Top Ten Tuesday!


Happy Top Ten Tuesday everyone! It’s a free week over at The Broke and the Bookish.  So instead of doing the usual list i’m going to talk to you about the Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Award.  Every year a list of nominees is announced and teens all over Louisiana pick at least two books to read.  Then in January they get to vote on the winner.  This not only recolonizes outstanding authors but gets teens more active in reading.  With 2016 voting almost over I thought I would list the 2017 Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Award nominees because while only Louisiana high school students can vote all of the books chosen are so good and worth reading.

Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice 2017 

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
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Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski 

don't even think about it cover


Fake ID by Lamar Giles

fake id cover


How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

how it went down cover


I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

ill-give-you-the-sun book cover


Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

to all the boys i've loved before


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

we were liars


When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds, photographs by Michael Frost

when i was the greatest


2015 Louisiana Teen and Young Readers’ Choice Award Winners


Thanks to everyone who read and voted in the 2015 Louisiana Teen and Young Readers’ Choice poll.  Here is a list of the winners.

2015 Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice

Winner:  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Honor:  The Selection by Kiera Cass

2015 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice

Winner:  False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Honor:  Buddy by M.H. Herlong

The 2016 Louisiana Teen and Young Readers’ Choice Nominees are now posted, you can take a look at them and their book trailer by clicking on the menu on the left side of this page.  Happy reading!

Book Spotlight!

steelheartToday i’m doing a Book Spotlight! one of the 2016 Louisiana Teen Reader’s Choice Award nominee’s Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson.

David was just a boy when The Calamity happened, an event in the sky that brought superpowers to some humans, now called Epics.  Scientist aren’t sure how this happened and David doesn’t care.  All he knows is that he wants the Epics dead, starting with the one running the town of Newcago (formally Chicago) Steelheart.  No Epic is good, they all kill, steal, and make life for ordinary citizens miserable but Steelheart is the worst.  He reigns over Newcago with an iron fist, simply looking at him wrong is a cause of execution, and worst of all no weapon, no matter how powerful, can even slightly hurt him.  But David has a secret, he saw Steelheart bleed, right before Steelheart killed his father.  Since then he has dedicated his whole life to finding a way to bring Steelheart and the other Epics down.  Most citizens of Newcago refuse to fight back, knowing it is a losing battle and while they are always in danger at least they have electricity and running water which most other towns don’t.  However one group, called the Reckoners, is determined to take down as many Epics as possible, each time having to figure out that Epic’s secret weak spot then using it against them.  With David’s years of research and the Reckoners’ technology they might just have a chance of taking on Steelheart.  But fighting your way through Epics that can shoot electricity, make illusions, never run out of bullets, know exactly where you are going to shoot before you shoot, or make permanent night fall on the city is just the beginning of their problems because unless they figure out Steelheart’s weakness they will be killed.  This is an exciting book that looks at the dark side of superpowers and how ordinary people can make a difference.  Anyone who like anything related to superheros will enjoy this book.  First in a series.  Click here to request this book.

LTRCA Books for local high schools


Port Allen and Brusly High Schools were the recipients of 2015  Louisiana Teen Reader’s Choice Book Set Grant.  The West Baton Rouge Parish Library applied for the grant on behalf of both of the schools. Here, master teacher, Tara Hebert, accepts the award for the Port Allen High.

The grant was made possible from donations from the Louisiana Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., PermaBound, and the Louisiana Library and Book Festival Foundation.  The grant is intended to encourage public libraries and their local high schools to partner in projects designed to motivate high school students to read the nominated books and vote in January in a statewide election for their favorite book using voting machines provided by the Secretary of State’s Office.

The author of the book receiving the most votes is invited to accept the Louisiana Teen Reader’s Choice medal at an award ceremony in the State Capital during the 2015 Louisiana Book Festival next fall. Don’t forget to vote for the book you want to win here.

Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Awards


The polls have officially opened for the Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Awards. A list of the books currently up for the awards can be found here. If you’ve read one or more of these books and feel that it deserves an award, please do something about it!

You can cast your votes online at the Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice Awards website here. Let us know in the comments of this post which one you voted for!

Voting is open until February 1st.

Book Spotlight!

Today’s Book Spotlight is on I Hunt Killers by: Barry Lyga.

huntkillersJasper Dent is the son of one of the most infamous serial killers in the United States. While his father has been locked away in prison for years now, Jazz’s life has never really recovered. He’s got a few friends, but everyone else in town treats him like he’s going to snap at any minute and follow his father’s footsteps. Even Jazz isn’t so sure that he’s entirely safe to be around.

Then the murders start. Someone calling himself The Impressionist starts killing people in ways eerily familiar to Jazz. In fact, they are almost exact copies of the murders his father committed years ago. The police are in a frenzy trying to discover the identity of the killer, but Jazz is surprisingly calm.

You see, he knows something they don’t. He has first-hand experience with the psyche of serial killers and he knows how they think. He’s convinced that he can use what he learned from his father for good. Jazz wants to beat The Impressionist at his own game and catch him before any one else dies. And if Jazz does this, he hopes that it means he’s a better person than the one his father trained him to be.

I Hunt Killers is an action-packed thriller mystery. There are some scenes of gristly violence and graphic situations, but the more horrifying stuff is left “off-camera”. If you enjoy crime shows and slasher films, you’ll definitely want to check this book out. It’s also one of the 2015 Louisiana Teen Reader’s Choice Awards nominee books. To reserve a copy, please fill out a book request form.