Posted by tspicer on 12.13.12

Check out this awesome Prezi our MANGA expert Sonya Hill put together. In the words of Ace Ventura, Pet Detective: "Go ahead, snoop around"!

Posted by tspicer on 09.25.12

Check out what our TEEN ADVISORY BOARD members were up to at a recent meeting!  This is called a '2nd Line March' Jazz Funeral.  We didn't want it to end!

Posted by tspicer on 08.08.12

Congratulations to Anders for his hilarious and highly entertaining film, Titanic 2 Trailer'!  Good luck not laughing.



Posted by tspicer on 08.07.12

The 6th A.H. Teen Film Fest is in the books!  So many great films (27 total submitted!) and a great showing of 22 of the films at the screening at the Metropolis Theatre (thanks again, Metropolis!). Check out three of our winners for Best Cinematography, Best Music Video and Best Acting in a Film below!  The Best Overall film, Best Horror Film and Best Use of an Arlington Heights Landmark winners can be found by 'Like'-ing us on Facebook. Be sure and watch those films there!

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Ian's 'Time Lapse Suburbia'

BEST MUSIC VIDEO: Rosa's 'Original Song - Just Another Face'

BEST ACTING IN A FILM: Daniel's 'Imaginary Warfare'


Posted by tspicer on 07.09.12

cover"Clean by Amy Reed has everything I like to read about. It has relationship struggles, anorexia, drugs, abuse, etc. It is about a group of teens trying to get through rehab. I liked it because it was sort of like Ellen Hopkins writing, where there are many perspectives and you get to read about each teens experience in rehab. I would highly recommend this book because I couldn't put it down!

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is a very good book. I checked this book out because I had just finished Wintergirls by the same author. I liked the way it was written, in very short chapters. This story is about a girl overcoming raoe and trying to fit in her freshman year of high school. This book was very suspenseful because it hinted throughout the entire book what happened to her, but never told you until the end of the book. The ending was very surprising, and she has to face her biggest fear. Overall, I would give this book a very good rating." Book reviews by Olivia

Nice reading and reviewing!

Posted by tspicer on 06.27.12

Check out the RAW DOUGHNUT FOOTAGE from our Teen Donut Wars!!! Nice decorating, all!

Posted by tspicer on 06.25.12

"I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb is a book I read on vacation in the carribean. I couldn't 
put it down I read it in two days! This book revolves around schizophrenia and the bond between two brothers. If you like books about mental disorders, I would recommend this book. It is a bit lengthy, around 900 pages, but it's worth it! One of the best books I've ever read!
Identical by Ellen Hopkins is a book written in poem form. They don't rhyme, but it is an easy read for the amount of pages. This book is deals with rape, and drugs. The end has a very surprising twist that confused me at first, but after finishing Identical, I thought it was the best book written by Ellen Hopkins."  
Book reviews by: Olivia 

Posted by tspicer on 06.21.12

coverThe book Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, was a story based off of Cinderella, but with a very different twist.  Cinder is a cyborg living in 150 T.E., a distant future after W.W. 4.  She lives with her stepmother and two step sisters in New Beijing, in the Common Wealth.  Her parents died when she was young in a serious accident, she survived by being turned into a cyborg.  She works a a mechanic to support her family.  One day while at work Prince Kai comes to her with an andriod from the palace that needs to be fixed.  From this moment her life spins out of control.  The king dies of leutmosis, a deadly dease with no cure, her sister catches leutmosis, she is drafted to be a test subject to find the cure, but finds out she's immune, the lunars, a country on the moon, are planning to attack the Earth, and much more.  Cinders once normal life is turned completely upside down.
The book Cinder is a very good book.  It is fast paced and full of action from the first page to the very end.  The author includes many mysteries in the book; it seems that finding that answer to one mystery leads to an even more shocking mystery.  It also includes a possible romance between Cinder and the prince making the book even more interesting.  My only problem with the book is the ending.  The book ends in a very exciting point with a lot of open ends.  It seems like there should be a second book to tie everything together.  Other than that this book was one of the best books I have read."  Review by Emily

Posted by tspicer on 06.21.12

Love this review as there is an interesting back story about the author . . . great job!cover

"I read the book "In a Heartbeat" by Loretta Ellsworth. The story begins when, Eagan, an amazing figure skater, dies after attempting a triple-lutz in a competition. The story then is handed over to Amelia, a girl with CHF, or Congestive Heart Failure. She has waited months for  transplant, but is troubled when she is able to receive one. She knows that it means someone else must die for her to be happy. Slowly, things are revealed about Eagan's troubled relationship with her mom and Amelia's new attitude and cravings. Is her donor trying to tell her something, or is it just side effects from the drugs?

I highly recommend this book, as I couldn't put it down and finished it in less than 2 days. (around 2 hours). The coolest thing is that the book is dedicated to her mother and nephew. She began the story as therapy at the loss of both. Her mother had passed away from Congestive Heart Failure and her nephew, Jason, had a fatal motorcycle accident. Jason was an organ donor, as shown on his driver's license, like Eagan. She felt happy that part of him lived on, like Eagan's parents. This book was written in the memories of both and helped her keep writing through her grief.

This is a great book to read so don't hesitate to pick it up. The book is amazing and worth a try. It also teaches great lessons such as to enjoy life while you have it, because some are not as fortunate. The author did a great job with the tricky subject of death and turned the book into something you want to read."


Posted by tspicer on 06.20.12

cover"I read "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. The book is about two children, Scout and Jem, learning the rights and wrongs of life. The book was hard to read at some points because characters were prejudice to others without even getting to know the person. The book painted pictures in my head most of the time, making it easy to understand. The book really opened my eyes to how life was in the 1930s. All in all, the book was easy to understand and hard to put down."