Saturday, June 20, 2015

Teen review: Monster

In Walter Dean Myers’ novel Monster, a young boy makes a bad decision to join a robbery, and must deal with the consequences as he goes through a trial for felony murder. In this 281-page book, the protagonist must fight to prove his innocence. It is a well-rounded book that focuses on many aspects of the story, since it more realistic than fictional. The story begins in the courtroom, where the three lawyers--Asa Briggs, Kathy O’Brien, and Sandra Petrocelli--duke it out for the main character, Steve Harmon, and another man involved with the case, James King. The prosecutor, Ms. Petrocelli, makes her claims as to why Steve and King are guilty. After her, even though doubting his innocence, Ms. O’Brien (Steve’s defense attorney) defends Steve the best she can. When the trial concludes for the day, he is sent back to jail, where he decides he wants to document this experience of his. He ends up writing it up in his journal as a script for a movie.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy reading about trials. What I personally enjoyed most about this book is the fact that it is written as a script and is easier to imagine as Steve would want it imagined. It was a great book to read in my spare time, and I would not mind reading again. This is probably near an eighth-grade reading level. The front cover isn’t exactly interesting--just a mug shot of Steve Harmon. In all, I would rate this book a 3 out of 5.

Reviewed by Brett Fragosa, grade 9

Editor's note: As you can see from how much of the cover is obscured by awards stickers, this is an extremely well thought of book!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Photo albums!

If you want to see photos from the Sketch Journaling Workshop or from our first session of Book Café, go to our Facebook page and look at the albums we have created. We had big fun at both events!

If you missed Book Café, be sure to attend the other three sessions, on July 1, 8, and 22! On July 1 and 22 we have a bonus: YA authors are visiting us! On July 1, it's Holly Goldberg Sloan and Corey Whaley; and on the 22nd, it's Gretchen McNeil! Here is a selection of their books (if you want to read ahead of time!):



And if you're not signed up for Teen Meetup in the Burb're missing out! Sign up today!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Meetups this week!

Central Library, 6:30 p.m.

Teen Cinema presents...

After his memory is erased, Thomas is deposited in a community of boys who are all trapped inside a maze. He will have to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.

(113 minutes / PG-13)

Refreshments and prizes for teens in grades 7-12 only!

Buena Vista Library, 7:00 p.m.


Book Café is a gathering place where teens (grades 7-12) can share what they're reading, trade books, and hang out for coffee house-style refreshments.Bring whatever you're reading with you, as well as your BOOKMARK from your swag bag! There will be four Wednesday-night sessions of Book Café this summer: June 17, and July 1, 8*, and 22. If you attend three of the four sessions, you get a FREE BOOK! (You get to choose the one you want from our fabulous stash.)

And this just two of the four sessions, we will have a special guest--a YA author! It won't be like an author event, they're just coming to hang out and talk with you! On July 1, it's John Corey Whaley and Holly Goldberg Sloan, and our guest on July 22 is Gretchen McNeil!

*Please note that the BROCHURE says our third Book Café meetup is on July 15, but it is ACTUALLY on July 8. There was a scheduling problem with the auditorium, and we graciously yielded it on the 15th to the City Council and the Airport Authority.

Not yet signed up for Teen Meetup in the Burb? You can do so here. No commitment is implied by your signing up--you can come to one thing, everything, or nothing! You can just keep a reading log, only write online book reviews...there's something for everyone. There are a lot of cool meetups to come, though, so sign up today!