Archive | March, 2012

Movie Review: Hunger Games

26 Mar

Ok. I must say that I was really looking forward to seeing the Hunger Games this weekend and was trying not to have too many expectations. I tried not to listen to too many reviews because I wanted to go into it without having other peoples’ opinions clouding my view (though I heard a pretty negative one on NPR that bummed me out). This was also pretty difficult to do because HG is taking over the U.S. right now.

One of my worries was that the setting wouldn’t match up with what I had pictured in my mind, but I was happily wrong. The filmmakers did a great job of capturing the Appalachian landscape. Jennifer Lawrence, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, and Amandla Stenberg (Rue), I thought, were perfect for their parts.

There were a few things that I thought were lacking (i.e. the depth of the relationship between Rue and Katniss, Katniss’ inner turmoil with Peeta), but overall I was highly impressed and cannot wait to see the Catching Fire. I don’t know if I’m patient enough to wait until November 2013 (the supposed release date)!

I also wanted to share this Goodreads blog post that looks at the relationship between war/discord and the popularity of dystopian novels. Very interesting.


Come in to the Library to read the latest Shonen Jump online!

24 Mar

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Shonen Jump recently became an online magazine and the library bought a subscription. C’mon in and check it out!

New Teen Fiction

20 Mar

After the Snow by S. D. Crockett

The oceans stopped working after the 2059 snows ushered in a new ice age. Willo was born after 2059, so the world of ice and snow is all he’s ever known. He lives with his family deep in the wilderness, far from the government’s controlling grasp. Willo’s survival skills are put to the test when he arrives home one day to find his family gone. It could be the government; it could be scavengers – all Willo knows is he has to find refuge and his family. It is a journey that will take him into the city he’s always avoided, with a girl who needs his help more than he knows.

Ugly Doll Success!

15 Mar

We had a great time today making ugly dolls! Some were definitely more ridiculously cute than ugly. More craft programs to come in the near future. Thanks to everyone who came!



















The Scorpio Races

14 Mar

I recently finished a book that is definitely worth recommending. Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling author of Shiver and Linger, is out with a new book, entitled, The Scorpio Races.  This book recently received a Michael Printz Honor and it was well deserved.

The Scorpio Races takes place on the small island of Thisby, a made up place somewhere near Ireland and Britain. When autumn comes, water horses emerge from the sea, hungry and wild. The townspeople try to capture them without getting eaten and then race them on the beach every November, hence the title. The first to reach the end of the beach wins a boat-load of money. This is a risky game – every year many people die in the process.

The novel shifts back and forth between Sean and Puck. Sean is a four-time champion and a water horse whisperer. Puck is the new to the races and the first girl to ride.

A great combination between action, adventure, drama, fantasy, and a little bit of romance, but not too much to make it cheesy.

New teen book by the lead singer of the Decemberists

13 Mar

Pretty interesting combo here: Colin Meloy, otherwise known as the lead singer of the group the Decemberists and Carson Ellis, illustrator of the Lemony Snicket books. The story begins when seventh-grader Prue McKeel’s her baby brother is kidnapped by crows. She ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness – a dangerous and magical forest at the edge of Portland, Oregon – and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants. Check it out!

Ugly doll prepping!

13 Mar

Prepping for ugly doll program this Thursday! Cutting out eyeballs and mouths. Best job ever!

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