The Unauthorized Biography of Stephenie Meyer


by Marc Shapiro

by Marc Shapiro

 Author repeats public information for profit.

There, that’s my six words. The author doesn’t deserve that many.  If you Google a famous author and write down everything you find about them and then publish that information in a book, you could be Marc Shapiro. It must be profitable though – because he has done the same for Julie Newmar, J. K. Rowling, George Harrison, Carlos Santana, and Goldie Hawn.

What's Happening – The Answers!

You’ve likely already heard that we at Teen Book Battles are looking for a few good bloggers.

You’re also probably (humor me a little, here – I don’t get out much) in a frenzy of curiousity or suspense about the list of titles posted here a week or so ago.

What do all these titles have in common?


“The Nightmare Affair.”

“This Song Will Save Your Life.”


“The Rithmatist.”

“This is What Happy Looks Like.”


“A Midsummer Night’s Scream.”

“Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.”

“In The Shadow of Blackbirds.”

“The 5th Wave.”

“Of Triton.”

“Siege and Storm.”

“Love In The Time Of Global Warming.”

“The Testing.”

“The Eye of Minds.”

“Earth Girl.”

“The Clockwork Scarab.”

“Maybe I Will.”

“The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die.”



“Openly Straight.”

“Monument 14: Sky On Fire.” .

“Six Months Later.”

“Eleanor & Park.”

Well, I’ll tell you.

They are all nominees for the YALSA Top Ten Teen books of 2014.

Every year, the Young Adult Library Services Association gathers input from teens at libraries across the US, and creates a list of 25 nominees.   “Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week at; the winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.”

And this year Chesapeake Public Library’s Greenbrier Branch has been chosen to receive a copy of each of the nominated titles!  YAY!

What does this mean for you?  Well, we’ll be hosting an event during Teen Read Week in October, and each of the nominated titles will be showcased in a presentation created by you, the readers.  Presentations can take any form you like – poster, artwork, powerpoint, skit, booktalk, music video. . . be as creative and daring as you want!  We’ll have 3 minutes for each book and then everyone can vote in our own Chesapeake Only polling.  It’s going to be very interesting to see what we choose compared to what teens nation-wide choose.  Ask at the Greenbrier Branch for more details about how you can present a book.  Remember, there are only 25 titles, so signups will go fast!

Also going fast – signups to BLOG the BOOKS!  We need a blog entry for each of these titles, and since this is Teens Top Ten, we want TEEN bloggers!  Again, the Greenbrier Branch has information about this, but ask at any branch.

All the new titles will be available at Greenbrier no later than July 10th.  Watch for the special display.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

A Touch of Scarlet – Eve Marie Mont

A Touch of Scarlet

Eve Marie Mont


This is a really tough title to blog – there’s a lot going on here.  But that’s a good thing.

All in one winning read, this title has romance, self-discovery, humor, friendships, great literature, paranormal experiences, and a full round of seasons in the beauty of New England.  Oh, and it has some mean girls, a private boarding school, and lots of running.

Sound confusing?

Well it sort of should be, but it’s not.  I wound up finishing this in one (long) sitting, and felt very glad for the read.

The cover blurb makes this book sound like it’s all about Emma slipping in and out of the world of The Scarlet Letter, but there’s much more to it than that.  There’s her long distance boyfriend, a roommate who is trying to figure out who she is, and painful memories from childhood that may be more dangerous that just dreams.

What makes it so good?  Even with all the various threads running through the plot, you never feel lost reading it.  All of the storylines still have Emma at the center, and all of them move at realistic and interesting pace.  The characters are complicated enough to be real, but still easy to like.  And the setting will have you longing for Massachusetts when you’re done reading.

Highly recommend.


Tomorrow is National Catfish Day.  Now I am sure people will be celebrating the actual fish that live in the disgusting murky waters of ponds, lakes or wherever.  But I was thinking more in the terms of “Catfish”  like the show on MTV.  In case you don’t know, “catfishing” is when a person pretends to be someone they’re not online for romantic purposes.  If you watch the show you know drama always ensues.  Sometimes the people are legit but more often things are not as they seem.  Regardless, it is fascinating and makes for interesting tv but even more interesting reading.  Check out these great books (found at your local library) about online romances.

what happy looks like

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