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Peter and the Starcatchers – The next best thing to Harry Potter

peter-and-the-starcatchers-book-cover_350x525Title:  Peter and the Starcatchers

Author:  Dave Barry

Summary: Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magic star dust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.

Gut reaction: Amazing! The next best thing to Harry Potter.

Why: It does a great job of telling how everything came to be in Disney’s Peter Pan. It is very suspenseful and managed to keep my attention to the very end. It has everything one could ever want in a book, romance, suspense, fantasy, action, and humor. The style of writing used a lot of descriptions, but not too many to bore me.

Who would like this book: Peter Pan fans, children, and people who enjoyed the Harry Potter series.

–Catalina, University, Teen Blogger

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Radio Journalism Workshop (Registration is required)

p00twgfzSaturday, May 9, 2015, 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the University Branch Library

Become a media-maker! Learn about public radio journalism in this fun, hands-on interviewing workshop with professional audio recorders.

 

Learn about public radio journalism and interviewing with KUOW’s RadioActive Media.

In this fun, hands-on workshop, teens learn about what kinds of questions get people talking, and then interview each other using professional audio recorders. This program is open to teens 13-19 years of age.

RadioActive is a radio journalism program for teens, based at KUOW 94.9 radio.

Teens ages 16-18 may want to stay afterwards to learn more about a competitive paid summer intership and get assistance filling out an application.

Registration is required. Please call the University Branch at 206-684-4063 to register.

Timebound – Girl trying to not disappear forever

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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

UNI

 

Gym Candy – My Favorite Book of All Time

Gym CandyTitle: Gym Candy
Author: Carl Deuker

Summary: Helped by his father to be a star player, football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick Johnson, whose dedication and hard work can get him a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life.

Gut reaction: My favorite book of all time.

Why: As an athlete this touches my heart. If you thought steroids make better athletes, then get ready to change your mind. The story never bores you whether the scene is a football game or a simple conversation with Mick and his father.

Who would like this book: People who like football.  And reading about the struggles of an athlete.

–El hombre mas fuerte, University, Teen Blogger

UNI

RadioActive: A Two-Day Journalism Workshop

KUOW_RadioActive_RGBAre you a teen interested in storytelling and journalism?

This might be the perfect workshop for you. RadioActive is a two-day journalism workshop where participants get to write and record a script in KUOW’s studio. Hands-on activities will include: interviewing, writing a broadcast, speaking on the air and more! Everyone that goes will have a chance to write, record, and edit their own audio.

The workshop will be held at the University Branch (5009 Roosevelt Way NE) on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10am – 4pm and at the KUOW Studio (4518 University Way NE, Suite 310) on Sunday, Oct. 26 from 11am – 4pm. Plan on attending both days.

If you’re interested, please call the branch, at 206-684-4063 or contact librarian, Kristy at kristy dot gale at spl dot org.  Registration required. For ages 13-19.

–Sophie, 14, Greenwood

Edits, GIFs, Fandoms, & a Free Workshop!

Do you like making edits and GIFs?
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Maybe you consider yourself part of a fandom? Maybe you’re curious about fandoms or interested in making edits? My friend and I started an Instagram account dedicated to anything fandom related (you can follow us at @team.trenchcoat).  We have both loved Doctor Who, Sherlock, Supernatural and reading in general for a long time. So, we decided to share our love for fandoms with other people.  We post edits that we’ve created and edits that we’ve found, as well as other pictures and posts.

 Check out some more of our edits!

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Stephen King and Alfred Hitchcock!

NeedfulThingsBookCoverSo, I’ve been reading the horror novel Needful Things by Stephen King ever since school got out. It’s a thick book but not a hard read, and although I’m not finished with it yet, I have been enjoying it so much that I just have to rave about it.

Summary: Everyone in the small town of Castle Rock, Maine is intrigued when this mysterious new shop opens up out of nowhere. Needful Things, a weird kind of curio-shop, is owned by the unsettling, unearthly (but devilishly charming) Leland Gaunt, and you’d never think you’d want what he sells so bad until you actually see it. Anything you could possibly desire, even things which are intangible, manifest themselves in the merchandise of Needful Things, and Mr. Gaunt is always willing to make a bargain… as long as you can pay his price. Slowly, he takes control of Castle Rock as they realize it isn’t as easy as it sounds, and that the dealing is not done until Mr. Gaunt says it’s done.

I started reading this book because I knew Stephen King has an amazing writing legacy, having written books like The Shining, Carrie, and the stories behind movies like The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By MeNeedful Things is so far the only book of his that I have read, but even if you are not a horror or thriller fan I would highly recommend it.

I kept reading because I was completely blown away by how much time King takes to develop each and every character, relationship and story, and how masterfully he keeps track of every single one and weaves it ALL together. The characters and their lives are so amazingly and painfully real, not to mention compelling. The characters and their relationships are written SO WELL, I can’t even handle it. This is truthfully what makes the story for me. The scary parts are developed well, but they can get pretty repetitive and slow sometimes.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a compelling and totally encompassing read and anyone prepared to get really emotionally invested in the lives of characters.

Speaking of horror and thrillers… the Seattle Public Library’s University Branch is currently doing a Movie Mondays feature on Alfred Hitchcock! Happening right now, every Monday they are showing a different movie, going chronologically through his career, including classics like Psycho and Rear Window. This Monday, July 14th’s feature film is Notorious and the series ends with the movie Frenzy. There is even free popcorn! Make sure not to miss it. 

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–Gina, 15, University