Sunday, August 30, 2009

Vote Now!

Want to have a say in the Top Ten Teen Books of the year? Then vote from now until September 18. Voting is only open to teens (oh, but if I could vote...!) so give your opinion. Winners will be announced during Teen Read Week (Oct. 18-24).

Monday, August 24, 2009

Know-It-All Fairy

Charlie, 14 years old, has a parking fairy. Yep, she can't drive, but if she could she'd always get the best parking places. Charlie lives in a world where everyone has a fairy, from helpful ones (good hair fairies) to ridiculous ones (always-playing-your-favorite music fairies) to bizarre ones (all-the-boys-your-age-will-fall-in-helplessly-in-love-with-you fairies).

She just wants a new one, so she's been starving her fairy by not letting it help her, which means walking everywhere. Unfortunately, the school bully has other ideas and wants her to help him park. The new super-cute boy doesn't believe in fairies even though he has a getting-out-of-trouble fairy.

Fantastic characters, funny dialogue (check out the glossary in the back) and great twists make How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier a top pick.

If you had a fairy, what do you wish it was? Comment with your answer!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Last of the Summer Reading Reviews

Well, folks. The sun is shining and a gentle breeze is blowing. The soothing sounds of a string quartet are drifting out of the Houghton Room, celebrating the library's fifth anniversary in our new building. 'Tis a beautiful day, tinged with sadness that the summer is coming to a close, and anticipation of the lovely Oregon autumn. We had a great time celebrating the end of Summer Reading at our Late Night Mystery Night. Thanks to all of you who completed the program and wrote your reviews. Though we have already done the prize drawing, it is not too late for you to drop off your reading records and pick out a free book. You have up until August 31.

And now I shall share with you a few more teen reviews so you can get some book and movie recommendations for the last of the dog days:

Hairspray, 2007
Hairspray will dance and sing its way into your heart! Funny.

Bird Cage, 1996
A great and funny movie that you'll just die for.

Sydney White, 2007
A funny chick-flick proving dorks rule.

Janes In Love, 2008
by Cecil Castellucci
An inspiration to art rebels; the Janes strike again with another fabulous book.

The Graveyard Book, 2008
by Neil Gaiman
If you like suspense, adventure, and dark humor, this book is for you. Inventive and masterfully told, it will keep you guessing 'til the last page.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, 1990
by Avi
A fantastic adventure that will shock you again and again, proving that girls can rule the world. Anybody loving pirates and a determined girl will love this.

Airborn, 2004
by Kenneth Oppel
Airborn is a breathtaking, unforgettable science fiction adventure with the unique setting of an airship high in the sky. In an alternate Victorian era, new friends Matt and Kate discover a mysterious creature that only Kate's grandfather has seen. I loved this exciting story filled with action, mystery, pirates, and hints of romance. I recommend this book to all teen and advance preteen readers looking for a thrilling adventure. the two sequels are also great books-- be sure to read those too, because after you read Airborn, you'll just want more of Matt and Kate's exciting adventures.

The Da Vinci Code, 2004
This book was everything from mysterious to exhilirating. No only was the book insightful, but also educational. If you are looking for a book that will consume your mind, the read The Da Vinci Code.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Twilight Convention?

Ready?!? There's going to be a Twilight Convention in Portland! Okay, it's not until next September (yep, you have a whole year to wait and wait for the fun) but it's still fun to think about. Check out the details here.

While you're waiting, check out our Twilight booklist, full of ideas of other books to hold you over until the next book or movie. And as a sneak peek at this fall, we'll be having a Teen Wolf Game Fest just days before the new Twilight movie. See you then!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Back to School Books

Getting ready for back to school can be a chore. Get into the school mindset with a few set-in-school reads.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. When Frankie learns that her exclusive school has an exclusive club for boys only, she decides to crash the system. Fantastic pranks, intrigue and secrets make for a funny and interesting read.

Reality Check by Peter Abrahams. Cody lives for football and the girl of his dreams, until she's sent away to a far away boarding school in Vermont. When she goes missing, Cody, recovering from a crushing football injury, decides to solve the case.
Schooled by Gordon Korman. Capricorn has always been homeschooled by his hippie grandmother on their remote farm. But when she falls and breaks her hip, Cap must move in with the local guidance councilor and attend public school. With no knowledge of pizza, television or middle school, hilarity insues.

The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt. Holling Hoodhood, the only student in his class neither Jewish or Catholic, must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher studying Shakespeare plays while everyone else attends their respective religious schools. A pair of rogue rats, yellow tights, and the sounds of the 1960s create a silly and serious story to enjoy.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Time Waster!

Okay, this is the perfect combination of wasting time and still making your brain work. Must Pop Words! Like the great word making games of the past, this one puts your reshuffling skills to the timed test. So brush off your brain and get ready for the school year.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Reviews of the Week part Deux

'Tis time for some more reviews and recommendations from teens at the TPL. If you would like to submit reviews for chances to win prizes, don't forget to take a review card when you turn in your summer reading records.

The Phantom Tollbooth, by Nortan Juster
I don't know if a book can get better than this one! I would rate it 5 stars for...EVERYTHING!

Can You Keep a Secret by Sopie Kinsella
Nice book! It is about how a 25 year old woman, Emma,tells all her secrets to a stranger who sat next to her in the plane the rode. But in the end, that stranger is actually her boss and what will Emma do if her boss remembers every singe secret of hers?

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit is a book about Bilbo Baggins who encounters a visit from Gandalf, a wizard, and some dwarfs. Bilbo was drawn into the magical adventures they spoke of. Now he is up to one. Together they encounter many obstacles to get back treasures from Smaug, a dragon who stole all of it.

The Ransom of Mercy Carter by Caroline Cooney
An outstanding historical fiction read! This book really gives you a view into the past to see what happened in Deerfield, Massachusetts to the town of white settlers. The way the author describes the events, it make you feel as if you are actually there. I highly recommend this book.

Stay tuned for more reviews!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Derek Kirk Kim at the TPL this Thursday

When: Thursday, August 6, 6-7 p.m.

Where: The library Community Room

What: Graphic novel artist and author Derek Kirk Kim is giving a presentation about his latest work and what it takes to do what he does.

Who: Teens and adults are invited

Why: Because Derek is AWESOME! Check out this video, if you don't believe me:

Saturday, August 1, 2009

A Long Absence and Reviews of the Week

Hello all! I have missed writing to you. I've been at the library as usual, keeping myself occupied with the Summer Reading Program, which is fantastic, if I do say so myself. We've enjoyed seeing all you teens at the Art Labs and other programs. We have a ton of submissions to the Arts Journal, which we'll be compiling in the next couple of weeks. Those of you who would like to have an impact on the look of the journal should join us for Art Lab on Tuesday, August 4.

We've also been getting a lot of reviews from Summer Reading finishers who have been sharing their thoughts on the books, music, and movies they've experience this summer, whilst earning more chances to win prizes. That's right! Prizes! The time to sign up for Summer Reading has passed, but there's still plenty of time to turn in your reading records and pick up review forms. Don't forget!

Here are a couple of teen reviews for your reading pleasure:

Peak by Roland Smith:
There are two reasons why you might want to read the novel Peak. The first reason might be for what it presents itself to be, a great novel with its own twists and turns. Then you see that along the way, this book is a guide for writing. The character himself is considered a writing prodigy and is given a "tutor" to hone his skills and create a masterpiece. From there, his life takes a wrong turn and he ends up with the opportunity to do something he never thought he could: summit Mt. Everest. Along his journey, he'll meet many friends and people so real you feel that you could search their name on the web and you'll get an infinite number of hits. It helps that the author of this book actually has done a thorough job researching the climbing topic before writing a whole book on it. The one told to be writing the book is Peak, for a school assignment. Even if the story fills up two moleskins (notebooks) I feel that more could have been added, a prelude about Josh Wood, a prologue on Peak, or that's just me begging for more. Peak is just the kind of book for those who want adventure and can only find it in a book. Who knows one day you could find yourself on the snow in the death zone of Everest itself.

It's Your World- If You Don't Like It, Change It by Mikki Haplin
This insightful book provides details on ideas such as racism, the environment, gay rights, and animal welfare. It's your World is a great resource for every teen who decides to change their world.



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