Review by Isabella, Rohnert Park Branch
Inside Out And Back Again by Thanhha Lai
For all her life, Ha has only known the comfort of her home in Saigon, its culture, and her friends. But when the Vietnam war reaches Saigon, Ha goes to America with her family. America is confusing and Ha's life is turned inside out – and back again when she starts to make some friends and settles in.
I picked it up because it won two awards.
I finished it because I liked the story. It was engaging from the beginning and had many details.
I'd recommend it to my friends since I know we all like the same type of books.
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
14 school kids are in trouble when a massive hailstorm sends their school bus crashing through the glass doors of a chain superstore in order to find shelter. Escalating disasters cause the riot gates to descend trapping the kids inside the store. The kids struggle for survival while debating whether it is safer to stay or figure out a way to leave and find out what, if anything, is left of their families and the rest of civilization.
This is a super exciting book! The realtionships between the kids, ranging in age from 5 to 18, and their struggle to cooperate with each other in order to survive make an interesting human side to a story filled with natural disasters and chemical warfare. The story flows nicely and makes you want to keep those pages turning! This book was nominated for the Young Adult Top Ten books of 2013 and I think it will win! The story is followed by Monument 14: Sky on fire by Emmy Laybourne – I am planning to read that right away!
Here are the wonderful programs for next week!
Wednesday, July 17
Stuffed Critters - 2 PM, Rohnert Park
Gelatin Printing - 2 PM, Sonoma Valley
Henna Art - 2 PM, Healdsburg
Games Day - 3 PM, Petaluma
Comedy Improv - 3 PM, Guerneville
Thursday, July 18
Watermark Tees - 3 PM, Rincon Valley
Super Hero Masquerade Party - 3:30 PM, Cloverdale
Friday, July 19
T-Shirt Transformation - 3 PM, Windsor
Saturday, July 20
Duct-Tape Mania - 11 AM, Northwest
Look at these cool duct tape projects!
If you missed it, there are still a couple chances to participate in Duct Tape Mania:
Saturday, July 20 – 11 AM, Northwest Branch
Wednesday, July 24 – 3 PM, Guerneville Branch
Here is what our teens are saying about the Henna Art Program:
"I got to get a ton of temporary tattoos on my arms, legs, hands, and feet." Rated: 5 Stars – Maccie, Rohnert Park
"We were able to do Henna on ourselves and if we wanted, the artist did it for us!" Rated: 5 Stars – Sophia, Rohnert Park
"I love Henna!" Rated: 5 Stars – Monique, Rohnert Park
If you missed out, there are still a few Henna programs coming up!
Wednesday, July 17 – 2 PM, Healdsburg Branch
Thursday, July 25 – 3 PM, Rincon Valley
Friday, July 26 – 3 PM, Sebastopol
Review by Wesley, Rohnert Park Branch
The Deep (Dive #2) by Gordon Korman
Description: 4 divers named Dante, Star, Kaz, and Adriana find sunken treasure and can't hide it.
I picked it up because it was a prize and I wanted a treasure book.
I finished it because I like treasure books.
I'd recommend it to people who are involved in history.
Review by Karina, Rohnert Park Branch
Theodore Boone: Kid lawyer by John Grisham
Description: Theo is a 13-year-old wanna be lawyer, and for good reason. He knows the law more than most lawyers. He cracks open a case about to be ignored and lost. He works hard and proves his leads.
I picked it up because it was a gift.
I finished it because there were cliff-hangers like no other book, I HAD to know what happened!
I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a gripping mystery with a smart kid.
Review by Matt, Rohnert Park Branch
Three books by Tom Angleberger:
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Darth Paper Strikes Back
The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee
Description: Adventures of the students at Mcquarrie Middle School and their Star Wars themed Origami.
I picked it up because I read the first two installments.
I finished it because I felt obligated to finish the series.
I'd recommend it to any huge Star Wars fan, or a Diary of a Wimpy Kid fan.
I Am The Messenger by Marcus Zusak
Review by Fallon, Northwest Branch
Ed has a typical (yet boring) life as a cabdriver. With his brother in college, his father dead, and a mother that doesn't approve of him, his life has been a disappointment. When one day he stops a thief escaping, he begins receiving playing cards with instructions on them. Ed now follows the cards where they lead him to help people all over town. As he receives and completes more missions though, he begins to find out who is behind all of it.
I picked up this book because I had recently read The Book Thief, also by Markus Zusak, and thought I would enjoy it even if it wasn't my genre. While this book was not as good as The Book Thief, it still turned out to be an enjoyable book. Ed is a character we can all relate to, and how he deals with his tasks was interesting to see. However, the best point in this book had to be the message at the end. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a short, entertaining read.
Lots of fun things going on this week!
Wednesday, July 10
Beading 102 - 2 PM, Rohnert Park
Monster Make-Up - 2 PM, Sonoma Valley
Comedy Improv - 3 PM, Petaluma
Henna Art - 3 PM, Guerneville
Thursday, July 11
Monster Make-Up - 2 PM, Central
Stuffed Critters - 3 PM, Rincon Valley
Henna Art - 3:30 PM, Cloverdale
Friday, July 12
Beading 101 - 3 PM, Sebastopol
Duct Tape Mania - 3 PM, Windsor