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Teen Review: The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief by MM

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is a book about a boy names Percy Jackson. Percy has had a lot of trouble in school and has had experiences he can't explain. One day he was in the car with his mom and his friend Grover and they were hit by a big animal. When they go out of the car, this huge creature called a Minotaur, which is half man and half bull, started chasing them. The Minotaur grabbed Percy's mom by the neck and transported her to Hades' palace. This made Percy mad because he thought that his mom had been killed. Percy then went and charged the Minotaur and ended up ripping off his horn and killing it.

After this happened, Percy went to Camp Half-Blood. While Percy was there, he found out that his father was Poseidon, and that his mother was still alive. He was going to go and rescue her. Percy was also convicted of stealing Zeus's lightning bolt. He was given a deadline to get it back to Olympus. Percy knew that it wasn't he w…

Teen Review: The Candy Makers

The Candy Makers by MF

The book The Candy Makers by Wendy Mass is about four kids who enter a candy making competition. They each have to come up with their own unique and one of a kind candy and the best one wins.  Before they start, the candy maker has to show the kids all the candy and they have to figure out what goes good together and how it would taste.

One of the four contestants is the candy maker's son. All of the kids think that since he lives in the factory, that he would know the most about the candy and what candies are good together and how to make it. But he doesn't know as much as they think he does.

This book is good for either girls or boys in any age group between 11-14. I recommend this book to kids who like candy or enjoy reading about friendships and mysteries or surprise.

Teen Review: Holes

Holes by AK

The book Holes by Louis Sachar was very good, It was very confusing,; the things in the beginning, but halfway through, you understand everything. I have never read a book like Holes. It is different and give us a close look at the characters.

The characters are interesting in this book. They are young boys, but act, think, and even talk different. There is an interesting plot and twists and even a great ending. Not saying everyone is happy at the end, I thought it was a perfect ending for that type of book.

It is not a mystery, but you will have lots of questions and new characters that come in the middle of the book. The main character is Stanley Yelnats who is related to many people. Overall, this is a great book.

Teen Review: Divergent

Divergent Review by JK

Divergent by Veronica Roth is a thriller and fantasy that places the reader in Chicago, the only city still intact after a war. It features the life and store of Beatrice Prior. When she takes her aptitude test, she finds out that she is divergent.

Being divergent means that she was placed in more than one faction during her test. Many people believe that divergents threaten the factions system and how they work. So, most divergents who are caught being divergent are usually executed.

Tris decided to pick the Dauntless faction, thinking it is probably the safest option. Tris must now hide her divergence from her new faction while trying to survive the Dauntless brutal initiation. Tris meets Tobias who is also divergent. Both of them almost immediately fall in love with one another.

This is a book that I would recommend to young adults and to people who like thrillers and romance.

2015 Cybils Literary Award List

The Cybils are Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards. The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal
Elementary/Middle Grade
Fiction: The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands This exciting tale of codes, puzzles and a mysterious cult is set in 1600’s London. The story is a page-turner told through the eyes of 14-year-old apothecary’s apprentice, Christopher Rowe. He’s happy in his role learning how to make powerful medicines, potions, and weapons from Master Benedict Blackthorn. At the same time, he’s a kid horsing around with his buddy, the baker’s son. But when a string of shocking murders to other apothecaries gets closer and closer to the Blackthorn shop, Christopher must take action. His master knows of a secret that could destroy the world and trusts Christopher with coded messages that will also help him gain that knowledge.
Graphic Novels : Roller Girl by Vict…

Teen Review: My Life in Pink and Green

My Life in Pink and Green by MF

I recommend the book My Life in Pink and Green by Lisa Greenwald because it is a really good book for young girls and teens. This book has to do with beauty, fashion, business, and most of all, girl power. Lisa Greenwald discusses what a girl can do to make a difference. The girl in the book, Lucy tried to help her family drugstore/pharmacy from foreclosure. Lucy goes green and transforms the family's pharmacy into a spa and pharmacy combined. She makes a "relaxation room" and she does people's makeup and hair.

In the process of this, she ties to save the economy and recycle by using all recycled products for the pharmacy "redecorating." By the time she is finished, the Old Mill Pharmacy has gained many customers and a lot more business thanks to Lucy and her girl power. This is why I recommend and like this book.

Teen Review: The Outsiders

The Outsiders Review by JS

The Outsiders has been called by many a truly defiant and moving story, one that has stood the test of time for nearly fifty years. The story follows a fifteen year old Greaser named Ponyboy, whose parents had recently died due to a car crash. He lives with his brother Danny (who is sometimes a bit hard on him) and his other brother Sodapop (the hot one). This book actually taught me a lout about greasers in the fifties and sixties.For example, none of them sing about their romantic experiences over the summer to their friends.

That was a joke guys.

Okay, so he lives with his brothers, and then we get the backstory until we finally meet the other main character, Johnny Cade. Johnny is abused by his parents, and was mugged by the Socs (basically the rich greasers) about a year earlier, so he's a bit quiet and shy. There is also a different Greaser named Dallas, who is basically the tough guy of the tough guys.  Dallas, Johnny, and Ponyboy end up going to…

ANNPower Vital Voices Initiative

The ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative is a groundbreaking partnership between ANN INC., the parent company of Ann Taylor, LOFT and Lou & Grey, and Vital Voices to empower young women from across the U.S. to effect global progress, invest in their communities, and begin their journeys as the next generation of leaders.
WHAT IT IS:  An initiative to provide leadership training to girls, empowering them to become the next generation of global trailblazers.
WHO SHOULD APPLY: Girls who are in the 10th or 11th grade at a high school in the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada.
DATES + DEADLINES: Apply below by Tuesday, March 8 at 11:59 PM EST. Fellowships will be announced in April. The 2016 Leadership Forum will take place June 14-17, 2016.
DETAILS: From now until March 8, we are searching the country for young women who are committed to reshaping the world for positive and sustainable change - the leaders of tomorrow.

To be considered, you must demonstrate a strong commitment to leader…

Black History Month Origins and 10 Little Known Facts

The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and the prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures. In the decades the followed, mayors of cities across…