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Viking Days – Ballard

Viking fight demonstration

Two days every year in August the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard puts on Viking Days, a free outdoor festival which includes admission into the museum. Inside the museum you will find cobble stone rooms; actual luggage from the people emigrating from Nordic countries to America; old furniture; boat models and actual boats; building replicas; clothing; rooms dedicated to countries Sweden & Finland & Norway; and so much more.

Meanwhile outside festivities included authentic food from various countries;  lots of demonstrations; and a Viking village. In the Viking village people in armor used swords and axes against one another, and during the fighting or breaks someone would explain the weapon choice or the difference between the shields.

I had a great time and learned so much at Viking days! I urge anyone who finds the above interesting to go!!

Freyja – teen volunteer – Magnolia


The No-Stress Zone: Organizational Methods, Tips, and Advice for Your School Bag!

waitthehomeworkWelcome back to The No-Stress Zone! Today I will be helping you organize something that is a necessity for school: your school bag.

Whether you carry a regular two-strap backpack, a messenger bag, or a tote bag, keeping your school bag organized and as clutter free as possible will help you quickly find a pencil for when your science teacher surprises you with a pop quiz, keep your money your safe for when you wanna buy a quick bagel before school, or help you find the book report you spent almost two weeks slaving over.
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Teen Reviewed: White Teeth

White TeethTitle: White Teeth

Author: Zadie Smith

Summary: A novel about three families, cultures, and generations in London. As the characters interact with one another, their differences pull them apart like poorly sewn seams, and readers helplessly look on as they try to reconcile them. A mixture of past and present, White Teeth twists and turns from one socioeconomic class to another, one person to the next – making it interesting.

Six word review: Humility, desperation, ignorance, aging become hilarious.

What I couldn’t get enough of… I never lost interest in the story because it’s always changing. It’s a compilation of many experiences and viewpoints, yet somehow small enough to feel you’re part of this community and you just happen to be privy to everyone’s inside thoughts.

Bonus: White Teeth is set in North London, a unique location because the neighborhood is in actuality a place where a multitude of nationalities coalesce.

Online: The Guardian

 –Teen Blogger

Teen Reviewed: Born Wicked

Born WickedTitle:  Born Wicked (Cahill Witch Chronicles: Book 1)

Author:  Jessica Spotswood

3-Sentence Summary: Cate Cahill and her sisters, Maura and Tess, are witches living under the Brotherhood, a theocracy that seeks to destroy them. They are also the subjects a prophecy that foretells their potent powers will either perpetuate or topple the hierarchy of corrupt, misogynistic priests. But in the process, one sister is fated to be murdered.

Six Word Review: Three witches, two loves, one prophecy.

I started reading because… it’s been awhile since I ventured into some YA Fantasy, and I enjoyed the cover. I kept reading because… there are some excellent plot twists.

Star Rating: 8/10. This book isn’t as exciting as I expect its sequels will be and though it contained some terrible tropes, there is some really imaginative content and unpredictable plot twists that keep it a page-turner. Minus two stars for irrelevant romances.

I loved… the consistent characters. I hated… the feminism without backbone. (It’s that girl character who’s like “I don’t need anyone I’m independent” but completely loses her mind over a fella… The coexistence of those two archetypes drives me nuts.) I couldn’t get enough of… the world and relationships Spotswood created.

If the lead character was in a high school yearbook, she would be voted: Most Hard-Working.

On a deserted island, the main character would probably… miss her sisters but be totally fine with remaining isolated from humanity and being able to practice her magic without fear of being caught and burned at the stake.

Online Resources of Interest:

Grossly Oversimplified Romance of a Book Trailer

Author’s Website

Happy Reading!

–Maddie, 17, Teen Center Advisers


My Favorite Book – Street Pharm

Street PharmStreet Pharm is one of my favorite books by Allison Van Diepen.

I couldn’t stop reading it. It’s a book about a boy wanting to please both his mom and dad. But his dad wants him to take over the family business while his mom wants him to finish school. When trying to do both he ends up in the hospital and broken-hearted by a girl.

If your interested in other books that are similar to Street Pharm here’s some ideas.

–Norey, 20, Y-Intern