June 29, 2015

Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 3

by MandyTheLibrarian

SummerStories

Every Monday through August 17th a new writing prompt will be revealed. In one week, write a story no more than 250 words long using the provided prompt as your inspiration. Submit your story using the online submission form below. One story will be chosen at random each week to appear on Teen Scene, and the writer will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith!

THE RULES:

  • Open to all rising 6th – 12th grade students.
  • Limited to one story per person each week.
  • Stories must be original, written in your own words.
  • Stories must be 250 words or less.
June 9, 2015

Summer Reading Club

by LisaTheLibrarian

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Read this summer and your brain won’t have such a hard time getting back to work in the fall. Read this summer, log your books online (here) as part of HCPL’s Summer Reading Club and you could win a branch-level prize of a four-pack of tickets to a race at RIR, OR the grand prize of a $50 gift card to your choice of Gamestop or Barnes & Noble! 

Every teen who reads and logs at least five books gets a sports pack!

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June 29, 2015

Summer Stories – Week 2 Winner

by MandyTheLibrarian

Congratulations to Alaina J., grade 6, at North Park Library! Alaina’s short story was randomly selected as this week’s Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest winner. Alaina will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.

Week 2 Prompt:
Two strangers meet at a summer concert and immediately make a connection. Something or someone is trying to keep them apart.

Alaina’s Winning Story:
“Who do you think it is?” Michael asked, cowering behind a tree as the sounds of the concert could still be heard.
Jocelyn shrugged.
“It may not be a who, more of a what,” she answered.
“Fine. What has been keeping us apart all these years?” he asked again, clasping her hands.
Jocelyn instinctively pulled away. She had just met him, and now he was going all lovey-dovey on her. The other reason she pulled away was that she saw a small blue spark when they touched.
“Wait. Hold my hand again,” she said.
Michael grabbed her hands.
The small spark turned into a flame. Blue fire spread over their arms and around their bodies.
“Ahhhhh!” they screamed.
The fire engulfed the two, then pitched them into a time portal.
“SPACE AND TIME!!!” Jocelyn yelled over the piercing noise of time travel.
“WHAT?” Michael yelled back.
“THAT’S WHAT’S BEEN KEEPING US-” Jocelyn wasn’t allowed to finish, for she was being hurled toward the earth.
They both landed in a pit of black goo.
“Tar,” Jocelyn muttered.
“Huh?” said Michael.
“Tar. You know. Dinosaur age?”
Jocelyn heard a splat behind her. She craned her neck so she could see. A 70’s Volkswagen van was sinking in the tar. A colonial butter churner landed beside Michael.
“We’ve caused a rip in the space time continuum!” Jocelyn announced. “Give me your hand. When we get back, we need to promise each other that we’ll forget we ever met.”
“But I-” Michael started.
“Promise?” Jocelyn looked stern now.
“I promise,” Michael said reluctantly. He let Jocelyn grab his hand as they were hurtled through time.

Don’t miss your chance to win! Submit your original story in response to this week’s prompt.

June 22, 2015

Summer Stories – Week 1 Winner

by MandyTheLibrarian

Congratulations to Lindsey P., grade 11, at Glen Allen Library! Lindsey’s short story was randomly selected as this week’s Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest winner. Lindsey will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith.

Week 1 Prompt:
In the midst of a natural disaster, students are trapped inside their school for several days. What happens?

Lindsey’s Winning Story:
“Excuse me,” no one even glanced in the direction of the mousy schoolteacher. She cleared her throat and hopped up on one of the lunch tables. After smoothing down her hair and adjusting her top she tried again, “Excuse me!”
The students all turned to look at Mrs.Dower, who after days of not getting the proper amount of sleep or a decent shower looked a little on the crazy side.
“Now I have some news that may be upsetting to some of you-”
“Did someone die!? I knew someone would die,” a freshman boy interjected.
“No one died,” Mrs.Dower continued her announcement, “As you all know we’ve been stuck here for a while now. We have plenty of food don’t worry about that; however, we are running low on…cupcakes.”
The room was absolutely silent until the same freshman boy spoke again, “ Mrs.Dower, please say it isn’t so! Those cupcakes are the only thing keeping me motivated to live.”
“Quit being dramatic, Timothy. I know how to solve this problem; we’ll have a race! There are exactly twenty cupcakes left, the first twenty people who finish running around the entire first floor three times gets a cupcake. Line up!”
Mrs.Dower watched the kids line up and take off in a mad frenzy when she yelled go. Once the last student was out of sight Mrs.Dower calmly walked into the teacher’s lounge, peeled the wrapper off the last cupcake, and ate it in absolute silence.

Don’t miss your chance to win! Submit your original story in response to this week’s prompt.

June 22, 2015

Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 2

by MandyTheLibrarian

SummerStories
Every Monday through August 17th a new writing prompt will be revealed. In one week, write a story no more than 250 words long using the provided prompt as your inspiration. Submit your story using the online submission form below. One story will be chosen at random each week to appear on Teen Scene, and the writer will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith!

THE RULES:

  • Open to all rising 6th – 12th grade students.
  • Limited to one story per person each week.
  • Stories must be original, written in your own words.
  • Stories must be 250 words or less.
June 15, 2015

Summer Stories Teen Writing Contest – Week 1

by MandyTheLibrarian

SummerStories
Every Monday now through August 17th, a new writing prompt will be revealed. In one week, write a story no more than 250 words long using the provided prompt as your inspiration. Submit your story using the online submission form below. One story will be chosen at random each week to appear on Teen Scene, and the writer will receive a copy of Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith!

THE RULES:

  • Open to all rising 6th – 12th grade students.
  • Limited to one story per person each week.
  • Stories must be original, written in your own words.
  • Stories must be 250 words or less.
June 11, 2015

Read + Review

by LisaTheLibrarian

Our Read + Review club takes the summer off, beginning tomorrow! Look for it again in the fall.

June 8, 2015

Read + Review — Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark

by AmandaTheLibrarian

finding mr brightside

This book is about Juliette and Abram who have lived on the same street their whole lives but they had never gotten to know each other. They both have their own family problems which sparks in an affair between Juliette’s mom and Abram’s dad. That affair then results in a car crash that results in the death of the mother and father while they were away together. This makes living in such close proximity very uncomfortable; however, a year later Abram decides to make the leap of faith and asks out Juliette which is where the actual story begins.

I loved the way these characters didn’t fit any stereotype that most YA novels have. Both Juliette and Abram seem to be like actual teenagers instead of a confused adult trying to write for one. I also really enjoyed how the book alternated points of view between the two protagonists so that the reader didn’t only see the thoughts of a single character. Overall, it was an amazing modern love story that I would definitely recommend.

One memorable thing about this book is the way Jay Clark didn’t glorify or sugarcoat Juliette’s ADHD and struggles with her mother which is rare to see in a YA novel and is something that many teenagers struggle with.

 

Reviewed by Daniela, Grade 9, Gayton Branch Library

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June 8, 2015

Read + Review — The Wisdom of Merlin by T. A. Barron

by AmandaTheLibrarian

Wisdom of MerlinWhat is the meaning of life and how would you describe it? Merlin the wizard is here to tell you 7 magical words for a meaningful life. Explore the words gratitude, courage, knowledge, belief, wonder, generosity, hope and love with Merlin. Come have a seat with him in his crystal cave. “The most powerful way is simply how you live.”

This was a very inspirational book about the meaning of life. I liked how the author kind of added a story along with these words. I was expecting this book to be pretty boring, but it wasn’t. The writing style kept me entertained.

A memorable thing was the story the author added to this book.

 

Reviewed by Jerry, Grade 6, Tuckahoe Area Library
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May 29, 2015

Read + Review – Seed by Lisa Heathfield

by AmandaTheLibrarian

Seed

This book is about a girl named Pearl, who lives at a place called Seed. Seed is a community of self-sufficient farmers and craftsmen who are isolated from the rest of the world. They live off the land, growing and raising everything they eat. However, when an outsider, Ellis, comes to Seed, Pearl starts to wonder if this is the Heaven on Earth that she has thought all her life.

I thought the book was pretty good. I like the way the author describes the environment. I can almost picture myself standing where she is describing. She also described the characters in great detail, such as their personalities and physical features. The book could possibly have been better if it had had a little bit of humor, which it did not. However, the book did have a lot of suspense, which made it more interesting.

As the book progresses, Pearl starts to find out the secrets of the Seed community.

Reviewed by Ian, Grade 10, Gayton Branch Library
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