Posted on April 28th, 2013 by Anna in Books, Reviews - Staff
Tags: book, Maureen Johnson, review, The Name Of The Star
The Name of the Star by: Maureen Johnson
Read by: Kevin/Copley Teen Room Intern
Maureen Johnson’s novel, The Name of the Star, is narrated by an American high school girl named Rory, who travels to England with her parents for her senior year of high school. Rory decides to attend school in the city of London at a boarding school called Wexford. While receiving an excellent education at her new school and meeting a great friend in Jazza and a potential boyfriend in Jerome, she also receives an ability that allows her to see ghosts after a near death experience from Wexford’s cafeteria food. She receives this new ability at the same time the city of London faces a modern age Jack the Ripper killer. The result is that she becomes the most important witness in London during an incredible time of fear because she has seen the new ripper who has actually been dead for decades.
If you enjoy mysteries, historical fiction, science fiction, ghost stories, romance, action, and unexpected twists in what you read, then you must read The Name of the Star! It has elements of all these genres. It’s a fast paced book that will lead you literally into an underground world of London that exists but the people and things inside may or may not. I just have one question for you: Do you believe in ghosts? Because after reading this book, you might.
Posted on April 24th, 2013 by Anna in News
Tags: cicadas, summer 2013
Every seventeen years these cicada insects crawl out of the ground or tree branches and mate. Different regions of the United States are affected on a rolling cycle and this year the New England and Mid-Atlantic States are predicted to be the most effected. There are many different species of cicadas but the one that may affect us this year are known as Magicicada. And they could potentially be crawling anywhere that has grass or on trees.
Cicadas have a very distinct and loud mating song, much like crickets except they don’t rub their legs together to make noise. Instead they use special muscles around their ribs called tymbals to make their mating songs.
Thousands of these Magicicadas are predicted to come out this year in our region of the country. However, if you see a swarm of cicadas flying in your general vicinity, do not be afraid! Cicadas have no interest in humans, especially when they are out of the ground. Their only interest is to mate. The males will be singing their mating songs and the females will then lay their eggs either in the ground or on trees or shrubbery. So there may be damage to trees or crops and large cicada insects on the ground later this summer, making the ground sound a little crunchier as you walk but other than that they should not harm you. This could be a very exciting summer (if you are into bugs) or a very disgusting time (if bugs are not your thing). But if nothing else, I hear grilled cicadas make an excellent snack. YUM!
-Kevin, the Copley Teen Room Simmons Intern
Posted on April 18th, 2013 by Laura in Teen Services
Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day! You can celebrate by carrying copies of a favorite poem and sharing them with friends and family. Anyone can stop by the Grove Hall Teen Room to pick up poems to enjoy and share.
Posted on April 17th, 2013 by Laura in Teen Services
Mayor Thomas M. Menino has announced the City of Boston will staff a resource and counseling center today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the offices of City Year, 287 Columbus Avenue in Boston.
Staff from Boston Centers for Youth & Families and the Boston Public Health Commission will be on hand to provide information, assistance and counseling services to anyone still needing help as a result of the tragedies during Monday’s Marathon.
If anyone would like to seek assistance by phone, please call the Mayor’s 24 hour hotline at 617-635-4500. To speak to a counselor by phone, please call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050. This counseling and resource center has been relocated from The Castle building on Columbus Avenue which served as the Center since Monday afternoon.
Updated information on these and other services provided by the city can be found at the City of Boston website.
Posted on April 6th, 2013 by Mary in Contests, Teen Services
Tags: 6th Annual Children's & Teen Choice Book Awards, ballot, Book Reporter, Teenreads.com, vote
I am on a mailing list from Teenreads.com. (If you love teen books, you should get on their mailing list.) Teenreads.com has helped with choosing the finalists for Book Reporter‘s 6th Annual Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards. You can help choose the finalists by voting at http://www.bookweekonline.com/voting/7-12. There are 5 books and 5 authors. You can choose a favorite illustrator but those are for children’s books but it may bring back good memories to you.
If you click on the Voting Home box on the top of the page it will bring you back to the main page of grade level choices. If you read to your little brothers, sisters or cousins, you might want to vote in those finalist sections.
Voting ends on May 9th and the winners will be announced on May 13th. For more information about the CCBA’s, check this page out http://www.bookweekonline.com/about-CCBAs.
Here are the covers for the books on the ballot:
If you haven’t read these books, they are definitely worth reading.
May your favorite book win….