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Milwaukee County Teen Book Award Voting Ends March 1!

This is just a reminder to get your votes in now for the Milwaukee County Teen Book Award!


You can still vote at the ballot box in the YA section of the Library. You can also email your vote to It’s probably too late to mail your ballot in, so these two options are the only way to vote before it’s too late!

Still feel like you don’t know enough to vote? Remember, even if you only read one title, you can vote for that book! You can also check out great reviews of all 15 titles over at the MCTBA blog.

Voting ENDS Friday, March 1.


Best of 2012

The new year is off to a roaring start, but there is still time to pause and think about the best of YA lit in 2012! In fact, there’s never a better time to think about the best books of the year than early January. The Youth Media Awards – a series of book awards including the Newbery and Caldecott medals – are named every January and Milwaukee County Teen Book Award voting is also underway.

If you’re like me, you might find yourself wondering what awesomeness you missed during the previous year. No matter how hard you try, you’re bound to miss some of the best books just because they’re always checked out, you’re busy finishing a series you’re in love with, or you’re on a genre kick and just can’t get out of it. It’s not too late! The wordle above is a really fun look at the most talked-about YA books published in the previous year. Take a look, see which ones you haven’t heard of, and get reading. BONUS: many of these are also nominees for the MCTBA, so the more you read, the better you can vote!

MCTBA 2013 nominees announced!

The list of 15 nominees for the 2013 Milwaukee County Teen Book Award is here! Nominees include some books that have been popular here in Shorewood, such as The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Be sure to vote for your favorite before March 1, 2013. Remember, you don’t have to read all of them to be able to vote. If you read one and you liked it, why not make it your choice for the award!

Ashes by Ilsa Bick

Alex is hiking in the woods when an electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex must survive in this new world, learning who can be trusted and who is no longer human. For all of you post-apocalyptic fans!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Diagnosed with stage IV thyroid cancer, Hazel has always known her fate. But when she meets Augustus Waters at a cancer support group, Hazel struggles to change her outlook on life and love. This is a laugh-out-loud funny read, true to John Green’s style, yet also a deeply sad book.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

In a tale full of dragons and royal scandal, Seraphina is a strong willed young lady who uses her musical talents as a distraction for her own dark secret. Sure to become a new fantasy favorite!

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The day that Rory Deveaux arrives in London is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city. Rory is the only one who saw the prime suspect – and now Rory has become his next target. This play on the Jack the Ripper story is as thrilling as it is magical.

Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl

17-year-old Althea must marry well in order to support her family and maintain their ancient castle. When the perfect bachelor arrives in her tiny town she thinks they may finally be saved, except that his annoying business partner keeps getting in the way!

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

Tired of his parents’ fighting and being bullied at school, Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but a summer in Arizona with his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

In the 15th-century kingdom of Brittany, Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts – and a violent destiny.

Legend by Marie Lu

Day is the most wanted criminal in the Republic. June is its most valuable asset. When Day is accused of killing June’s brother, she will stop at nothing to hunt him down – but what if everything she thought she knew was a lie? Bonus: the sequel, Prodigy, is coming soon!

Boy 21 by Matthew Quick

Finley’s life is basketball, so when he’s asked to befriend a nationally ranked player at the same position, he’s unsure of what to do. Events from both boys past start to surface and shape their uncertain futures.

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

Peter’s life as a baseball star is over, and now he needs to find something else to do. Of course, he can’t tell his best friend he’ll never play again, just like he can’t tell his parents about his grandfather’s forgetfulness.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

EPIC ALERT! Puck Connolly is the first girl to ever attempt the race. Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. But can they control the deadly water horses long enough to survive? Check out Stiefvater’s other 2012 release, The Raven Boys: Book 1.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Karou was raised by monsters. Her life as an art student in Prague is constantly disrupted by horned chimaera Brimstone’s mysterious errands to foreign cities. But when black handprints appear burnt into Brimstone’s doorways, coinciding with mysterious sightings of fiery angels, Karou is about to lose everything – and gain a whole new world. The sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight, is now out!

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

A wireless operator during WWII, Verity is a spy and master of deception – and a Nazi prisoner. In exchange for Allied wireless codes, she is allowed to live one day for each new piece of the truth. But as Verity’s story, and the story of her friendship with pilot Maddie, is slowly revealed, the truth is not always what it seems.

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

In and out of hospitals for a life-threatening illness, sixteen-year-old Cam spends the summer with her family in Promise, Maine where her mother hopes the town’s mystical healing qualities will save her.

How to Save a Life by Sarah Zarr

Jill’s mother is adopting a child from a pregnant teen after the death of her father. Mandy is 19 and running away from the life she knows to give her unborn child a better life than she had. Both girls will need to face their pasts to find the family they need now.