Pizza Prizes & Party Invites

We’ve got about a month left to get those reviews in! The last day we will accept reviews for the prize drawing is August 22. We will draw names for gift cards to the mall, gift cards to Desert Rose, and complete hardback sets of popular books. One review from the middle school and one review from the high school will also be selected as the “Librarian’s Choice” for special mystery prizes.

So far the following middle school and high school students have earned a pizza from Stageline Pizza in Belgrade by writing 3 or more reviews. If you haven’t claimed your coupon, please be sure to stop by the library.

Anna L.
Areej M.
Awa M.
Caleb Z.
Cierra C.
Emma H.
Erica B.
Hennisy C.
Jenny W.
Matthew L.
Mazie D.
Paige H.
Sage S.
SarahAnn N.
Sean K.
Shanalee N.
Victoria P.
Wren W.

The following teens have earned an invite to the After Hours Minute to Win It party on Friday, July 31 at 5:30 p.m.  You’ve got one more week to get a review in and gain admission to the fun!

Aden B.
Amy
Anna L.
Areej M.
Arianna H.
Aspen C.
Awa M.
Brenna V.
Caleb D.
Caleb Z.
Cierra C.
Emma Ha.
Emma Ho.
Erica B.
Haley M.
Hennisy C.
Jenny W.
Kaydence M.
Matthew L.
Paige H.
Mazie D.
Rebecca M.
Riley M.
Sage S.
SarahAnn N.
Sean K.
Serena S.
Shanalee N.
Victoria P.
Wren R.
Zac H.

 

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

the true meaning of smekdayTitle: The True Meaning of Smekday

Author: Adam Rex

Star Ranking: ***** (Everybody should read this book)

Reviewer: Aden B. (5th grade)

Describe the book in your own words: Aliens invade Earth and call it Smekland in tribute to their leader Smek.  The mom of  a girl named Gratuity  is taken before the invasion and forced to do the alien’s laundry and to teach them English.  When the invasion happens every person  in the U.S.A except Gratuity is taken to Florida while the aliens live on the rest. Then Gratuity accidentally runs into a unlikely partner that helps her find her mom.

What did you think: Awesome! It’s the kind of book that’s hard to put down.  It’s suspenseful funny and has complex characters. Not to spoil the ending but my favorite part was when J.Lo cloned Gratuity’s cat and defeated the Gorg.

Who would you recommend it to: I would recommend it to people that are into aliens and magic and to people who like mystery and action.

Vet Volunteers: Fight for Life by Laurie Halse Anderson

Vet VolunteersTitle: Vet Volunteers: Fight for Life

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Star Ranking: **** (Loved it)

Reviewer: Riley M. (6th grade)

Describe the book in your own words: This book was about how people were bringing in sick puppies that they had just bought.  Some middle-schoolers volunteer to help find the person who sold the sick puppies.

What did you think: I thought the book was really sad in some parts and really happy in some parts so it was overall pretty good. My favorite part was when they found who was selling the sick puppies.

Who would you recommend it to:  I would recommend this book to someone who likes sad books with a happy ending.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

harry potter and the sorcerers stoneTitle: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Author: J. K. Rowling

Star Ranking: ***** (Everybody should read this book)

Reviewer: Areej M. (7th grade)

Describe the book in your own words: A celebrity is born in the wizard world, but he is raised in the human world.  Harry Potter only knows a world of cobwebs, cupboards, and escaping fists from Dudley Dursley, but one morning, when he gets the mail, he finds a letter addressed to him. Dursley’s dad snatches it from him, but he finally gets that letter. Soon he discovers a better life, a magic school, and friends at Hogwarts, the magic school.

What did you think: I think it was awesome! My favorite parts were when Harry didn’t get in trouble for not following directions in broomstick flying training, getting his own broomstick and getting on a Quidditch team, and going to stop Snape from getting the sorcerer’s stone, but it turns out to be Professor Quirrell.

Who would you recommend it to: Magic, mystery, and action lovers as well as middle school students.

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

wonder struckTitle: Wonderstruck

Author: Brian Selznick

Star Ranking: **** (Loved it)

Reviewer: Serena S. (6th grade)

Describe the book in your own words: The book is based on a boy named Ben, and he lived in Minnesota with his mom. His mom is a librarian. They lived in a small cabin, and they were only about 36 steps away from his uncle and aunt’s house. One day his mom died in a car accident in the winter, and luckily he wasn’t with her, but he never got to see her again. Now he lives with his aunt and uncle, and he shares a room with his cousin Rowily too.

One night he was curious about something in his old house because the light was on in his mom’s room so he went to explore. When he entered the house, he slowly looked in, and it was his girl cousin in his mom’s favorite outfit on with a cigarette in her hand that she had been smoking. She started to cry when he entered the room, and he started to cry too because they missed his mom a lot, and it just wasn’t the same without her. He asked if she smoked, she said “yes” but that is something he had to keep a secret between them. She left after awhile, then Ben started to look threw his mom’s stuff because it brought back so many memories. He found a book and he was puzzled about what it was from or who it was too.

He took it out and read some pages, and then a bookmark came out, and it said, “I miss you and how have you been. Write me back when you can, Love Daniel.” At the top, it said the place of the store and the date of his birthday. At the bottom, it had a phone number and his address. Ben said to himself, “What if it’s my dad because he must have known I was born, and he wanted me too see him in New York.” He picked up the phone and put it to his good ear. Then all of a sudden he heard lightning, but he didn’t care so he dialed the number.

The next day he woke up and he was in the hospital and he started to talk and he couldn’t hear himself so he looked over and his aunt was saying something, but he couldn’t hear. Then she took a piece of paper and started to write. It said, “You were struck by lightning. It traveled threw the wires and hit you.”

From there he went on an adventure to find his long lost dad in New York, and he runs threw hard and difficult times to easy and sad times.

What did you think: I think i could read this book over and over again–it’s so mysterious. I don’t have a favorite part. I love the whole book. I feel it’s kinda sad but at the same time really awesome and different. I really love Brian Selznick’s books. I’ve read both of his books, and I seem to love them!!!!

Who would you recommend it to:  Mystery lovers and middle school students.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

TwilightTitle: Twilight 

Author: Stephanie Meyer

Star Ranking: *** (and a half) (Good book +)

Reviewer: Victoria P. (12th grade)

Describe the book in your own words: There’s a girl named Bella. She moves in with her dad and stats going to school and making new friends.  Then she meets Edward, and it changes her life forever.  They fall in love, and Jacob doesn’t like it (friend of her’s).

What did you think: I loved the book. I love how she describes things.  I felt like it was a wonderful book, and my favorite part was all of the book!  It took me two nights to read because I couldn’t put it down!

Who would you recommend it to: Teens, adults, romance people, and fantasy lovers.

CONGRATULATIONS TO VICTORIA! She submitted three reviews and can now claim her free Stageline pizza. Please stop by the youth services desk to get your coupon by August 22. Thank you to Stageline Pizza for providing prizes for this year’s summer reading program.