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 mkrueger on 07.03.12

I read the book Legend by Marie Lu. The story was about the 2 narrators, Day (Daniel) and June, and their futuristic lives in L.A. You follow the two of them through times that weren't expected and reveal secrets left behind for only one persons eyes. This fast paced story was near impossible to put down. I recommend this book to those who read the Hunger Games because they seem very similar in many ways.

I read Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. This story follows a orphan boy named Jeffery through a tough time period. He meets people no one ever though he would, went through hard times, befriended "blacks" even though he thought the color of their skin was more of a chocolate brown, and came out a hero. This book was not my favorite and I couldn't categorize who would personally like it. 

I read the story Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli. It is a story a strangely different high school girl and her life being an outcast. As a boy falls for her she changes her ways and people give her the silent treatment. What will she do to keep him talking to her???

Thanks for the reviews, Danielle!




Posted by mkrueger on 06.29.12

I'm sure everyone has come across some 3D street chalk art like the photos below, but I've never found a video of it done from start to finish. Chris Carlson shows in this timelapse video the process of creating 3D chalk art from start to finish. The result is really amazing and his subject is an old familiar face.

Posted by mkrueger on 06.28.12

We have picked our winners for the 2 $25 Chipotle giveaways for the Read Eat Repeat program. Congratulations to Emily and Sean! Another drawing will be held in July so stay tuned!

Posted by tspicer on 06.27.12

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

Posted by mkrueger on 06.26.12

I read Gym Candy by Carl Deuker. This book is about a highschool freshman football player looking to find success in the sport. In one of his games, he struggles to do well and realizes he needs to get stronger. He goes to his local gym for help. He then gets offered steroids from his trainer. He refuses because he his determined to get stronger with weights. But then he sees he is not getting stronger. he goes back to take the steroids. He then gets much stronger, but there are multiple side effects to the drugs. When he and his friends go to the beach, he takes out a gun and tries to shoot himself. Gladly, he misses most of his head and takes off only a little part of it. The book was really interesting to read. At the same time, it was hard to see that the main character bought into taking steroids.
Review by Brad.
Tue, 06/26/2012 - 12:18pm

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 mkrueger on 06.22.12

Nick Berke, also known as Pogo, creates incredible mashups and remixes using clips from movies. I've been a long time fan of Pogo's work, for anyone that's never heard of him or his remixes you're in for a treat. He has created a number of pieces using Disney, Pixar, and a number of other movies. Recently he posted a video that shows you how to create your own remixes! This is an amazing video, to not only get to see his workflow but to have him teach his techniques is pretty spectacular. You can view a few of my favorite mixes by him below and his how to video at the very bottom of the post.

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."