Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Middle School Writer's Cafe and Books Written By Teens.

On Monday, March 1 from 4:30-6:00 PM at Central Library, there will be a meeting of the Middle School Writers Cafe. Have fun with creative writing exercises, share work, and support each others' creative endeavors in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Bring copies of work you'd like to share.

If you're feeling like you're too young to be a novelist or just need some encouragement in the incredible abilities of young people, check out this list of books written by teens! Including some classics and best-sellers. Teens can write!

The Outsiders
by S.E. Hinton (age 16)
When it was first published in 1967, "The Outsiders" defied convention with its immediate, deeply sympathetic portrayal of Ponyboy and his struggle to find a place for himself in a difficult world. Thirty years later, it speaks to teenagers as powerfully as ever.

Teen Angst? Naaah: A Quasi-Autobiography
by Ned Vizzini (age18)
"A rock concert should be counterculture and youth-driven--not something you invite your mother to. Rock is the opposite of mothers." If this sounds like an insider observation about teen thinking, it is. Nearly 19-years-old, Vizzini shares what it's like to grow up in the 1990s. He shares in impressions of school, sports, cool students, friends, fame and more. This guide is for anyone, children and adults, who want to laugh out loud while learning about being a teen.

Within Reach: My Everest Story
by Mark Pfetzer (age 17) with Jack Galvin
Two years ago, every media giant from ESPN to Good Morning America scrambled to document the inspirational true story of fifteen-year-old Mark Pfetzer, the youngest climber ever to attempt the summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest and most coveted peak. Now, as Mark prepares to embark on yet another record-breaking feat -- to become the youngest ever to lead an Everest expedition -- he shares his extraordinary personal story.

Please Don't Kill the Freshmen: A Memoir
by Zoe Trope (age 14)
I wrote a story about you. Well, sort of, see, it's mostly about me. Well, entirely about me, but here's the catch: I'm you. No, really, I mean it. Not like that transcendentalism stuff we're learning in English class, but really, truly, I'm you. I know what it feels like when your heart beats so hard against your white bone ribs, when you sing in the shower with soap in your eyes, when you run until you get a side ache. I wrote this story about you because I am so in love with you, your broken-fence teeth and your tissue-paper scars. I love you when you're so exhausted it could topple you to the ground, so in love it could snap guitar strings, so sickly sweet it could make lips smile. This is a reckless love story. This is my shameless confession.

Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody (age 15)

For Elspeth Gordie freedom is-like so much else after the Great White-a memory. It was a time known as the Age of Chaos. In a final explosive flash everything was destroyed. The few who survived banded together and formed a Council for protection. But people like Elspeth-mysteriously born with powerful mental abilities-are feared by the Council and hunted down like be destroyed.
Her only hope for survival to is keep her power hidden. But is secrecy enough against the terrible power of the Council?

by Mary Shelley (age 19)
A timeless, terrifying tale of one man's obsession to create life -- and the monster that became his legacy. Pretty incredible stuff for a nineteen year old.

In the Forest of the Night
by Amelia Atwater Rhodes (age 13)

"I was born to the name of Rachel Weatere in the year 1684, more than three hundred years ago.
The one who changed me named me Risika, and Risika I became, though I never asked what it meant. I continue to call myself Risika, even though I was transformed into what I am against my will.
Three hundred years ago Risika had a family -- a brother and a sister who loved her. Three hundred years ago she was human.
Now she is a vampire, a powerful one. And her past has come back to torment her. This atmospheric, haunting tale marks the stunning debut of a promising young novelist.

By Paolini, Christopher (age 17)
Gifted with only an ancient sword, a blue dragon, and advice from an ancient storyteller, Eragon must follow his destiny as he flees a tyrannical king.

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