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Black Swan reviewed by Amanda

I’m in love with the movie Black Swan (2010).  I strongly recommend this movie for those who love ballet, dancing, or ballet performances. I take ballet, and every time I watch this movie (which has been more than a few times) I become so motivated to dance. The choreography of this movie is amazing, as well as the story line. However, since this is a Rated R movie, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this movie to anyone under the age of 16, maybe 15 at the least. There are some sexual parts of this movie that in my opinion (and from watching it with immature friends), is only for mature audiences. I also did have to watch it 2 or 3 times to realize the hidden parts to the story-line and once I concentrated and watched the whole movie, everything tied in together and it made sense (which only made me love the film even more!). Natalie Portman is both an amazing actress and dancer, and if I had to rate this movie, I would give it a 5 out of 5 star rating.

Click here to find the movie Black Swan in the Library, and please note that this movie is rated R and not intended for teens under the age of 17 to watch without an adult present.

review submitted by Amanda

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 30, 2012 Categories: Movies, Reviews By You

Join us at the Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club Tomorrow!

Are you an expert with knitting or crochet needles, just learning, or want to learn?  Then join us on Friday, November 30, from 4 – 6 p.m. for the first ever Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club meeting at the Library.  We have yarn, needles, and the know-how to teach the basics of knitting and crocheting. You can also bring your own supplies – and your friends – for an afternoon of sharing ideas and conversation. Refreshments will be served.

Click here to register for the Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 29, 2012 Categories: Crafts, Events

Best Teen Books of the Year

Happy New Year 2012!

Image by Flickr user Creativity103

It has already started!  Amazon’s blog, Omnivoracious, has been the first site that I have seen to post its picks for the best teen books of 2012.  Click here to read the original post.  Check out the list below, and click on the title to find the book in the Library to judge for yourself if it is truly one of the best books written for teens in 2012.

Best Teen Books of the Year, according to Amazon’s Omnivoracious blog:

  1.     The Fault in Our Stars  by John Green
  2.     Every Day by David Levithan
  3.     Son by Lois Lowry
  4.     Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
  5.     Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  6.     The Diviners by Libba Bray
  7.     Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman
  8.     Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  9.     Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  10.     Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin, Book I by R. L. LaFevers
  11.     Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  12.     The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  13.     Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  14.     The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth
  15.     Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  16.     The Kill Order by James Dashner
  17.     Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  18.     Reached by Ally Condie
  19.     Dodger by Terry Pratchett
  20.     For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 28, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Trending

Book Trailer of the Week– The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa.  Allison lives in a world where a plague has killed most of the human race, and vampires keep the remaining humans as pets.  Allison was able to survive in hiding until the vampire Kanin found her and turned her.  The Immortal Rules follows Allison as she fights to hold on to her humanity.  Click here to find The Immortal Rules in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 23, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Teen Boat by Dave Roman and John Green

Teen Boat: the angst of being a teen–the thrill of being a boat!

by Dave Roman and John Green

Teen Boat is a collection of comics that follows a boy named Teen Boat, who is seemingly your average teen guy, but who has the unique ability to transform into a boat.  As you can imagine, this comic collection is filled with hilarious adventures where Teen Boat gets into trouble because of his unique ability.  One of the funniest escapades chronicles Teen Boat trying to get his driver’s license.  Teen Boat is not comfortable in cars (because, duh, he’s a boat), so he puts off getting his license.  However, he wants to impress a girl at school who is really into cars, so he decides to try and get his license.  He has to wear floaties when he starts to learn how to drive, though, because he is so scared.  Then, when he takes the test, he spills his instructors coffee.  The coffee spills into Teen Boat’s ear, which holds his nerve center for turning into the boat.  Since liquid has hit his Teen Boat nerve, he turns into a boat inside the car!  Teen Boat is now a boat with a car underneath him.  He looses control and crashes into a semi carrying a tanker of gas.  Is this the end of Teen Boat!?  You’ll have to pick up this laugh out loud comic to find out.

Writer, Dave Roman, and cartoonist, John Green, have created a very interesting and easy to read collection of comics that, I have to admit, I have not seen or heard anything like this before.  The style of the art of Teen Boat reminds me of Archie comics.  It is a traditional comic, thankfully in color, but Green adds to Roman’s sidesplitting, humorous writing by adding his own funny imagery.  Check out some of the art style of Teen Boat below.  Included at the end of this book is the description of the creation process between Roman and Green.  They both worked very closely on Teen Boat, and there was a lot of back and forth between the author and the cartoonist.  You can really tell how much they were both in sync when creating this comic.  Teen Boat is definitely a great read for those who like out there comics that are filled with humor and ridiculousness.  Click here to find Teen Boat in the Library!


By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 20, 2012 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fiction, Funny, Graphic Novel, Staff Pics

Book Trailer of the Week– The Host Official Movie Trailer

If you are a Stephenie Meyer fan and haven’t picked up The Host yet, then you should probably pick it up soon.  The official trailer was released this week for the movie that will premiere in March 2013.  There is a lot of buzz building around this adaptation of Meyer’s popular sci-fi thriller and stand-alone novel, especially Saoirse Ronan’s portrayal of the main character Melanie/Wanderer.  Even though this may seem like a book that Meyer wrote for adults, there is a lot of parts that will appeal to teen readers: you have Stephenie Meyer’s angst-ridden writing, aliens, action and adventure, and a love story all in one book.  Click here to find The Host in the Library and check out the movie trailer below!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 17, 2012 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Science Fiction

Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow

Pirate Cinema

by Cory Doctorow

Set in a near future dystopian Britain, Pirate Cinema centers on Trent McCauley.  Trent is an average teenage guy, with an obsession for creating movies.  Not the regular “point the camera and action!” movies, though.  Trent takes footage from old movies (his favorite are old films starring the popular actor, Scot Colford) and splices them together to create a new movie.  What Trent does is technically illegal under copyright law.  But Trent just can’t stop making his movies, and he knows what he creates are really good.  Trent just assumes that since everyone illegally downloads movies, music, and whatever else, as long as he is careful he will be fine.  However, Trent is not careful and he gets caught.  As punishment, his entire family cannot access the Internet for an entire year.  This means his sister can’t do her homework and continue to be an A student, his mom can’t get her medical prescriptions, and worst of all his dad cannot work.  Trent is ashamed and feels so guilty that he runs away from home to the streets of London.

One his first day on the streets he meets Jem, a street kid that helps him survive.  Jem and Trent actually do pretty well for themselves.  They find food for free from the dumpsters of grocery stores and restaurants and they find an abandoned pub that they refurbish and are able to live in (illegally).  They are so comfortable, in fact, that Trent is able to start making his movies again and soon he finds himself being recognized in the underground  pirating culture of London.  Trent’s underground fame, however, gets him involved with a political movement that wants to legalize downloading and copying licensed works for creative use.  Is Trent in over his head, or is he just the right person to take this movement all the way to Parliament?

The main focus of this Pirate Cinema is technology, piracy, fair use, and the right to creative expression.  However, this  novel is packed with a  ton of interesting issues.  There’s the drama of Trent living on the streets and learning how to survive, the family issues that Trent has to deal with, and there is even a love interest for Trent.  You should definitely pick this book up if you are interested in technology, especially when it comes to fair use and creative expression.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 16, 2012 Categories: Dystopian, Fiction, Guys Reads, Staff Pics

Book Trailer of the Week– The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.  Blue lives with a family of clairvoyants.  She feels out of place, however, because she is not clairvoyant but instead has the ability to enhance another’s clairvoyant powers simply by being near them or touching.  As a young girl Blue was told that if she kisses her true love, he will die.  Knowing this, Blue has avoided love and especially the all boys school in town–The Aglionby Academy.  From a chance sighting in a graveyard, though, Blue comes across one of the Raven Boys and cannot deny the pull he has on her.  This first book in a planned series, introduces us to Blue as well as The Raven Boys (named for their school emblem): Gansy, Adam, Ronan, and Noah.  It explores the relationship Blue has with each of the boys as well as their search for a ley line, an ancient line steeped in mythology that may hold a powerful reward.  Click here to find The Raven Boys in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 10, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction

Game On at the Library!

Join us this Saturday, at the Library, for two full hours of open gaming!  A Wii, an Xbox 360, a big screen, your friends, and food — can you think of a better way to spend a November afternoon? Come to the Library for an afternoon of video games, snacks, and friendly challenges. All games are rated T for teens or E for everyone.

Click here to register for this program!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 9, 2012 Categories: Events

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Monument 14

by Emmy Laybourne

Monument 14 is a book that will have you hooked from page one.  This novel begins as Dean and his younger brother Alex are getting ready for school.  Both begin their day by catching their separate school buses.  This average morning is torn apart, though, with a hail storm.  They begin as tiny pellets but quickly become football sized hail that come crashing down, tearing the bus up.  Both Dean and Alex’s bus drivers attempt to find shelter in the local Greenway store.  Alex’s bus crashes right through the front doors, while Dean’s bus just plain crashes.  Fourteen kids and one of the bus drivers survive.  They barracade themselves in the Greenway for shelter.  When the bus driver leaves to find help, the six teens and eight children are left to take care of themselves.  At first they think it will be temporary, however, they soon learn  that a super-volcano has set off a chain of natural disasters and they may be stuck in the Greenway for awhile.  The up side: they have everything they could ever want, including a pizzeria.  The down side: they don’t know that is happening on the outside or even if their families are still alive.  As the days pass, more and more things go wrong, and they have to decide: is it better to stay safe in the Greenway as long as possible and wait to get rescued, or do they risk leaving to find their families not knowing what is on the outside?

This novel is full of action, and it definitely packs a punch.  There is a ton of thrilling suspense, and it really makes you question what you would do if you were in the position of these teens and kids.  Monument 14 is also really hard to predict.  Sometimes when you read a book you see what is coming, but not in Monument 14!  I was surprised with every turn of the page, and I definitely was left guessing all the way until the last pages.  Be warned, though!  This ending is a huge cliffhanger!  But there will be a sequel.  Definitely pick this book up if you like action or survival stories, and if you like to read post-apocalyptic books.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 8, 2012 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fiction, Staff Pics