March 26, 2014

Teen Poetry Contest @ Your Library

by MandyTheLibrarian

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Submit up to two haikus to our online poetry contest April 1st thru April 22nd. Two middle school and two high school winners will be chosen. Winners will be announced on April 30th, and winning haikus will be published on this web site!

A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression. Click here to learn more and read examples. Courtesy of Poets.org.

April 17, 2014

Teen Review– Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

by NicoletheLibrarian

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This book is about two best friends, Levi and Macallan. People say they can’t be friends because they are a boy and a girl. They face many different hardships through their friendship. One is when Levi has feelings for Macallan when she doesn’t feel the same. How will their friendship end, are they better off friends or more than friends?  This story takes place in Wisconsin near Chicago.

I really enjoyed this book. It had many twists and turns making for a more interesting story. Also, I liked how the book changed betweenLevi’s and Macallan’s point of view, making for a more in-depth read. The book left me wanting to know more. I would easily recommend this book to boys or girls. It shows the importance of friendship.

I liked how it showed how much a person can love someone when they aren’t family. It shows just how important friendship is. Also, shows that you and your friend should always not keep secrets and tell what you think about something.

0-five-stars

Review by Marina, grade 6, Tuckahoe Area Library

 

April 17, 2014

Teen Review– Tales from My Closet by Jennifer Anne Moses

by NicoletheLibrarian

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This book follows the lives of 5 different girls living in New Jersey. Each girl has their own unique taste in fashion. Justine has a hard time adjusting to her new high school in San Francisco with the fear of being laughed at by all her classmates. Becka, who spent her summer in Paris, has a distant father and a psychologist mother. Robin, who has a shopping addiction, takes on jobs to pay off her debt. While bright Ann, who wants to go into art despite her family’s wish for her to go to college, decides to make a fashion blog, the swimmer Polly, who is self conscious about her body, deals with the loss of her grandfather and the absence of her father. Each girl is different yet the same. Their love for fashion is what brings this book together as they share their stories that will make you laugh, cry and just smile.

I liked this book. It was quirky and sweet at the same time. I also liked how Moses alternated chapters so each chapter is another girl’s perspective. I don’t see this concept in a lot of books, maybe because it is sometimes difficult to connect with the audience. This can also be a difficult concept if the book as too many characters. I think Moses did a wonderful job of keeping the individual characters’ personalities straight and understandable. If you love fashion, then this book is right for you.

I got a bit upset at one of the characters in the book, but that just shows how much I enjoyed the book and got so into it. When Becka got rushed to the hospital, Justine didn’t do anything but blame her mother and sit at home. I was upset at her for not taking responsibility for what she did.

four stars

Review by Arghawan, grade 6, Dumbarton Area Library

April 17, 2014

Teen Review– First Love by James Patterson

by NicoletheLibrarian

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16 year old Axi Moore, or “GG” as she’s called by her best friend and secret crush, Robinson, is a quiet, shy good-girl. After her little sister’s death and her mother abandoning them, her father takes a bad habit of drinking and his mental stability starts to decline. Axi’s only wish is to get away from this nightmare and travel to places she has never been before. With the help of Robinson, they embark on a cross-country road trip. While eating slim jims and going to LA, Detroit, etc. she tries to find a perfect time to declare her love for Robinson.

This book was cute and a tearjerker. If you don’t like romantic love novels, then this book is not for you. I love the author’s writing style, especially the way that she can incorporate different moves and make them flow so naturally. In the beginning, I thought it was going to be a typical “girl-has-a-crush-on-best-friend” type novel, but later towards the end of the novel, I was completely shocked at the outcome. I never would have expected it to take a turn for the worst. It brought me to tears of sadness, but also joy. If you are planning on reading this, buy a box of tissues.

If I had to pick one memorable thing from the book, it would be the unpredictable ending. It diffidently was something I wouldn’t have expected.

0-five-stars

Review by Arghawan, grade 6, Dumbarton Area Library

April 17, 2014

Pizza & Homework Help @ TU

by MandyTheLibrarian

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Learn about library tools to help 3rd thru 12th graders do their homework and enjoy FREE PIZZA! Space is limited to the first 40 participants. Limit 2 slices of pizza per person. 3rd thru 12th grade students and/or parents only, please. Enter to win cool door prizes! Call 290-9142 for details.

April 17, 2014

Tolkien Tuesdays at North Park!

by LisaTheLibrarian

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Directions to North Park on our website.

April 16, 2014

Teen Review– Paint Me a Monster by Janie Baskin

by NicoletheLibrarian

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Nothing is ever picture perfect. Rinnie doesn’t fit in with her family at all. She says the wrong thing at the wrong time, doesn’t like dress shopping and stole something from the department store. Her family outcasts her by yelling and sending her away to summer camps. This causes Rinnie to mold herself into something she is not as she gains her way to popularity by becoming a cheerleader. After her parents divorce and her brother gets taken away to live with his father, Rinnie and her sister are left with their alcoholic, mentally unstable and abusive mother. They watch her go through failed relationships and marriages. While trying to take care of her mother, Rinnie takes herself onto a path of self-destruction by going on an unhealthy diet. 

I loved the book. The reader can capture the suffering Rinnie has to face and the feelings of being alone in the world with no one caring about how you feel or paying any attention to your health. I felt so much sympathy for her. She is supposed to be the child and the mother needs to be out looking for her, not the other way around! I also loved the way Rinnie turned to art as a method of cooping with the pain. I love Janie Baskin’s writing style. She can captivate the reader with a story that is very repeatable in our current generation. 

I loved the line in the story “Dad and mom might want me then”. This basically shows the audience how much she wants her parents’ approval and the lengths she is willing to go to get her parent’s love. Another memorable thing in the book is her strong support group.

0-five-stars

Review by Arghawan, grade 6, Dumbarton Area Library

 

April 16, 2014

Teen Review– Jackpot by Gordon Korman

by NicoletheLibrarian

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Jackpot is the sixth installation of the Swindle series, and is about Griffin Bing’s quest for an unclaimed lottery ticket worth $30 million, which expires in a few weeks. However, in the race are both his arch-nemesis Darren, and the new kid, Victor. One thing Griffin doesn’t know is that his friends are on Victor’s side, and everyone in his school thinks he’s a bully. Will Griffin find the jackpot and his life return to normal?

I thought the book had a unique concept, and was a worthy successor of the other Swindle books. One thing I liked was the different sides of characters never seen before, like Griffin’s annoyingly stubborn self, or Luthor’s hurt side. One thing I disliked about the book was the humor in the book. There was not as much sarcasm and witty jokes as the previous books, something that was regular in these books.

One memorable thing was the growing bond between Griffin Bing and Luthor, the dog. Even though he was scared of Luthor because he was previously an attack dog, they slowly came to understand each other.

0-four-stars1

 

Review by Satya, grade 8, Twin Hickory Area Library

April 16, 2014

Teen Review– Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler

by NicoletheLibrarian

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This book revolved around a shy new girl, Emma. Her father is strictly overprotective of her; she doesn’t have much of a social life without having restrictions. She becomes friends with Siobhan, a rebellious and outgoing girl. Later, the reader realizes that Emma’s father has been hiding secrets from her- secrets that could change her life forever. Thanks to Siobhan, Emma starts to undo her shell she has been hiding in and starts making her own decisions. It starts off with her telling lies to her father, then it takes a turn for the worst once she hits the party.

I loved the fact that Emma and Siobhan are complete opposites of each other. Siobhan’s crazy personality and crazy end of the year pact will take you on a journey and you can’t guess how the story will end. I know the whole plot was around Emma coming out of her shell, but I felt like she was becoming Siobhan’s reflection. This does go into social issues,with teen’s struggling on fitting in and peer pressure and that’s the major part of the book that I liked. Teens can relate to the story of trying to break free from their parents and trying to fit in with the “in-crowd” in the school.

I really loved the end of the year pact, but I really don’t want to spoil it for the audience. One of the memorable scenes that I enjoyed was the whole theme of the bucket list-  all the bad things they will do and check off the list.. It’s a very interesting concept, since most people don’t tend to go for the bad things and usually stick with trying to do good things.

0-five-stars

Review by Arghawan, grade 8, Dumbarton Area Library

 

April 15, 2014

Teen Review– The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

by NicoletheLibrarian

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The story is about Hayley Kincain and her father Andy Kincain, who spend their lives mostly on the road. This changes when one day Andy decides that it is for the best for Hayley to spend her senior year in high school so she has a better chance of getting into college. Throughout the novel, both Hayley and Andy try their best to reconnect and make a fresh, new start in their relationship as father and daughter, but due to Andy’s experience in the military, their attempts fail. Andy suffered a lot and this caused him to have post traumatic stress; this play’s a major part in the story. Not only is it difficult for Hayley to bury all these secret and hide herself from the world around her, but she also knows it is difficult for Andy as well.

I loved this book. I believe it showed a lot about how people who go to the military suffer from post traumatic stress disorder and how it’s very difficult for their family members and especially their children to deal with this. I loved Hayley in this book. I loved the fact that she would change her whole life just to fit her father’s. She is selfless and thinks only about her father’s future, despite the fact that she just entered a new school and is trying her best to fit in. She went to extremes as to rethink attending college, just because she was afraid her father wouldn’t be able to take care of himself without her around. Overall, this book was amazing. A must read book for the summer.

I love the beginning of the story where Hayley starts of saying that the world is made up of zombies and freaks. This foreshadows to the reader what Hayley’s character is like. The reader can easily tell that she see’s the world in a different perspective then what most people see it. I also loved the scene when Trish arrived to help Hayley and her father.  Also, the scenes with Haley and Finn are so cute! They are two people who are both struggling to deal with family problems.

0-five-stars

Review by Arghawan, grade 8, Dumbarton Area Library

April 15, 2014

Teen Review– Jackpot by Gordon Korman

by NicoletheLibrarian

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In a town named Cedarville, The Man With The Plan is destined to find the lottery ticket that has not been claimed yet. It is worth a whole lot of money- an incredible $29,876,454.53! In the sixth book of the Swindle series written by Gordon Korman, Griffin (The Man With The Plan) along with a big doberman named Luthor, need a whole lot of luck in order to find the jackpot lottery ticket because his friends mysteriously abandoned him to help the new kid in town to find the ticket. Darren Vader, the school bully and Griffin’s archenemy, is also hoping to be the lucky finder of the nearly 30 million dollar jackpot ticket. Will Griffin find the ticket? Will Griffin ever get his friends back? Read to find out in this amazing new book in the Swindle series.

I thought that the book was incredible. In my opinion, the book was better than some of the other books in the Swindle series because it had more action than some of them. I loved how Griffin used his resources and creativity to devise a way to find the jackpot ticket. I loved the way Gordon Korman wrote the book, although I feel that the way he wrote the book to get the reader’s attention was for the sake of Griffin getting his old friends back, not because of anything exciting in the book. I disliked the character Darren Vader, because he was such a bully, but I loved Griffin for his amazing ideas on how to get to the jackpot ticket. The book had some exciting parts to it, too, and it got the reader’s attention so the reader can’t put the book down. Overall, I enjoyed Gordon Korman’s writing style in this book and enjoyed reading it.

One memorable thing about the book is that Darren Vader is such a bully, and that he should really mind his own business and not get into other people’s business.

0-five-stars

Review by James, Grade 6, Gayton Library

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