Saturday, June 25, 2011

Movie Review: Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3
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Reviewed by: Jacqui B., Grade 9

What it's about: Toy Story 3 is about a toy cowboy and space ranger trying to be there for their owner, Andy.

Why I picked it up: I picked up Toy Story 3 because I've watched one and two so I had to see three.

What I thought of it: I absolutely loved Toy Story 3!

I would suggest this for : I would suggest this for all ages and all events!


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Friday, June 24, 2011

Movie Reivew: How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon
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What it's about: A young viking boy who lives in a small town who is a reject. He then finds his calling. Will his powerful dad approve?

Why I picked it up: I heart it got good reviews.

What I thought about it: I thought this was a very funny comedy for the family, and I really liked it.

I would suggest this for: Anyone!


Reviewed by: Sabrea P., Grade 7

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Book Review: Jinx

Jinx by Meg Cabot
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Reviewed by: Natalie C., Grade 7

What it's about: Wherever Jean goes disaster follows hence her nickname, Jinx. But when she goes to stay with her well off relatives in new York she discovers that her "bad luck" might have a more magical source.

Why I picked it up: It was recommended to me by a YA librarian.

What I thought of it: It had all the elements that a good book should have; mysterious plot, strong well defined characters, fantasy with a real life twist, and the perfect amount of romance.

The only down side is that there isn't a sequel!

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Music Review: Lady Gaga, Born This Way

Artist: Lady Gaga
Album: Born This Way

What kind of music is it: Pop
Sounds like: No one else, very unique.

Why I picked it up: I was very curious.

What I thought of it: Most of the songs were really weird but some had a good beat.

What was your favorite song and why: "Born This Way" because it had a good beat.


Reviewed by: Sabrea P., Grade 7

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Book Review: Delirium

Delirium by Lauren Oliver
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Reviewed by: Natalie C., Grade 7

What it's about: In the dystopian society Lena lies in, love is a disease, one that can be cured, but when she falls in love herself, Lena is forced to uncover the deadly secrets of her home and find the true mean of love - or die trying.

Why I picked it up: It was recommended to me by a YA librarian!

What I thought of it: I thought it was equal parts romantic, moving 7 touching. It had an interesting plot, fascinating characters and keeps the reader hooked until the last page.

The ending was too sad for my taste.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

If You Liked The Hunger Games

Did you love The Hunger Games Trilogy? Are you trying to figure out what to read next? Check out one of these dystopian books to get your not-quite-right future fix.

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

After being interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco, California, 17-year-old Marcus, released into what is now a police state, decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.

In a post-apocalyptic future, fifteen-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders maybe wrong--and dangerous.

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her, so when Xander appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate--until Ky Markham's face appears for an instant before the screen fades to black.

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.

In 2017, two years after England introduces carbon dioxide rationing to combat climatic change, 18-year-old Laura chronicles her first year at a London university as natural disasters and political upheaval disrupt her studies.

The bar code tattoo. Everybody's getting it. It will make your life easier, they say. It will hook you in. It will become your identity. But what if you say no? What if you don't want to become a code? For Kayla, this one choice changes everything. She becomes an outcast in her high school. Dangerous things happen to her family. There's no option but to run . . . for her life.

After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Book Review: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
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Reviewed by: Noelle O., grade 11
 
Review: I really liked this book! It reads like a fiction novel even though everything in it is completely true. The author also uses a good mix of historical events in the book so you can learn from it as well. I had the fortune to travel to the site where the book takes place and by reading the novel first, I had much more fun locating all of the different spots mentioned in the book. I recommend it to anyone!



It was really good. I've already told my friends about it.



Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Book Review: Divergent

Divergent by Veronica Roth
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Reviewed by: Kristina F., Grade 9

What it's about: Beatrice lives in Abnegation. The Abnegation's purpose is to put other's need before your needs. Beatrice decides that she can't live like that any longer, eating frozen foods, never fresh, never looking in the mirror except once or twice a year, avoiding physical contact, and others. So, Beatrice joins the Dauntless faction. The Dauntless are the daredevils. The Dauntless are fearless-or so Beatrice thought. The book follows Beatrice while she is in training to be one of the Dauntless and the relationships Beatrice builds during the training.

What I thought of it: I loved this book! It was kinda like The Hunger Games trilogy with a lot of action and ab it of romance. I always like a book with a lot of action and some romance. I hardly didn't' like anything in this book. Divergent was written by a 22 year old  woman and it was hardly evident. The book was crafted beautifully and it held me interest all through the book.

Why I picked it up: It's been on my to-read shelf for awhile, because I read the description on Goodreads.com, and I thought that it would be kinda like the Hunger Grames. it was! I enjoyed it thouroughly!

I suggest this book for: Hunger Games and dystopian fans.

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Book Review: Starfish


Starfish by James Crowley

Reviewed by: Angela C.



What it's about: A young girl and her little brother not wanting to forget, and learning about the Blackfeet tribes, traditions, and ways.

What I thought: I have learned a story that maybe my great grandmother knew. Way cool. I thought it was a really good story.

Why I picked it up: Looking for a good read.


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Book Review: Dragonlight

Dragonlight by Donita K Paul
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Reviewed by: Katherine P., grade 7

What it's about: It is the fifth and last book in a series about a girl named Kale. She is fourteen through 20 something throughout all five books. Each book is about a quest she goes on, who she meets along the way, and how her character matures and develops.

What I thought: I really like these books (the Dragon keeper Chronicles) because they are funny, interesting and I can really identify and like the characters. Mrs. Paul develops the characters well. I would recommend this book to anyone who is about 10 or or older, and who likes funny, interesting fantasy set in other worlds and involving dragons and magic.

Why I picked it up: I first borrowed the first three books from a friend of mine, and requested the library buy the books because I love them so much and I want other people to enjoy them!

I would suggest this for: 10 and up that love dragons, magic, and other worlds.

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

New Video Games in the Teen Zone


New to the video game collection:

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (Wii/PS3/Xbox 360)
Man vs. Wild (Wii/PS3/Xbox 360)
Kinect Joy Ride (Xbox 360)
Carnival Games Monkey See Monkey Do (Xbox 360)

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Book Review: Hush Hush

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Reviewed by: Natalie C., Grade 7

What's it about? Patch has secrets. Nora realized this the moment she met him. She fell for him anyway. But when she realizes that someone is stalking her and her best friend gets hurt for it, things get much more personal. Can she trust Patch even after she found out his dark secret? Can she afford not to?


Why I picked it up: It was recommended to me by a YA librarian.

What I thought of it: I thought it was fast paced, mysterious and just enough action and romance to keep the reader interested. Their is a lot of room for character development. I can't wait to see what is in store for them in the next installment.


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