England had knights with their own brand of chivalry, while Japan had bushi or samurai and their code of honor. Samurai Rising is the true-story of Minamoto Yoshitsune, one of the most famous samurai who lived during 12th century Japan, a time of political strife and short life spans. Danger surrounded Minamoto’s family and young Minamoto was placed in a Buddhist monastery in the mountains far from harm.
Melissa de la Cruz
If you are excited about the musical Hamilton, you are sure to like this book. This is the love story of Alexander Hamilton and Eliza. This book is fiction, but it does have some historical accuracy.
SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens and starting April 27, 2017 you can download two complete audiobook mp3s every week! Titles are delivered through the OverDrive app (which you may already be familiar with if you borrow eBooks and audio eBooks from Denver Public Library). Download the app in advance to whichever device you anticipate listening on and be ready to go!
Maya Angelou said "A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim." Nora Ephron said "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." Coco Chanel said "A girl should be two things: who and what she wants." Mae West said "A dame that knows the ropes isn't likely to get tied up." Emma Watson said "I don't want other people to decide who I am. I want to decide that for myself."
Women are awesome.
The winner of the 2016 Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award is The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester. The winning title was revealed at the 2017 Colorado Council International Reading Association (CCIRA) annual conference on February 2, 2017.
Back in April, I picked up the book, well an audio eBook actually, Delirium. And when I say picked up, I downloaded it to my phone via the Overdrive app. I know it might be hard to sell this series, as I have heard recently, many teens are not that into dystopian novels. I get it. What I am trying to share with you is the wonderful resource of Overdrive.
We've rounded up some of our favorite books of the year (so far) to give you some gift ideas for book-loving friends and family!
The Serpent King by Jeff Zenter
The son of a Pentecostal preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self.
Every year a teen book is turned into a movie. This year has seen a lot of great young adult books made into movies, including The 5th Wave and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. 2017 will be no exception to the rule. Many great novels are set to be released as movies but there is still time to read!
Last week was Teen Read Week. This is a national event dedicated to encouraging teens to read for the fun of it. Alongside Teen Read Week, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) also had voting open for Teens' Top Ten, which allows teens to vote for their favorite book from the previous year. Check out a list of nominees here. Though Teen Read Week has ended, you can continue to read for fun all year long.