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Teen Review: I'm Salty

August 26, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

Salt to the SeaReview by Faith, age 17

"Guilt is a hunter. Fate is a hunter. Shame is a hunter. Fear is a hunter."

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys is one of those books that coerces this Faith into delivering one of those rare and (somewhat) thoughtfully serious reviews. This is the sort of paradoxical book that is a timeless historical work of fiction.

Grief. If you do not feel grief post-reading this book, then perhaps you’re not completely sane. Possibly for the first time, I am feeling appropriately salty. Evidently, reading this book will make you upset… but it's in a good way?

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Teen Review: The Hunger Games

August 26, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

Hunger GamesCoverReview by Mishaal, age 13

The Hunger Games has been very famous among teens lately, everybody kept recommending it to me, so I finally decided to check it out. Believe it or not, this book (along with the others in the trilogy) are now right at the top of my list of favorites! Suzanne Collins (the author) wrote this story with the perfect blend of thrilling action, mystery, adventure, suspense and even a little bit of romance! The story unfolds in the country of Panem, which stands where a place called "North America"  used to be. Every year, the wealthy and powerful Capitol of Panem holds the "Hunger Games" to remind the rest of the twelve poor and struggling districts of Panem, that they are indeed, under the complete power of the Capitol.
 
What are the Hunger games, you ask?

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Teen Review: Between the Assassinations

August 26, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

Between the assassinationsReview by Farees, age 19

Between The Assassinations (a collection of short stories) by Aravind Adiga is something excruciatingly short of a masterpiece. The book was crisp, a very well written satire with sarcasm that’s so funny yet dark, it makes one feel guilty for finding it amusing. 

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Things To Do When You're Bored

August 26, 2016 | Youth Advisory Group | Comments (0)

By: Arianne, Leah and Nicole Maria A. Shchuka Youth Advisory Group Members

Summer is almost over but if you are bored here is a list of what to do:

Read a book

Go to the library

Download ebooks

Sign up for activities at the library

Volunteer

Do chores

Join a sports team

Sleep

Netflix

Snapchat

Swim

Go to festivals

Go to Amusement parks

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Teen Review: Finding Audrey

August 25, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

Finding-Audrey-Cover-JpegReview by Fariha F.

Most people underestimate eyes. They're infinite. You look someone straight in the eye and your whole soul can be sucked out in a nanosecond. Other people's eyes are limitless and that's what scares me.

Let me just start the review by saying that this book is hilarious. Truly. It had me smiling and laughing on every other page and just being generally happy. After reading a whole lot of Fantasy for the last month, the humorous contemporary is a much-appreciated break from gore, monsters and killing. (Though I do miss magical powers a little bit)

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Teen Review: City of Bones

August 25, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

City of bonesReview by Zainab

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is easily the best fantasy book I have read. Most people find it crazy when I say I hate fantasy. I hate it and I can put up a fight because of it. City of Bones has been a life changer for me, I am not joking.

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Smash Bros for the Wii U

August 25, 2016 | Youth Advisory Group | Comments (0)

By: Tyler, Mitchell & Liyue Maria A. Shchuka Youth Advisory Group Members

 Smash Bros is a game franchise that has brought family and friends together over a series of almost 20 years; from the retro N64, all the way to Nintendo's newest addition, the Wii U. But just how well did creator Masahiro Sakurai live up to the expectations of gamers and fans of the highly acclaimed franchise, with his newest release of Super Smash Bros (for the Wii U) compared to their previous titles? SSBY has successfully dealt with many problems, namely the game pacing issues. SSBY has managed to find a fine balance between the very fast faced SSB melee and the slow flow of SSB brawl, allowing for both casual and competitive play. The newest SSB4, also fixed several of the predecessors' game balance issues, where one character proves to be far stronger than other characters, such as MetaKnight in Brawl, or Fox in Medee. While many problems have been fixed, the introduction of DLC fighters released are considered to be much stronger than regular fighters from the base game. Thankfully the introduction of hot fixes and game patches has minimized the damage caused by regular and DLC fighter balance issues. These types of games are very competitive so people consider many techniques. People who watch the competition also have fun contributing. The program will for sure be enjoyable. In conclusion, taking into account all the pros and cons relevant to the game, we'd give it an overall 9/10.

Smash Bros

 

Two Teen Reviews from Farin

August 25, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

Pretty little liarsTV Show: Pretty Little Liars

Currently in the midst of its seventh season, Pretty Little Liars is a drama that has attracted millions of viewers. Four best friends, Spencer (played by Troian Bellasario), Aria (played by Lucy Hale), Hanna (played by Ashley Benson), and Emily (played by Shay Mitchell) are reunited after the leader of the group, Alison (played by Sasha Pieterse), is allegedly murdered. When they begin receiving messages from a mysterious villain named "A" who threatens and tortures them for the mistakes they've made before and after Alison was alive, how far will they go to bury their secrets?  

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Teen Review: The Outside Circle

August 24, 2016 | YAG Facilitator | Comments (0)

Outside Circle CDNreview by Maeesha

Re: Book Review Submission: The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane Benson

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

August 24, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

Squirrel Girl cover Marvel's Unbeatable Squirrel Girl may not be as well known as the Avengers or the X-Men, but she's the only one who's beaten all the biggest and toughest - Wolverine? Check. Deapool? Yup. Doctor Doom AND Thanos? Got the better of both of them. Sometimes, cute and resourceful is totally better than raw power, and Doreen Green is proof. Read all about her adventures with Tippy Toe this summer! 

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