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The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn – Review by Rebecca, Teen Blogger

Posted on 14-Aug-15 12:17
The Bar Code Tattoo is a young adult dystopian novel set in a future world where everyone has to have a bar code implanted in their arm by the time they’re sixteen. This barcode gives you access to everything, from your car to your bank account. Every time teenagers turn sixteen they’re all excited to get this new “key to adulthood”. Kayla doesn’t want one though. She’s about to turn sixteen and she thinks the idea of the bar code tattoos is really creepy. When she denies the chance to get one though, she becomes an outcast in the world and she finds the government out to ruin her...
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Goth-Icky by Michael J. Nelson - Review by Rebecca

Posted on 26-Jun-15 08:20
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 07:50
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 08:50
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 13:15
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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Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks - Review by Rebecca, Teen Blogger

Posted on 07-Mar-15 10:20
Maggie is just like any other high school kid, but she’s been homeschooled her entire life by her police officer father and her recently estranged mother. Her four brothers assure her that high school is easy, but when Maggie gets there she realizes how many different types of kids there are and how much she doesn’t seem to fit in with any crowd. She befriends a goth boy and his younger sister, but soon she finds herself caught up in a fight between her new friends and her brothers. Meanwhile, she is trying to solve a mystery of an eerie woman who keeps following her everywhere she goes.
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Smile by Raina Telgemeier – Review by Rebecca, Teen Blogger

Posted on 04-Mar-15 11:02
Smile is the autobiographical graphic novel of Raina as a girl growing up in the early 1990’s. In elementary school, during a Girl Scouts meet, Raina trips and smashes in her front teeth resulting in dental work throughout junior high and high school. The book depicts her life as a teenager, from seeing The Little Mermaid come out in the movie theater to losing friends and many more interesting events that I won’t give away (you’ll have to read it to see for yourself). As time goes on, Raina begins to question her life, her so-called friends and her decisions.
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Kiki Strike: Inside The Shadow City by Kirsten Miller - Review by Rebecca, Teen Blogger

Posted on 02-Mar-15 20:12
Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller is the first book in the Kiki Strike series, which follows a group of five outsider girls living in Manhattan and exploring its underground world. The book starts off in one of Manhattan’s dirty, polluted areas, in a small apartment where an incredibly bored twelve-year-old girl named Ananka Fishbein lives.
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Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgal – Review by Rebecca, Teen Blogger

Posted on 28-Oct-14 13:09
Summary: Anya’s family has moved to the States from Russia and she’s a socially awkward teenage girl facing the everyday challenges of high school with her best friend, Siobhan. Between avoiding her nerdy childhood friend, Dima and trying to win over the guy of her dreams, she was hardly expecting to fall down a well one day and meet a hundred-year-old ghost!
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