Archive for December, 2009

Teen Read, Teen Reviewed: The Hunger Games

Sorry, folks, I don’t have anything witty or insightful to say today.  Personally, I blame it on the head cold; however, instead, I have brought to you another book review.   Hope you enjoy!

I guess fighting to the death would never cross many people’s minds.  Now being forced to fight for your life is something that is never to be done.  In a couple of years North America will be nothing like anyone dreamed of especially when the Capitol is cruel and selfish.  Now the nation of Panem is divided in to twelve districts and every year the Capitol forces one boy and one girl to participate in a TV show called the hunger games a fight for your life…

Not two or three can survive but only one…

Katniss Everdeen was a young girl. She lives in District 12, is sixteen and very non-confident of herself.  As every day passed, she struggles to find food for her mother and sister, and it’s very difficult to do that when she says “The Capitol is leaving you to starve to death.”  So, Katniss needs to cross the borders to the forest and hunt for a living.  Lucky for her, her father taught her how to shoot with a bow and arrow.  Still, she suffers because it’s illegal to hunt, but there is nothing else she could do…

On the day the names are going to be selected to see who the participates in the Hunger Games (which for them is called the reaping), it never crosses Katniss’ mind that she is going to be picked and, in fact, she doesn’t expect that Primrose, Katniss’ 12- year old sister, will be picked either.

When Primose’s name is called, Katniss doesn’t expect her sister to survive.  Instead, Katniss takes Prim’s place.  While Katniss is the participant for the girls, Peeta Mellark is the participant for the boys.  Katniss never really speaks to or interacts with Peeta except for one time when he had the heart to give her some fresh (burned) bread when Katniss was starving.

Along the way Peeta and Katniss become friends and maybe a little more. That is until the Hunger Games begin…

Katniss is suffering dehydration.

Peeta forms alliances with the Careers.

And along the way Katniss learns to be confident and let go of the past.  In the Games, she has to make choices that are against humanity and against love…

She also starts to wonder why the Capitol is so cruel and she thinks it might be time to stand up for once…

Winning means fame and fortune.

Losing means certain death.

The Hunger Games have begun…

December 22, 2009 at 7:38 pm Leave a comment

Holiday Craftacular for Teens

Are you looking for something to do during your Holiday Break?  Come to GPL’s first Holiday Craftacular for Teens on Wednesday, December 30th from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  We will be making t-shirt scarves, decorative paper snowflakes and a surprise craft that you will find out about once you get here!  To sign up, call 533-9531 or stop by the Front Desk.  This program is open to those in grades 6-12, and, as always, there will be free food!

December 14, 2009 at 9:24 pm Leave a comment

A little bit of this, a little bit of that

I just realized that I have not posted new books in awhile!  Keep in mind that these are just a few of the new books GPL has for teens, so make sure to stop by and check out our new book area especially since the Holiday Break is T-minus 8 days!

December 14, 2009 at 5:54 pm Leave a comment

Possibly the Best Day Ever!

Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza has come early this year at GPL!  Why, might you ask?  Scholastic revealed the release date for the third installment of The Hunger Games Trilogy last Friday!!

And the release date is…drumroll please…on August 24, 2010!  Now, I know that you may be a little upset that it is not coming out immediately, but at least we have a date!  Also, to hold you over until August, you might want to check out Scholastic’s The Hunger Games website.  There are GAMES!!  One is called Trial by Fire – where you answer questions to figure out whether or not you are ready for the Hunger Games.  The other is called Tribute Trials – where you figure out the likelihood if you would survive the Hunger Games.  Needless to say, I could probably plays these for hours on end!  Hope you enjoy!

December 11, 2009 at 1:26 am Leave a comment

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