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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6.16 5th wave

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.




Teen Art Club & Teen Writer’s Workshops

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6.9 art club

Did you know the Brighton District Library offers Writer’s workshops for teens and also a Teen Art Club?Join us every month to meet with other creative teens and create amazing pieces of work.

The Teen art club meets once a month.   Meet other art minded teens and just doodle or work on bigger art projects.  Each month a different art prompt will be chosen for teens to draw while they have snacks. Teen Art club accepts all skill levels.  You are not required to bring any supplies, but if you have a sketchbook feel free to bring it along.

The next art club meeting is Thursday June 9, 4:30-5:30 pm

June teen writers

Our Teen Writer’s Workshops meet twice a month, usually the first and last Tuesday from 6-8 pm.  The workshops are run by Mike Ball, award-winning humorist. You can bring your own work to share and work on or create new pieces during the workshop.   These workshops will help you grow as a writer and hone your skills while also connecting with other teen writers.

The next Writer’s workshop is Tuesday, June 7, 6:00-8:00 pm.

The Teen Writer’s Workshop and Teen Art Club are both drop in programs and require no registration. Teen programs are for teens grades 6-12.

Doctor Who Jeopardy for Teens

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We had a blast at yesterday’s Doctor Who Jeopardy for Teens.  Teens paired off in teams of two to compete for a mystery prizes hidden in our TARDIS.


It’s bigger on the inside!

We had three rounds of Jeopardy plus a final Jeopardy challenge- name all the actors who played The Doctor in the correct order! The first round saw  All the teams did an amazing job, proving themselves as true Whovians.  If you want to test your Doctor Who knowledge, try out the game at home here.


Donald and Owen took home the prize!

Check out our flickr page for more photos of this event.