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The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy / Kate Hattemer PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

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What if they started filming a reality TV show at your school? That would be pretty awesome- right? What if it wasn’t so awesome? What if everything started to revolve around the show and all the things that made your school cool and unique were disappearing?

Ethan and his friends attend Selwyn Academy, a school for teens that are focused on the arts. Ethan had always enjoyed school and his friends until For Art’s Sake took over.  For Art’s Sake is the new reality show, starring students from Selwyn.  The teens compete against each other for a chance to win a huge scholarship to the arts college or university of their choice.  Of course the show isn’t pure reality, it seems to be scripted and edited down to what the network wants the public to see or believe.  Not to mention that certain staff members seem to have some ties to the show creators. Ethan, Luke, Jackson and Elizabeth are determined to try and get the students and staff at school to wake up to all the damage the show has done.  They decide to launch campaign against the show using poetry and just when it seems to be working things take a very unexpected turn.  Friendships are on the edge and defeat seems to be a reality unless the group can figure an epic plan to turn things around and expose For Art’s Sake for the scam that they believe it is. 

 

(Renee, the Loft)

 
From Teens For Teens: Rival / Sara Bennett Wealer and Smile / Raina Telgemeier PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 May 2014 00:00

RivalRival by Sara Bennett Wealer

6/5 stars

 

Rival is an amazing book. It is realistic fiction about two girls who used to be friend but now are rivals. Their names are Brooke and Kathryn. Brooke is a Queen B and Kathryn is a "loner." Then they both get invited to the same singing competition. They both want to win the twenty five thousand dollars. Brooke wants it to go see her dad, but Kathryn needs it to pay for her collage tuition.


This story is told in both point of views. I would rate this book a 6 out of 5!

 

(Anne P., Evanston teen)

 

Smile Smile by Raina Telgemeier

4/5 stars

 

Raina had to put up with braces, headgear, and nicknames from 6th grade to sophomore year. Surviving those years were tough, but she makes it, ending up with a great smile! :)

 

(Maya H., Evanston teen)

 

 
Don't Look Back / Jennifer Armentrout PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2014 00:00

altSamantha wakes up in the middle of the forest with no memory of her former life and no memory of the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie.

 

In her former life, Sam was the popular, had-it-all, mean girl with all the wealth and all the envy of her classmates. She had the dream boyfriend, the dream closet and did anything she had too—and said anything she had to—to get what she wanted. Cassie and Sam were a vicious duo that everyone knew better than to cross. So when Cassie disappears and Sam returns to school with no memory of what happened when they were together, people begin to question what really happened that night, including Sam herself. It doesn’t help that everyone keeps saying that maybe it’s better Cassie didn’t come back at all.

 

With no memories and a new lease on life, Sam finds that having no recollection of her former lifestyle is a saving grace, allowing her a second chance at being a better sister, daughter and friend. But when strange flashes of memories begin to crop up in Sam’s mind and mysterious events begin to happen to Sam, it becomes clear that someone wants the truth behind Cassie’s disappearance kept a secret just as much as they want to make sure that Sam stays quiet.

 

Sam begins to spiral into a pit of self-denial and depression, second guessing her every thought and action. Maybe she really did hate her best friend and maybe she really is the one behind Cassie’s disappearance.  

 

When you can’t rely on yourself for validation, whom else can you turn to when everyone else is putting the blame on you?

 

Don’t Look Back is a suspenseful, thriller from page one, keeping you guessing right up until the very end at who killed Cassie—and though the revelation may surprise you, you’ll find the answer was right in front of you the whole time.

 

(Ashley, the Loft)

 

 
From Teens For Teens: A Cool Moonlight / Angela Johnson and Scrivener's Moon / Philip Reeve PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 May 2014 00:00

A Cool MoonlightA Cool Moonlight by Angela Johnson

3/5 stars

 

A Cool Moonlight is about a young girl who is allergic to sunlight and can't go outside during the day without lots of layers of clothes. I liked the book because the main character had a big obstacle in life and had to work around it.

 

(Jessica W., Evanston teen)

 

 

Scrivener's Moon Scrivener's Moon by Philip Reeve

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Scrivener's Moon

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5/5 stars

 

An amazing book and a great read for all ages. It's a steampunk book with lots of action.

 

(Kurt B., Evanston teen)

 
The Teacher's Funeral / by Richard Peck PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 May 2014 18:31

title"If your teacher has to die, August isn't a bad time of year for it."

When nasty old local teacher Myrt Arbuckle "hauls off and dies" at the tail-end of a hot Indiana summer in 1904, fifteen year old Russell Culver can't believe his luck. Russell dreams of lighting out for South Dakota to join a wheat-threshing team and going to school in switch-happy Mrs. Arbuckle's one-room schoolhouse of horrors has been nothing but a cruel detour in the wrong direction. Now that she's gone, Hominy Ridge School might be shuttered for good. He can get started on his plan to hop a freight train and get to work on those new, wondrous steel threshing machines thrumming away out West. Life's looking up.

Ha. School not only opens anew come September, but the new teacher is quite likely Russell's worst nightmare, someone who makes Myrt Arbuckle look like Mary Poppins. With a classroom full of ragtag students with names like Little Britches, Flopears and Glenn Tarbox - and not a few snakes - Russell doubles down on his dream to escape. It's the only thing that keeps him going. But with the help of his attuned and quietly loving dad, a growing fondness for his classmates, and the not-half-bad new teacher's lessons, Russell starts to feel like he might belong. And he might even learn something, too.     

The Teacher's Funeral is one of Richard Peck's best books. Featuring an exploding stove, a horse-and-carriage/race car collision, ghost story pranks, and a burning privy (outhouse) it is first and foremost a raucous, hilarious comedy. But a comedy with real feeling. Anyone who has read and enjoyed Peck's beloved "Grandma Dowdel" books (A Long Way From Chicago, A Year Down Yonder, and A Season of Gifts) will find that this one's a highly-worthy readalike and successor. It beats with a warm, rustic heart, transports the reader to its historic setting, and sports writing throughout that downright crackles. Any book that ties up together this beautifully in the final paragraph - causing me to cry like I did - is a keeper. (Jarrett, The Loft)       

Don't miss Richard Peck when he visits Evanston Public Library on Monday, June 2 at 7 p.m.! Mr. Peck will read from his work, answer questions, sign books and say hello. Books will be available for purchase from The Book Stall. More information, including information on reserving seats. 

 
From Teens For Teens: Peak / Roland Smith and Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment / James Patterson PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 16 May 2014 00:00

PeakPeak by Roland Smith

3/5 stars

 

Peak is about a boy, Peak Marcello, who has had a lot of changes in his life. Like most juveniles, he seeks attention and adventure, so he starts climbing skyscrapers. He is having fun until the truth hits him in the form of law. Now he must climb higher than ever before and face the ultimate challenge--climbing Everest. Will he succeed? Find out in this fantastic book meant for YA readers.

 

(Edward K., Evanston teen)

 

 

The Angel Experiment Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

5/5 stars

 

If you like action you will LOVE this book! It is action-packed, sweet, mysterious, and absolutely hilarious! I also fell in love with the characters. It is about six kids who are 98% human and 2% bird. They have wings and yes, they can fly. But they can also do so much more. They each have a special ability that they use to help each other survive. They were made on purpose, as an experiment in a lab called the School. They are constantly on the run from terrible people who want to bring them back to the School. Can they survive in our world without being found out or will they be brought back to the horrible prison where they were created?

 

(Piper B., Evanston teen)

 
Summer 2014 Kick-Starters PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 May 2014 15:46

A list of exciting reads perfect to kick-start your summer and keep you reading all through the break and into the start of the next school year! - See more at: http://evanston.bibliocommons.com/list/show/81082369_eplyaservices/281198847_summer_2014_kick-starters#sthash.23WwEpkP.dpuf

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A list of exciting reads perfect to kick-start your summer and keep you reading all through the break and into the start of the next school year! Most on the list are the first in a trilogy and the list spans a wide variety of topics from assassins to murder-mystery to the deep, dark and weird. For more recommendations, come to the Loft and ask!

 

titleThe Madman's Daughter 

by Megan Shepard 

 

Dr. Moreau's daughter, Juliet, travels to her estranged father's island, only to encounter murder, medical horrors, and a love triangle. - See more at: http://evanston.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2205199035_the_madmans_daughter#sthash.OrN8qbmF.dpuf

}Dr. Moreau's daughter, Juliet, travels to her estranged father's island, only to encounter murder, medical horrors, and a love triangle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

titleThe Geography of You and Me 

by Jennifer E. Smith 

 

Sparks fly when sixteen-year-old Lucy Patterson and seventeen-year-old Owen Buckley meet on an elevator rendered useless by a New York City blackout. Soon after, the two teenagers leave the city, but as they travel farther away from each other geographically, they stay connected emotionally, in this story set over the course of one year.






titleThe 5th Wave

Rick Yancey 

 

Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.








For more great reads, check out the Summer Kick-starters and get reading! 

 

(Ashley, the Loft)




 
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