Monday, July 30, 2012

Review: Between by Jessica Warman

Between by Jessica Warman

"There were six people on the boat that night....and when they awoke, there were five".  Elizabeth Valchar was pretty, popular, and perfect - until she woke up on the morning of her eighteenth birthday to investigate a persistent thumping noise.  Looking down into the water, she sees.....a girl; wet, facedown, and dressed in a pair of expensive gem encrusted cowboy boots. The journey begins on how she got in the water, the circumstances surrounding her birthday party, and the several months before her untimely death.  The book is a mystery, a ghost story, a romance, and a tale of redemption all wrapped up in one.  Once I started reading, it was hard to put the book down and until I figured out the whole story. 

Winner Week 5: Sarah M.

The Winner for Week 5:  Sarah M. and her review of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
"It was a book about a sometimes "taboo" topic to talk about, suicide. But seeing as how real it is becoming lately, it's important to get out to kids and make them realize that their actions and words could be the reason behind the scars on someone's body, or even the reason someone takes their own life."

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

From Goodreads "Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .
Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.
Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.
With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up. "
I read this book over the weeknend, and I would rate it a 4 out of 5 stars.  It was narrated by Tinker Bell, and really drew you into the story of Tiger Lily. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Winner Week 4 - Amber V.

Our Winner for Week 4:  Amber V!

Here is Amber's review of Invitation Only (book 2 in the Private Series) by Kate Brian:  "After being accepted to the Billings House, Reed thinks everythings looking up. However, her boyfriend Thomas never showed up after disapearing. What will take priority over Reed? School? Friends? Her boyfriend? This book is a very good follow up to the first in the series "Private." Any girl would find to love this book and the rest in the series."

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Beaded Bracelets!

Wow! we made some incredible beaded bracelets today - Be on the lookout for more craft programs, and food fun.  In August the Tops Cooking School will do a "Cool Smoothies" class on Aug 2 from 
1-2 pm, and a Make your Own Edible Arrangement class on Wednesday, August 29 from 1-2:30 pm.  Register on our website here:, or call the library at 720-4106 to register. Space is limited!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Winner for Week 3: Rachel W.

Article 5 by Kristn Simmons

I first saw this book on the teen reading blog, and it looked pretty good. It was as good as I thought it would be, but I shouldn't have read it late at night! The plot is highly utopian/dystopian, addicting, and quite the thriller. I want to know what happens to Ember now that she is with the rebellion, but at the same time - I'm not sure I could read another high-action thriller like this.  rated 4 out of 5 stars by Rachel W.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

10 Reasons why I love Harry Potter books!

10 Reasons why I will always love Harry Potter....

1.  It's so British.  That's important to an Anglophile like me!  Especially if you like talking in British accents and need practice.

2.  The books appeal to all ages - I read them, my children read them, aloud, to yourself, it doesn't matter - they cross age barriers.

3.  You feel for these characters.  When I cry because a book character has died, I am connected.  How many books make you feel that way?

4.  J. K. Rowling's life story summed up in one word:  inspiring.  Read her biography - now!  (We have several here at the Greece Public Library) You won't be sorry, and if you have time, watch her Harvard commencement speech on YouTube. Good stuff!

5.  The movies were good, not as good as the books, but really good!  For the first time EVER - the director's crawled into my imagination and replicated what I saw there for settings and characters!

6.  Mom's are valued.  OK, I'm a bit prejudiced here being a mother of three, but how refreshing!

7.  The books are re-readable.  I've read them each at least three times, and want to read them all again!  I don't feel this way about many books, and I've read ALOT of books in my life.

8.  They're magical.  The books transport you to another world.....Don't you wish you could be a student at Hogwarts for a semester?  I do!

9.  The nerds win.  Harry, Neville, Ron, Hermione; they are not perfect supermodels.  They are real, they are flawed, they all of us.

10.  Love, the real love of sacrifice, loyalty, and bravery, is the most powerful magic of all.  Not the trite, superficial love, the "Oh yes, he's my soul mate TODAY" celebrity driven kind of love.

J. K. Rowling, I thank you!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Winner for Week 2: Jenny V.

Our winner for week 2:  Jenny V. reviews Maximum Ride:  The Angel Experiment by James Patterson!

"The story focuses on a group of 6 human-avian (bird)hybrids that face experiences that are more horrifying than your worst nightmare times a million. The ending is something that I would never have expected with a complete suprise twist that shocked and confused me."  Jenny V.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Duct Tape Fun!

We made wallets, flower topped pencils, and bracelets at our Duct Tape Crafts program.  In July we have a beaded bracelet craft, the Portable Planetarium show, Summer Fun with Peeps, a First Aid Class, and a visit with Wildwings! raptor program.  Register and join us at:

Monday, July 2, 2012

Winner for Week 1: Gabby G.

Our Winning Review, by Gabby G.  - The Downside of Being Charlie by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Charlie is about to start his senior year of high school, but it's not promising to be the great time he was expecting. He just lost some weight, and is looking to impress the pretty new girl, Charlotte. But with his mom disappearing again, and sharing a locker with the school's most notorious freak; will Charlie be able to focus on anything positive? I thought it was a really good book. I loved reading about what he was thinking, and silently cheering him on to make the right decisions.