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November 2015

Fast Five: YA Books On Screen (that you might not have seen)

Posted on 27-Nov-15 16:39
The film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 may be top at the box office, but here are five lesser-known film adaptations of teen books that you may also want to check out (and all five are available from the library).
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Ontree Adventure Park - Article by Ben, Teen Blogger

Posted on 24-Nov-15 12:07
Have you ever wanted to experience the feeling of flying through the trees like a flying squirrel or a monkey? Do you enjoy the outdoors and love an adventure? Well, I know just the place for you to visit. Ontree Adventure Park is located in Windsor, Nova Scotia at the Martock ski hill and will offer you the adventure you are looking for. Ontree is a great place for people of all ages, from little kids up to seniors. You need to be prepared to walk and climb throughout the park, so movement is a must...
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Namesake by Sue MacLeod - Review by Emma, Teen Blogger

Posted on 19-Nov-15 09:58
Lady Jane Grey is famous for having ruled England for nine days. After Edward the Sixth’s death, Lady Jane Grey was named Queen but Edward’s half sister, Mary, exercised her right to the crown and had Lady Jane thrown into the Tower of London where she stayed until her execution in 1554. Namesake, by Sue MacLeod, tells Lady Jane’s story in a wonderful and exciting way, tying it in with the modern world of a Haligonian high school student.
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American Sniper - Review by Hannah, Teen Blogger

Posted on 12-Nov-15 12:02
American Sniper is the story of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL who did four tours in Iraq. This book describes Kyle’s training and upbringing to become a Navy SEAL, but the heart of the text deals with Kyle’s experience in combat. Though he was America’s most prolific sniper, Kyle’s wartime experience went well beyond shooting. Kyle was a much unpolished writer, but he told his story clearly and genuinely. At times politically incorrect or even crude, Kyle’s writing seems restlessly honest. This is the kind of the book that could not be put down...
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As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner - Review by Pranathi, Teen Blogger

Posted on 05-Nov-15 10:49
Fear, pride, motherhood and love were all just empty words to Addie Bundren, just shapes to fill empty spaces. What may have seemed real at first, such as the affection she felt for her husband Hans, had disappeared. To Addie Bundren nothing was right, nobody was pure, and most words were lies. She believed her family had taken her away from her home and that most of her children showed no care for her. With these poisonous thoughts in her mind, she decided her family deserved the worst punishment. William Faulkner, through this novel, tells the story of a woman who lived a bitter life: a life of hate and a life or paranoia which drove her mad...
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The Girl from the Well - Review by Tori, Teen Blogger

Posted on 04-Nov-15 11:34
"Okiku is a lonely soul. She has wandered the earth for centuries, freeing the ghosts of the murdered-dead. Once a victim, she now takes the lives of killers with the vengeance they're due. But releasing innocent ghosts from their ethereal tethers does not bring Okiku peace. Still she drifts on."- from the publisher
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How To Write - Article by Becca, Teen Blogger

Posted on 04-Nov-15 09:34
Everyone who likes to write knows the feeling: you're sitting around, not doing too much of anything, when BAM! Inspiration. It hits you like a bolt of lightning. You run to your nearest writing device and jot down a couple quick notes. This is going to be great, you think to yourself. Day one, two, and three pass without a problem. Soon, you realize you've written the most you have the entire past month! You're on fire! Why don't you do this more often? But that's always when it happens. Day four. You start to lose steam. Your ideas are fading-your fantastic burst of motivation is slipping from your fingers like wet soap. Does any of this sound familiar? If so, continue reading! This blog post is a how-to, on this very problem.
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The Song of Achilles – Review by Kaela, Teen Blogger

Posted on 03-Nov-15 11:51
The thing that drew me to read The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller was the fact it is all about Greek mythology and the author was actually inspired by the original works of Homer. In my experience, a lot of books about Greek mythology are based on the more modern versions of the stories and are kind of like a remake of a remake. The nice thing about this one was that the author had studied these subjects and drew on the originals for inspiration. The book is all about the famous Greek hero named Achilles but is actually told from the point of view of one his greatest companions, Patroclus. Patroclus is neither a god nor a half-god like Achilles but an exiled prince. When the two were both boys, Achilles’ father used to foster boys with no homes and that’s how the two had met. The book details the transformation of Achilles from child to man through the eyes of Patroclus. The two grow up together and later support each other in the war against Troy...
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Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel - Review by Saul, Teen Blogger

Posted on 03-Nov-15 11:13
Language was at one point considered what separated us from other animals; this was until in the seventies when there were trials that indicated that chimps could in fact be taught sign language to some degree. The book Half Brother looks at a fictional version of one of these trials and all the implications it creates about ourselves and the lives of animals. We see the story revolve around Ben, a thirteen-year-old boy living with his parents, and Zan, a newborn chimp that attempts to learn American Sign Language...
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