Janine Sakakura – LIBR 265 YA Materials Database Assignment – Summer 2013 – Professor Wrenn-Estes

10 Things I hate About You directed by Gil Junger

20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

Biography in Context developed by Gale Cengage Learning

Bleach by Tite Kubo

Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

Breakfast Club directed by John Hughes

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Hope in Patience by Beth Fehlbaum

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Just Dance 4 by Ubisoft

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Mario Kart Wii developed by Nintendo

Maus Vol. 1 by Art Spiegelman

Mean Girls directed by Mark Waters

New Super Mario Bros. Wii developed by Nintendo

Night by Elie Wiesel

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Opposing Viewpoints in Context developed by Gale Cengage Learning

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Oxford Art Online developed by Oxford University Press

Peeps by Scott Westerfield

Pink by Lili Wilkinson

Red by Taylor Swift

Saved! directed by Brian Dannelly

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Seventeen Magazine

Shiver by Maggie Siefvater

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants directed by Ken Kwapis

Teen Vogue Magazine

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Transworld Surf Magazine

Transworld Skateboarding Magazine

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Unorthodox Jukebox by Bruno Mars

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

World Book Online developed by Scott Fetzer Company

Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma

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Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma

Yotsuba_vol1_coverTitleYotsuba&!

Author: Kiyohiko Azuma

ISBN: 1-4139-0317-7

Publication Date: 2003

Genre: Manga

Reading Level/Interest Age: 12 and up

Plot: Five year old Yotsuba was an orphan and was adopted by Mr. Koiwai when he was visiting another country, he found the Yotsuba and has taken her under his wing ever since. She’s a very energetic, happy, and curious little girl that is always fascinated by all the new things that she learns. When Mr. Koiwai and Yotsuba move in to town, they meet their neighbors, the Ayase family and they get a firsthand look at how odd Yotsuba can be.

Critical Evaluation: There is not a lot of depth in this manga series and it is surprising to see it in a young adult section of the library. However, the curiosity of the fun loving little girl always makes the story entertaining and so this allows some room for the little girl’s character to grow. The adorable and silly antics that Yotsuba goes on always bring a smile to the reader’s face and bring a light-hearted atmosphere.

Reader’s Annotation: The Ayase family meets their new neighbors, Mr. Koiwai and his adopted daughter Yotsuba. They are in for a big and fun surprise when they meet them.

Author: Retrieved from Wikipedia –

Kiyohiko Azuma was born on May 27, 1968 in Takasago, Hyōgo Prefecture. He is a Japanese manga author and artist. In his manga he writes under the hiragana form of his name, which has led some non-Japanese-speakers to confuse him for a woman (as they have mistaken the masculine ending -hiko for the feminine -ko). He used to use the pen name Jōji Jonokuchi in his H manga.[1] His most well-known work is Azumanga Daioh.[2] His current series is Yotsuba&!, which is serialized monthly in Dengeki Daioh magazine. Other works of his include dōjinshi titled A-ZONE (vol.0-8) involving characters from Neon Genesis EvangelionSailor Moon,Tenchi Muyo!Battle Athletes Victory and Dragon Ball among others.

Curriculum Ties:

  • Adoption/orphan
  • Caregiving

Booktalking Ideas:

  • If you had a neighbor like Yotsuba, would you be as light-hearted or patient as her neighbors are? Would you try and talk with the father of the child?

Challenging Issues: N/A

Why This Book? This book is a fun loving and light hearted book. Whenever I need a little pick-me-up, I turn to these books.

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The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

fellowshipTitleThe Fellowship of the Ring

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

ISBN: 978-0547928210

Publication Date: 1945

Genre: Fantasy

Reading Level/Interest Age: 12 and up

Plot: Frodo Baggins, a hobbit who lives in the shire, must go on a very treacherous journey to destroy the Ring of the Dark Lord, Sauron. The Ring is a powerful tool to control all others in the other lands and to prevent Sauron’s army from retrieving it, Frodo must take the Ring to where it was forged and destroy it. The journey is long and there are many dangers lurking in the shadows not knowing who is under Sauron’s control, so Frodo must be accompanied with eight others (forming the Fellowship of the Ring and also called the Nine Walkers) in order to survive through this quest. Of these Nine Walkers are Frodo, three other Hobbit companions (Samwise Gamgee, Peregrin Took, and Meriadoc Brandybuck), two Men (Aragorn and Boromir), a Silvan Elf (Legolas), a wizard (Gandalf), and a Dwarf (Gimli). These nine individuals will be faced with a great deal of challenges on this dark and dangerous quest.

Critical Evaluation: This novel is the first book in the series of The Lord of the Ring. Tolkien has created an impressive story line and has successfully shown that his imagination is extremely vivid. The author of this novel gives descriptive details about each encounter with others from distant lands that the reader can picture the person right in front of them. The words that are used throughout the story are able to create the right mood and tone of the book. When Sauron’s ring is mentioned, there is an obvious dark mood that hangs in the air.

Reader’s Annotation: The ring of Sauron is a powerful and dangerous artifact that brings out the evil from within. This ring must be destroyed and Frodo is their only hope to carrying out the task.

Author: Retrieved from The Tolkien Society website

“John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a major scholar of the English language, specialising in Old and Middle English. Twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford, he also wrote a number of stories, including most famously The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), which are set in a pre-historic era in an invented version of the world which he called by the Middle English name of Middle-earth. This was peopled by Men (and women), Elves, Dwarves, Trolls, Orcs (or Goblins) and of course Hobbits. He has regularly been condemned by the Eng. Lit. establishment, with honourable exceptions, but loved by literally millions of readers worldwide.

In the 1960s he was taken up by many members of the nascent “counter-culture” largely because of his concern with environmental issues. In 1997 he came top of three British polls, organised respectively by Channel 4 / Waterstone’s, the Folio Society, and SFX, the UK‘s leading science fiction media magazine, amongst discerning readers asked to vote for the greatest book of the 20th century. Please note also that his name is spelt Tolkien (there is no “Tolkein”).”

Curriculum Ties:

  • Teamwork
  • Comradery

Booktalking Ideas:

  • If you were given a task that can save the entire world but will be a trying journey, would you be willing to take on the challenge?

Challenging Issues:

  • Religious viewpoints
  • Violence

Defensive Maneuvers:

  • I would be sure to study and memorize the library’s collection policy.
  • The Library Bill of Rights must also be brought to the challenger’s attention stating that the library is an information institution that provides both information and ideas.
  • Have both good and bad reviews (from respected sources) about the book at hand.
  • Remember to mention the awards and honors that the item has received.
  • Be sure to listen to the person who is challenging the book and do not interrupt them while they are speaking. Try to understand where the patron is coming from when he or she states their concerns about the material.
  • When you respond to the challenger, have a calm and respectable tone informing them that the library must do all that it can to provide intellectual freedom to its patrons, young and old.

Why This Book? This book never fails to entertain the reader.

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Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

Fruits_Basket_mangaTitleFruits Basket Vol. 1

Author: Natsuki Takaya

ISBN: 978-1591826033

Publication Date: 2001

Genre: Manga or graphic novel

Reading Level/Interest Age: 14 and up

Plot: Tohru Honda, who had lost her mother (her only legal guardian) in a terrible car accident. Being forced to live in the forest outside of town in a tent, she stumbles upon the Sohma family household where Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Sohma currently stay. She is warmly welcomed into their home and they insist on her staying with them for the time being. Tohru insists on cooking delicious meals and cleaning their household in exchange for their kindness. Eventually, she learns the secret of their family curse which is whenever anyone in the family is embraced by the opposite sex he or she turns into a specific animal of the Chinese zodiac. Being that she is the only female in the household, this can be somewhat of a problem.

Critical Evaluation: This Japanese manga is an adorable story about a kind family with dark past. The affiliation with the Chinese Zodiac intrigues many readers and this manga illustrates it well allowing teens to easily follow along on the famous story. This book is the first volume of a 23 volume series and much of the series illustrates Tohru coping with loss, enjoying the company of family and friends, and experiencing true love. By reading this book and the ones that follow, all readers will enjoy following Tohru‘s footsteps and walking allow with her on her path to becoming part of the Sohma family.

Reader’s Annotation: When a door closes, another one opens. This is the case for Tohru Honda when her mother passes away and then the door of the Sohma family opens her way.

Author: Retrieved from Wikipedia –

“She was born on July 7, 1973. Takaya is left-handed and once revealed that she wanted to be a manga artist since first grade, when her sister started drawing. She was born inShizuoka, Japan, but was raised in Tokyo, where she made her debut in 1992. She enjoys video games such as the Final Fantasy series or Sakura Wars, or working on her different manga series, such as Fruits Basket, which is the second best-selling shōjo manga ever in Japan,[1] and the top selling shōjo manga in North America.[2] Fruits Basket has also been adapted into a twenty-six-episode anime series. In 2001, Takaya received a Kodansha Manga Award for shōjo manga for Fruits Basket.”

Curriculum Ties:

  • Coping
  • Chinese calendar or Chinese Zodiac

Booktalking Ideas:

  • Besides the animal that represents your birth year, what other animal do you think you are based on personality?

Challenging Issues: N/A

Why This Book? This book/manga series is one of my favorite mangas of all time. I fell in love with the anime series and the manga because of the adorable storyline.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

HarryPotter1TitleHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J.K. Rowling

ISBN: 978-0590353427

Publication Date: 1999

Genre: Fantasy

Reading Level/Interest Age: 12 and up

Plot: Harry Potter has lived with Dursley family, who does not give Harry the same respect as they do to their son, Dudley. Harry has yet to learn that he has been accepted into the Hogwarts Academy to master the art of magic. The Dursley’s do not like this and prevent Harry from finding out about his acceptance and move to a small distant island. Of course, this will not stop the school from informing Harry and so Rubeus Hagrid – half giant and half man – bursts in and proposes the opportunity for Harry to attend the academy. Once Harry accepts, he meets his soon to be long term friends, Rob Weasley and Hermione Granger, and travel through the Platform 9 3/4 where the train will transport them to the Hogwarts. As Harry and his friends enter this wizarding world, there is so much to learn about magic and how powerful and dark it can be.

Critical Evaluation: This particular is the first book of the popular Harry Potter series. Rowling does an amazing job at the descriptive detail on explaining the realm of magic to the reader. The Sorcerer’s Stone opens this new world to the reader and prepares the audience of the next adventures that awaits. Readers of all ages can enjoy reading these well written novels because everyone’s imagination will run wild with exciting adventures that they will embark upon with the three clever wizards.

Reader’s Annotation: Harry is introduced to the wizarding world at Hogwarts academy, which will start his magical journey to new adventures.

Author: Retrieved from Biography in Context

J. K. Rowling was born Joanne Rowling on July 31, 1965, in Chipping Sodbury, a small town near Bristol, England, the daughter of a French-Scottish mother named Anne, and a Rolls Royce engineer father named Peter Rowling, who met on a train leaving King’s Cross Station in London. She also has one older sister, Diana. In 1971 the Rowlings moved to nearby Winterbourne, in Bristol, and among the children’s friends were Ian and Vikki Potter. Three years later, the family moved again, to Tutshill, near the border of Wales.

Rowling says she started writing stories at age six. Her first story, Rabbit, was about a rabbit with measles. Rowling later described herself as a child to a January Online interviewer as much like Harry Potter: “short, squat,” wearing thick glasses, shy, “very bossy” and “very bookish,” though “terrible at school.” She said she was “never happier than when reading or writing.”

Rowling studied French at Exeter University and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1986. After graduation she worked as a secretary at various firms, including a publisher, where part of her job was writing and sending out rejection letters to prospective authors. Her dream was still to become a writer, and she started several adult novels but never finished them. In 1990 Rowling first imagined Harry Potter while on a train that was delayed for hours between Manchester and London and has noted that the character emerged to her “fully formed.”

Rowling moved to Portugal in 1990 to teach English, and there she met and married Portuguese television journalist Jorge Arantes, with whom she had a child, Jessica. Unfortunately, the marriage ended in divorce after a stormy two years marked by frequent quarreling. Although Rowling has denied basing her arrogant, lying wizard Gilderoy Lockhart on Arantes, she had noted that the character in the Harry Potter series was modeled on a real person who was “even more objectionable than his fictional counterpart.”

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Booktalking Ideas: N/A

Challenging Issues:

  • Religious viewpoints

Defensive Maneuvers:

  • I would be sure to study and memorize the library’s collection policy.
  • The Library Bill of Rights must also be brought to the challenger’s attention stating that the library is an information institution that provides both information and ideas.
  • Have both good and bad reviews (from respected sources) about the book at hand.
  • Remember to mention the awards and honors that the item has received.
  • Be sure to listen to the person who is challenging the book and do not interrupt them while they are speaking. Try to understand where the patron is coming from when he or she states their concerns about the material.
  • When you respond to the challenger, have a calm and respectable tone informing them that the library must do all that it can to provide intellectual freedom to its patrons, young and old.

Why This Book? I have always loved this series and I can never put them down.

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Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

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Author: Maggie Stiefvater

ISBN: 978-0-545-12327-3

Publication Date: 2009

Genre: Fantasy

Reading Level/Interest Age: 15 and up

Plot: Grace had a near death experience when she was attacked by a pack of wolves in the forest, but she was saved by a single brave wolf. Now that years have passed, she watches from a far into her backyard a yellow-eyed wolf who she feels a connection with. This wolf is Sam, who is a wolf during the cold winter months and then is human during the warmer seasons. When he is human, he meets Grace and they both stir up an interest in each other and fall in love. As the cold seasons approach, it is hard for Sam to stay human and as each year goes by, it gets harder and harder to turn back.

Critical Evaluation: Stiefvater’s does an excellent job at portraying teens under pressure to try and find solutions to problems. The solutions to these problems are not found in textbooks and it is fascinating to see the thought process that the young teens go through in order to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Having both Sam and Grace being the narrator in this book is done well and a great way to tell the story. Not many young adult books are written this way and this particular story is perfect for that type of format.

Reader’s Annotation: Grace has a deep meaningful connection with a wolf and Sam, the wolf, is in love with Grace. They don’t know it yet, but their relationship will be taken to a whole new level.

Author: Retrieved from author’s official website

“After a tumultuous past as a history major, calligraphy instructor, wedding musician, technical editor and equestrian artist, I’m not a full-time writer living in the middle of nowhere, Virginia, with my charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, four neurotic dogs who fart recreationally and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

I’m also an award-winning colored pencil artist, play several musical instruments (most infamously, the bagpipes), and an ex-Navy brat. I recently acquired a race care.”

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Booktalking Ideas:

  • Do you happen to have a love for animals? If so, which ones do you think you are more likely to have a special bond with?

Challenging Issues:

  • Sexual content

Defensive Maneuvers:

  • I would be sure to study and memorize the library’s collection policy.
  • The Library Bill of Rights must also be brought to the challenger’s attention stating that the library is an information institution that provides both information and ideas.
  • Have both good and bad reviews (from respected sources) about the book at hand.
  • Remember to mention the awards and honors that the item has received.
  • Be sure to listen to the person who is challenging the book and do not interrupt them while they are speaking. Try to understand where the patron is coming from when he or she states their concerns about the material.
  • When you respond to the challenger, have a calm and respectable tone informing them that the library must do all that it can to provide intellectual freedom to its patrons, young and old.

Why This Book? I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because it was written in two perspectives, which is rare in young adult books.

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Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

imagesTitleBlue Bloods

Author: Melissa De La Cruz

ISBN: 978-142310126

Publication Date: 2006

Genre: Fantasy

Reading Level/Interest Age: 14 and up

Plot: Fifteen year old Schuyler Van Alen lives in New York City with her grandmother (the only family she has) and goes to a prestigious school called Duchesne where she feels she doesn’t fit in. She’s not in with the cool crowd who wear fancy designer clothes. Instead she’d rather go with the vintage look and wear baggy clothes. Her usual group of friends only consists of two other people Oliver and Dylan, also outcasts in the social world. Suddenly, things started to change when she is introduced into the “The Committee” which consists of the most elite students of the school. She eventually learns that she isn’t human anymore.

Critical Evaluation: This particular novel illustrates a different type of vampires. Their veins run blue and they crave raw meat and they do not share the same attributes that mythical vampires have. The detailed descriptions of Schuyler’s transformation from being a human to becoming a Blue Blood allows the reader to vividly picture what she is going through. Excerpts from a fictional diary that is dated back in the 1600s explain what life was like back then, but is not part of the narration of the novel. These pages are shown in order for the reader to see the gradual knowledge of the beginning of the Blue Bloods.

Reader’s Annotation: Schuyler Van Alen is initiated into the elite group called “The Committee” and experiences changes that she never would have thought could happen to any human being.

Author: Retrieved from Melissa De La Cruz’s “About Melissa” page on her official website –

“Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloodsseries, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less andThe Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications includingThe New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).”

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Booktalking Ideas:

  • Would you join an elite social group even if you felt that you could not fit in with them?

Challenging Issues:

  • Religious viewpoints
  • Sexual content

Defensive Maneuvers:

  • I would be sure to study and memorize the library’s collection policy.
  • The Library Bill of Rights must also be brought to the challenger’s attention stating that the library is an information institution that provides both information and ideas.
  • Have both good and bad reviews (from respected sources) about the book at hand.
  • Remember to mention the awards and honors that the item has received.
  • Be sure to listen to the person who is challenging the book and do not interrupt them while they are speaking. Try to understand where the patron is coming from when he or she states their concerns about the material.
  • When you respond to the challenger, have a calm and respectable tone informing them that the library must do all that it can to provide intellectual freedom to its patrons, young and old.

Why This Book? I enjoy fantasy books and I felt that this went an interesting way of portraying a new breed of vampires.

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