Friday, September 9, 2016

Saturday SAT

A reminder about our FREE SAT Practice Test with Kaplan Test Prep this Saturday, September 10th:

Buena Vista Library, 12:30 p.m.
with KAPLAN Test Prep and Admissions

This mock exam under timed conditions gives students a chance to practice before they take the real test. Online pre-registration was required; the limit of 60 students has been reached, and the waiting list is also full, so if you are not signed up, you will not be admitted.

If you are signed up and discover you are unable to come, please call 818 238-5625 (the reference desk) and ask the librarian to write down your name and give it to Anarda Williams. Those on the waiting list will be admitted in the order they signed up, should people from the regular list cancel.

If students are able to bring a phone or tablet with a data or wifi connection, they can score their tests at the end of the exam; if not, they can score it from home. All students should bring two #2 pencils and a calculator. (A sweater is also recommended!)

Students please arrive on time: There will be no late admissions, and you risk losing your spot to someone on the waiting list.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September 10-12 Book Club Report

At 10-12 Book Club, we had 17 out of 23 in attendance for our first meeting of the year (plus two librarians) to discuss Canary, by Duane Swierczynski. Most everybody enjoyed the book, although some found the protagonist irritating (and two disliked the little brother). All of us agreed that Sarie was crazy not to give D. up, given the tenuous nature of their attachment; but then, of course, the novel would have ended after about 50 pages! We also agreed that you had to be willing to suspend disbelief to go with the unlikely events of this story, but once you did that, it was a pretty compelling read. The final rating was 7.33.

Our book up for discussion for October's meeting is Glory O'Brien's History of the Future, by A. S. King.

For November, we chose A Darker Shade of Magic, by V. E. Schwab.

Other books we considered (in order by author):
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery
Proxy, by Alex London
Side Effects May Vary, by Julie Murphy
I'll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
Shadow Shapers, by Daniel Jose Older
Silence is Goldfish, by Annabel Pitcher
Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell
The Beginning of Everything, by Robyn Schneider
Counting by Sevens, by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Our next meeting is on October 4. Members, make note of that date, since those who attended last night didn't get a bookmark!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Teen review: Romance

Head Over Heels
by Ryan Nerz
223 pages
Romance, stand-alone
Recommended for grades 8-12

Reviewed by Kayla, grade 11

Francesca Castarelli has it all: A hot boyfriend, an awesome best friend, and an awesome body. Or at least she thinks she has it all, until Luke Barton shows up. He’s NOT her type--or at least that’s what she keeps trying to tell herself. And he’s her new SAT study tutor. Can she keep her cool and convince herself that she needs to have nothing to do with a guy like Luke before she loses it all?

This book was amazing. The plot was cute and kept me on the edge of my seat but it also included more than 1,000 SAT vocabulary words. It was a painless way to learn vocabulary, and I even found myself knowing quite a few of the words already. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves reading, and to people who are trying to learn SAT vocab but finding it difficult.

I rate this book as a 5.

Editor's note: Since SAT practices are coming up shortly, not to mention the real thing, we thought this was a timely book review to share--just to remind you that learning vocabulary words CAN be fun if you combine it with reading.