By the president of the Teen Advisory Group:
I’m back with my first book in almost two years (yikes lol)!
It’s a historical fiction (with no romance, shocker!) called, Ghosts of the Titanic.
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.
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):
It’s been awhile since I finished A Court of Mist and Fury and it’s still on my mind. It’s been months (!) and I’m still thinking about it. A lot of authors (especially in the young adult genre) make the romance aspect of their story so predictable. Not Sarah J. Maas though! She threw plot twist after plot twist in this story that my head is still reeling after all of it.
^^ my face throughout the whole entire book
Even though this book is categorized as “young adult”, I would consider it more as a new adult series. There are some sexy times that aren’t censored like most young adult novels. Beware.
One thing I love about this series is the character development. You start off thinking you understand each and every character in A Court of Thorns and Roses. Then you read A Court of Mist and Fury and then you realize that all the things you found holy were a lie because the author decided to throw in some important backstory. Like most people after a major event, the characters change, hence the character development. Each story gives a little more insight into who each character is. A wise ogre once told me, “[People] are like onions. [People] have layers. Onions have layers. You get it? We both have layers.” It’s exactly like that. Every book is like peeling another layer of each character.
If you like finding new OTPs (One True Pairing), then you’d really like this series. There are many couples that I can help but (silently) squeal whenever I think about them because I love them so much. There were some times where I squealed out loud in public when I thought about my OTPs and I’ve gotten some strange looks. It’s okay though. It’s totally worth it.
I find that whenever I read young adult/new adult romance novels, I don’t like the female character because she acts like a damsel in distress all the time. Like, honey, that boy won’t help you unless you help yourself first. Then, in other times, the female is unnaturally emotionally strong. I mean that girl won’t even blink an eye if a puppy was kicked. What will it take to get you to feel sad? Thankfully, that’s not the case with Feyre (the main female protagonist). She’s strong, but she’s also human. She’s feels emotion, dang it, but she doesn’t act weak.
Overall, I liked the story because it was fast-paced and intense. It was like I was on a roller coaster the whole time. There were times where I had to set down the book to wrap my mind around what happened.
If you like fantasy romance novels that are filled with action, heart break, and hot guys, you’ll definitely enjoy A Court of Mist and Fury. My only suggestion is to start with the first book, obviously.
It’s that time of year again, where there is love in the air! If you’re like me then you also don’t care. Luckily the Library may have a few programs to get your mind of V-day, so may I present to you… the FEBRUARY BRIEFING!
Some things you may look forward to:
Gaming Unplugged: February 12th from 2-4 PM
Bibliomaniacs: February 15th from 4:30-5:30 PM
Spring Lock-in- FANDOMiCON: February 17th from 5-8 PM
Middle School Book Club: February 20th from 4:30-5:30 PM
Teen Advisory Group: February 22nd from 4:30-5:30 PM
The spring lock-in is this month! FANDOMiCON, a lock-in devoted to all your favorite fandoms. We will play games, eat pizza, and have fun, so bring your friends! (Note: You have to turn in a permission slip with your parent’s signature to come to the lock-in. Get one here.)
– Anyway, we’ll have a blast so I hope to see you there!
Signing out, Chidinma
Happy holidays everyone! It’s Chidinma with the weather. It’s cold.
Actually, I’m here for….
THE DECEMBER BRIEFING!!!
High School Anime: December 3rd from 1-4:30 PM
Middle School Anime: December 7th from 4:30-5:30 PM
Random Fandom- Chronicles of Narnia: December 8th from 4-5:30 PM
Gaming Unplugged: December 11th from 2-4 PM
Teen Writing Group: December 14th from 4:30-5:30 PM
Middle School Book Club: December 19th from 4:30-5:30 PM
Bibliomaniacs: December 21st from 4:30-5:30 PM
Bibliomaniacs is right when we get out for the holidays, so I expect to see you guys then! There is no TAG during December, and the next meeting will be in January.
Enjoy the break, because it’s the last you’ll get this year.
Signing out, Chidinma.
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.
Teen Writing Group is always lots of fun because you get to talk to other people writing stories like you. We had a prompt at the beginning of the meeting about the location on your GPS changing and there was someone there waiting for you. No one has the exact same style of writing so it was cool seeing how our minds would take this. Somehow we ended up with a few Doctor Who references, but as they say great minds think alike. After that we got to work. Heather passed out character charts for us to develop our characters. All in all, it was a great meeting. Hope you come to the next one!
Yeah yeah, I know, that’s a long time. The author list doesn’t even come out until November or December, so why are you bringing it up now?
Wait. Okay, let me backtrack. You don’t know what I’m talking about, do you?
The North Texas Teen Book Festival is a yearly event in Irving, Texas. A bunch of authors show up (like, 50+ of ’em) and they get put in groups for decisions based around their books. And we get to watch! Admission is free, AND they do book signings afterwards (also free).
Some reasonable famous authors have showed up in the past. So. Great.
I have a crazy amount of books signed because of this. Wanna see?
The book where you can’t see the spines I got signed elsewhere. So yeah, it’s a pretty decent portion of my collection.
Now, the reason I’m bringing this up so early is because they have some volunteer options to help get things ready starting this November. You can get some book swag and volunteer hours and meet other book lovers.
You can find the details at http://www.northtexasteenbookfestival.com/bffs/
In the coming months I’ll be sure to update you on the NTTBF, but until then, hope to see you in Irving!
In case you don’t know, Law & Order is a show that’s been on for a billion years, it’s almost always playing on USA at any time of day, and your favorite actor has probably made an appearance on it at some point.
L&O aside, we love crime shows. There are so many of them, and they’re all the same but different. Whether the dead body is in LA, New York, Miami, Vegas, or Hawaii, we love the mystery and we love the characters. That’s why September’s Random Fandom celebrates the upcoming seasons of all crime shows.
BTW, Random Fandom is THURSDAY at 4 p.m. One of you will play the dead body, one of you will be the killer, and the rest of you will have to figure it out before you run out of time in this special murder mystery based on our favorite crime show characters.
If you need to get into the mood, go to your Netflix queue and watch a few episodes of CSI or NCIS, listen to the mystery of an actual crime on Serial, or check out one of these books: Continue reading