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.

College Essay Workshop @ Mattapan


Are you having trouble finishing your college essay? Do you need another pair of eyes to edit what you’ve written? We will be holding two workshops at the Mattapan branch.

Please bring either a print out of your essay or upload your essay on to GoogleDocs. You will need a Gmail account in order to use GoogleDocs; it is recommended that you create an account before coming to the workshops as we will be using GoogleDocs to write the essays.

What’s GoogleDocs? It’s a word processor but unlike the ones you use at home or school the information you enter is kept in what is called “the cloud” so you can retrieve your essay from any computer without having to save it on to a flash drive or on to the computer.  Still confused? Just ask the Teen Librarian for help.

The workshops will be offered on:

January 19, 2012 5:oo – 8:00PM

January 26, 2012 5:00 – 8:00PM

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.

Hark! A Vagrant – Book Review


Who knew you could learn some History while reading comics. In Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant, that’s exactly what you experience.  Sure, you’re thinking, learning while reading comics? I think I’ll skip this one.  But trust me when I tell you that this book will have you laughing out loud.  Beaton leaves no moment of History untouched with her witty comic strips; which range from history to literature to just plain random and hilarious observations. For example did you ever wonder how to spot a wise owl? Well obviously it’s the one with a beard.

I’ll admit though, there were moments were I had no idea who she was referring to in certain comics, but a quick browse through Wikipedia and I knew exactly who that person was and look at that, I learned something new. Sneaky Beaton! The author also adds some commentary to explain why she created certain comics, and at times a little brief description of the historical person she is referring to in her comic.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading comics, but also those who enjoy their history with a side of humor.

To get a taste of what’s in the book, you can visit Beaton’s website where she posts comics frequently.

Hark! A Vagrant

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.