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¡Uno! by Green Day

Each song on this record is full of energy.  The mood this record creates for me is an exciting happy mood.  This record really makes you feel like Green Day took a trip back to the 90′s and just started jamming out.  The record itself just makes you wanna get up, dance, sing along, or play along with the music.

“Oh Love” is the track that stands out for me the most.  It was chosen as the album’s lead single.  It received a lot of airplay from the radio and became very well known.  It’s a fun and simple song that will be stuck in your head for days.  Another standout song is “Nuclear Family.”  This song sounds like something Green Day could have made in the 1990′s because it sounds like something that could have made it’s way onto “Dookie” if it wanted to.  Great guitar playing, awesome bass, and the drums and lyrics are fantastic!

Green Day is, in my opinion, different than most artists out there today because after 25 years they’re still going strong.  They have not ever made a record that sounded like another record.  They really care about their fans and that’s awesome!

Great record.  Give it a try, I’m sure you’ll love it.

Review by Dylan.

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One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

One Piece is about a boy named Monkey D. Luffy. He wants to become king of pirates, so he gathers some crew and goes for an adventure. I liked Sanji, he’s the cook and I found him interesting because he says the most important part of a cooks body is his hands, so he always fights with the lower part of his body with his hands in his pockets.

The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the art, it’s a little weird. I love the characters though, I think they’re oh so very awesome. I would recommend this to everyone. It’s awesome!

Review by Dakoda


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Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

Hollis Woods, the main character, is a problem-child orphan who basically spends most of her life shipped around from foster home to foster home. The only family she’s ever really pictured herself staying in is Steven’s, in a perfect house by a river, under a mountain. During her brief stay at Steven’s house, she and Steven get into an accident, and as problems worsen she runs away from them. Later, she gets sent to a foster home with a woman named Josie Cahill, an artist. Josie is beautiful and wonderful and has a great cat, but she’s slowly forgetting things, to the point where it might be dangerous for her to live alone, and nobody notices this problem but Hollis, who begins to love her. When the agency comes to take Hollis away and to possibly put Josie in a home, Hollis runs them both away to Steven’s summer home in the mountains, the only place she knows to be safe, where she eventually finds that being a part of a family is not impossible.

Hollis is one of the funniest and most relatable characters I’ve ever read because she’s really stubborn and doesn’t say much. I know every teen book ever is about some quiet kid who has a huge attitude in their head, and it gets really cliché after a while, but what I really like about Hollis is that she doesn’t overthink things or constantly spew her feelings about everything all over the place. She just does it. And that was perfect for me.

What I loved most about this book was the way the story was told. First of all, Patricia Reilly Giff is a wonderful writer, and the details she includes are perfect. But also the story is told with every other chapter in the past timeline, alternating with the present. So you get to see both stories unfold, and they were really well-timed so that as one falls into tragedy the other heals the wounds.

I would actually just recommend this in general to anyone as a really great book, but especially to teens, just because Hollis is a teenager herself.

Review by Jasper

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Sloth by Gilbert Hernandez

Miguel Torress is a troubled and curious child, so he purposefully goes in a coma and hurts his family.  He meets a girl he likes when he wakes.  A part in this story that caught my eye was when Miguel’s girlfriend tries to convince him that she wasn’t cheating.  I enjoy reading the boko because it allows me tof cus my attention on new things.

Review by Jaszmier

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How to Make Books by Esther K. Smith

I was at the library today in the stacks when I noticed the book How to Make Books, with a simple cover but intriguing title I decided to look inside. The simple craft guide book ended up being a great choice! Smith uses fun little narratives as she introduces each book. There are clear directions, both in cook-book style and illustrations. I tried making two of the books inside and they were lots of fun! The materials needed are things you have around the house and the books themselves don’t take too long to make. It is just up to you to decide how you will decorate your book! So next time you are at the library looking for a good craft book you should check out How to Make Books.

Review by Samantha, Teen Advocacy Committee member

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It Gets Better, edited by Dan Savage - check it out!
It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living

It Gets Better is a collection of stories written by religious people, celebrities, and everyday people. The book was edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller who wanted to reach out to LGBT kids and give them hope. As a student who has endured bullying and someone who believes very much in equality I’m really glad that a book like this exists and I would recommend it to anyone gay or straight who was dealing with harassment in school. Last year I was really sad when I heard about those kids, all whom were gay and very close to my age who committed suicide. What’s great about this particular book is that it’s people from all different backgrounds and sexual orientations reaching out to kids that quite frankly have been being ignored for years and telling them not to give up, that they matter, and that life is worth living. Some of the stories are even from people who themselves have attempted suicide and are glad that they lived. The thing about this book is that there are so many different stories in the book you’ll undoubtedly find at least one person to relate to. It Gets Better also includes resources for LGBT youth and their allies, parents, and teachers. I think it’s unfortunate that a book and organization like this needs to exist, but until everyone realizes that we’re all human I’m glad it’s out there for people who are really struggling.

Review by Atiya Irvin-Mitchell

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Two Little G irls in Blue by Mary Higgins Clark - check it out!
Two Little Girls in Blue by Mary Higgins Clark

1. Name two characters and give brief personality descriptions.

Mr. & Mrs. Frawley. Mr. Frawley was depressed and stressed-out. As for Mrs. Frawley, she was the same.

2. Write a sentence or two about what happened in the plot:

Mrs. 7 Mr. Frawley’s twin girls (age 3) were kidnapped and they had to pay a $8 million ransom.

3. Write two sentences about what it was that you enjoyed about this work (or about what you didn’t enjoy):

I enjoyed the part when they had go the twin girls back. And when the kidnappers had got caught and put in jail.

Review by Towanda

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Rosa by Nikki Giovanni

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni

1. Name two characters and give brief personality descriptions.

Rosa Parks was brave and stood up for what was right. Mr. Parks was a great barber.

2. Write a sentence or two about what happened in the plot:

Rosa Parks had problems when on the bus.

3. Write two sentences about what it was that you enjoyed about this work (or about what you didn’t enjoy):

I like that the author describes Rosa as a strong woman. I also liked that the author indicated that she was good at what she did.

Review by Ta-Von

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Boot Camp by Todd Strasser - check it out!

Boot Camp By Todd Strasser

In my own words, this book was a sad, intense, and bitter-sweet adventure.

When Garret is kidnapped by two bounty hunters, thrown into the back of a car, and told that he was a stupid, manipulating fiend, He has already had enough. But, it was only about to get worse.

From the first page to the last, this book will have you glued to the pages. I found it very difficult to put down.

To wrap all this up, I would like to say that It is hard to tell whether or not I loved this book…or just hated it. Pick this book up some time, and decide for yourself!

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various Simpsons comics - check 'em out!
Simpsons Comics

Everybody has heard of the show “The Simpsons”, an animated show that has been around for ages and follows the lives of the Simpsons family (Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart and Maggie). You may or may not have also seen some of the paraphernalia associated with the show such as t-shirts. But to my surprise today I found out there is also a series of comic books. Today I tried out these comic books by reading two issues “Simpsons Comics: Barn Burner” and “Bart Simpson – Class Clown” as well as part of a few other issues.

Each book, has multiple comics in it (usually around 10) that often varies in length but usually take no more then 5-10 minutes to read. The plot resembles the plot of the show, with Bart or Homer often causing trouble and occasionally focusing on other members of the family/various people of Springfeild. It is hard to describe the plot since it changes from comic to comic, but regardless almost all of them are entertaining. It definitely not as good as the show, but it still a fun read, especially in the months between seasons of the show. So next time you are at the library (if you are a fan of the show) be sure to check out The Simpsons comic series.

Review by Samantha, teen volunteer

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