Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April Teen Book Club

This month the TBC is reading

Every year at Mount Washington High School somebody posts a list of the prettiest and ugliest girls from each grade--this is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, and how they are affected by the list.
Copies of the book are available at the front desk and the discussion will be on Wednesday, April 29th 6:00-7:00pm.

Check out what others are saying about the book below~

Review by: ilovedondraper (Iredell County Public Library) 5/5 Stars
Compelling story of standards of beauty.... does beauty make you happy solve all your problems... debates beauty on the inside and outside as well. A high school has a list of ugliest and prettiest girls. Because it is a tradition does it make it right wonders the new principal Ms. Colby? Great book for discussion! review - 5/5 Stars
It is rare that I feel so strongly about a YA contemporary novel, but I cannot stop thinking about this book! The List takes everything that's complicated about being a high school girl and puts it in a glaring spotlight that you cannot avoid. It is a testament to Siobhan Vivian's writing that a book written in eight different perspectives can feel so intimate. It was done so flawlessly that, as a reader, you feel like you are in the middle of the story, observing everything as it unfolds. — Review by user ExLibris_Kate review - 3/5 Stars
Every fall the list comes out of the prettiest and ugliest girl in each grade - needless to say the fallout from making the list is intense for all of the girls. Every chapter is told from the point of view of one of the eight and I found myself checking back to the list in the front of the book to remind me of who was who. A painful reminder of the growing up years. — Review by user lindap69

Monday, April 13, 2015

Quick Reads for April Vacation

250 pages or less!

Science Fiction

Scored by Lauren McLaughlin - Set in the future when teenagers are monitored via camera and their recorded actions and confessions plugged into a computer program that determines their ability to succeed. All kids given a "score" that determines their future potential. This score has the ability to get kids into colleges, grant scholarships, or destroy all hope for the above. Scored 's reluctant heroine is Imani, a girl whose high score is brought down when her best friend's score plummets. Where do you draw the line between doing what feels morally right and what can mean your future? (226 pages)

Human.4 by Mike Lancaster - Kyle Straker volunteered to be hypnotized at the annual community talent show, expecting the same old lame amateur acts. But when he wakes up, his world will never be the same. Televisions and computers no longer work, but a strange language streams across their screens. Everyone's behaving oddly. It's as if Kyle doesn't exist. Is this
nightmare a result of the hypnosis? Will Kyle wake up with a snap of fingers to roars of laughter? Or is this something much more sinister? Narrated on a set of found cassette tapes at an unspecified point in the future, Human.4 is an absolutely chilling look at technology gone too far. (227 pages)


Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore - For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has
longed to join her older sister, Dosinia, as a siren--the highest calling a mermaid can have. When Dosinia runs away to the mainland, Esmerine is sent to retrieve her. Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily to the capital city. There she comes upon a friend she hasn't seen since childhood--a dashing young man named Alandare, who belongs to a winged race of people. As Esmerine and Alandare band together to search for Dosinia, they rekindle a friendship . . . and ignite the emotions for a love so great, it cannot be bound by sea, land, or air. (232 pages)

The Prophecy by Hilari Bell -  For five years, the 14-year-old prince has exhausted the castle's vast library hoping to discover how to slay a dragon, since one is laying waste
to his father's Kingdom of Idris. Perryn finally spots what he has searched for, but the king is uninterested. Instead, the prince finds himself locked in his room. Seeking answers from the magical Mirror of Idris, Perryn learns that his own life is in danger: Cedric, his father's master of arms, is in alliance with the Norsemen, who are threatening Idris with the dragon's help. Cedric plans to kill the prince to prevent him from slaying the dragon. Suspense grows as Perryn searches for a true bard, a unicorn and the Sword of Samhain in order to defeat the dragon. (194 pages)


Overboard by Elizabeth Fama - When the overcrowded ferry sinks off the coast of Sumatra, Emily, 14, must stay afloat and try to swim for shore. For more than 17 hours, she applies what she learned in her lifesaving class in the U.S., treading water, creating a makeshift float, and fighting the effects of dehydration, hunger, exposure, and exhaustion. In the background is her compelling family story. She was on the ferry because she was "sort of" running away from her do-gooder physician parents, who had dragged her from Boston to Indonesia. (158 pages)

Devil's Pass by Sigmund Brouwer - Seventeen-year-old Webb's abusive stepfather has made it impossible for him to live at home, so Webb survives on the streets of Toronto by busking with his guitar and working as a dishwasher. When Webb's grandfather dies, his will stipulates that his grandsons fulfill specific requests. Webb's task takes him to the Canol Trail in Canada's Far North, where he finds out that there are much scarier things than the cold and the occasional grizzly bear. With a Native guide, two German tourists and his guitar for company, Webb is forced to confront terrible events in his grandfather's past and somehow deal with the pain and confusion of his own life. (237 pages)

Realistic Fiction

Push Girl by Chelsie Hill -  Kara is a high school junior who's loving life. She's popular, has a great group of friends and an amazing boyfriend, and she's a shoe-in for homecoming queen. Even though her parents can't stop fighting and her ex-boyfriend can't seem to leave her alone, Kara won't let anything get in the way of her perfect year. It's Friday night, and Kara arrives at a party, upset after hearing her parents having another one of their awful fights, and sees another girl with her hands all over her boyfriend. Furious, Kara leaves to take a drive, and, as she's crossing an intersection, a car comes out of nowhere and slams into the driver's side of Kara's car.  When Kara wakes up, she has no memory of the night before. Where is she? Why are her parents crying? And, most importantly - why can't she feel her legs? (227 pages)

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Lawson by Susin Nielsen-Fernlund - Henry, 13, is in therapy, hence this journal. So, fine, he will write all about how his mom is in a psych ward, how his dad is floundering without her, their weird new neighbors, and, oh yeah, the reason they moved in the first place. It's been less than a year since Henry's older brother, Jesse, buckled beneath the pressure of bullying and did the unspeakable IT. No, they don't speak of it. Instead, Henry focuses on his dorky new friend, Farley Wong, and comes up with a big idea: he could reunite his parents by raising enough money to buy them all tickets to a Global Wrestling Federation event their favorite family pastime before Jesse ruined everything. (243 pages)

Historical Fiction

Soldier's Secret by Sheila Klass - In the 1700s, women's responsibilities were primarily child rearing and household duties. But Deborah Sampson wanted more from life. She wanted to read, to travel--and to fight for her country's independence. When the colonies went to war with the British in 1775, Deborah was intent on being part of the action. Seeing no other option, she disguised herself in a man's uniform and served in the Continental army for more than a year, her identity hidden from her fellow soldiers. Accomplished writer Sheila Solomon Klass creates a gripping firstperson account of an extraordinary woman who lived a life full of danger, adventure, and intrigue. (215 pages)

Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow - In post WWII Russia, one boy dares to save an entire race of outlawed dogs -- the German shepherd! World War II has just ended when thirteen-year-old Mikhail finds a dying man and his German shepherd, Zasha, in the woods. It's dangerous -- some say traitorous -- to own a German dog after Germany attacked Russia, so Mikhail must keep Zasha a secret to keep her alive. But Mikhail's rival, Katia, is determined to find the dog she is sure he's hiding. At the same time, a soldier named Dimitri is breeding a new Russian dog at a nearby farm. So many dogs were lost in combat, to starvation, and in the slaughter of German dogs that the country is in dire need of every kind of dog. (229 pages)


Absent by Katie Williams - When seventeen-year-old Paige dies in a freak fall from the roof during Physics class, her spirit is bound to the grounds of her high school. At least she has company: her fellow ghosts Evan and Brooke, who also died there. But when Paige hears the rumor that her death wasn't an accident-that she supposedly jumped on purpose-she can't bear it. Then Paige discovers something amazing. She can possess living people when they think of her, and she can make them do almost anything. Maybe, just maybe, she can get to the most popular girl in school and stop the rumors once and for all. (180 pages)

The Devil's Intern by Donna Hosie - Four years into an afterlife that's so like its predecessor that new residents retain their zits, Mitchell holds a nice gig in Hell's accounting department and hangs out with an ex-Viking, a victim of London's Great Fire, and Melissa, who fell off the Golden Gate Bridge in 1967. But when he learns that the stopwatch-like Viciseometer that his demonic boss keeps in storage is a time-travel device, Mitchell enlists his buddies in a scheme to prevent their deaths. Things go awry in no time because, as it turns out, all involved have secrets and counteragendas of their own. (229 pages)


Followers by Anna Davies - To tweet or not to tweet . . . what a deadly question. When Briana loses out on a starring role in the school's production of Hamlet, she reluctantly agrees to be the drama department's "social media director" and starts tweeting half-hearted updates. She barely has any followers, so whensomeone hacks her twitter account, Briana can't muster the energy to stop it. After all, tweets like "Something's rotten in the state of Denmark . . . and a body's rotting in the theater" are obviously a joke. But then a body IS discovered in the theater: Briana's rival. Suddenly, what seemed like a prank turns deadly serious. To everyone's horror, the grisly tweets continue . . . and the body count starts to rise. There's no other explanation; someone is live-tweeting murders on campus. With the school in chaos and the police unable to find the culprit, it's up to Briana to unmask the psycho-tweeter before the carnage reaches Shakespearian proportions . . . or she becomes the next victim. (216 pages)

Wickedpedia by Chris Van Etten - Cole and Greg love playing practical jokes through Wikipedia.  They edit key articles and watch their classmates crash and burn giving oral reports on historical figures like Genghis Khan, the first female astronaut on Jupiter. So after the star soccer player steals Cole's girlfriend, the boys take their revenge by creating a Wikipedia page for him, an entry full of outlandish information including details about his bizarre death on the soccer field.
It's all in good fun, until the soccer player is killed in a freak accident . . . just as Cole and Greg predicted. The uneasy boys vow to leave Wikipedia alone but someone continues to edit articles about classmates dying in gruesome ways . . . and those entries start to come true as well. (219 pages)


Fourth Down & Inches: Concussions and Football's Make-or-Break Moment by Carla McClafferty - Anyone paying attention to football knows the concussion controversy is in sudden-death overtime. In this timely, well-thought-out overview, McClafferty explains how we got here, what concussions are doing to kids and young men, and where we might go from here. From the 1890s, football's appeal was its very roughness, and though 10 or 20 were dying of injury per year, even President Roosevelt supported the game. New rules led to fewer physical injuries but there's the rub. Got a broken bone or torn ACL? You're rushed off the field. But even diagnosing a brain trauma is tricky. Cutely termed head ringers back in the day, concessions are deadly the stories of NFL players ruined in their early thirties or high-school players killed on the field are heartbreaking and McClafferty counters the no pain, no gain culture with graphics, brain scans, brain samples, and details of new studies tracking how concussions lead to devastating legacies of dementia and trauma. Solid, powerful material this ought to make any football fan contend with the harsh realities of the sport. (96 pages)

Pandemic Survival: It's Why You're Alive by Ann Love - The Black Death. Yellow Fever. Smallpox.  History is full of gruesome pandemics, and surviving those pandemics has shaped our society and way of life. Every person today is alive because of an ancestor who survived and surviving our current and future pandemics, like SARS, AIDS, bird flu or a new and unknown disease, will determine our future. Pandemic Survival presents in depth information about past and current illnesses; the evolution of medicine and its pioneers; cures and treatments; strange rituals and superstitions; and what we are doing to prevent future pandemics. Full of delightfully gross details about symptoms and fascinating facts about bizarre superstitious behaviors, Pandemic Survival is sure to interest even the most squeamish of readers. (122 pages)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Teen Cooking Class April 22nd

Teens will learn about healthful and pennywise shopping while cooking a delicious meal – and then eating it!  Ages 12-18.  Wednesday, April 22nd, 4:30-6:30pm.

Registration required.

Sponsored by PALS.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Practice SAT

Practice SAT
Saturday, May 2nd

Scores will be returned the following week

Open to high school students - please register!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Teen Book Club - March - Recap!

The TBC got together a little late this time to discuss March's pick, but they did!  Here is what we read & discussed:

Paul Fleischman offers teens an environmental wake-up call and a tool kit for decoding the barrage of conflicting information confronting them. We're living in an Ah-Ha moment. Take 250 years of human ingenuity. Add abundant fossil fuels. The result: a population and lifestyle never before seen. The downsides weren't visible for centuries, but now they are. Suddenly everything needs rethinking - suburbs, cars, fast food, cheap prices. It's a changed world. This book explains it. Not with isolated facts, but the principles driving attitudes and events, from vested interests to denial to big-country syndrome. Because money is as important as molecules in the environment, science is joined with politics, history, and psychology to provide the briefing needed to comprehend the 21st century. Extensive back matter, including a glossary, bibliography, and index, as well as numerous references to websites, provides further resources.
Here are the discussion questions we used:

1.  General thoughts.  What did you think of the book?
2.  How readable was the book to you?  Did you enjoy the writing?
3.  How much had you thought about the portrayal of the environment in media before reading this book?
4.  Were there any facts in this book you were surprised to read?  Anything you thought was true, that this book proved false?
5.  What was the most interesting thing you learned from this book?
6.  Will you be changing anything in your lifestyle after reading this book?  Why or why not?
7.  What do you think was the main message the author was trying to convey?  Do you think he succeeded?
8.  How has reading this book changed the way you will read news on the environment in the future?
9.  Will you be checking out any of the resources mentioned in the book?
10.  Ratings and final thoughts!


Melanie - 7/10 - Good short book to get to know better the troubles going on with the environment.
Catherine - 6/10 - Interesting, but a little bit hard to read.
Librarian Karyn - 6/10 - Tons of information about an important subject and great resources, but writing a little bit dry and slow.

If you enjoyed this book, there are MANY resources mentioned in the book and in the source descriptions in the back of the book.  However, if you would like to read a fiction book, why not try one on environmental disasters?

Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd - In 2015, when England becomes the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic bid to combat climate change, sixteen-year-old Laura documents the first year of rationing as her family spirals out of control.

Hurricane Song by Paul Volponi - Twelve-year-old Miles Shaw goes to live with his father, a jazz musician, in New Orleans, and together they survive the horrors of Hurricane Katrina in the Superdome, learning about each other and growing closer through their painful experiences.

The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher - In a world where water has become a precious resource, Vera and her brother befriend a boy who seems to have unlimited access to water and who suspiciously disappears, prompting a dangerous search challenged by pirates, a paramilitary group, and corporations.

For April we are reading The List by Siobhan Vivian – Discussion April 29th

Every year at Mount Washington High School somebody posts a list of the prettiest and ugliest girls from each grade--this is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, and how they are affected by the list.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

DIY Beaded Earrings

Tuesday, April 14th 3:30-5:00

Make drop earrings at the library.  Tons of beads and jewelry making supplies.  Each participant will be able to make multiple pairs of earrings to keep or give away!

Ages 11-18, please register.