Archive for March, 2010


Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher


There are thirteen reasons why Hannah Baker killed herself, and Clay Jensen is one.  Two weeks after Hannah’s suicide, Clay finds a box on his front porch.  Inside are seven cassette tape and Hannah’s eerie voice.  As he starts listening, Clay learns that he must listen to the tapes and then pass them on.  If he does not do this, all of the tapes will be made public.  Clay spends the night criss-crossing town, learning about Hannah’s pain and painfully learning more about himself.  What he learns will change his life forever.


Although this book isn’t a real upper, it definitely a book that everyone should read.  This is an amazing story that shows how every action, or lack there of, can affect a person and how bullying can truly hurt people. 


Marsha is a youth services librarian at the Cliffdale Branch.  Thanks for continuing to review and send me material to post, Marsha! -Missy


The author has set up a website just for this book.  You can even listen to Hannah’s tapes…if you want to.


Just push play.


Also try these books on bullying (and OMG this wasn’t a hard list to put together – there are so many books on the topic because it’s such an important issue):

The Beckoners by Carrie Mac

Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman

Brutal by Michael Harmon

Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja

Burn by Suzanne Phillips

The Bully by Paul Langan

By the time you read this, I’ll be dead by Julie Anne Peters

Carrie by Stephen King

Chess Rumble by G. Neri, art by Jesse Joshua Watson

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Defying the Diva by D. Anne Love

Does My Head Look Big in This? Randa Abdel-Fattah

Down Sand Mountain by Steve Watkins

Endgame by Nancy Garden

Fade to Black by Alex Flinn

Freak by Marcella Fleischman Pixley

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser

Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia

Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson

Kissing the Rain by Kevin Brooks

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

Payback by Paul Langan

Shattering Glass by Gail Giles

Shooter by Walter Dean Myers

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher

CCPL&IC cardholders can request any of these titles from our catalog by clicking here.

There have always been bullies, but sometimes reading about (and talking about) the issue helps make it a little better. 

Have you read any of these books?  What did you think?  Tell us in the comments.



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Found this really cool article at the LA Times online talking about how more and more adults are catching on to all the great stuff being published for teens these days.

Just a taste:

“YA authors are able to take themselves less seriously. They’re able to have a little more fun, and they’re less confined by this idea of themselves as Very Important Artists. That paradoxically leads them to create far better work than people who are trying to win awards.”


According to [Lizzie Skurnick], who also reviews adult fiction for publications including The Times, YA books are “more vibrant” than many adult titles, “with better plots, better characterizations, a more complete creation of a world.”


“There’s some amazing, vibrant, fantastic literature in the YA venue,” said Cecil Castellucci, a young adult author who recently started the Pardon My Youth book club at Skylight Books in Los Feliz to “help people understand that YA literature is not just for young adults.”

Read the rest here:


So everybody read lots and lots of teen books, m’kay? 

Cool.  Circulation stats doubled. 

Need a  suggestion?   If you’re still into vampires, I recommend the hilarious, snarky, and oh-so-romantic Hearts at Stake: The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey

 You can also check out our After Twilight @ CCPL booklist or www.vampirelibrary.com (fair warning, this link contains both teen and adult series) for more vampy titles.



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