Monday, 30 June 2014 00:00
Nate has just moved into a new house and
soon he stumbles upon an old cassette player and some tapes hidden beneath his
bedroom floor boards. As he pops in a
tape he begins to hear the story of Walt, a boy who lived in the house years
ago and who mysteriously disappeared. Walt narrates his creepy and bizarre story on the tapes describing
discoveries he made around town and in the surrounding forest. Turns out the town is hiding some secrets –
like talking dolls, insects with an agenda of their own and someone who’s bent
on getting to Walt.
Nate soon finds out his new neighbor is
also intrigued by Walt’s story and together they try to follow the clues to
figure out just what happened to Nate. As they dig deeper they started seeing odd things and have strange
visitors from the forest at night. The
Lost Boy is an eerie graphic novel with luscious black and white illustrations and
is highly recommended for graphic novel fans or anyone looking for a great
mystery with a fantasy twist.
(Renee, the Loft)
Saturday, 28 June 2014 14:47
Okay, so I read "Eon: Dragoneye Reborn," I think, in 7th and 8th grade and it stuck with me, so I'm writing about it, my thoughts, and what might happen next.
In the last book (refereing to "Eon: Dragoneye Reborn"), Eon, as her name is Eona, was healed from a crippled leg and she became the Mirror Dragoneye. She is a woman that is against the law. But anyways, she escapes with her bodyguard and a gay friend to an island so she doesn't get killed by the evil king. Sorry for this spoiler but...the king that is current;y ruling is not the original king, the real king is a young man that became friends with Eona when she became the Mirror Dragoneye, which means that he didn't know Eona was a female. When he did found out, however, he pushed her away.
So here are the possible outcomes for the what could happen next:
1. Eona goes back to find and help the real king take the throne back.
2. Eona also helps Lord Ido escape from prison (for some reason, don't know yet)
3. Lord Ido and Eona become lovers (highly doubt it though!!?) (She better not!!!)
4. Eona and the young king become lovers. (Ummm...it's a possibility and it would be cool if she did)
5. Eona stays single (It is very possible, I have a feeling she might go that route)
6. Eona inspires other women to become warriors.
7. She becomes the right hand man for the king.
8. She lives happily ever after. (Probably not).
(Jenna A., SRP Review, Evanston Teen)
Friday, 27 June 2014 00:00
Warriors Field Guide: Secrets of the Clans by Erin Hunter
I liked the information in it. I liked how it was about cats.
(Patrick C., Evanston teen)
The Replacement by Brenda Yovanoff
I think that The Replacement was a wonderful book with a great twist ending. It was a little slow in the beginning but turned out fine later. I think Brenda Yovanoff did a terrific job.
(Sophia W., Evanston teen)
Thursday, 26 June 2014 18:47
In the book, Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories, there are about 13 small cases that Miss Marple, an old lady, solves. She is part of a club, that every Tuesday, discusses a murder mystery. A member of the club tells the rest about the mystery, and they must try to solve it. Miss Marple is always the one who solves them. This book is very good. I really like the old fashioned style of writing Agatha Cristie uses. It is also interesting to see how Miss Marple is going to solve it.
One story that illustrates how smart Miss Marple is is called 'Ingots of Gold.' No one was actually killed in this story. It was a holiday, and the person telling the story found another man tied up. Near the man was a gardener, who swore he was working. Miss Marple knows that gardeners didn't work on holidays, so she knew that the gardener had tied the man up.
I have also read, 'And Then There Were None' by Agatha Cristi and I enjoyed it as well. I really like her books.
(Rachel L., Evanston Teen)
Thursday, 26 June 2014 18:12
Howdy filmmakers! Last week was the first filmmaking workshop and it was a huge success! The
week's topic was screenwriting and we talked about a number of things including
what screenplays actually are, how to start writing a screenplay and how to use
Screenwriting is a fun endeavor and it's not as tricky as people make-out.
At this workshop, we talked about the definition of a screenplay: a story told
with pictures, in dialogue and descriptions, and placed within the context of
dramatic structure. That's a bit complex, so I always boil it down to a story
told visually with descriptions and dialogue. A fun tid-bit about the
translation from script to screen is: one page of script equals one minutes of
screen time. So, a ninety minute movie would translate to a ninety page
A screenplay always has a beginning, middle and end but not always in that
order. There are rules to follow, just like with writing an essay or short
story--and it's important to learn the rules before you break them. One such rule--and a great formula to use for any new screenwriter--is using
the three-act structure when writing a screenplay. The basics of the three act
structure are this:
-ACT ONE: main character and conflict is introduced, world of movie is built
-ACT TWO: main character leaves their comfort zone and is challenged in some
way, the main character must make a major decision that will decide which
direction he/she will take
-ACT THREE: final confrontation between the main character and his/her obstacle
takes place, all loose ends are tied up
When writing a screenplay, or any story for that matter, it's best to write
what you know and what's important to you. The best stories are those that come
from experience and those that come from the heart.
The end of our workshop culminated in everyone breaking out the laptops and
giving Celtx a try. For anyone new to film, Celtx is a free scriptwriting
software that allows you to write scripts in the proper screenplay format (like
the Hollywood big-wigs like it). Everyone was able to get started on the
beginnings of ideas. At our next session on July 3, we'll be learning about shot design and storyboarding. For a handout with more specific information about the three-act structure, stop by the Loft or bug Ashley anytime--she'll be more than happy to talk to you about all things film!
Adios for now.
Friday, 20 June 2014 00:00
Boy 21 / Matthew Quick
I really, really liked this book. It was really good; it was sad but very well written and it is pretty realistic. I thought it was really good and would recommend it.
(Louisa E., Evanston teen)
Pulse by Patrick Carman
This was an okay book, but I had some issues with it. 1) It was in third person, which I don't prefer. 2) The POV changed with no announcement, from one sentence to the next. 3.) There are so many characters that you get confused as to who is the bad guy and who is the good guy. But I like the ending, so overall some parts of the book were good but some parts were not.
(Rosalie S., Evanston teen)
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 11:56
…AND WE’RE BACK! Another fantastic summer of hands-on making
began at the library this week with two of our DIY programs at the Chicago
Avenue Main Street Branch. On Monday, we began the first of our DIY Jewelry
series of programs (one of three to happen this summer). One of the great things
we are doing this year is multiple dates for programs! If you missed this
one….never fear! DIY Jewelry will be brought to the Main library and North
Branch – check it out, and register. At DIY Jewelry, we all made different
projects. We had a wire-wrapped eye necklace, wire names and bird’s nest
necklaces. At the other DIY Jewelry programs, we’re also going to be making
bracelets upcycled from old soda and water bottles!
Not even 24 hours later we began our next program…I can
already tell it’s going to a busy summer of making! This time, we were not
tinkering with wire and pliers, but paper and tape. The program was paper
airplanes and origami, and it was incredibly exciting. Instead of having makers
register, we had everyone drop on in and join us, and they all had a blast. It
was great to see everyone push themselves and experiment with what they were
making. A few makers joined us just doing paper airplanes, once they mastered
those they launched into origami even making up their own folds and shapes. We
ended up with airplanes everywhere, a garden of folded-flowers, and lots of
One of the most exciting parts of the program was seeing
everyone grow. We had a few students join us who were very intimidated by some
of the origami projects, and thought they were too complicated or advanced.
After we worked through them together, they became confident and actually
started to teach each other and then some were inspired to create new steps to
add and create their own designs. It was really great to see makers who at some
points were saying “this is too hard” come around and teach someone else.
An exciting challenge we faced was working with all different
ages going through the projects. Previously, we usually have programs for
specific age groups which we think are appropriate to do the projects. At Paper
Planes and Origami, the program was completely open to everyone, and we pretty
much got everyone. Right from the start we had some two-year olds making
airplanes, seven year olds taping flowers, and twenty-five year olds folding
owls. Throughout the day makers of all ages came together to figure out the
creases, folds, and tape of the various designs.
Overall, we’ve had a great start to our summer of making, I
can’t wait to see what else is in store!
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