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Hello APL Teens,
I just wanted to take some time to highlight some amazing new programs coming up in March. Take a look!
Teen Tech Week: Monday-Friday, March 10-14
We will host all sorts of technology related programs in honor of Teen Tech Week! Check out the online calendar for specific dates and locations. Programs include: Podcasting Basics for Teens, Mindstorm Robots: Robot Tug O' War, "Bored Already?", Animated gifs with GIMP, Creating Book Trailers with Animoto, Mindstorm Robots: Segway-Bot, Make a Meme.
Divergent Choosing Ceremony: Thursday, March 20, 5-7 p.m.
Test your knowledge of the first book in this new dystopian trilogy!
Where do you belong?
Book Sale, Friends of the Arlington Public Library: March 19-23
Looking for a sweet deal on a book, CD, or DVD? Purchase a used item and support the library!
Share your musical passion!: Tuesday, March 25, 5-7 p.m.
Record a review of your favorite song! We’ll post your podcast online so you can tell the world what they should listen to next. Feel free to record or talk about your own original music, too!
These events are only open to 7-12th graders.
Register for any of these events here: http://www.arlingtonlibrary.org/calendar
Today’s novels have images of girls wielding bows, boys brandishing guns, sci-fi tech and plots to overthrow the government racing through our brains at the mention of the words dystopian society. Get ready for a twist: In The Last Free Cat, Jon Blake offers a fresh, new look on the idea of an over-controlling society and what freedom is worth.
The reasons Jade and her mother obediently follow their government’s laws are built around logical explanations: all of the “free” cats (one’s not born and bred by a major company and bought for millions of dollars by rich members of the society) carry a deadly virus that could kill a human in a blink. If the government hadn’t stepped in and created the laws that outlawed cats, more than half of the population would be dead by the cat flu. Right?
Maybe not. Jade has always thought so until Feela, a beautiful calico, wanders into her yard and her life is flipped upside down. A couple of crazy twists and action scenes later, Jade is on the run with Feela and a schoolmate, Kris, who is strangely knowledgeable about cats. As Jade fights for her cat’s freedom, the wool is slowly pulled out from over her eyes and she begins to understand that what she sees is not necessarily the whole truth, and the truth she finds is worth fighting for.
Although I felt that some of the characters were frustrating (but where would we be without frustrating characters?), The Last Free Cat is a short, sweet read that will have your brain moving long after you’ve reached the last period.
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When I first picked up this book by Coert Voorhees at a giveaway my book club had last year, I must admit the cover is what pulled me in. The skull made of sand and the scuba diver on the front got me to wonder what such a book could be about. I read the synopsis, and it seemed interesting enough, so I took it. And I wasn't disappointed upon reading it.
Once you open the book to the front page, you dive into the life of Annie Fleet, master scuba diver and total history nerd. Her dad being a teacher doesn't help her status either. When you add the fact her crush thinks her as "adorable" over "desirable", Annie's life looks as if it's going to hit it's lowest soon. So, it's easy enough to see why she would want to change it.
When Annie is to take a community service trip to Mexico, this may be her chance to prove her crush, Josh, and everyone else wrong about her. Things start to look up for Annie. Except for one thing: her teacher's alternate agenda. Suddenly, Annie is pulled into a world of pitch-black waters, horrible betrayals, and lives at stake as this teen helps search for one of the world's most priceless possessions: the Golden Jaguar. In deeper danger than she had ever thought possible, can Annie find the Golden Jaguar, get the boy, and live to tell the tale? Find out in this wondrous read, In Too Deep by Coert Voorhees.
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This is a great book I would suggest for Junior High students. This book is about 24 tributes ages 12-18 that fight for their death to win The Hunger Games. The main characters are Katniss & Peeta the tributes that are chosen as the District 12 tributes to compete in The Hunger Games. They go through tough times in The Hunger Games like trying to forming some alliances with the other tributes to have a better chance of staying alive.
I really liked The Hunger Games because it is a good book that followed 24 brave tributes go to The Hunger Games because one of the districts rebelled against The Capitol (the monarch of the districts). My favorite character from this book was Rue because she went through a lot of bravery to survive in The Hunger Games. She formed an alliance with Katniss, and was the one of the youngest in The Hunger Games. My least favorite character was Marvel because he killed Rue,and was apart of the alliance in the arena that was trying to bring all of the other District tributes down
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Although at first it's kind of slow, the plot really gets to you quickly. Nathaniel is a 12 year old magicians apprentice that is basically another Artemis Fowl. His knowledge in magic has surpassed normal standards and he plans on getting revenge on a certain magician who embarrased him. He summoms a djinn(genie) named Bartimaeus who has a splendid sense of humor or possibly sarcasm (I'm not sure which)but either way, you'll love him. Bartimaeus the djinn is sent to steal a very important artifact from the wizard who embarrased Nathaniel and is now in a huge heap of trouble.
This is a heads up to understanding the book. The chapters are switched around telling the story from different points of views(Bartimaeus and Nathaniels views)so pay attention to small details to keep from going in a wait...what just happened mode. It's great for the fiction, adventure, magic and comedy lover. You don't have to love all these genres to like, no love, this book and it's great for ages 11 and up(possibly 10 year olds too) Why are you still here? Go read it man! I probably did'nt give this book as good as a review as it could have, but that's because it has to many good parts to write in here.
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Publisher's Description: Evie is different. Not just her upbringing-though that's certainly been unusual-but also her mindset. She's smart, independent, confident, opinionated, and ready to take on a new challenge: The Institution of School.
It doesn't take this homeschooled kid long to discover that high school is a whole new world, and not in the way she expected. It's also a social minefield, and Evie finds herself confronting new problems at every turn, failing to follow or even understand the rules, and proposing solutions that aren't welcome or accepted.
Not one to sit idly by, Evie sets out to make changes. Big changes. The movement she starts takes off, but before she realizes what's happening, her plan spirals out of control, forcing her to come to terms with a world she is only just beginning to comprehend.
JJ Johnson's powerful debut novel will enthrall readers as it challenges assumptions about friendship, rules, boundaries, and power.
Why I Love It: So many new book covers these days have overly gorgeous models staring back at you, with laser energy blasting from their eyes to show you how intense they are. I find these covers a bit off-putting, and usually misleading. No character is pure intensity, without any vulnerability—at least not the characters with whom I connect. “This Girl is Different” is not only the title of this Cover Lover book, but it is also a true statement about the person portrayed on the front.
You can only see the side of her hand-drawn face. She’s lying down in the grass, looking up at the clouds. There’s a calmness in the posture and even the subdued colors. I can feel myself lying on the field and lazily looking up, pointing at a cloud that has formed a meaningful shape. But, on this cover, the cloud has turned dark above her. A complicated storm is brewing. Pointing back down at the girl’s finger is a lightning bolt. Who is looking at whom? I wonder if the girl really is so comfortable confronting this dark complexity, or if there is something she can’t see coming in front of her?...
Finally, I have to say I enjoy how the title has been printed on the cover. The word “different” is upside-down, but I didn’t notice until I reread it. (I think it’s great how the mind can just fill in the blanks sometimes!) There’s something a little off about “this girl”, but we can still picture ourselves in her position. I know I’m not alone in feeling like that different girl in a room full of “normal” people in one way or another. I will have to read this story to find out what exactly makes this girl so unique.
Leave your comments below about what makes you or your favorite character “different”!
For me this book was a great read I really enjoyed all of the action of Amy & Kendra. Peg Kehret is a great book writer and action suspense kind of author. I read this book for one reason. Because I had to for school. I thought oh this is going to be a stupid book but it really is not. This book travels with Amy & Kendra like you are in the book with them telling them not to fall asleep or run away from their captives, My best part was when they were using secret signals for the mom & police to see. This kids were not that stupid.
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Congratulations to Olivia!
Olivia won our His Fair Assassin contest! In response to our question, Olivia told us, "A book I really enjoyed this winter was 'To kill a mocking bird' It was a really great book, and I would recommend it to anyone!"
See what Olivia won below!
- Book: Grave Mercy (book 1 in series)
- Book: Dark Triumph (book 2 in series) (this version is an advanced reader's copy)
- "Why be the sheep" Pin
- Grave Mercy book mark
- Library T-shirt (XXL)
The third book in the His Fair Assassin series is due to be released November 2014.
Erebos, by Ursula Poznanski, may, at first, seem like a simple story, but will rapidly grab hold of you and drag you into its thrilling recount of the increasingly strange behavior at a local high school, and the addictive computer game that seems to be alive in the real world.
While attending his local high school, Nick Dunmore begins to notice strange behavior in an increasingly large number of students, including his best friend. At the same time, a cd-rom of unknown origins and content is spotted making the rounds among the students, but only to one person at a time, and always very secretly and furtively. In time, Nick is offered one of the mysterious cds under curious conditions, and is given cryptic instructions as to its use. Once the cd is inserted into his computer, his world turns topsy-turvy. When death-threats and "accidents" begin occurring regularly at the school, it is up to Nick and his friends to uncover the origins of the game, and its true, devious purpose.
Ursula Poznanski's simple language and story-telling makes the story flow easy to read, and easy to follow. And yet, she manages to incorporate subtle, cunning hints at the answers to the reader's many questions, crafty plot twists, clever use of ancient mythology, moments of laughter, and poignant moments of genuine fear.
I would highly recommend "Erebos" to anyone looking for a good read that will keep you up late, (I stayed up till 4 am), a fun "thriller" genre book, or just a really good, captivating read!
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