I saw the movie Secretariat, which was really good. It is a true story about a horse named Secretariat who competes in horse races all over and tries to win. I would definitely recommend this movie to everyone no matter the age… It is rated PG and is a really good true story about the life of owning horses. It just came out on DVD recently and I just saw it for the first time.
review submitted by Haley
Miss Congeniality is a hilarious Sandra Bullock movie. It has action, violence, humor, fashion, and a girly touch. I’d recommend this movie to a group of girls that want to laugh out loud. That’s a wrap!
review submitted by Sara
|Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison by Brandon Mull
Keys to the Demon Prison is the fifth book in the Fablehaven series
review submitted by Michael
|A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
In this amazing autobiography of the author’s unfortunate childhood in Sierra Leone, he finds himself in the middle of a civil war. When his family perishes by the rebels, he is forced to become a boy soldier in order to survive. This book will make you want to keep reading until the very end.
review submitted by Brian
|Swim the Fly by Don Calame
Swim the Fly is about three friends who want to get better at swimming so they can impress a girl. It was a good story and a quick read.
review submitted by Eric
|Prom Kings and Drama Queens by Dorian Cirrone
I thought the book Prom Kings and Drama Queens was very good. Once I started, it was hard to stop, and it made me feel good at the end. At the beginning, the main character almost gets arrested. The way she deals with this surprised me. Also, she has to make a hard decision towards the end of the book, that I wasn’t expecting.
review submitted by Ivanka
|Answer Book: fast facts about our world by the National Geographic Society
If you dream about learning more, like me, the Answer Book is perfect for you. Whether you want to read about maps, space, human history, or life on earth, the Answer Book has it all. I think it is unique because not only does it talk about earth in the past and today, but it also has an atlas in the back and tells you how to get more information about what you’re reading online. I would recommend this for fifth graders to adults who want to know more about the world around them.
review submitted by Matthew
|Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Shade is the story of a girl who lives in a world where everyone sees ghosts, everyone, that is, who were born after the Shift. After her boyfriend dies, Aura has a hard time letting his ghost go, while she starts having feelings for the new student at her school. Shade is an exciting story that’s hard to put down, especially when the secret of the Shift is revealed.
review submitted by Natalie
|Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s diaries: v. 1: Origins by L.J. Smith
Stefan Salvatore lived in Mystic Falls with his father and his brother, Damon. When he meets Katherine, his life turns upside down and he betrays his family. While there is mysterious killings, Stefan finds out Katherine’s big secret. What does he do?
review submitted by Stephanie
|The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
This suspenseful mystery surprised me with twists and turns at every corner. The main character is trying to finish discovering her grandmother Nell’s past, that leads her from Australia to the Cornish coast. This novel was a thrilling read, but was often hard to follow as it changed perspective every chapter. Four Stars.
review submitted by Elizabeth
This Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of September 11th. If you want to reflect and remember 9-11, check out some of the materials below at the Library. Just click on the cover image or the title to find it at the Library and read more about it:
|9-11: the world’s finest comic book writers and artists tell stories to remember
YA GRAPH SS NINE
|9-11 Emergency Relief
YA GRAPH NIN
|With Their Eyes: September 11th the view from a high school at Ground Zero
YA 812.045 WIT
|Ask Me No Questions
by Marina Budhos
YA BUDHOS, M.
|The Usual Rules
by Joyce Maynard
YA MAYNARD, J.
|Cinnamon Girl: letters found inside a cereal box
by Juan Felipe Herrera
YA HERRERA, J.
|Love is the Higher Law
by David Levithan
YA LEVITHAN, D.
|The 9-11 Report: a graphic adaptation
GRAPH 973.931 JAC
|Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
by Jonathan Safran Foer
AF FOER, J.
|A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn
I liked the book, A Kiss in Time. It was a modern day version of Sleeping Beauty. I learned a lot from it! I would recommend it!
review submitted by Sara
|A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
A Mango-Shaped Space is a great book that teaches readers about the difficult life of a child that is somewhat different from most everyone around her. Mia was very strong through her journey of self-discovery, even when a tragedy makes its way into her life.
review submitted by Marie
|Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors
I recently read an awesome book called Smells Like Dog. Homer Pudding inherits a dog whose name is Dog, because he couldn’t figure out a good name for him. Homer’s best hobby is searching for things for absolutely no reason at all. He is interested in a Galileo Compass that his uncle gave to him, before he got digested by a large turtle leading to his sudden death. After a punishment by Homer’s parents, Homer cannot search for anything anymore. He decides to sneak into the library to read some of the books he is now forbidden to read. He brings a candle in through the window to read. After a little while, Homer falls asleep, and the candle falls from his hand, setting the library on fire. Homer is in a lot of trouble. To find out how this crazy story is finally going to end in less than 300 pages, I suggest you read the rest of this book. I read it a little while ago and was clearly impressed by the plot of the book. I would recommend this for adventure seekers, boys and girls alike. I enjoyed this book and I hope you will like it too!
review submitted by Caitlyn
|The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
A girl named Katniss has volunteered to go into the Hunger Games for her sister. Once the games start, she makes an alliance that could win her the game. Should she let love lead the way, or go with her instincts and fight.
review submitted by Zack
|Never Die easy: the autobiography of Walter Payton by Walter Payton with Don Yaeger
Never Die Easyis an inspirational book about Walter Payton and his life. I liked this book because it goes throughout his life and tells what he went through. It goes from his childhood, to high school, to the NFL. This book is good and I think you should read it too!
review submitted by Sean
|Oh, Yuck!: the encyclopedia of everything nasty by Joy Masoff
This book is about all icky stuff people don’t like to read about. These passages include boogers, poop, pee, vomit, and lice. This book makes learning cool! It tells you different words to say the word vomit. My favorite vomit words are praising the porcelain king, puke, and upchuck. There is also a sequel to the book called Oh Yikes!. It’s a cool book as well!
review submitted by Sam
|Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
This book is about a third child, when you can only have 2 children. I can relate to most of his feelings. His life is hard because he is illegal and he has to come out of hiding. When new families move in, his life gets harder because he is forbidden to go outside, even though he lives on a farm. It was a good book and it was well written.
review submitted by Lucas
|Plague by Michael Grant
Plauge is the fourth book in the Gone series.Life in the FAYZ is getting worse. A plague is going around and the Darkness is becoming more of a threat. Plauge is a great addition to the Gone series, filled with action and many surprises. I’d recommend Plague and the other books in the Gone series to anyone who can handle the disturbing yet exciting life of the FAYZ.
review submitted by Natalie
|The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
A boy named Helmuth is in the middle of World War II. In jail! This story tells about a boy who dares to talk in front of judges! This story is a life-changing and true story of a boy who dared.
review submitted by David
|Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen
A kid named Sam Carrier has a disease called Tourettes that makes him jerk. His dad died and now his mom remarried a guy who treats him badly. Sam meets one of his dad’s best friends, George. George tells him about his dad, and he sends Sam on a journey that helps him understand his dad more.
review submitted by Sonia
Do you ever remember reading Imogene’s Antlers as a child? It’s about a girl who wakes up with an enormous pair of antlers on her head one morning? Well David Small the author and illustrator of that book, woke up one morning when he was fourteen and found that instead of antlers on his head – he couldn’t speak. Turns out that his parents had decided not to tell him he had cancer and could die, which is why he had to have surgery to remove one of his vocal cords.
In his graphic novel memoir, Stitches, David Small reflects on his childhood and how his parents’ unhappiness in their own lives was transferred on to his own, from how they approached his cancer – with his dad, who was a doctor, trying his very own treatments of radiation for David’s cancer, to his mother’s anger which was often released in rages at David. What’s a boy to do in a family like this? David Small shows how he survived his family, overcame all the craziness life brought him, and how a little artistic expression can work wonders.
It September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage and his partner Terry made a YouTube video for LGBT teens and youth as a reaction to the number of young people who took their lives the past year because of being bullied.
Following this posting, they began the It Gets Better Project, which accepts YouTube videos with inspiring messages for those who need it. Click here to check out the site. Celebrities and everyday people have posted more than 10,000 videos. In March 2011 they were also able to publish a book that contains inspiring essays and other materials, and all the proceeds from the book are being donated to LGBT youth charities. It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living can be found on our shelves in the Library.
Recently, the band Rise Against has collaborated with the It Gets Better Project to use clips from the video submissions in their newest music video for their song Make It Stop (September’s Children), and the video was released this week. The song draws its inspiration from the rash of suicides of bullied teens. Make It Stop (September’s Children) is on their latest album Endgame, which you can find in the Library’s collection. Also, an interesting note, the band filmed the music video at lead singer Tim McIlrath’s former high school, Rolling Meadows High School.
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
- Eat a vegetarian or vegan meal.
- Reduce your water consumption by turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth, cut back 10 minutes on your shower, or buy a reuse-able water bottle instead of buying bottled water.
- Turn off your computer when you are done using it.
- Recycle, weather it garbage or buying things second hand.
For more ideas, check out this article on thedailygreen.com.
Also, if you’re looking for something to read in honor of Earth Day, check out this list of books to go green!
Haley is one of our teen patrons who we can always count on for reviews. Here are a few of her recent reviews:
I read Summer Boys by Hailey Abbott and it was about 3 girls who try to find their first guy. They try to find him and fall in love for the first time but they are in high school. This book was a good book but kind of slow in the first two chapters. I would recommend it.
I read Tuesday’s with Morrie by Mitch album. It was about a man named Mitch you has ALS and needs some help. It was a good book but also sad. I would recommend it.
I read Safe Heaven by Nicolas Sparks. It wasn’t my favorite books by him. It was about a girl and how she is trying to find the right guy to date and be with. Then she finds him and they get together. It is a good book but I would recommend all the others of his especially The Notebook, The Lucky One, The Last Song, as well as A Walk to Remember.
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The movie Soul Surfer hits theaters tomorrow. It is the true story of the surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm at 13 years old when a 14 foot tiger shark attacked her.
Here’s the trailer for the movie:
Stop by the Library and check out the books Soul Surfer: a true story of faith, family, and fighting to get back on the board by Bethany Hamilton and Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham. Soul Surfer is Hamilton’s own account of the attack, what led up to it and how she overcame the loss of her arm. Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham was actually written before Bethany was attacked and she attracted national media attention. As the author, Kelly Bingham, explains here she had just finished her first draft of the book when Bethany was attacked, so she shelved the manuscript and almost never revisited it. A year later she revised the manuscript and sold it in 2006. It is also cool to note that Shark Girl is a novel in verse (a great way to celebrate National Poetry month!).
What are the Cybil awards? Every year book bloggers award the year’s best children’s and teen books. Any book can be nominated by anyone (one nomination per person) and then they are voted upon by a group volunteer book bloggers who must be active bloggers and who must blog about children’s or teen books. For more information visit the webpage by clicking here. To view the entire list of winners click here. Here are the 2010 winners for Teen books, click on the title to find them at the Library!
Middle Grade Fiction
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
by Tom Angleberger
Tommy’s classmate Dwight shows up to school one day with a green paper Yoda on his finger. The paper Yoda starts giving Tommy and his classmates advice and when the advice works, Tommy sets out to determine if the paper Yoda is really Dwight or if it has power of its own.
The Secret of the Yellow Death: a true story of medical sleuthing
by Suzanne Jurmain
The Secret of the Yellow Death is the true account of a team of US Army doctors, headed by Walter Reed, which went to Cuba in 1900 to study yellow fever and try to figure out how the disease spread.
Teen Graphic Novel
Yummy: the last days of a Southside shorty
by G. Neri
This graphic novel retells the story of Robert “Yummy” Sandifer, an eleven year old gang member from Chicago whose stray bullet killed a fourteen year old girl named Shavon in 1994. After the shooting, Yummy went into hiding with the help of his gang, but then they turned on him and executed him.
Teen Fantasy and Science Fiction
Rot & Ruin
by Jonathan Maberry
In the future, zombies are an infestation. At 15, Benny begins an apprenticeship with his older brother as a bounty hunter. Benny must leave the confines of the safe area and go out into the wilderness and hunt down zombies. Out in the wilderness, Benny’s perceptions of the world that he thought he knew drastically change.
by Swati Avasthi
Jace is kicked out of his father’s house after he tries to stop his father from physically abusing his mother. The only place where he knows he can go is his 22-year-old brother’s house. When Jace arrives, both brothers are combative and suspicious, but slowly they rebuild their relationship while Jace works through his fears of his father and his guilt over leaving his mother behind.
I am going to pick up Rot & Ruin, because I love a good zombie novel! What do you think about the Cybil winners?
This review is taken from a MPPL Summer Reading Program log:
The book that I read was called Protecting the Planet by Pamela Dell. It is about how you can protect animals in danger by not littering. Also how to protect our planet by not cutting down trees.