Jul-10-2014

Maker Master Challenge: Adam

DSC01066Congratulations to Adam, our second Maker Master! He joins Jac as the second kid to complete our Maker Master Challenge, a cool program for children in grades 4 to 8 to try new technology and share their creations.

Adam worked hard to complete challenges in seven different fields, including music, design and computer programming, and earned a badge for each step.  Becoming a Maker Master is not an easy task, and Adam stated that “creativity along with a competitive drive to create the best projects” allowed him to thrive as a Maker.

Adam’s projects exemplify what the Maker Master Challenge is all about. For his “director” badge, Adam worked with other makers to film a green screen movie of a fictional plane crash.spongeb Adam told us that his favorite project was the one he created for the photography badge, a picture he took and then edited by changing its color.

Now that Adam has finally become a Maker Master, he encourages all other kids to complete the challenge.  His tip: “Join the different digital craft time programs in the library if you need help creating.”  The Maker Master Challenge will run through the end of August and culminate in a prize raffle for all participants. Start your challenge today by signing up in the Youth Computer Lab.

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Jun-27-2014

Under the Cover Review: Tandem

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by Anna Jarzab
Reviewed by Jane B.
Lincoln Junior High School, 7th Grade

The book, Tandem, by Anna Jarzab is a wonderful science fiction book based on the idea of parallel universes. A parallel universe is a whole universe just like ours, except there can be no interactions between them. Just like parallel lines, none of the universes ever meet. The book is about a girl named Sasha who is forced to live in the parallel universe away from Earth, in a planet called Aurora, for a while to fill in for her analog Juliana, who has mysteriously vanished. An analog is a copy of anyone who looks exactly the same as that person, but lives in another universe. Sasha has to fool everyone that she is Princess Juliana while having to deal with an arranged marriage, or else having to never get the chance to see her friends and family again. Read the book to find out about how Sasha is going to get out of this situation. I loved this book because it realistically depicts what it would be like to visit a parallel universe, and seeing what is similar, and what is different between them. Anyone that enjoys reading action-packed books with an astonishing story-line should read this book.

The the three reasons I enjoyed reading this book was that it had an interesting plot, constant activity throughout the whole book, and anyone who reads this book wants to know what happens next. The plot was well thought out, and pulled the reader in. There was a lot of action from the beginning to the end of the book. There was always something exciting that was happening, and no one could guess what happens next. Once anyone reads this book, they wonder what Sasha is going to do next as new problems pop up for her to solve. In general, that is why I highly recommend any high-schoolers to try this book!

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Jun-26-2014

Under the Cover Review: ALL OUR YESTERDAYS

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by Cristin Terrill
Reviewed by Imaan A.
Lincoln Junior High School, 7th Grade

All Our Yesterdays is about three kids Finn, Mariana, and James who hang out. James brother died because of two kids from the future, Em (which is Mariana in the present) and Finn (who is Finn in the present), and they are trying to kill James. So James and his friends go on a journey to Connecticut and back, only to find that Nate has passed away. James is building a time machine to bring back his parents and now his brother, but that machine can ruin earth. His friends go to Connecticut to hide and to find some clues.  There, they found emails that are about James and his friends meeting their future selves and trying to explain to James what can happen if he used his machine and how it will effect people around the world.  James wouldn’t listen. A man that is in security showed a picture of his brothers killer, but little did he know that the man was himself from the future trying to kill his brother over and over again because he was a problem and James brother was worried about him. But as James friend, Mariana, woke up, she was dreaming all theses things and they never happened and woke up and remembered she had to go to breakfast with James, her crush.

This book was an amazing book to read, and I recommend every one to read it. The book was a page turner, and you kind of felt like you were there seeing it happen. It was hands down one of my favorite books, and I recommend it to everyone to read onetime because i think it is one great story if you like suspense/mystery/action kinds of books and kind of a love story. This book is great. I hope you like the book if you read it as much as I liked the book!!

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Jun-24-2014

Under the Cover Review: Wyrmeweald

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by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
Reviewed by Leland M.
Lincoln Junior High School, 7th Grade

Have you ever imagined a world with dragons? Wyrmeweald is place where dragons live on Earth, but it is a threatening place for humans. Still, humans risk their lives to get rich by getting a Wyrme egg. They call themselves Wyrmekeith, and only a few of them came back from there. This story is about a teennager named Micah who went to Wyrmeweald unprotected to get a Wyrme egg to get rich and to win a girl he loves named Seraphita. However, a black cloud came over to his head as he walked in to the Wyrmeweald, and he was in danger quickly. He needed water badly, and he was really close to death, injured, and unconscious. Suddenly, when he was almost dead, a man helped him. He woke up and saw the man. He was in shock and pushed back, but the man calmly said, “No need to be scared, I will save you.” Micah thanked him, and he got water and drank it. The man walked to him and asked his name. Micah answered and asked his name, which was Eli. Micah quickly found out he is a tracker. Suddenly, pain came on unexpectedly, and blood came out of Micah’s injury like an army. Eli told Micah that he would take him to a woman called Jura who knows how to heal injuries. They moved on and got to Jura. When she saw Eli, she welcomed him, but when she saw Micah, she kept saying Wyrmekeith with a rude tone, but she still healed him. Micah quickly discovered that Jura is a Wyrne rider assassin who hates Wyrmekeith. She had a bad experience with them, and she thinks they are bloodthirsty people. However, Eli kept protecting Micah by saying he is not a Wyrmekeith. Eli and Micah became friends, and Eli told Micah if he doesn’t go with him on his journey, he is a Wyrmekeith. Micah was forced to follow him because he saved him, and he accepted, and they started their journey the next day. They went through tons of unexpected dangers, and on the way, they found a woman who was a Wyrme rider assassin called Thrace. They found out that bandits were going to steal an extremely rare Wyrme egg. Together, Micah, Eli, and Thrace went to fight back the evil bandits and protect the rare Wyrme egg, allowing it to hatch in its home. It was a sweet victory!

I looked at the books and found this one, and then I held it and read the summary of this book. I saw the word “dragon,” and I really like dragons, and I also like that it is a fantasy. I thought the book would be phenomenal, and it was after I finished reading the whole book. The plot was terrific, and the book used good words. Also, the way that the author wrote it made it better and better. I think the best part of it are the friendships and the fighting scenes because the author describes them with lots of emotions and action which made me excited. Then I checked the book on the internet and found out it is a series book. I told myself I am going read all of them. This book, I think, is good for people who are 6 grade or up because it had hard words and complex sentences. So now go buy it or borrow it, and sit down and read! I hope you, too, will have wonderful feelings reading this book. In the end, I hope Stewart and Riddell will continue making the series and make more books like this one!

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Jun-23-2014

Under the Cover Review: The Heartbreak Messenger

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by Alexander Vance
Reviewed by Raemari O.
Lincoln Junior High School, 7th Grade

The Heartbreak Messenger is about a young boy, named Quentin, who finds out that his mother is having financial problems and that if they don’t pay their bills on time, they may not live in their home ever again. Quentin is around the age 14/15 years old, he’s in 7th grade and has his two best friends who he couldn’t live without, Abby and Rob. Almost everyday after school they would go to the park and sit at a picnic table and help each other with their homework; Abby good at math and science, Quentin good at language arts and history, while Rob was there for moral support. Now, to get to the part of what and who is this “heartbreak messenger”. As I told you, Quentin wanted to help out with the bills so he wouldn’t live on the street like a hobo. It all started when Rob’s older brother Marcus needed help breaking up with his now ex-girlfriend Melissa, he asked his brother and him if anyone would do it, before they said ‘no’ but, when Marcus brought up giving him money he offered because he doesn’t want to be homeless without his electronics and everything that he loves and needs. That’s how Quentin became the heartbreak messenger hence the title The Heartbreak Messenger.

When I first read this book, it was quite dull and boring in the beginning but, as I soon got to the conflict, I couldn’t stop reading, usually when I finished my assignments I would read my book and think about what may or may not happen next. As I got to the end, I was happy because of the outcome. This book is good for middle schoolers because this is a middle school kind of ‘romance’ book and teaches a great message between the seriousness of life and relationships. I suggest The Heartbreak Messenger to people who love serious, kind of romantic, emotional, but still fun books. I mostly recommend this book to middle schoolers because it mostly may relate to them or to people who have been in middle school and can maybe relate to the plot. If you do have a chance to read this book, I hope you enjoy it as I did and I also hope you can relate to this book like I kind of did. :)

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Jun-22-2014

Under the Cover Review: TESLA’S ATTIC

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by Neal Shusterman, Eric Elfman
Reviewed by Parth G.
Lincoln Junior High School, 7th Grade

Tesla’s Attic is a book that has lots of excitement and a unique climax. In the book, the story starts by introducing a boy whose name is Nick. He is 14 years old, and his house is burned down. He lost his mom. His father tried to save her, but he couldn’t do it. It was too hot and the house was already half burnt. After the fire, they had to move to an old Victorian house. In the new house, Nick goes to the attic and finds out that the attic used to be Tesla’s. When Nick goes in the attic, a toaster falls on him, and Nick gets hurt. Also, he starts to have a very weird experience with the old junk in the attic. At last in the story, Nick meets Tesla. He has a device and makes a decision which changes fate and then the machine blows up. Read the book to find out what else happens! My opinion about the book Tesla’s Attic is that it is exciting and sad. It’s like comedy and myth at the same time. The characters in the story are also really exciting. These are all the reasons why I think is this book is really amazing.

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Jun-21-2014

Under the Cover Review: Who Stole New Year’s Eve?

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by Martha Freeman
Reviewed by Qizra S.
Lincoln Junior High School, 7th Grade

Books can be really exciting, if the author adds a lot of action into the scene. Many readers prefer to have a book that they can cuddle up with in their snugly bed. But, the problem is that books like these can be really hard to find. Here’s one suggestion recommended by teachers. Martha Freeman wrote a very interesting book called Who Stole New Year’s Eve? In this book, Freeman includes a suspenseful plot, accomplished characters, and an outstanding moral.

Primarily, the author of Who Stole New Year’s Eve? included a suspenseful plot. Martha Freeman keeps the reader thinking at the end of each chapter. She also includes the main point of the whole book in the beginning and summarize the entire book in a couple of sentences at the end. Therefore, Martha Freeman also encourages the reader to keep reading throughout the dialogue. Who Stole New Year’s Eve? has the same plot as many similar books such as, Who Stole Christmas Eve? and The Three Little Pigs. Freeman combined an excellent plot together to make a fantastic book.

Furthermore, the adept characters spiced up the whole book. The youngsters think themselves detectives trying to solve a mystery only the police could have done. Although the children solved other enigmas, they had no experience on theft. A new neighbor’s ice sculpture goes missing, and the police accompanying the young detectives tried to solve the complicated problem. They go around downtown trying to find clues from the fairgrounds where the carnival took place a few days before. Freeman included another obstacle to the story. Now, both groups have to find a solution to both dilemmas. The other dispute was to try and get people to attend the costume parade as a fundraiser. The skilled characters gave us a great boost to keep on reading the never stopping book.

Decisively, Who Stole New Year’s Eve? has a fantastic moral for reader to follow at the end. The details provided in the story are connected to the moral. When the characters faced the difficult problems they showed the feelings of a moral. Therefore, if you are starting to feel exhausted looking for the main point, just read. That will help. It always does. It is the way authors get readers to read the book from page one to the very end. By conjugating the righteous deed in a talking form. That way, when readers want to skip ahead and hunt down the moral they wont find it even when they look really hard. It is just that readers have to understand the writing piece in order to understand anything else that is related to the subject. Who Stole New Year’s Eve? is prominent because the author, Martha Freeman has a quoted moral inside the dialogue.

In conclusion, Martha Freeman has an excellent book combined together with an excelling plot line, prodigious characters, and a memorable moral. Freeman included the plot line because she was a thoughtful writer and wanted her readers to feel or visualize the huge twist at the end of every chapter. The characters indicated the mini game pieces in the story because any decisions can impact on them badly, or greatly. At the end, the knots were untied after everything began as a blur, and everything was back to normal. That is one of the morals she (author) wanted her readers to understand, which is that anything can be done if everyone helps. The main mystery was solved, but there is yet still another mystery to solve.

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Jun-20-2014

Under the Cover Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

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by Leslye Walton
Reviewed by Aditi P.
Lincoln Junior High School, 7th Grade

Ava Lavender seems to be a normal girl but there is one exception, she has wings. She has the wings of a bird, but no one knows why. It is because of a curse from the family’s past. Emilienne is Ava’s grandmother, and Viviane is her mother. Ava also has a younger brother named Henry. When Emilienne was young, she lived with three older siblings. Most of her siblings died at the age of twenty or thirty. In her home, she seemed to have haunted feelings about her house from when she was little. A shadow of a ghost seemed to follow her. As she grew, she saw boys she liked. She then married Conner Lavender. Soon, Emilienne moved away. Emilienne needed to find a job. Soon she found a job at a bakery. She was having a baby.

Rumors were spread that she was a witch. Soon, Wilhelmina Dovewolf gave her some herbs and told her how to get customers. The next day, there was a very long line of people waiting outside. Wilhelmina helped around in the bakery. Emilienne named her baby girl Viviane. Viviane grew older, and she meet the love of her life, Jack Griffith. His father, John Griffith, couldn’t allow this. “She is the witch’s daughter,” he would always say to him. Viviane did not ever want to lose Jack. They shared dearest moments.

Later on, Gabe became a helper and cleaner for the family and would fix things in their house. He always had something to do in their house. Months passed by and Jack met Laura Lovelorn, and she was beautiful. Jack’s father approved of her. Viviane was in tears and wondered why. Viviane would some days wonder when would Jack come back to her to feel that warm feeling in his heart. This situation left Viviane heartbroken. Viviane found out that she was pregnant. Henceforth, Viviane was rushed to the hospital, and she give birth to twins. One was born with wings like an angel . . . no they were like bird wings. Her name was Ava. The doctors could not do anything to remove them, otherwise Ava could have died. The other twin was named Henry. Don’t worry he didn’t have wings. There were newspaper reporters and photographers who were trying to find out about Ava. As Ava grew, so did her wings. Henry didn’t talk at all during the first few years of his life, but as he grew older Viviane heard Henry say “trouver” which means “find it” in French. Henry used many words to communicate but only in French.

Ava met Cardigan, her first best friend. Cardigan was neighbors with Ava, and she is Irish. Cardigan is a rebellious type of girl. She stands out from the crowd. She has a brother named Rowe. A widow becomes a regular customer at the bakery. She was a skinny lady, but she began to grow from eating so many desserts from the bakery. So, Marigold’s nephew Nathaniel Sorrows needed to take care of her. He stayed on Pinnacle Lane, and he tried to spy on Ava. He saw Ava, and he thought she had angel wings not a bird’s. The night of the summer solstice fair, Ava was walking home trying to hide her wings underneath her cloak. It was dark and pouring water. Ava saw Nathaniel, and he invited her to his house. Ava wanted to run. To find out more read The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. I would recommend this book to students 13-14 years old or older because there is some strong language, but it will just leave you with lots of surprises. This book is more of romance type, but I hope you will read this amazing book.

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Jun-19-2014

Under the Cover Review: The 39 Clues: Nowhere to Run

download1The 39 Clues: Nowhere to Run
by Jude Watson
Reviewed by Gabriel C.
Lincoln Junior High School, 7th Grade

The 39 Clues is an incredible action-packed book that focuses on the Cahills and their quest to stop Percie from taking control as supreme dictator of the Earth. Something that I liked about this book is that the Cahills have various amounts of family clans all over the world. Their main purpose is to keep people from using the 39 ingredients as outsiders or to be assembled into a position that can give people indestructibly. The novel series The 39 Clues has so many twists and turns that a majority of the time, you will be shocked from the events that take place in this adventure through the world. The main storyline of this book is that Dan and Amy, two Cahills, fail to protect the 39 clues serum and are sent on a wild goose chase to assemble the antidote before Percie becomes president and declares nuclear war. As you can see, this is why if you are looking for a book with twists and turns, action and adventure, The 39 Clues series is for you.

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Jun-18-2014

Under the Cover Review: The Naturals

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by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Reviewed by Nooreen F.
Lincoln Junior High School, 7th Grade

Imagine reading what people think about you and everyone else. Wouldn’t that make life much easier? For one minute put yourself in Cassie’s shoes and think about how you would react to the world out there. Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides-especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. The book The Naturals is probably the best book you have ever read because it’s very entertaining and depressing.

First, I think The Naturals is very entertaining because of how Cassie controls her thoughts and how she learns to solve cases. I also thought it was entertaining because of the love triangle between Michael, Cassie, and Dean. The love triangle takes the book to a whole new level because the book is suppose to be about crime and murder, but the fact that it has romance makes it extra interesting. I also thought the book was depressing because of how Cassie’s mom got killed when she was really little. Then, another reason why it was depressing is because of how Cassie leaves her grandma to go to the crime solving school.

In conclusion, The Naturals is a heart-throbbing book. First, it was so depressing that it made me cry. It was also so entertaining that I couldn’t put the book down. To wrap things up, if I were to rate this book on a scale from 1-5. I would rate it a 5 and recommend it for all ages.

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