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Finally a Blog Post About the North Texas Teen Book Festival

By Anne Marie
Teen Advisory Group member

Right, so I’ve been pushing this blog post off because they haven’t released the panels, because that is a big part of me planning my trip. Well, they released it THIS WEEK, so I guess it’s time for me to get going.

What I know that’s relevant:

1) The festival will take place on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at the Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. They have some instructions on how to get there here.

2) There will be 75 authors. Last year there were just over 80, so I think they realized that 75 is their cap.

3) They finally released the panels. You can find it here. It should be noted that this is the most up to date. You should have the panel you really want to go to, and then a second panel you want to go to in case the first one fills up. They will be passing out a booklet with the panels in it, but they printed them weeks ago and now they are out of date. My suggestion: print your own and bring it.

4) It is free to get in, go to panels, and to have you books signed. That being said, there are a few things to pay for:

–Parking. It is $8 per a vehicle. If you are carpooling, be a good person and chip in for it.

–Books. In order to fund the festival, you are asking that you buy one book there for every two books you bring. They are often already signed (which is pretty cool of them), and it is through Half Price Books so the books are reasonably priced. The list of books and prices can be found here. They will accept cash, credit, and debit, but since their machines won’t be connected to the network they cannot accept gift cards.

–Food. It should be noted that you cannot eat inside, but you will be able to leave the building and come back. You can buy food food there (prices here), but I just bring a lunchbox because everything that might have a line will. And it will be long.

5) Odd Authors. There are several of what I call “odd authors” this year. These are the authors that have weird rules for getting books signed. I didn’t feel like rewriting everything, so here’s a screenshot of the rules as well as the information for speed dating.

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Oh, and here’s the twitter page. There is some information there that isn’t on the website, which is here. (I sure do like using “here” a lot, huh?)

 

Anyways, sorry this came out so late this year, and I hope everyone has a good, safe time this year and meets a lot of cool book nerds.

 

–Anne Marie

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Probably the Weirdest Fandom I’ve Encountered (which is saying a lot) | Night Vale Random Fandom

By Jessica
Teen Advisory Group member

Hi howdy hello everyone! Long time no see. February is right around the corner (I can’t believe we’re already a month into 2018) which means another Random Fandom!

All you Night Vale fans rejoice! We are finally doing a Welcome to Night Vale Random Fandom!

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Now, like a lot of the fandoms we cover, I don’t know too much about it. I read a couple chapters of the book that the creators wrote, but that’s about all I know, so forgive me if I make any mistakes.

You know the drill!

Overview

Who: you and all your friends
What: Night Vale Random Fandom
When: Thursday, February 8 (4:00 – 5:30 pm)
Where: Flower Mound Public Library in the Program Room (near the restrooms)
3030 Broadmoor Ln.
Flower Mound, TX 75022

Just remember: You don’t have to be in the fandom to come to the Random Fandom events. We try and plan out activities that both people in and out of the fandom will enjoy and understand.

Speaking of activities, we planned a jam-packed hour and a half for those of you who decide to attend!

A couple ground rules before you enter:

1. Just know that pretend mountains don’t exist.
2. You must hail the Glow Cloud when its (?) name is mentioned

Not too hard, now is it?

(Author’s note: I don’t know what the Glow Cloud is and I’m not about to assume its gender so it will remain an “it” to me until someone explains to me what it is.)

Now on to the activities!

There is going to be a game online where you can try and survive being an intern. There will also be a round of Round Robin and Pin the Three Tails on the Cat. You can also expect to make your own Glow Cloud if you decide to attend. You will also have the opportunity to play a game called Shoot the Librarian.

(Author’s note: We will not be shooting the actual librarians who are running this program. It is a Mafia-type game.)

And what’s a Night Vale Random Fandom without having a couple episodes of the Night Vale podcast? A fellow TAG member is curating a playlist of his favorite episodes to play in the background.

There will also be a game called “Is this quote from Night Vale or social media?” where there will be a quote on the screen and you have to guess whether it’s from Night Vale or someone posted it on social media. Going on the theme of guessing, there will be a game of guess the NV character with vague clues where the person giving the description must give a generalized description of a character and the people on their team will try and guess who the character is. It’s almost like a combination of Taboo and Charades.

If guessing games are not your thing, then maybe a game of telephone and paranoia will be! We are also going to chant school fight songs in a circle because why the heck not? It doesn’t matter if you don’t know your school fight song (I don’t either) because there will be lyrics provided. There is going to be a scavenger hunt where you have to spot the angel hidden somewhere in the children/teen section of the library.

Are you interested in any of these activities? Then make sure to mark your calendars for the Night Vale Random Fandom and come visit us!

See you there!

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-Jessica, your friendly neighborhood bookworm

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Let’s Review: Twilight Breaking Dawn

By Anne
Teen Advisory Group member




I spent all of Thanksgiving break las year on this book. I bought a hardback copy of it at the Flower Mound Book Sale (the next on is on October 20-22— come check it out!) for the very affordable price of one dollar.
And I have to admit. I really tore through this book.
And yes, a year later is a terrible time to do a book review. I know.
Good thing this isn’t actually a book review.

But I wasn’t lying when I said I tore through the book, because I did.

Now why would I do this to a perfectly good copy of Twilight?

Well, for one thing, I needed a thick book, and I was not about to do it to a book I did not read or to Harry Potter (yes, I play favorites).
For another, there are plenty of copies around. My destroying of this book does not put the book population of Breaking Dawn at risk.
Finally, I’m a chess player. The cover is ascetically pleasing to me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
(Also I did this one instead of the first one so people wouldn’t see the it on my bookcase and go “Oh, can I borrow thi— OH MY GOSH IT’S HOLLOW.”)

But it was really fun to make! I’ve always wanted a hollow book, and now it is even more special to me because I made it instead of just buying it somewhere.
I reused some of the paper in a school project for entrepreneurship.


And what I didn’t use for this, I recycled, don’t worry.

Oh! And see this quote?

I was actually going to use a different one (both quotes came from the book), but even though the other one was in the center of the page and this one wasn’t (although you can’t tell now), I cut the pages so unevenly that the relative center moved (you can see how uneven my wall is). I was lucky enough to see that this one fix was better.
Basically I use my book to hold candy, but if you want to make your own, I recommend Heather River’s blog on the subject. That’s the one I use. The Art of Manliness Has a pretty good one too, especially if you are trying to figure out the “why”s choosing to make a hollow book.

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The Romance Trope: aka My Rant for Riverdale and My Love of Parks and Rec

By a member of the Teen Advisory Group


Has anyone else noticed that basically all songs are about falling in love? Books and movies too, in one shape or another. It kind of gets old after a while. So it was kind of cool when I found this online:

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Hehehehe. “Whatsername”=Veronica.

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10 Books on my TBR list

Today I thought I’d share with you a few books that have been on my TBR list for a while. Hopefully this will inspire you to look at your own TBR list and finally read some of the books (and I hope this works for me too!)

Leviathan by Scott Westfeld
I’ve been wanting to read this book for over 6 years since it’s the only Scott Westfeld series that I haven’t read.

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
I added this book to my TBR shelf 4 years ago after I read multiple reviews raving about this book. I started it a few years back, but unfortunately never got farther than the first chapter.

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Evermore by Alyson Noel
Like the Mara Dyer book, I added this book to my shelf over 4 years ago. A friend gave me the book as a gift, but I’ve yet to actually read it.

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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I heard about this book three years ago after multiple friend recommended it to me. Last year, I checked it out from the library, but of course was I extremely busy then so I never got the chance to start it.

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Angelfall by Susan Ee
I really don’t know that much about this book, but I had two friends recommend it to me in the span of two weeks a few years ago so I added it to my shelf. Since I’m not super familiar with the plot, this one will probably continue to get pushed off until I make it through the rest of this list. (unless I hear more praise for this book!)

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Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
The sad thing about this book is that I met the author two years ago and got the book signed, but I still haven’t read it. I’ve started it a few times, but I’ve never gone father than the first 20 pages.

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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Precursor: please don’t kill me for this! When the movie came out a few years ago I went to go see it and I absolutely loved it! The next day I went to the bookstore and bought the book, but lo and behold I still haven’t read it yet.

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Beastly by Alex Finn
This was the same situation as Warm Bodies, where I saw the movie, liked it a lot, then decided to buy the book. I started it a few years back, but didn’t read more than 10 pages.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Also the same as the last two, expect this book was on my radar before the movie even existed. An English teacher from middle school recommended this book to me, so I checked it out from the library. However, as you can probably guess by now, I never got more than 50 pages in.

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Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
I first heard about this book after I’d finished reading all of John Green’s books and was looking for something similar. Out of all the books on this list, this is probably the one that I want to read as soon as I can.

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After reading through this list, let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them. Also, what book has been on your TBR list for a long time? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,
Emma

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5 Upcoming Book to Movie Adaptations

By Emma
Teen Advisory Group Secretary

Today I wanted to share 5 upcoming book to movie adaptions that I’m excited for!

Wonder

What it’s about: Wonder follows the life of Auggie Pullman, a young boy with a facial deformity, and his struggles at his new school.
When it’s released: November 17, 2017

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Everything, Everything

What it’s about: Everything, Everything follows Maddy, who has a rare condition that forces her to stay in her home, but Olly, the boy next door, won’t let that stop them from being together.
When it’s released: May 19, 2017

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My Cousin Rachel

What it’s about: An Englishman plots revenge against his cousin, but soon finds himself falling under the spell of her charm.
When it’s released: July 14, 2017

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Murder on the Orient Express

What it’s about: When 13 strangers find themselves stranded on a train, one man must race against time to solve the mystery before the murderer strikes another time.
When it’s released: November 10, 2017

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The Circle

What it’s about: Mae Holland, a tech worker, lands her dream job at a company called The Circle. But she soon discovers a criminal agenda that will affect the lives of her friends, family, and of humanity.
When it’s released: April 28, 2017

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What movie are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Emma

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Reel Talk: Fallen Movie

by Emma
Teen Advisory Group

If you’re a fan of the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, you may remember hearing the news (a very very long time ago) that the first book was going to become a movie. Fallen follows Luce Price, who is sent to a boarding school called the Sword & Cross. On the first day of classes she is mesmerized by Daniel Grigori, one of her fellow classmates who is eerily familiar. As they grow closer, she soon finds out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good and evil forces plot to keep them apart.

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Fallen stars Harrison Gilbertson, Jeremy Irivine, and Addison Timlin alongside Joely Richardson. Other notable cast members include Daisy Head, Malachi Kirby, Lola Kirke, Hermione Corfield and Sianoa Smit-McPhee.

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A few stills have been released, and we even have a trailer, but news on a set release date is sparse. Originally, the movie was set to be released in late 2015, but after this didn’t happen Lauren Kate confirmed that it would be released in late 2017. With so much delay is the release date, readers are left hoping that eventually they will finally get to see the movie they’ve been waiting for for years!

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While there is not set domestic release date yet, the studio is encouraging fans to retweet the trailer so they can see what kind of demand there is. So if you want to see Fallen in theaters soon retweet the trailer!! Click here to watch it on youtube! fallen-760x549.png

Fallen is coming, but not soon enough! I’ll post a follow up post once the movie (hopefully) comes out!

Until next time,
❥Emma

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The North Texas Teen Book Festival is Only 12 Days Away!

On Saturday, March 4 over 80 authors will be in Irving for a free day-long event. This event is called the North Texas Teen Book Festival (NTTBF). While you can find most of this information at nttbf.org and on the NTTBF Twitter feed (@NTTBFest), I might have some more experienced information and tips that can help your day run a lot more smoothly.

So on Valentine’s Day, the NTTBF released its program, which means it’s time to start deciding which sessions you want to go to.

As someone who has been going to the NTTBF since it first started, here is some of my advice:

1) Plan which sessions you want to go to ahead of time and write down all the information.

2) Plan a back up session for each hour because you never know which ones will get full before you get there and you won’t be allowed in.

3) Don’t be upset if the session you wanted to go to is full. Last year, a friend and I couldn’t get into the big “To the Silver Screen” one, so we popped into a very small one about graphic novels. The guy who invented Poptropica was there, and he drew a guy who fell asleep in the first row. He gave the drawing to him, and we all had a good laugh. (Also, some of the authors were kind enough to sign my books beforehand too, but don’t expect that to happen to you.) It was the best session we attended all day!

4) Food isn’t allowed during the sessions, so pick an hour to go eat. There is a great outdoor area on the second floor (I believe), which is shaded and wasn’t all that crowded last year. Also, it was fun to look at the HUGE line of school buses literally stretching into the distance. The food lines are long, expensive, and basic (banana for $3! Stuff like that), so I recommend bringing your own. And bring a lot of good food, because books are heavier then you think, especially when you are carrying them around all day. I guess you could leave for lunch, but good luck finding a parking spot again.

5) Buy every one out of three books there. (In other words, for every two books you bring, buy one there.) The books are sold new by Half Price Books, so it’s not like you are paying $20 a book. Buying books there keeps admission and signings free, which I always appreciate. I tend to buy books for my younger siblings for future birthday presents, mostly because not only am I in a family that reads a lot, but they tend not to cost as much and because lines for those particular authors are pretty short. Also, here is the list of books being sold there.

6) If you are bringing several books, or if you know that one author’s line is going to be long, don’t go to the 3:00 session and instead get in line. There is one big line that goes into where the authors are signing, which is then divided into smaller lines for each author. Last year, the line was so long that it went outside and around the building. And remember, this IS Texas, so outside isn’t always… pleasant. Even in March. Point being, get in line early so you don’t end up in the outside part. Also, if you are outside, don’t plan on having time to get all of your books signed. Pick your favorites, note which authors have shorter lines, and go.

7) Some authors (like Marie Lu and Veronica Ross) require you have a special ticket in order to have a book signed by them, which are handed out during the day. Don’t count on being able to get these tickets, though. They run out fairly quickly, even if you run to get in line from the floor above.

8) This is basically an all day event. If you can go with your friends, great! If you can carpool, even better! But you WILL be both tired and hungry by the end of the day, so going out to eat is a perfect way to wind down and to gloat with your friends.

 

These are just a few tips I picked up in my travels, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I can only help, after all.

–Anne

 

 

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Let’s Talk: Books and the Media

Nim here! Since we, at the Flower Mound Public Library Teen Advisory Group, LOVE books (trust me when I say LOVE), obviously we are pretty pumped when books are made into movies. Within the span of one month, we had the release of Fifty Shades Darker (which I have some strong feelings about) to the future release of Before I Fall (which I’m curious about). Since Young Adult books are frequently made into movies, I want to talk about today. And not only are books made into movies, there are occasions when the opposite occurs. What may not be known is that there are some TV shows that have their own novelisations. Let’s take a look at two examples of both sides (four in total):

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What Does the Library Mean?

teen-panorama_editWhen you think of a library, what pops into your brain? Do you think about books? What about resources? Maybe you think of the annual Summer Reading Club.

The Flower Mound Public Library means “life, love, happiness, Heather and Jennie [two youth librarians; also sponsors of the Teen Advisory Group],” according to Harshini Cormaty, a freshman at the University of Texas in Dallas. Anne Marie Kluthe said that the library is “a great place to study… but a greater place to get distracted by a bunch of books instead.”

But if you look at Merriam-Webster, a library is “a place where books, magazines, and other materials (such as videos and musical recordings) are available for people to use or borrow.” Sure, the library does hold such items, but it also holds so much more. A regular at the FMPL would know that the library has more than mere books and videos within its confines. It holds adventure, fun, relaxation, and a safe place. But how does it have all that? Perhaps we should explore what the local library has to offer to teenagers.

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