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From Teens For Teens: Tales from the Secret Annex / Anne Frank and Last Flight / Amelia Earhart PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2014 00:00

titleTales from the Secret Annex  by Anne Frank

5/5 stars 

This book wasn't Anne Frank's diary, but some other things she wrote about her experiences, the other people in the annex, or things she thought about the world--nothing scary or depressing--and short stories and fables that she wrote. There is also the beginning of a novel that she was writing. Anne Frank seemed to have some really clear ideas about the world, which were expressed in her short stories. I really liked it! 

(Sarah B., Evanston teen)

 

 

titleLast Flight by Amelia Earhart

5/5 stars 

The book Last Flight was an amazing book about Amelia Earhart. She wrote it personally. The book included all her letters, poems, flight records, etc. from before she went on her last flight over the Pacific Ocean in hope that she would be the first woman to fly all around the world.

(Halima M., Evanston teen)
 
Spring Break! PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 April 2014 00:00

alt Going anywhere great for Spring Break? Road trip? Mexico? Grandma's house? Or just taking it easy on a Staycation?

 

Maybe you want to climb Everest 

Sail around the world

Or even drive to a vampire quarantine--you know, normal Spring Break stuff.

 

Whatever your plans, check out our Epic Journeys booklist and have some amazing adventures wherever you are!

 

 
Book Spine Poetry / Teen Advisory Board PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00

Think you aren't a poet? You can write a poem using words or phrases you find around you! At their last meeting, the Teen Advisory Board created poetry using only book titles. Read their creations below: 

title

Cloaked in red

Time after time

Deep

Fear

After the kiss

Breathe my name

Teach me

Purity


 

title

The golden life

Timeless

Wish

Jump into the sky

Unearthly

Embrace

 

 

 

 


 
What Are You Reading? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

Here's what teens at Nichols Middle School are reading:

 

The Land of the Silver ApplesThe Land of the Silver Apples by Nancy Farmer

After escaping from the Sea of Trolls, the apprentice bard, Jack, plunges into a new series of adventures, traveling underground to Elfland and uncovering the truth about his little sister Lucy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The True Meaning of SmekdayThe True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or "Smekday" Eve since the Boov invasion), 11 year-old Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her and meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her and save the planet from disaster.

 

 

 

 

 

City of Bones City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Suddenly able to see demons and the Shadowhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

 

 
What Are You Reading? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

Here's what teens at Nichols Middle School are reading:

 

The Land of the Silver Apples The Land of the Silver Apples by Nancy Farmer

After escaping from the Sea of Trolls, the apprentice bard Jack plunges into a new series of adventures, traveling underground to Elfland and uncovering the truth about his little sister Lucy.

   

 

The People of Sparks The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau

Having escaped to the Unknown Regions, Lina and the others seek help from the village people of Sparks.

 

   

 

The Hunt for the SeventhThe Hunt for the Seventh by Christine Morton-Shaw

When his father starts a new job at Minerva Hall as gardener, twelve-year-old Jim discovers an ancient curse that needs to be unraveled before disaster happens.

 
No Fooling--April is Poetry Month! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

In honor of Poetry Month, check out our newest YA poetry titles:


How I Discovered Poetry How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson

The author reflects on her childhood in the 1950s and her development as an artist and young woman through fifty poems that consider such influences as the Civil Rights Movement, the "Red Scare" era, and the feminist movement.  

  


What the Heart KnowsWhat the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms, and Blessings by Joyce Sidman

What the Heart Knows is a collection of poems to provide comfort, courage, and humor at difficult or daunting moments in life. Here are pleas on how to repair a friendship, wishes to transform one's life or to slow down time, charms to face the shame of a disapproving crowd, invocations to ask for forgiveness, to understand the mysteries of happiness, and to bravely face a dark and different world. These words help us remember or grieve; they bolster courage and guard against evil; they help us celebrate and give thanks.

 

For Lack of Diamond YearsFor Lack of Diamond Years by Caroline Beasley-Baker 

For Lack of Diamond Years is an idiosyncratic collection of short poems--most under 20 lines. At its heart, this book is a quixotic narration between realms of being--from the quotidian into the sometimes numinous, sometimes murky realm of the unknown/unknown, and on into a kind of revamped transcendental--the 'what if' and 'where am I' worlds. There is a thread of praise that runs throughout--an embrace of the joys and sorrows of thinking and feeling, of love and loss.

 

 

For Lack of Diamond Years

Poems

- See more at: http://evanston.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2335298035_for_lack_of_diamond_years#sthash.GMD1GhPi.dpuf

 
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass / Meg Medina PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 31 March 2014 00:00

altPiddy Sanchez has started the year off at a new school. Her best friend has moved across town and Piddy has only made a few new friends so far.  Things at her new school go from okay to horrible when she finds out Yaqui Delgado, a girl she’s never met has it out for her.  At first she thinks it’s probably not a big deal, but when chocolate milk gets launched at her across the lunch room and her favorite necklace is ripped right of her neck, Piddy knows Yaqui isn’t going to stop. 

Piddy is forced to always watch her back for Yaqui and her girls.  She’s always on edge.  At the same time she’s dealing with balancing all her school work and having her best friend half a city away.  Plus she’s getting close to finding out who her father is, a secret her mother has avoided telling her for the past 16 years.  As things with Yaqui intensify, Piddy’s life seems to spin out of control and she’s not even sure who she is and what she stands for anymore.  Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass is an excellent realistic fiction story that authentically portrays the consequences of bullying. It’s definitely worth reading or listening to. 

 

(Renee, the Loft)

 
 
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