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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – Flygirl

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What’s your first name and school?: Samantha, Hadley

What are you reviewing?: Flygirl

What did you review?: A book

What did you like about it?: Flygirl is an historical fiction book about Ida Mae a young African American girl from the South. She wants to become a pilot but nobody wants to give an African American a flying job. She then gets an opportunity to join WASP. This book is really good for all Historical fiction lovers. It starts out with a slow plot but as you progress in the book it gets really suspenseful. There are lots of twists and turns in the story which is what makes it such a good book.

Who would like this?: People who like historical fiction.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: Best ever.

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – The Fault in Our Stars

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What’s your first name and school?: Samantha, Hadley

What are you reviewing?: The Fault in our Stars

What did you review?: A book

What did you like about it?: The Fault in Our Stars is a really amazing read. It follows two characters, Hazel and Augustus. Hazel and Augustus are both fighting cancer. This story is both happy and sad. It’s like an emotional roller coaster. Also they both have different views on life. Hazel is always talking about how everyone will die and Augustus is focusing on the positive. John Green wrote a masterpiece and called it The Fault in Our stars. You should definitely check this book out.

Who would like this?: People who like paper towns.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: Best ever.

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – Storm Runners

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Strom RunnersWhat’s your first name and school?: Eric Hadley Jr. High

What are you reviewing?: Storm Runners

What did you review?: A book

What did you like about it?: I liked that it was about weather and I like to learn about weather. I just get really interested in it. Also it was about this family trying to survive the storm, and I also like survival books. At the end of the book it was left in a cliff hanger which I like.

Who would like this?: People who are interested in survival books.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: Pretty good.

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GEPL Kids: CultureGrams: Travel the Globe with Your Library Card!

By: Renee Grassi, GEPL Youth Department Director

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Do you have an exciting overseas vacation booked this summer? Are you getting ready to load up your car for a cross-country road trip? Maybe your family really enjoys learning about different cultures of the world. Then CultureGrams is for you!

CultureGrams is an online resource available FREE with your Glen Ellyn Public Library card. For students in Grades 2 through 8 and their caregivers, it introduces history, customs, and every life of countries around the world. Four editions are available with the Library’s subscription to CultureGrams, including the World Edition, Kids Edition, States Edition and Canadian Provinces Edition. It can be accessed online 24 hours a day simply by using your library card.

What makes CultureGrams so exciting for kids or adults? It includes photo galleries of thousands of full-color high-quality images. It has a distance converter and a Currency converter. You can read interviews with native children from countries around the world, download or stream videos, or even try recipes from different cuisines. It even has sound files of national anthems and state bird sounds!

So before you pack your bags this summer, take some time to explore CultureGrams as a family and learn all you can about your destination!

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GEPL Teens: Teens Review – The Power of One

Teens Blog BannerBy: Ashley M., Teen Blogger

Blog Entry 155 - ImageThe Power of One is “a true classic,” as my dad has told me multiple times (this being from the man who reads roughly two novels a week, if not more). I have to admit that I am in the middle of the very long novel right now (page 301 to be exact). So I will not be able to tell you all the juicy details, because obviously I haven’t read them all yet. But what I can do is tell you the interesting, nail biting, and heart felt parts that I have read so far.

Let’s start with a quick little back ground for you!

Setting: South Africa during the Second World War. There is constant conflict between many different cultures and groups of people that make up South Africa. These groups are the Afrikaners (white people who have sided with Adolf Hitler in the war), the Boers (who are white British people that are greatly hated by Afrikaners and vice versa), and there multiple African Tribes included as well; Zulu, Swazi, Ndebele, Sotho, and Shangaan.

Characters: Peekay the main character, a five year old boy that we (as readers) get to follow along as he grows and matures. He is highly intelligent (speaking more than 4 languages, and is three grades past his age level), he is very curious, and will try something new whenever the chance is given. For example, he has met many friends (most of them being inspiring adults, who teach him life skills and useful information that seem to come in handy quite often). I have loved getting to know the little boy and going through the major events and tragedies of his childhood.

Events: Peekay’s first boxing tournament is truly a nail bitter, I remember being on the edge of my seat. The main theme of the boxing aspect of this novel is using your head before involving your emotions, self-control, and appropriate confidence.

Another is when Peekay befriends a chicken (Grandpa Chook) his only friend while away at boarding school. He plays with him, teaches him tricks, and talks to him when he becomes lonely. Grandpa Chook is the first name on a long list of Peekay’s interesting friends. Others include; an interesting music professor obsessed with Cacti, an older, very clever librarian, and a prison inmate.

I don’t want to give away too much, but I truly have enjoyed reading this book. I’m going to warn you that the chapters are long, but other than that there are no complaints here. We will have to see if that remains the same when I finish the book, and see what happens to Peekay in the end. My fingers are crossed that it is good wrap up of the story. Personally I hate when books are put together so well, and the ending is just flat and dare I say lame. In other words, I do encourage you to read this book, its long but well worth it (I hope). Happy Reading!

-Ashley M.

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GEPL Tweens: Summer Reading First Tier Challenge Unlocked

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By: Christina Keasler, Tween Librarian

I have seen a lot of middle schoolers sporting “swag-glasses” already, so I decided to look at the numbers. All I can say is wow, guys. I am impressed. Last year, 453 middle school students signed up for our summer reading program. Although it’s only been a month, we have already passed 400 middle schoolers registered, and 30 of you guys are eligible to be a part of the tug of war against the Glen Ellyn Fire Department. I KNOW we’re going to beat them! Let’s add more readers to our side of the fire hose! I’ve never been so proud. We are well on our way to our goal of 60 hours per middle school reader by the end of the summer.

High school readers have already unlocked the first tier! This means it’s official: Hannah and I are participating in the Nerf War June 26.

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I am the night!

 

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GEPL Teens: Deep Breath

Teens Blog BannerCongratulations on finishing finals everyone!  Now that school is over and summer has officially begun, we’re keeping it short and simple for today.  Sit back, relax, and take a deep breath.  We’ll be back with more book reviews, teen bloggers, and summer fun next week!

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Movie Review – The Lego Movie

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What’s your first name and school?: Matthew WCGS

What are you reviewing?: The Lego Movie

What did you review?: A movie

What did you like about it?: It had a story that the lessen is that even if you don’t have fame you can still make a change the world. Emmet is just a regular person who does what a million other people do. Yet he saves the universe because he had ideas that where good.

Who would like this?: Someone who likes adventure.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: It was a good movie.

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – The Shadow Throne

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The Shadow ThroneWhat’s your first name and school?: Anna Hadley

What are you reviewing?: The Shadow Throne

What did you review?: A book

What did you like about it?: The way the book ended was great as well as the details of characters and places. I loved how Imogen was really alive after Sage/Jaron thought she was dead. I liked how everyone came together in the end and everyone was happy.

Who would like this?: Someone who likes adventure.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: Really good.

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – Thunder Rising

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Thunder RisingWhat’s your first name and school?: Matthew WCGS

What are you reviewing?: Thunder Rising

What did you review?: A book

What did you like about it?: I liked that it had an adventure to it and was action packed. I liked this book a lot. The plot was interesting and wasn’t boring. The story is that a young cat got neglected from his dad. His dad now wants the young cat to fight for him. He is not sure whether to follow his dad.

Who would like this?: Someone who likes cats.

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it?: It was on my top 10 list of books.

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