Friday, July 27, 2012

And the winner is...

Six teens wrote eight book reviews for this blog during Teen Summer Reading, between June 18 and July 27. Each of these book reviews gave its author one entry into a DRAWING for a NOOK READER (e-book reader). The entries were all due by 5:00 p.m. TODAY (Friday, July 27), and the winner is...

You may pick up your prize at the Central Library from Melissa's office this coming week. Please note: I will only be here MONDAY, THURSDAY and FRIDAY, from 9:30 to 6:00. I am out all day on Tuesday and Wednesday. Congratulations! We can't wait to give you your Nook!

Teen Review: Maximum Ride

Maximum Ride:
The Angel Experiment

by James Patterson
422 pages
science fiction
book 1 of 3
For grades 7-10
reviewed by Esther R., grade 9


Maximum Ride, a.k.a. Max, is the leader of a group of mutant bird kids with wings, known as the Flock. The youngest member of the Flock, six-year-old Angel, is kidnapped by other mutants, who are half wolf, half human, called Erasers. She is taken back to the place where the Flock was made and raised, the School. Half of the Flock--Max, Fang, and Nudge--set out to get her back, leaving Iggy and the Gasman to watch the house. Iggy and the Gasman soon set off after the first group, who have been separated after an incident. Shortly after they meet up, they head to the School in hopes of rescuing Angel. At the School, they find out about a place in New York called the Institute that has information about them and their parents. They decide to travel to New York in search of the Institute and answers to their past.


The book was very exciting and action-packed, which made it a page-turner for me. The story was different and very original. Aside from this book, the sequels are also original and not repetitive. I liked fact that the characters were very real to me. I did get annoyed with them later on in the series when they did stupid things, but they always redeemed themselves. I would recommend this book to my friends, and have re-read it a couple of times.

I would rate it as readable/entertaining.

New Books have just arrived!

Here's a list of some of them:

Tiger Lily, by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo

Seize the Storm, by Michael Cadnum
Stronger, by Michael Carroll
The Whisper (sequel to The Roar), by Emma Clayton
Keep Holding On, by Susane Colasanti
Masque of the Red Death, by Bethany Griffin
Liberator, by Richard Harland
The Night She Disappeared, by April Henry
Dead Reckoning, by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
Being Friends with Boys, by Terra Elan McVoy
Shadows on the Moon, by Zoe Marriott
Second Chance Summer, by Morgan Matson
Crush, by Gary Paulsen

Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage
Deadly Pink, by Vivian Vande Velde
The List, by Siobhan Vivian

Look them up in the catalog to find out more...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Book Clubs: Howzit Going?

Summer (for Burbank teens, at least) will be coming to an end in just a few weeks. While we don't have our first book club meetings until SEPTEMBER, we're thinking that once you get back into school in August, you're not going to have so much time to read recreationally, so how ARE you all coming along with your summer series?

6+7 CLUB

Your series is "Circle of Magic," by Tamora Pierce--four books: Sandry's Book, Tris's Book, Daja's Book, and Briar's Book. If you haven't yet picked up the first book, NOW is the time! You have three more to read after that! Look for them on the "YA Paperbacks" bookshelf--they're not in the catalog. If you can't find them, ask one of us for help.



8+9 CLUB

Your series is "Midnighters," by Scott Westerfeld--three books: The Secret Hour, Touching Darkness, and Blue Noon. Are you finding the sequels at the library and getting them read?


10-12 CLUB

Your series is "The Queen's Thief," by Megan Whalen Turner--four books: The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings. I saw that somebody had placed a hold on books 2-4 last week, so I know SOMEONE is reading the series...but we have quite a few unclaimed copies of the first book sitting on our shelf!


If you are interested in being a member of one of our TEEN BOOK CLUBS, you should know that the 6+7 Club and the 8+9 Club are FULL--but there is a waiting list! There IS room in our 10-12 Club, for a few more readers. For more information (to join or be put on a waiting list), go to our teen information page, on the BPL website, and follow the instructions!

We have missed you over the summer, and are looking forward to a new year of reading!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Last night was the Teen Summer Reading Program finale for "Own the Night"--an Open Mic Night and Poetry Slam. But there wasn't much poetry (unless you count the "poetry in motion" of Daniel and John's dancing!)--only Grace read a poem! (and a good one it was--it's been published!) But there was lots of musical talent on display, both accompanied and a capella, from Erina, Amelia, Amanda, Samantha, Julia, Michelle, and Yenely!

Cookies and coffee / tea / lemonade were consumed in large quantities, loud music from various iPods and MP3s reverberated throughout the second floor, we had a few enthusiastic dance demos and a reading from Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater, and we drew for prizes, including five ARCs of future teen novels.

We also announced the three top performers on our Trivia Contest (Arsh, Grace, and Alex) and gave them and the four runners-up their prizes. We took some photos, which are now posted on our Facebook page, and Anarda also shot video of most of the acts, which will be available once we download and edit. (Don't hold your breath--that will take awhile!)

So, we're winding down: There are just two activities left this week. The first is, of course, READING LOGS, and there will be a final drawing this coming Friday from the jars at the three library reference desks, so keep reading and putting in your tickets! The second is the drawing for our High School readers who have written book reviews for the blog, which will also take place on Friday; so if you haven't written one (or more), your time is running out! The prize is a Nook Reader, and the odds are pretty good! Email your review to today! (Guidelines are to be found by clicking on "book review guidelines" at the top of this page.) (Duh.)

VOTE for your faves in poll from NPR!

Teen Book Review: Regine's Book

Regine’s Book
by Regine Stokke
323 pages
YA nonfiction
Stand-alone book
Releases October 26, 2012
Reviewed by Erica S., 10th grade

This has been the first nonfiction book I’ve read in awhile, and it was also the first Advance Reader Copy (ARC) I read after going to the ALA Convention (which was completely awesome and I wrote an article on it, below). Now, since this was an ARC, I’m not allowed to complain about the spacing and format issues, because there were a few. But onto the review!
“I’ve decided to start a blog about what it’s like to get a life-threatening disease. Some of the content will therefore be too heavy for some people.”
German teenager Regine Stokke wrote this as her first blog post entry back in November 2008, three months after she was first diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. The book includes a foreword that briefly describes what this is and the types of treatment, along with a basic introduction to the concept of cancer. In the book are footnotes that describe certain medical terms and also just general notes, since Regine mentions a lot of popular German culture. The book comprises her blog posts, along with her original photography and poetry, and some comments that were left on her blog. This is unlike any other cancer book I’ve read, since it is obviously nonfiction and written from the patient’s point of view. It feels as if she is writing to you and you get an inside look at her philosophies and opinions. The book is honest and painful. It isn’t just plain clichés about life, but it does leave you with a sense of appreciation for what you have. I’ll admit, the book did make me cry pretty hard. Regine had an eloquent way of writing, and the comments she received and the posts her parents wrote were all very powerful. The only complaint I had about the book was it was still a little hard to follow with all the medical terms, since the footnotes thin out as the book goes on, but it was still manageable. I would recommend this book as one to take seriously and learn something from, because it is so meaningful. Even if money is plentiful, we still can’t buy back our health. That is the most priceless thing of all.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

TSRP Finale!

Yes, it's TONIGHT, at the Central Library, at 6:30 p.m.--


Have YOU signed up to perform?
Have YOU added it to your calendar as a must-go-to event?
Coffee house ambiance!
Singing, dancing, playing of guitars, and reading of poetry!
Trivia contest high scorers announced and rewarded!
Bring along your reading log to get tickets for this Friday's drawing.
You must BE there!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Teen Review: Chopsticks

by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
Number of pages: 304
Genre: general YA fiction
Series: No
Reading level: 14 and up

(some mature content, per Melliott)
My grade: 9
Reviewed by
G. A. Flores

S U M M A R Y :

After her mother died, Glory retreated into herself and her music. Her single father raised her as a piano prodigy. She was even able to go and play on a world tour that was sold out. Now, as a teenager, Glory has disappeared. We go back 18 months earlier to find out what happened to Glory. As we flash back to the events leading up to her disappearance, we see a girl on the precipice of disaster. Brilliant and lonely, Glory is drawn to an artistic new boy, Frank, who moves in next door. But her relationship with him coincides with some kind of personal mental breakdown. Before long, Glory the piano prodigy is unable to play anything but the song "Chopsticks." Now madness threatens everything and who knows how this love story will end.
R E V I E W :
The story of Glory and Frank is told in pictures, words and handwritten notes as well as IMs. I found this book an interesting read--it was more than just a book, it was a snapshot into Glory’s life. It was kind of like a silent film we were watching frame by frame, picture by picture. This book is also meant to be read along with the website or app. This way you can accesses the videos that they mention throughout the book. Reading this was more than reading because you got a sneak peak at their lives, which I thought was cool.

I also liked that the authors gave you hints throughout the story, telling you what happened to Glory and Frank. There’s an undercurrent of madness, underneath the star-crossed love story. Frank and Glory are separated for the majority of the book but they keep their love strong throughout. I found this to be cute and sweet how, no matter what, they stayed together. These hints also leave you questioning what’s real and what’s not, as Glory slips into madness and despair. Soon she becomes so overwrought and crazy she can’t seem to play anything but "Chopsticks." You get to see her madness develop throughout the book, until she reaches the point of no return. It leaves you questioning everything, and honestly I’ve had to re-read it to really understand the whole plot line. I quite liked the book and I would recommend it to someone who enjoys mysteries and romance. It’s a great read that leaves you thinking long after you’ve finished.

I really liked the cover, because it captured Frank and Glory perfectly. They are in front of the ocean, finally together after having an ocean separating them for the longest time. So I think the cover was a good fit for the book.

I give this book a 4 out of 5.