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Angie Thomas, the award-winning author of The Hate U Give, has a new novel.  On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill.  But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral…for all the wrong reasons.  Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it—she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.  

Read Time Magazine's interview with the author.  The New York Times also has an interview.  Watch a CBS interview with her, too.  Man, everybody wants a chance to catch up with Angie!
 

Lois Lowry's Newbery Medal-winning classic, The Giver, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a graphic novel adaptation by Eisner and Harve Award winner P. Craig Russell.  This adaptation also features a series of questions posed to Lowry and Russell both.  The author and illustrator have interesting things to say about art and the necessity of the story, even though it is likely to face challenges again.  Kirkus Reviews praises the adaptation as "a first-rate visual reframing: sensitive, artistically brilliant, and as charged as its enigmatic predecessor with profound challenges to mind and heart."  And School Library Journal claims "this stunning work will introduce The Giver to a brand-new audience and will also delight longtime fans."  I know I'll be reading it.  How about you?

No, today isn't Galentine's Day.  But it IS the day you can start signing up to be part of our Happy Galentine's Day event.  The official day is February 13th, but we're going to leave that day open for you to celebrate with your friends.  Instead, our party will be Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  Galentine's Day is all about celebrating your gal pals, the amazing ladies who stick by you through thick and thin.  So, naturally, we'll be working on a friendship craft together.  And there will definitely be a waffle bar.  That's right.  A.  Waffle.  Bar.  Bring on the syrup, and let the good times roll.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7826).

The American Library Association announced their Youth Media Awards today!  Here are the winners!  Did any of your favorites make the cut?  Several of ours did!  Access the full list of winners and honors here.  

Teen Book Club is still alive and prepping to discuss I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall at their upcoming meeting on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  You still have time to read the book and join the discussion.  You can also drop by without having read the book if you want to help pick the February title.

"After: Jess is alone. Her cabin has burned to the ground. She knows if she doesn’t act fast, the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food. But she is still alive—for now.
 
Before: Jess hadn’t seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded. 
 
After: With only her father’s dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she’s stronger than she ever imagined. 

Jess will survive. She has to. She knows who killed her father…and she wants revenge."

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