Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett (The Tiffany Aching Adventures, book 3)

A book review by Faith Thompson
Tiffany thought her problems were over when she rescued her little brother Wentworth from the Fairy Queen. Now she’s thirteen and living away from home in order to train to become a real witch when she grows up. But then she makes a horrible mistake – in a crucial dance for the changing of the seasons.

Now the Wintersmith, Lord of Winter, thinks that she is the Summer Lady and is in love with her. People are dying when they crash into icebergs shaped like her on the ocean, and the world is covered in snowflakes shaped like Tiffany.

With the help of her friend Roland, some eccentric witches, and the Wee Free Men, Tiffany will have to try to fulfill her new role as the Summer Lady and make it to spring – and stay away from the Wintersmith. Because now he wants to marry her. And he is still not quite a man.

 

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Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Sophie’s life is settled. While her sisters go off to seek their fortunes, here she will be, at home, working in the family’s hat shop. But then she insults the Wicked Witch of the Waste one day, and the Witch gets revenge – turning her into an old woman.

Sophie is determined to resume her natural state and ends up moving into the moving castle of Howl, a dangerous wizard who is rumored to steal girls’ souls. She meets his strange accomplices and begins to see that he is not as dangerous as he seems. But it will take everything she’s got to find a bunch of missing persons, save Howl himself, and go back to her natural age.

 

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The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Maurice is a cat. He has a group of rats — talking, intelligent rats — that do his bidding because he pays them. They make money by doing a fake Pied Piper act, complete with a stupid-looking kid named Keith to play the pipe. The rats are tired of the act, so the town called Bad Blintz will be the last one.

But Bad Blintz is no ordinary town. There is something evil lurking in the tunnels under the town — something that talks into your head, something that is stealing all of the food from the people who live there. It’s up to Maurice, the rats (especially Peaches, Darktan, and Dangerous Beans), the kid named Keith, and the mayor’s daughter Malicia to solve the mystery and save Bad Blintz from crippling famine.

 

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Ender is only six when he is discovered by the Battle School to be a brilliant leader. Taken from his family, including his beloved older sister, Valentine, Ender is isolated in space, where he must learn all he can, as quickly as he can. There is a war going on – a war against the buggers, creatures from deep space who want to destroy the humans on earth so that they can colonize the planet.

Ender finds himself excelling at everything, even while he is loathed by the other children in the school. He plays game after game of simulation, but in the end – is this a game? What are they training them for?  Or is he training himself?

 

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Teen Summer Reading Program Wrap Up!

Now that this summer’s teen reading program has come to a close, here is a recap of what went on here this summer, as well as the prize winners.

For this summer’s theme, “Get in the Game: READ!” we turned our attention to Mind & Body Wellness.  Our 8-week program kicked off on June 21st with a visit from triathlete Angela Bancroft.  Our schedule was jam packed with programs like the smoothie challenge, a Step Count Challenge, make your own zen garden, yoga and — of course — reading, including a book club!

In the smoothie challenge, teens formed teams of 2 and had to put together their best recipe using a liquid, at least 2 fruits and/or veggies, and had the option of adding healthful extras and spices or sweeteners.  Our winning team, Marcus Mitchell and Monique Market, went for chocolate — and lots of it — and each won a smoothie cookbook!

During the month of July, for the Step Count Challenge, teens were issued pedometers and kept track of their steps for the month.  Our winner, Mitchell Bean, logged a total of 398,272 steps during July. For his efforts, he won a $25 gift card to Olympia Sports.

Winning the prize for the most number of programs attended was Chris Cloutier.  Chris attended 20 programs and won a backpack filled with school supplies.

With 42 teens signed up to read with us this summer, there was lots of reading going on — with a total of 245 books read!  Our Pizza & Pages Book Club read and discussed 3 books with a common theme of the main character having to overcome setbacks to achieve in their sports of running, swimming and baseball.  Thanks to Center Street Dental, participants got to keep a copy of the book(s) they read, and our local Domino’s supplied the pizza for this book group!

Our top reader this summer was Lily Vincent, who read 30 books.  For her efforts, she won a book bundle of 6 popular young adult books.

Faith Thompson was the winner of this summer’s grand prize, a FitBit Charge, donated by Best Buy.

Congratulations and thanks to all who participated in the 2016 Teen Summer Reading Program.  Special thanks to our sponsors — Best Buy, Portland Sea Dogs, Center Street Dental, Top It Frozen Yogurt, Domino’s Pizza and Hannaford!

Believe it or not, we’ve already started thinking about the 2017 Teen Summer Reading Program. Next summer’s theme: “Build a Better World.”  If you’d like to help in the planning, contact Donna Wallace at the Reference Desk!

 

 

 

Heat by Mike Lupica

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Michael is twelve years old and has no birth certificate to prove it. He has the best pitching arm anybody in the Little League has ever seen – which is why the rival coaches suspect that he is lying about his age and is actually much older.

Michael’s coach, downstairs neighbor, best friends, and brother Carlos all know that he isn’t lying. But with his dad dead, Michael has no way to prove his age and that may take him out of the game. Unless they can get his birth certificate from Cuba in time for the championship game. And he and Carlos are ready to try.

 

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The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

A witch cannot be born on chalk. And yet, here is Tiffany Aching, a nine-year-old girl who has read the entire dictionary and is very skilled with a frying pan, who wants to be a witch when she grows up. Just like she suspects her Granny Aching was.

When Tiffany’s younger brother Wentworth is kidnapped by the evil Fairy Queen, Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, or pictsies — little blue men about six inches high who love to steal, fight, and drink — to get him back. She will have to battle nightmares, paintings, a jealous female pictsie, and an unwanted marriage, but in the end, success will depend on her common sense – and Granny Aching’s knowledge of sheep.

 

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Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Bud knows he’s in trouble when he runs away from the foster family that was cruel to him. He’s out on his own in the streets of Great Depression, Michigan, an orphan whose only clue to finding his missing father is a poster his mother gave him before she died which advertises a famous band — Herman E. Calloway and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression!!!!!!

Bud searches out the band in hopes that Herman is his dad. He will have to battle vampires, hunger, wasps, and not being able to leave the town he’s in — but even he could never have expected the biggest opposition to be Herman E. Calloway himself!

 

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The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Ever since the 19 Days, when the entire world was destroyed by a series of natural disasters, Great Britain has been scraping out a living under the royal Windsor family. Princess Eliza knows something is wrong, but even she wasn’t expecting the family’s annual ball to be attacked by an insane murderer and usurper named Cornelius Hollister- the same man who murdered her mother.

Eliza finds herself alone, an orphan whose brother and big sister are being held hostage by Hollister. She goes undercover to try to save them and discovers both Hollister’s army and a secret Resistance. Desperate to save her family, Eliza is falling in love with a young man named Wesley and trying to keep away from Hollister. But how long will a sixteen-year-old girl last as the most wanted person in the world?

 

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Curveball: The Year I Lost my Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Peter has always had a great life. His family is close, especially he and his grandfather. He’s learning photography, and he and his best friend AJ are the star pitchers of their baseball team. Nothing’s wrong for Pete!

But then a pitching accident takes away baseball — permanently. Pete has no choice but to join his school’s Advanced Photography club. Here he meets a girl named Angelika, who seems to understand him really well. But just when things are starting to get better, Pete begins to notice weird stuff going on with his grandfather.  And there’s nothing he can do about it.

 

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