January 30, 2015

Read + Review — Quarantine: The Burnouts, by Lex Thomas

by MandyTheLibrarian


This book takes place during the breakout of a deadly infection in a high school. The country is in a post-apocalyptic state and chaos is brewing everywhere. The parents of the children in McKinley have quarantined them in the school. Brothers Will and David, former students, have to go back into the school in order to save Will’s girlfriend Lucy. They have to go past the many brutal gangs and rescue Lucy, who they find out is now pregnant with Will’s baby and been abandoned by all the gangs.

I enjoyed reading this book because of the suspenseful and intense writing style. The one big drawback of this book is that it is very inappropriate and suggestive. However, once you can get over that the book itself is quite amazing. The characters have great personalities and reactions. This book is a great book for those who want a thrilling book that will give chill running down your spine.

One memorable thing about this book is how David and Will are reunited and they develop such a strong bond.

four stars

Reviewed by Varun, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library

January 28, 2015

Read + Review — Four, by Veronica Roth

by MandyTheLibrarian


Four is set in the dystopian world of the Divergent series, where people are sorted into factions based on their personality traits. The factions are Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. The book contains short stories about Four’s life before joining Dauntless. It tells about his thoughts and feelings growing up in Abnegation. As well as Four’s background, a few chapters are from Divergent in Four’s point of view. This book lets you into Four’s head and shows you how he felt when he met Tris.

Although shorter than Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant, Four is a very enjoyable book. I enjoyed reading from Four’s point of view. I really liked reading about his initiation and his competition with Eric. Overall, it was a fun read I liked it better than Allegiant, the third book in the Divergent series.

I think the most memorable thing about the book was Four’s fear landscape and how he dealt with the initiation.

four stars

Reviewed by Abigail, grade 9, Gayton Branch Library

January 27, 2015

Read + Review — Atlantia, by Ally Condie

by MandyTheLibrarian


The book Atlantia was about twin sisters, named Rio and Bay, who lived in an underwater city called Atlantia. Rio and Bay are forced to choose between their beloved city and the world above them. All Bay can see is how beautiful Atlantia is, and all Rio can think about is the world above them. This difference may separate the two sisters forever and their story engrosses the reader into a whirlwind.

I liked the book and I felt that it was quite unique. The book contained clear and vivid images of the city Atlantia. The way the author used imagery and strong vocabulary to describe Atlantia made me feel as if I was vicariously adventuring through Atlantia alongside Rio through the book. The bond that the sisters shared held them together no matter the circumstances or how far away they were from each other. I enjoyed the book, because I rarely read such a enthralling novel.

The most memorable element of the book was how Rio was a Siren. Bay taught Rio how to mask her voice so that she could survive in Atlantia. Anyone who was identified as a Siren would immediately be killed or sent to jail. The way Rio maintained her voice for all of those years was just shocking. Almost no one learned the truth about Rio’s voice unless she intended them to.


Reviewed by Saanvi, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library

January 27, 2015

Read + Review — Insurgent, by Veronica Roth

by MandyTheLibrarian


Imagine yourself in a world divided by factions: Abnegation, Erudite, Amity, Candor and Dauntless. Tris Prior and Tobias Eaton, both of whom chose Dauntless, must find a way to defeat the Erudite. Jeannine Matthews, leader of Erudite, is trying to study the brain patterns of the Divergent people, a set of people who can survive simulations, through force, of course. In this fast-paced book, one realizes the true meaning of love and friendship–and how much friends can mean in the end.

I liked the way the book was written; it was very action-packed. I also liked how each character had a different story to tell, which became evident as the story progressed. The situations that the characters were placed in really had an impact on the reader, too, because they brought out different traits in the characters and made them either more likable or less. The book also had humor throughout its pages, as each character sought to bring up each other’s spirits with jokes. Overall, the book was very likable and brilliant.

One thing that stood out to me was how deceiving the people in the book can be and how many secrets one can hide. It was astounding.


Reviewed by Gabby, grade 9, Glen Allen Branch Library

January 27, 2015

Read + Review — If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

by MandyTheLibrarian


If I Stay is a book about a seventeen year old cellist who lives a completely ordinary life until she and her family get into a car crash. After the accident, the main character, Mia, has to make a choice that is going to affect the rest of her life as well as the lives of her loved ones. In the book, Mia’s boyfriend Adam is a punk rock guitarist in a band called Shooting Star and her best friend, Kim, is a normal girl in high school with a very emotional mother. The book switches midway through each chapter from a dream-like state to Mia’s life up until the car crash and it takes place in Oregon.

Overall, the book was beautifully written with the perfect combination of humor, romance and drama. I enjoyed the way the transitions in the chapters were written seamlessly. One thing I disliked about the book was the amount of foul language, but other than just a few words, the book was a joy to read. It was one of the best books I have had the pleasure to read in a long time.

One memorable thing about the book was that the present was written in unison with the past so that everything was leading up to the climax.

four stars

Reviewed by Prachi, grade 8, Glen Allen Branch Library

January 26, 2015

Globe Trekker Art was awesome!

by MandyTheLibrarian

On Saturday, January 24th, the West End TAB hosted the second annual Globe Trekker Art event at the Tuckahoe Area Library. Participants of all ages learned how to make crafts from around the world, including Japanese Origami, Guatemalan Worry Dolls, Arabic Calligraphy, African Beaded Bracelets, and Indian Henna. This fun and free event was sponsored by the generous Friends of the Tuckahoe Area Library.

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January 26, 2015

Sign up now to make a Heart Tote @ TU!

by MandyTheLibrarian

heart tote

Wednesday, February 4th
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Tuckahoe Area Library

Storytime Room (enter through children’s)

Make a heart-stamped tote for yourself or someone you love. These are great for carrying your favorite books or iPad. All materials provided and you can take your tote home! Sponsored by the Friends of the Tuckahoe Library. Space is limited and registration is required. Click here to register with a library card.

January 22, 2015

Read + Review–The Rule of Thoughts, by James Dashner

by MandyTheLibrarian


Continuing where the last book left off, Michael, a tangent now human, found himself in a different apartment, a different world, and a different body. After realizing that he’s now in a hijacked body and now a fugitive from the law, Michael quickly meets up with friends to find out how to end Kaine. The VirtNet is deteriorating however and time is running out, people are being replaced by tangents, and the VNS can’t handle it. Michael has to traverse what it means to be human and figure out which side of the screen is truly the game.

I enjoyed the book, it really picked up toward the end, but not a lot during the beginning. Most of the book consists of Michael getting used to his body and then traveling all across the country. But with that being said, the settings and situations were surprising enough to keep me invested in reading till the end. And the end will surprise you.

The Mortality Doctrine is the most interesting thing about it as a whole as it is a major plot point that began the book. It’s the concept of downloading a whole different person into another’s body, and later on it becomes apparent that the differences between the game, Lifeblood Deep, and the real world is harder to differentiate.

four stars

Reviewed by Alsharief, grade 11, Twin Hickory Area Library

January 20, 2015

Read + Review — She Is Not Invisible, by Marcus Sedgwick

by MandyTheLibrarian


Laureth Peak, daughter of a relatively well-known writer, is blind; that doesn’t stop her from noticing special patterns and connections. But her father disappears one day, and Laureth travels to New York City with her little brother Benjamin’s hand held tight in hers. She and Ben must solve puzzles and make it through New York, a country an ocean away from her homeland. Will Laureth and her brother make it through the entire ordeal and find their father despite all of the obstacles?

I felt that the writing style was “clean”; it had a modern-ish tone to it, from the perspective of a not-too-normal sixteen year old girl. I thought it was a little confusing when characters were introduced and were written so that it seemed to me they would be of great plot significance, but in the end they weren’t that important. However, I thought that the characters of Laureth and Benjamin were developed well, the author described enough of their childhood for the reader to link to how and why they acted how they did in the present. Overall, it was an enjoyable book with an interesting plot, though it wasn’t so interesting that I would want to read it again and again.

One memorable thing is that Laureth, and Benjamin’s toy raven, Stannous, were both named after chemicals. Laureth was an ingredient in shampoo and Stannous was one for toothpaste. I found this memorable and interesting, to have things named after pleasant-sounding chemical names, and how Laureth’s mother was angry after learning that her daughter was named after a shampoo ingredient.

four stars

Reviewed by Rachel, grade 8, Twin Hickory Area Library

January 20, 2015

Eyebombing Contest Will Get You All Googly!

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

eyebombingWe are having an Eyebombing photo contest for Teen Tech Week this year! All you need to do is pop some googly/wiggly eyes on an inanimate object (with the owner’s permission), snap a photo and send it into us with the entry form. Make sure you photo shows an imaginative use of googly eyes. Ask at your library for an entry form with rules and one free set of googly eyes, or download the form at bit.ly/HCPL-eyebombing

ENTRIES ACCEPTED February 2 – March 2
SHOWCASE AND AWARDS Thursday, March 12, 7 PM
at Tuckahoe Area Library, 1901 Starling Dr. (804) 290-9100

Two high school and two middle school county-wide winners will receive a $20 Barnes & Noble gift card. Five runner-ups will receive a $10 gift card. One Teen Choice Winner (vote online!) will receive a $20 gift card.

Prizes are sponsored by the Friends of Henrico County Public Library.




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