September 11, 2014

Booked!

by LisaTheLibrarian

Celebrate your freedom to read by getting caught reading a banned or challenged book!

National Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information. Librarians support the freedom to seek and express ideas — even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. This year, we invite you to get your picture taken with your favorite banned or challenged book. Stop by a participating library to add your mug shot to this list of Henrico’s most notorious readers!

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September 18, 2014

Games Night @ DU

by LisaTheLibrarian

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September 18, 2014

Read + Review: Insurgent, by Veronica Roth

by LisaTheLibrarian

The book Insurgent begins about an hour after the book Divergent finishes. This book is about a girl named Tris who is trying to save the city from a war, her friends, her family, and most importantly the one she loves the most, Tobias. While trying to save the city, many of her close ones are killed and she also kills one of her best friend’s crush. Does Tris have what it takes to help the ones she cares about? Read the book to find out.

I loved the book because I believe that it is a wonderful science fiction story to enjoy. The characters in the book are unique in their own way. I also love the fact that Tris is able to solve every problem that comes in her way. One thing I dislike about this book is that many people die because of a war. Overall, I would recommend this book to teens who want something new and unique to read.

One memorable thing about the book is when Evelyn reveals her true plan which is her secret.

four stars

Reviewed by Sonia, grade 8, Twin Hickory Area Library

September 18, 2014

Marble Coaster Mania @ TU – The Recap

by MandyTheLibrarian

 

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September 16, 2014

We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart

by LisaTheLibrarian

Cadence is very privileged and during the summer she vacations on a private island with her family and a group of four friends called “The Liars.” Three of them are her cousins except for Gat, who Cadence not-so-secretly finds attractive. For several years everything is great, until one year when everyone starts to compete for the biggest house on the island. With this, tension rises and a tragedy occurs leaving Cadence with a head trauma and no clue about what happened. Two years later, she is back on the island and eager to learn what has happened; but with everyone sworn to secrecy it is going to be hard to find out.

This book is my idea of a near flawless YA mystery novel. Although the writing style could sometimes be annoying, the numerous good qualities make this barely an issue. The storyline was full of suspense and the characters are unique and captivating. I enjoyed how real the book felt and I thought the author did a fantastic job with the character growth and descriptions. Honestly, I could not put this book down! This book is definitely worth reading if you love a good mystery.

 

The most memorable moment is the conclusion because it is so unexpected and emotional.

0-five-stars

Reviewed by Rylan, grade 7, Tuckahoe Area Library

September 16, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

by LisaTheLibrarian

When we got to my room, I didn’t know what to do or say to Kevon, this foster kid who was older than me. Who was going to be sleeping in my room even though I didn’t even know his last name. So I said the first thing that came to my mind. “Why did they take you away and put you here?”

Kinda Like Brothers, by Coe Booth

(Click on the cover to find a copy in our catalog.)

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September 16, 2014

Read + Review: City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare

by LisaTheLibrarian

For Clary and Jace fighting evil is the norm. They are shadowhunters and their job is to protect the world from demons and other monsters, but they have never experienced anything quite like this. Their society is falling apart, the good are becoming the bad; and it is all because of Clary’s brother, Sebastian. Together, Clary, Jace and their friends must adventure into an unknown world to find a way to stop Sebastian before he takes over the shadowhunter world.

City of Heavenly Fire is a fantastic end to The Mortal Instruments series. It had everything I wanted and more. The characters are compelling and full of personality complete with witty remarks and smart decisions. The plotline was action-packed and kept me on the edge of my seat, hungry for what happens next. This book craftily mixes all sorts of emotions into one book. I really enjoyed this book and I think most will agree Cassandra Clare is an ingenious writer. Take my advice, pick up this book today!

One memorable part is when Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle and Alex travel into a new realm a demon shows them visions. This scene was really intriguing and gave the characters even more depth.

0-five-stars

Reviewed by Rylan, grade 7, Tuckahoe Area Library 

September 15, 2014

Read + Review: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, by Rick Riordan

by LisaTheLibrarian

Percy Jackson is asked to put all of his knowledge of the gods into one book.He reluctantly agrees to tell each god’s stories in turn. In the first few chapters he talks about the very beginning with Gaea and the titans and the birth of the gods. He describes the gods in both flattering and rather unfortunate ways. Hopefully the gods will not punish him for his sometimes brutal honesty.

The book was enjoyable but I found it was a little hard to read at times because these are stories about the gods rather than Percy and his friends. I love Percy as a narrator and I think Rick Riordan did a wonderful job making Percy as humorous as ever. Reading the myths from Percy’s point of view made them more interesting. I If you like Greek mythology and Percy Jackson then this is perfect for you.

Overall this was a good read and it was fun reading a different version of Greek mythology.

four stars

Reviewed by Abigail, grade 9, Gayton Branch Library

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September 13, 2014

Read + Review: The F- It List, by Julie Halpern

by LisaTheLibrarian

Alex is still grieving her father’s death. But when she finds out that her best friend, Becca, has been diagnosed with cancer, she realizes that she needs to be strong. Especially so because Becca has a special favor to ask of Alex. Since she was nine, Becca, had kept a running “bucket list” of things she wanted to do before she died. Now that she actually may be dying, Becca hands over the list to Alex and asks her to complete the items on the list for her. Although hesitant at first, Alex soon realizes that Becca’s bucket list may lead her to really start living… and maybe even loving again.

I didn’t really like this book all that much. It had a few good parts here and there: I really liked seeing Becca and Alex’s friendship grow and Alex herself realizing that there was so much more she could do with her life. I also liked watching Alex’s relationship with the mysterious Leo Dietz bloom into something more than just “friends.” But the majority of the book was filled with meaningless arguments, half-hearted sadness, and often boring situations.

Watching Alex live through Becca’s dreams was enjoyable. It was nice to see how close the two of them were and how best friends can really change your life for the better.

0-three-stars

Reviewed by Asha, grade 10, Twin Hickory Area Library 

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September 12, 2014

Read + Review: Let’s Get Lost, by Adi Alsaid

by LisaTheLibrarian

This book introduces the reader to the lives of four different teenagers living across the United States.There’s Hudson, a mechanic from a small town who is confused about what he really wants from his life; Elliot, who will do anything to convince his best friend to fall in love with him; Bree, a runaway who is still trying to cope with the loss of her parents and quite possibly her sister; and Sonia, who is scared to admit what she really wants. All four of these teenagers meet one very special girl: Leila. When each of them is feeling their lowest, Leila swoops into their lives to help them, and then leaves just as quickly. But maybe Leila needs some help figuring out her life too…

I honestly loved this book. It was different because it technically told 5 different stories (including Leila’s personal story), but they all somehow were brought together. I liked how even though Hudson, Elliot, Bree, and Sonia had never met or even heard of each other, they were still somehow connected by Leila, who left a lasting impression on each of their lives. It was always surprising and left me wanting more. I really enjoyed picking out the different themes of the book: love, loss, hope, disease, faith, and so many more. This book was very complex but still so relatable.

For me, I really loved seeing how even though each of the characters thought their life was over at some point, they always ended up realizing that there was always hope and there was always a chance to start again.

0-five-stars

- Reviewed by Ahsa, grade 10, Twin Hickory Area Library

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September 11, 2014

Northside TAB Recommends, September 2014

by LisaTheLibrarian

Banned Books Week: see this post

Movies

Maleficent
Divergent
The Fault In Our Stars
Warm Bodies
Heathers

Books
Warriors
Ranger’s Apprentice
Nicolas Flamel Series
1984
The Bone Series
Moving Castle

 Anime
Fairy Tail
Sword Art Online
Mekacu City Actors
Golden Time
Kill la Kill

Manga
Ansatsu Kyōshitsu
Ashita no Joe
Medaka Box
History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi
Mirai Nikki

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