Posted by: Brett Kochendorfer | March 24, 2009

Read This: Eon Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman

Would you risk your life to seek your destiny? For the last four years, Eon has immersed himself in ancient magic in the hope that one of twelve powerful dragons will choose him as an apprentice. Actualizing this dream requires Eon to live a life rife with deadly secrets. In a world where women who dare to practice magic are condemned to death, Eon is actually Eona…a 16-year-old girl. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman is an action-packed fantasy perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce, Garth Nix, and feisty girlfighters.

According to an avid Palatine Library patron and Teen Reviewer:

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn was absolutely fantastic…I started and finished the entire book in one day, and am dying to read the next book when it comes out. I think it might become a really popular book. The reason I liked it so much was probably because of the many adventures the main character has, and the way the book was written. It almost made me feel like I was right there in the middle of all the action.”
          -Amy R., age 12

Spring is sprung, and March is going out with a much-anticipated break from school. No plane tickets or road trips in your future? Cure your wanderlust by “journeying” to Japan via one of our special programs celebrating Asian culture. Teens especially won’t want to miss:

~ Haiku Contest (Saturday, March 21 – Sunday, March 29):
Write an original haiku and enter it in our contest for a chance to win a prize.

~ Manga Workshop with Addie Afable, the Artistic Dragon (Monday, March 23, 7:00 p.m.)

Not interested in any of the above? Join us for food, fun, and good conversation on Tuesday, March 24. The Teen Book Club will meet at 7:00 p.m. to discuss The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman. In this book, 8th grader Anthony “Antsy” Bonano recalls his life-changing friendship with a “functionally invisible” classmate. Readers in grades 7– 12 may click here to register.

Posted by: Brett Kochendorfer | March 20, 2009

Exclusive Q&A with ADDIE AFABLE!


The only thing more exciting than serendipitously stumbling upon a new and fantabulous book is being able to chat with the very person who made that story come to life. For the love of books and the good folks who write ’em, illustrate ’em, and publish ’em, this blog is pleased to bring you a series of exclusive Q&A’s with the movers and shakers of the teen lit scene.

Addie Afable is known as “The Artistic Dragon”–with good reason! Mr. Afable is a talented, dynamic artist specializing in manga/anime illustration. On Monday, March 23, Mr. Afable will lead a manga workshop here at the Palatine Public Library. Click here to register. In preparation for this upcoming program, the Palatine Public Library’s Teen Blog caught up with the artist via email.

Click here to read our Exclusive Q&A.

Palatine Public Library District (PPLD): What are you currently working on?
Addie Afable, the Artistic Dragon (AD): I’m currently making artwork for Anime Central 2009. Every year, I like to change my character designs for the convention mascots. Hopefully, I’ve improved my style.

PPLD: What are you currently reading and/or planning to read?
AD: I just finished reading a Wolverine graphic novel, which made me nostalgic. I plan on re-reading Watchmen because of the movie.

PPLD: What are your favorite genres? Authors? Illustrators? Manga?
AD: Normally, I tend to read medieval fantasy; either a Western setting with knights and elves, or an Eastern one with samurai and oni (Japanese demons). And, of course, anything with dragons :) As for illustrators, my favorites include Jim Lee, Rumiko Takahashi, and Masamune Shirow. And manga? Too many to count, but Bleach and Ranma 1/2 pops out of my head.

PPLD: What do you do when you are not reading/writing/drawing?
AD: I tend to watch movies or play video games with my wife, Annie, to relax or get inspiration.

PPLD: One book that you will never be too old to love is…
AD: The Dark Knight Returns.

PPLD: What were you like as a teenager? If you could redo your teen years, what would you do differently?
AD: I’ve kept my adolescent charm over the years, as well as my interests. Yup, I still read comic books, watch cartoons, and play video games. If your hobby becomes your career, you can never outgrow your passion. Plus, you won’t have too many regrets when you get older.

PPLD: What was your first job?
AD: I was helping my father with freelance construction.

PPLD: The last movie you saw was…
AD: Mr. Bean’s Holiday

PPLD: The last thing you ate was…
AD: Spaghetti

PPLD: Do you have any pets?
AD: My wife and I have a pomchi (Pomeranian/ Chihuahua) named Chibi, which means “little.” He’s a handful, but we love teaching him new tricks.

PPLD: You desperately wish you knew how to…
AD: Play a musical instrument…maybe a harmonica.

PPLD: Does your life have a soundtrack?
AD: I’d like to think that my wedding CD compilation was my latest album.

PPLD: How do you make a bad day better?
AD: You just have to smile and laugh it off, knowing that they’ll be a better tomorrow.

PPLD: Go to the nearest window and look outside. What do you see?
AD: I’m looking at my cousin Troi’s beloved, yellow Mini Cooper with racing stripes.

PPLD: Participating in this interview has conveniently enabled you to avoid…
AD: Sleeping. Is that good or bad?

Posted by: Brett Kochendorfer | March 11, 2009

New Books!

Is there anything happier than coming in to work on a Wednesday morning and seeing a cart of brand new, shiny, yet-to-be-read books sitting in the backroom? Recent acquisitions (“recent” as in: they will be hitting the shelves for the FIRST TIME EVER about two minutes after this list is blogged!) include:


11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass, author of Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life


MySpace Darkhorse Presents: 1 featuring work by Joss Whedon, Mike Mignola, Peter Bagge, and others.


Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (sequel to Locomotion)


No More Us For You by David Hernandez, which just has a rather tasty-looking cover.

Posted by: Brett Kochendorfer | March 10, 2009

Food for Thought.


It’s a little blurry, but the text on the flap reads
“Support your local library. Take a book to lunch.”
In honor of that sound advice from a humble box of raisins,
we’re wondering: what book will you be taking to lunch this week?

Posted by: Brett Kochendorfer | March 8, 2009

Teen Tech Week Blog Contest begins today!

Happy Teen Tech Week!

We’re raffling off an iTunes gift card. Click here to enter the contest!

Posted by: Brett Kochendorfer | March 4, 2009

Teen Tech Week: Sunday, March 8 – Saturday, March 14

Teen Tech Week is coming–celebrate @ your Library!

Teen Tech Week is a nation-wide initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. The goal of this initiative is to connect young adults with technology and promote information literacy in the digital era.

The celebration begins on Sunday, March 8 and continues through Saturday, March 14. We’ll kick off the week with our first-ever WII BOWLING TOURNAMENT on Sunday, March 8. Need a little techie bling to get you in the spirit of Teen Tech Week? Join us for TECHNO JEWELRY on Monday, March 9 and we’ll show you how to recycle old computer parts into one-of-kind bracelets, necklaces, and cell phone charms. Can’t make it to a program…but still want to be part of the festivities? Visit the Library any time during Teen Tech Week, REGISTER YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS at a service desk, and you will receive a complimentary gift! We’re also hoping that you will SHARE YOUR SAVVY with us by voting in our Best Technology of 2008 poll; surveys will be available at all service desks, in the Teen Lounge, and on our website. And be sure to reVISIT THIS BLOG during Teen Tech Week for a chance to enter a drawing for fabulous prizes! To register for Wii Bowling or Techno Jewelry, click here or give us a call at (847) 358-5881 ext. 132.

Posted by: Brett Kochendorfer | February 17, 2009

Exclusive Q&A with LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON!

The only thing more exciting than serendipitously stumbling upon a new and fantabulous book is being able to chat with the very person who made that story come to life. For the love of books and the good folks who write ’em, illustrate ’em, and publish ’em, this blog is pleased to bring you a series of exclusive Q&A’s with the movers and shakers of the teen lit scene.


Laurie Halse Anderson is the author of award-winning novels including Speak, Fever, 1793, Chains, and Twisted. Ms. Anderson was recently named the 2009 recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association. Her latest novel, Wintergirls, will be released this coming March. The Palatine Public Library’s Teen Blog recently caught up with Ms. Anderson via email.

Click here to read the interview!

Palatine Public Library District (PPLD): What are you currently working on?
Laurie Halse Anderson (LHA): My new historical, a new picture book, and about 50 million other projects.

PPLD: What are you currently reading and/or planning to read?
LHA: A biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, a cake recipe, and the new Runner’s World magazine.

PPLD: What are your favorite genres? Your favorite authors?
LHA: I love mysteries (fav author PD James) and fantasy/speculative fiction (Neil Gaiman who is my hero)

PPLD: What do you do when you are not reading/writing?
LHA: Sleep. Run. Eat. Repeat.

PPLD: One book that you will never be too old to love is…
LHA: Make Way For Ducklings.

PPLD: What were you like as a teenager? If you could redo your teen years, what would you do differently?
LHA: I was a mess. My family was in melt-down because of my dad’s depression and I was a 100% basket case. I wish I would have trusted an adult outside my family and told them what was going on. But I didn’t trust anyone back then. I also wish I had tried out for the basketball team.

PPLD: What was your first job?
LHA: Working in the stockroom of a store.

PPLD: The last movie you saw was…
LHA: I am Legend because Will Smith is amazing. I was intrigued by several parralel plot lines to I, Robot.

PPLD: The last thing you ate was…
LHA: Piece of homemade bread with butter. Yes, I made the bread. If I ever win the lottery I am going to open a bakery.

PPLD: Do you have any pets?
LHA: Kezzie, our German Shepherd. We need an emergency back-up dog and might get a poodle. If we do, we’re going to give it a Mohawk.

PPLD: You desperately wish you knew how to…
LHA: Draw.

PPLD: Does your life have a soundtrack?
LHA: I always have music going on in my head – a very bizarre mixture of songs. It’s better than a MP3 player, I swear.

PPLD: How do you make a bad day better?
LHA: Go for a run. Read a book. Cuddle with my husband.

PPLD: Go to the nearest window and look outside. What do you see?
LHA: The snow-covered meadow behind my house.

PPLD: Participating in this interview has conveniently enabled you to avoid…
LHA: Answering one million other emails! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Brett Kochendorfer | February 14, 2009

Lovestories.

The February 2009 issue of School Library Journal features a fabulous and timely article about love stories for young adults. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d share highlights from the article in this blog. Click here to see the top picks for teen romance from Donna Freitas, author of The Possibilities of Sainthood.

Teen Couple Most Likely to Get Married…Edward and Bella in Twilight

Book Most Likely to Melt Your FingersGraceling

Best Declaration of Love…Gen in The Queen of Attolia

Headiest Falling In (and Out of) Love ScenesBoy Meets Boy

Most Likely to Break Your Heart…Lyra and Will in The Amber Spyglass

Most Romantic Gesture…Ed and Audrey’s slow dance in I Am the Messenger

Best First Kiss…Morning (a witty vampire) and Portia (a cool non-vamp) in Suck It Up

Best Romance Under Duress…the Tally/David/Zane triangle in the Uglies trilogy

Agree? Disagree? Here’s your chance to nominate your own Romance Fiction award!

Posted by: Brett Kochendorfer | February 10, 2009

You’re invited to an Anti-Valentine’s Day Party!

When: Saturday, February 14th, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Palatine Public Library
What: Roses are red, violets are blue, it’s Valentine’s Day…and you’ve got nothing to do! Join us for an afternoon of non-traditional February fun, featuring: not-so-sweet treats, Anti-Valentine Bingo, a Break-Up Letter-Writing Contest, Conversation Heart Catapulting, and more! Extremely un-romantic prizes will be awarded. This program is recommended for young adults in grades 7-12. Registration is required. To register, contact the Library at (847)358-5881 ext 132 or visit our homepage.

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