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What Are You Reading? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 00:00

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

 

Wolf Brother Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

6,000 years ago, twelve-year-old Torak and his guide, a wolf cub, set out on a dangerous journey to fulfill an oath the boy made to his dying father--to travel to the Mountain of the World Spirit to destroy a demon-possessed bear that threatens all the clans.

 

 

Treasure IslandTreasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads to a pirate fortune as well as great danger.

 

 

 

More Than This More Than This by Patrick Ness

A boy named Seth drowns, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What's going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.

 

 
The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe / Dan Poblocki PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 April 2014 00:00

altWhen a game becomes real things start to get creepy and that’s exactly the case in Dan Poblocki’s most recent book, The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe.  Gabe and his family have recently moved in with his grandma in her home near a dark forest.  Gabe quickly becomes friends with Seth, who lives on the other side of the forest with his mom.  Seth invites Gabe to play a game where they’re fighting the terrible and evil child eating creature call The Hunter to survive.  While Gabe finds the game a little odd and childish, he’s just glad to have found a friend.  Plus, Seth used to play the game with his older brother before he mysteriously disappeared, so Gabe feels even more obliged to take part.

Things start to get interesting once school begins and Gabe makes new friends, who aren’t huge fans of Seth.  After Gabe and Seth get into argument over Gabe’s new friends, Seth tells him The Hunter is going to get him.  Soon after, Gabe starts noticing a dark figure in the shadows of the forest and freaky frightening things start happening at school to Gabe and his friends. Everyone is quick to point a finger at Seth, but Gabe’s not sure whether it’s Seth or The Hunter.  As the suspense mounts you’re never quite sure who or what  is really behind everything that’s happening and you’ll guessing  be until the very end. 

 

(Renee, the Loft)

 
 
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.

 
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