Teens STILL Love Print Books! (Especially When Rick Riordan Is Writing Them)

BookendsLynn: Oh, how I wish all those people who loudly proclaim the death of print books could have been at our book-club meeting this past week! Let me set the stage. Teens are buzzing in, depositing stacks and stacks of books in the return bin and beelining straight to the shelves to resupply. Greek HeroesAfter all, they have two whole weeks to read before school starts and they don’t want to risk the horror of running out of books! If only WE could read that fast! Just as we are all settling down at the tables to start the discussion, a teen arrives carrying an enormous book she has purchased the day before and brought to share. As she sets Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes (Aug. 2015) on the table with a thud, there are audible gasps from the gathered teens, “O . . . M . . . G!” She proudly opens the book, “Look,” she says reverently, “there’s a MAP!” We lost all control of the meeting at that point as chaos ensued at the sight of . . . a MAP! Be still, my heart.

Keep fighting the good fight because
kids love real books! And maps!

Take that, you doubting Thomases—a whole room full of teens giddy over a new book and the map inside it. I swear to Gutenberg, this happened spontaneously. I know librarians all understand this, given that we are all in the trenches, defending book budgets to the mostly nonreaders who seem to control our budgets. Keep fighting the good fight because kids love real books! And maps!

Sword of SummerCindy: I have Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods (2014), in my middle schools and will definitely be adding the new Greek Heroes companion. But Lynn and I do have a confession to make: we are hoarding a new Rick Riordan arrival to read ourselves, before we even tell the teens about it. Mark your calendars for October 6! Riordan has a new Norse mythology series on the way, called Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. My heritage is Norwegian, so I had to hang on to Book One: The Sword of Summer and read it first. We didn’t dare tell the teens we had it or they might have stormed our houses or sent giants to fetch our copies. IMG_8030[1]The bound, numbered, limited-edition galley arrived in a special slipcase making for a sweet package. Hmm . . . this might make a great prize for a fall contest . . . but first I get to read it. You don’t need to wait for reviews or our blog post, just get this on your fall book orders to be ready for your “giant” readers. With 1700 middle schoolers in my two buildings, I’m going to need a few copies. Battle on!



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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