Monthly Archives: December 2012

Unforgettable Reads: Lighting the Universe on "Fire"

FireChoosing a “favorite” or “best” book is one of the most difficult things to do as a reader. Despite this, Fire by Kristin Cashore can really be considered one of my absolute favorites and pretty close to being called “the best book in the universe.” If you haven’t read this book or its companion Graceling, you are definitely missing out! Continue reading

Book Group: Always Running

La vida locaWhen the Library brought Luis Rodriguez to Seattle in November, students at Consejo read his book and wrote about their reactions to it. Over the next few weeks, we will be publishing some of their thoughts.

This is an inspiring book, it speaks the truth. It’s an everyday life for a teen out in this crazy world. Every single paragraph has detail that makes you believe its your life being told. It’s like a movie in your mind.

This book motivated me to find the way to break the cycle of the gang history in my familias past generations by helping others. People in similar struggles that can’t find a way to fight against the life style you once lived, that had you chained up. You opened the eyes of many teens to find the key to freedom and unlock the chains keeping them from a better life. Gang life has affected many but reading your book has motivated me to go to college and leave the past and become the future .

 Alondra, 15, Teen Blogger

 

Homework Doesn’t Have To Suck: Breaking Up With Wikipedia…4

Well, we explained why you can do so much better than Wikipedia. We encouraged you to dive into a rebound relationship. And we introduced you to a whole party full of eligible alternatives for your research assignment. And yet, as we suspected all along, you just don’t know how to quit Wikipedia.

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Book Shorts: Ship Breaker

Ship BreakerTitle:  Ship Breaker

Author:  Paolo Bacigalupi

Summary:  In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

I started reading it because… truthfully, another of my library colleagues recommended it to me as part of a challenge.

I kept reading because… It’s actually a story that kept me anxious with each different twist of fate. I was also intrigued by the story of the half-men. Lastly, I wanted to know if my hope for the ending would come true. Alas, I learned why I’m not a writer.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:

Nailer
…become elder of his ship breaker clan community.

Nita
…compete in a Miss World pageant and head a global shipping company.

Richard Lopez
…become a 3-time World Champion Ultimate Fighter who has a destiny with self-destruction.

Pima
…become the first female quarterback of an NFL team.

Six Word Recap:  Underprivileged meets privileged and dreams collide.

This book reminded me of all other good stories…heroes and villains, beauty and brawn, life and book smarts, dreams and despair and impending doom and disaster.

Websites of interest: Ship Breaker Book Trailer

Marcellus Turner (MT), City Librarian

Book Shorts: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will GraysonTitle:  Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Author:  John Green & David Levithan

 Summary: When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other’s best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

I started reading it because… truthfully, one of my library colleagues recommended it to me as part of a challenge.

I kept reading because… It’s good and funny.  And confusing.  (Okay, I read it cold, not bothering to look at a review or the back jacket to know anything more about it.  I went with my gut and trusted my colleague that it was good – hey it was a recommendation.)  And I’m just a tad bit obsessive in wanting to figure things out so I was determined to make sense out of the confusion.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:
Tiny Cooper
Try to Be Your Friend, Make it to Broadway & Become a Talk Show Host.

Will Grayson 1 – 
Become a Defender of Rights of the Unloved and Unprotected.

Will Grayson 2
Become a Relationships Columnist for the Lovelorn.

Six Word Recap: Two different Will Graysons unexpectedly meet.

This book reminded me of …nothing I can remember but seems so familiar because what happened actually happened to me.  I lived in the same city as another Marcellus Turner!

Websites of interest: John Green Books

Marcellus Turner (MT), City Librarian

Book Shorts: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Title: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Author:  Lish McBride

Summary:  Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead.

I started reading it because… who doesn’t want to read a book with a cover of a guy with good hair, a hoodie, and a crow on his shoulder?

I kept reading because… Sam & Co turned out to be likeable, hilarious, and to have incredibly bad luck.  Also I didn’t expect the talking head.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To: Slack Off Until Inspired To Greatness By A Master Of The Undead.

Six Word Recap:  Burger guy raises dead, saves Seattle.

This book reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, because the poor guy definitely did not get this life plan approved by his guidance counselor.

The sequel just came out!  And you can find the author’s blog here.

Claire, Northgate Children’s Librarian

Teen Review: Handle with Care

Handle with CareHandle With Care by Jodi Picoult follows the O’Keefe family as they deal with six year old Willow’s disease called osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) or brittle bone disease. Charlotte is the mother, police officer Sean is the father, Amelia is the eldest daughter, and Willow is the youngest. Having a daughter with OI has many challenges, and for the O’Keefes one of them is the financial burden. Charlotte wants to change this and secure stable finances for the future. Charlotte decides to sue her best friend and OB/GYN Dr. Piper Reece for malpractice during Charlotte’s pregnancy with Willow. Most of the story takes place during the lawsuit and is told through Charlotte, Amelia, Sean, Piper, Willow, and the O’Keefes’ lawyer Marin Gates’ points of view. Each chapter switches between the narrators as they tell the story through first person. But Willow only tells the story in the final chapter. The lawsuit is based on the idea of wrongful birth, and the claim that Piper did not tell Charlotte early enough of Willow’s disease when there were signs of it. The lawsuit has many negative effects on the O’Keefes’ lives.

I found this story similar to Jodi Picoult’s other novels about family issues, especially My Sister’s Keeper. I greatly enjoyed the story and thought it was a captivating read. I really liked the depth of the characters and I thought the different points of view helped with giving each character an equally deep personality. I felt very connected to all of them. The story also carried a good message that not all families and people are perfect but that is okay, everyone is special in their own way. I would recommend this book to mature young adult and adult readers because the storyline is pretty intense and deals with difficult issues that aren’t for everyone. I would also recommend it to readers who like books about illness and family struggles.

Maddie, Northeast Teen Adviser