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Red Queen - Review by Hannah, Teen Blogger

Posted on August 19, 2016 at 01:10 PM
“In school, we learned about the world before ours, about the angels and gods that lived in the sky, ruling the earth with kind and loving hands. Some say those are just stories, but I don't believe that. The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.” - Mare Barrow Mare Barrow lives in a world, where people are categorized by the colour of their blood. You either have a magical talent and bleed silver blood, or a misfortunate, cursed life because of the red blood that pumps through your veins. Silver bloods are the gods: the kings and queens, the princes and princesses, the royalty, elites and nobles. From the moment they were born they lived a luxurious life in the clouds. They are the gods and because of their blood they rule Mare Barrow’s world. Mare was born to red-blooded family; she lives in a poverty stricken village with all the other Reds. She is soon turning 18, and with the celebration of entering adulthood also comes conscription. The Silvers are at war with the Lakelanders; the Silvers use the red blood of innocent fallen soldiers to fuel this never ending war. As her birthday gets closer and her plans for escape fail, Mare loses hope and becomes miserable, accepting the fact that she will be taken from her family and forced to fight in the war like her three brothers.
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Strong Female Protagonist - Review by Emma, Teen Blogger

Posted on August 5, 2016 at 12:42 PM
Strong Female Protagonist by Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag is a complex yet enjoyable story about being a superhero. Strong Female Protagonist follows Alison Green, a girl who discovered her superpowers when she was fourteen. Alison spent her teenage years fighting crime, under the alias Mega Girl. But now Alison is twenty, and no longer a crime-fighting hero. Instead, Alison is worrying about college and struggling to get her exams done. But school is not the reason she stopped.
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Healing The Earth Part 2: Dive! - Review by Hannah, Teen Blogger

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 12:02 PM
“Eating food out of a dumpster is repulsive to most people, but there is a certain beauty seeing garbage transformed to a meal with friends, and even better than meals that we could afford to buy.” - Jeremy Seifert Dive: Living off America’s Waste is an hour-long documentary by Jeremy Seifert that reveals the shocking secret that lies in the dumpsters of big corporations and the constantly growing food industry. Focused on educating our generation on food waste and how it really impacts our world, director/producer Jeremy Seifert shares the story of his radical but astounding lifestyle in hopes of inspiring a more food aware/concerned nation in the future. Before watching this documentary I had watched a couple of documentaries and read a couple book concerning the topic of food waste but Dive! took a different, inviting and engaging approach to presenting the information. Watching Dive! I did not have high hopes for the film since I had not heard many things about the director/filmmaker Jeremy Seifert, but it had won a couple of awards: when it premiered in October 2009 at the Gig Harbour Film Festival, it won the Audience Choice Award, and through the years it has gone on to win awards at many other film festivals, including Best Documentary at the DC Independent Film Festival and Best Film at the Dutch Environmental Film Festival.
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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore – Review by Chris, Staff blogger.

Posted on July 27, 2016 at 12:26 PM
Festina Lente! This Latin phrase is something you will come to be familiar with if you read Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore. It translates roughly to “hasten slowly,” a contradictory expression that means to move quickly, but carefully – a great way to summarize this book with a plot that moves fast but is easy to digest, and manages to touch on a few different themes and genres along the way. Inside the world of Mr. Penumbra, protagonist Clay Jannon takes a part-time job at San Francisco’s strangest bookstore, and first hears the phrase used as a greeting between patrons of the store’s mysterious “wayback list.” The book centers on Clay and his mysterious boss, the eponymous Mr. Penumbra, then ‘hastens slowly’ to adventures with secret societies, giant computers, replica cities, and some very litigious owners of a font you’ll never find on Microsoft Word.
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