Look what Teen Librarian Kay Finney has created for our reading community over at the BPL website. Here’s a direct link to the webpage on the BPL website: http://berkeleypubliclibrary.libguides.com/content.php?pid=147037. They have a great site with Research Guides, and one of the guides is for teen reading. It has booklists on genres including:
- Urban Drama
- LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning)
- Science Fiction
- Graphic Novels about history
- Historical Fiction
- This is My Story (Autobiographies)
- Teen Pregnancy and Parenting
- Love Stories
- African American Voices
- Asian American Voices
- Latino/Latina Voices
- 2010 Staff Favorites
Each section has a list of books with covers, descriptions and a direct link to the book. I don’t know how Kay could have made it any easier for us to find books! Thanks a heap, Kay! Here’s an example of what one of the genre guides looks like:
- All-star Superman – Grant Morrison
Superman is dying and has 12 tasks to complete.
- Black Hole Sun – David Macinnis Gill
On the planet Mars, 16-year-old Durango and his crew of mercenaries are hired by the settlers of a mining community to protect their most valuable resource from a feral band of marauders.
- Cherry Heaven – L. J. Adlington
War. Racism. Slavery. This dystopian novel is a companion book to The Diary of Pelly D.
- Ender in Exile – Orson Scott Card
In this direct sequel to Ender’s Game, 13-year-old Admiral Wiggin wonders why the hive queen allowed him to defeat them.
- Ex Machina. Ring Out the Old – Brian K. Vaughan
- Gardener – S. A. Bodeen
Mason falls for a beautiful but catatonic girl in the nursing home where his mother works.
- Gone – Michael Grant
In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of 14 suddenly disappears. Followed by Hunger and Lies.
- I Am Number Four – Pittacus Lore
Friendships and a girl prove distracting to a 15-year-old who has hidden on Earth for 10 years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to fight the Mogadorians who destroyed his planet, Lorien.
- Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-century America – Robert Charles Wilson
In a post-climate change America that has reverted to 19th-century technology, young Julian makes his way to the capital city of New York.
- The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
Todd Hewitt, brought up in a village of men crazed by Noise, is about to reach manhood. Followed by Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men.
- Life As We Knew It – Susan Pfeffer
A meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Followed by Dead & The Gone and This World We Live In.
- Lilith’s Brood – Octavia E. Butler
Dawn, Imago, and Adulthood Rites in one volume. The story of humanity’s unwilling merge with the Oankali. Also known as the Xenogenesis trilogy.
- Little Brother – Cory Doctorow
Set in near-future San Francisco where terrorists have bombed the Bay Bridge and BART.
- Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins
Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games – twice. Now she has agreed to become the symbol of hope and resistance – the Mockingjay. Preceded by Hunger Games and Catching Fire.
- Peeps – Scott Westerfeld
Parasite positive people (peeps) carry an ancient disease that causes vampirism. Followed by Last Days.
- The Silver Ship and the Sea – Brenda Cooper
Six altered children are abandoned and raised on a world colonized by people opposed to genetic engineering. Followed by Reading the Wind and Wings of Creation. Shelved with adult science fiction.
- Unwind – Neal Shusterman
Connor—to be unwound because he’s a troublemaker.
Lev—to be unwound because he is a Tithe.
Risa—to be unwound because she is a ward of the state.
But, they have escaped.