SO LONG, YOUNG JEDI MASTER, SO LONG….

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The library staff (Children’s & Teen) are in full swing readying  for the summer theme.  For kids it’s ‘Starship Adventure at your Library’; for teens it is ‘Find What’s Out There at your Library.’  Maybe you wonder why the jedi thing is up there in the title….well, glad you asked.  As I read the Cape Cod Times article on Sandwich High School’s graduation, there was Kevin Jumper (or is it Peter?), valedictorian, mentioning Yoda and Master Luke Skywalker.  AND Mr. Parsons & I have been featuring some of those same Star Wars icons in our presentations to the younger grades.  So, what is it with the Star Wars motif?  Is it the hero aspect, is it the amazing special effects of the movies, is the iconic story of good versus evil or is it just commercialism with a really long shelf life?  I don’t know.  There is something to be said about science fiction and the way a good sci-fi novel tells a story.  So, what is the point of this paragraph?  Just to entice you to check out the pages on the 2 books we’ll be doing for the ‘Just Show Up’ Teen Book Discussions:  Down the Rabbit Holeby Cape author, Peter Abrahams and The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman.  The 1st book is a mystery and the 2nd is science fiction.  The cool thing about these 2 discussions (7/16 & 8/6) is that the first 10 readers who sign up receive a copy of the book to keep.  You don’t HAVE to register to come, just show up if you like.  Take a look at the page entitled ‘Just Show Up’ for a simple expose of the 2 books. 

If you are a reader entering 6th grade through 9th grade, register online at www.readsinma.org, click on ‘S’ for Sandwich, for the ‘Find What’s Out There’ at your Library summer read program for teens.  Just registering gets you nifty flying thing as a gift at the end of the summer.  If you complete the task of reading 5 books (graphic novels & manga/anime count as does non-fiction) you get an invite to the summer wrap-up party with Brett ‘YoYo Man’ Outchcunis on August 13th, Thursday. If you register, read the five books AND submit a book review or two (or three, four, five…there is no cutoff) that fits the review criteria, THEN your name is entered to win decent MP3 player,  I Tunes cards and/or cool something.  Hope you do.  Anyway, more about that later.  Always, if you have questions you can email me at yasandwichpl@yahoo.com.  More later, I have to find that article to make sure I have the SHS valedictorian and salutatorian correct.

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WHAT’S COMING UP? YOGA UP!

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    I know that this is mainly a book blog but I have to tell you about this anyway…For four Wednesdays in May, 6:15-7:00 pm in Room 2 at the library, Cyndi Denmat will be doing a yoga program for teens in 7th-9th grades.  Cyndi offered to do this (her daughter is a senior this year at SHS I think.) as a way to reduce the stress of transition (junior high to high school), dealing with life’s little dramas and as a healthy choice for pressurized (or those who don’t want to be so) teens.  There is no cost and you don’t have to go to all four sessions.  Registration is recommended online at www.sandwichpubliclibrary.com, Events Calendar.  I suppose you could even learn to read a book while doing the ‘tree’ but maybe not.  OK, that’s it.

WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE…..rated PG13

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Do you ever listen to NPR, probably (?) not BUT nevertheless I have to mention something I heard on “This American Life” with Ira Glass.  It was Brent Runyon reading the first chapter from his book The Burn Journals.  I  have never read this book though have heard about it.  When Brent was 14 years old he stepped into his bathtub at home, wrapped in a bathrobe soaked with gas and, yes, lit a match.  He lived.  And he is continuing to live on Cape Cod.  So, what do I do?  I go to our YA non-fiction section and pull the book to read.  I also pull a fiction book  Brent has written (Maybe) and Jack Gantos’ A Hole in My Life.  That last book I have read.  So, none of these books are the pretty kind.  They are the kind of reading you might take up when the world sucks hasn’t been kind and you need someone else’s story to take your mind off your own.  You know you will never BE this person, but you could be a friend, an acquaintance, an enemy or just a passerby and there is something in THIS person’s story you hear loud and clear.  Everyone has a story.  Everyone doesn’t write their story.  And everyone who writes their story certainly doesn’t get it published.  Going back to Brent Runyon, though, he didn’t get through this life changing event alone, and he didn’t write the book alone.  Read the dedication.  What is your prompt to pick up a book, to go looking for it.  This time mine was the radio.  I am looking forward to reading this story even if it doesn’t feature gorgeous vampires, extraordinary powers or really big words, just a kid who survived real life.

Look to Your Computer Right….

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Please check out the links to your computer right.  Highly recommended are the Readrgirlz & Guylitwire for recommendations.  Also, the book reviews – so far – are all mine (but I feel I’m fairly decent at doing this) but WOULD I LIKE TO HAVE LOCAL TEENS REVIEW BOOKS ON THIS BLOG? For sure, so please contact me via the yasandwichpl@yahoo.com email if you even want to take on one book you highly recommend.  Other than that, I’ll just keeping keyboarding away and searching for great links and great books for Sandwich teen readers.  Thanks.

Andy Fish & Veronic Hebard inspire future cartoonists & manga artists!

Guys, this one just in ….

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More poetry...from Zombies?

More poetry...from Zombies?

Not your ‘Twilight’ or ‘The Clique’ blogspot…it’s for guys.  Visually all over the place but who isn’t these days.  Lots to connect to and recommended by the ALA (make up your own acronym).  Look for your next decent read, graphic or otherwise.  Content on this runs the gamut….it’s not for middle school and even a little edgy for junior high. Use at your own discretion. http://guyslitwire.blogspot.com/

You just gotta start writing……

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Monks Cove Bourne

Blogging is a fine art, rather discipline.  Reading is a fine pleasure, rather a finest pleasure.  So all the books that I haven’t been writing about have been read but not reviewed.  But here’s a somewhat new one….What would a combination of Twilight, Harry Potter, The Bartimaeus Trilogy and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (with a little ‘Holy Grail-like’ object thrown in) be like?  It might be like City of Bones by Cassandra Clarke, a cool dark story of demons, ‘Shadowhunters’ and other worldly creatures heading towards the ultimate confrontation.  Cary (Clarissa) is a 15 year old (really, almost 16) girl who ‘sees’ things when others don’t, like people slaying weird creatures and, well, weird and truly icky creatures.  Her mother disappears under dark circumstances.  She finds out she’s the daughter of a ‘Shadowhunter’ mother and a former husband of her mom is the brilliant and ghastly planner of the end of the ‘Downworlders’ (fairy folk and such) and all things magical.  Powers, runes, ‘glamour’ (sorry for all the single quotes) and characters that are individually charming, powerful, evil, good and in-between.  Not exceptionally well-written (but very readable) and  not entirely a new story device, the author still hits on a good story image that will take more books to reveal the ultimate picture.  Older read.  And, as I mentioned…demons and magic.  So if you rather not think about things unseen or that raise the hairs on the back of your neck, there are lots of other choices for you.

PS:  City of Bones is also funny.  The sequel is entitled  City of Ashes.