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Teen Review: Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

Where'd You Go, BernadetteTitle:  Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Author: Maria Semple

This was a fantastic novel with a strong main character. The book is about Bee Branch, an 8th grader with a Straight A report card.  In reward for her good grades, she gets to pick anywhere to go for a trip, and she picks Antarctica.  In the days leading up to the trip, her eccentric mom Bernadette battles angry moms, a very messy music party, and a rickety house.

Told in texts, emails, and letters, this is a one-sitting type book.  What makes this different than every other book is its divine humor percolating throughout the novel.  Ms. Semple also never takes her foot off the gas pedal, meaning she’s in it to the end.  The book never drags and it is perfect for anyone looking for an intelligent and VERY funny book to throw in the beach (or pool) tote bag.

More information about Maria Semple.

Peter, Teen Blogger

School Shout Out: Eckstein Middle School

srp2013-net-eckstein Today Jessica from Northeast Branch visits Eckstein Middle School, with a shout out to Erin the school librarian and all the Eckstein students, and talking about all these great teen titles.

Now that you’ve heard about them, let us know, which of these books do YOU intend to read this summer?

Shout Out to Hamilton International Middle School!

Librarians from the Wallingford and Green Lake branch libraries held a tabling event to promote Summer Reading at Hamilton last week during lunches. Students were asked to fill out “mini” book reviews. Red Vines and Sour Punches were handed out! Chaos ruled! Over 300 mini reviews were turned in. Here are a few of our favorites:

Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – “The writing was good and the plot was clever. I couldn’t put it down”

The Mysterious Benedict Society – “The children are resourceful and can deal with problems on their own.”

The Help – It was interesting, funny and I learned a lot about segregation in the 60’s.”

Living Dead Girl – “It was touching, sad, and it makes you realize how good you have it.”

Messenger – “A very strong story that connects the first two books (The Giver and Gathering Blue) in cool ways. I couldn’t put it down!”

Iron Queen – “I love fantasy and reality mixed together. The author used great voice too.”

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – “It was super interesting, and I learned a bunch of cool science.”

Girl, Interrupted – “Very interesting and revealing about the mental hospital system in the 1960’s.”

The book that was reviewed the most? The Maze Runner.

The books that got the most negative (thumbs down) reviews: The Great Gatsby and Pride and Prejudice.

Wonder what a mini review looks like? Here’s a picture:

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School Shout Out: Madison Middle School

srp2013-wts-wb-mad Today Wally from West Seattle and Cheresse from Southwest are visiting Madison Middle School, so we want to send a SHOUT OUT to all the students and staff there today. Wally will be talking about the books on this list. You’ll find Cheresse’s list of books here. Ken’s list of books is here.

Now that you’ve heard about them, let us know, which of these books do YOU intend to read this summer?

School Shout Out: West Seattle High School

srp2013-wts-wb Each year librarians from The Seattle Public Library visit local schools to talk about our summer reading program (coming June 3!) and a hand picked selection of fun summer reads.

Today Wally is visiting West Seattle High School, so we want to send a SHOUT OUT to all the students and staff there today. Wally will be talking about the books on this list.

Now that you’ve heard about them, let us know, what do YOU intend to read this summer?

School Shout Out: Chief Sealth International High School

srp2013-hip-sealth-kg Today Ken from High Point is visiting Chief Sealth International High School, so we want to send a SHOUT OUT to Shout out to Seahawk Students, Librarian Ms Hubert, staff including Ms Luiz, Secretaries Ms Sanchez and Ms Hernandez in the school office!

Ken will be talking about the books on this list. Now that you’ve heard about them, let us know, which of these books do YOU intend to read this summer?   ChiefSealthSeahawk

Shout Out To Broadview-Thomson K-8

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Today Nina from Broadview is visiting sixth, seventh, and 8th grade students at Broadview – Thomson K-8 School , so we want to send a SHOUT OUT to all the students and staff there today. Nina will be talking about the books on this list. Now that you’ve heard about them, let us know, which of these books do YOU intend to read this summer?