Monthly Archives: September 2012

Rave: The Drowned Cities

The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi

 

I read Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi last year (note: I have to look up how to spell his name literally every time I want to talk about him. I always misremember it as Bacaluigi.). I wasn’t expecting to like it; it sounded very grim and dark and I don’t generally go for such bleakness. But it won the 2011 Printz award, so I felt like I had to read it so other librarians wouldn’t judge me. (Teens, adults sometimes have to read books they don’t want to read, too.) So I read it. It’s well done, if you like very dark dystopian futures. Which I don’t. So, I probably wouldn’t have picked up the book’s recent prequel, The Drowned Cities, except for one little thing. The Drowned Cities promised more information about Tool, my favorite character from Ship Breaker.
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September New Teen Books!

Here’s what’s new in the Teen Scene this month! From true tales of arctic adventures to untrue tales of aquatic mermaid affection, these new books have something for everyone.

Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg CabotSilhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth GriffinTilt by Ellen HopkinsA Bride's Story by Kaoru MoriFathomless by Jackson PearceConfessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson

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Back to (Magic) School

Still waiting on your Hogwarts letter? Me, too.

In the meantime, here are some books you can try about kids learning magic and schools that are way different than New Albany High School.

The Merlin Prophecy by Meg CabotSo You Want to be a Wizard by Diane DuaneA Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuinAkata Witch by Nnedi OkoraforSandry's Book by Tamora PierceThe Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

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