2015 Stars

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Hi Everyone,

At the last meeting Linda Williams talked about her massive book list of starred reviews. Here they are:

Compilations of 2015 books which received 2 or more starred reviews (updated periodically)

~ Jennifer


Happy Teen Read Week: Teens Top 10

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In case you didn’t see it, here’s the list!

1. The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster)
2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
3. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (Simon & Schuster)
4. I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins)
5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin)
6. Matched by Ally Condie (Penguin)
7. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson (Little, Brown & Company)
8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (HarperCollins)
9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins)
10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (Penguin)

Nutmeg 2012 List

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Here’s the latest news from the Nutmeg Committee:
Well, it’s officially February 1st, and time to spread the news about the next year’s Nutmeg nominee titles to your students! Please help us by recommending them and consider discussions and programs using them with the kids and teens.
We are extending the 2011 title voting until February 4th due to the snow days. We appreciate your efforts to collect the votes for us.

2012 Intermediate Nutmeg List of Nominees:
“Deep and Dark and Dangerous” by Mary Downing Hahn
“Dying to Meet You” by Kate Klise
“Extra Credit” by Andrew Clements
“Gollywhopper Games” by Jody Feldman
“Herbert’s Wormhole” by Peter Nelson
“Key to Rondo” by Emily Rodda
“Masterpiece” by Elise Broach
“Savvy” by Ingrid Law
“Signal” by Cynthia DeFelice
“Stolen Children” by Peg Kehret

2012 Teen Nutmeg List of Nominees:
“The Compound” by S.A. Bodeen
“The Hunger Games” by Susanne Collins
“I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class
President” by Josh Lieb
“The Maze Runner” by James Dashner
“Ostrich Boys” by Keith Gray
“Pop” by Gordon Korman
“The Princess of the Midnight Ball” by Jessica Day George
“The Rock and the River” by Kekla Magoon
“Scat” by Carl Hiaasen
“Viola in Reel Life” by Adriana Trigiani


~ Jennifer

Faith Hektoen Award

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Here’s the email from Caitlin Augusta:

It is my duty and honor this year to chair the Faith Hektoen Award committee, an award given to an outstanding librarian, or a project in children’s services, which I take to include young adult service as well. We did not give this award last year, which makes it even more important that we give the award this year.

I *know each of us can think of a librarian/project in our area that deserves this, and career achievement does not mean the person *must be retiring; it can be any stage of a career. I really really would like to give the award this year, and with your help, we’ll choose an amazing recipient.

If you have someone in mind, please shoot me an email and I can send you the nomination form. (


~ Jennifer

A/YA Books: Alex Awards and a New Blog

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In light of our meeting on Friday (Booth & Dimock Memorial Library in Coventry. Get the address and directions.)

I thought you might like to see the award winners (taken from YALSA: The HUB)

YALSA has selected 10 adult books with special appeal to teen readers to receive the 2011 Alex Awards. The awards, sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust, were announced today at the 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego, Jan. 7 – 11.

The 2011 Alex Award winners are:

  • The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To” by DC Pierson, published by Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc. (ISBN 9780307474612)

  • “Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard,” by Liz Murray, published by Hyperion (ISBN 9780786868919)
  • “Girl in Translation,” by Jean Kwok, published by Riverhead Books, an imprint of the Penguin Group ( (ISBN 9781594487569)
  • “The House of Tomorrow,” by Peter Bognanni, published by Amy Einhorn Books, an imprint of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of the Penguin Group (ISBN 9780399156090)
  • “The Lock Artist,” by Steve Hamilton, published by Thomas Dunne Books for Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press (ISBN 9780312380427)
  • “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel,” by Aimee Bender, published by Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc. (ISBN 9780385501125)
  • “The Radleys,” by Matt Haig, published by Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. (ISBN 9781439194010)
  • “The Reapers Are the Angels: A Novel” by Alden Bell, published by Holt Paperbacks, a division of Henry Holt and Company, LLC (ISBN 9780805092431)
  • “Room: A Novel,” by Emma Donoghue, published by Little, Brown and Company a division of Hatchette Book Group, Inc. (ISBN 9780316098335)
  • “The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: A Novel,” by Helen Grant, published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group,  division of Random House, Inc.(ISBN 9780385344173)

“This year’s list runs the gamut of mystery, suspense, magical realism, adventure and memoir,” said Beth Gallaway, chair of the 2011 Alex Awards Committee. “Our selections are accessible to a wide range of ages, and feature a mute, a zombie slayer, a family of vampires, a Chinese American immigrant, a homeschooler, and insomniac – truly, there is something for everyone.”

The Alex Awards were created to recognize that many teens enjoy and often prefer books written for adults, and to assist librarians in recommending adult books that appeal to teens. A full list of official nominations will be available online at


Also: Here’s a blog that might be helpful: Adult Books 4 Teens from SLJ

See you Friday!

~ Jennifer