Reviews and Blog Posts: ya

The wrap-up list

by Steven Arntson

DPL Rating:
4

Gabriela has received a letter from her Death, Hercule. She has one week left to live, and not much she can do about it. She is allowed to submit a wrap-up list, things she'd like to do before she goes. She can also ask for a Pardon, which she'll only...

Silhouette of a sparrow

by Molly Beth Griffin

DPL Rating:
4

It's the 1920s, and Garnet's mom has her life planned out for her. She's no longer allowed to pursue her passion, tromping through the forest looking for birds--she must learn to be a proper lady so that she can get married and take care of her home, husband, and children....

October mourning : a song for Matthew Shepard

by Lesléa Newman

DPL Rating:
5

Newman describes this book as an historical novel in verse. In the introduction, she talks about being scheduled as a speaker for Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming in October, 1998, just days after the brutal attack on Matthew Shepard in Laramie. Newman decided to attend the event, ...

Gone, Gone, Gone

by Hannah Moskowitz

DPL Rating:
4

Told in alternating voices, this is the story of Lio and Craig, of dealing with loss and of finding each other. Lio was a "cancer kid"--he and his twin brother both had leukemia when they were 8. Lio survived. His twin didn't. Lio has survivor's guilt, and his family didn't...

Starting from here

by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

DPL Rating:
4

Colby is 16, and she's known a lot of loss in her life. Her mother died a few years ago, and her dad is home from his cross country trucking job only a few times a month. Her girlfriend dumped her for a guy. She's not doing well in school....

October is Anti-Bullying Month--Are You Ready to Take a Stand?

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October is Anti-Bullying Month. If you are a teen, kid, parent, teacher, or if you interact with any of these people, bullying probably has affected you somehow.

Bullying can take many forms, from teasing and spreading rumors about someone to physically hurting to exclusion to anonymous cyberbullying. Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever bullied someone? Have you ever stood by and not said something while someone was being bullied? Have you ever spoken up for someone?

The more we all educate ourselves about what bullying is, what the causes are, and what we can do about, the more safe our schools, gyms, streets, and cyberspace will be.

Safekeeping

by Karen Hesse

DPL Rating:
4

YA dystopias are still a hot genre, and this book is a dystopia, but a much, let's say, quieter, one. There's no love triangle. There's much less violence than in many of these books. This is an introvert's dystopia. Radley flies back from the orphanage in Haiti where she has...

Lambda Literary Awards Finalists Announced!

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The finalists for the 24th annual Lambda Literary Awards were recently announced, celebrating the best in GLBTQ literature in 24 categories. Winners will be announced on June 4.

Here are some of the finalists that are owned by the Denver Public Library. For the complete list, visit the awards web site. Check WorldCat for Interlibrary Loan possibilities for titles not available locally!

Lesbian Debut Fiction

The Girls Club, by Sally Bellerose, Bywater Books

Are You Ready for The Hunger Games?

The Hunger Games Movie Companion

The Hunger Games movie opens Friday, March 23! Are you ready?? What are you doing to celebrate?

Teens and adults alike have been captivated by Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy. If you haven't had enough of the Hunger Games books, and want more books with similar themes, check out the If You Like The Hunger Games page on DPL's Teen Website, eVolver! I recently did a poll of my colleagues who enjoyed The Hunger Games for their ULTIMATE Hunger Games read-a-like.

James Tiptree Jr. Award Announced!

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The James Tiptree Jr. Award is a literary award given annually to science fiction or fantasy (novels, novellas, short stories) that expands or explores our understanding of gender. The award is named after Alice B. Sheldon, who wrote under the male name James Tiptree Jr. in order to be more accepted by publishers of science fiction.

While some of these books/stories may not be in the Denver Public Library's collection, they may be worth seeking out if you are interested in issues of gender in science fiction and fantasy. Please note all the teen books on the list--several of which were on my favorite reads of 2011 list!

The 2011 Tiptree Award Winner is: Redwood and Wildfire by Andrea Hairston (Aqueduct Press, 2011)

The Honor List includes:

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