The Youth Advisory Commission of Iowa City is accepting applications for their Youth Recognition Grant now through December 1, 2011. Junior high students who have shown leadership, involvement and originality are invited to apply. Grant recipients will earn a $250 savings bond. This award is only open to residents of Iowa City who are currently in 7th or 8th grade. The application is available online.
“Meet debut author Mike Mullin and talk about his newly released book Ashfall on Wednesday, October 26 at 6pm.
For Alex, an Iowa teen, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to search for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.
Mike lives in Indianapolis, holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo, and is currently working on Ashen Winter, the sequel to Ashfall. For more information about Mike check out his website.” — Coralville Public Library website
This summer, SYNC pairs classic and contemporary YA audiobooks and is offering free downloads of a different pair each week beginning today. Visit SYNC for more information on how to download the titles.
Available June 23 – June 29 Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
Available June 30 – July 6
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
The Trial by Franz Kafka
Available July 7 – July 13 Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
Available July 14 – July 20 The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney Beowulf by Francis B. Gummere [Trans.]
Available July 21 – July 27 Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Available July 28 – August 3 Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari Rescue: Stories of Survival From Land and Sea by Dorcas S. Miller [Ed.]
Available August 4 – August 10 Immortal by Gillian Shields Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Available August 11 – August 17 Storm Runners by Roland Smith The Cay by Theodore Taylor
A favourite summer author talks about some new teen books. From Sarah’s suggestions, I’m especially interested in reading Bumped by Megan McCafferty. I really like dystopian fiction and the recent story about a high school student who faked a pregnancy for 6 1/2 months for her senior project on stereotypes helped set the mood.