On Wednesday, September 15 at 6 p.m. stop by the Teen Lounge to watch "The Last Song".
It's based on a Nicholas Sparks novel ("Dear John" and "The Notebook" are also his movies) and it stars Miley Cyrus and Greg Kinnear. It's the story of an angry and alienated seventeen year old, Ronnie Miller, who is forced to spend the summer with her estranged father, in the small Georgia beach town where he lives. Along the way, Ronnie finds salvation, friendship, second chances, and first love...
The movie is rated PG-13.
The Teens Top Ten books of the year, picked by YOU! Every year YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) publishes a list of the Top Ten Books voted on by teens-- go their website to vote on which you think are the best. This year's nominees include Catching Fire, Leviathan, Shiver, The Roar, Heist Society and I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President....
Everyone occasionally has the passing thought that their parents may be evil, but these kids know it for sure. Every year since forever, their parents have gotten together a few times a year to plan a big charity event. During these meetings, the kids are banished to a playroom—until this year. This year Alex has found a series of secret passages in his house, and he leads the other five kids down them, to spy on their parents. What they see seems impossible, but the knowledge that their parents are really, truly, murderously evil sends them on the run, with nothing but themselves to rely on.
Runaways is a really excellent storyline by Brian K. Vaughan (he wrote The Pride of Baghdad, and seasons 3-5 of LOST.) Unlike in most superhero comics, these kids sort of think costumes and code-names are lame, and their rallying cry is “try not to die.” It’s a great series, with a ton of great girl heroes and some pretty great guy heroes, and a genetically engineered dinosaur from the 87th Century, so it’s pure awesome from that standpoint.
Well, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is short: it’s a novella that gives background information on what was going on in Seattle during the events in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. On its own, it’s not a well-rounded enough story to sustain interest, but if you’ve read The Twilight Saga, and watched Eclipse the movie, you will enjoy reading about Bree. Her story is that she is a homeless and starving when a guy offers her a free meal. When he is done with her, she is a vampire living in a coven where the only ways to stay alive are to be the strongest fighter, or to hide. Bree, it turns out, is great at hiding, and much smarter than a lot of other newborns.
The best characters in this story are Bree, and a guy named Freaky Fred, who has the weirdest power. It’s also interesting to see how the newborns operate, and how they are controlled. Finally—for fans of the series—Bree’s story shows us that, in Eclipse, there was more going on in the scene in the clearing than Bella knew. If you can’t get enough of the Twilight Saga, check out The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.
We Love Wednesdays starts today, September 1st and to be sure we kick it off right we will need to do a little redecorating. Come to the Teen Lounge today at 3:00 p.m. to re-decorate the Teen Lounge windows. Show off your artistic abilities or just plain shout outs to your friends! Either way, we need you to help keep this place looking cool.
The first meeting of Darien Library's TAB (Teen Advisory Board) is Thursday, September 23rd at 4 pm in the teen lounge. If you would like to join TAB, email me! We already have lots of people signed up, and it's going to be a lot of fun. One of the major privileges of TAB is deciding what will be written on thewalls of the teen lounge! You will also be planning events and helping me decide what books to buy.
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If you would like to join the Teen Advisory Board, either leave a comment on this post or email me (the teen librarian) at email@example.com
Karl Shoemaker has a plan: Operation Be Normal. It starts with avoiding his best friend, and ends with getting through the semester without getting put in therapy. Karl has been in mandatory group therapy (called the madman underground) with the same kids since forever, and he is sick of it: the same stories, the same problems, year after year. The problem is that with five jobs, an erratic, alcoholic mother, more pet cats than he can count, and a reputation for being a “psycho,” it’s going to be difficult for Karl to have a normal year. When he is offered what amounts to a "get out of jail free" card for therapy, his fellow madmen think he's turned on them. After everything they have shared, it is considered to be a first rate betrayal, and one even Karl is not sure he should commit.
Tales of the Madman Underground is one of the best books I’ve read recently. Karl is a great character: funny, sweet, and full of rage. This is a story about friendship and family, and the relationships that form when adults can’t be trusted. Karl and his friends have very difficult lives—it’s not unusual for them to find themselves sleeping in cars or sneaking into basements because their homes are not safe. Sometimes the madmen make hard choices or bad choices, but they are there for each other. They stand up and help each other make the best of what are sometimes horrible life situations. That is the root of Karl’s dilemma: does grabbing hold of normalcy mean abandoning his friends and his only support system?
The Teen Summer Reading Finale 2010 party was simply amazing! If anything can be said of the party, it's that Darien's got talent. The Darien Idol competition was a HUGE hit with everyone clamoring to give a smashing solo or dazzling duet to rack up the highest points. For those who weren't singing, they were dancing up a storm while the performers sang on.
Of course, there was plenty of food and lots of prizes such as book bundles and gift cards which the winners were very enthusiastic about. Thanks to everyone who participated and we look forward to seeing you for our other amazing events! Check out the slideshow and video here for highlights!
What if Dr. Jekell and Mr. Hyde really existed, and their families, Jekell’s descended from a brother or cousin, and Hydes’ descended from the man himself, continued down the generations, carrying family secrets and family traits?
Jill Jekel and Tristan Hyde are both in the same advanced Chemistry class, when their teacher announces a prestigious chemistry contest with a large cash prize. Jill’s dad was a brilliant chemist, but his recent death has left her family without much extra money, and Jill may not be able to afford college. Tristan doesn’t care about the money, the prestige, or anything except keeping his violent dreams at bay. When he hears that Jill’s family may have some old formulas, he agrees to team up with Jill: Jekel and Hyde recreating the Jekell and Hyde experiments… the gimmick might be enough to win Jill the prize money, but Tristan secretly plans to use the project to cure his violent urges before they get out of control. As they work together, late at night, quiet and studious Jill finds herself more and more attracted to Tristian, and Tristan finds in Jill something to hang on to as his sanity slips further away...
Jekel Loves Hyde is a romance, suspense and mystery all rolled into one. I didn’t think it was as funny as Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (Fantaskey’s other novel) but it’s got an interesting plot and enough of a twist at the end that it will keep you guessing. Horror/romance fans, this book is for you!
It's almost here. Mockingjay, the last installment of The Hunger Games trilogy arrives next week. To celebrate the final adventures of Katniss and the Capitol we'll have trivia, games, prizes, pizza (what, you didn't think we'd let you starve, did you?) and of course copies of the book. So stop by the Teen Lounge on August 24 at 6 p.m. for our Mockingjay Release Party. Show off your knowledge of the games, debate whether Katniss should end up with Peeta or Gale (or neither) and maybe snag a copy of the fall's hottest read. Go District 12!