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Hunger Games – Katniss goes on a legendary journey

hunger gamesTitle/Author: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Summary:  In a futuristic depiction of North America, the capital Panem keeps control of its 12 districts by making them pick a boy and girl Tribute between 12 and 18 to fight to the death in an arena on national television. The main character Katniss Everdeen is conflicted between the urge to survive and her unexpected love in this stimulating dystopian novel.

Six Word Review: Katniss goes on a legendary journey.

This book reminded me of the book Divergent because of the central dystopian theme and the emphasis on action and fighting.

I would give this book 8/10 stars because of how well the author set up and conceptualized the story and the fact that the book was very compelling and hard to put down.

What I loved about this book is how well-developed the characters were because it made it so that you feel like you know them by the middle of the novel.

If Katniss was stuck on a deserted island she would: build a boat and get away because she is an innovative person.

 I started reading this book because it was given to me by my middle school as a prize …and I kept reading: it because it was such a good story.

–Peter, grade 10, Lake City


Teen Review: The Casual Vacancy

Casual VacancyTitle:  The Casual Vacancy

Author:  J.K. Rowling

Summary:  When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly, the town of Pagford was surprised by the chain of events his death unleashed. Told from different character perspectives, The Casual Vacancy illustrates how connected our lives are.

This book is not for young readers, as the content contains adult themes.

I started reading it because… I loved the Harry Potter series and wondered what J.K. Rowling’s new book would be like.

I kept reading because… J.K. Rowling’s riveting description of each new character.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:  Appear on a reality TV show.

Six Word Recap:  Man’s death leads to reaction events.

This book reminded me of nothing I have ever read, seen, or heard before.  It was a new twist on everyday life.

Websites of interest:  J.K. Rowling

Allison, Northeast Teen Adviser

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:

…become elder of his ship breaker clan community.

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

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

…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

After the polls close…

Don’t forget to Rock the Vote!  Or, too young to cast your ballot yet?  Then sit back and watch the returns come in…and enjoy some of these election-flavored offerings.  No matter what your political leanings, there should be something to please everyone.  Just please, please don’t ask for a recount!  🙂

There are lots of places you can visit to stay up-to-date with the election results.  Everything from government websites, news channels and blogs.  Everyone seems to have an opinion and is not afraid to share it.  And, as always, we have tons of materials at the library to learn more about voting, the history of democratic elections and every political party that has graced the scene since…well…ever!  (Heard of the Tories and the Whigs?  Yeah, me neither.)

How about you?  Read or watched anything on the list?  Let us know what you think.  Or if you have a great title we’ve failed to mention, give it a shout-out.  Everyone’s voice is heard at the library, lol.

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Four on a Theme: Politics and Elections

 You may have noticed some political activity in the past few weeks, whether it’s in the form of more TV ads, Internet ads, yard signs, or even neighborhood meetings in your living room.  It all culminates tomorrow night in the election or re-election of our president, not to mention a number of federal, state, and local representatives, ballot measures for or against marriage rights, marijuana legalization, rebuilding the Seattle seawall, charter schools, and on and on and on.

If you like this sort of stuff, if politics is in your life blood, you may feel just a little let down Wednesday morning, no matter who wins or what passes.  If that’s the case, try one of these books that center on elections and the political process, whether on the national stage or in a school.
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Our Political System

Creative Commons – Cain and Todd Benson

 Watching the election unfold, I’m struck by two things: the negativity and the lack of compromise. I think that our country has become gridlocked, caught behind Democrats and Republicans who have crashed into each other. What can be done when neither side is willing to compromise, or even really negotiate? It’s not just one of the parties. Yes, it takes two to do the tango of getting laws passed. But it also takes two to sit with their arms petulantly crossed and cry “No!”

The other thing that disturbs me is how negative the campaigns and the American people are becoming. Instead of saying what they’ve done or will do, many politicians instead attack their opponents. Not only that, but U.S. citizens plaster the one they don’t want elected with very offensive things that, if they weren’t politicians, would be bullying. Why does the the campaign against bullying end in high school?

Our system also seems to encourage hypocrisy. Watching the debates, and the pundits afterwards, 2 things become clear: if the candidate lost, it was the moderator’s fault, and that it was being aggressive if it was your candidate and rude if it wasn’t. Shouldn’t we hold all our candidates to the same standards and expectations?

Written by Roxanne, Northeast branch Teen Advisor

Kony 2012

 If you had asked a classroom full of students on March 4, 2012 who Joseph Kony was, it is likely that no one would know who he was. However, a few days after the “KONY 2012” video was released on March 5th, an increasing number of people began to know who he was. You might be someone that still doesn’t know who Joseph Kony is, and if that is the case, I highly recommend watching the video. This video, produced by the organization Invisible Children, centers on Joseph Kony, the number one war criminal in the world. Continue reading