Happy Monday, Everyone! Here are four interesting things you want to know about:
To kick off National Library Week a bunch of local librarians had a flash freeze mob at the Holyoke Mall on Sunday. 75 people froze in place reading a book, leaving mall goers to wonder, “What are they doing?” Check out this video:
Spring break is right around the corner. On Wednesday April 20 at 1:00, professional artist, Andy Fish, will be here giving a presentation on manga art and a drawing lesson. If you like manga, if you like drawing, or if you just want to do something different with your Wednesday, you should definitely check this out. Learn more about Andy here: http://www.hebsandfish.com/Andy.html
Figment.com continues their celebration of School Library Month, with another contest.
This week’s writing prompt is: Romance happens in unusual places. Write a story or poem in fewer than 750 words (short and sweet!) about two people who meet in an unusual or downright bizarre location.
This week’s judge is Alyson Noel, author of the Immortals series (Evermore, Blue Moon, etc.)For more info and to enter this contest, go here: http://blog.figment.com/category/contests/
A classroom full of teens in a Bronx High School discover poetry while studying the Harlem Renaissance. As each student writes and shares their poetry, they learn about themselves and their classmates. The story is told in short chapters from a variety of different voices. Each chapter includes a bit about the character from his or her point of view and a poem he or she wrote. These teens are struggling with everything from stereotypes to poverty to teen parenthood to discovering their own identities. This book has something for everyone.
In addition to being National Poetry Month, April is also School Library Month. To celebrate this, the American Association of School Librarians is partnering with Figment.com, a free online community for teens to create, discover, and share new reading and writing, to present four writing contests over four weeks. Each contest will begin with a writing prompt for a different genre of fiction, on each Monday this month. This week’s contest is contemporary fiction and will be judged by Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay.
The writing prompt is: Write a story or poem in fewer than 750 words (short and sweet!) that takes place in the course of one day; somewhere in the story you must include original lyrics. This means that you must include lyrics that you’ve written.
For more detailed instructions on how to enter, go here.
If you decide to enter, let me know. I would love to read your story. You can send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check back next Monday for a new writing prompt.
Figment is also really cool because it has interviews with authors and sneak peaks from books, like this one: Blake Nelson’s Recovery Road. If you like what you see, you can check this book out of the library, or place a hold through the library catalog.
In addition to these two programs, I will be linking poems and other poetry related things all month here on the website and on our Facebook Page. If you love poetry, stop by and say so, or friend the Facebook page and post on the wall!
Aliera Carstairs is a fencer. She trains every day after school and on weekends, too, hoping to go to Nationals. Her Saturday afternoons are reserved for table top role playing with her cousin. Between school, fencing, and spending time with her cousin, Aliera is pretty busy. She doesn’t really fit in with any particular group at school, and until recently she’s liked that just fine. Until recently, when she met Avery Castle, the beautiful new boy who gets assigned as her lab partner in biology. Avery asks Aliera on a date, and she rearranges her schedule to meet him at Grand Central Station. Then, things start getting weird. With her fencing mask on, Aliera can see all kinds of strange people, and creatures… are these, faeries? What she thought was a fake plastic gem on the end of her fencing foil might be a ruby from the Seellie Court? And what’s really going on with Avery?
Come watch this laugh-out-loud funny special effects spectacle from last summer. Jay Baruchel plays Dave, a geeky guy who loves science and never gave much thought to magic. Nicholas Cage plays Balthazar a hundreds of years old sorcerer who shows up to train Dave as his apprentice. This movie has action, humor, explosions, old man shoes, Tesla coils, and even a little romance.
Balthazar: “This is the Merlin Circle. It focuses your energy. Helps you master new spells. It is where you will learn the Art. Step inside, you leave everything else behind. Once you enter, there is no going back. ” Dave: “So I should probably pee first?”
Telephoto lens. Zoom. In a shutter release millisecond Blake’s world turns upside down. The nameless woman with the snake tattoo is not just another assignment. “That’s my mom!,” gasps Marissa.
Saturated self-portrait: Blake, nice guy, class clown, always trying to get a laugh, not sure where to focus.
Contrast. Shannon, Blake’s GF. Total Babe. Marissa, just a friend and fellow photographer. Shannon loves him; Marissa needs him. How is he supposed to frame them in one shot?
Chiaroscuro. Lightdark. Marissa again, overexposed. Crash and burn.
Talk about negative space.
- from the inside front flap of Flash Burnout.
Blake is a photographer. Blake is a guy caught between two girls. Blake is a comedian. Blake is someone you’re going to want to meet.
Flash Burnout won the William C. Morris Young Adult Fiction Debut Award last year. Author L.K. Madigan passed away last month, leaving behind this and only one other novel. She was very talented and the book world will miss her. Honor her by picking up this book.
A few months ago Amy lost her Dad in a car accident. Now she is losing her home because she is moving with her Mom from California to Connecticut. Her mom needs Amy to get their car across the country, but since the accident, Amy hasn’t been driving. Enter Roger, the son of a family friend, who agrees to drive the car, and Amy to her mother’s new house.
Amy expects a boring trip, with an unknown boy, sticking to her mother’s detailed travel itinerary. But Roger turns out to be cute, and good at playing twenty questions. Soon enough, the detailed travel itinerary is replaced by a road trip connecting the dots across the country: where Amy remembers going with her Dad, where Roger remembers being in love with a girl, where Amy always meant to go with her Dad, and where Roger seeks closure from his failed romance. Along the way are playlists, fast food receipts, lonely roads and a bit of romance. It turns out this road trip was just thing thing both Amy and Roger needed. Makes me want to load up my iPod with music, get in the car and drive.
Do you love the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare? The fourth book in this action-packed, romantic, and often hilarious paranormal fantasy series, City of Fallen Angels, is coming out on April 5. Try your hand at our trivia quiz to win a copy of the new book.
When Finnikin was nine years old he swore to protect the kingdom of Lumatere. Soon after, the royal family was murdered, and a curse has cast the kingdom into darkness. No one can pass through this boundary. Ten years later, Finnikin is a wanderer, looking for a new homeland for his people. His travels bring him to a temple where he meets a strange girl called Evanjalin. She believes the heir to Lumatere, Balthazar, still lives. But Evanjalin is clever, devious, and more than she seems. Can Finnikin trust her? If he does, will his people be able to return to Lumatere?
This lovely tale of high fantasy uses all of the common themes of its genre, but adds depth, maturity, and an intriguingly complex plot. I enjoyed the interaction between the characters. Finnikin has a way with people and a true desire to do what is right. His relationship with Evanjalin is intense from the start and becomes more complex over the course of the story. No need for a sequel, this book tells a full story and comes to a satisfying conclusion, both romantically and politically.