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Welcome Incoming Freshmen 2018! Here are the booklists I talked about in your 8th grade classes. — Patti Palmer, Teen Librarian
Action & Adventure Contemporary (Realistic) Fiction
Fantasy LOL! (Funny Books)
Historical Fiction Mystery / Suspense
Paranormal / Supernatural / Horror Science Fiction / Dystopian
Sports Time Travel
Graphic Novels & Manga
Looking for a good book?
Check out these lists & websites:
- YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults.
- Alex Award Winners Given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.
- Printz Award Honors excellence in literature written for young adults.
- Morris Award Honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.
- All YALSA Lists Includes books, audiobooks, graphic novels and films.
- National Book Awards Given out by the National Book Foundation.
- TeenReads.com Booklists, reviews, author info, new & forthcoming books.
- Teen Ink For teens, by teens. Includes creative writing, art, photos, reviews, and forums.
Publisher and bookstore websites just for teens
These sites include information on books & authors. Many include book trailers, author interviews on video, newsletters and contests. Many are also on social media.
- Top Ten Great Graphic Novels YALSA’s annual list. The full list of recommended graphic novels is here.
- Graphic Novel Reporter Reviews, what’s new, interviews, blog & a newsletter.
- Comic Books Database Info on characters, series, writers, artists & more. The database includes over 20,000 comic books back to 1939. (Registration required.)
- Comic Book Resources News, reviews, previews, video clips, interviews & more.
Graphic Novel Publishers’ Sites:
Anime & Manga
- Anime News Network News, anime episodes, feature articles & commentary.
- NEO Magazine Features, previews, reviews & guides for anime, manga, Asian movies and games,written from the UK, the US and Japan.
- Otaku USA Magazine Coverage of manga, anime, videogames and Japanese pop culture written from an American point of view.
Publishers and Producers Sites
- Freegal is a music service that offers over 400,000 songs from over 50 Sony-affiliated labels including Columbia, RCA, Sony Classical, and Arista. No lending period, everything that you download is yours to keep! 5 song downloads per week and no waiting lists. Apps are available for iOS and Android devices
- Hoopla is a steaming media platform that offers access to over 100,000 music albums from Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and eOne. Entire albums are streamed and there is a 7 day lending period for music. 15 item checkout limit per month and no waiting lists. Streaming movies and television shows and audiobooks are also available. Apps are available for iOS and Android devices.
- All Music Guide Comprehensive guide to all types of music. Has in-depth information on artists and albums and audio clips.
- Billboard Hot 100 The week’s most popular songs across all genres. Site also includes artist & industry information and reviews.
- Grammy Awards Site for the music industry awards.
- MTV.com Artist profiles, info on tour dates and music videos.
- Rolling Stone Articles & reviews from the magazine, plus songs & music videos.
- Spin Magazine News & articles from the magazine, plus videos.
- Hoopla is a service that offers access to thousands of popular streaming movies and television shows, music albums, and audiobooks with no waiting lists. 7 day lending period for music. 15 item checkout limit per month. Apps are available for iOS and Android devices.
- InstantFlix powered by IndieFlix is a web streaming movie service that offers thousands of award-winning shorts, feature films, and documentaries by independent filmmakers. Founded by filmmakers, IndieFlix curates the best from film festivals worldwide. No item limit or waiting lists.
- Kanopy is a video streaming platform with a collection of over 30,000 feature films and documentaries. Start by watching the Criterion Collection, Great Courses, Sundance & Oscar winners!
- All Movie Guide Latest releases, reviews, actor & director information.
- IMDB – Internet Movie Database Comprehensive movie site with news and information on those who make movies & television shows.
- Metacritic They also review music, TV shows, and video games.
- Rotten Tomatoes Movie reviews, news and information.