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Where do you like to travel to most?

This year’s Teen Summer Reading program theme was “Have Book, Will Travel”.  When you completed a teen log you got to cast your vote for your favorite place to travel to.  We tallied all the votes and the place where Mount Prospect teens like to travel to most is…

Florida

Sailboat Under Blue Skies off the Florida Coast miami skyline

 

The runner up was California, and a third place tie went to Hawaii, Paris, and Wisconsin.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 19, 2013 Categories: Events, Travel

Don’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern

DontStopNow Don’t Stop Now

by Julie Halpern

Just out of school for the summer, the last thing that Lillian expects is to have a cryptic message from her friend Penny waiting for her on her phone. “I did it”, is all that the message says.  It turns out that Penny has faked her own kidnapping.  The only thing Lillian can think to do is hop in the car with her best friend Josh (who she also has had a huge crush on forever) and try and track down Penny on a road trip across the country.  Complete with random stops at places like the Mars Cheese Palace, the Mitchell Corn Palace, and the Enchanted World Doll museum, Lily hopes this road trip will finally determine once and for all if she and Josh can be more than just friends.

Halpern does a great job of presenting serious issues with a humorous twist; this novel is laugh out loud funny.  One interesting aspect of Don’t Stop Now is that Penny has a very hard home life and is in an abusive relationship, issues that prompt her to stage her kidnapping.  You get Penny’s point of view in alternating diary entries that balance the lighter road trip narration provided by Lillian.  The road trip, some drama, and a maybe romance all combine to make this a great summer read!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 30, 2011 Categories: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Travel

Girl Overboard reviewed by Emmy

Girloverboard Girl Overboard

by Aimee Ferris

Marina Grey packs up for a cruise, but this is not just any old cruise. In this cruise it is a Semester at Sea cruise, where Marina will be going to the Bahamas, Utila, and Samana. Along her semester at sea, Marina meets some very interesting characters. There is Natalia (Talia) from down south with a thick southern drawl and is great friends with Rheanna (Rhee) from France, who is not the friendliest of them all. Marina bunks with a girl named Jeanette. Marina also encounters Ryan, a photography lover from Canada and then there is Lincoln (Link) an Australian white water rafting tour guide, who comes to learn and while learning steals Marina’s heart.

During Marina’s time on board she helps rescue a baby dolphin that got caught in a net and she also helps her new mates find their own talents. This book is a great read. I could not put it down and it was one of the best books I have ever read. The book is great because it is about an ordinary girl that is not popular or rich, but she has passion and talents. Marina rocks and shows people who are putting her down that she doesn’t care what they think of her. She travels everywhere and as you read it you learn about different places that she has traveled. She also finds love while on board, which can make things a little bit interesting, especially when she tries to ignore it. This book is a great read and I sincerely recommend it for anyone who wants to get away from the cold and jump into a fun, warm, and hilarious read!

review submitted by Emmy

By on August 23, 2010 Categories: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Travel