Click here to vote online now through December 1st for your favorite teen books, movies, music and more of 2015. Then find out who won at the awards ceremony hosted by the East End, Northside, Northwest, West End and Varina TABs. Refreshments will be served and dressy attire is encouraged! Great door prizes will be given away! For more information call Fairfield Area Library at 290-9300 ext 5, Libbie Mill Library at 290-9400 ext 5, Tuckahoe Area Library at 290-9100 ext 5, or Twin Hickory Area Library at 290-9200 ext 5.
The Henrico Christmas Mother donation season is coming up, and our Teen Advisory Boards are asking for your help. They want to be able to deliver A LOT of books this year to the Christmas Mother and would appreciate your donations of new or like new books for children and teens.
Who is the Christmas Mother? This year’s Christmas Mother is Beverly Cocke. She stresses the importance of helping those in need this holiday season:
“There is nothing like the joy in knowing that you played a small part in bringing a smile to a stranger’s face and sharing the message of love and hope across Henrico during the holiday season.”
Henrico County Public Library contributes by receiving your book donations this month. When the Christmas Mother starts taking their donations on December 3rd, we deliver the books we have collected to the Christmas Mother’s warehouse, where they will be distributed to children in the county.
Donations of new or like new children’s and teen books may be brought to any branch. We have donation boxes for collection. Thanks for your support in helping make Christmas a little bit brighter for children in need!
Please drop off your donations by Monday, November 30th.
For more information about the program, please visit the Henrico Christmas Mother Website.
Sage Czinki is known as the “Post-It Princess,” due to her love for leaving notes on the lockers of students that seem like they need cheering up. She is a control freak and a perfectionist, until a transfer student named Shane shows up. He shakes her carefully constructed façade and forces them both to confront the mistakes they have made. The two of them must work through these issues from their pasts, in order to create new lives for themselves.
The book did at times tend toward being cheesy and predictable. It attempts to tackle some serious issues, sometimes unsuccessfully. However, it was also sweet and at times touching. It is the perfect book if you are looking for an uplifting teen romance.
Sage has a disturbing secret that she conceals until the very end of the book. She hints about her troubled past throughout, but the final reveal ends up being very shocking.
Reviewed by Caroline, Grade 12, Tuckahoe Library
Ryden had a girlfriend named Meg, who was ill. He got Meg pregnant but she has cancer, and they have to make a difficult choice. It was either: give an abortion, or keep the baby and Meg dies. Meg wanted to have a kid, and she also wanted to leave a memory of her behind, so she chose to die. Ryden is also trying to get into a college but he gets declined because he has a baby to take care of. He meets a girl named Joni and she helps him break out of his shell and Ryden finally acts normal and Joni makes him feel like his old self.
I really liked Ryden’s character. He was a determined person who was caring to his family and hardworking when he tried to get into college. The character that I did not like was Meg. She was selfish because she left Ryden behind with a baby when she could’ve saved her own life. I also really like Joni. She helps break Ryden out of his shell and helps him through the darker times. She is a fun, charismatic person. The writing style of this book was deep, and it got straight to the point. The situation was a bit frustrating, but I really liked the happier ending.
The most memorable thing about this book is Ryden’s bravery. He stays strong throughout the whole book for Meg. He gives up everything for the baby and it is so sweet of how devoted and caring he is to something that somewhat destroyed his life.
Reviewed by Claire, Grade 7, Twin Hickory Library
This enticing and creepy book is about a girl named Lucy Carlyle who is in an agency called Lockwood & Co. with two other people in the in the agency, George, the researcher, and Lockwood, the owner of Lockwood & Co. This book is taken in the near future where ghosts come alive every night. The society of Britain figured out that young people can actually these ghosts. So agencies were born to destroy ghosts. Lockwood & Co. is a small agency compared to others. Lucy likes how their team is functioning but Lockwood wants to add another member because of how busy they are. He brings in Holly Munro to join the team and Lucy automatically dislikes her. The rest of the story is about how Lucy’s hatred towards Holly causes problems. This book is the third book in the Lockwood & Co. series.
This book and this entire series is one of my favorites. I started to read this series last year. I love how Jonathan Stroud creates mistrust in Lucy when Holly arrives. It makes you think what will happen next between them. The other big thing I like in this book is that we never truly know about Lockwood’s backstory. This makes you curious about his past life and how he even came to own Lockwood & Co. without any funding. I really can’t say anything bad about this book.
The most memorable thing in this book for me was the suspense. When they were on missions, the way they waited for ghosts to appear made me wonder if this mission would be easy or hard. When the ghost finally came my, my heart would skip a beat and a chill would be sent down my spine.
Reviewed by Aswin, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Library
Michael Vey Storm of Lightning is about a teenage boy name Michael Vey. Michael is no ordinary teen – he has powers, electric powers to be exact. He has the power to pulse electricity and to form lightning balls to help him fight against his enemy, the Elgen. Michael fights the Elgen along with other teens who also have electric powers in a team called the Electroclan that was established in the previous books. He also fights with two friends named Ostin and Jack who are nonels, or people without electric powers. In this book, the evil Doctor Hatch along with the Elgen and his loyal electric kids take over the island nation of Tuvalu to establish a secret base for world domination to have a world without nonels.
Michael Vey Storm of Lightning is the 5th book in the series and is very plot heavy. You have to pay attention to the story to know what is going on in the book. Also, there are lots and lots of characters; that’s why I like how in the beginning of the book there is a dossier of the characters in case you forget who someone is or if you haven’t read the Michael Vey books in a while. I also like that the Michael Vey books have a good amount of recapping in the first couple chapters so you can pick up in the middle of the series if you wanted to. I just wish in this book that there was more action in the Electroclan vs Elgen war because this book pays more attention on the Elgen than on the Electroclan compared to the other books.
One memorable thing about the book to me was that the sequence of events finally played out so that a rebellion could take place. The books seem to have been building to that point and it played out so well, it was so exciting! The conclusion of that rebellion will probably be explained in the next book coming in the Fall of 2016.
Reviewed by Micah, Grade 9, Libbie Mill Library
The book, Kid Owner, is about a young boy who learns that change can always happen. His life in elementary school was not the best, but when he starts middle school, Ryan Zinna’s life changes for the best. He learns that his father is the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, an NFL football team, and has written in his will to hand the team to Ryan after he dies. This story really encapsulates the game of football and what it is meant to be.
The book, Kid Owner, really stuck out to me because of the fact that it had to do with owning a football team. What kid that really enjoyed the game of football would not want to own a team? The main character, Ryan Zinna, showed me the embodiment of a true hero. He always fought to make sure that he got his way in a pleasant manner. He was like the football Gandhi. Almost all of the actions that he made represented change and good will.
I think that one of the most important things that happened in this book was when Ryan got hold of the Dallas Cowboys. This was so important because it changed his “rank” in middle school. Many people were kinder and nicer to him. He became very popular and made so many new friends. This truly affected him and played an important part in his life.
Reviewed by Natasha, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Library
In this book, Percy Jackson describes several Greek heroes throughout ancient mythology. It depicts various the heroes (including Perseus, Hercules, Orpheus, and Jason) and gives details on the monsters fought, the evil kings overthrown, and the painful deaths they encountered. Told through the humorous, modern style of Percy Jackson, one finds the once-boring mythology lessons entertaining, along with the facts as the foundation for a unique collection of stories. Timeless stories such as the labors of Hercules, Jason and the Argonauts, and the killing of Medusa are intertwined with modern culture to communicate such stories in a way unlike all others. In no time, one falls into the book’s rhythm and yearns for more.
I found this set of stories enjoyable and interesting. The characters are described in detail; information is provided about their parents, roots, deaths, and major events through their lives. Though the majority of it was humorous, the situations and danger were still conveyed easily and provide a thrill when read. Like all other books of this character, the writing style is well developed. In each of the 12 sections, the plot is well-written with the golden number of details: a definite amount, although not overwhelming. The setting too is explained well. Throughout, the narrator’s voice is present and the sentences are fluent. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to a friend.
Much of this book was memorable, but certain parts stood out over the others. An instance is the author’s involvement of modern-day cultural aspects, including the usage of iPhones and selfies.
Reviewed by Shivram, Grade 8, Gayton Library
This thrilling book is about a girl named Doma Jessamy. She is the oldest daughter of four and is the daughter of a commoner and a noble man. She goes into a forbidden competition known as the Fives without her parents knowing but her sisters helping her out. On the day of the Fives tournament, she meets a young boy named Kalliarkos. They soon become friends but Kal’s evil-minded uncle separates Jessamy’s family. The rest of the story is about how Jessamy and Kal save Jessamy’s family from certain death.
This book was very in the middle for me. I liked the characters and especially Kal but I didn’t like the rest of it. I feel like it takes a long time to know the setting of book and the details of it. I also didn’t like how the author is only in first-person view with Jessamy. In some books this is okay, but in this book I wanted to know how Kal felt as well. At first this book became very boring to me but I grew a little bit more interest as it went on. I feel like the author should have started out on a high note.
The only thing that I like about this book are the the characters. Each character is very different from each other and unique. My favorite character in this book was by far Kalliarkos. I liked how he was very noble and courteous.
Reviewed by Aswin, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Library
The Dogs is about a teenage boy named Cameron Weaver. He lives with his mom, who is divorced with his dad, and constantly moves houses. The reason he continuously moves houses is because his mother believes that Cameron’s dad is stalking them, or following them around wherever they go. They finally end up on the property of someone’s farm. However, there is a mystery about the house that they were living in. The legend his that the previous owner was killed by the dogs he owned. Also, the legend continues on saying that his wife and son ran off and were never to be seen again. But, after a couple of nights at the house, Cameron thinks that the theory is wrong. Cameron is determined to find what actually occurred in his house.
I think that this story was a fantastic display of legends and real-life. Cameron discovered a legend in his household and put u with real-life situations such as a new school, new area, and new friends. Also, it was a very spooky and mysterious book because Cameron was trying to unravel a murder mystery.
A memorable thing about this book is even though Cameron was trying to solve a mystery, he didn’t tell anyone for most of the book. Then, he started having nightmares, but didn’t say anything. He attempted to solve this mystery in a very quiet way.
Reviewed by Ronit, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Library
In 1920s New York City, people all over are victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness, for which Chinese-American residents are unfairly blamed. Henry tries to find the one he loves, pursuing help from Ling
Chan, a fellow dream walker, in the midst of all the chaos. Meanwhile, after going public about her abilities as a Diviner, his friend Evie has stepped into the spotlight as the Sweetheart Seer. Her fame has created a barrier between her and her uncle, whose occult museum is in a difficult financial situation. It’s also forced her to fake a romance with ladies-man Sam Lloyd for the public.
Libba Bray’s writing was solid and beautiful throughout the entire story. I loved the period-specific dialogue and the attention to detail in the novel. The characterization and development of the large set of characters was very immersive, even though it was confusing at times since there were so many of them. There was a lot of mystery, action, and tension in the book that I never got bored while reading it. Overall, it was a great book and I would definitely recommend it to a friend.
One memorable moment in the book was when Henry and Ling saw each other for the first time while dream-walking. It was very overwhelming for them to find out that there was someone else with the same ability.
Reviewed by Janine, Grade 8, Glen Allen Library
I Was Here enters the world of Cody Reynolds, an eighteen year old living in eastern Washington. Her best friend, Meg, recently committed suicide, and as Cody packs up Meg’s belongings, Cody doesn’t know what’s in store for her. Cody begins a journey of self discovery, trying to discover the reason why Meg took her own life, but got more than she bargained for. Cody’s understanding of life, love, death, and forgiveness changes completely as she discovers the shocking reason why Meg died.
I was moved by I Was Here. It had a strong plot with very descriptive words to describe the emotions running through Cody as she grieves for Meg and falling for a mysterious boy connected to Meg’s death. It had everything, grief, romance, mystery, suspense, depression, and a journey that changes everything for Cody. The journey that Cody takes throws the friendship Meg and Cody had, and everything else that Meg never could tell Cody.
A memorable thing about I Was Here was the flashbacks that Cody kept having about Meg. She remembered everything about Meg, Meg’s free spirited personality, Meg’s actions, and how Meg always could accept Cody, the way that almost no one could. Yet, there were so many things that Meg chose, the path she took, the life she lived, that Cody once could not understand, finally comes to Cody’s understanding.
Reviewed by Reenie, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Library