Posts tagged ‘real-life’

April 1, 2015

Read + Review — I Totally Funniest by James Patterson

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

funniestJamie Grimm, a middle school comedian, is ready to enter the Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic finals. But there is so much pressure that Jamie has to face, that he turns into a big jerk to all of his friends. Just when things can’t get worse, a giant hurricane wipes Long Beach city down completely. He has the learn how to continue with all the things going on in his life. Will he be able to win the finals? I actually thought this book was pretty good.

I would recommend this book for anyone who likes mild suspense and fun. I didn’t like how Jamie would always be scared of his brother, instead of standing up for himself. Other than that, I enjoyed this book.

I think the most memorable thing was that although the media was spreading bad rumors about Jamie, he was able to surpass the pressure in his life. I wish I could do that with school…


Reviewed by David, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library
four stars


April 1, 2015

Read + Review — I Totally Funniest by James Patterson

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

funniest Even though he is paralyzed from the waist down, Jamie Grimm is still pretty funny. After winning the semifinals for being one of the funniest kids on the planet, Jamie Grimm has become quite the big shot at school.Without meaning to, he begins to push away his friends, family, and all the people who support him. Not only are his friendships starting to suffer, but the pressure to make up the best comedy material for the ultimate competition is worse than ever. All of a sudden, life isn’t so funny anymore.

I really enjoyed this book. It was really easy to relate to and the writing was relaxed casual, which I liked. I also liked how the main character wasn’t completely perfect and had to face their own problems throughout the story. It helped me understand and get lost in the story. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would love to read it all over again.

One thing that really stuck with  me throughout the book was the unfairness of people with disabilities. The characters in the book only liked Jamie because he was popular and famous for a time. People that bullied him because he was in a wheelchair pretended to be his friend on live TV. I feel like this happens a lot to people with disabilities today. They are mistreated and looked down upon in society, when in reality they are just as good as everyone else.


Reviewed by Anusha, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library


April 1, 2015

Read + Review — Sway by Kat Spears

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

swayThis book is about a young high school boy with a complicated yet exciting life. Jesse Alderman is a guy who can get anyone anything for a price. Essays, alcohol, answer sheets… anything you want, he can manage to get. Jesse also has a different outlook on life, he doesn’t have any emotions or hatred for it, in fact he feels nothing in the way he describes everything around him. However his pessimistic outlook starts to crumble when a known jock and bully pays Jesse to help him win a girl’s heart, a girl who Jesse is unwittingly starting to like.

The main thing I like about the book was the relationship between Jesse and Peter. Although Jesse is rude, ungrateful, and harsh, he often shows the reader of common human follies without the morality and bias that would normally obscure it. Also the battles between the two reminded me a bit about myself and a friend I have. Jesse and Peter’s friendship is quite complicated yet somehow at the same time very obvious and likable. I am not an avid romance novel reader, actually I have almost never read one, but Sway was different. It was more about human nature and the struggles of a teenager and love and romance.

One memorable thing in the book was when Carter was explaining the meaning of Sway to Peter. This moment defined Jesse in a nutshell and one is left to question why he doesn’t like the nickname Sway.


Reviewed by Jalaj, grade 10, Tuckahoe Area Library
four stars


April 1, 2015

Read + Review — Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

girl-onlinePenny Porter lives her life behind a computer screen, where she blogs about her feelings, her relationships, and high school drama. As if things couldn’t get worse, her panic attacks are more frequent, and Penny’s parents want to spend Christmas in New York City. However, there she meets charming Noah, a smooth talking guitarist whom she can’t help but fall for. But much like Penny, Noah has secrets too that could put her blog at risk, as well as her closest friendships.

I loved how the book was written by a YouTuber, who actually runs her own blog. Within the book, the author provided much advice about dealing with typical problems that I found myself relating too. The characters of the story were also well established and the dialogue was truly unique. However, I thought that the ending didn’t offer enough closure and that the book moved very quickly, leaving out some key details. Otherwise, it was worth the read.

One of the most memorable things about the book was Penny’s and Noah’s relationship. It was described much like any first love and was really relatable in many circumstances.


Reviewed by Erica, grade 10, Twin Hickory Area Library
four stars


March 25, 2015

Teen CERT (Community Emergency Response Training)

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

Picture1Henrico County Library has teamed up with the Henrico Fire Division and the Henrico Office of Emergency Management to offer Teen CERT again this June. The Henrico County Teen Community Emergency Response Team Porgram (Teen CERT) trains teen citizens to help cope in the time period immediately following a disaster when local public safety resources may be overwhelmed. Teen CERTs learn basic first aid, search and rescue, and fire suppression techniques. But more importantly, Teen CERT members learn how to prepare for a disaster long before one occurs. We will prepare for and respond to a hypothetical emergency, such as a hurricane, mass casualty accident, or epidemic.

The one-week training consists of:

• Four training sessions at Twin Hickory Area Library, Monday, June 22 – Thursday, June 25, 9:30 AM — 3:00 PM.

• A four-hour scenario drill at Twin Hickory Park, Friday, June 26, at a time to be announced. Students must commit to attend ALL FOUR sessions AND the drill.

On successful completion each student will earn a total of 24 hours of community service. This course is limited to 15 high school students (grades 9–12, rising 9th graders accepted). Applications will be accepted from April 1 through April 30. For more information contact Adrienne Minock, Teen Librarian at 290‑9200 x5 or

Get the application here! Teen CERT Application. Due April 30th at the 2nd floor Info Desk at Twin Hickory Library.
Get the permission form & Info sheet here!  Teen CERT Permission Form & Info Sheet.

Students who have applied will be notified in Mid-May about acceptance into the program.


March 23, 2015

Read + Review: The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

beginning of everythingEzra Faulkner, prom king, jock, and most popular boy at Eastwood High, believes everyone has a tragedy waiting to happen. From this tragedy, everything important in life will begin. Ezra’s tragedy comes at a prime opportunity when a driver shatters his knee and his social life. But when he meets the new girl, Cassidy Thrope, everything changes as Ezra finds himself encountering the beginning of everything.

This book was so unbelievably written. The plot line is spectacular, a nice change to the typical teen novel. The characters are so realistic and the dialogue is quick and witty. I enjoyed that the story was written from a guy’s perspective, especially considering the fact that his life does a complete 180. My only complaint was that the book moved very quickly, and it was sometimes easy to get lost. Regardless, this book is a must read.

The most memorable thing about the book is the sense of dark humor throughout the book. It’s somewhat twisted but very hilarious that will encourage all readers to continue reading.


Reviewed by Erica, grade 10, Twin Hickory Area Library


March 23, 2015

Read + Review — X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

xThis book describes the evolution of Malcolm X. As a child, his parents always told him that he can achieve anything and the color of his skin will not hold him back. But when his father gets murdered and mother is taken away, Malcolm starts to doubt his parents’ words. He gives up on his life ambitions and moves to Boston with his sister, Ella. There he is attracted by Boston’s nightlife and starts to sell drugs and do other bad things. He gets into even more trouble when he is unfairly arrested for stealing. At jail, he finds a new faith, Islam, and this helps him realize that he cannot run away from segregation any longer.

I liked how the author described Malcolm’s life. It gives me a clear picture on all Malcolm had to go through as a kid and a young adult.  The part I did not like was that Malcolm nearly destroyed his life in Boston. If he just believed in himself then, he would not have to go through the suffering he went through.

One memorable thing about this book was when Malcolm went back to his family in Lansing. When he was in Boston, his whole family missed him always wrote letters to him to come back. This let him reunite with his siblings and relive his childhood.


Reviewed by Ashwin, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library


March 23, 2015

Read + Review — Middle School: Big Fat Liar by James Patterson

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

Big fat liarMiddle School: Big Fat Liar is about a girl named Georgia Katchadorian going to her older brother’s middle school, HVMS. Her older brother, Rafe Katchadorian was the troublemaker of the century and almost everybody thought Georgia would be the exact same. So Rafe and Georgia made a bet if Georgia was popular and got straight A’s she would win the bet but if she was unpopular and failing in grades she would lose. Could Georgia really win the bet with Rafe’s trouble making footprints all over HVMS.

I thought that the book was superb in the story line, plot, and the characters personalities were very unique and the contributed greatly to the story. I also liked the situations the Georgia was put in and how she went through them. One thing that I really liked was how Georgia and Rafe at home were okay with each other but still pulled pranks on each other like real sibling. Everything in this book was very good and I encourage people to try it.

One memorable thing about the book was when Mini Miller started to bully Georgia and how Georgia just went straight in with a kick to the shin. Mini Miller knew that Georgia could stand up for herself so he stopped bullying her.

Reviewed by Naveen, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library
four stars

March 23, 2015

Read + Review — I Totally Funniest: A Middle School Story by James Patterson

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

funniestJamie Grimm is like any other middle schooler, except for one thing. He beat out his local competition in New York with his stand up comedy – even though he did it while bound to his wheelchair. Now he is going to the finals of the Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic contest. However, along the way he will have to choose what’s really important to him.

This book is a hilarious read, the whole way through. It throws in unexpected twists along with some of the wittiest one liners. It also tugs at the heart in an unexpected way. Jamie Grimm symbolizes hope for everyone and he shows how laughter truly is the best medicine.

The characters were built in such a way that they will stick with me forever. Jamie, the Smileys, Gilda, and Uncle Frankie were all extremely well done.


Reviewed by Silas, grade 8, Glen Allen Library
four stars


March 21, 2015

Read + Review — Since Last Summer by Joanna Philbin

by AdrienneTheLibrarian

Since Last SummerBack to the Beach! Rory McShane returns to the Rule’s mansion-sized home after last summer where she met her cute boyfriend, Connor Rule and her best friend, also Connor’s sister, Isabel Rule. She was thinking of a cool summer and having a blast with her two favorite people, but all doesn’t go as planned when Connor shows Rory the real him. Soon Rory starts second guessing their relationship, and things fall apart piece by piece. Meanwhile, Isabel Rule meets the perfect guy to help her get over her breakup last summer, Evan. He’s absolutely perfect, but is Isabel going to screw it up by obsessing over Mike? And what will happen between Rory and Connor? When Evan starts to notice Isabel drifting off, things get a little messy. Read the book to find out!

I thought the book was amazing. The drama between the characters had me on the edge of my seat. It’s a great book to relax and read on the beach or at the park. I like how the author got creative with the situations, and made you feel as though you were living the moment. She did a very good job of making you understand what the characters felt and even making you feel the same. I really enjoyed this book and for the whole story, be sure to read “The Rules of Summer”.

I think this book is gives off a very powerful feeling of forgiveness and understanding. I feel as though the characters really bonded and tried to see in another perspective. It also makes you acknowledge why it is so important to realize another’s situation and not jump to conclusions. I appreciate the sentiment in this book and what it tries to prove to the readers.


Reviewed by Rishika, grade 7, Twin Hickory Area Library
four stars


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