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Pantomine – a tale of deceit, mystery & magic

PantomimeTitle: Pantomine

Author: Laura Lam

Summary: Micah Grey wants to get away from his life—and the circus seems to be just the right place to do that. He delves into the world of circus arts as a new trapeze artist, but soon learns that the circus may not be quite what it seems. As the story unfolds, more of just who Micah is gets revealed, and between Micah’s past, and Micah’s present, a tale of deceit, mystery, and magic is unveiled.

Quick review: Do you like magic, circuses, and stories where the main character isn’t who they say they are? Then you’ll probably like this book. Told in a flip-flopping style of one chapter in the past, and one in the present, Micah’s story quickly begins to unfold. As the reader, you get caught up immediately, because you can tell that there’s something about Micah that he’s not telling you yet.

I started reading because… I was told that it had good representation of characters who were learning more about their gender and their sexual identity, as well as having an engaging fantasy setting.

I would give this book8/10 stars. It’s engaging and exciting, although the language felt a bit simplistic at times. I found the flip-flopping story technique frustrating at times, when I just wanted to get back to the storyline I had been on, but ultimately it was, in my opinion, the best way to tell this story.

-Sofia, 16, Greenwood Teen Advisory Board


Sophie’s Books that Make You Think

fault-in-our-starsReview #1 (The Fault in Our Stars)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a tragic, yet youthful and captivating book. It features a girl named Hazel Grace who meets a boy named Augustus Waters at a support group for people who have cancer. Augustus uses his wish that he received when he first learned of his cancer to fly to Amsterdam to meet a Peter Van Houten, the author of Hazel’s favorite book, An Imperial Affliction. Right from the beginning, Hazel’s sarcasm mixed with Augustus’s charm stuck to me, and have ended being two of my favorite characters in any book I’ve ever read. The writing was very unique, in that it used beautiful analogies, and was able to blend in a lot of humor despite its tragic topic. To any readers out there that enjoy a little mix of everything I would definitely recommend this book.

Review #2 (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky is in a perksWallflowerway very interesting in that it is vague so that you have to infer what is happening. This book is about a boy who goes by the alias name as Charlie who is beginning high school and decides to document his life through letters to the his friend, the reader. Charlie has no friends, except for Michael who committed suicide back in eighth grade. When Charlie begins high school he meets Patrick, Sam and many of their friends who teach him how to have fun.  I really enjoyed this book because it is in a way, a coming-of-age type of book that really introduces the reader to many different things that are important in realizing that happens to everyone. The author was able to expose the types of things that teenagers and people go through in life. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone of any age.

Lord of the FliesReview #3 (Lord of The Flies)

Lord of The Flies, by William Golding is chilling, and showed the savage side of a human. This book begins with a plane crash on an island, and a group of boys with no adults stranded. Humanity versus savagery is a big theme in this book. It quickly transitions from them trying to remain together as a group to a chaotic and bloody scene. This book was really creative in the symbolic representations that the author had chosen. And I found it really interesting to how the boys had divided the way that they did, and how much they had changed from British school boys to savages. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys symbolism and the capability of how savage a person can really become.

–Sophie, Columbia, Teen Adviser


Divergent – deeper meanings

divergentTitle: Divergent

Author:  Veronica Roth

Summary: In a futuristic Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice must choose among five factions—each with very different values. Her decision will define her identity for the rest of her life. The decision is made more difficult when she discovers that she does not fit into one particular group, and that the society she lives in is not as perfect as she thought it was.

Gut Reaction: Loved it!!

Why: Divergent is a book that really makes you think. Beatrice constantly struggles with her identity—she doesn’t fit into society like everyone else seems to, but is forced to hide it. She is sure she belongs in one place, but she always seems to discover something that sets her apart. This struggle is very prevalent in teen life today—people feeling like they don’t fit in anywhere. I enjoyed reading this book because of how it connected to the lives of my generation. I also really enjoyed Beatrice’s character, because she is unusual. She is small and plain with a slight build, but the tasks she is presented with help her to discover her strength—both physical and emotional. It was interesting and satisfying to follow such a real character, even in such an unreal setting.  I love how the plot slowly morphs itself, and the ideas made me question what I really think is most important.

Who would like this book: This is great for all the Hunger Games lovers out there. It is similar in some ways, but the plot is completely different so it doesn’t feel like a copy at all. It also has more romance than The Hunger Games.   I would recommend a little more of a mature audience than for The Hunger Games (Grade 8 and up) in order to understand its “deeper meanings”.

–Helen, University, Teen Blogger


WOIS: Mega Help for Teens

WOIS can help

I’ve been having trouble trying to figure out what I’m going to do for college and for a career, or if I’m going to even HAVE a career or just a job.  So to figure this out I grabbed the big book of majors and made a list of things I was interested in (there wasn’t that many). Then one day I was talking to Jesten (the teen librarian who I listen to) about the possible majors I found and she liked the idea of an Archivist.  She mentioned some work at museums.  THAT got my attention, but . . . I had no clue what jobs were at a museum so I asked her for a list and a list I got, she then encouraged me to go to WOIS, and it is AMAZING!!

Once you go to WOIS there is an occupation button that has a HUGE list of jobs and VERY in-depth descriptions of the job. It will tell you the typical tasks, overview, school requirements (if you need a high school diploma, bachelors or masters degree), the physical demands of the job, the average wages, and I think a few more. Some of the jobs allow you to have an interview with people who have that job. Wow.

Now I’m not saying that EVERY job is on this database, so please don’t be mad if the job you want isn’t on it, but I think most jobs are there. WOIS is incredible, it helped me so much!!!!!

It also has a “school search” I haven’t checked it out yet but it will probably be awesome too! 🙂

To get to the website you can follow these steps:

  1. Go to Articles & Research on The Seattle Public Library website.
  2. Scroll down  and click the “Jobs and Careers” link.
  3. Then scroll to “WOIS/The Career Information System“.

(Most times you can only access WOIS from a library computer or at school if it has the code). Check it out!

–Freyja, 17, Magnolia


Nightshade – Can a fragile human change Calla’s destiny?

nightshadeTitle:  Nightshade

Author:  Andrea Cremer

Genre:  Romance, fantasy

Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade packs an entangled love triangle, an authentic heroine, and an intoxicating wolf pack into 452 thorough pages.

Who are the characters?

Calla is the main protagonist. She is a passionate and tender wolf in Ren’s pack.

Shay is a human. He is courageous and bold, but he can be gentle and persistent with Calla.

Ren is the alpha wolf and the intended mate for Calla. He is popular, charismatic, and flirty; but he struggles to show his affection.

3-sentence summary
Calla has a destiny – she knew she was going to graduate high school with her future mate, Ren, living their ecstatic lives together; but this beautiful human in front of her disrupts everything she carefully planned. Calla questions her freedom, love, and fate as Shay weakens her soul with every step he takes. How can this fragile human change her destiny?

Should I read this?
If you’re a hopeless romantic who enjoys a detailed love story, Nightshade is definitely the right book to read! You’ll be dragged into the alpha world within pages and I promise you will not be disappointed by the heated romance that develops over every chapter.

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