Book review: Diamonds in the Shadow by Caroline Cooney

December 4, 2007

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Diamonds in the Shadow is an exciting and suspenseful book about what happens when an African refugee family ends up living with an American family in suburban Connecticut. Jared Finch, a typical American teenager, does not want to share his life or his room with a boy he has never met. The Amabo family seems overwhelmed by American life. They cannot believe the generosity of the church for sponsoring them and the Finches for helping them acclimates to American life. As time goes on Jared begins to notice odd things about the Amabo family and begins to wonder if these are the people that the Finches were suppose to host or has someone made a mistake? Diamonds in the Shadow is a book that deals with the realities of life in a war torn African country and its impact on its inhabitants.

To request this book from Wake County Libraries click here.

Review by Marci @ Duraleigh Road Library

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Hey Teens Wanna Change the World?

November 24, 2007


Test your vocabulary skills while you feed the hungry. FreeRice will donate 10 grains of rice to hungry people if you play their vocabulary game. Neat, huh? Play here. It helps you study for the SATs or just learn cool new words to impress your friends. There is an FAQ you can read to learn how it works.


Book Review: Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf

November 10, 2007


Ginny Davis and her 7th grade year of school is the subject of this book, which uses notes, report cards, newspaper clippings, birthday cards, and other miscellaneous texts to tell her story.

This is one of many books that has come out recently that uses a multi-media approach to storytelling. One look at the cover, which sports meatloaf and tater tots, is enough to make anyone quote Napoleon Dynamite: “Give me your tots.”

Holms is successful in telling this tale. I found myself smiling at Ginny’s misfortunes. She lists people she could babysit for, the last one being Tiffany Kurtz, who bites. Of course, it is Mrs. Kurtz that ends up calling Ginny to babysit.

But the story isn’t all humor. Her older brother, Henry, gets into some serious trouble. And at one point, Ginny’s grades drop noticeably from almost all A’s to C’s.

This is sure to be grabbed off the shelf often. The audience here is clearly lower middle school.  To order it from your library, click here.


Book Review: The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

November 6, 2007

It’s a podcast booktalk!  Should it be a podtalk or a bookcast?  Anyway, take a listen.

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To request this book from the library, click here.


LOL Teen Video Contest – West Regional Library Winner

October 28, 2007

We had a contest to celebrate Teen Read Week – congrats to our winner, Victor!


Final Post: The Teens’ Top 10

October 26, 2007

Well, YALSA moved fast and has already announced the national Teens’ Top 10!  The winners listed are in order of most votes to least.

Congratulations to all of the Top 10 authors, especially Stephanie Meyer and New Moon, which received the most votes from teens all over the country.

The 2007 Teens’ Top Ten is (Clicking on the linked title will send you to our catalog, where you can place a request to get a copy of each book):

Thanks to all of our teen readers who placed votes!  To see a list of the top ten for Wake County teens, click here.


Teen Read-In @ Triangle Town Center

October 24, 2007

Reading At the Read-InRead-in: /’reed – in/ (n.) a form of direct action that involves one or more persons nonviolently occupying an area for reading, often to promote social change.

On Friday, October 19, teens from Wake Forest, Wendell, East Regional and Eva Perry libraries gathered at Triangle Town Center for a read-in. Teens read, shared books with their friends as they sipped on donated Starbucks coffee. (Thanks, Starbucks!) Some of the teens had even made tee shirts to promote the event, and wore them to the mall for the read-in!

The read-in was just one of dozens of teen reading events held across Wake County during Teen Read Week. Thanks to all the teens who participated and had fun!

Click here for more photos of the Teen Read-In!


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