Monday, November 13, 2006

The Schwa was Here by Neal Shusterman

Have you ever met someone who you forget about completely the next day? You couldn't pick him out of a line-up or anything. It's like he was just wiped out of your mind.

Enter Calvin "The Schwa" Schwa. The Schwa is what his three friends call "observationally challenged". Finally the four boys, led by Antsy Bonano, test the Schwa Effect by dressing him up in funny clothes and see if anyone notices him. Few do, not always including Antsy. Antsy and the Schwa decided to use this more as a gift than a curse. Dares start pouring in preceding a little cash.

Finally the big dare comes around. The Schwa must go inside the neighborhood hermit, Mr. Crawley's, house and steal one of his fourteen dog dishes. The act doesn't go as well as hoped, being as Mr. Crawley notices The Schwa. Instead of having them arrested for trespassing, Mr. Crawley puts them to work. With the help of Antsy, Crawley's blind granddaughter Lexie, and a crazy European butcher, The Schwa tries to find out what happened to his mother and what's going to happen to him in the future.

This book is full of crazy characters and unexpectant turns that keep your interests held tight.

Check out The Schwa was Here by Neal Shusterman for yourself.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Nick & Norah - A Musical Love Story

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan is a passionately electric book full of music references, late night burlesque shows, kissing, joy, intellegent characters, confusion, first date/last date? angst,a "queercore" rock band with a straight bass player, ex girl/boy friends, sensuality, mental intimacy, anxiety...

What, are you looking for MORE? It's all in this well written and entertaining book.

It was one of those books that I read almost straight through because I didn't want to put it down. Even if you don't know all the bands that are mentioned, or like all the music that the characters like, the feelings they feel are familiar and you care about what happens to them.

People in grades 9 - 12 can join in the book discussion about this one. The discussion is on Wednesday November 15th from 7-8pm. Sign up at the Teen Desk and get your book now!

Or, if you just want to check it out, you can do that too!

Sneak Peek

Now, as many of you may recall, Eragon by Christopher Paolini got the most votes last year as a Rebecca Caudill nominee. But that was not the last to be seen of Eragon and his dragon Saphira. This December, Eragon the movie is being released. It's starring Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, and newcomerEdward Speleers as Eragon.

Here's a brief recap of the story, in case you forgot:
Eragon lives in a small town with his uncle and cousin. One day while hunting in the forest known as the Spine, Eragon comes across a smooth blue rock. The rock, which is really an egg, hatches to show a baby dragon. Eragon is left with the responibility to single-handedly restart the long dead Dragon Riders, at the opposition of the king. Throughout his journey to find his place in the world, he meets some very interesting people.

Check out Eragon next time to stop by or request it here to find out more about his adventures.
If you've already read Eragon, check out the sequel, Eldest here.

Keep an eye open for chances to win prizes in December in honor of the Eragon movie!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Teen Photo Contest Has Winner!

Adam K. is the winner of the 2006 Teen Photo Contest. Adam recieved a photo goodie basket and the winning photo was enlarged and posted for viewing in the library where it will stay for the month of November.

Seven people ages 11 to 16, signed up for the contest. Everyone grades 6 and up were invited to vote for their favorite photo.

We got such a great response, that we will be doing another one in about 6 months. So be on the lookout and practice taking your shots!

The photo here is the winning photo by Adam K. To see all the finalists photos, go to our FLICKR site. CLICK HERE to see all the finalists photos!

And if you want to get ready for the next contest, check this out!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Avatar First Issue Available!

Written for teens, by teens!

Pick one up in the library, or download your own! (Adobe Acrobat Reader required)