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April 2010 Events for Teens!

  • Sat., April 3 – COFFEE & COUPLETS!
    2:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Celebrate National Poetry Month with our teen poetry/coffeehouse night!
  • Thu., April 15 – TEEN VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    Need community service hours? Learn how to earn them at out Teen Volunteer Orientation! Must be 13 years old & up to attend.
  • Thu., April 22, – TEEN COUNCIL MEETING 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.                                                                                                      Decide on materials to add to the Teen Collection & plan teen events!

For more information on any of these events, call 818-343-1983 and ask for Candice, the Teen Services Librarian!

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New Book Review: Next by Michael Crichton

Next by Michael Crichton

Next by Michael Crichton

Author:Michael Crichton

Title:

Next

Publisher, Date & Pages:

HarperCollins, 2006, 268 pages

Review written by:

Amanda G., 14, Campbell Hall

I read this book in a critical mood, wanting to find every flaw in the book and complain about it. I almost WANTED this book to be bad. And if you want something to be bad, then your more likely to think its bad. But I thought this book was GREAT. It was original, engaging, interesting and well thought out. A book that doesn’t focus on one person or story to get its point across, a book that makes you think. This book is about the future, where your cells can belong to somebody else. The book has so many different plots intertwined that I can’t give an adequate synopsis of it but can only tell you to read it.

New Book Review: Along for the Ride

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Author: Sarah Dessen

Title:

Along for the Ride

Publisher, Date & Pages:

Viking Juvenile, 2009, 384 pages

Review written by:

Andrea H., 16, Taft High School

 

What was this book about?

Auden is on her way to college and she has never lived a normal childhood life since her parents always treated her like an adult.  After her parents got divorced she hasn’t been sleeping.  When she visits her dad, step mom and new sister in Colby over the summer, she experiences things she missed like friends, fun, truth, love and riding bikes.

What did you like about this book?

The same thing I like about all Sarah Dessen books, no matter what type of girl, or what situation she is in, she can read this book and relate to any character or moral Sarah Dessen writes about.

What did you dislike about this book?

It ended!

Would you recommend this book to someone?  If yes, who and why? If no, why not?  

Yes, any of my friends at school because they can relate to the characteres and enjoy the world and friends Sarah creates in her book.

Preview & review upcoming teen books!

Would you like to read & review teen books before they come out in bookstores?

Then, please join our ARC discussion & review group!

ARCs, which are Advance Reading Copies, are preview copies of books for reviewers to read before the final edition of the book comes out in bookstores!

Candice, the teen services librarian, recently attended the American Libraries Association Midwinter Conference, where many book publishers gave her Advance Reading Copies (ARCs) of books that are coming out later this year!

If you are interested in getting a sneak peak at the latest books coming out by Sarah Dessen, Lauren Myracle, Elizabeth Scott, Cassandra Clare & more, please call  818-343-1983 or stop by the Encino-Tarzana Library & ask for Candice to see how you can join!

New book review: Bad Kitty

Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe

Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe

Author:

Michele Jaffe

Title:

Bad Kitty

Publisher, Date & Pages:

HarperCollins, 2006, 268 pages

Review written by:

Sara T., 12, Portola Middle School

This book is hilarious, romantic, and suspenseful all at once, and it totally relates to the average teen. Well, if by something an average teen would do, you mean like trying to relax poolside in Vegas only to be attacked by a three legged cat, ruin a wedding, and go to jail all while wearing a wet bikini. Oh, and if you think I just ruined the book for you, that all happened within the first chapter!

So then there are celebrities, and conspiracies, oh and there was the dead body and random notes. Plus, there are valuable life lessons like “A good way to ensure you will never have a boyfriend is to have a large armed man with and uncertain grasp of English heckle you in public” and also “if for some reason the guy still might be interested, following up by having your father rush over right afterward screaming, ‘Jasmine, you know your not allowed to talk to strangers!’ as though you were six will nip it in the bud. Oh, and it helps if your father is wearing a safari suit. With shorts. And knee socks. Because this is his idea of what you were in the desert.”

Definitely a great book and as for the mystery/suspense part, you won’t be able to figure it out. It’s a major surprise ending. Great read and definitely recommended to anyone who wants a good laugh, thinks stereotypes are stupid, or loves a good mystery.

New book review: Traitor

Traitor by Andy McNabb

Traitor by Andy McNabb & Robert Rigby

Author:Andy McNab & Robert RigbyTitle:

Traitor

Publisher, Date & Pages:

Putnam Juvenile, 2005, 265 pages

Review written by:

Sara T., 12, Portola Middle School

This book is perfect for anyone who loves full-on suspense and action, mixed in with a good dose of tragedy and angst. The main character was completely believable and the story is extremely well written. I’m actually able to hear the characters’ voices, something I find lacking in many books. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and is probably recommended to be read in one sitting. As long as you don’t mind looking back to the glossary quite frequently, many military abbreviations and terms are used, you should love the book. Not to mention the fact that the author manages to throw in humor and romance within the chaotic situations. Overall, its one of the best things I’ve read in a while.

Calling all readers!

What are you reading? What do you think?

What are you reading? What do you think?

TEENS & TWEENS, what are you reading & what do you think about what you’re reading?

We want to feature your book reviews HERE!

For more information, call the Encino-Tarzana Library at 818- 343-1983 & ask for Candice, the Teen Services Librarian!