Friday, May 30, 2014

Your Turn: Book Reviews for Teens, by Teens

Also Known As Harper by Ann Haywood Leal
Thanks to Ms. Elliana Penwell for this review!  Sounds like a great book.

About The Book:
Harper is an aspiring poet, and life is giving her a lot to write about just now. Daddy up and walked out, leaving them with too many bills, too little money, and an eviction notice. Now Mama is scrambling to make ends meet, leaving Harper to stay home and take care of her brother. Their whole world has been turned upside down, which Harper could just about handle—if it wasn’t for the poetry contest at school. More than anything, she wants to get up on that stage and read her poems out loud. But how can she worry about getting back to school when she doesn’t even know where she’s going to sleep tonight?
My Rating:
My Review:
I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book. It was a library copy, something my friend had read and I thought sounded interesting. Usually, I don't read books like this because I'd rather read science fiction or fantasy, but poetry is something I really love, which helped add to my interest.
I read this entire book in the car. I started on the first page and read all the way to the last page, nearly without stopping. It had me entranced, sad, and my emotions were like a whirlwind. You feel bad for Harper from the very start, from her father to the eviction notice to everything else.
I usually don't like sad books, but even with as sad as this book was, it is by far one of the best I've ever read. The story is mind swirling, amazing and emotional, all while being believable and easy to follow.
I would highly reccommend this book to anyone who can handle a bit more emotional book and is over the age of ten.

Elliana Penwell, signing off!

Your Turn: Book Reviews by Teens, for Teens

The One Left Behind by Willo Davis Roberts
Another quality review submitted by Ms. Elliana Penwell

About The Book:
Mandy awoke in darkness. For a moment she didn't remember that Angel was gone, that she would not be coming back, and then the pain hit her like a physical blow.

For the first time in her eleven years, Mandy is alone. Through a series of miscommunications, her entire family has left her by herself in their big house on Lake Michigan. But it's the absence of her twin sister, Angel, that she feels the most. One year ago Angel died, and Mandy's life has been at a standstill ever since. While the rest of her family has moved on, Mandy clings to the pain of her loss.

At first Mandy is almost relieved to have the time to herself. But quickly the loneliness consumes her — until she stumbles upon two boys, one her age, the other not yet two, who are also on their own. Running away from men who wish to do them harm, the boys turn to Mandy for help. But what can she do for these boys when she can barely take care of herself? If only Angel were here, she would know what to do.

In her final book, Willo Davis Roberts proves once again why she is considered one of the greatest mystery writers for young readers. The One Left Behind is a haunting tale of loss, love, and — ultimately — hope.
My Rating:
3 1/2
My Review:
I must admit, this book was a little slow, perhaps a bit boring for the first few chapters, but it was good enough to keep reading. It is a short book, but the story is interesting and definetly not what you would expect.
You feel for Mandy, and you have to like Herry, her dog. It was a good tale about loss and hope. Not to mention, love. Once it started to get exciting I couldn't help but keep reading. The story can just sort of draw you in.

Though this book isn't the best book I've ever read, it's one of the better children's ones and I'd pretty much reccomend it to anyone able to read themselves fluently. It was cool, but sad, and strong in pretty much every other aspect.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Your Book Reviews

We encourage our teen readers to submit your book reviews.

We are pleased to present two book reviews from Ms. Elliana Penwell.
You will find her taste superb and her comments quite interesting.

Book Review: Grace Unplugged by Melody Carlson

About Grace Unplugged: Grace Trey is an eighteen-year-old singer as passionate about her Christian faith as she is her phenomenal, God-given musical talent. Both traits come from her father, one-hit wonder Johnny Tray who found Jesus after losing his chart success two decades ago.

When Grace encounters her own music break of a lifetime, the sudden dive into the "real world" puts her deeper beliefs to the test. Pop superstardom is just within reach but appears to require some spiritual compromise. Will Grace reject her faith, or will she own it?

Grace Unplugged is based on the motion picture of the same name starring AJ Michalka and Kevin Pollak.

My Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars

My Opinion: I wasn’t sure what to expect of this book. My mom handed it to me and told me it was good and usually, quite honestly, our tastes in books and otherwise are very different. Which is why I was surprised when I loved it.

This is a Christian inspirational book based on the movie under the same title. The beginning was a bit slow (why I only gave it 4 ½ stars instead of 5,) but after that it got right into things. It was exciting and fast-paced, but not so fast that you get lost.

Grace is a usual teen, but with an amazing faith in God and an amazing musical talent. She is part of a music group that plays in her church, of which her dad runs. She tends to go her own way with the music, which frequently results in her getting in trouble.

I won’t go into too much more detail, so that if you read the book it won’t be spoiled for you.  But this book is fantastic; though I’d say the book is geared to more mature almost teens/teens because of scene with some underage drinking and other adult issues.

As Grace’s life goes into a roller coaster, I found myself feeling like I just couldn’t put it down. I stayed up late to finish this book and I am glad I did- it was a fantastic read! It feels very real life, very true to what could very well happen. It had family and faith aspects, without being boring, which is awesome.

I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone!

Elliana Penwell, signing off!

Book Review: ‘Smile’ by Raina Telgemeier

About Smile:
From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.

My Rating:
3 ½ out of 5 stars.

My Opinion:

Okay, I’m going to be perfectly honest; I’d never read any of Raina Telgemeier’s work before this book. I originally thought it was a book with ‘real’ writing; simply just pages of words. But when I opened it up, I realized it was a graphic novel. I like graphic novels, so I did like that fact. It had a nice drawing style, and the first couple pages did grab me and pull me into the world of Raina (the main character).

Telgemeier has a nice style, and I liked the plot. It was attention grabbing, but not overbearing, but it was also believable. Raina fell on the ground near the time of her Girl Scout’s meeting; and it messed her teeth up, resulting in several long years of dental work.

About midway through the book, I was unsure if I wanted to continue reading it. There were a few semi-objectionable topics, in my opinion, in the book: such as: boys/crushes, bullying, and sibling rivalry. I decided to keep reading it, though, and I’m glad I did- it was quite enjoyable, even if there were some things I didn’t like.

There was no total conclusion to the book. It had sort of an open ending, if you catch my drift. (Spoiler warnings) Raina ended up getting new friends and learning that her teeth didn’t change whom she was, and that she was still a good girl to hang out with.

Raina dealt with the things a typical almost teen/teenager deals with; the ‘cool factor’, friend troubles, puberty, and feeling half grown up and half like a child. One problem I had with this book is some of the characters were sort of shallow; they didn’t have any real depth to their personalities.

Otherwise, though, I would recommend this book to kids around 11/12 years old and up.

Elliana Penwell, signing off!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Friday Afternoon Crafting - Spring Photo Block
New Carlisle Public Library 
Friday, April 25, 4:30 p.m.
Please pre-register, as supplies are provided and limited 
Both adults and teens are welcome.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Please Pre-register: Zentagle Tangles

Zentangle Art Experience:  Friday, March 28, 4:30 p.m.

is a unique art form used to create beautiful images from repetitive patterns.....some people call it yoga for the mind.

Participants will receive a complimentary “tile” on which to draw.  Pens will be supplied. Increase your focus and creativity with this easy-to-learn art form. Create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns, relax and let your creativity drive you!

Please pre-register by emailing or by leaving a voice mail, 845-3601, ext. 207.  (Remember to press pound after you record your message).

This is a Zentangle.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Winners Announced

The New Carlisle Public Library announces WINNERS in the Doctor Who Art Contest.

Image One, "Bronzong Exterminate":  winning artwork from Krystal P.

Image Two, "Remember Who Stands In Your Way":  winning artwork from Hannah B.

Image Three:  "Exterminate!":  winning artwork from Christian B.

Image Four:  "Dalek Exterminate!":  winning artwork  by Bethanne B.

Image Five:  "Tardis":  Winning artwork by Izzy B.

Congratulations to all our contestants!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Calling All Whovians!

Doctor Who Art Contest for Teens (5-12th Grade)
Entry Deadline: January 31, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

Draw or paint anything related to the DOCTOR WHO Universe!
On the back of your artwork, please list your name, grade, school, and phone number.

GRAND PRIZE:  Choose a Whovian T-shirt (Hot Topic Size Large) or $25 in Target Gift Cards
SECOND PLACE:  $10 in Target Gift Cards
THIRD PLACE:  $5 Gift Card for Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken