Teen Tech Week – Get Your Geek On!

Teen Tech Week – Get Your Geek On!

Since this is Teen Tech Week and so many of the new technologies are blocked on our computers, we thought we’d share some fun titles you might want to indulge in.  All of them have some connection to geek in all of us or technology.

A Teen’s Guide to Creating Web Pages and Blogs by Benjamin Selfridge.  A guidebook to HTML leads students step-by-step through the basic functionalities of HTML, as well as more advanced techniques which use Javascript, Flash, sound, and animation.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.  A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda’s freshman year in high school.

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci.  A collection of twenty-nine short stories about geeks.

Fat Cat by Robin Brande.  Overweight teenager Catherine embarks on a high school science project in which she must emulate the ways of hominins, the earliest ancestors of human beings, by eating an all-natural diet and foregoing technology.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen.  When Auden impulsively goes to stay with her father, stepmother, and new baby sister the summer before she starts college, all the trauma of her parents’ divorce is revived, even as she is making new friends and having new experiences such as learning to ride a bike and dating.

Video Games by Jill Hamilton.  Do video games have a positive impact on society? — How do video games affect players’ health? — Do video games portray minorities fairly?

I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle.  Denis Cooverman didn’t want to give a typical graduation speech, cherishing memories and embracing challenges and crap. So, instead, he stood up in front of his 512 class-mates and their 3,000 relatives and said some-thing really important: “I love you, Beth Cooper”. It would have been such a sweet, romantic moment. Except that: Beth, the head cheerleader, has only the vaguest idea who Denis is.

Fat Kid Rules the Worldby K.L. Going. Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.

Bill Gatesby Jeanne M. Lesinski.  A biography of the man who created Microsoft, from his childhood to his battle in court after being accused of having a monopoly in the computer industry.

Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Gothgirl by Barry Lyga.   A fifteen-year-old “geek” who keeps a list of the high school jocks and others who torment him, and pours his energy into creating a great graphic novel, encounters Kyra, Goth Girl, who helps change his outlook on almost everything, including himself.

Parrotfishby Ellen Wittlinger.  Grady, a transgendered high school student, yearns for acceptance by his classmates and family as he struggles to adjust to his new identity as a male.

For the Winby Cory Doctorow.   A group of teens from around the world find themselves drawn into an online revolution arranged by a mysterious young woman known as Big Sister Nor, who hopes to challenge the status quo and change the world using her virtual connections.

Looking for Alaskaby John Green.   Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

The Accidental Billionaires: the Founding of Facebook by Ben Mezrich.  The bestselling author of “Bringing Down the House” pens the incredible true story of the accidental creation of Facebook, and the even more amazing tale of what happened afterward–a real-life adventure filled with unimaginable wealth, sex, exotic locales, six-foot-five identical-twin Olympic rowers, and betrayal.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.  Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither knowing quite what–or who–they will find

Girl Parts by John Cusick.  The lives of David, wealthy and popular but still lonely, and Charlie, a soulful outsider, intersect when Rose, the female Companion bot David’s parents buy to treat his dissociative disorder, forms a bond with Charlie.

Txt me l8r: Using Technology Responsibilityby  Ashley Rae Harris.   Explores the pros and cons of modern techology in the lives of girls.

Flash Burnout by K.L. Madigan.  When fifteen-year-old Blake takes a picture of a random woman in the street, he soon realizes that the woman is in fact his friend Marissa’s long-lost meth-addicted mom. As Blake becomes wrapped up in the ensuing drama, he tries to stay involved and help while juggling his roles as friend to Marissa and boyfriend to another girl.

Minority Report and other Classic storiesby Philip K. Dick.   A collection of eighteen science fiction short stories features “The Minority Report,” in which Commissioner John Anderton’s clever use of “precogs,” people who can identify criminals before they can do any harm, turns against him when they identify him as the next criminal.


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