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?


‘Tis The Season of Giving!


Okay, Bits and Bramblers, we’ve already talked about how we’re in the holiday spirit, right? With the shopping and the decking the halls and the gifts? Well…now let’s talk about the other part of the holiday: giving back. After all, there are a few easy (and awesome) ways to give back to those in need this holiday season.

First, there’s one of my all-time favorite sites: Free Rice. If you haven’t used the site before, here’s how it works: you pick a subject–anything from English Vocabulary to Human Anatomy–and you answer trivia questions. If you’re right, you automatically donate ten grains of rice. The more questions you answer correctly, the more rice you donate. It’s a win/win/win: you get to show off how smart you are, you get to learn new things to impress your family, friends, and teachers, and you donate rice to those in need.

And speaking of those in need, it’s hard not to think about the tragedy that happened last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School-and it’s especially hard not to think about the victims, their families, and their friends. If you’d like to make a donation–and you have your parent or guardian’s permission–consider the United Way of Western Connecticut. They’ve set up the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which will provide support services to the families and the community that needs them.

It’s strange, isn’t it? With everything that’s happened, the world can seem like a very dark and very sad place. But there’s one surefire way to make it brighter–and that’s helping people. After all…it is the season of giving. So wherever you are, Bits and Bramblers, HAVE A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON.

And because we could all use a little laughter, here’s the Santa Claus…soap dispenser…drowning in…pudding, with a crazy legs…snowman. (It’ll make you laugh. Just trust me on this one.)
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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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Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaapy (Early) Thanksgiving!


It’s that time of year again, Bits and Bramblers! It’s time for parades, turkey, stuffing, and pie. It’s shopping in the wee hours of the morning, and eating leftovers in your PJs. But more important than that—than any of that—it’s time to remember all the things we’re thankful for. And here at the library, we have a lot to be thankful for this year.

For starters, we’re thankful for all of our materials—our books, movies, music, and more—because we can lend them to everyone for all kinds of reasons, whether you have to do some research for a big paper, or if you just want to have some snacks and watch a movie. But you know what we’re the most thankful for? In the entire world? We’re thankful for you.
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We’re thankful that you visit us here at the library, that you come to programs, and that you’re…well…you. So thank you for that. And you know what else we’re thankful for? We’re thankful for our traditions, like sharing this awesomely goofy video with you every Thanksgiving. It’s always funny, Bits and Bramblers. It’s. Always. Funny.
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…See? Told you. Always funny. Now…whatever you do this Thanksgiving, whether it involves turkey and pie, or shopping and hanging out in your PJs, have a VERY SAFE AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We love you!



Altered States


Remember last week, Bits and Bramblers? Election Day? There were tons of maps, of all fifty states, all over every television and the internet. But here’s the thing…what if there were a blank map of the U.S.? Could you, say…put Delaware in the right spot? Or Kansas? Well…you’re about to get your chance.

Play the Know Your States game for your chance to drop the states in the right spot. Should you…let’s say, put Arkansas in the wrong spot, the game will not only correct you–it will tell you how many miles off you were. And once you’ve placed all fifty states, it will give you the average distance in miles you were off, along with how many states you got “perfect” and how long it took you to play.

Think you’re a genius at geography? Well, here’s your chance…start playing, and PLACE THOSE STATES! And then brag about how awesome your scores are, and challenge your friends and family to play. You could even try to bribe your Social Studies teacher to give you extra credit (sorry, Bits and Bramblers…I can’t promise that one will work.)

Ooooh…and if you need a refresher? Check out this classic video from Animaniacs. Not only will Wakko Warner point out the states on the map, he’ll also show you the capitals (and why not add that to your bragging rights, huh?)
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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!