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Graceling – A Review

Posted on March 25th, 2015 by Anna in Books, Reviews - Staff
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Title/Author: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Read by: Anna, a Teen Central Librarian

Summary: Katsa is a Graceling, graced with the extreme skill to kill. Her uncle, the king, has been using her to keep control over his lands since she was a young girl. But then she meets Prince Po and finds a friend where she never expected to find one. With Po, she’ll work to break free from the bindings the king has placed on her and head off on a wild adventure that will teach her more about herself than even she knew was possible, all while keeping friends and family safe from unknown dangers.

Series/Standalone: Book 1 in the Graceling trilogy (but can also be read as a standalone)

Genre/sub-genre: Fantasy

Diversity: Characters are diverse in the fact that a select few are different than the rest, some have disabilities as well, though skin colors don’t play a factor, eye colors do.

Relatable characters: Yes

Would I re-read?: Yes

Personal thoughts: I loved the cover. I loved the fact that Katsa was a strong girl in mind and body, who didn’t lack emotions, who knew what she didn’t want in life and was strong enough to stick to that all the way through the book. Yes, there is a bit of romance here, but it’s never overwhelming, and the couple are friends first and foremost. The story was brilliant. Even I didn’t see how the puzzle pieces fit together until the very end. The world building was fantastic, and all of the characters were well rounded. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy.

The Recruit – A Review

Posted on March 20th, 2015 by Anna in Books, Reviews - Staff
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The Recruit

 

Title/Author: The Recruit by Robert Muchamore

Read by: Anna, Teen Librarian at Teen Central

Summary: A young boy finds a way out of his rough life after his mother dies, when he is given the opportunity to train as a spy for the British government.

Series/Standalone: Book one out of twelve.

Genre/sub-genre: Mystery/Thriller/Espionage

Diversity: Some of the more minor characters came from different backgrounds.

Relatable characters: Yes, though some of the characters seemed a lot older than their stated ages.

Would I re-read?: Perhaps, though I am really looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

Personal thoughts: This was a very fast read for me, as I couldn’t put it down. It was also something that I wish had been around when I was a teen because I know I would have loved it back then too. The characters were great, and James’ first mission was interesting because it did leave him with a lot of questions about the validity of what the government was doing versus what common civilians were trying to do, and what large companies sometimes get up to. If you enjoy reading about spies, I encourage you to pick up this book, you’ll be glad you did!

Teen Tech Week!!

Posted on March 14th, 2015 by crosales@private.bpl.org in Teen Services

 Teen Tech Week kicked off on Monday, March 9th with a fantastic Hour of Code program presented by Best Buy! With the help of some amazing Geek Squad members the teens learned how to create and code some of their favorite computer games!!

 

 

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Teen Central, the Lab

Posted on March 11th, 2015 by jsnow@private.bpl.org in Teen Services

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The new Teen Central opened in February 2015.  The Lab is a creative space for teens that houses 5 PCs and 5 Macs for teens use with 10 different creative software.  Teens may access FL Studio to create beats and mixes, or create a comic with themselves in it in Comic Life 3, or maybe you are interested in creating 3D objects in Autodesk 123D Design and then printing them out on the 3d printer.  Teens may do all of those things and more!  The Lab is open for creative use during the hours Teen Central is open and is offering programs in the different software, please check the calendar for dates and times.

Teen Central, the Media Lounge

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 by jsnow@private.bpl.org in Teen Services

The new and exciting Teen Central is open for teens to discover, create and collaborate.  The Media Lounge is a place where teens can access video gaming platforms like Play Station 4, Xbox 1 (soon Wii U) and online games through the internet and compete in gaming with your friends.  At this time you have access to over 30 video games and it’s a list that is continuing to grow based on your game suggestions.  The Media Lounge offers free time for video gaming during the open hours in Teen Central as well as special programs.  Check the calendar of events for special programs in the Media Lounge.

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