- Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Heist Society by Ally Carter
- City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
- Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
- If I Stay by Gale Forman
- Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
- Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Kelliann had the most beautiful shading in her picture of a schoolgirl. It was my first choice for a winner.
Here are the Playaways that we own in the teen section:
- The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Caletti
- Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (NEW!)
- The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (NEW!)
- Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (NEW!)
- The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- Dunk by David Lubar
- Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
- Bloody Jack by L. A. Meyer (NEW!)
- Flocabulary: The Hip-Hop Approach to SAT-Level Vocabulary Building by Blake Harrison
- Cindy, grade 6, won two free games of bowling at Wynnewood Lanes.
- Tobi, grade 7, won a basket with two books, a water balloon kit, a toilet-shaped puzzle book, candy, and a water bottle.
- Christina, grade 11, won a hardcover book and a $5 gift card to Panera Bread.
- Laurel, grade 9, won a UDHS book bag with two hardcover books, locker magnets, a water bottle, tie-dyed shoelaces, and candy.
- Peris, grade 9, won a hardcover book and candy.
- Tim, grade 8, won five free games of bowling at Sproul Lanes.
- Tarzan, grade 7, won a hardcover book and a $5 gift card to Dollar Tree.
- Tanpreet, grade 8, won a hardcover book and candy.
- Anureet, grade 11, won two passes to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary.
- Anas, grade 11, won a hardcover book and a $5 gift card to Borders.
- Laura, grade 9, won a beach bag with two hardcover books, candy, flip flops, and a water bottle.
- Hannah, grade 6, won a hardcover book and a $5 gift card to Wawa.
- John, grade 10, won two passes to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary.
- Shannon, grade 6, won a hardcover book and candy.
- Samantha, grade 6, won two free games of bowling at Wynnewood Lanes.
- Shariah, grade 7, won a basket with two hardcover books, candy, a water bottle, a toilet-shaped puzzle book, and a water ballook kit.
- Anne, grade 7, won a hardcover book and a $5 gift card to Panera Bread.
- Mohammad, grade 11, won two passes to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary.
- Melvin, grade 7, won a hardcover book and a $5 gift card to GameStop.
- Andrea, grade 9, won a beach bag with two hardcover books, a water bottle, candy, and flip-flops.
- Gabe, grade 9, won a hardcover book and a $5 gift card to GameStop.
- Sarah, grade 11, won a t-shirt that says "The Book Was Better" along with a popcorn bucket and copies of five books that have been made into movies.
- Christine, grade 6, won a hardcover book and $5 gift card to Borders.
Congratulations! Thanks for participating.
Interviews with the Author:
- The Last Battle: With ‘Mockingjay’ on its way, Suzanne Collins weighs in on Katniss and the Capitol
- Suzanne Collins on the books she loves
- Confessions of a First Daughter by Cassidy Calloway
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (second copy)
- The Not-So-Great Depression by Amy Goldman Koss
- One Fat Summer by Robert Lipsyte
- Deception by Lee Nichols (Hauting Emma series)
- My Perfect Life by Dyan Sheldon (replacement copy)
- Poser by Sue Wyshynski
Then, we made our pirate weapons: marshmallow shooters! It was so easy: just cut the bottom out of a cup, tie off a balloon and cut the end off, and stretch the balloon over the cut-out botttom. Then, put a marshmallow down in the cup, pull the knot back, and let it fly! All 39 of us trooped outside and lined up to take three shots. We did a distance competition (sorry, everyone, I don't trust you enough to let you shoot them AT each other...), and Monet won with a marshmallow that flew for 70 feet! It wasn't even helped much by the wind.
We came back in to watch a clip from a documentary about real pirates, plus laugh at the antics of Captian Feathersword and the Wiggles. Then everyone lined up for rations of cupcakes and pirate snack mix. The last thing we did was work in groups of four to translate the final battle from Harry Potter #7 into pirate language, with hilarious results. The group with the best story won treasure...aka candy necklaces! At the end, everyone took home a squirty shark, pirate ducky, or pirate flag keychain, as well as a pirate pencil. Hope you all had a great time! Thanks to Judy, Christine, and Kathy for decorating help before the event, and to the Teen Advisory Board for helping with the expenses.
What a bunch of scurvy sea dogs!
- Tarzan, grade 6, won a bumper stickers, pin, and magnet from the Philadelphia Union soccer team, plus a team England soccer ball.
- Tisa, grade 11, won a hardcover book and a $5 gift card to Panera Bread.
- Ciera, grade 9, won two free bowling games at Wynnewood Lanes.
- Stephen, grade 6, won a hardcover book and candy.
Congratulations to these winners! And remember, teen summer reading ends next Saturday, August 21, so get your slips in before then!! I will be doing a drawing for week 9, as well as an end-of-summer prize blowout, so get ready to win.
- Player's Ruse by Hilari Bell
- Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block
- Good Fortune by Noni Carter
- The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
- Very LeFreak by Rachel Cohn
- Salt by Maruice Gee
- Profiles in Black by Marvin A. McMickle
- Ristorante Paradiso by Natsume Ono
(Click on the cover to find a library copy, or ask me for a free one!)
SUMMARY: Sixteen-year-old Kara Harper is an outsider in Japan, but is doing her best to fit at the private school where her father is teaching English for the year. Fortunately she’s befriended by Sakura, a fellow outsider struggling to make sense of her sister’s unsolved murder some months ago. No one seems to care about the beautiful girl who was so brutally murdered, and the other students go on as if nothing has happened. Unfortunately, the calm doesn’t last for long. Kara begins to have nightmares, and soon other students in the school turn up dead, viciously attacked by someone . . . or something. Is Sakura getting back at those she thinks are responsible for her sister’s death? Or has her dead sister come back to take revenge for herself? (from the back cover)
OPINION: This book combines Japanese culture with horror and suspense, all from an American perspective. Even though she has spent years studying Japanese language and customs, Kara is still gaijin, a foreigner, to the other students at her private school. Kara's outsider status is a challenge, particularly after the nightmares and killing begin. As the story progresses, there is a shift from realism as a supernatural element is introduced. This shift is a little rough at times, and the story looses some of its momentum. However, because the supernatural element was culturally authentic, I remained intrigued. The ending felt a bit rushed after all of the explanation, but it was a thrilling ride and the final scenes with Sakura were particularly intense. If you are a Japan-obsessed manga reader, this is a novel for you! I also think older teen readers of horror, suspense, mystery, or supernatural books would be interested in this title. There are two more books in the series, called Spirits of the Noh and A Winter of Ghosts, so be sure look for those if you like Dreams of the Dead.
A NOTE ABOUT THE BOOK AND THE AUTHOR: This book was written by Christopher Golden, using the pseduonym of Thomas Randall. It was originally the first book in a series called Gaijin Girl, but was repackaged to focus more on the supernatural horror elements. It was given a new cover and a new series name (The Waking) for hardcover publication, but the book title remained the same. The paperback version of the book will be released on August 31, 2010, and the cover is completely different. It's so confusing!!
RANDOM FACTS: I researched the setting of this book a little bit, and found that Amanohashidate, Japan, is a real place. The beautiful bay and sandbar are exactly as described, and people really do view it through their legs to see it as a bridge to heaven!
My question to whom it may concern is "What games would you like to see me bring in for use?"
Keep in mind that they must be age-appropriate for the Gaming Club (Teen rating at worst, and probably only for violence) AND approved by Gretchen. Oh, and multiplayer goes without saying, but somehow I still feel the need to say it.
So, if you have any suggestions, by all means give me your feedback.
Ross, grade 9, won a basket with a card game, a water balloon kit, a water bottle, candy, and two hardcover books.
Yasmine, grade 8, won a hardcover book and a $5 gift card to DSW.
Barkev, grade 6, won a bumper sticker, pin, and magnet from the Philadelpha Union soccer team, plus a USA soccer ball.
Zoe, grade 9, won a hardcover book and a $5 gift card to Borders.
Congrats and enjoy!!
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) worked hard this week to make signs for the stations, and they will be working on Wednesday as well. Come visit us and bring your little siblings or cousins to the fundraiser! Remember to bring money for yourself as well as the kids.
Jamie, grade 12, won a basket with two hardcover books, a water ballon kit, a water bottle, candy, and a deck of cards.
Sujoy, grade 7, won a hardcover book and a $5 gift card to Wawa.
Carine, grade 10, won a UDHS bag with two hardcover books, candy, a water bottle, locker magnets, and tie-dyed shoelaces.
Julie, grade 11, won a hardcover book and a $5 gift card to DSW.
Vicky created a chilling atmosphere with her three unusual tales of ghosts, werewolves, witches, and vampires. My favorite story was the first one, about a family who moves into a home, only to find that a body in the basement is searching for justice. Some people were really scared, while others were extremely brave, but everyone paid attention because Vicky is a great storyteller. I fed everyone a bowl of "fruit salad," which was a watermelon cupcake and some fruit-flavored jellybeans. It was more cute than scary, but still fun.
Thanks for coming to visit us, Vicky!!