Special Topics and Award Books

Paper Hearts

Felicity has her entire future planned. Ever since her older sister ran away, she's had the full weight of her mother's expectations on her shoulders. So she works hard to get straight As and save for college. Except sometimes the best things in life are unplanned-like when Felicity meets a handsome, masked stranger while she is volunteering at a charity masquerade ball.

Paper Hearts

Ali Novak
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Novak)

Felicity has her entire future planned. Ever since her older sister ran away, she's had the full weight of her mother's expectations on her shoulders. So she works hard to get straight As and save for college. Except sometimes the best things in life are unplanned-like when Felicity meets a handsome, masked stranger while she is volunteering at a charity masquerade ball.


Teens Top Ten

Turtles All the Way Down

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Turtles All the Way Down

John Green
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Green)

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.


Teens Top Ten

You Can Do a Graphic Novel

Get that story out of your head and onto paper! Barbara Slate guides aspiring graphic novelists through the same process she learned in her early days working for Marvel and DC Comics. Written in the form of a graphic novel itself, the book covers all the components and shows readers how to: Find their own drawing style regardless of ability; Create memorable characters, compelling plots and subplots, and engaging dialog; Traverse the graphic novel business.

You Can Do a Graphic Novel

Barbara Slate
(Adult Nonfiction - 741.51 Sla)

Get that story out of your head and onto paper! Barbara Slate guides aspiring graphic novelists through the same process she learned in her early days working for Marvel and DC Comics. Written in the form of a graphic novel itself, the book covers all the components and shows readers how to: Find their own drawing style regardless of ability; Create memorable characters, compelling plots and subplots, and engaging dialog; Traverse the graphic novel business.


Creative Nonfiction in Celebration of the Power of Words

What It Is

Barry's graphic novel demonstrates a tried-and-true creative method that is playful, powerful, and accessible to anyone with an inquisitive wish to write or to remember.

What It Is

Lynda Barry
(Graphic Novels - Barry)

Barry's graphic novel demonstrates a tried-and-true creative method that is playful, powerful, and accessible to anyone with an inquisitive wish to write or to remember.


Creative Nonfiction in Celebration of the Power of Words

Unjournaling: Daily Writing Challenges That Are Not Introspective, Not Personal, Not Boring

Provides over 200 impersonal creative writing prompts for writers of middle-school age and higher, along with sample responses.

Unjournaling: Daily Writing Challenges That Are Not Introspective, Not Personal, Not Boring

Dawn DiPrince
(VITAL - 808.042 Dip)

Provides over 200 impersonal creative writing prompts for writers of middle-school age and higher, along with sample responses.


Creative Nonfiction in Celebration of the Power of Words

Now Write! Screenwriting: Exercises by Today's Best Writers and Teachers

This lively and easy-to-read guide will motivate both aspiring and experienced screenwriters. No other screenwriting book offers advice and exercises from this many writers of successful, iconic films.

Now Write! Screenwriting: Exercises by Today's Best Writers and Teachers

Sherry Ellis
(Adult Nonfiction - 808.23 Ell)

This lively and easy-to-read guide will motivate both aspiring and experienced screenwriters. No other screenwriting book offers advice and exercises from this many writers of successful, iconic films.


Creative Nonfiction in Celebration of the Power of Words

Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels

McCloud shows his reader how to master the human condition through word and image in a brilliantly minimalistic way. Comic book devotees as well as the most uninitiated will marvel at this journey into a once–underappreciated art form.

Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels

Scott McCloud
(Adult Nonfiction - 741.5 Mcc)

McCloud shows his reader how to master the human condition through word and image in a brilliantly minimalistic way. Comic book devotees as well as the most uninitiated will marvel at this journey into a once–underappreciated art form.


Creative Nonfiction in Celebration of the Power of Words

Just Write: Here's How

The award-winning author of young adult literature guides readers through the writing process, and includes examples from his own works, outlines for writing fiction and nonfiction, and excerpted pages from the author's writing notebooks.

Just Write: Here's How

Walter Dean Myers
(Adult Nonfiction - 808.02 Mye)

The award-winning author of young adult literature guides readers through the writing process, and includes examples from his own works, outlines for writing fiction and nonfiction, and excerpted pages from the author's writing notebooks.


Creative Nonfiction in Celebration of the Power of Words

How to Make a Journal of Your Life

Artist and zine-writer Dan Price teaches readers how to tap into those pent-up creative juices and collect their life experiences on paper.

How to Make a Journal of Your Life

D. Price
(Adult Nonfiction - 808.06692 Pr)

Artist and zine-writer Dan Price teaches readers how to tap into those pent-up creative juices and collect their life experiences on paper.


Creative Nonfiction in Celebration of the Power of Words

Draw Out the Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics

Offers advice for effective storytelling in comic book format, covering such topics as color, placement, pacing, visually representing ideas, and other techniques for short gag strips as well as graphic novels and other more involved storylines.

Draw Out the Story: Ten Secrets to Creating Your Own Comics

Brian McLachlan
(Juvenile Nonfiction - J 741.51 Mcl)

Offers advice for effective storytelling in comic book format, covering such topics as color, placement, pacing, visually representing ideas, and other techniques for short gag strips as well as graphic novels and other more involved storylines.


Creative Nonfiction in Celebration of the Power of Words

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