Living Dead Girl – A Review


Living Dead Girl By Elizabeth Scott

Read by: Kate Procyshyn / Floater Librarian

 When “Alice” was 10, Ray kidnapped her from the aquarium, where she was visiting with her class.Alicehad been separated from her friends because of a fight she had about sharing her lip gloss. Ray pretends to be a concerned Aquarium worker, but stealthily takes her back to his car.

What follows areAlice’s recollections of the past 5 years living as Alice, Ray’s child slave. AsAlicenears 15 she begins to feel that Ray will want to replace her with another child.Alicebegins to hope that she will be able to return to her life, her family onDaisy Lane, but knows that Ray will go one with his horrible ways with another child after her; just as she knows that she was not the first child to suffer Ray’s ways.

The subject matter is profoundly disturbing, butAlice’s character unfolds with such haunting imagery that the reader is held captive wondering if she will return to life beforeAlice, or suffer the consequences of fate held at Ray’s hands. A most disturbing young adult book that deals with suffering, loss of self, and pedophilia.

You Against Me – A Review


You Against Me by Jenny Downham

 Read by: Kate Procyshyn/Floater Librarian

Mikey’s sister, Karyn, claims to have been sexually assaulted by Tom Parker. Mikey gets it into his head to get his friends together and beat Tom Parker up. Through rumor Mikey learns that the Parker’s are having an “out on bail” party for Tom. Mikey and his friends quietly crash the party to learn as much information about Tom as possible, to later hunt him down and also to help prove Karyn’s innocence. While at the party Mikey meets Ellie, Tom’s sister.

 

Ellie feels trapped between coming forward with the truth about the night Karyn was assaulted and standing by her brother. When Mikey and Ellie meet two worlds collide and the true story slowly begins to unfold. Both Ellie and Mikey initially have ulterior motives for hanging out with each other that slowly turn to something more. Ellie must decide whether to come forward with her first-hand account of the night Karyn was assaulted and therefore ruining her family or staying silent.

 

This is a fantastic book that covers some hard topics in YA literature. Downham is able to talk about rape, loss, isolation, and family loyalty effortlessly. This book will keep any reader on their toes, always questioning who is lying or telling the truth, to the very end. Obviously there is sexual content so I would recommend this book to those able to deal with such emotion.

Magic Johnson and Rappers Against Homophobia


GLAAD, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, reported today that Magic Johnson is teaming up with Rappers and Hip Hop stars to use their voices, their songs to speak against Homophobia and a fear of HIV/AIDS. Here’s what Johnson had to say on the matter:

 “What we’re trying to do is reach out to the hip-hop community because they have power — power with their voice, power with that mic in their hand and power with the lyrics that they sing. I have a lot of friends in that industry and so what we’re trying to do is rally them to get behind the cause, deliver the message to these young people that HIV and AIDS is big and it’s not going anywhere. They can make a difference right away by speaking out, because they have a big fan base.

So we’re finding out that a lot of them want to be involved; they’re just looking for a group like ours to latch onto and be a part of it. We haven’t really had any push-back from the hip-hop community.”

There will be a press conference later this year when Johnson plans to reveal who all will be joining him in this venture.

Seriously, guys, how cool is that? I’d say that’s very cool. Let’s hope he can get a LOT of star power to back him up.

To read the article as posted on GLAAD’s website, here’s the link: http://www.glaad.org/blog/magic-johnson-teams-rappers-address-homophobia-hip-hop

Teen Super Bingo


Come to the Central Library Teen Room on February 22nd at 3:30pm for a Super Awesome Game of Bingo!!!

We have a lot of wicked cool PRIZES!!! Which include: A USB drive/flash drive, ear buds, sketch book, a stainless steal water bottle, and more! Our Ultra cool grand prize will be announced at the start of the game. But if you’re a lover of music, you DO NOT want to miss out!!!

Also, regardless of whether or not you win, all players will get something before they leave, so keep that in mind. And no, I’m not going to tell you what it is. Why ruin the surprise?

So, February 22nd, that’s a Wednesday, at 3:30pm in the Central Library Teen Room. Be there. You won’t regret it. I promise.

The Last Herald Mage – A Review


This is the fantasy/gay romance trilogy by Mercedes Lackey which begins with the book Magic’s Pawn, which I’ve previously reviewed here. All three books contained in this large, single volume are these: Magic’s Pawn, Magic’s Promise, and Magic’s Price.  Now that I’ve finished all three books, I cannot speak highly enough of all three. Mercedes Lackey is one heck of an amazing author. All three books deal with many serious issues (such as rape, death of a loved one, suicide, and others) in a straightforward way. Some issues can be hard to deal with in a real life setting, and she shows just how hard they can be even in a magical place. Yet, at the same time, you won’t find these books hard to read. The characters are easily relatable, and most of the magic is easily understood. Here, there are no wands or Harry Potter-like magic. Within the world, the magic used is commonly referred to as “mind magic”. Hard to explain, but once you read it, it makes perfect sense.

This trilogy is roughly twenty years old now, but it’s no worse for the passage of time. If you enjoy fantasy books and like gay romance, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. Hands down.

SEAL Team Six – A Book Review


 

 

SEAL Team Six, yes, it was on one of the school summer reading lists last summer. But did you stop to read it? Or did you pass over it for something that sounded more interesting? It took me awhile, but I finally sat down and read it last week, and let me tell you, I could not put it down. This is the story of one man’s life, from his abusive step father in his childhood, to his intensive Navy SEAL training, to the combat missions he went through on the other side of the globe. This is a DO NOT MISS book. Lots of hilarious stories, lots of action, lots of cool information on what it means to be a SEAL sniper in a SEAL “family”. Did you know you need a lot of math skills to be a sniper? This book will intrigue and surprise you.

If you’re interested in anything military, especially Special Ops, this is the book for you! It might be nonfiction, but it reads like a novel in first person point of view, making it an easy and accessible read. Check it out from your library today!

Oddities Banned In 2011


You never know what can happen in a year. It’s December and 2011 is slowly coming to a close as we get closer and closer to the holidays. So for something fun, let’s take a look back and see what people have been banning all around the world:

Baby Photos: Elton John and his long time partner, David Furnish posed for a picture with their new baby on the cover of Us magazine. But not everyone agreed it was an okay thing to do. A store in Arkansas put up the “family shield” over the magazine, the same way they put it up over other magazines that aren’t family friendly.

Service Dogs: A twelve-year-old boy with epilepsy was banned from going to school with the service dog that was specifically trained to save his life in the event he had a seizure.

Burqas: France arrested or fined at least 60 women wearing the traditional Muslim head-to-toe cloth covering while they tried to show their religious afflilation

Brown Bag Lunches: A public school in Chicago banned homemade lunches, stating that a schoo lunch was healthier.

Baggy Pants: Many schools across the nation banned baggy pants, or any pants that hung low enough to show too much skin or the wearer’s underwear. Some of these schools suspended students for wearing this style.

Babies named Lucifer: New Zealand bans the naming of children with this name because of its satanic association.

Teens Dying their hair: In Florida, teens are no longer allowed to dye their hair wild colors or cake on the makeup for fear that it will distract students in the classroom.

Airbrushing: British Advertising Standard Authority banned ads where the models were airbrushed too much.

Happy Couples: Interracial couples are banned from community church.

Skinny Jeans: College students are being turned away from exams because their pant are too tight.

Saying “bless you”: A teacher is fed up with the common courtesy of what is said after a sneeze.

Having Eyes: Women in Saudi Arabia who have suggestive eyes, meaning eyes that have a “nice shape”.

France bans ketchup: France wants its students to have a healthier diet.

For more things banned this year, check out the Yahoo! article linked here: http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/bans-baggy-jeans-burqas-babies-more-172200625.html