The Georgia Peach Book Award works to promote reading and literacy skills in teens. Each year, a committee of school and public librarians reads widely to choose a list of 20 nominated titles. Then, young adults choose books from among that list to read and rate. The books that earn the highest number of readers and ratings become the Peach Book and Honor Books.
Check out the 2015-2016 Georgia Peach Book Award Nominees from DeKalb County Public Library (see links to the DCPL catalog below) and cast your votes at the Georgia Teen Book Award for Teen Readers site!
Are You Experienced by Jordan Sonnenblick
Caged Warrior by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier (eBook also available)
Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour
Fake ID by Lamar Giles
Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens (downloadable audiobook also available)
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Free to Fall by Lauren Miller
Girls Like Us by Gail Giles (eBook also available)
Hostage Three by Nick Lake (eBook also available)
I’ll Give You the Sun by by Jandy Nelson (audiobook CD also available)
Jackaby by William Ritter (eBook and audiobook CD also available)
Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac
Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
Phoenix Island by John Dixon (downloadable audiobook and audiobook CD also available)
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern (downloadable audiobook and audiobook CD also available)
The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos (eBook and downloadable audiobook also available)
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (ebook, downloadable audiobook and audiobook CD also available)
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick (downloadable audiobook and audiobook CD also available)
When I was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds (downloadable audiobook also available)
If you are fourteen or older, one of the things to look forward to is getting your driver’s permit or license. The Library has a few resources to help you succeed in getting on the road. The newest resource includes Driving Tests, with eleven different tests to help you prepare for the Georgia Drivers Permit. Driving Tests can be found on our Reference Databases page under Test Preparation.
Need some help identifying signs? Are your more of a visual learner? Check out Passing the Written DMV Test. (This is not state specific, so you might also want to check Driving Tests to refine your skills.)
We have some books that might get you thinking about a road trip…or not. Here are a few to explore:
Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown
Seventeen-year-old Kendra, living in the shadow of her brother’s obsessive-compulsive disorder, takes a life-changing road trip with him.
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
About Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen-year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob’s (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital, in an attempt to find a cure.
Zits: Shredded by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman
“Based on the hit comic strip Zits and featuring over 300 sidesplitting illustrations, Shredded follows high school sophomore Jeremy Duncan and his band, Goat Cheese Pizza, on an epic road adventure to record their first album. It’s too bad that the only studio they can afford is all the way in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, but if they can just pump enough french-fry grease into their newly veggie-powered van, they actually might make it there!”–Publisher’s website.
See what’s coming up next for Teens and Tweens at DCPL.
We are a few weeks into the summer break. Are you looking for something to do? The Library has a variety of activities just for teens. Like to watch movies? This month you can catch Captain America: Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, or Maleficent.
Want to unleash your creative side? Check out Teen Super Tees, Super Hero Cupcake Decorating, or UnMask! The Wire. Like to compete? There are several competitions at the Library in July. Take a look at Cupcake Battle, Superhero Jeopardy, Teen Cosplay Competition or Teen Cutthroat Kitchen. Want to get active or challenge your mind? The Library has Hula Hoops, Teen Chess Club, or Gaming Afternoon.
Discover the Hero Within is a special, motivational and interactive, musically-based program. Take a look at the events calendar to find out additional information about these programs and more offerings. Don’t forget that each program you attend counts for an hour in our Teen Vacation Reading Program. To find out more about the reading program and the prizes you could win, click here.