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Teen Challenge Accepted; Pizza Approved

Posted on March 27th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts.

Our 2013 Teen Challenge is under way! This month’s book was all about the poetry of life and words…Ellen Hopkin’s dramatic teen novel in verse, Tilt. We dissected the book and made our own poems and of course ate our way through a few pizzas for book club energy. We sent Ellen Hopkins some pictures of our meeting and she wrote back! WOW!

Our teens have read 3/12 of our book challenges and have made those books come to life at our monthly book club meeting…

In January we read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and even got some feedback from the book’s author about our awesomely peculiar collages!!

In February we read John Green’s bestseller tear-jerker The Fault in our Stars, then we dried our tears with pizza and made some book swag…

Next month’s book and meeting explores the dark world of Frankenstein…are you UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?

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Get a CLUE at It’s a Mystery for Teens!

Posted on March 21st, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Events.

Peacocks and Mustard and Scarlet, OH MY! There has been a murder in the library! Who done it?! What did they use? Where did it happen? Are you going to eat the rest of those snacks?

Find out the answers to these questions, watch the classic whodunit movie CLUE on the big screen and see if you have what it takes to solve the mystery! Space is limited so reserve today!

Work together on a life-sized game board (huge dice included) to figure out the clues and find the murderer!

 

 

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The Magic Door: Portal Fiction

Posted on March 19th, 2013 by Becky.
Categories: Books, Movies.

So…who has been to see Oz the Great and Powerful? I haven’t yet, but I would like to thank it for prompting this blog post, which has taught me a name I didn’t know existed for one of my favorite types of books: Portal Fiction!


How often have I gushed about how I love stepping into another world, like Alice, Coraline, or Tiffany Aching?! I read the term “portal fiction” and experienced that awesome “there’s a WORD for that?” feeling.

…these books feature protagonists who are transported from our own familiar world to another realm, where they encounter exhilarating adventures and come face to face with conundrums that challenge their perceptions and abilities, uncover hidden aptitudes, and help them learn about themselves.

The post linked above mentions some great titles, including The Other Normals and the brand-new Splintered. Reserve copies of the whole list here.

Got any other favorite titles about stepping into another world? Add them in the comments!

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Full Steam Ahead! Books and Programs for Steampunk Fans

Posted on March 12th, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: All posts, Art & Craftiness.

The new book shelf in the teen room looks awesome these days–full of alternate history and steampunk machinery. New to steampunk? I like Wikipedia’s explanation:

 Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery,[1] especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Therefore, steampunk works are often set in an alternate history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.

Often fast-paced and fun, Steampunk gets a lot of attention…so give it a go! Check out our latest additions or browse our favorite steampunk novels from our catalog or through our Steampunk Explore guide. Want to look the part? Join us next week for our  Cosplay: It’s Easier than you Think! program where we will be crafting steampunk goggles!

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger. Fans of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate will be thrilled to know that she has a new series out–in the first book, readers enter  an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.  Gail even has a super neat web site about the book at a special website dedicated to The Finishing School Series. Click on the image for more how-tos…

 

Legacy of the Clockwork Key by Kristen Bailey

A orphaned sixteen-year-old servant in Victorian England finds love while unraveling the secrets of a mysterious society of inventors and their most dangerous creation.

The Lazarus Machine by Paul Crilley

In an alternate 1899 London, seventeen-year-old Sebastian Tweed searches for his kidnapped father, uncovering both a horrific technological secret and a political conspiracy that could destroy the British Empire.

The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

Cora, Nellie, and Michiko, teenaged assistants to three powerful men in Edwardian London, meet by chance at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered man, leading the three to work together to solve this and related crimes without drawing undue attention to themselves.

The manual of aeronautics : an illustrated guide to the Leviathan series by written by Scott Westerfeld

Illustrations and text provide detailed looks at the machines, uniforms, creatures, and characters of the Leviathan book series

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In the Hunt: Books for Fans of the Supernatural Series

Posted on March 1st, 2013 by Mickie.
Categories: Books.

Can’t get enough of Sam and Dean Winchester and their other worldly adventures? Do you like your horror not so black, but with cream and sugar? Could you laugh at a funeral? Fans of the darkly humorous CW series Supernatural will love these quirky, somewhat funny horror stories. Click on to see the books in our catalog

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