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Teen Review by Tara....The Clique

Publisher's Description: Massie Block: With her glossy brunette bob and laser-whitened smile, Massie is the uncontested ruler of The Clique and the rest of the social scene at Octavian Country Day School, an exclusive private girls' school in Westchester County, New York. Massie knows you'd give anything to be just like her.

Dylan Marvil: Massie's second in command who divides her time between sucking up to Massie and sucking down Atkins Diet shakes.

Alicia Rivera: As sneaky as she is beautiful, Alicia floats easily under adult radar because she seems so "sweet." Would love to take Massie's throne one day. Just might.

Kristen Gregory: She's smart, hardworking, and will insult you to tears faster than you can say "my haircut isn't ugly!"

Enter Claire Lyons, the new girls from Florida in Keds and two-year-old Gap overalls, who is clearly not Clique material. Unfortunately for her, Claire's family is staying in the guesthouse on Massie's family's huge estate while they look for a new home. Claire's future looks worse than a bad Prada knockoff. But with a little luck and a lot of scheming, Claire might just come up smelling like Chanel No. 19. . . .
 

The Clique is a drama filled book series. It really got to me because those things that they do in this book happens at school everyday. It's addictive once you get through the first chapter. It's about these 5 girls and they go to a school named Octavian Country Day, in short OCD. Their names are Massie Block, Alicia Rivera,Dylan Marvil, Kristen Gregory, and Claire Lyons. The fifth girl is a newcomer to the place and they make a group called the Pretty Committee and Claire wants to be in the group but Massie, aka the "the leader" wont let her but as the summary says "with a little luck and a lot of scheming" she just might get in. The problem is, getting out. 5 stars!

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3/1/2015 Add a Comment Share this:

Teen Review by Tara....The Clique

Publisher's Description: Massie Block: With her glossy brunette bob and laser-whitened smile, Massie is the uncontested ruler of The Clique and the rest of the social scene at Octavian Country Day School, an exclusive private girls' school in Westchester County, New York. Massie knows you'd give anything to be just like her.

Dylan Marvil: Massie's second in command who divides her time between sucking up to Massie and sucking down Atkins Diet shakes.

Alicia Rivera: As sneaky as she is beautiful, Alicia floats easily under adult radar because she seems so "sweet." Would love to take Massie's throne one day. Just might.

Kristen Gregory: She's smart, hardworking, and will insult you to tears faster than you can say "my haircut isn't ugly!"

Enter Claire Lyons, the new girls from Florida in Keds and two-year-old Gap overalls, who is clearly not Clique material. Unfortunately for her, Claire's family is staying in the guesthouse on Massie's family's huge estate while they look for a new home. Claire's future looks worse than a bad Prada knockoff. But with a little luck and a lot of scheming, Claire might just come up smelling like Chanel No. 19. . . .
 

The Clique is a drama filled book series. It really got to me because those things that they do in this book happens at school everyday. It's addictive once you get through the first chapter. It's about these 5 girls and they go to a school named Octavian Country Day, in short OCD. Their names are Massie Block, Alicia Rivera,Dylan Marvil, Kristen Gregory, and Claire Lyons. The fifth girl is a newcomer to the place and they make a group called the Pretty Committee and Claire wants to be in the group but Massie, aka the "the leader" wont let her but as the summary says "with a little luck and a lot of scheming" she just might get in. The problem is, getting out. 5 stars!

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3/1/2015 Add a Comment Share this:

Teen Review by Tara....The Clique

Publisher's Description: Massie Block: With her glossy brunette bob and laser-whitened smile, Massie is the uncontested ruler of The Clique and the rest of the social scene at Octavian Country Day School, an exclusive private girls' school in Westchester County, New York. Massie knows you'd give anything to be just like her.

Dylan Marvil: Massie's second in command who divides her time between sucking up to Massie and sucking down Atkins Diet shakes.

Alicia Rivera: As sneaky as she is beautiful, Alicia floats easily under adult radar because she seems so "sweet." Would love to take Massie's throne one day. Just might.

Kristen Gregory: She's smart, hardworking, and will insult you to tears faster than you can say "my haircut isn't ugly!"

Enter Claire Lyons, the new girls from Florida in Keds and two-year-old Gap overalls, who is clearly not Clique material. Unfortunately for her, Claire's family is staying in the guesthouse on Massie's family's huge estate while they look for a new home. Claire's future looks worse than a bad Prada knockoff. But with a little luck and a lot of scheming, Claire might just come up smelling like Chanel No. 19. . . .
 

The Clique is a drama filled book series. It really got to me because those things that they do in this book happens at school everyday. It's addictive once you get through the first chapter. It's about these 5 girls and they go to a school named Octavian Country Day, in short OCD. Their names are Massie Block, Alicia Rivera,Dylan Marvil, Kristen Gregory, and Claire Lyons. The fifth girl is a newcomer to the place and they make a group called the Pretty Committee and Claire wants to be in the group but Massie, aka the "the leader" wont let her but as the summary says "with a little luck and a lot of scheming" she just might get in. The problem is, getting out. 5 stars!

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Teen Review by Tara....The Clique

Publisher's Description: Massie Block: With her glossy brunette bob and laser-whitened smile, Massie is the uncontested ruler of The Clique and the rest of the social scene at Octavian Country Day School, an exclusive private girls' school in Westchester County, New York. Massie knows you'd give anything to be just like her.

Dylan Marvil: Massie's second in command who divides her time between sucking up to Massie and sucking down Atkins Diet shakes.

Alicia Rivera: As sneaky as she is beautiful, Alicia floats easily under adult radar because she seems so "sweet." Would love to take Massie's throne one day. Just might.

Kristen Gregory: She's smart, hardworking, and will insult you to tears faster than you can say "my haircut isn't ugly!"

Enter Claire Lyons, the new girls from Florida in Keds and two-year-old Gap overalls, who is clearly not Clique material. Unfortunately for her, Claire's family is staying in the guesthouse on Massie's family's huge estate while they look for a new home. Claire's future looks worse than a bad Prada knockoff. But with a little luck and a lot of scheming, Claire might just come up smelling like Chanel No. 19. . . .
 

The Clique is a drama filled book series. It really got to me because those things that they do in this book happens at school everyday. It's addictive once you get through the first chapter. It's about these 5 girls and they go to a school named Octavian Country Day, in short OCD. Their names are Massie Block, Alicia Rivera,Dylan Marvil, Kristen Gregory, and Claire Lyons. The fifth girl is a newcomer to the place and they make a group called the Pretty Committee and Claire wants to be in the group but Massie, aka the "the leader" wont let her but as the summary says "with a little luck and a lot of scheming" she just might get in. The problem is, getting out. 5 stars!

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APL Is Bringing "Writing For Hollywood" To Sam Houston High School

 

Ever had one of those over-caffeinated/ sugar-filled conversations with friends where you were just letting your imagination get the best of you and someone said to you "Hey, if that was a movie, I'd watch that!" Or perhaps someone or even several people have told you that your own life would make an interesting movie or TV show? (HINT.. HINT)

Don't wait for someone else to "steal" YOUR idea and turn it into THEIR hit series/ movie. Learn to write your own blockbuster story... the Hollywood way! 

Kicking off on Tuesday, March, 3 the Writing for Hollywood creative writing workshop will cover the ins and outs of writing a proper Hollywood script. I'll not only teach how to turn your original idea into a industry polished screenplay, but also how to work up the nerve to SELL your story to a producer or agent! This skill is called "pitching," in which each of you must master being able to "hook" the attention of others with your story in just 2 sentences or less! (No pressure...)

What else will be happening in the Workshop?

We're also going to talk about favorite movie lines we love...

"You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain..."-The Dark Knight (2008) 

But we're also not going to tip toe around examples of horrible movie dialogue that made us cringe. We've all heard them at one time or another, and as writers, you'll learn how to NOT make those mistakes while writing your story.  ​

Writing for Hollywood creative writing workshop is open to all Sam Houston High School Students with an interest in storytelling, filmmaking, and acting!

Where: Sam Houston High School- Rm #625

When: Afterschool, 3:00pm-4:30pm Tuesdays in March (3/3, 3/17, 3/24, & 3/31 ) Must be a Sam Houston student to participate.

 

  

2/24/2015 by EJ A. Add a Comment Share this:
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Teen Review by Jordan W....Maximum Ride Manga 1

Publisher's Description: Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of her "flock" - Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel - are just like ordinary kids, except they have wings and can fly! It may seem like a dream come true to some, but for the flock it's more like a living nightmare. When the mysterious lab known as the "School" turns up and kidnaps their youngest member, it's up to Max to organize a rescue, but will help come in time?

Maximum Ride: the manga 1 is a amazing manga book about six bird hybrid children that are trying to live a normal life, but they are forced to move place to place running away from human-wolf hybrids called erasers. 5 stars!!! The story goes on to explain the details of the mysterious erasers and a diabolical scientist named Jeb.

But, just wait the next book. It will probably be even better. Signing off-Jordan.

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Death Note...the Musical?!

Because when I think of a notebook that gives its processor the ability to kill people, I think....let’s put this on Broadway! That’s right folks; there will be a musical version of Death Note set to hit the stage in the land of the rising sun later this year.

For those of you that have lived under a rock, Death Note is the hugely popular manga turned anime series that ran in Weekly Shonen Jump from 2003 to 2006, (anime fans should be familiar with the artist Tsugumi Oba and writer Taheshi Obata behind Death Note since they’ve created other popular manga including Bakuman and All You Need is Kill) about an academic genius/high school student named Yagami Light stumbling upon a mysterious black notebook with the title, Death Note written in English. He later realizes that as long as he a picture of someone’s face in his mind and the correct spelling of their name, that he can write that name into the notebook and kill them. He vows to use this newfound power to create a “cleansed society” free of crime and to make himself God of this new world. His plans for this are soon complicated by the world’s leaders coming together and hiring a Sherlock Holmes-like detective only known as “L” to take on the case. From there, Death Note quickly pulls you in the cat-and-mouse game of who will come out the victor, Yagami Light or L.

I know what you’re thinking, this is a train wreck waiting to happen, but’s there actually some serious guns behind this musical. As reported by Broadwayworld.com (I never thought I’d ever visit a Broadway website for a blog source…) composer Frank Wildhorn will be scoring the musical while Jack Murphy will be writing the lyrics. It will be directed by Tamiya Kuriyama and Ivan Menchell will be writing the script.

The weird thing is…there are two songs set to be featured musical but sung in English that you can listen to online (click here), but the musical has no plans to visit the US anytime soon. It’s set to hit the stage in Tokyo, Japan beginning April 6th.

I’m not sure how Death Note will translate to the stage, but I am very much looking forward to a song and dance number featuring the line, “I’ll take a potato chip and eat it!” Don’t disappoint me Japan!

You can read more about Death Note coming to Broadway here and take a look at the main cast picture and tell me what you think.

Until then, why don’t you check out Death Note the manga series right here at the Arlington Public Library and fill me in on what scenes or storylines you’d what to see on stage…or if they should be doing this at all.

Written by Amina D., YTC Intern

2/22/2015 Add a Comment Share this:

Read, Beak Down, and Write!

What a Smashing hit for Teen Lit!!! 

17 students that came from Nichols Jr. High and Lamar High school, rallied today at the Northeast Branch Library, Teen Zone  to be part of this program, Teen Lit. Excited teens waited and unsure of what the program was going to be about, until poetry slam master, Mike Guinn arrived with the boost of motivation to begin the workshop by "Reading" and "Breaking down" our first poem/song called "Fancy", song by Iggy Azalea.

We explored who Iggy Azalea is, and what this verse is about: 

"I'm so fancy

You already know

I'm in the fast lane

From L.A. to Tokyo

I'm so fancy

Can't you taste this gold

Remember my name, 'bout to blow"

Mike than had our teens recite the verse in different emotional forms such as being angry, or shy, straying away from the musical concept that everyone knows about. It was great to see our teens having fun but at the same time being pro-active in learning about different types of poetry. 

At the end of our workshop, teens wrote a poem of their own!

Interested? Still would like to participate and be part of Teen Lit? You can still be part of this fun and interacting program. Join us next Wednesday at the Northeast Branch Library, Teen Zone from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.. Look forward to some fun, games and prizes while learning something new! 

See you there!  

 

2/19/2015 by Veronica R. Add a Comment Share this:
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2015 Grammy Awards

Did you guys catch the Grammy's last Sunday?  I think the new artist, Sam Smith basically ran away with most of the awards.

Song of the Year

Sam Smith, "Stay With Me" (WINNER)

Record of the Year

Sam Smith, "Stay With Me, Darkchild Version" (WINNER)

Best New Artist

Sam Smith (WINNER)

Best Pop Vocal Album

Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour (WINNER)

Be sure to check him out at the library!

2/11/2015 by Marla B. Add a Comment Share this:
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North Texas Teen Book Festival Happening Next Month!

1 Day+51 Authors+You=AN AMAZING DAY!

If you hadn't heard yet, Irving Public Library is hosting the first ever North Texas Teen Book Festival on March 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Irving Convention Center.

This free, one-day festival will highlight Middle Grade and Young Adult (YA) literature written by more than 50 national and international authors.

A couple of things to expect at the event:

  • Author panels
  • Book sales
  • Authors signings
  • Concession stand to buy snacks
  • Exhibitor booths
  • Fangirl/boy moments
  • Authors, authors...and more authors

This festival is open to EVERYONE and absolutely FREE!

Here are just a few of the authors who will be at this event:

For more information and updates, click here.

2/5/2015 by Raquel Reyna Add a Comment Share this: