The 2017 TTT nominees have been announced! The TTT are announced every year on the Thursday of National Library Week (April 9-15). Check out the video below featuring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson, stars of “Everything Everything,” the new movie hitting theaters later this year and based on the best-selling YA novel by Nicola Yoon.
A total of 26 books were chosen by members of teen book groups from fifteen schools and public libraries in the U.S. Click on “2017 TTT Nominees” for a list of titles.
2017 TTT Nominees.
The Rodgers Memorial Library carries many of these titles. Click on the title to access the book in our catalog:
- Passenger, by Alexandra Bracken
- Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare
- Truthwitch, by Susan Dennard
- Don’t Get Caught, by Kurt Dinan (for the record: Hilarious)
- We Will Not Be Silent, by Russell Freedman
- Genius: The Game, by Leopoldo Gout
- The Diabolic, by S. J. Kincaid
- Starflight, by Melissa Landers
- Heartless, by Marissa Meyer
- All We Have Left, by Wendy Mills
- This is Where It Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp
- If I Was Your Girl, by Meredith Russo
- Scythe, by Neal Shusterman
- The Sun Is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon (One of the best books ever. I cried. The audio version is also one of the best book recordings for YA.)
In 2014 I became addicted to National Public Radio’s (NPR) new podcast “Serial.” The show’s premise was simple: Choose one story to thoroughly investigate, and broadcast the findings on a weekly basis over 12 weeks.
The freshman podcast’s first story was the 1999 unsolved murder of high school senior Hae Min Lee, a student at Woodmore High School in Baltimore, Maryland, whose body was found underneath a pile of leaves in nearby Leakin (pronounced “Lincoln”) Park. Her former boyfriend Adan Syed was arrested and, despite his claims of innocence, at age 19 was found guilty of Lee’s murder. Syed was convicted and sent to the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland, where he has been for 17 years.
(The Huffington Post compiled a series of pictures related to the podcast, including pictures of Lee and Syed, here.)
Due to the enormous popularity of the podcast and to the fact that Syed’s attorney failed to interview a key witness, Syed, now 37 years old, earned a new trial. Read more about the status of the new trial here, here, and here.
The newly published book Adnan’s Story:The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial, written by family friend Rabia Chaudry, presents new key evidence that the author maintains dismantles the State’s case against Syed, and introduces a potential new suspect.
Access the book in our catalog by clicking on the image above, or by clicking here.
“The Radius of Us,” by Marie Marquardt, give us the stories of Gretchen and Phoenix, told in alternating chapters by each of the protagonist’s point of view. Starred review here.
“The Bitter Side of Sweet: A Novel,” by Tara Sullivan, is the story of fifteen-year-old Amadou and his little brother Seydou, both who end up as forced labor on a cacao plantation in the Ivory Coast. Upon meeting Khadija, who fights every day to get away, the brothers plot and execute their escape. Starred review here.
“Windwitch” (Witchlands series, vol. 2), by Susan Dennard, the sequel to “Truthwitch,” continues with Prince Merik (Windwitch) attempting to locate his sister after he’s left for dead after his ship explodes.
“Uprooted: the Japanese American Experience During World War II,” by Albert Marrin, a National Book Award Finalist, chronicles the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II; the book is published in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
“Jazz Day: the Making of a Famous Photograph,” by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Francis Vallejo, tells the story, in verse and picture, how graphic designer Art Kane set about to photographing a group of influential jazz musicians in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. Review here.
“Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific” by Deborah Hopkinson, compiles testimonies, personal stories, and photographs to chronicle the lives of members of the US Submarine Force as they waged a war as the “frontline warriors on a liquid battlefied.” Gripping and compelling, and a must-read for researchers and history buffs. Review here.
“Holding Up the Universe” by Jennifer Niven – see the trailer here – tells the story of Libby, a previously overweight home-schooled girl, and Jack, a student with face blindness, and their love story. “Flying Lessons & Other Short Stories” features a wide range of cultural fiction by some of YA’s most prolific authors: Kwame Alexander (“The Crossover“), Walter Dean Myers (“Sunrise over Fallujah“), Jacqueline Woodson (“Another Brooklyn“), and Grace Lin (“Where the Mountain Meets the Moon“). “Because of the Sun” by Jenny Torres Sanchez introduces us to Dani, whose mother has been suddenly killed. Dani is sent to an aunt she doesn’t know in New Mexico, and begins a journey of discovery and friendship with Paolo, a boy who seems to understand her pain. Finally, our Manga collection increases with the addition of volumes 9 and 10 of Assassination Classroom.
Fresh off her gold-medal wins at the Rio 2016 Olympics, gymnast Simone Biles takes you through her gymnastics career in her new autobiography “Courage to Soar,” beginning with her early childhood in foster care, followed by being adopted by her grandparents, and showing off the mad skills that has made her one of the most talented and medaled athletes in history.
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series continues with “Double Down.” Same with Dork Diaries, with “Tales From a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy.” Another epic read: “The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever,” by Jeff Strand, about budding filmmaker Justin, who sets out to make great cinema, but ends up, well….the clue is in the title.
Dan Howell and Phil Lester, avoiders of human contact and direct sunlight (much like real teens), travel the world bring us this collection of exclusive, funny and intimate photos in their photo diary “Dan & Phil Go Outside.”
Click on the image above or the title below to access the record in our catalog. Books listed in alpha order by author’s last name. Enjoy!!
We’ve received a variety of nonfiction books on varied topics, including shuttle spacecrafts, 3-D Printing (paving the way for our soon-to-be-here 3-D Printer!), and the brain.
Click on the title or the image to access the record in our catalog. (Books are listed below alphabetically by author’s last name.)
- The Brain and Spinal Cord in 3D, by Jack Becker and Chris Hayhurst
- The Arab Spring, by Valerie Bodden
- Information Technology (STEM in Current Events series), by John Csiszar
- 3-D Printing, by Hal Marcovitz
- Black Ops and Other Special Missions of the U. S. Navy Seals, by Simone Payment
- Black Ops and Other Special Missions of the U. S. Air Force Combat Control Team, by Peter Ryan
- Strategic Inventions of the Vietnam War, by Cathleen Small
- Shuttles and Space Missions (Discoveries in Space Science series); Giles Sparrow, Judith John, and Chris McNab, eds.
Tech girls rule! I’m a huge proponent of promoting computer science careers to girls – evidenced by our weekly “Girls Who Code” club (every Monday at 3pm), and my determination to build on my beginner coding skills by taking courses in programming (“while” or “for” loops, anyone?). We recently acquired two volumes from Careers for Tech Girls book series: Technology and Engineering. Code away, ladies.
Any student thinking of pursuing a career in trade can read on how to become a carpenter or an electrician. Also, be sure to bone up on “Teen Guide to Credit and Debt,” which informs kids on the dangers of credit cards, the dangers of debt, and how to save and invest wisely.
Click on the title or image to access the record in our catalog. Books are listed alphabetically by author’s last name.