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May Book Horoscopes!

IntroWhy hello there, all you Push To Talk readers! The Greenwood Teen Advisory Board is proud to present you with this month’s issue of the Monthly Book Horoscopes, which are book recommendations based on YOUR Zodiac sign!

It’s May, and that means that the end of the school year is finally within reach. We thought we might take a look back and celebrate what school is actually all about (and no, it’s not torture)… learning! Each year we read a lot of great books in school, so this month’s issue consists of books which we were forced to read for school and ended up loving. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did! ❤ 🙂

haroun and the sea of stories

Aries Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

This beautiful story tells the tale of Haroun, a boy who, in telling his own story, discovers what exactly makes stories and storytelling so important. The book is full of adventure and fun magical realism!



great expectations

Taurus Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

We know what you’re thinking. “Seriously? That book sounds soooo boring…” Not so! Great Expectations is fun, and nowhere near as dry as you may expect. It’s a classic… you HAVE to read it! 😉



madame bovary

Gemini Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Originally published in 1856, this groundbreaking novel sent major, scandalous waves crashing through French society. It cleverly satirizes society in a way that is also quite dark, intense, and somewhat sad.




Cancer Night by Elie Wiesel

This book is a tragic and important memoir. Elie Wiesel describes his experience as a Jewish prisoner in the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. Though it is short, it is well-written and very meaningful.



as i lay dying

Leo As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

This book is told from the perspectives of members of a poor southern family when their mother dies, leaving them questioning the value of their existence and relationships with others while their family begins to fall apart.


joy luck club

Virgo The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

This book tells about the lives of four Chinese immigrant families in San Francisco. It tells about the struggles of living as an immigrant in America, and the story is centered on the game of mahjong, which they play together.




Libra 1984 by George Orwell

If you haven’t read 1984 yet, you should, because it is essentially the prerequisite to all those fun YA dystopian books we are seeing so much of today. The thrill and caution of this classic will haunt you for a while. Remember, Big Brother is always watching so he will know if you don’t read it!!


raisin in the sun Scorpio A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

This is a raw and moving play about an African American family living in the 1950s. They not only struggle to prosper in a discriminatory society and to coexist with one another in a difficult environment.



pride and prejudiceSagittarius Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Do not dismiss this novel based purely on its reputation as a “romance novel.” Give it a read and you will be blown away by the hilarity and brilliance of Jane Austen’s wit as she satirizes the society of Regency England.


legendCapricorn Legend by Marie Lu

Legend takes place in the Republic, the dystopian remnants of the western United States. Day is 15 and has failed his Trial, making him the most wanted criminal in the Republic, and June, another 15-year-old, is commissioned to hunt him down and kill him. Nobody expected what happens next…


little princeAquarius The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

While this book is intended for a younger audience, it has a beautiful message that is prevalent to people of all ages. This little prince will remind you to live life with an open imagination and a kind heart.



running in the familyPisces Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje

This autobiographical novel explores many different writing styles and methods as Michael Ondaatje retells his own story along with that of his family. This book is full of beautiful imagery and careful examination of the relationships we have with other people.


Thank you so much to everyone who has been reading these Horoscopes so far this year. We hope we’ve taken care of you and that you’ve found something good to read every month. We love you (almost as much as we love books)!! Happy reading!

Greenwood Teen Advisers



We Love Poetry – How I Discovered Poetry

How I Discovered Poetry
  How I Discovered Poetry

Author:  Marilyn Nelson

“This is the story of Marilyn Nelson’s own childhood, and of America in the 1950s. This highly decorated poet —National Book Award Finalist, recipient of the Robert Frost medal, Newbery Honor Winner — has created fifty eye-opening, intimate poems that tell the tale of her development as an artist and young woman during one of the most turbulent decades in our nation’s history. These poems, spanning her fourth to fourteenth years, touch on many aspects of that time: racism and the Civil Rights Movement, the “Red Scare,” the shadow of the atom bomb, and the first stirrings of the feminist movement.”

Monster – Well-Written with a Good Message

MonsterTitle: Monster

Author: Walter Dean Myers

Summary: Steve Harmon is a 16-year-old boy who is currently being tried in court for the robbery and murder of a man named Mr. Nesbitt. This book takes you through the court proceedings, as well as giving you inside knowledge of what happened based off of Steve’s journal and screenplay.

I give this book 8/10 stars. I tthought this book was well-written and sent across a really good message, but the format that it was written in made it really hard to understand what was going on. The majority of the book written as a 3rd person screenplay, but there are parts from Steve’s journal which is in 1st person.  For example, you might be reading about court proceedings, but the next scene might be a flashback, so you have to make a quick adjustment.

What I loved: I thought it was interesting that the author decided to write the whole story in a 3rd person screenplay format, but also having a 1st person journal sometimes making an appearance. The themes that accompanied the book were also interesting to read about.

What I hated: There was nothing that I didn’t really like, but if I had to pick, maybe it would have been the fact that whether Steve is guilty or not remains a mystery throughout the book.

–Liz, grade 8, Lake City


NBA Legend KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR READS @ Central Library; FEB. 19th!

Stealing the GameAuthor and former basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will read from his second book in the Streetball Crew series, Stealing the Game, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 at The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.

Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations are not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Stealing the Game is a fast-paced story for tweens (ages 8-12) about teamwork, friendship and dark secrets.  The book tackles issues like building self-esteem, celebrating one’s individuality and what it means to feel special.  “Stealing the Game” also features teenagers who act like teenagers by debating zombies and falling in love while watching classic French movies.

Abdul-Jabbar is a retired basketball player named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.  After his retirement, he wrote nine New York Times bestsellers on topics as varied as World War II, the Harlem Renaissance, and the impact of African-American inventors.  The first book in his Streetball Crew series is Sasquatch in the Paint.

Supporting this event:  The Seattle Public Library Foundation, media sponsor Seattle Times and presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Co.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

**All libary locations are closed today in observation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day**


MLK Day of Service.  MLK Day Activities.  MLK, Jr. @ the library.

What we said about MLK, Jr. Day last year.


Editorial: Darren Wilson should be in jail

ferguson statsAugust 9,2014. Ferguson, Missouri. 18-year-old unarmed African-American Michael Brown is shot by white police officer Darren Wilson 6 times, killing him. Peaceful protests took place before police in riot gear were sent out to contain the citizens of Ferguson with rubber bullets and tear gas. Others outside of the area turned to social media to get updated on the situation, because news crew were not allowed into Ferguson, and to express their angered thoughts as well.

On November 24, 2014, about 100 days after the shooting, Darren Wilson is: declared not guilty, paid $400k, and off on a honeymoon with his wife, leaving many (including myself) who wanted Darren Wilson in jail because his decision to shoot an unarmed teenager who did not even show any brutality towards the officer, but instead put his hands up and pleaded “Dont shoot,” stunned and angered. This past weekend, Darren Willson resigned from the Ferguson Police Department because he was told that keeping his job would put many others at risk, not just himself. While I am glad that he no longer has the power of authority anymore, the fact that he is still a free man while the cells of our country are filled with indiviuals with much pettier crimes than shooting an an unarmed teenager is quite disturbing. We are a nation looked up to by many developing countries and when they see that we let police officers kill unarmed people of color like Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and many more, they start to wonder whether or not they should model their nation after us.

Ferguson picMany current pictures of Ferguson are starting to look like the Civil Rights movement from the 50’s and 60’s, which makes me wonder: Are we going to repeat history?

The Difference Between Us

City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative: RSJI

–Therese, Teen Blogger, Magnolia


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