Monday, May 6, 2019

My Whole Truth By Mischa Thrace

Shannon Grade 7 

My Whole Truth by Mischa Thrace 
Rating 4/5 

This book tells the story of Seelie Stanton, a 17 year old girl who was attacked and nearly killed, and then charged with murder.  Other important characters in the book are her group of friends, “the avengers”.   They support her throughout the book and through the many twists and turns the book takes.  
   Seelie spends the majority of the book fighting to clear her name.  One of the main problems with proving her innocence is that the boy she killed has a father who is a judge in their small town and he will stop at nothing to make sure she spends the rest of her life behind bars.  She feels like she has no adults in her life to turn to.  Luckily for her she has this group of friends she can trust….or can she?   Are her friends truly her friends or are they in on the whole murder plot?   
 Seelies character grows and changes a lot throughout the book.  She really discovers her “voice” and realizes she is in control of everything that has happened and what will come in her future.  She finally realizes that telling the whole truth is the only way to help others that may be in her situation one day. 
 I would definitely recommend this book to other teens. Lots of the chapters end in cliffhangers which make you want to keep reading on and on.    The reason I only gave it 4/5 is because some of the scenes would be more appropriate for high school and not necessarily middle school kids.  Some of the topics are just a little too dark for middle school. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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Teen Book Review by G4 (6th Grade)
   This book, The Incredible true story of the making of the Eve of Destruction by Amy Brasher, is very well written. 
  It is about Laura Ratcliff, who is the narrator for the story.  Her small town in Arkansas, Griffin Flat, is going to have a movie staged there!
   This story takes place in 1984, in Griffin Flat, Arkansas.  16-year-old Laura’s parents are divorced, and she has a stepbrother, Terrance. Her dad is in the “Strategic Air Command”, and calls at odd times to hint at a catastrophe. Her “friend”, Dana, is very invasive, and doesn’t like not getting her way.  Her other friend, Max, is very smart, but is crazy sometimes.  Laura, like many others, called in on a radio contest to try to get a part on the movie being staged in her town.  She wins, and picks a plus-one to go on the movie with her.  
  Laura was picked to be on a movie about nuclear war, which she has a bad fear of.  Her list of things she is afraid of is “People not liking me, getting sick, my parents dying, and nuclear war.”  But, it’s just a movie, right? 
  Her town is one of the largest risk factors for being nuked by the Russians.  FEMA has pamphlets being sent down to their area to tell people what to do during a nuclear war, and hotels do also.  Meanwhile, the movie keeps filming. 
  Teens would love this exciting thriller. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars, because it is a very interesting and surprisingly funny book.
  Who is Laura’s Plus-one?  What happens due to the movie?  Will Laura’s town get nuked?  Read this suspenseful, funny novel to find out!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Unclaimed Bagge by Jen Doll reviewed by G4 (6th. Grader

This book, “Unclaimed Baggage”, by Jen Doll, is very skillfully written.  It has three perspectives, from Doris, Nell, and Grant.  Doris is a hard-core girl working at a store called Unclaimed Baggage.  Nell is a free spirit who just moved to Alabama, where the story takes place.  Grant, the former captain of the football team, is told by his mom to get a job.

The author displays three different points of view in this novel.  Doris originally works at a store, Unclaimed Baggage, which sells people’s lost or unclaimed baggage from airports.  Nell comes there next, furious that her mom made her move away from her hometown, Chicago.  She left her boyfriend, Ashton, in Chicago also.  Grant comes to Unclaimed Baggage last, forced by his mom to get a job due to his partying nature. 

The story shows how characters can really show personal growth.  The main setting of the novel is the store, Unclaimed Baggage, where a lot of the events occur. Nell shows growth by befriending Doris and Grant, and she also learns to accept her new surroundings.  Meanwhile, Grant changes his partying ways and turns his life around.  Doris doesn't change much, but she changes slightly.  Multiple bad things happen, and they struggle to find solutions.  

I think this is a great story, with lots of plot twists.  I rate it a 5/5 because this book has suspense, mystery, and much more exciting content.  Teens will love this book and not be able to put it down until they finish it.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January Upcoming Programs

Teen Speak: Hot Cocoa & Cookies and Games

Thursday, January 24, 4-5pm

Come in and enjoy our version of Cookies & milk with our board games and your friends. BPY202

Community Service

Mail Carrier Appreciation Day

Wednesday, January 30, 4-5pm

There is mail in your mailbox six days a week so let’s take time out of our day to thank the mail person who is responsible for getting it there! Although we are a little late for the official day I’m sure your mail carrier deserves a treat. We may also be doing a little more for other people who deserve a treat. BPY611