Posted by mkrueger on 07.30.12

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier - by Ishmael Beah

"A Long Way Gone was a very good book that really opened my eyes to what was going on and what being a boy solder was like. It is a great read that really showed me what boy soldiers were going through."

Reviewed by Claire.


Pretty Little Liars - by Sara Shepard

"This is a really good book. It talks about how 4 girls who used to be friends aren't after Ali's mysterious disappearance. They are receiving letters from someone named A. Who is A? And who killed Ali?"

Reviewed by Elizabeth.


Posted by mkrueger on 07.27.12

We have our winners for the Read Eat Repeat Give-Away! Congratulations to Michelle V. and Olivia S. They will each receive a $25 gift card to Mariano's Fresh Market!

Posted by mkrueger on 07.20.12

June was an interesting month for D.I.Y. we created elegant chandeliers made entirely from office supplies! If you missed out on the program here's a link with some instructions to help you get started creating your very own paperclip chandelier!



Posted by mkrueger on 07.17.12

Hunger Games--Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins:
Catching Fire was my favorite of the three books, because had a well written plot and a deep meaning. This books demonstrates the power in the capitol and foreshadows the rising of a rebellion. The whole series was very suspensulful keeping readers off the edge of their seat and allowing readers to read on and find out what happens. In Catching Fire, she allows good things to happen to the Katniss and Peeta, the maincharacters, but many unfortunate things happen as well. At the end of this book, it leaves a strong cliffhanger causing readers to read the next book.

Percy Jackson--Book 1:
I really enjoyed this first book, because it contained a lot of action. I am usually not too much into action, but this book was a good read. It was a great introduction to Greek Mythology. I learned so much about this subject just by reading this book. While reading this book as Percy was on his mission, I could feel as I was with him. I kept wanting to read and find out what happend to him. Also the suspense that the prophecy gave him foreshadowed the result of his mission knowing that prophecies are often misleading. I really liked this book and suggest it to anyone who likes Greek mythology and action.


Thanks Michelle for the reviews!

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