March 3, 2015

Read + Review: Unbroken: an Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive, by Laura Hillenbrand

by LisaTheLibrarian

Unbroken is a book set in World War II. It is centered around the journeys and struggles of Louie Zamperini as a Prisoner of War (POW) and how he got to this point. Louie was an Olympic runner set on winning gold. However, war broke out, and he was drafted like many others to help in the struggle against Japan. He becomes a POW after his plane crashes, but to find out more, read the book Unbroken.

This book is meant for young adults, that being said there is some gore, and violence but all of that aside, this book is VERY well written. Laura Hillenbrand did an amazing job converting a book written for adults into a book teens and pre-teens would enjoy reading. I especially liked how Louie starts as a troubled child, and ends completely changed. If you have some free time, pick up Unbroken, you wont regret it.

One memorable thing was when the POW’s see the bomber flying overhead with an American logo on the side.

four stars

Reviewed by John, grade 7, Dumbarton Area Library 

March 3, 2015

Sweet @ Dumbarton Area Library

by LisaTheLibrarian


February 28, 2015

Teen Advisory Board Summit

by LisaTheLibrarian

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Representatives from all five HCPL Teen Advisory Boards met on February 25 to get acquainted, share ideas, work on teamwork skills, and eat pizza. Most TABs have a waiting list this time of year, but you still should think about joining! Information on our volunteering page.

February 26, 2015

HCPL Closed Today

by MandyTheLibrarian

All Henrico County Public Library locations are closed today, February 26th, due to the reappearance of lots of snowflakes. Stay warm and enjoy the day with a good book. In the meantime, watch this PBS video about the science of snow. It’s pretty cool!

February 25, 2015

Read + Review — The Maze Runner by James Dashner

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

When Thomas wakes up, maze runnerhe has no recollection of anything, not even his own name. He finds himself in a strange place called the Glade where there are several other teenage boys. All of them have been sent to the Glade with none of their memories except for their name. The only way out and back to where they all came from is through the maze, an escape which the boys have been looking for, for almost three years. However, what none of them counted on was Thomas, someone who might finally be able to open the maze and get them out.

I really like the way the characters were crafted. Thomas was an interesting person and seeing things from his scope of view made you feel like you were actually in the Glade, going through all of these events. The situations could be terrifying at times and every chapter brought a cliffhanger of suspense, making me flip the page as fast as I could. James Dashner’s writing style makes you delve into the page and not come out which is what I most enjoyed. The Maze Runner gave me a break to run with Thomas and find out horrifying truths all at once.

The most memorable part about The Maze Runner is the knowledge of how everyone cared about all of them to try not to endanger their lives. The survival of everyone was taken into account instead of just certain people.


Reviewed by Mansa, grade 7, Glen Allen Library

February 25, 2015

Read + Review — Very Bad Things by Susan McBride

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

very bad thingsThe story focuses in on three main characters, Katie Barton, Katie’s best friend Tessa Lupinski, and Katie’s boyfriend, Mark Summers. The setting is Whitney Preparatory Academy, just your average private boarding school. After a wild party, an insane mystery unfolds at the school, and Mark is a prime suspect in the investigation. Katie just knows that all this has something to do with the weird things that have been happening to her lately. Although she knows she shouldn’t get involved, she decides to poke around for more information. The story becomes more shocking and twisted as time progresses.

The book was an overall good read. It had its slow points where nothing was happening, but it made up for those moments with fast-paced sequences and sudden plot twists. The story is written from a third-person point of view, but switches between characters every chapters or so. It was a very interesting way to write a story, and something you don’t see too often.

One memorable thing about the book was all the plot twists. There were so many, and they were so sudden, they really catch you off guard.



Reviewed by Kimberly, grade 10, Twin Hickory Area Library
four stars

February 24, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: El Deafo, by Cece Bell

by LisaTheLibrarian

A mere text excerpt will never do for a graphic novel! Here’s a page from author/illustrator Cece Bell’s website to give you a taste of her graphic novel.

Click here to find a copy in our catalog. If you like Raina Telgemeier’s books, try this one!

February 21, 2015

Read + Review — Get Happy by Mary Amato

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

get happyThe book is set around a girl named Minerva who is turning sixteen very soon. She lives with her single mother and is best friends with Finnegan. Her dream and passion is to get a career in the music field. When she turns 16, she is hoping to get a ukulele to play her songs on. When she doesn’t receive that instrument, she is devastated, but surprisingly she gets a letter from her long-lost father. Read the book to find out about Minerva’s new life and how she copes with it.

This book is very well written because the readers can connect emotionally to Minerva’s reaction to her new family. I especially liked Finnegan because he encouraged Minerva to continue with her music even if she did not get her ukulele. From the very first sentence, the author keeps the reader hooked. She establishes the situations and personalities to fit the characters well and help the reader connect with them.

I think the most memorable thing about this book is Minerva’s reaction to her long-lost father and how she uses smart tactics to uncover the truth behind him.


Reviewwd by Pumoli, grade 10, Tuckahoe Area Library

February 21, 2015

Read + Review — The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

cure for dreamingThe Cure for Dreaming is about Olivia Mead, a budding suffragette who lives in Oregon in 1900 with her father, an infamous dentist.  Her father hires a hypnotist, Henri Reverie, to get rid of Olivia’s rebellious thoughts.  Henri accidentally gives her the gift/curse of seeing people as they really are; Olivia sees her own father as a vicious monster.  As the story progresses, she starts to realize that the hypnotist may need help of his own, and they need to work together to solve their problems.

I really liked Olivia.  I could tell how she changed in her views and opinions throughout the book.  I was impressed by how she and Henri worked together.  However, I didn’t think the monsters and ghosts that Olivia saw were completely believable.  Maybe that could have been portrayed in a different way.

One memorable thing about the book was Olivia’s ability to change peoples’ minds about women’s suffrage.  I won’t give anything away, but she does something very brave that pays off.


Reviewed by Libby, grade 8, Tuckahoe Area Library
four stars

February 21, 2015

Read + Review — Silver by Chris Wooding

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

silverSilver is a book about a disease which practically turns the body into a robot. The disease spreads through animals and when they bite other beings, it spreads even more. The first few chapters introduce the reader to the main characters, who include Adam, Mark, Erica, and Caitlyn. All are students at Mortingham Boarding Academy, a classic English boarding school housed in a former workhouse.

I really enjoyed the idea of the book but I feel that it was conveyed in a weird fashion. A disease that turns people into robots seems like a very good idea, as it is impossible to happen in real life. But I think that it could have been used better; instead of animals getting it from bites, it should have also spread by the wind and the water. I feel if there was more action to the book, it would have been better. The characters were well designed and they were very good.

The most memorable part of the book is when the four have to team up to fight against the disease. The funny thing about this is that they would probably not be friends if the disease had not struck, it was just for that reason.


Reviewed by Abhinav, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library
four stars


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