Thursday, April 29, 2010

Are you ready to meet

Lisa Schroeder

at the Teen Book Festival this May?!?

Lisa is the author of several books for teens, and even some children's books. Some books you may be interested in are...

Chasing Brooklyn
Far From You
I Heart You, You Haunt Me
It's Raining Cupcakes

Chasing Brooklyn is her most recent novel;
it came out in January of 2010!

Some fun facts about Lisa are...

*She buys almost all of her clothes at thrift stores!

*Taylor Swift inspired her to learn to play guitar

*Lisa claims she can make a fantastic blackberry pie

*She has never swam with dolphins ;)

*She loves playing Rock Band with her kids!

To learn more about Lisa and her books, visit her page on the TBF Website:
and her super cool personal webpage:

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sarah Ockler

is an author of Young Adult novels that will be at this year's Teen Book Festival!

Sarah's debut novel was
Twenty Boy Summer

Her second novel
Fixing Delilah Hannaford
will be released this Fall!

Some interesting facts about Sarah are:

*She absolutely hates watermelon. Check out this link for (humorous) proof!

*Sarah skipped her senior prom and went to a Grateful Dead concert instead. She doesn't regret this one bit!

*She failed gym in high school; but she got A's in pretty much everything else

*She didn't get her drivers license until she was 19 years old

*Her favorite book is On the Road by Jack Kerouac

To learn more about Sarah Ockler and her books visit her page on the TBF website:
and her personal blog:

Friday, April 23, 2010

Check out our new look!

As you can see the Teen Spot Blog has undergone some changes...

Please let us know what you think by posting a comment!

Thanks everyone, we hope you enjoy it!
On Wednesday, April 14th Illustrator
Ken Wheaton
visited us for a special Teen Time!

He talked to us about getting into the illustrating business
and shared some of his work with us. There were about 20 audience members!

Here are some pictures of the event:

We would like to thank Ken for coming and speaking with us; it was a wonderful experience!
We would also extend MANY thanks to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring this event!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Get Ready to Meet

Alyson Noel

at the Teen Book Festival in May!

Alyson is a very accomplished author of novels for Teens. Her books include:

Evermore (Immortals Series Book 1)
Blue Moon (Immortals Series Book 2)
Shadowland (Immortals Series Book 3)
Saving Zoe
Laguna Cove
Kiss & Blog
Faking 19
Cruel Summer
Art Geeks and Prom Queens

The 4th book in the Immortals series Dark Flame will be coming on June 22nd, 2010! Also, on August 31st 2010 the start of a a new series, a spin-off of the Immortals series will be released; the name of this book is Radiance.

Some interesting facts about Alyson are...

*Alyson is from California; she grew up in Orange County
The OC)

*She lived in Mykonos, Greece for several years after high school; after that she lived in Manhattan for a few more years!

*Since then she met her husband in Newport Beach (CA) and has settled back into living in The OC

*She was a flight attendant; she wrote her first book Faking 19 on long weather delays and layovers

*Her hair has been brown, orange, red, blonde, auburn, black, and purple (the purple was an accident)

*If she could go back in time she would travel to Renaissance Florence

To learn more about Alyson and her novels visit her TBF Page:
and her personal website:

Monday, April 19, 2010

Who else will be at the Teen Book Festival this year?

Mari Mancusi

Mari is the author of:
Stake That
Sk8er Boy
Girls that Growl
Gamer Girl
Boys that Bite
Bad Blood

Bad Blood is her latest novel that came out in January 2010!
Some fun facts about Mari are:

*She used to wish she could be a vampire when she was in high school

*She has won two Emmy awards for a women's lifestyle show; she is the producer

*80's music is her favorite

*In her spare time she enjoys: snowboarding, clubbing, shopping, and playing video games

*She has a dog named Molly!

For more information about Mari and her novels, visit her page on the TBF website:
and her personal webpage:

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Are you ready to meet

Ben Mikaelsen

at the Teen Book Festival??

Ben is an accomplished children's and teen author! His books for teens include:
Tree Girl
Touching Spirit Bear
Sparrow Hawk Red
Rescue Josh McGuire
Red Midnight
Ghost of Spirit Bear

Some interesting facts about Ben are...

*When a child is crying, he likes to use magic tricks to distract them

*If he hadn't become a writer, he would have liked to become a stand-up comedian

*Ben has been been on a four month trip to South America, has flown over the North Pole, and has been swimming with dolphins!

*He has been on Jack Hannah's Animal Adventures on national television!

*Ben lives in a log cabin in Montana

*He adopted a black bear 25 years ago and raised it as his pet. Her name is Buffy and she is 7ft tall and weights over 700 pounds! Once, when Ben was getting a speeding ticket, Buffy reached out the car window and took the pad of paper away from the officer and ate it! The officer ran away and forgot about the ticket!

^Buffy the Bear!^

For more information about Ben (and Buffy) visit his TBF webpage:
and his personal website:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Ken Wheaton

will be joining us for a very special Teen Time tomorrow
from 3:00pm-5:00pm!

Ken is an accomplished cartoonist, illustrator, and educator.

Some of his comic book projects include:
Bart Simpson Comics
Radioactive Man
The Phantom
Mister Magoo
Kolchak: The Night Stalker

*Ken also runs a workshop with writer Eric Churchill; this workshop is for students and teens who are interested in entering the field. It is in it's 8th year.

*Recently, some of Ken's cartoons have been featured in television advertisements for Toyota and McDonalds on the West Coast.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Are you ready to meet

Lisa McMann

at the Teen Book Festival!?!?

Lisa is the author of:


Some fun facts about Lisa are:

*She loves peanut butter, and has been known to go on missions to find some when she doesn't have any!

*The picture on the cover of Gone was actually from a picture she took of a chair in a hotel in Claifornia

*She currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids; but she grew up in Holland, Massachusetts

For more information about Lisa and her books visit her TBF webpage:
and her personal website:

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Barry Lyga
will be joining us for the Teen Book Festival this May!

Barry is the author of several books for teens. Some of these include:

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl
Boy Toy
Goth Girl Rising
Wolverine: Worst Day Ever

He is also the author of a collection of short stories, comic books, and a non-fiction book about comic books!

Some interesting facts about Barry are...

*He graduated from Yale with a degree in English

*He wrote his first novel in High School (which he claims to be truly awful)

*He worked in the comic book industry for 10 years

*Barry has witnessed police interrogation through on-way mirrors (just like on TV!)

*He has three books that he is in the process of writing; one called Archvillian Book 1 will hopefully be released fall of this year; the second The Graphic Novel is planned to be released in Fall of 2011; the third The Monster has no set release date!

To learn more about Barry visit his TBF page:
and his personal website:

Monday, April 05, 2010

We are going to have the chance to meet

Alisa Libby

at the Teen Book Festival this year!

She is the author of two novels so far:
The King's Rose
Blood Confession

Some interesting facts about Alisa are...

*When she was little, she wanted to be a trumpet player, a writer, an archeologist, and a unicorn; but she's pretty happy she stuck with being a writer.

*She loves castles, sheep, and ice cream.

*She says she still writes terrible first drafts, and that she still has a lot to learn about writing, but she loves it!

*Tea is an important part of her writing process.

For more information about Alisa check out her page on the TBF website:
and her personal website:

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Daniel Kirk

will be joining us at the Teen Book Festival this May!

Daniel is the author of:
The Elf Realm Trilogy which includes...
Low Road
High Road

Some fun facts about Daniel are:

*He is the author and illustrator of many children's picture books

*He met his wife while dropping off some artwork to National Lampoon's Magazine! They now two children named Ivy and Raleigh.

*Daniel plays guitar and sings in a rock band called Digital Doghouse

*He has been a vegetarian since he was 17.

To learn more about Daniel visit his page on the TBF website:
and his personal website: