SCPL Teen Blog

October 4, 2010

Teen Picks Review: Number the Stars

Filed under: books, teen picks — SCPL Teens @ 5:07 pm

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Reviewed by Justin, age 13
Rating:
Five stars.

What was the book about?
Number the Stars is about two girls, Annemarie and her friend Ellen. Ellen’s family are Jews and live in Holland. Where they live, the Germans take the Jews to concentration camps. Annemarie, her mother and sister take Ellen’s family to their uncle’s house. Their uncle brings Jews from Holland to Sweden to live. Her uncle brings Ellen’s family across the water to Sweden.

Who would you recommend this book to and what would you say to get
them to read it?

I would recommend this book for kids who are 12 and older. I would tell them that it is about a girl and her family helping her friend and her family to safety in Sweden.


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July 27, 2010

Teen Picks Review: Heist Society

Filed under: teen picks — SCPL Teens @ 8:08 pm

Heist Society by Ally Carter
Reviewed by Sarah, age 17
Rating: Fun to read. I’d recommend it!

What was the book about?
Heist Society centers around a 15-year-old girl named Katarina Bishop, who despite her intentions to get out of the family business, has been pulled back into a ring of thieves. Her father is wrongly suspected of completing a major art heist and Katarina must find the real culprit to save her father.
Was there a character who reminded you of yourself or someone you know? In what way?
Her cousin, Gabrielle, reminds me of my friend, who is also bold and comes up with crazy ideas.
Who would you recommend this book to and what would you say to get them to read it?
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure, comedy and strategy in their books. I’d say for them to read the first page— you can’t help but want to read on after that!
Review Rating:
Fun to read. I’d recommend it!

Thanks, Sarah! Did you know that you can submit your own review online, and it may be included in this blog or the newsletter?

July 9, 2010

Teen Picks Review: Heir Apparent

Filed under: teen picks — SCPL Teens @ 4:02 pm

Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde
Reviewed by Laura, age 15
Rating: Fun to read. I’d recommend it!

What was the book about?
Heir Apparent is set somewhere in the future. You follow the heroine, Giannine Bellisario. Giannine gets a gift certificate to a video arcade which she uses to play one of their highly popular total immersion games, in which you can feel, smell, hear, see and taste everything your character does. Usually, you would play for the half an hour time limit, but Giannine’s gaming module is damaged and she is now stuck in the game with unlimited lives until she beats the game or dies from being connected to the machine too long.
Was there a character who reminded you of yourself or someone you know? In what way?
Giannine reminds me of one of my friends. Giannine is very determined to beat the game once she’s informed it’s the only way out, but like my friend, she’s also sarcastic and funny even in a tough situation.
Who would you recommend this book to and what would you say to get them to read it?
Anyone who likes YA books. I’d tell them what the book was about. I think it’s an interesting enough plot to get anyone to read it!

Thanks, Laura! Did you know that you can submit your own review online, and it may be included in this blog or the newsletter?

June 28, 2010

Teen Picks Review: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

Filed under: teen picks — SCPL Teens @ 3:30 pm

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
Reviewed by Breoin
Rating: Good if you like this sort of thing.

Bree Tanner is in a group of vampires who are supposed to get and kill Bella. Bree was the person who got life as a vampire, and you couldn’t lie to her. She knows the truth. She watches her surroundings.
In some ways Bree Tanner is like me. She is very watchful of her surroundings, and stays by people who love her, but no one would bother her too.
I would recommend this book if you are a Twilight fan. I think that if you loved the series than you would understand why she wrote this short story.
This book is all a part of the Twilight series and it is the best too. I love it just like I loved the Twilight Saga.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is due to be released next month. Place a hold to get on the waiting list for it!

Thanks, Breoin! Did you know that you can submit your own review online, and it may be included in this blog or the newsletter?

June 23, 2010

Teen Picks Review: The Hunger Games

Filed under: teen picks — SCPL Teens @ 2:41 pm

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Reviewed by Brielle
Rating: 5 stars

The Hunger Games was an adventurous and exciting book! It had a lot of action and questions that make you want to read the next book! It was a fight to the death on live TV! North America has been destroyed and it is now the Panem. It is separated into twelve districts, and each district has to pick one boy and one girl to go to the capitol so they can fight to the death and one will survive and be the winner and live the life of a rich human being. This book has a great twist that I know you will enjoy. The Hunger Games is great!
Katniss reminds me of one of my friends who cares so much for her family she is willing to give up her own life.
I would recommend this book to 6th grade and up to grown ups. To get a person to read this amazing book I would say this book has great quality. It has everything from action and killing to sad and lonely death. This book is really one of a kind you have to read it!

Find the sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, in our online catalog. Mockingjay, the final book in the trilogy, will be released on August 24, 2010.

Thanks, Brielle! Did you know that you can submit your own review online, and it may be included in this blog or the newsletter?

June 18, 2010

Teen Picks Book Reviews

Filed under: teen picks — SCPL Teens @ 5:36 pm

So many teen picks reviews have been coming in lately! Why is that? Are you as excited about sharing good books as we are? Oh, you are trying to fill in your Book Bingo Club card? I understand. Well keep them coming!!!

Submit your review for “Teen Picks!”

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August 7, 2009

Submit a Teen Picks Book Review

Filed under: teen picks — SCPL Teens @ 8:32 pm

Submit your review for “Teen Picks” in one of the following ways.

  • Fill out a form at any branch.
  • Send it electronically from our website.
  • E-mail it.
  • Mail it to: Teen Coordinator, c/o St. Charles Parish Library, P.O. Box 759, Destrehan, LA 70047.

In your review, answer one or more of the following questions about your book.

  • What is it about?
  • Was there a character you thought was like you? Why?
  • Who would you recommend it to, and what would you say about it to get them to read it?

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Princess Mia by Meg Cabot
Reviewed by Adam, Age 13
Rating: 4 stars

Princess Mia was a great book. This book was basically about Princess Mia thinking her life was over because her long-time boyfriend (Michael) just wanted to be friends. Additionally, her school enemy, Lana, all of a sudden wants to be her friend. To help her, Mia’s dad put her in therapy every Friday after school.

She finds the diary of a former princess who ruled only 12 days and died from the black plague. Although her dad and grand-mère are against what the diary said, she adjusts her speech from what it was supposed to be to what the diary said. The audience liked it but her dad and grand-mère didn’t.

While trying to recover from one love another comes along.

Princess Mia is volume 9 of the series The Princess Diaries.

June 24, 2009

Teen Picks Book Reviews

Filed under: teen picks — Tags: — SCPL Teens @ 3:43 pm

Submit your review for “Teen Picks” in one of the following ways.

  • Fill out a form at any branch.
  • Send it electronically from our website.
  • E-mail it.
  • Mail it to: Teen Coordinator, c/o St. Charles Parish Library, P.O. Box 949, Luling, LA 70070.

In your review, answer one or more of the following questions about your book.

  • What is it about?
  • Was there a character you thought was like you? Why?
  • Who would you recommend it to, and what would you say about it to get them to read it?

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The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
Reviewed by Alexis, Age 12
Rating: 5 stars

A teen thinks she was kidnapped and wants to find her mom. I would recommend this book because it leaves you on the edge of your seat. If you love mysteries you will love this book.

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On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
Reviewed by Tomonique, Age 11
Rating: 5 stars

This book is about Joel and Tony riding their bikes to the state park. Joel dares his best friend, Tony, to race in the dangerous Vermillion River, but Tony can’t let Joel know that he is scared. When Joel reaches the sand bar he turns to look for Tony and finds that Tony is gone.

On My Honor r
ecieved the Newbery Honor award.

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Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Reviewed by Katie, Age 12
Rating: 5 stars

Fablehaven is about two children going to stay with their grandparents for a little while. When they are there things seem normal up until they find a tin bowl of milk hidden behind a bush. They taste it and suddenly start to see fa. . . Oops! I’ve said too much. You will have to read it to find out what happens. I would recommend this book to boys and girls who like fantasy and adventure.

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The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott
Reviewed by Amelia
Rating: 5 stars

The Inheritance, by Louisa May Alcott, is about an orphaned girl named Edith. She lives with a rich family, the Hamiltons, and works as a governess for the Hamilton children. In the book, a friend of the Hamilton family, Lord Percy, comes to spend the summer, and he and Edith fall in love. In the middle of the book there is sort of a love triangle between Lord Percy, Edith, and another man. But the main conflict happens when Lady Hamilton is missing money, and Edith is blamed. Will Edith be proven guilty or innocent?? Does she marry the man of her dreams in the end?? And in the end, something happens that the Hamiltons never expected!!!! In my opinion, The Inheritance is just as good as Ms. Alcott’s classic novels and you should certainly read the book.

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November Blues by Sharon Draper
Reviewed by Raven, Age 14
Rating: 5 stars

I would recommend the book November Blues to young girls my age and older. The reason for this is because I think this book will inspire girls to wait to have kids and think about the things they will give up if they have a child at a young age. When reading November Blues, you will understand how responsible you must be to take care of a child.
November Blues is a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award book.
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Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Reviewed by Lorelle, Age 15
Rating: 5+ Stars

This book is about a human and a vampire being in love. I think that the character Bella Swan was like me. The reason I say this is because we are both outgoing and always falling for the mysterious kind of guys. I would recommend this book to anybody and everybody. I would tell them if you like romance and thrillers this is great because this book has both. This book is wonderful and everybody should love it!

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Chosen (3rd in the House of Night Series)
by P.C. & Kristen Cast
Reviewed by Elizabeth, Age 13
Rating: 5 Stars

Chosen is about a young (teenage) girl named Zoey Redbird. She has become marked and is now a fledgling. She is the only fledgling to ever have an affinity for all five elements. She also has tattoos that represent her going through the change she will go through. She develops a boyfriend issue with three gorgeous men. Two of them vampires, the other human. She is torn between them and leading the dark daughters and sons. She has to learn who she can trust and who she can’t. Her best friend and mentor become her sworn enemies, and sworn enemies become best friends.
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