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December 1, 2013 - February 28, 2014
Grades 6 - 12
Join our reading party on this epic adventure as we read across Middle Earth. You'll receive a map/reading log when you sign up and some provisions along the way to help you on the journey.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8
* * * * Stars (Great!)
Greg Heffley’s best friend, Rowley, has a girlfriend (Abigail), with whom he is spending all of his time, and Greg desperately needs to make some new friends. The prospects are pretty bleak, though, and Greg is hoping that the happy couple breaks up before it’s too late and he becomes some kind of social pariah. Meanwhile, he has plenty of family drama to distract him – Mom’s family is getting together and it looks like there’s going to be a huge fight over Meemaw’s diamond ring. Again.
Greg Heffley’s really grown on me. When I first started reading these, I thought he was a self-centered pain-in-the-butt, but then I realized that he reminds me of some of my more dramatic (and whiny) guy friends. So, I now feel like I can understand him and relate to him, and just enjoy the drama (and hilarity) as it unfolds. He’s still kind of clueless about some things, but I’m finding it more adorable than annoying these days. Carry on, Mr. Kinney! We are all clamoring for more!
The School for Good and Evil
* * * Stars (Pretty good)
Sophie and Agatha live in Gavaldon, a small town surrounded entirely by the forest. Every four years, two young people are chosen – stolen in the middle of the night – to attend the fairytale “School for Good and Evil.” All of the kids grow up reading the stories of the ones who were taken, and most of them are terrified. The adults try to protect them, but no one has ever been able to stop the School Master from taking what he wants. Sophie is unusual in that she can’t WAIT to leave Gavaldon. She’s been practicing “goodness” her entire life and expects to be a fairytale princess. In her efforts to do Good, she befriends the unlikely Agatha, who lives in the graveyard and already resembles a witch. They become best friends. Sophie’s preparations seem to have paid off when both girls are snatched on the appointed day. Something goes dreadfully wrong, however, because Sophie gets dropped off at the School of Evil and Agatha ends up in the School of Good.
Savvy readers will probably have figured out where this story is going, but the journey is still entertaining. TWO strong heroines discover that no one is purely good or purely evil, and rescue themselves/each other in the end. Funny at times as the girls adjust to their new (unexpected) roles, and even a bit dark and terrifying – as are the best fairytales.
Join us for XBOX Kinect, board, and card games here at the library. We have a selection of board and card games for you to choose from (you may also bring your own). For ages 10-16.
Registration is required. Sign up below, or call the Information Desk (847-669-5386 ext. 21) to register.
Friday, December 20, 4:00 – 5:00pm, Grades 6 - 12
Teen Zine is the library’s teen publication, and writers’ club. Members share their writing, artwork and/or photography with the group and help put together issues of the 'zine.
Teen Zine publishes poems, short stories, opinion pieces, reviews, horoscopes, games, comics, artwork, and photos (and more). Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis – pick up a submission form at the Information Desk, or submit your work here.
If you’d like to be a part of Teen Zine and decide what gets to be published, please attend one of our meetings. Register online or call the Information Desk (847-669-5386 ext. 21).
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
by Holly Black
* * * * Stars (Great!)
Tana wakes up in a bathtub with the curtain drawn the morning after attending a Sundown party with all of her friends. The house is eerily quiet, and the bloody massacre downstairs – the aftermath of a vampire attack – soon explains why. In shock, Tana knows she has to get out, but she can barely think straight. When she goes to retrieve her phone and purse from an upstairs bedroom, she discovers her ex-boyfriend Aidan chained to a bed – infected with the vampire virus (but not a vampire yet), imprisoned with one of the creatures of the night, also chained. She rescues them both and they set off for the nearest Coldtown (vampire ghetto) – Springfield, Mass. Along the way they pick up 2 hitchhikers – Midnight and Winter, also headed to Coldtown, who promise to use their connections to get them settled in. Everyone has their own agenda, however, which alters Tana’s future and, thus, her future plans. She never imagined she’d have feelings for a vampire (Gavriel), and she never planned on getting bitten.
This was an enjoyable, modern-day vampire tale. Fast-paced, chilling, with a touch of romance and a strong female lead. Gore alert – Holly Black doesn’t hold back the blood spatters (and probably shouldn’t) where vampires are involved!