Little Red…

October 4, 2012

I love how many new interpretations of the fairy tales are around right now-from Grimm on television to Snow White and the Huntsman movie to BOOKS (!). These reinventions brings us back to childhood, but in a whole new gory/mind-bending way. I recently started reading Maria Tatar‘s history of the Grimm Brothers and found it fascinating. Here are some other books to explore (with links to the author’s websites): Read the rest of this entry »


Forest Born by Shannon Hale

November 30, 2009

As always, Shannon Hale’s Books of Bayern do not cease to impress me. The series continues with Razo’s younger sister, Rin, who has always felt isolated from her family. Rin has a special connection with the trees that no one understands; they seem to calm her instantly. But lately, the trees have not been “speaking” to her. When her older brother Razo comes with his girlfriend (or beau, I suppose. I’m not sure what they would call her in that point in time.), Dasha, she sets out with them to see the city, and find who “Rin” truly is. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review: Along for the Ride

July 7, 2009

I am loving Along for the Ride, the new book by Sarah Dessen. Her style of writing is very realistic – she take ordinary situations and really delves into the dynamics of the relationships, portraying the intimacy and intracacies of them. Read the rest of this entry »

Sweethearts by Sarah Zarr

June 23, 2009

A touching story about love and friendship. Sweethearts is very realistic and definitely a novel that teens can relate to. I had a hard time putting it down.

Jennifer Harris, who had a difficult childhood has left her past behind and created a new and better life. But when her childhood friend suddenly shows up, the new Jenna Vaughn must decide whether or not she’ll let Jennifer take over.

Vivien, 15, Knightdale

*This blog post got Vivien a ticket in the prize drawing for our Teen Summer Contest. Click here to find out how to enter!*

Book Review: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

June 4, 2009

Now is the perfect time to read this series! Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares chronicles the summers of four best friends. They share a pair of jeans through the summer and it gives them the strength to face their fears and move forward with their lives. Read the rest of this entry »

Fantasy Road Trip Contest

May 28, 2009

Listening Library is sponsoring the Fantasy Road Trip Contest! Create videos based on an imaginary road trip with characters from one of three great fantasy series by Libba Bray, Tamora Pierce, and Rick Riordan! (Note: this is not a Wake County sponsored contest)

#1. Have fun and be creative!

The more you use your imagination, the better—songs, animation, sock puppets, whatever inspires you!

#2. Take on the challenge.

For your video to be eligible, you must find a way to include these things:

  • a reference to Florida
  • a reference to audiobooks
  • a clip of dialogue from the audio you’ve chosen (we’ve made these clips for you, you can download them below to use in your video)

Try to stump us—find an inventive way to use these elements in your entries (it doesn’t have to be a literal translation). The contest video has them too, did you find them?

#3. Post your entry on YouTube.

The contest will open for entries on June 1st. Please check back here for details on how to post your video so that it will be considered. Videos submitted incorrectly or before 6/1/2009 will not be considered.

#4. The fine print…

Ok, everyone, here’s the 411: to enter you must be between the ages of 13-18 and a legal resident of the United States. The contest will open for entries June 1-August 17, 2009.. Winners will be selected and notified by August 31, 2009 by YouTube message. One winner will be chosen for each author category (the participating authors will choose the winning video for their category) and will receive: 1 8GB iPod touch and a collection of audiobooks signed by the author. Videos less than 30 seconds or greater than 5 minutes in length or containing profanity or inappropriate content will be disqualified.

WINNERS: Authors will judge the videos, each picking a winner (for a total of three), who will receive an 8GB iPod Touch and a collection of signed audiobooks.

DATES: The contest will be open from June 1-August 17

Review: Paper Towns by John Green

March 10, 2009


Quentin Jacobsen has only had eyes for Margo Roth Spiegelman since the day they moved next door to each other. Alas, reality took hold, and now they move in different circles. Or so “Q” thinks, until Margo shows up at his bedroom window dressed in black, asking for his help.

Of course, he agrees.  He can’t pass up this opportunity, but the next day, she’s gone.  What happened to Margo?
Well, well, well.  I had heard so much about Paper Towns by John Green, so many good things, that I was expecting a continuous great story.  When I started the book, I was initially disappointed.  But that only lasted, say, the first 1/3 of the book.  It just kept getting better, and better, and better.  Then it got fantastic.  In my head, I went from giving it 2.5 stars all the way to 5 stars. So, I’m having a little trouble giving my opinion on this, but I’ll try.
As I said, the start of the book was, to me, rather shallow (I know, I know).  I found the language and sporadic crude humor rather distracting from the story-line, which was somewhat interesting and the only thing keeping me reading.
But when the reader gets into the “other” side of Margo, and when she disappears, it’s like a whole new book- -a book with depth, ideas, and mystery. And this part of the book you fly through. This is the part you can’t put down.
But the thing is, the whole point of the first half was to demonstrate what a Paper Town is, so it’s hard to criticize it when what I was feeling was what the author wanted to convey. So basically, read it, and expect the beginning to be a little strange and mediocre. And then wait for it.  And I just know I’ll be thinking about Paper Towns for a couple of days at least.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Clean?: Some language, crude humor throughout
To request this book from your local Wake County Library, click here.

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