Teen Book Review: All These Things I’ve Done

All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

Review Written by:  Alison, Sonoma Valley

All These Things I've Done is an amazing book.  5 stars definitely!  I could hardly put it down!  The story follows Anya Balanchine, and her newfound fame.  The fame isn't the good kind though…She is convicted of of poisoning her ex-boyfriend, Gable, and is sent to a highly protected juvenile prison.  When she gets out, her world is completely upside down.  Read Gabrielle Zevin's novel All These Things I've Done to read the story of Anya Balanchine.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from teenspace!

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*Reminder*  The library will be closed Thursday, November 24th & Friday, November 25th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We will re-open Saturday, November 26th @ 10 am!

Book Spotlight: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs

Review by Rachel Icaza, Librarian, Rincon Valley

Jacob has always been close to his grandfather, a tough-as-nails man who was the only member of his family to have survived the Jewish Holocaust at the time of World War II.  Jacob grew up listening to his grandfather's tales of a wonderful island off the coast of Wales where a group of very peculiar children lived under the care of a wise old bird.  Grandfather's stories are proven true by a group of old photographs depicting a girl who could hover off the ground and a boy invisible until he put on clothes.  When his grandfather is attacked in a violent and mysterious way, Jacob is the one to find his grandfather in his last dying breaths.  The message his grandfather gives him sends Jacob on an adventure to find the Welsh island and the home where Grandfather found peace, friendship, and love after the horrors of war.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a book unlike any other.  Inspired by amazing vintage photographs (all un-touched by technology), this story kept me guessing until the very end.  I especially enjoyed the voice of the main character, Jacob.  He feels like a real person, with a hilarious sense of humor and the same fears and doubts about himself that many of us feel.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is Ransom Riggs first book of fiction.  I can't wait for more books like this.


What is NaNoWriMo?!? 
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month which started yesterday!

Writers across America are having fun trying to write a 50,000 word Novel by November 30th.  You can participate.  The Young Writers Program allows YOU to pick how many words to write by November 30th. 

The idea is to get your creative writing flowing and to write without thinking.  Are you up to the challenge? 

Last year 200,000 adults and 41,000 young writers participated in the program.

Check out:

http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/ for more information!

Book Spotlight: The Name of the Star

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Review by Rachel, Rincon Valley & Central, Librarian

Rory grew up in Louisiana among some rather eccentric relatives (Cousin Diane reads auras to foretell the future and Uncle Will survived Hurricane Katrina only to keep 8 freezers full of emergency food in his upstairs bedroom).  Rory and her parents are the only "normal" people they know.  That is until Rory finds herself attending a boarding school in London.  The beginning of the school year marks the anniversary of the famous Jack the Ripper killings of 1888.  As Rory tries to adjust to life in England, London is rocked by a series of Ripper-style murders.  Rippermania overtakes modern day London.  The police have few leads and no witnesses, save one – Rory saw the man believed to be the Ripper copycat.  The problem is that no one else saw him.  Why was Rory the only one to see the killer?  And what does he plan to do next?

The Name of the Star is a modern thriller that traces the streets of an ancient city on the trail of an elusive killer.  Maureen Johnson writes an entertaining, edge-of-your-seat caper.  After reading this book, you'll be dying to visit London.  Just be sure to take some of Maureen Johnson's other great books (13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett) with you on the long plane ride.

Pumpkin Carving Contest at Sebastopol!

The Sebastopol branch hosted their first pumpkin carving contest for teens!  20 teens participated and 12 pumpkins were carved.  The public will get a chance to vote on their favorite pumpkin all next week.  If you would like to vote add a comment with your favorite pumpkin and your vote will be included in the tally.  Check out the other pumpkin carving contests at the Healdsburg branch on Tuesday, October 25th @ 3:30 and at the Rincon Valley branch on Wednesday, October 26th @ 3:30.

1. YouTube

2. Steve Jobs

3. Harry Potter

4. Charlie 3rd place

5. Kitty-Cat

6. Teddy

7. Flaming Skull

8.  Felicity  2nd place

9.  that Patty Tatt and the Funny Face

10.  Boo

11.  Isaac  1st place

12.  Emerging

Teens’ Top Ten 2011!

Here are the top ten books of 2011 chosen by teens.  Teens around the country voted for their favorite books of 2011 in August and September.  Did you vote?  What do you think of the results? 

1.  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

2.  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

3.  Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

4.  I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (It's pretty funny that this book received 4th place!)

5. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

6. Matched by Ally Condie

7. Angel by James Patterson

8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

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