SUMMER Book Reviews!

TSRP Book Reviews...

During the summer, for BPL's Teen Summer Reading Program, we are asking you to post book reviews online. But don't panic! We're just asking for a paragraph (five to seven sentences?) that you can type straight into our online interface.

You can REGISTER for TSRP starting MAY 22; after you do, you can go back to where you signed up, sign in with your name and password, and start posting your reviews there right away!

(Signing up implies NO commitment on your part to do anything or be anywhere. You can choose to do everything, one thing, or nothing.)

We will have a series of THREE non-cumulative prize drawings for everyone who writes these for us. We will have one at the end of Week 2 (June 16), one at the end of Week 4 (June 30), and one on Week 6 (July 14). So, in other words, you are only competing with people who wrote book reviews during each of those two-week periods (way better odds of winning!). You are welcome to write as many as you like, but your best strategy is to spread them out over the six weeks so that you make it into all three drawings!

These reviews DO need to be more than "I liked it!" or "Boooring!" but they don't need to be formal. Here is a good example, from Erica, who read Wake, by Lisa McMann:
WAKE, by Lisa McMann
This book is about a girl who falls into other people's dreams when they go to sleep around her. I thought the love story-line was slow and sweet, and the whole book was really compelling. I really liked that it was written from third person. One of the best parts was the author "showed and didn't tell," meaning that she would provide imagery to explain a setting instead of saying where she was. The only downside of the book was her writing style. Was I the only one who noticed that the author used a lot of unnecessary commas??? But that's probably just me. Anyway, 4 out of 5 stars.
Notice that Erica...
  • told what it was about
  • commented on elements of the book (story line, third person, writing style)
  • said what she liked and disliked, and
  • gave it a rating.
Easy peasy! And this is an acceptable length, too. Just make sure that you give a synopsis (what it's about--but no spoilers!) and also give your opinion (what you thought of it), to make your review complete.

Remember that the main reason we want YOU to review books online is so that other teens will read what you wrote and think, Hey, SHE liked that book, so maybe I would too! It's all about sharing your experience. It's also good experience for Book Café, which will be on four Tuesday nights (June 6, 20, and 27, and July 11) this summer, where we will book-talk what we're reading to others.

Once we start receiving your reviews, we will gather them together in groups (maybe by genre? for instance, "five fantasy books" or "three realistic fiction novels" read by Burbank teens) and post them here on the blog!

Prizes will include pairs of movie tickets, See's Candy gift certificates, various gift cards, and more. We will call you if you win something, and you can pick up your prize at the Reference Desk. (Bring I.D.--we don't want somebody else to get YOUR prize!)

We hope this will be a way that you can share your summer reading finds with other teens. So type in your book reviews starting June 5!

(If you want to send us a PICTURE of you with your book, like Julia and Margaret did, feel free to email it to, and we'll post it on our Facebook page!)

One last thing: If you have no time and no transportation and still want to "meet up," another thing you could do is join our Goodreads group, Burbank Teens Read! (Just create an identity for yourself, log in and search for that name under Groups.) You can keep track of your books, see what others are reading, and message your Goodreads friends about their book reviews (or whatever else you want to talk about)! I have Goodreads friends from Australia, England, India, Canada...all over the world! It's fun to meet new people with whom you can share reading and talk about books.

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