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Timebound – Girl trying to not disappear forever

Timebound

Title: Timebound

Author:  Rysa Walker

Summary: From the moment Kate’s grandmother tells her that she can travel in time, things start going very badly. Someone in the past is trying to alter time so that Kate will never be born. Kate must hurry in order to fix things before she disappears.

Six Word Review:  Girl trying to not disappear forever

I give Timebound 8/10 stars because it’s unique and funny and unlike any other time travel book I’ve read. ​I hated not knowing if time was a circle as it is in some time travel books. I loved the characters and I couldn’t get enough of how realistic their emotions were.

If the main character was stuck on a deserted island they would… find a way to build a raft, even if there weren’t any trees.

In a yearbook, the main character would be voted most likely to solve the world’s biggest problems.

This book reminded me of Ruby Red by Kerstin Gler because it evokes the same feelings of uncertainty, at same the time that it pulls you into its world.

Websites of Interest:  

Rysa Walker’s website

Anything else we should know? This is the first book in the series. The second book is called Time’s Edge, which to me sounds very promising and hopefully will answer all the questions Timebound leaves readers asking.

–Xanith, University Branch

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Darker Than Black – 10 years ago, hell-gate appeared!

Darker Than BlackTitle:  Darker than Black

Author:  Tensai Okamura

I started watching it because…our Japanese teacher played it in class.

I kept watching it because… it just kept getting better and better with each episode and all the characters were developed well for the most part.

Main characters in a yearbook, would be voted “Most Likely To”:  

  • Hei – to sacrifice anything for his sister,
  • Yin – to protect Hei at any cost.

Six Word Recap: Ten years ago, hell-gate appeared in Tokyo.

This anime reminded me of Death Note because… both are about people who have powers and use them strategically to outdo their opponent.

–Endrias, Lake City, Teen Volunteer

LCY

The Importance of Being Earnest – deep, everlasting Wilde love

Oscar Wilde quoteFirst off, I will admit I am completely biased on the topic of this play, due to my deep, everlasting love for Oscar Wilde.

I’m not quite sure what gets me about him, if it’s the elegant writing, or the witty exchanges, or the hilarity that often ensues in his beloved writing, but I’m completely enamored.  To me, Oscar Wilde has always been, is currently, and will forever be my bæ.

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Wild: The book, and now… the movie!

WildDo you like hiking? Nature? How about reckless adventures? Emotional memoirs?

If you answered, “yes” to any of those questions, I recommend checking out the book, and now the film, Wild.

Wild, a first-person memoir by Cheryl Strayed, tells the story of her expedition on the Pacific Crest Trail in the summer of 1995. In the four years leading up to her journey, her mother died (Cheryl was 22), her stepfather and siblings became disconnected from the family, and Cheryl turned to drugs to cope with her loss.  After wandering around the country for several months, she comes home and divorces her husband.  Feeling that she has lost her path in life and having nothing more to lose, she decides to set out, alone, on an 1100-mile long hike from southern California through Oregon.  Having never backpacked before, Cheryl describes the physical and mental struggles that challenged and healed her along the trail. Told with the utmost honesty, reflection, emotion, and suspense, the story of Wild is a deep and inspiring exploration.

The book was published in 2012 and received critical acclaim from the likes of Oprah Winfrey and The New York Times.Wild

The film was released in December 2014 and stars Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern.  Overall, the film excellently captures the interplay between past memories and current challenges on the trail.  Witherspoon portrays Cheryl with true emotion, strength, and bravery.  IMBd gives the movie 7.5 out of 10 stars. That’s really good!

So, whether you’re an adventurous type or someone who searches for meaning in stories, a dedicated book lover or a film fanatic, I would recommend reading, or watching, (or both), Wild.  It might just make you want to take off on an epic hike of your own!

Check out the book!

Here’s where you can see the movie in the Seattle area.

–RuthMabel, Greenwood, Teen Blogger

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Joss Whedon is a Modern-Day Shakespeare

shakespeare shadesMany people are familiar with the writer and director Joss Whedon.  And most of you have (hopefully) heard of poet and playwright William Shakespeare.  He is widely considered the greatest writer in history.  He is certainly widely studied in schools, and generally held as the paragon of not just theatre, but all written language.  However, during his time, his work was for the masses.  Poor and uneducated people paid one penny to come stand next to the stage and see his works performed.  Although now, because of the differences in dialect between the English of our time and that of his writings, his works are associated with a highly educated class, and are certainly not considered mainstream entertainment, this was clearly not always the case.

As I was reading King Lear, a tragedy of misplaced faith and dramatic irony, I thought about how if this was considered essentially “pop culture” then and is now studied in Universities, then surely there’s a modern counterpart.  It seems weird to think like this, but imagine high schoolers in 400 years dutifully opening a copy of a work from our century.  It would likely seem as strange to them as Shakespeare does to us, yet they would continue to study it because of its value which transcends time period.  Based on this, it is fun to think today about what works from today might fit that category.  It is tempting to consider more “literary” works of today, but remember that Shakespeare was not considered “high-class” or “inaccessible” in his time.

Based on this, I have thought about Joss Whedon as a modern-day Shakespeare.

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Paper Towns: A beTter mOviE tHan Book?

papertownsIf you are a fan of John Green’s novel Paper Towns then I have some good news for you; the movie adaptation of the popular book is set to be released in the US on June 5th, 2015!  As an avid John Green fan this news was already exciting, but I am especially thrilled to hear that Paper Towns in particular is being made into a movie.  Why, you ask?  Simply put, it is because I think Paper Towns will be a better movie than a book.

Now before all you book purists come hunting me down with torches for saying that, please let me explain myself.  Believe me, when a studio slaughters a book (*cough cough* Percy Jackson) I am as angry as the rest of you.  But not only do I trust both John Green and the production team on this movie, but I also trust the book; that is, I trust that it will make an incredible movie.

*Spoilers Ahead*

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Need a place to watch the Seahawks game?

SeahawksLook no further!  We’re showing it at the Central Library!

Free tickets for seats will be available beginning at 4 p.m. at the auditorium entrance near the escalators. Auditorium doors will open for seating for ticket holders on a first come, first served basis beginning at 4:45 p.m. The auditorium can accommodate about 275 people.

The Library will get fans in the spirit by offering free Seahawks promotional items (limited numbers). Library staff members will be wearing their Seahawks jerseys…so be sure to wear all your gear, too!  And bring the noise, 12th Man!

Although the Central Library closes at 6 p.m. on Saturday, people in the auditorium will be allowed to stay until the game ends.

Go ‘Hawks!