Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Teen Top Ten Winners Announced

More than 11,000 teens voted online for their favorite book of the year through the American Library Association. John Green's Paper Towns came in first place. Here is the final top ten list:

Paper Towns by John Green
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Identical by Ellen Hopkins
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Wake by Lisa McMann
Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Look for bookmarks in the teen area at the library. Thanks for voting!

Monday, October 5, 2009

How to Steal a Car

Pete Hautman is having a video contest! Here's the invitation I received in my e-mail:

Your students (or you!) can become YouTube sensations, maybe earn extra credit, get experience making videos, and--who knows--win a fabulous prize! Make a short video based on Pete Hautman’s new novel, How to Steal a Car.Contest is open to individuals or groups, students or professionals, the crazy and the sane. It could be a class project with a cast of hundreds, or just one person looking into a cell phone camera while talking about the book.Here are some ideas:

• Act out a scene from the book.

• Narrate a commentary about the book.

• Make a spoof, like on Saturday Night Live

• Create a photo montage with voiceover

• Do an interview with a character from the book

• Animate a ">

First Prize: Full set (all ten) of Pete Hautman’s YA books, personalized and signed by the authorSecond Prize: $50.00 Amazon.com gift cardContest Rules

• Video must be between at least 60 seconds long, but not more than ten minutes.

• It must be posted on YouTube on or before March 15, 2010.

• It must be about the novel How to Steal a Car (not just a video about car theft).

• It must not contain anything that will get you or me in trouble (no porn, no slander, no bomb-making instructions, etc.)

• The title (How to Steal a Car) and author (Pete Hautman) of the book must be mentioned, and an image of the book cover must appear at some point in the video. This can be at the beginning, the end, or anywhere else in the video (for example, you could show a character reading the book).

When your video has been posted let Pete know via email, or as a comment on his blog at: http://petehautman.blogspot.com/Links to all qualifying entries will be posted on Pete’s blog. Winners will be announced on April 1, 2010.There will be two winners (assuming we get at least two entries).First Prize will go to the video that Pete likes best.Second Prize will go to the video that gets the most YouTube views by March 31, 2010. (Posting your video early and getting your friends to watch it will give you a huge advantage!)Note: It is possible that one video could be awarded both prizes. Information about the contest is also available on my blog at: http://petehautman.blogspot.com/ Thanks for taking the time to read all the way to the end!

Pete Hautman