Book Review- The Tyrant’s Daughter

August 27, 2014 in TeenSpace, Uncategorized by SCLSAdmin

The Tyrant’s Daughter follows the story of 15 year old Laila. She is the daughter of a king from a Middle Eastern country. Her family lived a life of luxury until her father was killed in a coup. The rest of the family was able to escape with the aid of the United States. They moved to a small apartment in a suburb of Washington D.C. and are struggling to adjust to American life. Laila especially struggles with the realization that her father was not a beloved ruler, but more of a tyrant.

In her country, women are not treated as equals. Interactions with American high school boys make her uncomfortable, but she develops a bit of a crush on one in particular. Her new friends are usually nice, but a bit dramatic at times, and really help Laila break out of her shell. They even convince her to attend a high school dance.
Although Laila seems to be accepting her new life, her mother does not. She is conspiring with the CIA to take back control of their country.
I book talked this to jr high students and they were excited to read it. They don’t like books that are over their heads, but Laila’s voice rings true to them. They were able to grasp her situation and wanted to learn more about it.
I recommend this book to ages 12+. This is a great read with enough teen drama to keep them captivated, while teaching them about another culture a world away.

Summer Reading Program

May 21, 2014 in TeenSpace, Uncategorized by SCLSAdmin

The Teen Summer Reading Program is called SPARK a REACTION!  Teens entering grades 7-12 can join. Sign up at your local library to get a log.  You may also choose to participate through our app, see bottom of page for details.

Teens are challenged to read for 10 hours from June 2nd through July 31st.  Bring your log back in to your library to receive your halfway and finisher prize.  All finishers will be entered to win even bigger prizes at the end of summer!

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Click below for a PDF of the Summer Reading Log for Teens.

 SPARK a REACTION Log!

 

This summer we are introducing our Summer Reading Program App!  You can complete the program using the app or the paper log.

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REGISTER: register If you are choosing to log your hours through the app, please register this way.  You will be sent an email confirmation.

LOG READING HOURS: hours You can log anywhere from 1-5 hours, but only in hourly increments.  You will be sent an email confirmation.

EARN BADGES: badges You will be given tasks to complete.  After you have completed a task, click on the box.  You can save and come back later to complete other tasks.  When all are completed, you will be shown a page with a medal.  Print this page, or bring in your device to show us that you have earned all the badges.  You will be given a special prize.

BOOKSHELF: bookshelf The Bookshelf part of the app is connected to Goodreads.  You will need to download another app to scan books and add them to the summer reading list on Goodreads.  You will also need a Goodreads account.  More directions are available here http://h.fanapp.mobi/modules/custom_content/custom_content.php?fid=235416

GAMES:  game on See if you can help Spark the Scientist and then defeat the monsters!

CALENDAR & TWITTER: cal tweetThese icons will link you to our Event Calendar of all the cool things happening at our libraries, and to our Twitter page.

GET THE APP NOW!:

Scan this code to go straight to the app store to get the free app or visit the app store by clicking here.    Don’t have a mobile device?  Use a computer by visiting this link.  Click here.

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Wonder by RJ Palacio

January 22, 2014 in Uncategorized by SCLSAdmin

Wonder is a fantastic kids book. It will stick with readers long after they’ve finished.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity. He has been homeschooled while undergoing multiple surgeries and operations, but he still looks vastly different from other 10 yr olds.
His parents decide to enroll him in a school and he reluctantly agrees to go. He makes a few friends, and is largely unaware that most of the kids are playing a game in which anyone who touches him gets “the plague.” He overhears one his only friends’ making fun of him and claiming he was told he had to hang out with him. August begins to regret his decision to go to school.
The book shifts perspectives and readers learn more about August’s sister in her chapter. There are also chapters told from the perspective of his friend who bad mouthed him, and his sister’s boyfriend.
The book is mostly told by August, who has a unique perspective of the world, and I learned a lot about how it must feel to have a physical deformity. The writing was easy to follow and August seemed like a pretty average 10 yr old so I think a lot of younger readers will relate to him and empathize. It is a heartbreaking book to read, but it ends on a positive, optimistic note.

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