Friday, February 25, 2011

Free ACT Practice Test @ the Library

ACT Practice Test
Saturday, March 5
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lawrence Public Library Auditorium

A full practice test for the ACT administered by Sylvan Learning Center. Test scores will be ready in one week, provided in free one-on-one sessions at Sylvan Learning Center.

This event is free, but registration is required. Only 30 spots available. Please call 843-3833 x121 to reserve your spot.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Teen Zone Event: Acing the ACT

Acing the ACT

Monday, February 28
6:30-7:30 p.m.

Learn how to have a "stress free" ACT. This seminar by Sylvan Learning Center covers tips to score better on all sections of the ACT.

Teens and their parents welcome. In the Auditorium. This program is free.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Book Review: Revolution

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Description: BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She's angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she's about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights' most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn't want - and couldn't escape. Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine's diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There's comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal's antique pages - until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine's words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

Review:  Told by alternating narrators, Andi and Alex, Revolution jumps back and forth between modern day Paris and 1790's France. Despite being centuries apart, Andi and Alex's voices blend seamlessly, telling two different stories with equal force. Alex's own heart break over the loss of the family and little boy she's grown to love, help modern day Andi mend her own broken heart and come to terms with her own broken family.

This book is easy to get lost in. The writing is beautiful and Andi/Alex's stories are amazing. It does take a semi-weird turn when Andi gets lost in the catacombs beneath Paris (how creepy is that!?) and starts hallucinating, but even that little bit of mysticism fits right in with the uber creepy setting of underground Paris.

This book is well worth the read. Be warned though - it's a bit of a brick.

Posted by: Megan

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Book to Movie: 13 Reasons Why

Wow, the super-intense 13 Reasons Why is being made into a movie.  Ready for a big-screen experience of the reasons why Hannah Baker committed suicide?  

Looks like Selena Gomez will be playing Hannah.  What do you think?

Check out a book trailer below.  And check out the book before the movie comes out.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Book Review: Hex Hall

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Check it out here!

Description: Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father; an elusive European warlock; only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

Review: This is one of the most underrated paranormal books out there. It's a good fun read. I thought it was going to be totally predictable and not really all that great, but I was wrong. It's funny, entertaining, original, and definitely worth reading.

Sophie is funny and totally likable, she's someone you'd actually be friends with. Even the "evil supermodels" aren't so bad, when they're not being totally horrible. Part-mystery, part-romantic comedy, Hex Hall is like Twilight meets Harry Potter. 

This is one of those action packed quick reads. It goes so fast and is so engaging and fun to read that you won't want to put it down.

 Fun, fast, and funny.
Reviewed by: Megan

Alien Invasion

Can't get enough of out of this world adventures?

I Am Number Four, staring Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron (of Glee fame) hit theaters this weekend and we're celebrating with a list of other alien invasions.

Check out these alien inspired adventures (all available totally free at the library!)

You can check out the book that inspired the movie, I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore.
In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now.
The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next. 

Black Hole Sun by David MacInnis Gill
On the planet Mars, sixteen-year-old Durango and his crew of mercenaries are hired by the settlers of a mining community to protect their most valuable resource from a feral band of marauders.

Alien Invasion and Other Inconveinces by Brian Yanksy
When a race of aliens quickly takes over the earth, leaving most people dead, high-schooler Jesse finds himself a slave to an inept alien leader--a situation that brightens as Jesse develops telepathic powers and attracts the attention of two beautiful girls.
The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson
Fifteen-year-old Daniel has followed in his parents' footsteps as the Alien Hunter, exterminating beings on The List of Alien Outlaws on Terra Firma, but when he faces his first of the top ten outlaws, the very existence of Earth and another planet are at stake. 

The Quantum Prophecy Series by Michael Carroll
Ten years after the disappearance of superhumans--both heroes and villains--thirteen-year-olds Danny and Colin begin to develop super powers, making them the object of much unwanted attention.

Old Magic by Marianne Curley
Sensing that her new classmate, Jarrod, has supernatural powers similar to her own, Kate Warren tries to inform Jarrod of the gift he possesses, but he does not believe her until his power reaches a dangerous level.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament

Can your skills take the prize?

Saturday, February 19
3 - 4:30pm
(in the Auditorium)

Steampunk Beyond the Book

What is Steampunk?
             Steampunk is a sub-genre of science-fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that became quite popular in the 80's and early 90's. Steampunk novels are generally based in a part of the world that is still relying mainly on steam power, which generally places the era of the book in the 19th century and Victorian Britain. An important characteristic of Steampunk is that it incorporates prominent elements of science fiction or fantasy.

But Steampunk is more than just a genre, it's a lifestyle. Artist all around the world are making "Steampunk inspired" art, fashion, jewelry, and literature.  

Some YA Steampunk Literature....

Cassandra Clare's Newest Series!
Scott Westerfeld's Newest Series!

Some Art, Fashion, and Jewelry....

These are some Steampunk inspired Jewelry pieces created by Bionic Unicorn an artist who's profile and shop can be located on Etsy

Message of Passion fashion designer, creates many Steampunk inspired clothing pieces. You can visit her profile and shop at Etsy

Artist and Creator of Crude Things Art uses Steampunk for inspiration when creating his art. His profile and shop can be seen using Etsy

Steampunk is unique, interesting, and engaging. See if you can incorporate a little Steam and a little Punk into your creations. And when you're done, show us what you've made!

Post by: Leslie

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fashion Week Inspiration

Excited about Fashion Week?  When you're done watching the new collections, check out the library's collection of fashion books.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Book Review: Sapphique

Sapphique by Catherine Fisher (sequel to Incarceron)

Check it out here!

Description: Picking up after the surprising revelations of Incarceron, Fisher abruptly returns readers to the dystopian world and its living prison. Still trapped inside, Attia and Keiro are doing whatever they can to survive on their quest to find the Outside. Finn, meanwhile, has escaped and is now preparing to take his place on the Realm's throne. Not completely convinced, Claudia and Jared are attempting to groom Finn to take his place as Prince Giles. Things are almost on track when a Pretender makes a bid for the throne, threatening both Finn's and Claudia's lives. Amid the discordance in the Realm, Incarceron itself hunts for Sapphique's famed glove, an object that may help the prison gain a human body. Now, Attia, Keiro, and the Warden are attempting to keep the glove from Incarceron, while Finn, Jared, and Claudia are trying to hold the Realm together from the Outside.

Review: Sapphique has many of the same characteristics that made Incarceron so addictively readable and frustrating...but really, I should be used to it by now, right?  Fisher's trademark style of alternating story lines that always end in cliffhangers is killer.  What is new though, is the emotional depth of some of the characters.  Surprising characters too--the Prison itself becomes one of the most fascinating examples.  If you're a Jared fan (who isn't), he's given a lot more face time this time around, and Keiro's struggle with his halfman identity is subtle but pretty powerfulI'll try not to give away too much here, but I don't think it will be that hard...having just finished the book, I'm having difficulty wrapping my mind around everything that happened.  When reality emerges and illusions dissolve, Finn and co. (and me) are left wondering what's real and what's imagined.  How do we delude ourselves to make life more bearable?  There's a lot left unsaid and unresolved.  Fisher originally meant for Incarceron to be a standalone novel.  The addition of a second book allowed her to expand the story of Incarceron, but it also led me to believe the series would become a trilogy (like many fantasy books).  This is so hard to say, because I reeeeeallly want there to be a third book, but I'm glad there's only two.  It ends right where it needs to to keep me wondering.

Reviewed by Sam

Monday, February 14, 2011

Test Prep Help @ the Library

Taking the SAT or ACT this spring? 
Come to the library for
Test Prep Help

 Wednesday, February 16
3:30-4:30 p.m.

We'll show you how to use online resources to study so you can ace that test. You'll create a free account on our learning Express Library database to give you access to test preparation courses and practice tests. We'll explore other free resources too.

Only 12 spots, call 843-3833 x121 to reserve yours. In the computer lab.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Check it out here!

Description: Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

Review: *Love* *Swoon* *Sigh*

Anna and the French Kiss is well written, funny, charming, and totally delightful. It was like eating a beignet beneath the Eiffel Tower in spring - sounds lovely doesn't it?

√Čtienne St. Claire is totally swoon worthy - think Edward Cullen (cute, smart, well-traveled, cultured) without the creepy diet or sunlight issue, and Anna is funny and kind, someone you'd want as your own BFF. Surrounded by a cast of hilarious and crazy friends, Anna and √Čtienne stumble through their year together, dealing with family drama, friend fighting, makes-ups, breakups, and their mixed-up feelings for each other. As best friends, they figuring out what they want and need from each other and the other people in their lives.

There are some truly hilarious moments in Anna and the French Kiss, as well as, plenty of swoon worthy ones. This is the perfect Valentines Day romantic read.

Plus, it's set in Paris? Is there anything more swoon worthy or romantic? 

The perfect romantic read.

Reviewed by: Megan

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine's Day Reads

Celebrate your romantic side!  Come in and check out this month's book display in the Teen Zone, featuring alternative takes on stories of friendship and love.

Here are a few of the books on display:

Accidental Love by Gary Soto
A cell-phone mix-up leads to first love in this warmhearted, humorous novel. Marisa Rodriguez, 14, is an indifferent student at her run-down school, chubby from an excess of junk food, and too quick to express her anger with her fists. Still, she dreams of a better life. When she meets geeky Rene, love blossoms despite his highwater pants, white socks, and honking laugh.

My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr
Ellen has been "totally madly in love" with her brother's best friend, James, for years. When a girl at her Manhattan private school mentions that James and Link are "like a couple," Ellen, nonjudgmental but curious, asks the boys if it's okay to agree. "Long silence. I can hear the blood rushing and beating around my ears. 'Yes, it's okay,' James says finally. 'It's not okay,' Link says." Freymann-Weyr sets up a riveting love triangle around Link's sexual ambiguity and Ellen's love for both James and her brother.

After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy
Midway through senior year, Camille moves to Atlanta (her family's sixth move). She plans to simply go through the motions until she can escape to Europe after graduation. Meanwhile, at another school in town, Becca is jolted from the dreamlike state of her relationship with Alec when she gets in a fender bender and must find an after-school job to pay back her debt. The girls' lives collide when Camille meets Alec at a party, and, unaware that he is "taken," allows the haiku-spouting-but-athletic catcher to kiss her. Camille tells her side in stream-of-consciousness entries, while Becca speaks in free verse. The way in which they slowly become aware of one another rather than facing a direct confrontation shows that given different circumstances they might have been kindred spirits.

 Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Seventeen-year-old Marcelo is on the very high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. He prefers an ordered existence, which includes taking care of the ponies at Paterson, his special school; reading religious books; and listening to the music in his head. Then his father, a high-powered attorney, insists that Marcelo spend the summer working in his law firm. If he does his best, Marcelo will be given the choice of returning to Paterson or being mainstreamed. After finding a photo of a disfigured girl injured by the negligence of his father's biggest client, Marcelo must decide whether to follow his conscience and try to right the wrong, even as he realizes that decision will bring irrevocable changes to his life and to his relationship with his father.

 Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have by Allen Zadoff
Life used to be so simple for Andrew Zansky–hang with the Model UN guys, avoid gym class, and eat and eat and eat. He’s used to not fitting in: into his family, his sports-crazed school, or his size 48 pants. But not anymore. Andrew just met April, the new girl at school and the instant love of his life! He wants to find a way to win her over, but how? When O. Douglas, the heartthrob quarterback and high-school legend, saves him from getting beaten up by the school bully, Andrew sees his chance to get in with the football squad. Is it possible to reinvent yourself in the middle of high school? Andrew is willing to try. But he’s going to have to make some changes. Fast.

Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger
John and Marisol have a lot in common. Both have issues with trust and truth-telling, both have problem parents, and both like girls. It's zine writing, though, that brings them together. John admires Marisol's honest, funny writing in her zine, Escape Velocity, and tracks her down to give her the first issue of Bananafish, his own photocopied, stapled-together zine. All goes well with their friendship until John professes his love for Marisol, who's made it clear from the start that she's definitely, emphatically, a lesbian.  He can't keep himself from falling in love with her, a kind of love that she can't return.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Vampire Academy Births a New Series

Vampires, Vampires, everywhere....

It seems to be that in every assortment of new books that we shelve here in the Teen Zone, there appears a new Vampire novel. We all have become "obsessed" with this fantastical world of blood, lust, deceit, murder, and romance. We steal away into the night, under our covers, reading frantically these novels of fantasy. We drink the pages up, and dream happily- full of adventure and magic- only to wake up in the morning, starving for more. We crave it. We want it. We NEED it. And so we demand it from more authors.

But it appears to be that we, the readers, are not the only ones obsessed with this genre. The authors themselves can't seem to detach away from the world they have created. Richelle Mead, author of the Vampire Academy series, has begun a new series which spins off of the human character, Sydney, who previously had been an alchemist in her Vampire Academy novels. And guessing by the title, I think we can all figure out where this series is headed....

This is the newly-released cover art!

Haven't read the Vampire Academy series yet? No worries! Just skip yourself over to the Library and head your way to the Teen Zone. We can help you checkout these fangtastic novels!
Have you already read all the Vampire Academy books, but just can't wait until her new series comes out? Well then, we have plenty of over blood-sucking books to keep you occupied until Bloodlines comes out!

Some ideas.....


Post by: Leslie

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Little Women what?

Following in the footsteps of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, comes not one, but two paranormal rewrites of our old favorites.

Little Vampire Women                                   Little Women and Werewolves

Or if this debasement of a beloved classic horrifies you, we have plenty of copies of the original Little Women.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

This Weekend: "Bullied"

Lawrence Public Library and
Headquarters Counseling Center
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Lawrence Public Library
Bullied chronicles one student’s ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers hope to those fighting harassment today.  It is intended to encourage young adults to stand up for their peers who are being harassed. 

  •  View “Bullied”
  • Discuss it with teens from local Gay-Straight Alliances
  • Meet Activists
  • Get inspired and prepared to make a difference