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Fun ways to get started with creative writing.  By Scholastic

Feed the Monster
Practice learning to drag items by playing this simple game.

Check out this website from Mo Willems

Write stories by starting with the image using digital artwork.

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Search for books, audiobooks and films from YALSA's book awards and book lists. This is the source for the best of the best!

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If You Are Looking for a Specific Type of Book, Check out These
Reading Award Winners or Other Recommendations.  


Alex Awards 
     (Adult titles with appeal for young adults)


Michael L. Printz Award 

     (Young adult books chosen for their literary merit)


Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

     (Recognizes the best nonfiction title written for young adults 12 -     18.)


Great Graphic Novels for Teens

     (Recommended graphic novels with teen appeal)

Outstanding Books for the College Bound

     (Updated every five years)


Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

     (Categorized into four topics: adventure seekers, forbidden love,   get your geek on, and sticks and stones)


Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers

     (Good starting place for young adults who don't like to read)



 The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
There are secrets around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about what happened there that last summer. 
    She and her childhood best friend Callie never talked about what they saw. Not before the trial. And certainly not after.
    But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.

 Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
                               Did you ever think the dream chooses the dreamer, not              
                             the other way around?  In this mythical fantasy world         
                             Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has           
                             always feared that his dream chose poorly. Enter "dread  
                             and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage."               

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. Here is action packed feudal adventure

We Are Okay by Nina Labour
This achingly beautiful novel is about grief, the enduring strength of friendship, and the healing power of kindness.


Let’s look at some annotations and book trailers about a few of them.  Open your minds to reading for relaxation and insights into how different people deal with their life experiences.

My Sister Rosa

by Justine Larbalestier

Seventeen-year-old  Aussie Che Taylor loves his younger sister, Rosa. But he’s also certain that she’s a diagnosable psychopath—clinically, threateningly, dangerously. 

For almost as long as she’s been alive, Che has known that something is not right with her. Callous, indifferent, fascinated by pain, she is a threat to all those around her, whether or not her parents see it.


 Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation

by Octavia E. Butler, Damian Duffy

Illustrations by John Jennings

A graphic novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s groundbreaking science-fiction classic offers an unflinching look at slavery, race, and the role of women in society.

This is the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre–Civil War South. As she time-travels between worlds, one in which she is a free woman and one where she is part of her own complicated familial history on a southern plantation, she becomes frighteningly entangled in the lives of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder and one of Dana’s own ancestors, and the many people who are enslaved by him.

You in Five Acts 

by Una LaMarche

In the months leading up to the performance that will determine their futures, friends at a performing-arts school look back on an unexpected event that upended everything.

They are all friends, but more than that, they have one thing in common: they are all tired. Joy is tired of struggling to be recognized as a serious contender for prima ballerina by her parents and teachers. Diego is sick of always being seen as just a “friend” especially by the one girl he likes the most. Liv yearns for some escape from her daily life. Ethan has had enough of the girl of his dreams always looking through him. Dave is tired of his past successes defining his future. None of the five realize that their world is changing, and it’s all coming down to one pivotal moment that spirals out of their control.



 How to Survive in the North

by Luke Healy

This compelling graphic novel intricately weaves together true-life narratives of Arctic expeditions from 1912 and 1926 and a fictional story set in the present. Full-color illustrations.


This is an unforgettable journey of love and loss, showing the strength it takes to survive in the harshest conditions.

Let’s look at some book trailers for other new books in the DISHS library:

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna Marie McLemore

Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan

Watch for new books next week.