YALSA’s 2008 Teens’ Top Ten

The vote is in.  More than 8,000 teens voted on this year’s winners.  Thanks go out to everyone who voted!  The 2008 Teens’ Top Ten books are:

  1. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

  2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

  4. Vampire Academy by Rachel Mead

  5. Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson

  6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

  7. The Sweet Far Thing  by Libba Bray

  8. Extras by Scott Westerfeld

  9. Before I Die  by Jenny Downham

  10. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Meet the team behind Shred America!  Hear how they skateboarded 850 miles, from Chicago to New York, watch a preview for their movie, and pick up skateboarding tips.

When: 2:00pm Sunday, September 28
Where: Niles Public Library, Large Meeting Room

Register at our website!

Visit them on MySpace.

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Illinois residents who will turn 18 by (or on) November 4 of this year is eligible to register to vote!  Register at the Niles Public Library by October 7.

Don’t know who to vote for?  Research the candidates with some help from these websites:

FactCheck: http://www.factcheck.org/ - Campaigning politicians make a lot of claims.  How do you know what to believe?  This website cuts through the B.S. to get to the truth.

MyDebates: www.MyDebates.org - MySpace page compares Obama and McCain’s positions on the issues.  Take a survey to see how your own opinions match up, and look at a map that compiles people’s choices.

FiveThirtyEight: http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/ - Who’s leading in the latest polls? Who would win the presidential election if it were held today?  Two guys collect the latest poll data to produce colorful maps that answers these questions.  Ads for both major candidates appear on this site.

YouChoose: http://www.youtube.com/youchoose - Where do the candidates stand on the issues?  View video clips that provide some insight.

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Teen Ink is looking for bloggers!

From Teen Ink:

Do you like fashion? Or music or books? Are you in the college application process, or do you have an obsession you would love to write about?

Email blog@teenink.com to apply to be a Primary Blogger for Teen Ink magazine.

If you don’t see a category there that interests you, tell us what you’d LIKE to see on the blogs.

WHY APPLY:

- You can write for an audience of millions!
- It looks GREAT on a college application or resume.
- If you want to be a writer, you’ll have a ton of writing samples and be ahead of the game.
- It’s heck-a fun!

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Fans of writers Rachel Cohn and David Levithan may want to mark October 3 in their calendars.  That’s when the movie-version  of their popular book Nick & Norah’s Infinte Playlist opens nationwide.  The movie stars Michael Cera (Superbad, Arrested Development) and Kat Dennings (ER, House Bunny).

Check out Nick & Norah‘s website to make and send a playlist of your own to your friends!

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Now that Breaking Dawn has finally debuted, what do you think?  Have you finished reading it yet?  How long did it take? Is it predictable?  Shocking?  What do you think of the ending?  Did you love it?  Hate it?

If you’ve read it, submit your review at our website for a chance to win free stuff!

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What do you think of the official teaser trailer?

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtvDSqgcmWo]

Interesting fact: You probably know Ralph Fiennes plays Voldemort.  11-year old Tom Riddle is played by Fiennes’ nephew, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin.

Update: Unfortunately, we will now have to wait until next summer for the next installment in the Harry Potter series.  Warner Brothers recently pushed the premier back to July 17, 2009.  Here’s the story: http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2008/08/news-flash-harr.html.

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