Video of Theatre Presentation at the Book Launch Party

For those of you who missed the Book Launch Party, here is the theatre production done by our talented group this summer.

2017TeenTheatrePCPL from Radha Prema B McAllister on Vimeo.

Also, be sure to check out the book published from the Library.

Thanks for all your hard work this summer!  The results are amazing!

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Fun Summer Read

 

As you well know, I rarely give five stars for anything.  This book, however, both Jacynthe, the children’s librarian, and I read super fast and just as quickly fell in love with it.  We both agreed it is a five.

Perhaps it is because we are older and this story is set in the early 80s.  It could also be because we mutually share a love of music and it references a ton of music we know and love.  Another possibility is an epistolary novel.  Add all those things plus the fact that it was a simple story, was real, heartfelt and sweet, and about friendship against all odds makes it a fun summer read.

Boys & Knitting

I absolutely loved T.S. Easton’s Boys Don’t Knit (in public).  It was campy and fun and awkward in the loveable way that only the British can pull off.

The sequel, An English Boy in New York, was fun, but was really just riding on the coattails of the first book.  I felt it was trying harder than it needed to.

Regardless, I still like the premise of a boy in the knitting world.

A Lesson Book

magnus2I love Rick Riordan.  I enjoyed everything I have read by him so far.  They are teaching books without getting in your face about it.

Until this one.

I appreciated the diversity of characters, however, instead of just sneaking in strong Muslim or gender fluid characters and having them speak for themselves, I felt like our friend Rick was really trying to hammer home, (ha ha, that was an accidental pun), the fact.  I found it came off as a bit preachy and distracted from the plot at times and so I took longer than usual to read this one.

He almost lost me until he referenced “The Princess Bride”.

Overall, I liked revisiting the Norse mythology that I read about as a kid and will keep up with the series.

Book Review: Faerie by Eisha Marjara

I will admit, I judge a book by its cover.  Frankly, most of us do.  Perhaps we shouldn’t but we do.

Based on this cover, I would not have picked it up.  Based on the description when I bought it, I wouldn’t have read it.  I usually cannot deal with “issue” books, simply because they are often preachy and depressing.  I read this book out of obligation because the author is visiting our library.

What a pleasant surprise!

The writing is stunning.  Self-aware, poetic, agonizingly relatable.  It is full of heart and colour.  I have not lived the experience the protagonist has, but her story was so accessible.  It was easy to see how she slid down that particularly terrifying rabbit hole.

This is not a fluff piece using an issue to market a book, this is a work of art creating a window into a very dark reality for some people.

Thank you, Eisha, for such a powerful read.  I look forward to seeing more from you!

Highly Recommended!

crooked

It is rare I give a book 5 stars.  This one merits each and every one of them.  This book was so difficult to put down.  I just couldn’t predict what would happen next and in the world of formulaic YA literature, that is a rare gem.

This sequel to Six of Crows had some sappy parts, but in general the characters were multidimensional and all so deeply damaged that their lives of crime were not glorified.

The darker, brutally ruthless acts of violence may make this book better suited to older readers who can analyze the psychological trauma that put the characters in the situations they found themselves.

I am going to miss these characters, but I like that Ms. Bardugo didn’t draw the story out into a trilogy with a disappointing finale as is often the trend.

 

Review: Six of Crows

sixOH.MY.GOD. I loved Leigh Bardugo’s Greisha series and so was  SUPER excited when I saw she had something new out.

She doesn’t disappoint.

I loved everything about this book, from the world (the same one as in the Greisha series), to the characters (I think I have a soft spot for sassy gang leaders — think Han in the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima), to the cover art!

There were some obvious romantic interests, but each character was so individual and their backstories so well told that it really didn’t matter.

With a lot of violence and the loose moral compass (these are gang members we are talking about here, don’t expect much good out of them), this is probably better suited to older readers.

I cannot wait to read Crooked Kingdom!