by Libba Bray
Survival. Of the fittest.
The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream Pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.
What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program – or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan – or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?
Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.
Book blurb from Amazon
Rainbow List 2012 – GLBTQ (ALA)
Audie Awards – Best Author Read Novel
Best Books for Young Adults 2012 (Booklist)
Amelia Bloomer List 2012 – Feminism (ALA)
2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults (ALA)
Barnes and Noble
Durham County Public Library
Orange County Public Library
Chapel Hill Public Library
*note: This page was created for my INLS 530 class at SILS UNC Chapel Hill*
Though I’m only in my first semester of my MSLS program at UNC, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to intern at a local public library in teen services. This week I created my first book display! Check it out below:
What do you think?
As a MSLS student, I am very rightfully enamored with the tradition of Banned Books Week. If you’re not familiar with the project, here’s a little blurb from the official website:
Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2012 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 30 through October 6. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. For more information on Banned Books Week, click here. According to the American Library Association, there were 326 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2011, and many more go unreported.
Bill Moyers on Banned Books Week from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.
So for your viewing pleasure here’s a little video about the importance of banned book week and what it means to censor reading. Enjoy!
This week in my young adult literature class (INLS 530: YA Literature and Resources), we talked about literature of diversity. Growing up where I did it was easy to think that only one race (white), one sexual orientation (straight), one religion (Christianity), and one dominant gender (male) existed. Most of the literature I read supported this view: Anne of Green Gable’s milky white skin, Winnie and Tuck’s straight love story, and Wendy‘s overbearing father.
Through reading Tyrell, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Down to the Bone and We Beat the Street I was introduced to an all-together different facet of YA literature. The importance of these stories is so great. Introduction to these stories should not occur at 22 as it did for me, it should be integrated into the cannon for 11-17 year olds.
Below is a video explaining the importance of representative stories. It’s a little long but incredibly moving. I hope you enjoy!