The graphic novel Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong follows a ragtag group of high schoolers on their journey to a robot rumble. Charlie is the captain of the basketball team. Nate is his best friend and the president of the school’s robotics team. Holly is head cheerleader and Charlie’s ex-girlfriend. When school funding comes up short, student council must choose whether the robotics team will attend the national robotics competition or if the cheerleaders will get new uniforms for the national cheerleading championship. Naturally, Charlie is pulled into the drama in the midst of dealing with his own problems. Eventually, the characters must set aside their differences and work together to battle in a Thanksgiving robotics competition that will get both the robotics team and cheerleading squad to nationals.
Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks present a funny, heartwarming, and realistic story about dealing with high school cliques, camaraderie, competition, and friendship. Shen’s writing is an authentic portrayal of interactions between the teenage characters. The story is quick-paced and engaging. Hicks’ illustrations capture the characters’ personalities and sense of movement throughout the book. The humor of the novel comes from characters expressions and robot demolition conveyed by the artwork.
This is a great read for anyone – it’s a perfect Thanksgiving story to pass the time while you digest your turkey dinner!
Two teens recording their voices in the Production Studio during the Dalek Takeover program.
If you missed last week’s Sonic Screwdriver program, here are the instructions so you can DIY!
Play basically any song you can think of on demand! It does cost a monthly fee to use on your phone, but I like the ability of playing music wherever I am. The good news is if you download it on your computer, you can use it for free and that's kind of awesome!
Ever hear a song and just can't quite remember who sings it? That is absolutely the worst feeling ever! Or maybe you really like a song and want to remember to get it later. With this app, all you have to do is press a button and your phone will listen to the song through the microphone and tell you what it is!
This app does the same thing as Shazam for the most part, except you can hum a tune into your phone's microphone and it'll try and tell you what it is. This fixes all those instances when you have a song stuck in your head but you don't remember where you heard it from. Hopefully you're a decent enough singer to get it to work. Fingers crossed.
Band of the Day
Craving something new? This app highlights a band a day. It plays songs by that artist with no commercials all day long. Yum, mmmmmusic.
Music can sometimes intensify the way you feel. And sometimes you want to just feel a certain way. Songza helps with that. You can choose a radio station to relax, for super mega dance parties, and even for singing in the shower!
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Years at AHML: 4
Favorite thing I do at work: Talk to people about books
Best Place to read my book: Outside in the sun
Why I like reading YA: The stories are fun to read and are thought provoking. Even though I am not a teen anymore, I still relate to what many of the characters go through and I love getting caught up in different worlds.
Good things: This is a story that makes you care about the issues and characters. It will make you question who you think “disabled” people really are. It will force you to reconsider the ways that economics and society impact people in challenging circumstances. The best “good thing” is that the characters are so funny and real, and the writing style is so great, that you could totally miss all of the above and still really enjoy the story.
Bad thing: You will be so sad when the story ends, wondering what’s next for each of the characters that you’ve grown to love. Hopefully, there will be a sequel!
Years at AHML: 8 years, with a short break in between
Favorite thing I do at work: Talk with all of the nice people who visit the library
Best place to read my book: Where ever I can. ;)
Why I like reading: It helps me to understand people who think and feel differently than I do.