Teen Book Review: The Real Real

real.jpg The Real Real by Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
Review by Nina, Sonoma Valley, 8th Grade
“The Real Real” by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus is a story about a girl
whose high school is chosen to become the setting of a new reality show
about the glamorous lives of the people attending the school.  Unexpectedly, Jesse gets cast as one of the leads that the show centers on.  Accepting the part, she realizes that being on the show means giving up her best friend, job, and weekends in order to be the person the show wants. A couple perks are spending time with her crush and having money for college but, is that worth it? Jesse is faced with many obstacles as she tries to
stay true to her friend and family as her life becomes scripted and her friends fake.

I thought this book was really interesting and worth reading. It was written by the authors of The Nanny Diaries and includes a lot of unique and funny scenes. It does not get boring and once you get into it, the book goes by pretty quickly. It isn’t a very serious book but still teaches you the lesson to stay true to yourself and what matters to you most.

TWILIGHT in the Afternoon @ Central

Calling all Twi-Hards!  Central Library is hosting “Twilight in the Afternoon” for Teens only this Saturday, August 29th from 3:30 to 5:30.  Test your knowledge of the Twilight Saga with a Jeopardy game based on all four books.  Get creative and make your own Twilight T-Shirt.  We will provide the iron-ons but you will need to bring your own white t-shirt.  You will have a chance to chat about the books while making duct tape roses.  Refresments you can sink your teeth into will be served!

For more information please contact 545-0831 ext. 538.

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Anime Films @ Your Library

Did you know that your local library has Anime movies that you can borrow?  Here is a list of the anime movies we have purchased in the last year.  Teenspace is interested in any titles you think we should buy.  To make a suggestion please contact teenspace at teenspace@sonoma.lib.ca.us.

Aria, the animation
Emma.  Season One:  a Victorian Romance
Emma.  Season Two:  a Victorian Romance
Fruits Basket.  A Great Transformation?
Fruits Basket.  What becomes a Snow?
Gurren Lagann.  Set 01
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.  Vol. 1
Shonen Jump’s Hikaru no Go.  Volume 1, The Go Master’s Descent
Spirited Away

Top Ten Voting Now Open!

Every year teens across the country vote on their favorite book from the past year.   This is the only booklist created and picked by teens and teens only.  The voting will stay open until Sept. 18th and the winners (the top ten) will be announced during Teen Read Week, October 18th through the 24th.

Please click here to see the nominations.  Did you read any of these books?  Please tell us if you liked them or not.  Teenspace is looking for teens to write book reviews on any of these books.  If you are interested please contact teenspace at teenspace@sonoma.lib.ca.us.

Click here to vote.

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Hobbies Anyone?

Do you like to knit?  Crochet?  Draw?  Here are some teen-friendly craft books that will help you get started or bring new life to your hobby.
Ready made:  how to make (almost everything)  by:  Shoshana Berger
Strike a Pose  by:  Karen Birkemoe
Um, like***om:  a girl goddess’s guide to yoga  by Evan Cooper
Yoga for Teens by Thia Luby
Teens Cook Dessert by Megan Carle
Second-time cool:  the art of chopping up a sweater by Linden Ivarsson
The Hip Handbag Book by Sherri Haab
Manga for the Beginner by Christopher Hart
The Cute Book
Charmed Knits:  projects for fans of Harry Potter by Alison Hansel
Knitgrrl:  learn to knit with 15 fun and funky patterns by Shannon Okey
Get Hooked:  simple steps to crochet cool stuff by Kim Werker
Anticraft:  Knitting, beading, and stitching for the slightly sinister by Renee Rigdon
Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden
CosmaGIRL!  Make it yourself:  50 fun and funky projects
Sneaky green uses for everyday things by Cy Tymony
Chic Sweats:  22 Ways to Transform and Restyle Your Sweatshirts by Carmen Webber

Do you have a title to suggest?  Please let us know!

Teen Book Review: North of Beautiful

north11.jpg North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
Review by Grayson, Sebastopol, 9th grade
If you saw Terra from the back, you would think she is gorgeous.  But if you saw her from the front, you’d think she’s extremely “flawed.”  The entire left side of her face is cover by a huge red birthmark, called a port-wine stain.  Terra tries to be a perfect high schooler, but underneath the heavy concealer and makeup, she feels like an outsider.  To make matters worse, her father is abusive and controlling.  All Terra wants to do is escape to college to study art, but her father decides that art is a waste of time and he insists that she attend the university of his choice.  Heartbroken, Terra meets a beautiful goth boy named Jacob, who helps Terra begin to accept herself and see what beauty really is.

This book makes you think of beauty, and how our society and media define it.  Every girl struggles to live up to the definition of beauty and the pressure to look and be like everyone else.  As Terra says It had taken me until this moment, until I created this collage, to realize that the magazine world vision of beauty had the exact opposite effect on me, shriveling me so that I only paid attention to my own imperfections.  Enough with that.

What does beauty mean to you?

Back to School: Studying

School is starting and with that homework will be assigned.  Do you want to achieve your best?  Do you need tips on how to study?  Here are a few books about study skills that may help you achieve school success.

Painless study techniques by Michael Greenberg
Success skills:  strategies for study and lifelong learning by Abby Marks Beale
Planning Your Essay by Janet Godwin
How to Become a Straight-A Student by Cal Newport
Math Doesn’t Suck by Danica McKellar
Kiss My Math:  Showing Pre-Algebra who’s boss by Danica McKellar
A Student’s Writing Guide:  How to Plan and Write Successful Essays by Gordon Taylor
7 Secrets of Savvy Students- DVD

Want to find more?  You can search the library’s catalog using the keywords “study skills”.