The Lure by Lynne Ewing Reviewed by Nora A. Lincoln Junior High School, 7th Grade To begin, The Lure was a highly interesting book. The story is about a fifteen year old girl named Blaise Montgomery, living in the outskirts of of Washington D.C., where drugs and violence are considered a part of everyday life [...]
The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford Reviewed by Erica E. Lincoln Junior High School, 7th Grade The Boy on the Bridge is about an American girl that spends a semester at Leningrad, Russia. While she’s on a bridge, she meets Alyosha, a Russian boy. Instantly, they fall in love with each other, but [...]
My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman Reviewed by Qizra S. Lincoln Junior High School, 8th Grade Is Tara Indian or Jewish? Tara came from a multicultural family and is proud of it. But she gets teased by classmates as they conclude that she is Indian and shouldn’t be going to Hebrew sunday school. [...]
The Last Present by Wendy Mass Reviewed by Fatima U. Lincoln Junior High School, 7th Grade No one ever gets sick in the town of Willow Falls, an enchanted place that seems ordinary to everyone, but it’s not. Amanda and her best friend, Leo, find out why this town is so different. Since they found [...]
On the Road to Mr. Mineo’s by Barbara O’Conner Reviewed by Mansi P. Lincoln Junior High School, 7th Grade On the Road to Mr. Mineo’s by Barbara O’Connor gets you involved. There are many chapters in the book that are each told from the point of view of a different character. Mr. Mineo is a [...]
If you are wondering about gift what to do about giving this holiday season, why not try to make something in our Digital Media Lab? Stop by the 2nd floor Tech Desk or call 847-324-3179 to book your spot.
The library has tons of cool software that just needs to add your imagination to the mix. If you are interested in music try composing a tune …
Congratulations to Joey, the newest addition to the ranks of Maker Master and the winner of our latest raffle! Maker Master Challenge is a fun way for youth in grades 4-8 to make new things and share their creations with others. Participants earn badges for creating projects in photography, design, video editing, computer programming, digital [...]
Wickedpedia by Chris Van Etten Reviewed by Kimberly C. Niles North High School, 12th Grade Wickedpedia by Chris Van Etten is more than your average mystery. It all begins when a high school senior named Cole decides to get revenge on his ex-girlfriend and her new circle of friends. He makes Wikipedia pages detailing all [...]
Leap of Faith by Jamie Blair Reviewed by Erica E. Lincoln Junior High School, 7th Grade Leap of Faith is about a girl named Faith Kurtz who wants to escape her mom because she drinks and smokes. In the beginning of the story, she discovers her mom is pregnant and isn’t taking care of the [...]
The 2010 film Death at a Funeral is one of the funniest films I’ve seen in a while. Well, I should say the original 2007 film was one of the funniest films I had seen in a while, since the 2010 film is a remake of a British movie directed by Frank Oz (of Muppets fame). Set during the funeral two brothers are holding for their father, this very dark comedy starts off as amusing and only progresses into more hilarity. Early on, we find out that problems will be afoot, since one brother is more successful than the other. From there, the brothers encounter a myriad of comical situations…from wrong corpse in the casket to a sex scandal (with a twist) involving their late father. In the remake, the brothers are played by Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence, and just like the original, their characters cannot be more different. Ryan, (Martin Lawrence) is a successful novelist, playboy, all around goof-off and Aaron (Chris Rock) is the super-sensible, responsible one. Neil LaBute, known mostly for his early esoteric human-interest films such as Your Friends and Neighbors and ?In the Company of Men ?(not excluding my favorite LaBute film, Possession), was a VERY interesting choice to remake this dark comedy. A less-experienced director might have led this one off in more of the “farce” direction, where LaBute keeps to the original’s fiercely edgy comedy. What makes the two versions unique? Mostly, the acting, though Frank Oz’s direction does seem more low-key, forcing the British film to have a calmer, more methodical feel to it. The remake’s snappier pace can be attributed to the hip comic talents of Rock and Lawrence. Lawrence is known for his raunchy humor and this exudes something more provocative than another actor in this role would. And Rock, being one of the more practical comedians of today, is a perfect fit for the brother on the straight and narrow. Peter Dinklage is the one acting bond that links the two movies…he plays the same character, the father’s lover, in both versions. Yet, Dinklage is able to bring something new to the same role in the 2010 version, where he is a little more spiteful and vindictive than 2007′s character. No matter which version you choose, you really cannot go wrong. For most fun, watch both. Either way, sit back and get ready to laugh!
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