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A Book Review of Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau : reviewed by Sarah Singer

 

 

The sequel to The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau, Independent Study, is full of suspense and thrills. Cia Vale, after finishing a series of grueling tests, has finally been admitted to the University. Even though her memories of the testing have been erased, she remembers. Cia delves deeper and deeper, trying to uncover the ugly truth about the true nature of the government. This thriller is a page turner, filled to the brim with romance, passion, betrayal, violence, and danger. Dystopian fans will surely devour every word of Independent Study.

Battle of the Books

After a grueling competition amongst teens from libraries in the Catskills, Orange and Rockland Counties, New City Library  took home the Banner for Third Place.  From left to right are the following team members:  Shawna McKivergan, Marie Yatsky, Mary Phillips, Priyanka Ramanathan, Nicholas Procino, Ben Eisenberg, Allison Eisenberg, Susan Zollinger, Karen Zollinger, Chanda Bhandal, and Rathna Ramanathan.

The Teens read eight books representing classics, nonfiction, science fiction, mystery, historical fiction, graphic novel and realistic fiction.  The titles were

1.     The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Donan Doyle

2.     How They Croaked by Georgia Bragg

3.     Legend by Marie Lu

4.     Smile by Raina Telgemeier

5.     13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

6.     Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Teens Distribute Trees for Arbor Day

 

This past week encompassed Earth Day and National Arbor Day.  In celebration of these days, teens from the Library Youth Board distributed spruce trees to library residents.  In the past several years, hurricanes and snow storms have damaged and destroyed large numbers of trees in our area.  Spruces are not usually eaten by deer and provide a lovely green color throughout  the winter.  The above volunteers are Erin O'Shea, Brendan O'Shea, Ronith Reddy, Nithin Binu and Nevin Binu.

Book Review of Speechless by Hannah Harrington, review done by Marie Yatsyk

Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret.”

After spilling a secret that almost gets someone killed, Chelsea Knot decides that she won’t speak to anyone - not her teachers, her parents, or even herself - until she learns how to “keep her mouth shut” and stop hurting others. But there’s a difference between blurting out and speaking up, and it takes some unexpected friends that are willing to give Chelsea a second chance for her to learn that difference - and to learn to forgive herself.

Book Review of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman done by Katie Byrnes

Seraphina was a very unique, original, and complex book.  When the story begins, Seraphina's world is on the brink of war.  For forty years, a treaty was all that prevented a war between the humans and the dragons.  The fear, mistrust and lack of understanding between the two species had set their world on a path that could only lead to war.  When the prince is murdered, tensions reach a fever pitch as all heads turn to the dragons.  Soon the story's heroine, Seraphina Dombegh, a gifted musician in court, is drawn into the mix.  As she investigates the murder, attenpts to stop a conspiracy that could destroy what little chance for peace was left, and tries to understand her feelings for the prince's nephew, she must also struggle to conceal her deepest secret.  I really enjoyed reading Seraphina.  The story was very suspenseful and entertaining, and Rachel Hartman's writing was skillful as well.  I think this story is most suited for ages 12 and up.

 

Make Your Own Gingerbread House

Learn how to make Ginger Bread House on December 17th at 2PM!  After watching a film, we will be decorating houses with icing and candies.  Registration starts on Monday, December 5.  Limited enrollment.  Please bring a large bag of candy to share. Can't make it that day or just want to learn how to make your own house from scratch? Watch the video below to cook along with Mrs. Phillips.

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Zombies vs Unicorns

In the calm before the storm, teens competed in Zombies vs Unicorns this past Saturday, October 27 at the library.  We had Unicorn Poop Cookies, Brains and eyeball lollipops for snacks.  Teens had laser tag and computer games.  This after hours program allowed teens to play in the library  without disturbing  our regular library users.  Everyone had a great time and teens have asked for more after hours programs.

Book Review: Witches of East End

 Witches of East End by Melissa del al Cruz

Recommended Age: 15 and up 

Reviewer: Rathna Ramanathan

“There is nothing I can do for her. Not without breaking the
bonds of the restriction. Not without putting myself in danger as
well,” thought Ingrid Beauchamp. Yet it seems that throughout Melissa
de la Cruz’s novel, “Witches of East End”, Ingrid, Freya, and Joanna
Beauchamp continually risk losing their privileges as members of an
incognito Long Island witch family as they succumb to their inner
desires in a mortal world.

I found myself pulled under the spell of Cruz’s simple, yet
flavorful language that will surely draw any older teen or adult.
Witches of East End” represents a novel with wonderful character
development as well as a unique plot design of interwoven narratives
outlining the moral crisis faced by the three most powerful witches of
North Hampton. The only disappointment of novel, if any can be found,
was the slightly cliché ending with the usual made-up names and

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