Teen Book Review: Cinder

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Book: Cinder by Marissa Meyercinder-book-cover
Reviewer: Macey, Grade 8

Cinder is a 387 page book that takes place in the futuristic world written by Marissa Meyer. Cinder falls over the category of Sci-fi because of the new and improved technology that is introduced within the series. In this remake of Cinderella the main focus is on a teenage girl named Cinder. Cinder is treated as a misfit that nobody even cares about, including her step-mother and sisters just because she is a cyborg. During the day Cinder runs her own booth at the market as a mechanic. One day she gets an unexpected visitor, the PRINCE!!!! Prince Kai needs her to fix one of his most important robots. Meanwhile a deadly sickness is tearing apart her world. Millions are dying from this contagious plague that still needs a cure. For even more added pressure, the horrifying but gorgeous Luna Queen decides to visit Earth. But something’s up with her visit. Something that Cinder believes has to do with killing.

I’d give this book a 5/5 stars because it is amazing and a need to read for teens and tweens!!!!!! I loved this book because  it kept me at the edge of my seat and never disappointed me with the amount of action and adventure within its 387 pages.

Join the Teen Advisory Board!

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We are now accepting applications for the Teen Advisory Board. The Teen Advisory Board is a place share ideas about activities, materials and changes to implement to make the library a destination for teens.

What Does the Teen Advisory Board Do?
TAB’s mission is to help the Brighton District Library better serve the needs and interests of local teens. TAB meets with Kate Wheeler, Teen Services Librarian, on a monthly basis during the school year to brainstorm ideas and provide feedback about teen library programs, materials and to sign up for ongoing volunteer opportunities.

Tasks for Board Members

  • Help spread the word about programs and services for teens at the Library
  • Volunteer at Library programs
  • Be an active library user in order to provide targeted feedback about programs and services
  • Share your ideas at monthly TAB meetings!

Teen Advisory Board Membership Requirements
Members of the Brighton District Library Teen Advisory Board must:

  • Be a student in grades 6 through 12
  • Complete TAB application
  • Attend new member orientation
  • Commit to serving a 1 year term on TAB through active involvement (September – June)
  • Attend monthly meetings
  • Volunteer as needed for library programming
  • TAB members will be required to help with both the Fall and Spring Friends of the Library Book Sale.
  • TAB members must come in for at least 1 volunteer shift (in addition to monthly meeting). There are also at home volunteer opportunities.

Benefits of Membership

  • Opportunity to provide input for library decisions related to teens
  • Members receive volunteer service credit for school
  • Members will develop marketable leadership skills
  • Participation can be listed on job, scholarship and college applications

TAB members get to create library programs, help decide which books to purchase, choose the Teen Summer Reading Prizes, and more.  For more information check out the TAB webpage on our site.

Teen Book Review: Indian Captive

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Indian Captive by Lois Lenskiindian

Genre: Historical Fiction
Reviewer: Megan, Grade 8

Indian Captive is the true story of Mary Jamison that has been slightly tweaked. Mary, or Moll, was a white girl who was captured at the age of twelve, by Indians. However, about two or three years later, when given the choice, wouldn’t return to civilization. This is a touching story about courage, love, and hope. Who would I recommend this book to, well just about anyone as I would rate this a five star book.

Hula Hoop Workshop!

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On Monday June 27 at 6:30 pm Monarch Hoops and Dance will be at the library doing a hula hooping workshop. In the workshop you can learn 10 impressive gravity defying hula hoop tricks, with Tylor of Monarch Hoops And Dance. Hula hooping a creative way to get some enjoyable aerobic exercise. Hula Hooping develops balance, strength, coordination, confidence, focus and health. Hula hooping for one hour can burn up to 300 calories! Wow! Come and see how fun it is getting fit in the hoop. This programs is for teens(6-12th grade)  and adults. Registration is open now.  You can register by calling the library at 810.229.6571 ext. 227, email us at britref@brightonlibrary.info, or stop by in person.

Teens remember that you earn extra raffle tickets for the Teen Summer Reading Program prizes when you attend library programs.

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Teen Book Review: Keeper of the Lost Cities

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Book: Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
Reviewer: Macey, Grade 8

“Keeper of the Lost Cities” is a fantasy novel with 496 pages. This book is written by Shannon Messenger who has also published “Let the Wind Rise”. “Keeper of the Lost Cities” is about Sophie Foster who is anything but normal. Not only is she 12 and already in highschool, but she can also hear the thoughts of other people. One day, a mysterious boy named Fitz shows up at her field trip and claims that he knows how to explain Sophie’s “powers” of hearing other people’s thoughts. Fitz takes Sophie to another world and she finds out she’s not human, but elf. Sophie leaves everything she has ever known behind and goes to live with Fitz and his family. But things only get worse for Sophie Foster. Not only does not fit in with humans, but she can’t seem to fit in with the elves either. Sophie learns that she has very special abilities that are very rare, ones that people will kill for.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars because there is not one part of the book that is slow paced. It always kept me on the edge of my seat and I was able to understand every single part of it. I’d recommend this book to teens and tweens who love adventure and magic. Sophie is a very fun and interesting character to follow throughout the book. I hope if you read this book you will enjoy it as much as I did!!!


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Teen Book Review

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Book: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan60400
Genre: Fantasy

Reviewer: Megan, 8th Grade

The Ruins of Gorlan is the first book in a 12 book Ranger’s Apprentice series. It is based in the land of Areluen. There, area is protected by the infamous Rangers. Many think the Rangers are shrouded in the mist of magic, but Will, the main character, finds out the truth. The Rangers are highly scolded people who, showed in camouflaged cloaks, are able to blend into the background. Their skill with the bow and arrow is the best in the land. They are also skilled with the sax and throwing knives and the art of hand to hand combat. In this book, Will finds the courage to find and kill the infamous Kalahari. The beasts of legend.The have the power to paralyze any living creature just at the blink of an eye, and their claws are sharp as razors. Together he and is mentor tracked and fought these creatures, at the stake of their lives.
All in all, this series by John Flanagan is by far my favorite series in the whole world. It is funny. It has the power to make you laugh, cry, and hold on to the book so hard your knuckles turn white. It is a series I will hold near my heart, forever and ever.

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Teen Summer Reading Is Here

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web bannerIt’s back!  Teen Summer Reading 2016 has arrived.  Starting June 12th you can register for TSRP and work towards winning fabulous prizes, attend fun(& free) programs all by reading whatever you want.  You can either register in person at the Adult Reference Desk or using our online form and printing out a Reading Log at home (you can also just pick up a log at the desk).

All you have to do is read at least 30 minutes each day for at least 6 days a week.  Starting Saturday, June 18th you can begin checking in for your weekly prize. Each week you’ll earn…

  • 1 entry into our grand prize drawing
  • a piece or candy or pin,
  • Your choice between a free book or an entry for our weekly prize pack drawing.

Grand Prizes include

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You can earn extra drawing slips by writing Teen Book Reviews or attending Teen library programs. We’ll also be holding weekly drawings for other prizes!
Click here to learn more about our Teen Summer Reading Program

Teen Movie: The 5th Wave

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On Thursday, June 16th at 3:30 pm we’ll be showing The 5th Wave on a big screen at the library.  The library will be providing snacks as well. This showing is for teens only, grades 6-12.  After the movie ends we’ll be raffling off a copy of the film.  This

The 5th wave follows the story of sixteen-year-old Cassie Sullivan is trying to survive a world devastated by the waves of an alien invasion, while trying to save her five-year-old brother Sam from a training camp that was created by the Others (the aliens). The 5th Wave is rated PG-13 for violence and destruction, some sci-fi thematic elements, language and brief teen partying CHV rating: PG.


What our Teen Librarian is Reading

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Do you love YA books?  Well I do.  As the Teen Services Librarian I’m constantly reading to keep up with our Teen book collection and what to recommend.  Each month I’ll be posting some of my favorite reads from our collection.

dark daysI’m currently listening to the audiobook of  The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman.  I’m loving it so far, it’s perfect for those who have equal love of Jane Austen and macabre stories and demon hunting.  It’s a bit like Pride & Prejudice meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  It moves a bit slow in the beginning to introduce the reader to Regency England, but if Historical Fiction isn’t your genre this may not be for you. A good one for fines of Pride & Prejudice and Zombies.

For fantasy and/or adventure lovers try Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.  Six of Crows is like a fantasy Ocean’s 11-esque  heist story.  Kaz Brekker, mast thief, takes on the seemingly impossible job of breaking into the Ice Palace with his crew of teen criminals. All the characters are wonderfully flawed, total anti-heroes.  This one is technically set in the same universe as Bardugo’s other series (The Grisha sixtrilogy) though you don’t have to read it to read Six of Crows (I didn’t).  Six of Crows is light on the romance and big on the action and violence.  At one point someone even has their eye plucked out and its fairly gruesome.  If you like anti-heroes and crime fiction this might be for you.

For the more serious reader, particularly fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak or Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why I suggest trying The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith.  wayThis one begins in Eden’s Freshman year when her brother’s college roommate and best friend rapes her one night.  Eden doesn’t tell anyone what happens and the reader follows Eden through each year of high school and how her rape has effected her.  This isn’t an easy read, but it is important in that it shows the effects of trauma and gives a view as to why a victim wouldn’t just come forward.  The book also shows how it can affect everyone around you and that we don’t know the reasons behind someone’s seemingly self destructive behavior.  I would recommend this one for older teens.