South Branch Staff Picks Category: Young Adult

Spare Parts (DVD)

Cover of DVD: Spare PartsCalling all teachers, outreach personal, social workers, counselors, and just about anyone who wants to feel inspired. This must-watch movie focuses on four Hispanic boys (based on a true story) with different challenges in their lives that find that innate desire to succeed. All they needed was the push from one teacher that saw their abilities and holds them to nothing more than the highest standards. George Lopez acting as Dr. Fredi Cameron is a substitute teacher that through the mist of his own personal problems finds a way to connect with these four high school students and pushes them to compete amongst the elite colleges in the United States in a robotics competition. The journey to this competition is a success on its own, whether or not they win or come in last I will leave for you to find out.

Review by Maria R.

 

 

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Shatter Me album by Lindsey Stirling

Shatter Me

Have you ever wanted to listen to music and don’t know what to pick? Well, let me tell you about Lindsey Stirling’s latest CD, Shatter Me, It is filled with upbeat music that gears your appreciation of the ability that Stirling has with the violin. I invite you take a journey with Stirling as she takes you through beats and melodies that intertwine to create her one of a kind dubstep songs. Join the rollercoaster of sound that takes you from smooth classical sounding pieces to more dramatic high pitched “JAM TO THIS” numbers that just make you want to jump up and rock it! I leave you in good hands with Lindsey Stirling in hopes that you too become a fanatic of her rhythms and style.

P.S. – By far my favorite is track 6, “Roundtable Rival”

Other albums similar to this one:

Lindsey Stirling by Lindsey Stirling; The Piano Guys by The Piano Guys; Escala by Escala; 2Cellos by Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser

By Maria R.

Hecho a Mano: suin a la colombiana(Audio CD) Monsieur Periné

Hecho_a_ManoReady to explore the music scene in other countries? Take an audio visit to Bogotá, Colombia with the new album by Monsieur Periné: Hecho a Mano.  Inspired by the “gypsy jazz” of the 1930s, these young intrepid musicians have crafted a new sound, mixing latin classics and a jazzy swing to create suin a la colombiana, or “swing, Colombian style.”  A huge part of their charm is in the way they’ve switched up classic jazz instruments for those from a more Latin tradition.  Listen for the clarinet and accordion, but also the Charango, a string instrument from the Andes, among many others. This upbeat, 12-track album is a great addition to a party mix, or just for listening in the car. Be warned: you may find it difficult to keep from dancing…

¿Tienes curiosidad por  saber lo que es popular en otros países? Toma un viaje musical a Bogotá, Colombia con el primer disco de Monsieur Periné: Hecho a Mano.  Ellos han creado un estilo nuevo y único, inspirado originalmente por el jazz gitano de los años treinta y como muchos otros géneros.  Aunque sea difícil definir exactamente, han llamado su estilo “suin a la colombiana”.  Gran parte de su sonido encantador viene de haber cambiado los instrumentos clásicos de jazz por instrumentos y ritmos reconocidos de música latina. Nótese el clarinete y el acordeón, pero también el Charango, un instrumento de cuerda de los Andes y varios otros más.  ¡Disfrútalo!

Review by A.smith

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Unwind

Unwind is a dystopian thriller by Neal Shusterman that follows three teens on the run from a government that believes in “unwinding” and body harvesting. This all sounds great and fine on paper, but what happens when you’re the one that’s selected to be unwound? Risa, Connor, and Lev find out. Risa is a ward of the state without any parents and without an overwhelming talent in her selected field; she needs to be unwound to make room in an overcrowded home. Connor is a trouble maker and has always pushed the limits in school and at home. His parents cannot handle an unruly child any longer. Lev is a tithe. He was born and raised as a donation. What happens when they fight back? What happens when they don’t want to be unwound? What happens when they run? This is the first in a series of four. Although controversial in topic, this disturbing novel inspires deep thought about organ donation and one’s personal right to make decisions regarding his or her body

If you like this book, here are some other recommendations: The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow and Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro.

By: Megan

Ransom by Lois Duncan

Ransom

It’s the end of the school day and you’re excited to start the weekend.  But when you realize the bus driver has his own agenda…Follow the cheerleader, the loner, two brothers, and an army brat as they discover they have been kidnapped on their way home from school. Pick up Ransom by Lois Duncan today and enjoy the twist and turns of this fast moving book. From the bestselling author of I Know What You Did Last Summer, Lois Duncan will keep you wanting more.

If you like this, you may also like: Twisted by Laurie Anderson and Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan.