Saturday, July 31, 2004

summer reading

As of right now I have 33 "Rate that Book!" forms that have been turned in to me for prizes. I'm pretty excited about it because I had hoped for 50 by August 24th and it looks like we just might make it!

Remember, this project is the Teen Summer Reading Program where you earn a small prize for every form filled out which also equals each book read. It's okay if you're reading these books for school, that's the plan ... for all of you to get some added incentive for the books you are already reading!

See you in the Teen Zone!

Thursday, July 15, 2004

amelia rules! the whole world's crazy

Amelia Rules! The Whole World's Crazy by Jimmy Gownley is a graphic novel with a 9-year-old main character but it can definitely be enjoyed by all ages. Amelia & her nerd friends are very amusing, whether they're on a camping trip with Amelia's dad or in gym class.
 
Amelia and her mom have just moved in with her aunt because her parents are divorced. This is a source of frustration for Amelia but she copes by making friends with the kids in the neighborhood.  Unfortunately she realizes too late that she has made friends with the outcasts of school including one kid who wears his pjs all the time and is called Pajamaman!
 
This collection of Amelia stories may remind you of the "Peanuts" cartoons... Charlie Brown and the gang are a lot like Amelia and her hapless bunch.

Friday, July 09, 2004

another new book

Another new book that came my way through publisher Harper Collins FirstLookTeen.com is Comedy Girl by Ellen Schreiber. This book is funny, just as its name implies. High school student Trixie Shapiro is a funny girl who wants to do stand-up comedy but freezes when she's in the spotlight.

But Trixie finally gets her chance on stage at a local comedy club and she's a hit. She also lands a date with the boy she's had a crush on for a long time. Things couldn't be better, right? Well, you'll have to read this one when it comes out to know how it ends!

Keep your eye out for new books in the Teen Zone. We've also gotten some new computers in the area too ... just to look up library items and use research databases, but it should be helpful.

Friday, July 02, 2004

a new book

As you all know, I am always reading something ... usually two or three books at the same time. Right now I've been reading a new book called Airborn by Kenneth Oppel. I received an advance uncorrected proof through its publisher Harper Collins. It's fantasy but based in reality with airships being the main type of transportation in this world.

The main character, Matt Cruse, is a cabin boy who wants to work his way up the ranks to being an airship captain someday. So far I'm about a third of the way through it and it's keeping my attention.

Also, there is a really cool website www.airborn.ca which has cool diagrams of the airship and mock-up old newspapers. Check out the website or even the book!