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New Year’s Nonfiction for Teens

Last year my New Year’s resolution was to stop making New Year’s resolutions. Clearly, that resolution was an epic fail because I currently have at least three solid resolutions in the works. But this is exactly what makes New Year’s resolutions so great. They can be as grand or as small as we want them to be. What's your resolution? Maybe you want to start your own rock band. Or maybe you dream of finding ways to eat healthier or live green. You may even want to learn how to have an encounter with a vampire.

No matter how seriously (or not so seriously) you take your New Year’s resolution, Teen Central at Richland Library has some fantastic books that will help you accomplish your personal goals for the New Year.

We look forward to seeing you at Richland Library in 2013. Happy New Year!


Wild Horse Scientists by Kay Frydenborg
Amazon Says: Dr. Ron Keiper and Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick have both, in their own unique way, made the wild horses of Assateague Island, Maryland their lives’ work. Experience Dr. Keiper's han more...
Amazon Says: Dr. Ron Keiper and Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick have both, in their own unique way, made the wild horses of Assateague Island, Maryland their lives’ work. Experience Dr. Keiper's handwritten notes—taken over countless watchful hours in the field—which are both a diary and a scientific log that chart the lives of his equine subjects, some of nature's greatest survivors. And follow Dr. Kirkpatrick from the lab to the field as he works tirelessly to find a way to manage the horse population with a birth control vaccine, and helps keep the precarious balance of Assateague’s ecosystem intact. Descriptive prose meets solid science as author Kay Frydenborg offers a rare glimpse into the wild herds of Assateague, sharing beautiful photos of the Assateague herds in their island home and of both of the scientists at work—some of them never seen before. less...
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Teen Cuisine by Matthew Locricchio
Amazon Says: Calling All Teens ...Take over the vast empty space called the kitchen and learn gourmet cooking from a master chef! Over 50 mouthwatering step-by-step recipes, from "Brillian more...
Amazon Says: Calling All Teens ...Take over the vast empty space called the kitchen and learn gourmet cooking from a master chef! Over 50 mouthwatering step-by-step recipes, from "Brilliant Breakfasts" to "Star-Studded Salads" to "Shooting Star Entrees" and "Red Carpet Desserts". Each recipe an American favorite! * "Pizza Coast-to-Coast" section introduces pizza from three regions of the United States: New York, Chicago, and California * More than 60 dazzling photographs by James Peterson * "On Your Mark ... Get Set ... Cook!" format of recipes provides helpful organization * Step-by-step drawings clarify steps whenever necessary * Chef’s tips, safety section, cooking terms, and definitions * Kitchen essentials and kitchen equipment * An emphasis on fresh, nutritious ingredients for healthy eating less...
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Amazon Says: Learn how to create dynamic, published games for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with iPhone Game Development for Teens. This project-based beginner's game programming book gui more...
Amazon Says: Learn how to create dynamic, published games for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with iPhone Game Development for Teens. This project-based beginner's game programming book guides new game developers through the complete process of developing a complete game. The book's high-energy, step-by-step style presents proven consistent processes for creating exciting games and its highly readable style is perfect for teens or other beginners. The book begins by introducing critical gaming concepts before going into the details, sound effects, graphics, and more. While the book focuses on developing games specifically for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, readers can use the author's solid development process and the book's open source engine to create effective games for virtually any platform. An accompanying CD-ROM helps readers complete projects with demos of graphics, sound effects and much more. less...
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Amazon Says: We all know about the Earth's environmental crisis, but there is someone who can truly make a difference: you. If you text your friends or chat with them online, download musi more...
Amazon Says: We all know about the Earth's environmental crisis, but there is someone who can truly make a difference: you. If you text your friends or chat with them online, download music to your iPod, or toss bottles and papers into recycling bins, you're already more eco-savvy than you think. It's just as easy to do even more to help save the earth, and Generation Green shows you how. This book: Lays out the inside scoop on the biggest issues affecting our planet, such as global warming and overflowing landfills Offers dozens of tips on how to shop, dress, eat, and travel the green way Includes interviews with teens like you who are involved with fun, innovative green causes Shows that being environmentally conscious can be a natural part of your life -- and your generation's contribution to turning things around. It doesn't matter if you can't vote or drive. Your efforts -- big or small -- will contribute to saving the planet. It's time for all of us to take action. It's time to go green! less...
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Encounters With Vampires by David Robson
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Amazon Says: From greats like Patti Smith and Joan Jett to legends-in-the-making like Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato, girls want to rock. They want to start bands, write songs, get up on sta more...
Amazon Says: From greats like Patti Smith and Joan Jett to legends-in-the-making like Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato, girls want to rock. They want to start bands, write songs, get up on stage, and kick out the jams. Here's the book to teach them how. Written by an obsessive music lover who's spent her life playing, performing, publicizing, and writing about rock 'n' roll, The Girls' Guide To Rocking is a hip, inspirational guide for rad girls who want to make their rock dreams come true. It's everything a rocking girl needs to know: how to choose the right instrument for you, where to shop for instruments and where to avoid. How to get your band together and keep it together—tips on playing in a band with your friends and staying friends. How to turn your bedroom into a soundproof practice space. Giving your band the right name, plus a cautionary glossary of overused words (Wolf, Star, Crystal, Earth, etc.). How to set-up and promote your own shows. The freedom of going solo, and how to handle performing alone in the spotlight. Songwriting tips, with eight prompts to get the lyrics flowing. The ins and outs of recording, whether at home or in a studio. Taking care of business: publicizing your band, making T-shirts, legalese and the creative personality, and the four signs that say "time to hire a manager"—in other words, you've arrived. Includes a girls-in-rock timeline, essential listening lists, and quotes from the greats: Nina Simone, Hayley Williams, Gwen Stefani, Carrie Brownstein, Amy Lee, Kim Gordon, and more. Now get out there and rule the world. less...
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Just Write: Here's How! by Walter Dean Myers
Amazon Says: Practice, practice, practice. Now Walter Dean Myers, the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, walks y more...
Amazon Says: Practice, practice, practice. Now Walter Dean Myers, the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, walks you through the writing process.Includes:Examples from his writing and reading experiencesWalter's six-box and four-box outlines for writing fiction and nonfictionExcerpted pages from Walter's own notebooks An afterword by Ross Workman, Walter's teen coauthor of kickWriting tips from both Walter and Ross Anyone can be a writer, with a little help from Walter Dean Myers! less...
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Amazon Says: Today's news is constantly filled with stories about obesity and eating disorders, while advertisements give us a confusing message about the best things to eat. Kathlyn Gay e more...
Amazon Says: Today's news is constantly filled with stories about obesity and eating disorders, while advertisements give us a confusing message about the best things to eat. Kathlyn Gay explains why young people need to know about nutrition and about how they can make good choices about food. She explores diets, pills and supplements, vegetarian eating, the food pyramid, and more. less...
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Amazon Says: A singer calls out to the crowd. An electric bass thumps out a beat. Horns blare and strings swirl. These are the sounds of R & B. Rhythm and blues music evolved from all more...
Amazon Says: A singer calls out to the crowd. An electric bass thumps out a beat. Horns blare and strings swirl. These are the sounds of R & B. Rhythm and blues music evolved from all sorts of sounds: swinging jazz, gritty blues, and African American spiritual songs. The music's smooth mix of styles made it unique, and its passionate performers made it a sensation. Ever since Ray Charles hit the charts in the 1950s, R & B fans have held it down on dance floors. And R & B singers have belted out messages of love and calls for social change. Find out what drove R & B's earliest performers to stand up and sing. Follow the music's path from gospel choirs to wild funk bands. And learn more about legends such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, and Beyoncé. less...
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