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GEPL Teens: Teens Review – Pride & Prejudice

Teens Blog BannerBlog Entry 131 - ImageNow when I say the title Pride and Prejudice, you have probably heard of the classic bestseller, but you most likely are unaware of the characters or the plot itself. Well recently I have been introduced to this novel in my English class, and instantly fell in love with it.

The setting of this novel is the early 19th century in a small town called Longbourn, England. The main character, Elizabeth Bennet (Lizzie), lives with her father, mother, and 4 sisters. This novel follows Lizzie and her sisters on their journey of finding love. In this age women could not inherit any money or land from their father, it rather goes to the next male relative, making it the job of every woman to find a man to marry. Getting married gave the women the confidence that they would have their necessities met such as: food, shelter, a husband to protect them, and a place to raise their future children.

Now the exciting part, when Elizabeth and her family attend a ball in town a visitor attends as well. His name is Mr. Bingley, he is a good looking, rich, and I should mention single man. During the ball Mr. Bingley and Elizabeth’s sister Jane instantly fall in love. Also, Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley’s friend and Elizabeth herself had this slight tension between them. Is the tension out of aggression? Disagreement? Or love? I don’t want to give anything away but things get pretty darn dramatic and compelling. One of the biggest things to remember is that people born into higher ranks or the higher class rarely ever marry lower than their class. This comes into play when Jane and Mr. Bingley start to fall in love. Bingley is of the higher class, and Jane is of the lower class. Bingley’s friends don’t agree with his decisions and try to persuade him out of his planned engagement. Will love prevail, or will pride get in the way of true happiness? You will most definitely be on your toes throughout this novel.

Pride and Prejudice includes love, drama, family problems, and hope for the future. I am going to warn you, that girls/women will love this book but most guys just don’t understand what the big deal is. This story is the ultimate chick flick in a novel. That is the only way I can explain this story. If you are interested in reading this novel you should pick up a copy at the library, or I bet your mom most likely has a copy lying around the house too! Happy Reading!

-Ashley M.

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GEPL Tweens: Movie Blockbusters to Welcome Spring


By: Christina Keasler, Tween Librarian

If you haven’t noticed from previous blog entries, I am looking forward to spring. I am contemplating packing up my thick winter socks, and busting out the sandals. Yes, it’s early. Yes, it’s likely it’ll snow again. Do I care? Not at all. To me, nothing says warm weather like a movie blockbuster. I have made a list of movies that will get you ready for the warm weather, even if Mother Nature has other things in mind.



The Secret Garden (G)

When spring finally shows itself, the scent of flowers will be everywhere. When you watch this movie, you can almost smell all the flowers of the gardens. Maybe spring will get the hint from this movie and bring us some real flowers soon.



The Sandlot (PG)

Spring means baseball, so I had to include one of the best baseball movies ever. Even if you’re not a normal baseball fan, you will find this movie entertaining. You’ll be quoting this movie FOR-EV-ER.




Holes (PG)

Shia LaBeouf is in trouble and has to go dig holes in the desert. While there’s much, much more to this great book-to-film adaptation, the desert scenes should be enough to get you in the warm weather mood.




The Big Year (PG)

This movie appeals to the slightly older tween crowd. When the snow starts to melt, and the birds are all about, I always like to pretend like I’m a birder, even though I don’t know anything about birds other than what I learned in elementary school. This movie will inspire viewers to go out into the world and observe the little things that you would normally take for granted.




Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) (PG)

While it’s not the case in this movie, you would normally expect to find magma at the center of the Earth. And magma’s nothing if not hot. In fact, when the temperature rises throughout the movie, you may find yourself getting warmer as well.



Dante’s Peak (PG 13)

Didn’t I just talk about magma? Well where Journey doesn’t have too much magma representation, Dante’s Peak more than makes up for it. Lava. Everywhere. Be careful, as there are some pretty gruesome scenes, but this movie is one of the classics of nature’s destruction.

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GEPL Teens: Women’s History Month – Part I

Teens Blog BannerMarch is Women’s History Month, which is a pretty awesome celebration of pretty awesome women.  But my favorite “history” has always been historical fiction, so in honor of Women’s History Month, I put together a list of some books featuring women at some important moments in 20th century American history.  If you’re more of a world history or earlier history fan, or prefer your history with a touch of the fantastic, don’t worry – I have more lists planned for this month!

Blog Entry 130 - Image 1The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters – Oregon is entering the 20th century, and Olivia is eager to move forward as well.  Unfortunately, her father believes that the women should be quiet and subservient.  He is furious to find out that Olivia has attended a suffragette rally.  In response, he finds Henri Reverie, a famous hypnotist, and pays him to hypnotize Olivia to see things as they really are. And she does.  She begins to see the ugliness that lurks below the surfaces of her world.  As Olivia struggles with the horrifying realities she now sees and the bonds imposed by her father, her personal struggle dovetails with the struggle of the suffragettes in this exciting and powerful book.

Blog Entry 130 - Image 2The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman – In 1920s America, immigrants were channeled through Ellis Island on the east coast – and Angel Island on the west coast.  After the charming Sterling Promise convinces them to embark on the long voyage from China, it is Angel Island where Jade Moon and her father are detained trying to immigrate to the US.  Despite the fact that she was born under the Fire Horse zodiac sign, an unlucky year, Jade Moon is determined to use her stubbornness and passion to find a way to get to the US.   Although less well-known than Ellis Island, Angel Island holds its own stories, and The Fire Horse Girl beautifully tells one of them.

Blog Entry 130 - Image 3Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith – During World War II, things were hard enough for a woman or black man who wanted to be a pilot.  But for a black woman, they were impossible.  So even though Ida has always dreamed of being a pilot like her father, and is thrilled to discover that the army has created the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), she finds her hopes crushed at every turn.  So to make her dreams a reality, Ida turns her back on her family heritage and “passes” as white to enter the WASP.  But lying about herself is tough, and eventually, Ida must decide if she can continue to do it.

Blog Entry 130 - Image 4Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley – School integration was an important moment in our history, and the powerful Lies We Tell Ourselves tackles the issue from two sides.  Sarah is a black student, bullied by her white peers and teachers in a formerly all-white school, taken from honors courses to remedial classes, and forced to work together on a project with Linda.  Linda is angry at being made to work with Sarah, since she and her family are vocally in support of “separate but equal.”  But as the two girls are pushed together, they slowly get to know each other and learn more about race, love, and the power imbalances that divide them.

Blog Entry 130 - Image 5I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil – Set in that all-important decade, the 1960s, I’m Glad I Did tackles music, justice, romance, civil rights, and much more.  Songwriter JJ is desperate to pursue a music career, even though her parents want her to become a lawyer like them.  So the summer she is 16, she secretly takes a job (unpaid, so more like what we would call an internship today) at the Brill Building, where rock and roll songwriting is just taking off.  There she finds herself embroiled in mystery, money, and a possible murder.  This book is for anyone interested in the 60s music scene, the civil rights era, mysteries and intrigue, and more.

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Movie Review – Ironman (Animated)


What’s your first name and school? : Arnold Logan Glencrest

What are you reviewing? : Ironman (Animated)

What did you review? : A movie

What did you like about it? : I loves the animated series of it showing more of his father and then some weird things about a madrain an the rings of power than its showing the dark and spooky back story of iron man of a exosuit of ironman.

Who would like this? : people that like animated

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it? : meh it about a great

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Movie Review – Flushed


What’s your first name and school? : Arnold Glencrest

What are you reviewing? : Flushed

What did you review? : A movie

What did you like about it? : I liked how it showed a rats point of view of a dirty sewer rat and how a nuisance they can be and I like how they showed a nice upstanding rat as a pet can be treated including the big theme of it.

Who would like this? : people that like animals point of view

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it? : 10

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – TTYL


What’s your first name and school? : Brianna Hadley Jr High

What are you reviewing? : TTYL

What did you review? : A book

What did you like about it? : I liked that TTYL was a kind of a girly book and it wasn’t boring. The author tries to connect with the readers. The best part about the book is the ending. They were all still really good friends. I love this book.

Who would like this? : girls

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

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GEPL Teens: Teens Write – The Outsiders, Book vs. Movie

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The Outsiders is “for teenagers, about teenagers, and written by teenagers.” The story is a realistic fiction novel based on the rivalry of two gangs during the mid-1960’s, the Greasers and the Socs. The book was published in 1967, leading to a movie to be filmed based on the popular novel in 1983.

The movie follows the storyline accurately, given that a few changes and alterations were made to fit the 91-minute film. Viewers aren’t able to see into the background life of characters such as Soda, Darry, and even Dally. The focus of the movie revolves around events such as the “big rumble” and the death of Johnny Cade, who is also portrayed as a weaker character in the film than he was in the novel. Minor directional changes appeared in the movie as well when the conflict, in the book, of the poor east side versus the rich west side became the poor north side versus the rich south side in the movie. The movie also fails to incorporate as many details as the book gave the reader, and the characters aren’t a true fit to the descriptions given in the book as well.

Still, the movie accurately resembles the book with many similarities. Conflicts along with their end results are the same as they were in the narrative. Key events such as Johnny murdering the Soc, and fleeing to an abandoned church on a hill and the big rumble where the Greasers fight for their victory against the Socs are the same, as well as the setting of the story.

Despite the differences between the movie and the novel, both depict the adventurous lifestyle of the 14-year old Ponyboy and his struggles with right and wrong in his society.


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GEPL Kids: Early Readers

By: Leigh Ann Vock,  Youth Page

“I’m reading! I’m reading!” This may be a familiar exclamation from your child once they reach this very exciting point on their road to reading. More than likely your child has been introduced to Early Readers and is proud of his/her achievement.

Early readers are books written for the emerging reader. They are characterized with vocabulary that is easily decoded and sometimes limited to familiar sight words. Early readers also have pictures that reflect the text so that the reader may rely on this for help with difficult words. These books are less complex in dialog compared to the picture books that are read to your child. There are ways to enrich this reading experience and to keep your reader engaged. Your child reading independently and reading to you is an extremely exciting time for families. Here are a few hints on how to enhance this new skill.

Before the book is started you can discuss, based upon the title and the cover, what they think the book may be about. Making predictions is a fun way to raise the level of anticipation of the book you are about to read. When your child reads to you they may struggle with some words. It is best to be patient and not be quick to correct. See if they can either sound out the word or use the picture clues to decipher the word. If your child becomes frustrated it can be helpful to practice shared reading. The child reads one page and the parent reads the next and so on. This provides an opportunity for the parent to display inflection and expression which new readers sometimes struggle with. Upon completion of the book it is always good to ask questions. Reading comprehension is important and takes practice. Asking questions will get your child in the practice of understanding what they have just read and lay the foundation for critical thinking.

Lifelong literacy has its beginning in our children’s first experiences with reading. Guiding and encouraging this process is something that the Youth Department staff will gladly come alongside families to facilitate. Be sure to check out some of our favorite early readers:

Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!  by Geoffrey Hayes


Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!  by Geoffrey Hayes

Two mice meet their new neighbor and discover that she is not as scary as they feared.

We Are in a Book by Mo Willems


We Are in a Book  by Mo Willems

Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?

Mac and Cheese by Sarah Weeks


Mac and Cheese by Sarah Weeks

Two cats that are as different as night and day are nevertheless best friends.

I Spy Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold


I Spy Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold

While playing hide-and-seek with Buzz, Fly Guy is taken away by a garbage man.

See Me Run by Paul Meisel


See Me Run by Paul Meisel

A dog has a fun-filled day at the dog park, in this easy-to-read story.

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Movie Review – Insidious


What’s your first name and school? : Michelle Garcia Hadley Jr Highinsidious

What are you reviewing? : Insidious

What did you review? : A movie

What did you like about it? : Well I liked it because it really has scary things like when the dad is talking to someone but there was no one there scary right and I liked it when the grandma helps him but in a scary way witch scared no a lot.

Who would like this? : someone who loves being scared and likes horror

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

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Movie Review – Into the Woods


What’s your first name and school? : Julie Hadley Jr High

What are you reviewing? : Lunch Lady and the Sumner Camp Shakedown

What did you review? : A movie

What did you like about it? : This story is kind of interesting. However there is too much singing and it takes too long. The story seems too long and has little plot twits. These plot twits don’t really fit in with the story and the end is not very good.

Who would like this? : people who like musicals

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it? : its an okay movie

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