Welcome to another helping of the Teen Menu, offering up monthly news and reviews from the world of young adult fiction.
We finally have a teaser trailer for The Hunger Games, which premiered during the recent MTV Movie Awards. Take a look.
The Hollywood Reporter has a slideshow of photos from Breaking Dawn, Part 1 on its site. Click here to take a look.
The CW television network is looking at possibly acquiring the rights to produce a TV series based on Candace Bushnell's The Carrie Diaries, the younger-skewing prequel to Sex and the City.
I've always been a fan of survival stories, whether it's The Swiss Family Robinson or The Day After Tomorrow. Trapped by Michael Northrop is more like the latter than the former. Narrated by a 15-year-old boy, it's the story of how he and five of his classmates survive (or don't) when they are trapped in their rural New England high school by the biggest Nor'easter blizzard to ever hit the region. We know from the beginning of the book that not everyone comes out of the experience alive, so this gives the book an edge-of-your-seat quality. I read each page wondering if it held clues to who would perish.
When the storm first hits, the four boys and two girls aren't all that worried. After all, they've seen big snows before. But as the snow continues to fall day after day without ceasing, quickly burying the lower level access to their school, they begin to think they might truly be in trouble. Things just get worse as the power goes out, then the heat, and cell phone service. They are thrust firmly into survival mode.
Compared to a lot of the YA books I read, this was a quick read. And for those of you who are looking for YA that appeals to boys, add Trapped to your list.