Movie Review: The Hunger Games

April 23, 2012

I have found an interesting trend regarding this particular movie: all the guys I know hated it and all the girls I know loved it. I have no clue why. Either way, I went to see The Hunger Games the week after it came out, and I personally really enjoyed the movie.

I don’t think a plot summary is entirely necessary for this review, but I’ll include a small one anyway. The dystopian country of Panem is divided up into the Capitol and 12 districts, each of which specializes in producing some product. As punishment for a previous uprising against the government, every year the districts each offer up a girl and boy tribute to compete in the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games are a twisted survival TV show in which the tributes must fight to the death in an arena until only one winner remains. The book opens before that year’s reaping, or the selection of the tributes, where we meet our protagonist… Read the rest of this entry »

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Poetry Contest Winners

April 9, 2012

The winners of this year’s poetry contest have been announced! Head over to our Contest page to see who won. Thanks to everyone who entered, and we hope to read more of your fabulous poems next year!


A Frightful Servitude

April 9, 2012
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Young Frightful on my Father's Shoulder

Have you ever heard the rule “If you find a baby bird on the ground, don’t pick it up”? I always thought that it was to protect the bird. When you live out where I do, wild critters… well, we name them and talk to them, but rarely do we feed them. Read the rest of this entry »


TV Show Review: BBC Sherlock

April 2, 2012

I don’t think I will ever have a more emphatic introduction to one of my reviews: WATCH THIS SHOW. DO IT. If you don’t, I’m not even disappointed, I’m just sad that your life is not brightened by this absolutely incredible and well thought out TV show.

Sherlock is a modern day adaptation of the classic books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by the BBC. They feature Benedict Cumberbatch (omg) as Sherlock Holmes, an antisocial, rude, and unimaginably genius man who has been described by himself as a “high functioning sociopath”. Martin Freeman plays Dr. John Watson, a man that’s been discharged from the army due to injury and is living a mundane life that bores him to psychosomatic problems. The two men are as polarized as can be, but somehow when they meet each other, it just works. Together they become an unstoppable team that live in a flat on 221B Baker Street and solve crimes, , blog, become famous, and gain enemies. Read the rest of this entry »


Book Review: Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard

February 6, 2012

I’d like you to meet my good friend Alex. He’s really just like you and me. He’s seventeen. He’s a high school student. He has a crush on one of his teachers.  Sometimes he does the right thing, and sometimes he just messes things up.  He writes down everything in his diary and… I read it. Actually, that’s how I know so much about him.

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Enter our Teen Poetry Contest!

February 1, 2012

Our 7th annual Teen Poetry Contest is officially open for submissions!

Love to write? Love the library? Feeling inspired?

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Mind Over Matter. Or the Other Way Around.

November 23, 2011

Have you ever had that itching feeling? The one where you’re on the edge of some momentous discovery or creation, an instant before a breakthrough, so close that a heavenly choir is preparing to sing in the background? If you’re anything like me, that instant-before moment is right about when you lose your train of thought.

The other night I was doodling my own book cover for Lois Lowry’s The Giver. Everything was going well, the  images were flowing freely from my mind to my pencil to the paper. My fingertips were throbbing, but it was that pleasant soreness of effort and accomplishment. The two-dimensional graphite on my paper grew a magical depth and form, reminding me of the real magic that came out of Clary Fray’s illustrations. Okay, maybe my surprisingly decent drawing of a finger sandwich couldn’t actually become a finger sandwich, like Clary’s could in Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, but it could make my soul soar.

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