Reviews and Blog Posts: young adult

Freakboy

by Kristin Clark

Reviewer Rating:
4

This novel in verse explores gender identity through the eyes of various folks on all parts of the spectrum. Brendan never felt like a super masculine guy, but he hasn't always wanted to be a girl, either. Angel, who Brendan meets at a center for GLBT teens, befriends Brendan and...

Stained

by C. A. (Cheryl A.) Rainfield

Reviewer Rating:
3

Sarah Meadows is 17, and can't wait to have her life change. She's lived with a port wine stain on her face, and the stares and bullying that come with it, all of her life. The day she thinks she will get her first treatment for it, her dad's business...

OCD love story

by Corey Ann Haydu

Reviewer Rating:
4

OCD Love Story is a teen book with a bright pink heart on the cover.  The book seems like it would be a romance but really this book is a much more intense story about obsessive compulsive disorder.  OCD Love Story is a realistic look at a difficult problem.  The...

The Tragedy Paper

by Elizabeth LaBan

Reviewer Rating:
4

Duncan begins his senior year at the prestigious Irving School by searching for his new door room.  As a senior he now has the privilege of rooming alone and as a gift the vacating senior of the year past has left behind a gift. Not all gifts are special or...

Fat Angie

by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo

Reviewer Rating:
4

After so many years of being called Fat Angie, Angie can only think of herself this way. Years of abuse by classmates and neglect and cruelty by her family, added on to the fact that she's the only one who believes her sister, a soldier taken hostage during the Iraq...

The sweet revenge of Celia Door

by Karen Finneyfrock

Reviewer Rating:
3

Is revenge really that sweet? Join poet Celia Door during her freshman year at Hershey High. She was bullied in middle school, by one girl in particular, and she's changed her whole persona over the summer and is determined to get public, humiliating revenge on her tormentors. But then she...

Sink Your Teeth into These Vampire Books

Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

Looking for a great vampire book to sink your teeth into this Halloween? These young adult novels are bloody good. Being without a good book is really scary!

Whether you are looking for a stand-alone read or a series to be enthralled by, novels featuring vampires are incredibly diverse. Ranging from romantic to deadly, vampires are as varied as the mere mortals who read about them.

Butter

by Erin Jade Lange

Reviewer Rating:
4

Butter is so obese that he doesn't even get teased at school any more--he is invisible. He has an online relationship with Anna, who has no idea who he really is, a few friends from FitFab, where he goes every summer, and his saxophone, which he turns to for comfort...

Locus Award Finalists Announced

Welcome to Bordertown

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation recently announced the finalists for the 2012 Locus Awards. The Locus Award celebrates science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and nonfiction works related to these subjects. If you're looking for a good read, try some of these!

Science Fiction Novel:

Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey

11/22/63, Stephen King

Embassytown, China Mieville

Rule 34, Charles Stross

Teens! Get Ready for Blue Spruce Voting Time!

Did you know that the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award is voted on ONLY by teens in 6th-12th grades? Here's your chance to help decide the most popular books for middle and high school students in Colorado!

The Denver Public Library will help you vote this year starting December 1! In order to vote, you need to have read at least THREE of the nominated titles, so start now! Voting will run from December 1-31, and can be done in person at any library branch or through DPL's Teen website. Anyone in 6th-12th grade can vote! We'll post our very own DPL winner in January along with the official state winner!

The 2011 Nominees, chosen by teens all over Colorado, are:

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