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Music Video Monday - Geri Halliwell

February 8, 2016 | Cameron | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The artist formally known as Ginger Spice (although she did try to get herself known as Sexy Spice) was the first of the girl group to go solo. She left the Spice Girls in 1999 and started her own career which began with the single "Look at Me"

 

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Your Bookmark here: Weird Girl and What's his Name

February 7, 2016 | Cameron | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Weird-girl-what-his-name-meagan-brothers"Weird Girl and What's his Name" is a wonderful novel about the relationship between two best friends in high school, who are simply trying to navigate the landscape and survive their small town as best they can together.

Lula and Rory share everything, especially their love of all things science fiction (and especially their love of the TV show "The X-files), and also the fact that they both feel that they just don't fit into this town. They tell each other everything, Rory came out to her years ago and she has shared all her complicated feelings over her Mother's walking out and abandoning her years ago. Lula has some conflicted feelings about Rory as she feels attracted to him, but also realized that nothing will ever come of that. She also does not care that Rory is over weight and has some body issues.

However, as Lula begins to uncover things about Rory that she did not know, she feels that he is moving away from her. She herself, decides that this may be a good time for her to go out and start searching for herself and to unravel her own sexuality and lack of relationship with her mother. Lula sets out on her own to go and find her mother.

This book takes a while to get going (there are a few pages of "X-files" descriptions that go on a bit too long) but once it's momentum is in place this is a refreshing read about LGBTQ youth and the issues that they face.

Teen Picks: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

February 6, 2016 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Chosen by Faith, member of the library's Editorial Youth Advisory Group

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"I don’t want realism, I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don’t tell the truth, I tell what ought to be truth. And if that is sinful, then let me be damned for it!" -from A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams

Teen Picks: INKHEART

February 5, 2016 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Chosen by Geraldynn, member of the library's Editorial Youth Advisory Group

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“Her curiosity was too much for her. She felt almost as if she could hear the books whispering on the other side of the half-open door. They were promising her a thousand unknown stories, a thousand doors into worlds she had never seen before.”
- From Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke

Five Frames From . . . February 5th 2016 edition

February 5, 2016 | Cameron | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

What movie are these images from? First to get it right gets a prize.

Sc1 Sc2 Sc3 Sc4 Sc5

 

 

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Teen Picks: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE

February 4, 2016 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Selected by Alana and Tracy, members of the library's Editorial Youth Advisory Group.

All the light we cannot see cover“You know the greatest lesson of history? It's that history is whatever the victors say it is. That's the lesson. Whoever wins, that's who decides the history.” -from All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
Sit quietly

Upon reading this book I realized that I need an hour every day to sit quietly and wonder at the world. -Alana

Your Bookmark Here: The Memory Of Light

February 2, 2016 | Claire A | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

25665016Vicky Cruz wants to die, which is why she tried killing herself.  She wakes up in the hospital after her suicide attempt only to feel like an even bigger failure.  But after meeting Dr. Desai and 3 other patients in the psychiatric ward, Vicky starts looking at her life and what drove her to suicide.  She spends 2 weeks in the hospital in group therapy with the other patients Mona, E.M. and Gabriel and begins to form friendships with them.  After the 2 weeks is up, Dr. Desai takes the group to her ranch where Vicky's bond with the group strengthens and she begins to realize that she is not alone in her struggle with depression. 
 
Francisco X. Stork tells a realistic and engaging story about mental illness and the struggles one faces when they have serious depression.  Its a moving account of Vicky's journey and how she learns about friendship, family, life and loving herself. 
 
 
 

Music Video Monday - Spice Girls

February 1, 2016 | Cameron | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The Spice Girls are an English pop group that formed in 1994. They are the best selling female group of all time and have won numerous awards and their debut single "Wannabe" went number one in 30 different countries making them a global phenomenon. We will start with that video:

 

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Five Frames From . . . January 29th 2016 edition

January 29, 2016 | Cameron | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

What movie are these images from? First to get it right gets a prize.

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SCAR TISSUE - not recommended for the faint of heart: a book review

January 28, 2016 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Review by Claire, Grade 12 student, Oakwood C.I.

Scar tissue book coverIn November 2011, as an eighth grader, I picked up Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis (the singer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers). At first, I was shocked by the things that Kiedis got up to at the ripe old age of 13. But what was more relevant were the emotions behind the madness. He truly captured the importance of learning from mistakes and rising above ones past.

In Grade 9, when I read the book again, I understood what messages were being conveyed through his wild adventures and near-death experiences. As someone who is driven by music, I found the book was easier to relate to, for Kiedis’ passion for making music is what kept him going through much pain and many struggles.

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