January 28, 2010

Harry Potter visits our next book club

Did you know that we had a Teen Book Club for grades 8-12? We've been meeting for about a year and a half now, and have a great group of people who love books and love talking about books. We read all different types of books: sci fi, classics, vampire stories, graphic novels and more! At our February meeting we'll discuss ALL of the Harry Potter books. We'll talk about our favorite characters, scenes and storylines as well as the impact this series has had on pop culture. I invite you to join us!

Here's look at the books we've read and discussed at previous meetings. I hope to see you there!

January 27, 2010

The Agency 1: A Spy in the House

by Y. S. Lee
YA Mys Lee Y
352 pages 2010 Historical Mystery
Grade: A

A Spy in the House is about a girl who went from being a crook to a spy in only a few years. From what I can tell, the series is going to be about her adventures. It's a good book. You should definitely read it when it comes out.

reviewed by TAB member Kyra B.

Ghostbusters the Video Game

Ghostbusters the Video Game
for XBOX 360
Grade: B-

It can get glitchy. It brings back the original cast and is able to remake the old feel and humor.

reviewed by TAB member James P.

What did you think of the game?

January 21, 2010

A new teen novel starring...me?

OK, this sounds extremely cool. For a mere $25, "You and your friends can star in these full-length personalized novels perfect for teens & preteens by selecting 25+ features to customize. Thousands of changes in each book! From high school comedy to mysterious vampire romance...you are the star!" Check them out on Facebook.

January 13, 2010

TAB Hot List -- The Best & Worst Movies of 2009

The Teen Advisory Board has spoken. Below are their favorite and hated movies for the past year. What do you think?

The Best

1. Up
2. District 9
3. Star Trek
4. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
5. The Hangover
6. Zombieland
7. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
8. Inglourious Basterds
9. Paranormal Activity

The Worst

1. New Moon
2. The Hannah Montana Movie
3. The Jonas Brothers, the Concert Experience
4. G Force
5. Dance Flick
6. Bride Wars
7. Watchmen (yep, it made both lists)
8. Jennifer's Body
9. Stepfather
10. Bruno

January 12, 2010

Peter and the Starcatchers

by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
451 pages 2004 Adventure
Grade: A+

If you're looking for a high paced adventure book, read Peter and the Starcatchers. It's based on Peter Pan, but it's nothing like it. When Peter and his friends are sent off on an old ship headed to a country with a horrible king, he encounters pirates and a very special crate. Will Peter defeat the pirates and find what's in the box? You'll have to read it to find out!

reviewed by teen volunteer Cedric B.


by Alan Moore
YA Graphic Novel Moore A
413 pages 1987 Graphic novel
Grade: A-

I'll just go ahead and say it; Watchmen is one of the greatest graphic novels ever written. The characters' motivations and values all intertwine to create an incredibly engaging plot; even if the ending falls a little flat in a few areas.

reviewed by Teen Book Club member Kevin G.