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June 2015

The Graveyard Book by Craig Russell – Review by Rebecca, Teen Blogger

Posted on 26-Jun-15 12:15
The Graveyard Book was originally a novel by Neil Gaiman, the author of Coraline and Good Omens. It is the story of a little boy left in a cemetery to be raised by a group of friendly ghosts and ghouls...
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Goth-Icky by Michael J. Nelson - Review by Rebecca

Posted on 26-Jun-15 09:20
Goths are people who enjoy dressing differently and are interested in alternative things. I borrowed Goth-Icky at the library and really liked it. This is a book of creepy but really interesting Goth art with some information about the Goth subculture: how it started, types of Goths, the Goth community and the truth about being Goth, rather than the false stereotypes out there.
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Mister Death's blue-eyed girls by Mary Downing Hahn – Review by Rebecca, Teen Blogger

Posted on 25-Jun-15 08:50
Many people have either read the novel or seen the movie adaptation of the paranormal drama novel The Lovely Bones. For some time I’ve been looking for a novel with a similar theme and it turns out that the Halifax Public Libraries does have a copy of one I wanted to read: Mister Death's blue-eyed girls by Mary Downing Hahn. This teen novel takes place in the 1950’s and the story follows several teenagers as their lives are changed dramatically by the tragic murder of two of their friends in the woods near their neighborhood. It’s a very nostalgic view of the way things were for kids back in the Fifties. There were no cell phones or texting, no computers, most girls had to wear skirts rather than pants, television wasn’t as popular, cars were more powerful, and so on.
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Coraline by Neil Gaiman – Review by Rebecca, Teen Blogger

Posted on 24-Jun-15 09:50
Summary: Coraline has just moved into a strange old apartment complex called ‘the Pink Palace’ with her parents. Coraline is adventurous and creative whereas her mom and dad are sort of boring people, and her eccentric neighbors aren’t the best company. One neighbor was a Chernobyl liquidator* and has become insane, and then there are the two actresses, sisters who are equally strange. With no friends and a boring preppy school to look forward to, the only thing to entertain her is the strange door in the wall of the apartment. One night Coraline has a dream about what’s beyond it, a perfect wonderland where new things happen every day – but it turns out it isn’t as amazing as she thought it was, in fact it’s a total nightmare.
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Home Movies – Article by Rebecca, Teen Blogger

Posted on 23-Jun-15 14:15
It’s the 21st century, so any kid has the ability to make an amateur movie with their computer, digital camera or cell phone. I love my digital camera and my laptop, but recently I got a super 8 home movie camera. My super 8 camera isn’t digital, it uses film, and it’s a little more difficult to use. If you make a film with it, you have to be careful – a cartridge of super 8 film can only record up to three minutes, 20 seconds of footage and can’t be deleted. The film is expensive so you can’t just film your cat over and over again or numerous videos that have no meaning. Film isn’t instant, it has to be sent off for developing in a photo lab and to post it anywhere online you have to have it transferred to digital formats.
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Insurgent: Did this happen in the book? – Review by Angela, Teen Blogger

Posted on 04-Jun-15 10:10
I must admit that I went through a bit of shock after watching the movie Insurgent. It has been quite some time since I last read the novel, but I was dead certain that the movie did not follow the book for about half of the time. The differences are significant and in my opinion a bit disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, I love the movie and it has great actions, however, it is relatively shorter and a few minor characters were cut out completely. Moreover, there are enormous plot changes that alter the tone and the atmosphere of the story. Here are a few changes in the movie that I can think of right off the bat:
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