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Book Award Announcements

This morning, the American Library Association announced the winners for their Youth Book Awards. Here are the winners for the Young Adult Awards:

The Schneider Family Book Awards honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent.

This year's winner is Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer

The Stonewall Award honors a book about the LGBT community.

The Honors of this year are:
Drama by Raina Telgemeir
Gone Gone Gone by Hannah Moskowitz
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman
Sparks by S. J. Adams

The Winner is Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saenz

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors an…

John & Hank Green's Evening of Awesome

Author John Green and his brother Hank recently held what they dubbed "An Evening of Awesome" at Carnegie Hall. The video is below (Heads up: some of the songs in the video are not appropriate for young children).

2013 Oscar Nominations

The Nominees for the 2013 Oscars are:

BEST PICTURE Amour Argo Beasts of the Southern Wild Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Django Unchained Les Miserables Life of Pi Lincoln Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty
BEST ACTOR Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook” Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” Denzel Washington, “Flight” Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables” Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
BEST ACTRESS Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour” Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook” Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty” Naomi Watts, “The Impossible” Quvenzhane Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Amy Adams, “The Master” Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables” Sally Field, “Lincoln” Helen Hunt, “The Sessions” Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Alan Arkin, “Argo” Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained” Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master” Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook” Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
BEST DIRECTOR David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook” …

Teen Review: "Chopped" (Television Show)

Chopped TV Show Review
By J. H.

Chopped is an interesting show on cooking.  It is on the Food Network Channel & new episodes are shown on Tuesday nights at 10 pm.  Four chefs compete against each other to win $10,000.  There are three rounds : appetizer, entree and dessert.  In each round they are given a basket with four mystery items.  They then cook a dish using those ingredients as well as whatever they would like in the "Chopped" pantry/fridge.  The dishes are judged on taste, creativity and presentation.  There are three judges per show & these judges are well known chefs.  At the end of each round,  the judges choose the chef who did the worst job and they are sent home.  The chef who is still there at the end of the dessert round wins the money and is crowned "Chopped Champion."

     Chopped is an exciting show that is also educational.  It teaches you how to cook and use your imagination.  The ingredients are often weird and would not …