Saturday, December 8, 2012

Teen Review: The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins
374 Pages
Dystopic Fiction
First book in a series of three
13 and up

Reviewed by E.E., 9th grade


In the nation called Panem, which used to be known as North America, the leaders hold a drawing, at which they choose one female and one male from each District to compete in the Hunger Games. These aren’t any ordinary games; they are designed to test you and push you to your limit, putting yourself against everyone else. Oh, and one more thing: Only one victor can survive. So you can see why Katniss Everdeen took her sister’s place when they called Primrose's name. Now, she needs to go against all the odds and make a decision: Survive for the sake of her family and best friend, or die for the sake of her true love.


The Hunger Games is now one of my favorite books. The plot is fictitious, yet still so believable. The balance between action, drama, and romance is incredible. Katniss is fierce but still a loveable character. The plot has twists that I’m sure many won’t see coming. I haven’t seen any of the movies yet, but I’m glad I read the book first because it’s really, really, REALLY good! I suggest you stop what you’re doing right now, run down to the library, and check it out if you haven’t read it yet, because it’s so worth it! I hope the next books in the series are just as good, if not better. I literally could not take my eyes away from the book, I read for the entire afternoon!


Friday, December 7, 2012

Gingerbread Madness!

We had FUN at our Gingerbread House craft on Wednesday! People were creative! People were silly! Magically, all the extra candy, marshmallows, and frosting we provided disappeared by the end of the afternoon. People went home smelling like vanilla frosting and gumdrops! And here is [some of] the evidence. For more, go to our FACEBOOK PAGE and look at the album...

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Teen Review: Autobiography

A Child Called “It”
by David Pelzer
189 pages
Nonfiction/Autobiography: 362.76 Pelzer
Yes, part of a series (can be read as stand-alone)
Young Adults and up
Reviewed by E.E., 9th grade


As a young boy, Dave Pelzer was physically and mentally abused by his alcoholic mother while his father was away at work. From beatings to eating food scraps out of the garbage, he had a terribly rough childhood. Unsure who to tell and unable to speak up, Dave struggled to deal with his mother’s dangerous behavior towards him. He was no longer considered a son to her, but instead an ‘it.’ The book reveals how he escapes his near-death situations and his mother’s torturous games!


Dave’s book is truly heartbreaking, and I admit that I came close to tears at many parts. It’s almost impossible to imagine how a mother could abuse her son to such an extreme extent, and how a child could be so mentally scarred that he couldn’t report it to anyone. His story really opens your eyes to how real child abuse is, and how serious it has become. It must have taken a lot of courage for him to publish his story, so real and raw; you can almost step into his shoes and feel what he felt. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for an autobiography that isn’t dry or boring.

I’d consider this book to be one of, if not my favorite autobiography. A story like his makes you thankful for having a loving and caring family. It also raises awareness about child abuse, as his was one of the most serious cases of child abuse in the state of California.

My rating: 5

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Gingerbread House Challenge!

Here are some samples; think you could do better? Come and show us! We will post YOUR beautiful creations on Friday! All you need to do is SHOW UP, at the Central Library, TODAY at 3:30 p.m. We will provide the gingerbread house KIT, plus lots of extra fixings, and you and your team (bring your own or be matched up with others) can be creative! Call 818 238-5589, or email us! Hope to see you at 3:30!

Nice roof tiles...

Love the roof line gumdrops...

Nice icicles!


All-white textured roof and nice use of candy!

Yeah, maybe not this time...

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Are you coming?

You KNOW you can do a better job than this sad attempt below...

818 238-5589

Monday, December 3, 2012

Holiday Crafts at the Library!

The holidays are coming! Put yourself in the mood with crafts at the library:

MAKE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE! Put together your own team of FOUR, and come to the Central Library on Wednesday, December 5 at 3:30 to build and decorate a gingerbread house! Call 818 238-5589 or email us at to give us the names of you and your teammates—space is limited, so we need you to reserve YOUR gingerbread house NOW! This program is for TEENS ONLY, in grades 6-12!

This program is for kids in grades 1-8, and is also at the Central Library, on Friday, December 7 at 4:00 p.m. Reservations are also required for this—call 818 238-5610 (the children’s room) by Dec. 4 to hold your space.

We hope to see you there!