Bramblers? There’s still time! If you haven’t already, head to your faaaaavorite library location, and register for the Teen Summer Reading Program today!



READ THIS NOW: CURVEBALL: THE YEAR I LOST MY GRIP


What’s your favorite part of summer, Bits and Bramblers? The warm weather? Summer Vacation from school? Swimming? Summer Vacation from school? Lemonade and Picnics? Summer Vacation from school? The Teen Summer Reading Program, which lets you earn cool prizes just for reading? That you still have time to register for at your faaaaavorite library location? It’s Summer Vacation from school, isn’t it?

But let’s talk about the Teen Summer Reading Program for just a second…because I can help you knock some pages off that 1000 page total–exactly 304 pages. And you can do it by reading a book about one of the best parts about summer, baseball. It’s Jordan Sonnenblick’s awesome book, Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip.

So check out this book trailer, head to your faaaaaaavorite library location, ask about the Teen Summer Reading Program, and read Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip today!
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