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GEPL Teens: Teens Write – The Oscars

Teens Blog BannerBlog Entry 125 - ImageAs we all know, this weekend the famous Academy awards will be taking over millions of Americans’ Sunday evenings. At this time of year, all kinds of award shows are taking place such as the SAGs, the Golden Globe Awards, the Grammys, the Emmys, and The People’s Choice Awards. Yet, one award show, older and more famous than any others, stands out as the highest recognition in film industry. This show is the Academy Awards. For eighty five years they have recognized cinematic achievement and here is why almost a century later, this show still captivates the world.

The first Academy Awards presentation was held in 1929, at a private dinner at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with an audience of about 270 people. The event wasn’t even televised until the 1950’s. Although the media were aware of the winners three months earlier, the award winners actually were originally printed in the Newspaper the evening of the event. That lasted until the Los Angeles Times printed the winners before the ceremony thereby beginning the tradition of revealing the winners from an envelope during the ceremony.

The actual Award, commonly referred to as Oscar, is made of gold-plated britannium on a black metal base, and it is 13.5 in tall, and weighs 8.5 lbs. It depicts a knight rendered in Art Deco style holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes. The five spokes represent the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, and Technicians. Because of the prestige that accompanies these awards, the Academy has implemented multiple rules that prohibit the selling of these awards.

From classics such as Casablanca to recent films including 12 Years a Slave, the Academy has awarded 2,701 Oscars to recognize achievement in the film industry. Movies are still an incredibly popular media and form of entertainment, as they were in the 1920s. They bring to light issues that our society faces such as American Sniper’s focus on PTSD, and Selma’s emphasis on inherent racism. No matter how ridiculous these red carpets and fancy shows may seem to people, it has become a unifying event in our culture that celebrates and appreciates the masterpieces that have entertained us throughout the year.

-Britta

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GEPL Tweens: Create Crystals Indoors

By: Christina Keasler, Tween Librarian

Brr! It is cold out there! Today, I’m going to show you how to make crystals inside, so you don’t have the brave the bitter cold weather. This week, you will learn how to make a crystal garden overnight in 5 easy steps. This process applies science to make art! Wait a minute… science…. art…. those are two letters of STEAM! You’re right. I can’t get anything past you. We will be learning a fun use of STEAM methods, just in time for the GEPL STEAM Fair happening February 28, 2015.

What you will need:

1 cup Epsom Salt

Food Coloring

1 cup Water

1 clean glass jar

Bowl

Fork

Microwave (optional)

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Step 1:

Add the Epsom salt to your glass jar.

 

 

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Step 2:

Use really hot water from the sink, or heat the water in the microwave. Mix in the food coloring.

 

Step 3:

While the water’s still warm, quickly pour the water into the jar with the Epsom salt. Stir the solution for 1-2 minutes to make sure most of the salt has dissolved.

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Step 4:

Place solution into freezer for ten minutes, then move to the fridge for best results. Leave in fridge overnight.

Note: also try putting in the sun instead! Does a different process yield the same result?

Step 5:

The next day, carefully pour out any excess liquid. Carefully wipe off any residue that has dried on the upper portion of the jar.

 

Remember there are instances where you do everything right, but not be successful. Just roll up those sleeves and try again!

 

Pictures from babbledabbledo.com

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Movie Review – Instructions Not Included

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

What are you reviewing? : Instructions Not Included

What did you review? : A movie

What did you like about it? : I loved it a lot because it was soooo sad because its about a guy and he had a daughter because the wife left her with her and never came back for her so the dad wanted to return her but in his journey he starts to love her so he kept her but when he went to the doctor they told him something to sad that was when i stared to cry so bad they told him that the girl was going to die but what i hated was when the mother came back for the daughter but did not know about what happened.

Who would like this? : someone who love sadness

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

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – Fever

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What’s your first name and school? : Michelle from Hadley Jr Highfever

What are you reviewing? : Fever

What did you review? : A book

What did you like about it? : Its good because in the begging of the book I like it when it about a girls life and she is having trouble in her life and she found out a disease is spreading around Philadelphia and about 100s of people are dieing and her mother is really sick is she going to die or not? And the girls was sent away with her grandparents away from her family and her MOTHER …… to be continued.

Who would like this? : lots of people who love historical fiction

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

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – She Is So Dead to Us

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What’s your first name and school? : Molly, St. Petssheissodeadtous

What are you reviewing? : She Is So Dead to Us

What did you review? : A book

What did you like about it? : Very for teens. It has great perspective. Great details about young love. I thought it was so thought out and very creative. It showed a male’s perspective and a females perspective. Sooo original. I think it add a lot of (want to read the next one) because of the unfinished ending. Crazy awesome!!!!

Who would like this? : 12-20

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

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – Jane Eyre

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What’s your first name and school? : Molly, St. Petsjaneeyre

What are you reviewing? : Jane Eyre

What did you review? : A book

What did you like about it? : Awesome!!!! It was really thought out and it has a lot of words that were hard to understand but that just causes kids to look them up and learn more. I loved how it had the power to keep you reading. It has suspense.

Who would like this? : 15+

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

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GEPL Teens: What I Just Read – Gabi, A Girl in Pieces

Teens Blog BannerBlog Entry 124 - ImageOkay, so technically I didn’t just read this – it was one of this year’s nominees for the Morris Award for best young adult debut, so I read it before they announced the winners on February 2. As a matter of fact, it was my favorite Morris award nominee this year, which makes it that much more exciting that it won! It was a much-deserved win, and I expect many more great things from Isabel Quintero.

What I Just Read: Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

What’s It About (Jacket Description): Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: college applications, Cindy’s pregnancy, Sebastian’s coming out, the cute boys, her father’s meth habit, and the food she craves. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

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My mother named me Gabriella, after my grandmother who, coincidentally, didn’t want to meet me when I was born because my mother was unmarried, and therefore living in sin. My mom has told me the story many, many, MANY, times of how, when she confessed to my grandmother that she was pregnant with me, her mother beat her. BEAT HER! She was twenty-five. That story is the basis of my sexual education and has reiterated why it’s important to wait until you’re married to give it up. So now, every time I go out with a guy, my mom says, “Ojos abiertos, piernas cerradas.” Eyes open, legs closed. That’s as far as the birds and the bees talk has gone. And I don’t mind it. I don’t necessarily agree with that whole wait until you’re married crap, though. I mean, this is America and the 21st century; not Mexico one hundred years ago. But, of course, I can’t tell my mom that because she will think I’m bad. Or worse: trying to be White.

Did I Like It: Yes – the award win was well deserved!

Thoughts: Well if this wasn’t clear already, I loved this book. The biggest reason is Gabi herself, which isn’t surprising since the book is in diary format. If you don’t love the main character, it’s pretty hard to get into a book like this. Luckily, Gabi is immediately likable and relatable. She’s far from perfect, but she reads exactly like someone I could have known in high school, like someone I could still know. She is smart and loving and loyal, but she screws up sometimes. Her questioning of the world around her, of the double standards she is faced with every day, was fascinating to read. How she deals with the crises of her friends is beautiful. She sticks by them no matter what, and never allows the questions and thoughts they raise pertaining to her life to overshadow the fact that these are her friends’ issues, and she is just a side character in their stories (just as they are side characters in her story.) She also tackles a difficult family life with grace and humor. Even when her mother and aunt drive her insane, or she’s angry at her brother, or worried about her dad, she always remembers that they are her family and she loves them.

Because the book is a diary, if Gabi’s thoughts about gender, sexuality, her body, Mexican-American culture, and everything else she writes about weren’t interesting, this book would have gotten boring really fast.  Luckily, I could have read an entire book that was just Gabi thinking about these issues, so Quintero holds a reader’s interest even when writing about things that aren’t strictly plot.  And of course, there are the side characters – we don’t hear their voices the same way as Gabi’s, or see as much of their lives, but I’m pretty sure I would read a book about each and every one of them.  They are all interesting, well-developed, nuanced characters, and they do a fantastic job of filling out Gabi’s world.

There’s so much more I could say, but won’t because I’d be wasting time you could be spending reading Gabi, A Girl in Pieces.  There’s a reason this book won a major award and landed on several best-of year end lists.  Actually, there are many reasons!  So do yourself a favor, and read Gabi, A Girl in Pieces as soon as possible!

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Movie Review – The Maze Runner

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What’s your first name and school? : Kiera from Hadley

What are you reviewing? : The Maze Runner

What did you review? : A movie

What did you like about it? : I liked the movie Maze Runner because it was young adult fiction. It was about a boy named Thomas who is sent in a maze where he is tested to see if he and a couple other kids are able to escape. He changes everything and decides to try to go through the maze. Soon everyone begins to think he is a leader, except for Gally his enemy.

Who would like this? : Any Teenager

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

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – Something Like Fate

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What’s your first name and school? : Molly, St. Petssomethinglikefate

What are you reviewing? : Something Like Fate

What did you review? : A book

What did you like about it? : Very thought out. I liked it because it involves friends. I think it gave a lot of choices and the characters had to decide carefully because if they didn’t they could lose their friends or so they thing ”friends”. I recommend it.

Who would like this? : 9-16 year olds

On a scale from yuck to best ever, how much did you like it? : thought out and lots of feeling

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GEPL Tweens: Tween Book Review – The Lonely Hearts Club

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What’s your first name and school? : Molly, St. Petslonelyhearts

What are you reviewing? : The Lonely Hearts Club

What did you review? : A book

What did you like about it? : Talks about the power of girls. GO GIRL POWER!!!! It is about girl rebelling and not dating anymore. It is based on a girl named Penny who starts a club and it slowly gets bigger. She is so tired or getting hurt by boys but is she missing part of the picture????? It was awesome

Who would like this? : 12-20

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

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