OYAN Review: Cat Winters Visits Cedar Mill Library

This post is an article from the Winter 2018 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Mark Richardson at the Cedar Mill Community Library.

On Novemer 8th, author Cat Winters visited the Cedar Mill Library to discuss The Steep and Thorny Way and her new book, Odd and True. There were nearly thirty teens in attendance, and some of them had read everything she had written. Cat went through her writing process in detail regarding The Steep and Thorny Way, an historical fiction book set in Oregon about a biracial girl investigating her father’s death in the 1920s. She said that the book was inspired by Hamlet.

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Tween Reads Booklist

This booklist [pdf] comes from Deschutes Public Library and features recommended reads (prose novels and graphic novels) for tweens in grades 4-7.

Booked by Kwame Alexander
Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John Anderson
Three boys are dismayed when their teacher falls ill and leaves for the rest of the school year, a situation that compels them to share their stories while cutting class and journeying across town together on a fateful day.

Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi
While practicing for their next baseball game, thirteen-year-old friends Rabi, Miguel, and Joe discover that the activities of the local meat- packing plant have caused cows to turn into zombies.

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Call for Newsletter Articles

Have you pulled off a great program, built an effective partnership, or written a great booktalk? Share your awesomeness with other Oregon library staff working with teens by submitting an article to oyanpublications@gmail.com! The deadline for inclusion in the winter newsletter is Monday, January 15th. The OYAN Review publishes quarterly, so you can always send articles, and they’ll be included in the next newsletter. We can’t wait to hear what you’ve been doing!

2018 Book Rave voting now open!

Posted on behalf of Sonja Somerville of the Salem Public Library (with slight modifications for publication on the blog):

Thank you for the MANY, MANY nominations for the 2018 Book Rave, honoring excellent books published between November 1, 2016 and October 21, 2017. It is now time for the members of OYAN to vote via Google Form (check your email for details!). The goal is to identify a varied list that includes middle grade and high school books, books of various genres, and books that represent diverse perspectives. We also try to include at least one book by an Oregon author and/or with an Oregon setting, so some of these qualities are noted along with the title and author of the books.

Please vote for any book you feel is worthy of recognition. There is a field at the end of each section for you to note particularly strong support and an opportunity to make a case of you feel that a book should NOT be included for some reason. In the event that two books by the same author are among the top vote-getters, only one book by that author will be chosen.

Voting will continue through Tuesday, January 23. The results will then be brought to the January OYAN meeting for further discussion.

Thanks for voting!

Mock Printz booktalk: Bull by David Elliott

What follows is a booktalk for a title on our Mock Printz shortlist. We hope you’ll be able to join us at the event where our winner will be chosen! This booktalk was written by Sonja Somerville of Salem Public Library.

So, sometimes people these days do freaky things and we think, “Wow … not like in the good old days.” But let me tell you something: freaky isn’t new, and the ancient Greeks have a lot of stories to prove it. Take the Minotaur for example. David Elliott did, and he wrote a fast, freaky book called Bull that tells a crazy, long-ago story from the Island of Crete about a murdering half-bull, half-man trapped in a labyrinth (a fancy word for a maze) underground.

The book is in verse, with each person telling their part of the story in a different style of poetry. You hear from Poseidon, the god of the sea, who really wants to mess with King Minos of Crete. You hear from King Minos, who gets pretty mad when his wife … uh … mates with a magical bull and births a baby with the head of a bull and the body of a man. And you hear from that baby, named Asterion, as he gets trapped in a maze and the crazy takes over in the darkness. David Elliott has added some of his own ideas to an old, old story. Now, it’s something fresh and new and super-freaky.

Mock Printz booktalk: American Street by Ibi Zoboi

What follows is a booktalk for a title on our Mock Printz shortlist. We hope you’ll be able to join us at the event where our winner will be chosen! This booktalk was written by Ian Duncanson of Beaverton City Library.

Fabiola has just arrived in the US from Haiti to settle with her cousins in a rough Detroit neighborhood. Her mom is caught in immigration limbo, and Fabiola swears that she will do whatever is necessary to help spring her so that her family can be whole again.

The opportunity arises when she makes the acquaintance of a cop who wants to collar a violent neighborhood drug dealer — but that dealer also happens to be the abusive boyfriend of one of Fabiola’s cousins. Fabiola is now torn between wanting to free her mother and the fear of violent, possibly fatal reprisals for snitching. On top of that, she’s navigating the typical teenage pressures of a new school and a fresh romance with a boy from the neighborhood. She sees signs of her native Vodou in everyday people and occurrences and hopes that the spirits will protect her as she decides whether or not to help the police and her mother when doing so may very well mean her death.

Mock Printz booktalk: The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

What follows is a booktalk for a title on our Mock Printz shortlist. We hope you’ll be able to join us at the event where our winner will be chosen! This booktalk was written by Kristy Kemper Hodge of Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

Just when Amrita’s life is starting to get interesting, everything changes. Sure, she’d always had a doting father, a loving lady’s maid who’s almost like the mother she never knew, and a best friend who shares her luxurious life in her father’s palace. But she’s beginning to notice her best friend in a whole new way when a rival king suddenly appears at the palace … and no one is sure what the king’s intentions are. Soon it becomes clear that he intends to claim Amrita as a wife, whether she wills it or not. And this king takes what he wants when he can’t get it willingly.

Chaos ensues as the rival families clash, and Amrita finds herself on the run with only a stranger as companion: Thala, a slave girl brought along as a gift by the enemy king. Amrita and Thala must outrun and outsmart, as well as out-muscle, the vicious soldiers who are after them as the girls try to navigate an unknown realm. Together Amrita and Thala embark on a journey full of dangers, where they must learn to trust others and themselves if they are to survive against all odds.

Will Thala’s ability to see into the future help or hinder them? What does it mean when Amrita’s true identity is called into question? Can they make it to a far-off locale where immortal helpers may assist them … when no one actually knows where those helpers are? Are their fates pre-destined, or are they in command of their own lives? What will it cost for them to find their way?

To discover what happens to Amrita, Thala, and the worlds they care about most, check out The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana, a lush new fantasy set in a land similar to a fantastical India.