Land of YA
Sarah on October 22nd, 2013
TAB Guest Blog Review by Jack M.
Recently (okay maybe today) I finished playing the demo for the Stanley Parable. I think that this game might be one of the best games demos I ever played. The demo’s only characters are you and the narrator. The narrator follows you throughout the game- kind of like Morgan- and guides you to whatever he wants you to do… sometimes. It starts with you waiting for the game to load. It cleverly tricks you into thinking that a video of some sort is playing when you start in a small parking lot staring at a cleverly placed sign.
Then you go to the waiting room. And so the demo begins…
Sarah on September 12th, 2013
Guest TAB Review by Grace I.
How many of you enjoy school? Do you consider yourself popular, cool, uncool, etc.? Some people enjoy school and some do not. Some care and some don’t care about school. Napoleon Dynamite definitely defines the latter. Napoleon Dynamite is not your average high school kid. He’s weird, has only 2 friends, and did I mention he’s weird? Sometimes in life, it’s the quality of your friends and not the quantity. If you’ve never seen the hilarious late 90s film Napoleon Dynamite, I strongly suggest this high school comedy. Watch with friends as Napoleon battles bullies, family problems, making friends, and being yourself.
Sarah on August 31st, 2013
The Library is offering a $100 prize for art submitted for an art contest. All submitted pieces will be on display in the library from October 1st-October 31st. The winning piece of art will be determined by a panel of judges and then displayed in the Land of YA teen department of the library.
--Must be two-dimensional (including painting, drawing, collage, prints, mixed media, computer generated art, & photography).
-no larger than 28 inches tall & 4 inches thick
-Must weigh no more than 15 lbs
-Be 100% original in concept, design, and execution.
-Each artist may submit 1 piece
-Must be pre-mounted and/or hang-able AND have the artist's name on it (either on front or back)
-must be PG-13
-Artist must submit submission form along with piece.
SUBMISSION DUE DATE: September 30th, 2013
Sarah on August 7th, 2013
By: Wendelin Van Draanen
Review by Elizabeth R.
A heart-warming tale about young love, Wendelin Van Draanen’s novel about adolescent Bryce Loski and Juli Baker will take your breathe away. When Juli Baker first met Bryce in the last few days of summer before second grade, she was sure she was in love. Although Bryce had no interest in her, that didn’t stop Juli from starting her escapade and advances in attempt to gain Bryce’s affection. There was just something about that blue-eyed, watermelon-scented boy that stole Juli’s heart.
Whether following Bryce around the block or staring at his house, Juli never let him out of her sight. He was the one, she could feel it. Buuuttt Bryce tends to have a different view during all of this. In his eyes, Juli is CRAZY. She stalks him, stares into his windows, sniffs his hair during class. But that’s not even the beginning. When Bryce finally gets sick of it all, he recruits Juli’s arch enemy, Shelly Stalls to help rid him of this “admirer” of his. That’s when everything takes a change for the worse; but it definitely wasn’t the only reason why.
Before, Juli attempted to show her feeling by bringing fresh chicken eggs to Bryce’s house every morning. Which was the complete opposite of attractive to Bryce. And little did Juli know that Bryce snuck them out back everyday to throw them out. When Juli finds out, she’s crushed. From that point on she is on a total Bryce diet. And it gets even worse when she over hears him in the library insulting her, and at the price of her handicapped Uncle. Juli won’t speak to him, look at him, or even acknowledge his existence. During all this Byrce should be happy right? It’s all that he’s ever wanted! But for some strange reason, he doesn’t feel better. In fact, he feels bad. Really bad. Now the tables are turned. In attempt to apologize and make Juli feel better, Bryce finds himself chasing Juli, compared to the other way around. Which is totally crazy. In a way, you could say things have flipped. Which is when Bryce gets a strike of genius.
Every single day Bryce had watched Juli climb the sycamore tree at their bus stop, and he could tell she had some close connection with it. And ever since Juli rescued Bryce’s kite from it, she could feel that magical feeling too. But when a construction company blocked off the bus stop and proposed their plans of taking down the tree, Juli was astounded. Not sure what to do, she had consulted her father. Juli tries to explain how she felt when at the top of that tree; how she could feel the sun setting, the emerging stars, the dusk. Sadly, nothing had been able to stop the destruction of her beloved tree. In order to fill in the hole between Bryce and Juli, Bryce decides to do something that he never would have ever thought possible. But the weird feeling he senses inside of himself is too strong to ignore. Except what he does do, is part of the magic you’ll have to read to believe.
Sarah on August 1st, 2013
I just finished reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky, and it is a fantastic book. 5/5 stars! I sincerely loved it. I don't want to give away too much but I think it is well-written and realistically wonderful.
Here's the main story: The main character, Charlie, is a freshmen in high school and struggles to make new friends after his only friend commits suicide. He's smart (reads a lot) and sensitive (cries a lot) and quiet (doens't say much). When he meets Sam and Patrick, two seniors, his life really changes. He hangs out with them at the Big Boy and goes to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show religiously. He falls in love with Sam. He learns that Patrick is gay and the quarterback on the football team is secretly dating him. Charlie goes to parties for the first time and begins smoking and has a lot of other firsts. A brilliant coming of age story--with a twist at the end.
Here's why I loved it: Charlie's character is a wallflower; he struggles to participate in his own life, and I think this is something that a lot of apathetic people deal with, too; it is easy to watch your life pass you by. Sometimes, it is hard to make the life you want happen. Charlie's passivity and his attempts to participate instead of watch his life happen are remarkable--and the thing revealed at the end of the book is crazy insightful into Charlie's difficulties. Also, I think this is the best book I've ever read dealing with loneliness.
Okay, so say you've read this amazing book--like the rest of the world!--and you want something similar? Because I am a librarian, immediately after finishing this book, I think of all these other books that I've either read or heard about that I think are similar in some way. Of course, the brilliant realistic fiction writer John Green tops the list, but all of these have something similar; they are mostly realistic ficion with well-drawn characters. These are not empty, quick reads. They all bring something to think about to the table. Click on this link to see the list on our pinterest page. Click on the images on the pinterest to see if the books are on shelf at our library. And enjoy!
--Ms. Sarah, Behind the Times Reader of Perks of Being a Wallflower.