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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