Read + Review is Back!

Happy first week of school everyone!  Read + Review is now open – so you can start earning community service hours for submitting your reviews of our New YA books. You can earn up to two credit hours for each review, up to ten hours a semester. Check out our website for the latest reviews!

Visit our Read + Review page to learn more, and check out our handy guide to getting awarded the maximum two hours service credit for your reviews below.

Best wishes for an excellent school year, and happy reading from your HCPL Teen Librarians!

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Teen Summer Songwriting Challenge

Teen Summer Songwriting Challenge

In celebration of our music themed Summer Reading Club, we will be featuring a series of songwriting challenges over the next month and a half. All aspiring teen songwriters are encouraged to get creative and participate.

Each week from June 18 to July 23, we will introduce a different musical genre. We will give a little background history of the genre and its Virginia roots. We will then provide you a writing prompt and you will have a week to submit a song (no more than 300 words).

All songs submitted must be the original work of the person who is submitting. That means they need to be written in your own words; do not plagiarize.

The winner will receive a songwriting book appropriate for that week’s theme.

Check in with us during the next six Mondays to learn about and enter the weekly challenge. The winner will be announced the following Monday.

Featured genres will include:

  1. June 18 – Pop / Rock
  2. June 25 – Blues / R&B
  3. July 2 – Country
  4. July 9- Hip Hop
  5. July 16 – Punk
  6. July 23 – Your Choice – Enter here for this week’s challenge

And don’t forget to stop by your local library and sign up for the Summer Reading Club. Make sure you register in time to get one of our HCPL custom kazoos! Available while supplies last.

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Henrico County Public Library Presents: LibraryCon 2018 @ the Twin Hickory Library

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Like comics? Do you have a favorite fandom? Like to read? Do you like to dress up as your favorite character? If you answered yes to any of those question, then you will want to go to Henrico County’s LibraryCon that is happening June 30th from 1-5 PM at the Twin Hickory Library! (5001 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, VA 23059).

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There are going to be events for all ages! Including an all ages costume contest, green screen photo booth, door prizes, teen gaming, anime screenings, karaoke,  and Harry Potter and Star Wars themed escape rooms! There will also be local vendors you can buy comics and fan gear from. Plus there will be a special appearance from local storm trooper squad, the 501st Legion. You are not going to want to miss this event! For more info call the Twin Hickory Library at 804-501-1920, or ask your teen librarian! Check back here or at henricolibrary.org for more info leading up to the event.

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Read + Review is Back!

Happy first week of school everyone!  The first day of school is also the first day of Read + Review – so you can start earning community service hours for submitting your reviews of our New YA books.

Visit our Read + Review page to learn more, and check out our handy guide to getting awarded the maximum two hours service credit for your reviews below.

Happy reading from your HCPL Teen Librarians!

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Read + Review: Internment by Samira Ahmed

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This book is about a 17-year-old girl named Layla Amin, who is a Muslim in a dystopian American society where members of that demographic are persecuted greatly. One day, government officials come to her house and tell her family that they must leave immediately to go to an internment camp in California. At the Camp Mobius, Layla, along with hundreds of other Muslim Americans, are contained in a confidential area surrounded by electric fences. Their rights are taken away as soon as they step through the doors, and the punishment for going disobeying the rules are extremely severe. These punishments do not waver the protagonists, as Layla and her new friends Ayesha and Soheil attempt to hatch a plan to escape from the facility.

I am in great awe about how well the plot of the novel was planned out. I believe that the story flowed very well, while the author also included a lot of twists and turns that were very unexpected, which left me unable to put the book down. There were no dull or boring moments; each chapter had a lot of action and dialogue that was very important for the development of the story. I also liked how the author incorporated humor into the novel, even though the main message of the story is very important to understand. Most of the main characters were teenagers, so the bickering they had with each other gave them a little bit of unique personality.

The most memorable thing about this book was the emotion that a lot of the characters had about the situation. Especially in a situation like this, it requires a lot of self-confidence to make a stand against something that is morally wrong. Throughout the whole novel, numerous characters showed so much in resilience and bravery in everything they did. This novel is extremely inspiring and will make any reader feel like they can accomplish anything.

5-stars-3

Reviewed by Griffin G., Gayton Library

Read + Review: Unpresidented by Martha Brockenbrough

Unpresidented: A Biography of Donald Trump

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This book is a biography about Donald Trump, the 45th (and current) President of the United States. The novel started by following the life Friedrich Trump, who was the first member of his family to immigrate to the United States, as he attempted to make a name for himself in New York City. He eventually became very involved with restaurant business and had a son, Fred Trump, who fell in love with real estate, and eventually passed on this love to Donald. The rest of the novel details stories from Trump’s early life in military school and college and the first deals he made as a real estate mogul. Along the way, he gained a lot of popularity and a pedigree as one of the figureheads of business in New York City. He also became very involved in politics for the latter part of his life, which ultimately led to his decision to run for the election in 2016. After being elected on November 8, 2016, the rest is history.

I enjoyed that the novel was very thorough in terms of information on not only Donald Trump, but also his family members and other significant members of his campaign. I could tell that there was a lot of outside research that was compiled to make Trump’s life story complete. The one thing I didn’t like, however, was that there were some parts of the book that were relatively uninteresting and difficult to follow at times. When Brockenbrough wrote about various deals and lawsuits filed against him, there were a lot of monetary figures and financial terms that I had relatively little knowledge of. This novel requires a lot of knowledge and concentration to fully understand.

The most memorable aspect of this book is all the blasphemy that Trump told to reporters, stated online. The author decided to include dozens of quotes and Twitter posts from before and after his presidency to showcase his extremely aggressive nature and reluctance to accept basic facts. I already knew before reading this book that a lot of what he said was crazy, but the novel will truly show you an even crazier side to him that most have never seen before.

4-stars

Reviewed by Griffin G., Gayton Library

Read + Review: Undying By Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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In this sequel to the popular novel “Unearthed”, our main characters, Mia and Jules are trying to escape the alien spaceship they were trapped on during the final pages of the “Unearthed”. After making an extremely narrow escape off the ship, Mia and Jules warn their hometown about the approaching threat that threatens the safety of the earth itself. But, to no avail. With absolutely no help, our main characters are forced to take matters into their own hands and handle the threat themselves. In this captivating novel, Mia and Jules travel across the entirety of Europe to stop the possible alien invasion. The story takes place from the mountains of Spain, all the way to streets located in Prague.

One thing I absolutely loved about this book was its humor at times. The situations would get very tense, and the author would just toss in a joke to defuse the situation. The darkish humor makes the book all the more enjoyable. The characters are also around the same age range as most people reading the book. The author knew this and made the characters relatable to their relative age range. I also like that the book switches between certain characters’ perspectives throughout the book to make sure the reader has a good idea of what’s happening from multiple perspectives.

Surprisingly, the most memorable moment in the book is in the first few pages of the book. Most authors never even get the idea to give a little note to the reader at the beginning of the book. I personally have never seen any author do that before. That’s the reason it’s most memorable for me. I will also always remember the love the author has for the reader. The author expresses that a lot, and that is another way I will always remember this book.

4-stars-1

Reviewed by Minh L., Glen Allen Library

Read + Review: Never Evers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

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Mouse’s world seems to collapse when she is required to leave her ballet school, and her self-esteem seemingly deteriorates every second of her life. Without any alternative activities or interests to instill any inspiration in her, Mouse’s motivation is at an all-time low. However, her mother urges her to join her new school’s field trip to assist her with coming out of her shell. Unfortunately, she doesn’t really have a choice in the matter. Up in the mountains that are topped with snow, Mouse faces an exciting series of events with her two companions, Connie and Kiera, and a furry hamster that Connie managed to sneak in. Additionally, a romance begins to blossom between Mouse and Jack, the lead singer of a band without a name. Never Evers is a novel brimming with twists and turns happening both on and off the slopes.

The endearing moments between Mouse and Jack caused me to do everything within my power to suppress my squealing and giddiness due to their romance. What I found frustrating was the amount of time it took for the two realize how compatible they were together. Throughout the course of the novel, Mouse and Jack continued to be distracted by other love interests, but it frankly made their relationship more engrossing and interesting to read. Since the beginning, Mouse battles with her esteem and self-efficacy after hearing some not-so-nice words from Lauren, a girl who ceased to even interact with Mouse after finding out she was not accepted into ballet school. I could see myself in Mouse during moments when she felt down, which overwhelmed me with emotion. All-in-all, this novel emphasizes the significance of being yourself, which I personally believe is immensely important.

The most memorable event in the book is a conundrum that occurred in the beginning. Jack and one of his friends, Max, are invited to Lauren’s room, but when searching for it, they end up in Mouse, Connie, and Kiera’s room. The issue is that it was the middle of the night, and the ruckus they create cause an authority figure to come to settle the situation. I burst out laughing when Jack hid in the girls’ closet and encountered a certain “furry” friend, who was undoubtedly Connie’s hamster, Mr. Jambon.

4-stars-1

Reviewed by Jessica C., Glen Allen Library

Read + Review: Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

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This book follows the story of a girl named Mickey Catalan after she recovers from a catastrophic injury. She and her friend, Carolina, both of whom are softball players on a team destined to win the state championship, are involved in a car accident. As a result of the accident, Carolina has a broken arm and Mickey has a dislocated leg. After her surgery, she is determined to find any means possible to ease the pain in her hip and get herself back on the softball field as soon as possible. She is prescribed a drug called Oxycontin by her doctor, and the rest of the novel reveals her thoughts and actions as her usage of the opioid increases.

I really enjoyed this book. There were a lot of twists and turns throughout the novel that I did not expect and left me on the end of my seat for all 408 pages. This is because the event that occurred in the prologue mirrored another event that occurred later in the novel, so I kept on reading to find out how the characters got to that point. I especially enjoyed the way that the author crafted the characters, as many character’s opinions were polar opposites with each other, leaving the main character in the middle to decide what she thought was right. Although the novel is about a very heavy topic, humor was also used in the right places to make the situation seem more normal or relatable to readers. There aren’t any critiques that I can think of that would’ve made the book any better, as I believed the book was written very well.

The one thing that I will definitely remember from the novel is the lesson that it taught me. It is very obvious from the beginning of the story what the root of the conflict will be, but I believe there is a moral to the story that everyone should pay attention to. The problem affects a lot of people in community across the United States, so it is important that readers are able to understand the author’s message.

5-stars-1

Reviewed by Griffin G., Gayton Library.