It's Teen Read Week where we celebrate all things YA and encourage teens to read!
This year's theme invites us to read sci-fi, fantasy, and other stories that are out-of-this-world. So, with a little help from Astronomy Picture of the Day, here are six out-of-this-world books that you can find in the Teen Room.
Click each pic to see the book in the card catalog.
For those of you who love disappearing into another world --or another version of our world, these are probably your top contenders for Teens' Top Ten 2018! Remember, voting is open from now until October 13th!
I never knew the difference between sci-fi and fantasy until I had to teach it to my sophomores. This led to lots of (fun) research, so to save you some time, I'm going to give it to you short and simple:
Fantasy is magic and mythical creatures; stuff that doesn't and couldn't exist in our world.
Sci-fi is advanced technology (i.e. genetic engineering, virtual reality), space exploration and settings (i.e. aliens), and time travel (thanks to advanced technology); stuff that could exist in the world as we know it, but doesn't because we aren't that advanced yet.
Last weekend at the Denver Comic Con, there were lots of familiar sights: panels, princesses, and superheroes.
But one thing was never-before-seen: a new award given for Excellence in Graphic Literature.
The #1 and #2 spot in the box office this past weekend were both held by African-American directors: Ava DuVernay for A Wrinkle in Time and Ryan Coogler for Black Panther. Yay for diversity!
If you, like many of those movie-goers over the past month, absolutely loved Black Panther, we've got the comic books available for you to check out in the Teen Room: YA GRN Coa.
Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett - YA F Faw
Kamzin grew up in a village on the edge of her kingdom's habitable land. Beyond are the witches' forest and Raksha, a mountain that is ridiculously tall and ridiculously dangerous to try to climb thanks to its frigid weather. But, Kamzin, an intrepid climber, joins River, the Royal Explorer, on his mission to climb Raksha, where the witches' lost city is rumored to have been. Will Kamzin and River and the rest of the time make it? Or will the biting winds and the biting monsters get them first?
Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen - YA F Van
Wren is bitter. Wren is angry. Wren is pissed. How dare she be shipped off to the Utah wilderness to camp? How dare she be forced to cooperate with her camp-mates in order to survive? This must be child abuse. But, maybe, a tiny voice that sounds like reason whispers, Wren deserves it. I mean, she has been drinking, smoking pot, lying, and stealing. Maybe this is what Wren needs to help turn her life around. I mean, her parents thought it was worth a shot since they are the ones who kindapped her in the middle of the night to send her to wilderness therapy camp.
Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale - YA F Mac
Bobby Pendragon is a normal 14 year-old boy until his Uncle Press whisks him away through time and space to a new world called Denduron. A new world that is in need of a savior, and, luckily for them, Bobby is to be that savior! Bobby will have to battle strange beings, defeat a magical tyrant, and end a dangerous revolution. Will he be up to the challenge?